Published Aug 01, 2013Whether it's ice cream, air conditioners or beers on the beach, there's a myriad of ways to keep cool this summer. But if you want to be as cool as can be, keep yourself up to date by checking out some of our picks for this week's can't miss concerts. Look below to see a selection of Canada's best live shows from August 1-7.
Canmore Folk Music Festival
A major player in the rocky mountain music scene for nearly four decades, the Canmore Folk Music Festival is pulling out all the stops for its 36th anniversary, with sets from the likes of Great Lake Swimmers, Matt Anderson, Rose Cousins and Jim Cuddy, who will be closing out the event Monday evening with his first ever performance at the festival.
8/3-5 Canmore, AB - Centennial Park
Grove Music Festival
Canadian indie label Arts & Crafts has been known to throw a pretty good party. Now the Toronto collective is bringing the good times to the city's historic Fort York for the inaugural Grove Music Festival, which will feature performances from the likes of Girl Talk, Wavves, Hot Chip and Phoenix. Don't miss out on the Parisian-pop poster boys as they play the final Canadian date on their current world tour.
8/3 Toronto, ON - Fort York: Garrison Common
Like a fine wine, Kendrick Lamar's good kid, m.A.A.d city has only grown better with age. But in case you missed the California native on his previous forays into the city, catch the decade-defining rapper alongside fellow up-and-comer Earl Sweatshirt at Toronto's Sound Academy for an evening that will surely go down in history.
8/2 Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Judging by the hip-hop honchos' touring schedule, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis probably won't be having to visit thrift shops for very much longer. But financials aside, don't miss out on the radio-friendly rap outfit as they pass through Canada for three dates on their current summer tour.
8/2 Toronto, ON - Echo Beach
8/6 Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre
8/7 Calgary, AB - BMO Centre
Thousands of fans flock every year to Montreal's Osheaga music festival, and this year's event promises to be no different. For the 2013 edition, organizers have roped in an eclectic array of acts including Mumford & Sons, Beck, Frank Ocean and Two Door Cinema Club, as well as '80s legends New Order and goth-rock gods the Cure, who will be playing their only scheduled Canadian date of the year.
8/2-4 Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau
If mainstream music festivals aren't really your thing, pack up the car and head to the Maritimes for the 8th annual edition of Sackville, NB's SappyFest, which will feature performances from the likes of Colin Stetson, Doldrums, Sarah Neufeld and BSS-offshoot AroarA. Two years ago, Arcade Fire surprised the crowd with an unannounced live spot. Might something similar happen this year? You'll have to wait and see.
8/2-4 Sackville, NB - Various Locations
Metropolitan art-rockers Vampire Weekend continue to tour in support of their third LP, Modern Vampires of the City, with dates at Montreal's Osheaga music festival and Calgary's Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium for two final Canadian sets on their current world tour.
8/4 Montreal, QC - Parc Jean Drapeau
8/7 Calgary, AB - Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
Earlier this month, party-promoting poet Wiz Khalifa wowed the Exclaim! crew with his energetic performance at Festival d'été. Now, Montreal will have the chance to watch the Taylor Gang all-star do his thing with a headlining performance at Parc Jean Drapeau a day before Osheaga, offering a perfect start to the fun-filled weekend ahead.
8/1 Montreal, QC - Parc Jean-Drapeau
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