Published Jun 27, 2013The Canada Day long weekend is upon us, and what better way to celebrate this great country of ours than by rocking out all week long? Check out our picks for this week's can't miss concerts from June 27 to July 3 below and show your true patriot love, eh?
Art school dropout Mykki Blanco brings her brand of progressive-minded hip-hop to Vancouver to play the final Canadian date on her current North American tour. Before the show, don't forget to download a copy of Blanco's Betty Rubble: The Initiation EP, which was released last month for free.
6/29 Vancouver, BC - Celebrities Night Club
Notable hip-hop producer Just Blaze rolls into Toronto for the second time this year to play a set of soulful house music at The Hoxton. With an EP on Fool's Gold in the works and contributions to the upcoming Pusha T and 50 Cent records, there's never been a better time to sample new material from the dynamic soundscaper.
6/28 Toronto, ON - The Hoxton
Eclectic indie-soul singer Maylee Todd plays a handful of dates on behalf of her discofied sophomore LP Escapology this week. Just remember to bring a pair of sunglasses: she's known for wearing some pretty vibrant and glittery costumes on stage.
6/28 Ottawa, ON - Mercury Lounge
6/29 Kingston, ON - The Mansion
6/30 Montreal, QC - Scène Bell Stage
Montreal International Jazz Festival
These days, there's not as much jazz happening at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, with organizers focusing more on the bigger names from pop music and abroad. But with 3,000 artists and performances from the likes of Belle & Sebastian, She & Him and Camera Obscura, there's definitely something for everyone. Don't miss out on Feist, who will play a free outdoor show on June 28 at the TD Stage to open the festival.
6/28-7/3 Montreal, QC - Various Locations
California-based electronic soul duo Rhye return to Canada for a one-off set at Montreal's Metropolis. Being that the pair only have two shows booked for the entire summer, this may be your last chance to see them play tracks from their Polaris Music Prize long-listed debut LP, Woman, for quite some time.
6/30 Montreal, QC - Metropolis
Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
For 27 years, the Saskatchewan Jazz Festival has been booking some of the biggest names in popular music. This year is no different, with sets by Dr. John, City and Colour, Yukon Blonde and the Herbaliser, who will be playing one of four Canadian summer dates at the prairie festival.
6/27-7/1 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Various Locations
Toronto Jazz Festival
Boasting itself as the GTA's largest annual music festival, this year's Toronto Jazz Festival may be one of their biggest to date, with performances from the likes of Heavyweights Brass Band, Boz Scaggs, as well as bluegrass outfit Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, who will be playing the main stage at Toronto's Nathan Philips Square. Will the SNL alum crack jokes about Toronto's (alleged) drug-using mayor? Only time will tell.
6/27-7/1 Toronto, ON - Various Locations
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
And finally, what better way to celebrate Canada's 146th birthday than rocking out with turn of the millenium noise-rockers Yeah Yeah Yeahs? Catch Karen O and co. play tunes from their recently released LP Mosquito for the very first time on Canadian soil.
7/1 Toronto, ON - Echo Beach
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