Published Jun 23, 2016We've got the jazz in this week's Can't Miss Concerts, from June 23 to 29, with jazz festivals swinging through Ottawa and Saskatoon. If stronger stuff is more to your taste, we've also got headbanger's ball Amnesia Rockfest and Calgary's Sled Island festival (where you'll catch Kaytranada, pictured above) to tickle your fancy. Whatever your style, read on to see our picks for the best shows this week and check our complete Concert Listings for a full list of what's going on.
Amnesia Rockfest returns to Quebec this week for three days of bone-rattling, hard-driving rock'n'roll. Leading this year's class are pop-punk heroes Blink-182, funk-rock freaks Jane's Addiction and metalcore standard-bearers Bring Me the Horizon. Whether your habitat is the pit or at the back, this is a festival with teeth.
06/23-26/2016 Montebello, QC – Montebello Marina
Indie rock songster Jay Arner delivered his sophomore LP Jay II last week. Now, he's taking his talents out on the road with a double-shot of shows slated for Calgary this week as part of the city's Sled Island festival. If smart indie rock meshed with new wave and power pop influences is your thing, Arner will surely go down smooth.
06/24/2016 Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar
06/25/2016 Calgary, AB – The Palomino
Bas took a leap forward earlier this year with the release of his sophomore LP Too High To Riot, proving that he could step out of J. Cole's shadow and carry a project on his own. This week, the Brooklyn MC brings his smooth production and poignant flows to Vancouver, providing an enticing spectacle for hip-hop heads in the area.
06/23/2016 Vancouver, BC – Alexander
dvsn are the latest children of the 6ix to be signed to Drake's OVO Sound label, and if their stellar debut album is any indication, the duo are more than worthy of the co-sign. If slinky, sexy, after-hours R&B is your thing, check them out in Montreal this week.
06/28/2016 Montreal, QC – Fairmount Theatre
Ottawa Jazz Festival
The Ottawa Jazz Festival is back this year with a typically diverse lineup. Leading the charge are jazz and fusion legends Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea and Jon Scofield, as well as leader of the new school Kamasi Washington. It's not just for jazz heads, though. Those desiring crossover appeal can find satisfaction in pop heavyweights Brian Wilson and Sarah McLachlan.
06/22-07/03/2016 Ottawa, ON – Multiple Venues
Saskatchewan Jazz Festival
The Saskatchewan Jazz Festival returns to Saskatoon for its 30th iteration from June 24 to July 7, and is set to celebrate the milestone in style by bringing a melange of jazz, R&B, pop and rock to the prairies. Big names this year include Canadian alternative legends Metric, Southern hip-hop scion Big Boi and soul queen Lauryn Hill.
06/24-07/03/2016 Saskatoon, SK – Multiple Venues
Sled Island Music and Arts Festival
For three days this week, over 250 bands will descend on Calgary for this year's Sled Island festival. Festival fanatics won't want to miss alternative mainstays Guided By Voices, pop freedom fighter Peaches or rising Montreal beatmaker Kaytranada. With so much to choose from though, Sled Island is really what you make it.
06/22-26/2016 Calgary, AB – Multiple Venues
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