Hot Summer August: the best fests and shows this month

Just dance Last year's Veld Festival resulted in.


Just dance

Last year’s Veld Festival resulted in the tragic deaths of two concertgoers and the hospitalization of 13 others, so this year organizers are giving out health and safety kits, and setting up “amnesty boxes” to deposit drugs without police questioning. We recommend leaving the hard stuff behind altogether in order to best enjoy the biggest names in electronic music. Deadmau5, Kaskade, Hardwell, Above & Beyond, Mark Oliver and DVBBS are a handful of the mainstage acts, while A$AP Rocky, Pretty Lights, Duke Dumont, Hot Since 82 and Borgore do damage on the Untameable Stage. August 1 and 2. Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall). $154-$244. veldmusicfestival.com.

Get your heart on

Miguel‘s newest and best album, Wildheart, is all kinds of sexy, and not just in its over-the-top cover art (a naked Miguel surrounded by dramatic clouds and with his hands around a naked woman who’s bent over him). An homage to L.A., the album steps away from beat-heavy R&B and embraces fuzz guitar, hazy California vibes and some, um, provocative lyrics. His Sound Academy show, with opener Dorothy, is sure to be a sizzler. August 11, 9 pm. $39.50. ticketmaster.ca.

Camp under (and with) the stars

Not to be sidelined by all the mega-festivals infiltrating the summer music scene, long-running indie series that could Wavelength has thrown together Toronto’s only camping and music festival, Camp Wavelength, with the best of the best Toronto talent (plus a Montrealer and Brooklynite or two). Sail over to Artscape Gibraltar Point and set up camp, literally, for three days with Holy Fuck, Do Make Say Think, the Weather Station, the Wooden Sky, Pierre Kwenders, Doomsquad, Moon King, Doldrums, Dirty Frigs and more. It’s intimate, interactive, all ages and there’ll be a beach full of art. August 28-30. Single day $20-$35, three-day pass $75, camping passes $150. rotate.com, soundscapesmusic.com, ticketfly.com.

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