Metallica, Kelly Lee Owens and Halifax Jazz Fest Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts

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BY Joe Smith-EngelhardtPublished Jul 13, 2017

As we get further into July, festivals are continuing to dominate the live music sphere, as music lovers head outdoors to enjoy the sounds and feeling of summer. If you haven't been able to attend one of the many outdoor music gatherings that have happened so far this season, you've still got plenty of time and lots to choose from.
This week's edition of Can't Miss Concerts from July 13 to 19 is loaded with festivals from all across Canada, with lineups that feature folk artists, arena-filling heavy metal icons, prolific rappers and everything in between. If you can't make it out to any of the shows we've listed below but still want to hit up a concert, check out our full Concert Listings page for more.
Because Beer Festival
If craft beer and live music sound like a good combination to you, then you're in for a treat: Hamilton's Because Beer Festival is pairing some of the best breweries from across Ontario with amazing live performances from the likes of Sloan, Fast Romantics, Said the Whale, Diamond DJ Collective and more. With over 30 craft beer and cider makers to choose from and free sampling tokens included in your ticket price, you don't want to miss out on this festival.
07/14-15/2017 Hamilton, ON – Pier 4 Park
Festival d'été de Quebec
Quebec City's annual 11-day extravaganza continues this week with more rounds of incredible musicians set to perform. Across the festival's final four days, you can see shows from the likes of the Who, Metallica, Gorillaz, Muse and a ton of others. There are also still free shows happening around the city, plus street art performances if you need a break from the music.
07/6-16/2017 Quebec City, QC – Various Venues
Halifax Jazz Fest
Over the last 30 years, Halifax Jazz Festival has brought a wide range of artists to the Maritimes while also providing a focus on Canadian and local talent. This year, the festival landed headliners such as R&B singer Anderson .Paak, folk-pop singer Ron Sexsmith, country rockers Blue Rodeo and British Columbian jazz trumpeter and vocalist Bria Skonberg, among other performers.
07/12-16/2017 Halifax, NS – Various Venues
Hillside Festival
Long-running folk festival Hillside is returning to Guelph Lake Island this weekend, and they're playing host to a massive amount of local, national and international talent. This year, the festival will see performances from Rae Spoon, Big Brave, Lowest of the Low, Coeur de pirate, Weaves, Charlotte Day Wilson and a ton more.
07/14-16/2017 Guelph, ON – Guelph Lake
Thrash metal pioneers Metallica paved the way for multiple generations of heavy metal bands, won countless awards and became one of the highest-selling acts of all time. Now, they're making their way back to Canada to perform headlining sets in Quebec City, Toronto and Montreal, with Avenged Sevenfold and Volbeat opening their non-festival sets.
07/14/2017 Quebec City, QC – Festival d'été de Quebec – Bell Stage
07/16/2017 Toronto, ON – Rogers Centre
07/19/2017 Montreal, QC – Parc Jean Drapeau
Ness Creek Festival
If you've ever wondered what a music festival in a forest would be like, Saskatoon's Ness Creek Festival is here to help you find out. Ness Creek is tucked away in the forests of Northern Saskatchewan, where you can camp, go for a hike and watch some great live music while surrounded by wildlife. This year, the festival got performers like Black Vienna, Royal Canoe, Elliott Brood and a ton more to enjoy over the weekend.
07/13-16/2017 – Saskatoon, SK – Ness Creek
Ottawa Bluesfest
Every year, the nation's capital city is taken over for 11 days by some of the greatest national and international musicians, and with the festival entering its 24th year, organizers have arranged one of their best lineups yet. There are still four days left for you to catch artists such as Migos, Lil Yachty, A Tribe Called Red, Muse, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and more, so grab a ticket before it's too late.  
07/6-16/2017 Ottawa, ON – LeBreton Flats
Kelly Lee Owens
UK dream-pop producer Kelly Lee Owens released her stunning self-titled debut album earlier this year, and this week she's getting settled into her first run of North American dates to support the record. If you want to see the Welsh-born producer's captivating beats live, she'll be headlining a show in Montreal before opening for John Talabot in Toronto.
07/13/2017 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz PDB
07/14/2017 Toronto, ON – Coda
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