Published Aug 21, 2014Festival season appears to be winding down. As the warm summer heat prepares to chill out, more and more concerts are taking on the standard format of a headliner with some supporting openers. Fortunately, that doesn't mean the quality is lessened, as proven by the stellar line-up of artists playing Canada between August 21 and 27. However, our picks below can't include everything, so check our complete Concert Listings if you've got the festival blues and want to medicate with something specific.
Alice in Chains
While Alice in Chains came up alongside grunge acts, they've also toured with Slayer, Anthrax and Megadeth, leading the label-resistant group into genre purgatory. At these headlining Canadian shows, you can decide where they're falling these days.
08/22 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
08/23 Rama, ON – Casino Rama
08/24 Montreal, QC – Metropolis
08/26 Moncton, NB – The Centre at Casino
08/27 Halifax, NS – Halifax Metro Centre
Prolific rapper Cam'ron has hit the road in between his regular 1st of the Month EP releases, and the Dipset dude is wrapping up those dates this week. If he keeps up his pace, expect the follow-up to 1st of the Month Volume 2 at the beginning of September.
08/21 Calgary, AB – Marquee Beer Market & Stage
08/22 Edmonton, AB – Encore (WEM)
08/23 Vancouver, BC – Venue Live
How to Dress Well
How to Dress Well may have had an emo phase, but make sure to Tell All Your Friends not to expect anything too closely related to the genre to appear during Tom Krell's performances; What Is This Heart? is blissful R&B. Well, okay — if you're lucky, maybe he'll play his brief cover of Taking Back Sunday's "You Know How I Do," if you're lucky.
08/26 Vancouver, BC – Fortune Sound Club
Sweden's Little Dragon may have released Nabuma Rubberband in May, but the quartet have only brought their live show to Canada once since. Their second date will happen this week in Vancouver. Catch them now, or risk waiting an indefinite time for their next show.
08/27 Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
This week marks the end of Misery Signals' celebration of the tenth anniversary of Of Malice and the Magnum Heart. The 11-day "Malice X" tour has one final US date in New York before returning to Canada for the grand finale at Toronto's Opera House. If you've wanted to sing "The Year Summer Ended in June" with its writer, Misery Signals original vocalist Jesse Zaraska, don't miss what could be your last chance.
08/23 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
A small population didn't stop Riverfest Elora from pulling in a mammoth line-up for its 2014 edition. Headliners Blue Rodeo will be joined by Serena Ryder, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Arkells, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, Bahamas, Kim Churchill and more at Bissell Park.
08/22-23 Elora, ON – Bissell Park
For more shows headed your way, click over to Exclaim!'s Concert Listings.