Published Jun 26, 2014Canada is known for its diverse population, but it could also be acknowledged for the diversity of its live music. This week (June 26 to July 2) finds a wide range of artists painting the landscape with their music, both in festivals and more intimate concerts. The variety doesn't stop here though — a look at our complete Concert Listings will reveal plenty more to see if our roundup below has nothing for you. Or maybe give something new a try in the name of diversity.
S. Carey is short for Sean Carey, whom you might know as the singing drummer in Bon Iver. His solo project, which just released the Range of Light EP in April, fills up his time when Bon Iver aren't busy, as they haven't been since 2012. If Bon Iver return (as this reworking of Holocene could hint at), Carey won't be able to tour as much as he currently is, so don't miss out!
06/27 Calgary, AB – The Palomino
06/28 Edmonton, AB – Brixx Bar & Grill
06/30 Vancouver, BC – The Biltmore Cabaret
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds
Nick Cave will make a few rare appearances in Western Canada this week, including two stops in Vancouver. Do. Not. Miss. Them.
06/27 Calgary, AB – Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
06/28 Edmonton, AB – Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
06/30 Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
07/01 Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
Digital Dreams Music Festival
Your Digital Dreams are about to become a reality. The third time's the charm for this electro-centric festival, which has nabbed Tiesto, Justice, Deep Dish, Luciano, Dash Berlin, Eric Prydz, Flux Pavilion and many more. Check out a live recap of last year's instalment to see how the fest will bring your dreams to life.
06/28-29 Toronto, ON - The Flats (Molson Canadian Amphitheatre)
Montreal Jazz Festival
It's been 35 years for the Montreal Jazz Festival, but at an age when many adults would start slowing/settling down, the festival is as vibrant as ever. Festival International de Jazz de Montréal (if you wanted to speak the province's tongue) is set to include Beck, St. Vincent, Elvis Costello, Rufus Wainwright, Coeur de Pirate, BADBADNOTGOOD, Ben Harper, Barenaked Ladies and more. Exclaim! was there the last two years, so why not go and see how your experience stacks up?
06/26-07/06 Montreal, QC – Various Venues
Peterborough Musicfest is set to run like clockwork. For two months, every Wednesday and Saturday will find Del Crary Park filled with the sound of (free!) live music between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. The line-up is less predictable, however, with Skydiggers opening the ongoing festival and artists such as the Strumbellas, 54-40, Colin James, Tegan and Sara, Justin Rutledge and more set to appear. Did we mention it's all free?
06/28-08/27 Peterborough, ON – Del Crary Park
Tall Tree Music Festival
Tall Tree Music Festival bills itself as a "boutique festival" and makes good on its claim with a specialized line-up featuring Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, the Dudes, SonReal, Pickwick, Jon and Roy, Bear Mountain and more. Get ready to camp amongst tall trees, but move quickly — last year's event sold out!
06/27-29 Port Renfrew, BC – Port Renfrew Marina
Vancouver band White Lung created a driving punk opus on last week's Deep Fantasy, blazing by their punk peers in the process. Maybe it's a lack of tar in the lungs, but with their debut LP for Domino Records, they sound ready for the road.
06/27 Montreal, QC – Divan Orange
06/28 Ottawa, ON – House of Targ
06/29 Toronto, ON – The Garrison
06/30 London, ON – Call the Office
For more shows headed your way, click over to Exclaim!'s Concert Listings.