Lower Dens, Hillside Festival and Wayhome Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

Lower Dens, Hillside Festival and Wayhome Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Photo: Geoff Fitzgerald
This edition of Can't Miss Concerts, which features events from July 23 to 29, is almost entirely composed of festivals–– here at the end of the month, many of the summer's most anticipated showcases have arrived. With lineups that boast artists of great diversity and prestige playing all around the country, it's a pretty good week of musical celebration in Canada.

Calgary Folk Fest

Calgary Folk Fest is a three-day event that celebrates tradition and genre-defying music. This year, the lineup of artists includes Father John Misty, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Tasseomancy, Milk Carton Kids, the Strumbellas, Patrick Watson, Hawksley Workman, the Wooden Sky, the John Butler Trio and a slew of other troubadours who are excited to share their sounds and come together on the festival's trademark collaborative sets.

07/23-26/2015 Calgary, AB – Princes Island Park Festival Grounds

Hillside Festival

Hillside Festival is a heartening experience that encourages dancing, drumming and exploring sounds from a wealth of genres. This year, performers like BADBADNOTGOOD, BRAIDS, Constantines, the Good Lovelies, Great Lake Swimmers, Terra Lightfoot, Natalie Prass, By Divine Right and plenty of others will be playing on the beautiful lakeside event grounds.

07/24-26/2015 Guelph, ON – Guelph Lake

Lower Dens

Lower Dens are an indie pop band from Baltimore, MD. The success of their third album Escape from Evil finds them on a world tour, and they will be passing through Canada this week. This time around, the band are bringing a new dimension to their music; the addition of a laptop and keyboard has allowed the airy synths of their latest LP to overlay the swirling guitars and Jana Hunter's alto croon.

07/25/2015 Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl


MEG (Montreal Festival Electronique Groove) say that their festival is about "searching, discovering, falling in love, dancing [and] celebrating." If you're keen on any of these experiences, come check out the 17th edition of this event. This year, MEG is featuring artists like Dear Criminals, Secret Secret Girl, Fragile Feet, Human Human, Darius, Ragers, Madeskimo, Buck Smith, Ouri and a long lineup of others.

07/23-08/02/2015 Montreal, QC – Multiple Venues

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj embarked on her third world tour in March, and at last, the Pinkprint Tour is reaching Canada. Minaj, who recently made history by becoming the first woman to achieve four simultaneous top ten hits on the Billboard R&B/hip-hop chart — is sure to play her number one hit of the moment, "Truffle Butter," along with all of the tracks that catapulted her to the top of the game.

07/28/2015 Toronto, ON – Molson Amphitheatre
07/29/2015 Montreal, QC – Bell Centre

Phillips Backyard Weekender

By day, the concrete beside the Phillips' Brewery is an unassuming parking lot; however, for three magical evenings, it will be transformed into an outdoor super-party. The soundtrack of the Phillips' Backyard Weekender will be provided by musicians like Talib Kweli, USS, Dan Mangan + Blacksmith, BADBADNOTGOOD, Built to Spill, the Easy Star All-Stars and some of the summer's other hottest acts.

07/24-26/2015 Victoria, BC – Phillips Brewery


Wayhome may be this summer's most anticipated festival; in the its first edition, the lineup boasts major acts like Kendrick Lamar, Neil Young, Sam Smith, Alt-J, Modest Mouse, Hozier, Bassnectar, the Decemberists, Brandon Flowers, St. Vincent, Girl Talk, Vance Joy, the Sheepdogs, Future Islands, Run the Jewels, Manchester Orchestra, July Talk, Fucked Up, the Growlers and a huge collection of others. In addition to the impressive music selection, the festival offers art instalments, food bazaars, markets and more that will bring the comforts of home out into the festival.

07/24-26/2015 Oro-Medonte, ON – Burl's Creek

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