She-Devils, the Tragically Hip and WayHome Festival Lead This Week's Can't Miss Concerts
Published Jul 21, 2016This week's Can't Miss Concerts, from July 21 to 27, is set to help you cap off your July in style. Read on to see our picks for the best shows this week, which include sophistipop monolith Adele, WayHome festival and the first few dates on the Tragically Hip's new cross-country tour. Be sure to check out our complete Concert Listings for many more must-see concerts and events.
Adele returned last year with 25, another heart-wrenching, sales record-obliterating album of breakup dirges. She's touching down in Vancouver for the second of two dates this week as she continues her marathon world tour. BC concertgoers can say hello to the commanding pop star at one of the shows below.
07/21/2016 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Calgary Folk Music Festival
The Calgary Folk Festival returns this year for its 37th(!) year to bring sweet, soft sounds to Calgary natives and newcomers alike. The festival's lineup is similarly varied, featuring everything from Canadian indie rock originators the New Pornographers to folk darling Cat Power. With heavy hitters like these, it should be another successful year for the Calgary institution.
07/21-24/2016 Calgary, AB – Princes Island Park Festival Grounds
Le Festif! touches down in Quebec this year for a celebration of Quebecois music and culture. Leading the charge this year are Montreal indie-rockers Half Moon Run, beatmaker extraordinaire DJ Champion and imported ska the Cat Empire. Whether you're Quebecois or not, talent like this has no postal code.
07/21-24/2016 Baie-Saint-Paul, QC – Multiple Venues
Guelph's Hillside festival has garnered a rightly earned reputation for showcasing breakthrough Canadian talent over the past 30 years. The next generation is set to make their mark at this year's festival, with blue chip bands like She-Devils and Nap Eyes flanked by buzz kings PUP and established scene veterans Holy Fuck. It's a Canadian institution for a reason.
07/22-24/2016 Guelph, ON – Guelph Lake
Anderson .Paak began this year on a high with the release of his stellar sophomore effort, Malibu. A triumphant early festival season and an XXL Freshman bump promptly followed, and the California rap-R&B hybrid is showing no signs of slowing down. Get down with .Paak and his stellar backing band the Free Nationals in Toronto this week.
07/22/2016 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
One of the nation's most exciting new bands, She-Devils sound like what happens when you leave your dad's scratched-up 8-tracks in the sun for too long, in the best way possible. The Montreal duo's wonky, sample-heavy take on 1960s pop is sublime music for any season, but it's particularly potent for what's been a hair-curlingly humid summer. Check them out at one of the dates below.
07/21/2016 Ottawa, ON – Zaphod Beeblebrox
07/22/2016 Toronto, ON – Monarch Tavern
07/24/2016 Guelph, ON – Guelph Lake
The Tragically Hip
The Canadian legends begin their farewell tour this week with three dates on the West Coast. If you're around, show your appreciation and stop by for what will surely be an electrifying live performance despite tragic circumstances.
07/22/2016 Victoria, BC – Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
07/24/2016 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
07/26/2016 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Ontario's WayHome festival hit paydirt this year with a lineup as stacked as any other festival in the country. Headlining this year's proceedings are Montreal indie vanguards Arcade Fire, beloved resurrected dance-punk troupe LCD Soundsystem and pop rock favourites the Killers. We could say more, but a cast of characters like that speaks for itself. Be there.
07/22-24/2016 Oro-Medonte, ON – Burl's Creek
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