City and Colour
Did you really need another reason to head to Niagara-on-the-Lake at the height of summer? City and Colour has a new album, The Hurry And The Harm, and headlines an all-day lineup with Metric, Jimmy Eat World, Serena Ryder and Yukon Blonde on June 29 from 2:30 pm. Apparently, Canadian indie rock pairs well with both white and red. The Commons at Butler's Barracks Historic Site. cityandcolour.ca.
Geddy Lee and co. may be Toronto's rock band, but this summer Rush's biggest show is July 6, 7:30 pm, in the Hammer. Four and a half decades in the biz hasn't slowed them down. Their latest, Clockwork Angels, released a year ago, was a critical and commercial success and spawned a multi-leg tour. If you missed them last October in Hogtown, isn't it worth the 40-minute drive to hear Tom Sawyer live? Copps Coliseum, copps.coliseumhamilton.com.
Diamond Rings at Hillside
Hillside, Guelph's biggest music fest, turns 30 this year and celebrates with a three-day party and a sassy lineup, July 26 to 28. There's still plenty of peaceful guitar strumming, but this year hardcore punk, electro and synth pop roll in to Guelph Lake Island as well. Akron/Family headlines and Colin Stetson, Diamond Rings and Fucked Up are among the buzzy Canadian acts. Guelph Lake Island Conservation Area. hillsidefestival.ca.
Hannah Georgas at Mudtown
Midway between Bruce Peninsula National Park and Collingwood, Owen Sound is best known for its geographical attributes. Mudtown Records is putting it on the musical map, however, with the Mudtown Music & Arts Festival, August 9 and 10, headlined by some of Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver's finest - Stars, Young Galaxy and Hannah Georgas respectively. Roxy Theatre. mudtownfestival.com.