Polaris Prize launches free summer concert series in Niagara Falls

The Niagara Stage will host shows by Weaves, Basia Bulat, The Darcys and others. Plus: just announced Toronto concerts from Yaeji, Andy Shauf and others


If you’re part of the large overlapping circle in the Venn diagram between fans of critically acclaimed Canadian indie music, scenery-filled Ontario day trips and fireworks, then listen up a second: there’s a new music series starting this week called The Niagara Stage. 

Every Saturday night between June 30 and September 1, a free concert takes over Queen Victoria Park in Niagara featuring musicians who have been recognized by the Polaris Music Prize. 

It starts Saturday (June 30) with a performance by Basia Bulat and a Canada Day (Sunday, July 1) set by the Darcys, then continues July 7 with Weaves and follows weekly with Philippe B, Nap Eyes, a TBA artist, Antoine Corriveau, Jessy Lanza, Tanika Charles, ending with Fiver on September 1. 

That’s a rock solid list of musicians from Toronto, Hamilton, Halifax and Quebec. The shows, always free, start at 8 pm and are followed by fireworks over Niagara Falls at 10 pm. Sounds worth a road trip. 

Saturday (June 30)-September 1 at Queen Victoria Park (Niagara Falls), 8 pm, all ages. Free. niagaraparks.com.

More Just Announced Toronto Concerts

The Niagara Stage: Basia Bulat, The Darcys, Weaves, Nap Eyes, Jessy Lanza, Philippe B, Antoine Corriveau, Fiver, Tanika Charles and others at Queen Victoria Park (Niagara Falls) 8 pm. Free. niagaraparks.com. June 30-September 1.

Parkdale: A Reinvention: Elizabeth Shepherd, Jessica Stuart, Chloe Watkinson, Jocelyn Barth, Collette Savard & The Savantes, Denielle Bassels, The Memberz and others at Gladstone Hotel 7 pm. $12-$15. July 15.

The Treble at Adelaide Hall doors 9 pm. $12-$15. ticketfly.com. August 11.

Eyes Set To Kill, Dayshell, Awake At Last at Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm, all ages. $15. ticketfly.com. August 22.

Daniel Romano’s Ancient Shapes, New Swears at Lee’s Palace doors 9 pm. $11.50. –ticketfly.comsoundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com. August 25.

Ohmme at Monarch Tavern doors 7:30 pm. $12.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. August 27.

The Ramolas: Eamon McGrath, Dead Broke, Evan Redsky at Horseshoe doors 8 pm. $8.50. ticketfly.com. August 30.

Tuns at Horseshoe doors 9 pm. $15. On sale June 28. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. August 31.

SUMAC, Dalek at The Garrison doors 8 pm. $15.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. September 4.

Mashrou’ Leila at Mod Club doors 8 pm. $26.50. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. September 10.

The Queers at Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm. $13.50. rotate.com, ticketfly.comsoundscapesmusic.com. September 11.

Gang Gang Dance at Velvet Underground doors 8 pm. $15.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. September 12.

Wax Idols at Monarch Tavern doors 8:30 pm. $12.50. On sale June 28. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. September 12.

No Fun At All, The Drowns at Lee’s Palace doors 8 pm. $20. –ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. September 13.

Tilian at Sneaky Dee’s doors 7 pm, all ages. $20. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapemusic.com. September 18.

Van William at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $13.50. ticketfly.com, soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com. September 18.

Still Corners at Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm. $16-$20. ticketfly.com. September 20.

Jimmy Rankin at The Great Hall doors 8. $35. On sale June 27. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com. October 4.

Rejjie Snow at Velvet Underground doors 7:30 pm, all ages. $TBA. ticketweb.ca. October 7.

Lisa Stansfield at Queen Elizabeth Theatre All ages. $39.50-$65. On sale June 29. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. October 9.

Saintseneca at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $13.50. ticketfly.com, soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com. October 10.

The Frights at Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm, all ages. $23. rotate.com, ticketfly.com, soundscapesmusic.com. October 10.

Amy Shark at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm, all ages. $20-$30. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. October 13.

Joey Landreth at Horseshoe doors 8:30 pm. $15. ticketfly.com, soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com. October 16.

Noah Kahan at Adelaide Hall Moved from Drake Hotel. Doors 7 pm. $23.50. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. October 16.

Beak> at Mod Club doors 8:30 pm. $25. ticketfly.com, rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com. October 17.

Kali Uchis, Gabriel Garzon-Montano at Rebel doors 8 pm. $35-$45. ticketweb.ca. October 18.

MASEGO at Opera House doors 7 pm, all ages. $22.50. On sale June 29. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. October 23.

The Sound of Tomorrow presented by Soulection at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $TBA. On sale June 29. ticketmaster.ca. October 26.

Allen Stone, Nick Waterhouse at Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7. $24.50-$129. On sale June 29. ticketfly.com. October 27.

Mikaela Davis at Drake Hotel doors 8 pm. $13.50. ticketfly.com, soundscapesmusic.com, rotate.com. October 27.

USS, The Elwins at Rebel $TBA. On sale June 27. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. October 28.

Yaeji at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $TBA. On sale June 29. ticketmaster.ca. October 31.

Cadence Weapon at Velvet Underground doors 9 pm. $15. ticketweb.ca. November 3.

St. Lucia at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $TBA. On sale June 29. ticketmaster.ca. November 9.

Andy Shauf at Trinity-St. Paul Centre doors 7 pm, all ages. $31.50. soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com, rotate.com. November 16.

Great Lake Swimmers at Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $15-$50. ticketmaster.ca. November 23.

Cavetown at Hard Luck Bar doors 7 pm. $17. On sale June 27. rotate.com, ticketfly.comsoundscapesmusic.com. December 10.

The Musical Box: A Genesis Extravaganza at Danforth Music Hall All ages. $59.50-$99.50. On sale June 28. livenation.com, ticketmaster.ca. January 18, 2019.

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