Against Me!, Winnipeg Folk Fest and Festival D'été Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Against Me!, Winnipeg Folk Fest and Festival D'été Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Ali Seglins
We hope you booked off some vacation days — there's a slew of great shows and festivals happening this week, July 9 to 15. Check out our Concert Listings to see what's coming up, or what you're missing out on while you're pushing papers or flipping burgers. Don't worry; we'll tell you how it was.

Against Me!

Against Me! are preparing to release a collection of live recordings from 2014's Transgender Dysphoria Blues World Tour, but if you're craving their live sound in the meantime, you can catch them when their North American tour reaches Canada this week. The Gainesville, FL punk rock band are known for their chaotic shows; the music is relentless as they barely pause to talk between songs, and the crowd matches their energy with non-stop stage-diving and crowd-surfing. With FRNKIERO AND THE CELLABRATION (fronted by Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance fame) kickstarting the set each evening, these nights will be riots from the get-go to the sweaty end.

07/11/2015 Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
07/12/2015 Saskatoon, SK – Union Hall
07/14/2015 Edmonton, AB – O'Brian's Event Centre
07/15/2015 Calgary, AB – MacEwan Gallery

Big Music Fest

You'll be impressed by the size of Big Music Fest; the event has earned its title by hosting massive headliners Soundgarden and Jane's Addiction. These giants will be joined by Monster Truck, the Mohrs, Extreme, the Glorious Sons, Of Gentlemen and Cowards, the Modern Hearts, Lee Harvey Osmond, Jully Black and a list of other outfits. Historically, devoted fans have travelled long distances to see some of the rare and renowned performers that take the stage, once resulting in a record number of 27,000 attendees. Don't miss your chance to be part of the Big crowd.

07/10-13/2015 Kitchener, ON – McLennan Park

Festival d'été

Festival D'été annually attracts over one million concertgoers to Quebec City by offering ten venues to explore and 300 shows to experience. The festival hosts popular artists from a diversity of genres, including the Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, METZ, Tycho, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, the Tragically Hip, Vance Joy, Milky Chance, Deep Purple, Boston, Megadeath, Skrillex, Iggy Azalea, Nickelback and so many more. This is your opportunity to see some of the biggest icons and legends in music all at one festival.

07/9-19/2015 Quebec City, QC – Multiple Venues

TD Halifax Jazz Fest

Whether you seek the loud sounds of an orchestra or the quiet crooning of a solo artist, the TD Halifax Jazz Fest will cater to your interests. The diverse lineup includes tUnE-yArDs, Party Boots, the Heavyweights Brass Band, bSharp, the Big Valley Swing Orchestra, Anteater, Alana Yorke and many other acts that vary in size, sound and style.

07/8-12/2015 Halifax, NS – Multiple Venues

RBC Ottawa Bluesfest

This year, the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest has nabbed Kanye West, Lynyrd Skynryd, Weird Al Yankovic, Chance the Rapper, ASAP Ferg, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Purity Ring, Alvvays, the Arkells, Iggy Azalea, Mother Mother, Nas, Zeds Dead and a slew of other artists to entertain you in the capital. The festival also boasts a carnival, casino games and other over-the-top attractions that match the massive musical itinerary.

07/8-19/2015 Ottawa, ON – LeBreton Flats

The Swirlies

In honour of their 25th anniversary, Boston's shoegaze-y indie rockers the Swirlies are reissuing Blonder Tongue Audiob Baton and heading out on tour. The lineup will include the group's founding members Damon Tutunjian, Seana Carmondy and Andy Bernick, as well as Adam Pierce of Mice Parade, Rob Laakso of Kurt Vile & the Violators and Elliott Lavas. After a brief two-week tour, the band will end their series with two sets in Canada. If you're in Toronto or Montreal, don't miss your chance to relive the dingy, dreamy live sounds of the Swirlies.

07/14/2015 Toronto, ON – The Drake Hotel
07/15/2015 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB

Winnipeg Folk Fest

The Winnipeg Folk Fest offers ten stages to explore, some of which are tucked in the woods, while some are nestled in the middle of prairie fields. In between the trees and tall grass, you'll find artists like Wilco, Bahamas, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Dawes, Jessica Pratt, Kurt Vile, Mortal Coil, Terra Lightfoot, the Bright Light Social Hour, the Sadies. Come navigate this unique environment and get lost in the music.

07/9-12/2015 Winnipeg, MB – Birds Hill Park


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