Drake headlines OVO Fest.
Finding it too nice outside to spend much time in clubs and concert halls? Whether you're into hip-hop, dance music, experimental rock or a bit of everything, there are plenty of open-air events both in and out of town that will help you maximize your outdoor enjoyment.
Now in its third year, Drake's OVO Fest has firmly established itself as one of the biggest events of the summer. Drizzy himself headlines again, and opening acts include his mysterious dark-R&B protégé the Weeknd and heavily hyped rappers A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz. However, considering the high-calibre surprise guests who have jumped onstage in previous years, it's safe to assume that the official lineup is just the tip of the iceberg of what we'll get on August 5, when the fest hits Molson Amphitheatre. ticketmaster.ca.
ALL CAPS! Island Festival
Torontonians love to complain about the city's lack of big, camping-friendly music festivals, but the annual ALL CAPS! Island Festival (August 11 and 12, Artscape Gibraltar Point) offers something close to that, albeit on a smaller and artsier scale than Glastonbury. This year's talent includes critical darlings YAMANTAKA // SONIC TITAN, blisteringly loud Brooklyn noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers, stoner rock/disco house band Lioness, garage punks Tyvek, quirky jazz-pop singer Maylee Todd and many others. wavelengthtoronto.com.
Moby pops up to play WEMF.
Not only has electronic music made a massive comeback, but it's now bigger than it was during its late-90s rave years. So it's no surprise that the giant three-day World Electronic Music Festival is also back from the dead, from August 17 to 19 at a site in South Algonquin township. Highlights include rave-era survivor Moby, Toronto dubstep heros Zeds Dead, drum 'n' bass bigwigs Chase & Status and about a million other DJs and live acts. wemf.com.
Only six years old, Osheaga (August 3 to 5, Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal) is already one of the best festivals of its type in North America. This year's lineup includes garage-blues duo the Black Keys, weed-loving rapper Snoop Dogg, French electro stars Justice, Icelandic post-rockers Sigur Rós, Canadian indie folk star Feist, dream-pop band M83, classic rock revivalists the Sheepdogs and far too many others than we have space to mention. osheaga.com.