Published Jul 03, 2014Many Canadians will spend Independence Day and the week it falls within celebrating, sort of like our neighbours below. These celebrations will be focused on live music, as the week of July 3 to 9 is positively filled with plenty of auditory reasons to rejoice. Don't worry if none of these shows and festivals will get your party started — our complete Concert Listings will have something for you to celebrate.
Cascadian black metal outfit Agalloch just earned a perfect score for their new The Serpent and the Sphere LP. Go see the band at these shows to truly experience and understand these "reluctant kings" of the genre.
07/03 Ottawa, ON – Mavericks
07/04 Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Badlands Summer Music Festival
The Alberta Badlands contain the "Dinosaur Capital of the World." Fortunately, the Badlands Summer Music Festival is far from Jurassic, with its EDM-centric lineup including Gitch Mob, Dada Life, Bloody Beetroots, Borfore, Datsik and more, but they're equally ferocious as the period's most vicious predators.
07/04-06 Calgary, AB – Canada Olympic Park
Festival d'été de Québec
Festival d'été de Québec boasts 300 shows spread over 10 stages in 11 days. Fortunately, this isn't an exercise of quantity over quality, with a lineup containing Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, Snoop Dogg, Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, St. Vincent, BADBADNOTGOOD, Royal Canoe, Thus Owls, Joey Bada$$, July Talk, Solids and more set to appear.
07/03-13 Quebec City, QC - Various Venues
Halifax Jazz Festival
The Halifax Jazz Festival is one of many city-specific festivals celebrating the style of music. However, despite St. Vincent playing, the Halifax Jazz festival hews more closely to the titular genre, so you can catch the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Allen Toussaint, Bettye LaVette and more at this unique and authentic experience.
07/04-12 Halifax, NS – Various Venues
Kongos' "Come With Me Now" just went gold in the U.S. For the unaware, that means the single sold over 500,000 digital copies. Given their exponential upswing in popularity, Canadians should make it out to catch the South African brothers before they snag Platinum status. You'd be a Lunatic not to.
07/03 Winnipeg, MB – Union Sound Hall
07/04 Saskatoon, SK – Louis' Pub
07/06 Regina, SK – The Exchange
07/07 Calgary, AB – Republik Nightclub
07/08 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
Attendees of Ottawa Bluesfest won't be singing the blues at the end of this year's instalment. The lineup is both expansive and diverse, with Queens of the Stone Age, Journey, Grimes, Third Eye Blind, July Talk, BADBADNOTGOOD, recent Exclaim!TV stars Mac DeMarco and Noah Gundersen plus many more.
07/03-13 Ottawa, ON – LeBreton Flats
Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF)
TURF's lineup includes Neutral Milk Hotel, Jeff Tweedy, the Gaslight Anthem, Sam Roberts Band, Twin Forks, Andrew Jackson Jihad, Noah Gundersen, July Talk and more. Many of the performers will also perform more intimate shows at the Legendary Horseshoe Tavern and Lee's Palace as a part of the Club Bonus Series between July 2 and 8, so keep your eyes peeled.
07/04-06 Toronto, ON – Fort York Garrison Common
Sharon Van Etten
Sharon Van Etten described the recording of Are We There as "a really, really positive experience for me. The people on the record were mostly my band and we had been touring together for over two years so we were really comfortable with each other." To see that chemistry live, check out Van Etten and her band live before they head to Europe.
07/06 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
07/08 Calgary, AB – Republik Nightclub
07/09 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
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