Well, my band, Shadows of Malice (we love the board game...) have been invited to play with Unearth here in Fort McMurray in February. This is a pretty big deal for me as I've been listening to Unearth since I was about 18 (they really got me interested in 7 strings) and not to mention, a pretty big deal for our town in general, as we don't get much up here in the way of shows!
Long story short? If we didn't need to practice I'd freeze myself (in carbonite) to place myself in a cryogenic sleep until the day of the show.
Are shows in your area generally more expensive? I like Unearth, but holy hell, $50?