A week out from March and the music festival announcements are streaming in like meltwater (the exciting 'spring is in the air' sort you see in nature docs, not the gross exhaust brown stuff that stained my new adidas).
Last week, we learned about WayHome, Sled Island, Unsound Toronto, and Quartiers d'hiver, and for this installment of Where Should You and Yours Squad Up This Summer, we've got announcements from Osheaga, Ottawa Bluesfest, Obey Convention, Garbage Daze, and 21C. Also known as: a few more weekends you'll have to book off work.
Now in its 11th year, Montreal's Osheaga festival has established itself as one of Canada's small handful of "biggies." That reputation comes with a few expectations. Expectations like landing Radiohead for their only Canadian date announced thus far. Throw in Lana Del Rey and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and you've got something for everyone.
Other highlights include a Grimes sorta homecoming, 2016 festival darling Future, the reunited Wolf Parade, Kaytranada, Todd Terje, Vince Staples, Jazz Cartier, Evian Christ, Dilly Dally, White Lung, and Alex G. The festival goes July 29-31, start searching Megabus now. Full lineup and information here.
The daily programming on this thing might be a bit wonky (if you want to see XXYYXX, for example, your headliner that day is Brad Paisley, and, hey, maybe that's somebody's dream), but Ottawa Bluesfest consistently delivers big talent to our nation's capital.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, Duran Duran, Paisley, Future, Billy Idol, Sam Hunt, Noel Gallagher, John Fogerty, The Lumineers, and City and Colour are your big font anchors, and standouts include ScHoolboy Q, Alessia Cara, Bryan Ferry, Early Sweatshirt, Holy Fuck, The Monkees, and PUP. Find the full lineup here. Festival runs July 7-17.
Halifax's annual "contemporary and underground music and art" festival and general avant extravaganza returns for its ninth edition May 26-29 and, today, unveiled the first wave of 2016 performers which includes Mykki Blanco, Zs, Marie Davidson, Nadja, and New Fries. Find ticketing info and watch for more announcement here.
Calgary has declared 2016 its Year of Music. Operating 100% outside that marketing campaign, the DIY and subculture-focused music festival Garbage Daze, now in its fourth year, grows beyond its hardcore punk blueprints, including performances by Destruction Unit, Career Suicide, Shifted, LSD and the Search for God, and more. Look for details here.
The website Musical Toronto called Toronto's 21C "one of the most important annual festivals in the city." Highlighting the bleeding edge of contemporary music practices, The Royal Conservatory of Music has rolled out its third instalment of 21C running May 25-29, which includes performances from Kronos Quartet with special guest Tanya Tagaq, acclaimed jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, and a presentation called "21C After Hours: Blackout," billed as an experiential exhibition of the music of plunderphonics OG John Oswald. Find a full list of performances as well as schedules and ticketing information here.