FKA twigs, Heavy Montreal and Regina Folk Festival Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

FKA twigs, Heavy Montreal and Regina Folk Festival Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Ellie Pritts
As summer rolls on, so do the outdoor shows and summer tours, and the week of August 7 to 13 is just as dense with musical programming as the one prior. With metal, punk, folk, jazz, R&B, hip-hop and more covered in this roundup, you're bound to be dragging yourself out into the summer heat for some more tunes. If what we've got here just doesn't do it for you, check our complete Concert Listings to help make the best of the season.


BADBADBADNOTGOOD are HOTHOTNOTCOLD, and not just because of the season. III was wildly successful, landing the trio much publicity, even scoring them our June cover story. Despite performing on the heels of a recently-announced performance with Raekwon and Ghostface Killah (with whom they are also collaborating on record ), the group formerly known as the Odd Trio will aim to prove they don't need to jazz up their performance with outsiders to put on a killer show.

08/07 Saskatoon, SK – O'Brians Event Centre
08/08 Edmonton, AB – The Starlite Room
08/09 Calgary, AB – Commonwealth Bar & Stage
08/12 Vancouver, BC – Venue Live

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Folk music is a comforting name for a genre; it suggests the music is ready to be enjoyed by all people, and with Edmonton Folk Music Festival, it seems organizers aim to offer just that. Blue Rodeo, Ben Howard and Charlie Musselwhite, James Vincent McMorrow, Dan Mangan, Vance Joy and Basia Bulat are just some of the acts providing a little something for everyone. Everyone who bought tickets, that is; aside from senior tickets, the festival is sold out.

08/07-10 Edmonton, AB – Gallagher Park

FKA twigs

Following the release of EP2 (EP1 preceded it), she's following the pattern with the soon-to-be-released LPI. Fortunately, as songs from the album roll out, it's been made clear that obeying standards is far from the norm for this left-field U.K. R&B singer.

08/08 Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
08/09 Montreal, QC – La Cabaret du Mile End

Heavy Montreal

Heavy Montreal has become Canada's de facto pride and joy when it comes to metal festivals. Simply put, where our country could previously not hold a flame to the likes of Europe or even the United States, MTL is our best bet. This year, they aimed to best even their own previous half-decade with a line-up including a unique Metallica-By-Request set, Slayer, Lamb of God, Exodus, Hatebreed, Body Count, Whitechapel, Fucked Up, Unearth, Stick to your Guns, Biblical and many more.

08/09-10 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau

Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival

Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival is likely the farthest east you'll find a line-up of this magnitude in Canada. Located at Newfoundland's Bowring Park, the weekend will host Gord Downie, the Benoits, Matt Andersen, the Fortunate Ones, Basia Bulat, the Masterless Men, the Dardanelles and more between August 8 and 10. That's not all, though; in addition to showcasing some of the best folk and related genres, the TD Neil Murray Stage will give you a taste of the future, via young performers' sets on the festival's two latter days.

08/08-10 St. John's, NL – Bowring Park

Squamish Valley Music Festival

At the same time, on the other side of Canada, is Squamish Valley Music Festival, which initially revealed an impressive line-up featuring Arctic Monkeys, Danny Brown, Lykke Li, the Head and the Heart, Mounties, Bruno Mars, Eminem, Atmosphere and many more. A second wave of later (equally impressive) additions included Chvrches, tUnE-yArDs, James Vincent McMorrow, Wildlife and Nas performing Illmatic. Get ready.

08/08-10 Squamish, BC – Centennial Field, Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields

Regina Folk Festival

At a time where many people might be facing a midlife crisis, the 45-year-old Regina Folk Festival is doing what it's always done best: folking you up with a great line-up. Sam Roberts Band, Serena Ryder, Joel Plaskett Emergency, the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Royal Canoe, Indigo Girls and more will converge upon the middle of the country this weekend.

08/08-10 Regina, SK – Victoria Park

Wolfe Island Music Festival

Wolfe Island sounds like the location of a really bad horror movie. Instead, it's the host of Wolfe Island Music Festival, which features a line-up that might have its competition shivering in fear. K-os, Shad, the Rural Alberta Advantage, PUP, Bry Webb and the Providers, Alvvays, Thus Owls, Cousins and more will turn the island into something closer to Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist than A Canadian Werewolf in Marysville.

08/08-09 Marysville, ON – Wolfe Island

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