This Week’s Must-See Toronto Shows: July 31 To August 5

OVO Fest, Smashing Pumpkins, Veld Music Festival, A$AP Rocky and More


Did you fail to secure OVO Fest tickets again this year? Before you switch on Netflix and kick off your own private FOMO fest, you might want to consider some of the other OVO-related options happening this weekend.

While Drake & Co. officially take over the Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West) for the sixth time on Sunday and Monday (see preview here), a few of his favourite artists are also performing around the festival (and quite possibly at the fest as special guests).

Up at Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall), OVO Fest alum A$AP Rocky and OVO Sound artist I Love Makonnen (of Tuesday fame) both play the Veld Music Festival on Saturday (August 1), with Makonnen hosting at Lost and Found (577 King West) afterwards.

Also on Saturday, novelty heartthrob turned Drake co-sign Ramriddlz (Sweeterman) plays material from his newly released P2P EP at his live debut at Adelaide Hall (250 Adelaide West).

Lastly, another Drake collaborator, London rapper Skepta, makes his Toronto debut Monday (August 3) at the Hoxton (69 Bathurst) alongside Tre Mission and Louie P. The show is sold out, with limited tickets at the door.


WINDHAND, OLDE The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Friday (July 31) See preview.

HUDSON MOHAWKE, BENJI B, CRSB, FREEZA CHIN The Hoxton (69 Bathurst), Friday (July 31) Scottish beatsmith goes pop.

TRE MISSION, KEITA JUMA Yonge-Dundas Square (1 Dundas East), Friday (July 31) Two of T.O.’s best MCs… for free.

MACHEL MONTANO  Sound Academy (11 Polson), Friday (July 31) Wild Water Kingdom (7855 Finch East, Brampton), Saturday and Sunday (August 1 and 2) See cover story.

VELD FESTIVAL w/ Deadmau5, Kaskade, Steve Aoki, Nicky Romero, A$AP Rocky, Dyro, The Chainsmokers, Overwerk, Manzone & Strong, I Love Makonnen and many others Downsview Park (35 Carl Hall), Saturday and Sunday (August 1 and 2) EDM is still a thing.

OVO FEST w/ Drake, J Cole, Big Sean, Bas, Cozz, YG, Omen and special guests Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), Sunday and Monday (August 2 and 3) See preview.

FORT ROMEAU, JEREMY GLENN Black Eagle (457 Church), Sunday (August 2) Accessible yet nerdy house music.

ELECTRIC ISLAND w/ Art Department, Green Velvet, Robert Babicz, Shiba San, DJ Three, the Junkies, Mike Gibbs  Centre Island (Toronto Islands), Monday (August 3) Rave the civic holiday away.

RYN WEAVER The Garrison (1197 Dundas West), Tuesday (August 4) See preview.

PHILIP SELWAY, ADEM Mod Club (722 College), Tuesday (August 4) Radiohead drummer goes solo.

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, MARILYN MANSON Molson Amphitheatre (909 Lake Shore West), Tuesday (August 4) Shakedown 1995.

JAMES GRAY MEMORIAL w/ Jim Cuddy, Devin and Sam Cuddy, Hey Stella, NQ Arbuckle, Luke Doucet, Kurt Swinghammer and others Horseshoe (370 Queen West), Wednesday (August 5) Tribute to the influential T.O. musician, R.I.P.

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