OVO Fest 2017 is a go

Drake finally announces a date for the eighth edition of his Toronto summer blowout plus more recently announced shows


It was looking like OVO Fest might not happen this year. Last year’s edition was folded into Drake’s Summer Sixteen tour, which moved it to the Air Canada Centre, and it’s been radio silence since then regarding a 2017 date.

But Live Nation announced last night that the eighth edition of Drake’s summer blowout is, indeed, a go – and it’s returning to the much more fun Budweiser Stage locale (formerly Molson Amphitheatre). So far there’s just an August 7 date. 

No major surprises in the lineup: Drake headlines and all of his label’s hottest acts – Roy Woods, recent Manifesto headliners Majid Jordan and NOW cover stars dvsn and Partynextdoor – open.

But it’s, of course, the surprise guests who put the “O” in OVO Fest. Here’s hoping plenty of women are among them because this is one completely all-dude lineup. 

Tickets go on sale Thursday (June 29). $65-$225. ticketmaster.ca.


Waxlimbs, Sly Why: Kid, Tilsen The Drake doors 8 pm. $10. ticketfly.com. July 8.

Eucalyptus Tranzac 7:30 pm. Pwyc. brodiewest.com. July 12.

Merna, Desiire The Drake 8 pm. $15. eventbrite.ca. July 12.

Shield to Shore: TUNS, Lisa Leblanc, the Sadies, Good Enough Live Karaoke, Boogat Harbourfront Centre Free. harbourfrontcentre.com. July 14-16. 

Spookey Ruben, Roncy Boys, Very Venuto The Garrison doors 9 pm. $10, adv. $8. –superwondergallery.com. July 14.

The Atomic Bitchwax, Mirror Queen Hard Luck doors 7 pm. $15. ticketfly.com. July 15.

Bob Wiseman Tranzac 7:30 pm. Pwyc. bobwiseman.ca. July 15.

indie88’s Band And A Movie: Hannah Georgas & Labyrinth Royal Cinema doors 7:30 pm. Free. facebook.com/Indie88Toronto. July 18.

Chladny, Myra Maines, Shyy Smiling Buddha 9 pm. $8 at the door. July 20.

Northern Passages: IVA, Sarah Macdougall, the Jerry Cans, Cris Derkson Harbourfront Centre Most events free. harbourfrontcentre.com. July 21-23. 

Deadmau5, Rezz, Blackgummy, Attlas, Monstergetdown, Matt Lange Ten-year anniversary of mau5trap Rebel doors 10 pm. $35-$75. –inktickets.comticketmaster.ca. July 21.

Dwight Yoakam, Jillian Jacqueline Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $69.50-$79.50. –ticketmaster.ca. July 22.

Incubus, Jimmy Eat World, Judah & the Lion Budweiser Stage doors 6:45 pm. $49.25-$134.25. ticketmaster.ca. -July 22.

Crystal Eyes, Les Nananas, Luna Li, Marlaena Moore Monarch Tavern 8 pm. $10. July 26. 

Belle and Sebastian (Richard Colburn & Chris Geddes) DJ Set Velvet Underground 11 pm. $16. –ticketweb.ca. July 27.

Father Christmas, King Cuddy Double Double Land. 10 pm. $10. July 29.

OVO Fest: Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR, dvsn, Majid Jordan, Roy Woods Budweiser Stage 7 pm. $65-$225. ticketmaster.ca. August 7.

Molly Nilsson, Michele Nox The Baby G doors 9 pm. $10. –ticketfly.com. -August 10.

Roundhouse Craft Beer Festival Exclaim! Stage: Goodbye Honolulu, Kiwi Jr, Thrifty Kids, Sportsfan, Taylor Knox, Meanwood, Beams, Mad Ones, HotKid Roundhouse Park 4 pm-6 pm, daily. $30, adv $25. craftbeerfest.ca. August 11-13.

King Creosote, Michael Johnston Burdock two shows, doors 6 and 8:30 pm. $27, adv. $22 each show. burdockto.com. August 18. 

CNE Bandshell Concerts: A Tribe Called Red, Sam Roberts Band, USS, Kiefer Sutherland, i Mother Earth, The Watchmen, Dear Rouge, The Sheepdogs, Jay Douglas Exhibition Place Bandshell Park 7:30 pm-9:30 pm, all ages. Free w/ CNE admission. theex.com. August 19-September 3.

Playboi Carti Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 7 pm. $35. ticketmaster.ca. August 22.

Surf Curse, Lala Lala Smiling Buddha doors 8:30 pm, all ages. $14.50. August 30.

The Minimalists Danforth Music Hall doors 7 pm. $30-$85. ticketweb.ca. August 31.

Antibalas Mod Club doors 7 pm. $21.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. September 8.

Overcoats The Garrison doors 8 pm. $15.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. September 12. 

Joseph, Bailen Mod Club doors 8 pm. $20. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. September 20. 

Tender Adelaide Hall $15. On sale June 30. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. September 22.

Pinegrove, Florist, Lomelda Velvet Underground doors 6:30 pm. $20.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. September 22. 

Tei Shi Mod Club doors 8 pm, all ages. $15. ticketmaster.ca. September 28.

MADEINTYO, K SWisha Mod Club doors 7 pm, all ages. $29.50. ticketmaster.ca. September 30.

Together Pangea, Tall Juan, Daddy Issues Hard Luck doors 7 pm. $17.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. October 4. 

Moses Sumney Mod Club doors 7:30 pm. $22.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. October 5.

Bird Attack Tour: 88 Fingers Louie, Belvedere, Such Gold, Sled Velvet Underground doors 7 pm. $26. ticketweb.ca October 8.

Not Dead Yet: Trapped Under Ice, Lebenden Toten, Harley Flanagan, Inmates, Mommy, Anti-Sex, L.O.T.I.O.N., Kohti Tuhoa, Krimewatch, Booji Boys, Fried Egg, Rina and others Various venues $TBA. notdeadyettoronto.tumblr.com/NDY2017. October 12-15.

Whethan, Saint Wknd, Ashe Velvet Underground 8 pm. $21. ticketweb.ca. October 29.

Deep Dark Woods The Great Hall 8 pm. $18-$22. ticketfly.com. November 3.

Krewella Phoenix Concert Theatre doors 8 pm. $29.50-$39.50. ticketmaster.calivenation.com. November 8.

EMA, The Blow The Garrison doors 8 pm. $13.50. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.comticketfly.com. November 15. 

Angus & Julia Stone Phoenix Concert Theatre 7 pm, all ages. $30-$50. ticketmaster.ca. November 15. 

MaxÏmo Park Mod Club 7 pm. $24.50. ticketfly.com. November 25. 

Grizzly Bear Massey Hall 8 pm. $37.50-$79.50. masseyhall.com. November 27. 

Bobby Bazini Mod Club 7 pm. $35. ticketmaster.calivenation.com. November 29.

July Talk Massey Hall Third show added. 8 pm, all ages. $29.50-$45. –ticketmaster.ca. -December 23.

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