Published Aug 14, 2014Heat will eventually wear you down and, by this point in the summer, its oppressive weight is surely beating down on many. Fortunately, music is always here to pick up moods. That's the saving grace of summer: an influx of fun festivals and satisfying shows. While we've gathered a wide range in this Can't Miss Concerts roundup for the week of August 14 to 20, be sure to check our complete Concert Listings to find other musical relief from the heat — just do your searching in the comfort of air-conditioning.
After a mid-summer release for their self-titled LP, Toronto's Alvvays have been supporting the effort with dreamy live shows. It appears they're trying to make up for the lengthy anticipation for the LP by ensuring fans don't have to wait long to see them live. The group's dates with Fucked Up continue into the next week.
08/14 Toronto, ON – Horseshoe Tavern
08/16 Montreal, QC – La Vitrola
08/19 Saskatoon, SK – Louis' Pub (with Fucked Up)
08/20 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop (with Fucked Up)
Arboretum Music Festival
After being inundated with the 11-day Ottawa Bluesfest, you'd think the country's capital would be ready to turn a deaf ear to live music. Not so: Arboretum Music Festival should convince residents to be all ears, with a line-up including Constantines, Kevin Drew, Chad VanGaalen, Steve Adamyk, Ought, Weaves, WTCHS and many more. Your ears will forgive you for putting them through another loud week — just be sure to wear ear plugs.
08/18-23 Ottawa, ON – Arts Court
Society celebrates firsts, from the first child to the first birthday. This will mark the first year for Atmosphere Gathering, an ambitious music festival that sourced many its performers from far and wide: Chali 2na, A Tribe Called Red, Blackalicious, Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer and Tanya Tagaq with Michael Red are just some of the artists scheduled. Meanwhile, it made sure to keep slots open for local musicians, as well as food and drink purveyors, visual artists and other such proponents of local culture. Eat, drink and be merry.
08/15-17 Cumberland, BC – Cumberland Village Park
On his second 1st of the Month EP, which dropped appropriately on August 1, Cam'ron collaborated with Nicki Minaj, Jim Jones, Hell Rell, AraabMuzik and Red Rhaspy. He's also planning a joint effort with A-Trak. The Dipset vet will be heading out on this tour solo with enough recent musical ammunition to spit a fresh performance.
08/15 Montreal, QC – Club Soda
08/16 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
08/17 Ottawa, ON – Ritual
08/18 Barrie, ON – Sound Empire
08/19 Oshawa, ON – Oshawa Music Hall
08/20 Winnipeg, MB – Union Sound Hall
There's something comforting about home, and Fevers are about to experience that with not one, but two hometown shows. Expect the electronic pop group to deliver electric performances from their excellent 2013 LP, No Room for Light.
08/16 Ottawa, ON – House of TARG
08/17 Ottawa, ON – Richcraft Theatre
Mad Decent Block Party 2014
As a travelling circus of sorts (the EDM sort, to be exact), Mad Decent Block Party brings a variety of DJs and electronic acts to cities across North America, including dates in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver. The sold out Toronto event will feature Diplo, Flosstradamus, Zeds Dead and more getting the party started.
08/15 Toronto, ON – Fort York Garrison Common
With 2014 marking the tenth anniversary of Of Malice and the Magnum Heart, Misery Signals' are doing something fans likely never thought they'd see (again) — reuniting that LP's quintessential lineup to perform the metalcore classic front to back. Although original vocalist Jesse Zaraska boomed on "The Year Summer Ended in June" that "This time, it was our summer, it was something no one could take from us," time did take him away. Fortunately, this week he (and guitarist Stu Ross) return.
08/14 Calgary, AB – Broken City Social Club
08/15 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
08/18 Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre
For more shows headed your way, click over to Exclaim!'s Concert Listings.