The summer concert season is still going strong, with a ton of big shows hitting town, and lots of road-trip-inspiring out-of-town events over the next few weeks. Feeling overwhelmed by all the options? Here are a few tips to get you started.
Rave on at WEMF
Destiny Productions' annual World Electronic Music Festival was one of the biggest multi-day raves in North America from its start in 1995 until it went on hiatus in 2008. Most of us thought that was the end of it, but the explosion of the dubstep scene has given organizers the ammo to come back this year with one of their biggest lineups ever. Taking place in Madawaska August 12 to 14, the festival features huge dance music names like Rusko, Skrillex, Andy C, Calvin Harris, Pendulum and many more - about 200 acts in total. $225-$250 weekend pass, wanttickets.com. More info at wemf.com.
Foo Fighters vs Canada
Obviously, the majority of fans heading out to the Air Canada Centre August 9 to check out grunge survivors Foo Fighters will be there to hear Dave Grohl and the boys rock out, but there's also big buzz about the two Canadian opening acts on their Toronto and Montreal dates. We were all caught by surprise when it was announced that Montreal pop-punk heroes the Doughboys were reuniting for the first time since 1997 to open for Foo Fighters (and also play a free "secret" gig August 8 at the Bovine Sex Club). And no one could have guessed a year ago that Toronto hardcore superstars Fucked Up would ever be playing a venue the size of the ACC, but we should have learned by now to expect the unexpected from them. $39.50-$59.50.
Jamaica To Toronto to the CNE
The 2006 Jamaica To Toronto compilation gave long-overdue recognition to the local reggae and soul pioneers of the 60s and 70s and also spawned an all-star band featuring talents like Jay Douglas and Everton Pablo Paul. You'd have to drop some serious coin for the original vinyl, but you can catch their deep grooves and tropical funk live for free at the CNE Midway Stage, August 24.