Published Jul 07, 2016This week's Can't Miss Concerts, from July 7 to 13, is here to help you beat the heat or bask in it during the dog days of summer. Read on to see our picks for the best shows, which include pop-punk heroes Blink-182, legendary shock rappers Insane Clown Posse and the usual steady diet of festivals, including Festival d'Été de Quebec, where Duran Duran (pictured above), Fetty Wap and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will all make an appearance.
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Blink-182 are indestructible. After weathering the departure of founding member Tom DeLonge and the ravages of time that are particularly unkind to pop-punk bands, the California trio returned with a respectable new album last week. This week, Blink are taking their beloved fun-loving, sun-kissed sound to Canada for a quick run of shows through the prairies. Check them out at one of the dates below.
07/07/2016 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
07/08/2016 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
07/09/2016 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
07/10/2016 Calgary, AB – Stampede Park
Quebec City's premier festival returns this year, boasting a sprawling, genre-busting lineup. This year's festivities feature everything from institutions like Duran Duran to relative newcomers like Fetty Wap and Madeon. With a lineup this stacked, the mostly outdoor Festival d'Été is the perfect way to capitalize on the warm summer nights.
07/07-17/2016 Quebec City, QC – Multiple Venues
This weekend, the inaugural Gridlock festival will hit Halifax for two days of musical goodness. Heavy-hitters this year include emo kings American Football, resurrected indie rock royalty Wolf Parade and introspective beat wizard Baths. If you're on the East Coast and looking for some smooth sounds, this just might be your cup of tea.
07/08-10/2016 Halifax, NS – Multiple Venues
Insane Clown Posse
The Juggalos will descend on the Prairies this week as ICP continue their Canadian tour. Check them out at one of the dates below for a taste of the duo's inimitable blend of rap, rock, metal and rowdy theatrics. There's enough miracles here to blow your brains.
07/08/2016 Regina, SK – The Pump Roadhouse
07/09/2016 Edmonton, AB – Union Hall
07/10/2016 Saskatoon, SK – TCU Place
07/11/2016 Red Deer, AB – Wild Bill's
07/12/2016 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market and Stage
Northern Lights Festival Boréal
The stars will be out in Sudbury, ON as Northern Lights Festival Boréal arrives for its 45th iteration this week. Natalie Macmaster and Donnell Leahy, Bahamas and Gypsy Kumbia Orchestra top the bill for what should be another outstanding year for the historic folk festival. Hey, when you're the longest running outdoor music festival in Canada, you must be doing something right.
07/08-10/2016 Sudbury, ON – Bell Park
Phillips Backyard Weekender
Brews and tunes will be flowing freely as Victoria's Phillips Brewery opens up its backyard to host the kegger to end all keggers. This year, the festival features both domestic and imported talent, from German electro-folkies Milky Chance to indigenous banger-crafters A Tribe Called Red. Bottoms up!
07/08-10/2016 Victoria, BC – Phillips Brewery
RBC Ottawa Bluesfest
After Kanye and others tore the roofs off the parliament buildings, last year's Bluesfest was a hard act to follow. If this year's star-studded lineup is any indication though, they've got a good shot at it. Funk-rock veterans Red Hot Chili Peppers, R&B ingénue Alessia Cara and rap game regent Future are just a few of the many names set to rock the nation's capital this week. If you're in or around Ottawa, this one's unmissable.
07/07-17/2016 Ottawa, ON – LeBreton Flats
This Saturday (July 7) will mark the first Senseless, a one-day festival-type event that will reportedly "not only engage your eyes and ears but the sum total of all your senses." Filling in the "ears" part of the equation will be Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Isolée, Tube & Berger and more.
07/09/2016 Toronto, ON - Brickworks
Winnipeg Folk Festival
The Winnipeg Folk festival features the best of three generations of singer-songwriters this year. Leading the charge are folk forefather Loudon Wainwright III, folk-rock auteur Ryan Adams and relative newcomers Andy Shauf and Basia Bulat. If you love music but are looking for something a little more chill than your typical festival environment, Winnipeg Folk Festival should be right up your alley.
07/07-10/2016 Winnipeg, MB – Birds Hill Park
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