Published Aug 10, 2017As the summer begins to wind down, we're all trying to cram in as much fun as possible before returning to our normal, housebound lifestyles. You could be hitting the beach, going camping, heading out on a road trip or, better yet, seeing your favourite musician's perform live.
This week's edition of Can't Miss Concerts, from August 10 to 16, can help you wrap up that summer bucket list, as we've got plenty of shows to please any music fan. Whether it's metal, folk, pop or something else that you're in search of, there are loads of concerts to fill your live music needs.
Take a look at our picks for the best shows going on across Canada below, then head over to our Concert Listings for more tours and festivals.
Vancouver sludge metal band Anciients are masters of their craft, seamlessly blending elements of prog metal and death metal with their Mastodon-worshipping sound in a way that many bands struggle with. If you want to see these heavy-as-hell metal virtuosos live, now's your chance — they've got a ton of shows lined up this week, from Alberta all the way across to Ontario.
08/10/2017 Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill
08/11/2017 Saskatoon, SK – Saskatoon Event Centre
08/12/2017 Winnipeg, MB – The Handsome Daughter
08/14/2017 Thunder Bay, ON – Crocks
08/15/2017 Sudbury, ON – The Asylum
08/16/2017 Hamilton, ON – This Ain't Hollywood
Edmonton Folk Festival
Running from August 10 to 13, Edmonton Folk Festival's lineup is sure to have Western Canadian folk fans in pure ecstasy. At the 38th edition of the festival, you'll be able to catch sets from City and Colour, the Decemberists, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile, Andy Shauf and a ton more.
08/10-13/2017 Edmonton, AB – Gallagher Park
Thrash metal titans Metallica have been killing it live since releasing their tenth studio album Hardwired…To Self Destruct. Western Canadian fans of the iconic metal band get their chance to see their incredible live show this week, as the band will be playing in Vancouver and Edmonton, with Avenged Sevenfold and Gojira opening both dates.
08/14/2017 Vancouver, BC – BC Place
08/16/2017 Edmonton, AB – Commonwealth Stadium
Toronto dream pop act Moon King just dropped his highly anticipated record Hamtramck '16, and now he's headed out on the road for a string of shows in support of the new album. If you wanted to hit the dance floor with Moon King this week, you've got two chances, as he'll be playing back-to-back shows in Toronto and Montreal.
08/11/2017 Toronto, ON – The Baby G
08/12/2017 Montreal, QC – Poisson Noir
Regina Folk Festival
After more than 50 years of operation, Regina Folk Festival has returned to gather together folk fans for four days of live music. This year's attendees will be treated to sets from artists such as Tegan and Sara, Lights, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Coeur de pirate, Kacy & Clayton and a whole lot more that will surely make for a great weekend.
08/10-13/2017 Regina, SK – Victoria Park
If you're the type of person who thrives on all-day (and all-night!) EDM events, Shambhala has you covered. The small farmland this fest takes place on will be filled with a sea of dancing ravers this week, gathering together for performances from the likes of Adventure Club, Datsik, A-Trak, Excision, Black Tiger Sex Machine and a ton more.
08/11-14/2017 Salmo, BC – Salmo River Ranch
Electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso released their captivating new album What Now earlier this year, and while the record was much more pop-oriented than their previous release, it's gone over exceedingly well with fans. Vancouver fans will get a chance to see their buzz-worthy live show this week when the band take over the Commodore Ballroom.
08/15/2017 Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
Wolfe Island Music Festival
After cancelling last year's event due to financial issues and a saturated festival market, Wolfe Island Music Festival has made its comeback. This year's edition will see performances from the likes of Said the Whale, Born Ruffians, Land of Talk, New Swears, Partner and more, so you're not going to want to miss out.
08/11-12/2017 Kingston, ON – Wolfe Island
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