Arena concerts, outdoor festivals, drive-thru shows; Music lovers are slowly returning to hear their favorite artists perform live after a long period of drought due to COVID-19 lockdowns.
Organizers have been creative and put on shows that reflect a relaxation of restrictions related to the pandemic while respecting individual provincial health protocols in place across the country.
Ready to go back? CBC News highlights a range of live music events taking place this summer and fall.
The big headliners are back
The experience of the concert in the arena seems like a distant dream to most, but as vaccination rates rise across the country and the number of COVID-19 cases decline, some headliners are switching to shows live.
In August, two major artists will give shows in mega-venues across the country: Quebec singer and world superstar CÃ©line Dion will pass through Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver from August 16 to 29.
Right behind her is everyone’s favorite ex-boy-band, Harry Styles, who will stop in Vancouver on August 16, before performances in Montreal and Toronto in early fall.
Latino kings of pop Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin co-headline a North American tour, with stops planned in Toronto (October 7-8) and Montreal (October 9).
Outside of the pop realm, progressive rock legends Genesis will reunite in November for their first tour in 14 years. The group will stop over in Montreal (Nov 22-23) and Toronto (Nov 25-26). The last time the band performed in Canada was in September 2007.
National Treasure Gordon Lightfoot will perform Canadian shows from September through November, traveling coast to coast from Fredericton, Montreal and Ottawa, before stopping in several cities in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and of British Columbia. Toronto fans will be able to see him at the end of his Canadian tour, when he will perform at Massey Hall for three evenings (November 25-27).
But if you’re not ready to leave the house, Bob Dylan is set to give a live concert on July 18, hosted on the streaming platform Veeps.
Intimate indie shows
For those who prefer their independently labeled music and intimately staged shows, a range of independent artists and small groups are also in Canadian centers this summer and fall.
Soccer Mommy, Lucy Dacus and Arlo Parks will all perform in Montreal and Toronto in early fall (also catch Dacus and Parks in Vancouver), while German electronic duo Milky Chance are set to perform in Vancouver (November 22), Calgary (Nov 23), Winnipeg (Nov 25), Toronto (Dec 1) and Montreal (Dec 2).
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The Halifax-based artist, raised in Barrie, Ont., Will debut in Wolfville, Nova Scotia on July 28, with a few dates in the Atlantic provinces before heading to the West Coast (Nov. 17-21). ). Then it heads to the Prairies (November 23-27) and Ontario and Quebec (December 1-10). Its tour continues in 2022 with a number of shows scheduled on the East Coast.
Another Canadian group, folk group The Weather Station, will perform to audiences in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa in November, before landing in Toronto in early December. The band, led by Tamara Lindeman, released their new album Ignoring last february.
Music festivals, virtual twists and turns
From New Brunswick to the Northwest Territories, summer music festivals are also back on the map, many with a virtual twist.
The Outdoor Quebec Summer Festival takes place until July 18 in Quebec City and features shows from comedians and musicians. Fans can see artists like Coeur de Pirate, Marie-Mai, Men I Trust and Steve Hill live at the event. But don’t worry if you can’t attend: sold-out shows will be offered at virtually $ 20 for a 24-hour viewing period.
Two festivals take place in opposite ends of the country from July 16-18: Folk on the Rocks premieres in Yellowknife, with artists like Cartel Madras, The Jerry Cans, Partner, Celeigh Cardinal and Leela and Jay Gilday.
And from the organizers of Fredericton’s Shivering Songs Festival, here is Sweltering Songs, a summer riff on the hugely popular winter event. The lineup includes artists like AQUASOCKS, ChloÃ© Breault and the Montgomery Street Band.
The Calgary Folk Music Festival summer serenades run July 22-28, featuring headliners Charlotte Cardin, Cowboy Junkies, Julian Taylor and more. The event will transition from a multi-stage festival format to an outdoor concert series, and each day will be streamed live for free on YouTube.
Edmonton’s Together Again outdoor concert series launches in August as a monthly social distancing festival; guests will be seated at sufficiently spaced tables for up to six people.
If you’re in the mood for a very special (and productive!) Live music experience, come to Piknic Electronik in Montreal, where you can dance with all your heart … and get vaccinated at the festival’s pop-up clinic, organized on July 11. .
Local shows and drive-thru
Toronto’s beloved Horseshoe Tavern concert hall announced Chill-O-Rama, a live streaming and drive-thru music series hosted at CityView Drive-in. Programming will include bands like Stars, Skydiggers, Sadies and the Jim Cuddy Band, and for a fee, the live-stream version of each show will be available for up to 10 days after the performance.
Calgary’s Gray Eagle Resort and Casino welcomes a wide range of guests, from Platinum Blonde on August 13 to Tokyo Police Club on August 27.
And in Montreal on July 16 and 17, the Jardin Royalmount will host DJ Misstress Barbara in partnership with Ãlesoniq, an electronic music festival postponed until next year.
The Sound of Music Festival in Burlington, Ont., Has been canceled due to the pandemic. But the organizers are changing their approach and launching the Return to Live series, which will host musical performances at local restaurants, terraces and malls across the city.