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The biggest and best concerts happening across Canada this summer

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Erin Davis May 31, 2017 5:47 am 1,628

It’s concert season in Canada – and some of the world’s biggest acts are gracing our home and native land in all of their Instagram story-filled glory.

If there’s anything worthy of making a dent in your wallet, it’s live music. And you have no shortage of options to do so this summer.

These are the best concerts to hit across Canada between now and September.

Toronto

Jack Johnston

To kick of the lazy days of summer on a chill note, Jack Johnston hits Toronto for a (couples-filled) concert in support of his new single, “Fragments.”

When: Sunday, June 4 at 7:30 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $45-$85

Neil Diamond 50 Anniversary Tour

Neil Diamond makes a Toronto stop to celebrate his five decades of creating chart-topping music, complete – of course – with all of his timeless hits.

When: Sunday, June 4 at 7:30 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $49.50-$199.50

John Legend: Darkness and Light Tour

If you’re looking for a romantic (and politically-fuelled) date night option, John Legend will hit Budweiser stage for his Darkness and Light tour, named after his fifth studio album

When: Saturday, June 17 at 8 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $20-$633.25

The Total Package Tour: NKOTB with Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men

If you’re in the market for nostalgia overload, you’ll find it on June 20, as favourites (or guilty pleasures) of times past NKOTB, Paula Abdul and Boyz II Men take the stage.

When: Tuesday, June 20 at 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $34.95-$139.95

U2: The Joshua Tree Tour 2017

U2 celebrate the 30th anniversary of their hit album The Joshua Tree with a world tour, where fans will see the iconic band that both you and your parents can agree on preform the entire album.

When: Friday, June 23 at 7 pm
Where: Rogers Centre
Tickets: Available online at $35-$591.75

Lady Antebellum: You Look Good Tour

Country superstars Lady Antebellum makes a Toronto stop on their soul-filled You Look Good tour. “You Look Good” is the debut single from their forthcoming album Heartbreak, set for release just weeks before on June 9.

When: Thursday, June 29 at 7:30 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $20-$275

Bob Dylan and His Band

Music icon Bob Dylan is on tour for Triplicate, a new three-part album of classic American cover songs.

When: Wednesday, July 5 at 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $20-$551.75

Ed Sheeran

Everyone’s favourite redhead hits Toronto to offer no shortage of feels and music that you can’t help but sing along to – even if you were dragged to the concert.

When: Friday, July 7 at 7:30 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $46.25-$116.25

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers

With his classic hits that everyone seems to know every word to, Tom Petty’s Toronto concert will become a stadium-wide sing-along.

When: Saturday, July 15 at 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $30-$171.75

Queen & Adam Lambert

Queen and their new frontman Adam Lambert will hit Toronto with a new stage production and set list. Expect nods to the 40th anniversary of Queen’s News of the World album.

When: Tuesday, July 18 at 8 pm
Where: Air Canada Centre
Tickets: Available online at $49.50-$200

Kings of Leon

In a concert where you could bump into everyone from a client to an old classmate or your cousin, Kings of Leon will grace the Budweiser Stage in support of their latest album, WALLS.

When: Wednesday, August 9 at 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $36.75-$373.25

Green Day – Revolution Radio Tour

Green Day is “coming around” Toronto this summer with a tour to mark their latest chart-topping album, Revolution Radio.

When: Friday, August 18 at 7 pm
Where: Budweiser Stage
Tickets: Available online at $34.25-$150

Coldplay: A Head Full of Dreams Tour

It’s not every day that Coldplay comes to town – and with a tour that’s on its way to becoming one of the top 10 highest grossing tours of all time at that.

When: Monday, August 21 at 7pm
Where: Rogers Centre
Tickets: Available online at $29.50-$922

Montreal

The Chainsmokers

American electronic dance duo, The Chainsmokers, will make a stop in Montreal, playing at the Bell Centre on June 1st. Joining them are Kiiara and Lost Frequencies, who will be opening the show.

When: Thursday, June 1 at 7 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: online Available at $25-$1680

Red Hot Chili Peppers

The hit rock band from California will be in town for their The Getaway Tour, where they’ll perform their latest, along with old classics.

When: Tuesday, June 20 at 8 pm
Where: Centre Bell
Tickets: Available online from $47-$585

Bob Dylan

The music legend returns to Montreal on June 30 to promote his latest album Triplicate, which features covers of classic American songs, and includes 30 songs in total spread over three discs.

When: Friday, June 30, 8 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: Available online at $92-$902

Pitbull & Enrique Iglesias

Get ready to dance, as two of our favourite artists, Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull, are headed to the 514 this summer. Grammy Award-winning sensation Enrique Iglesias and American rapper Pitbull reunite in a North American tour that stops by the Bell Centre on July 5th.

When: Wednesday, July 5, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: Available online at $102-$629

Metallica

The hit heavy metal band, Metallica will make a stop in Montreal for their WorldWired Tour – their first international tour in six years – offering the ultimate outdoor concert at Parc Jean Drapeau.

When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 6 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Tickets: Available online at $100.50-$286.50

Ed Sheeran

The 26-year-old British chart-topper will have the crowd singing along to every word when he graces the stage at the Bell Centre this summer.

When: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: Available online at $213-$5505

Lorde

The kiwi queen of alt pop is headed to Montreal this August as one of the headliners of Osheaga. She will likely perform songs from her first studio album, Pure Heroine, as well as her upcoming album Melodrama.

When: Friday, August 4
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Tickets: Available online at $120

Coldplay

Seven-time Grammy Award winning British rock band Coldplay will be in town for their A Head Full of Dreams Tour, which sees the group stopping in Canada for the time in five years.

When: Tuesday, August 8 and Wednesday, August 9 at 7 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: Available online at $213-$7200

Guns n Roses 

The legendary American hard rock band will perform at Jean Drapeau Park as part of the sixth and final leg of their Not in this Lifetime Tour.

When: Saturday, August 19 at 7 pm
Where: Parc Jean Drapeau
Tickets: Available online at $119-$433

Kendrick Lamar 

Hot on the heels of his Coachella performance, the Compton rapper is bringing his lyrical fervour to Montreal this summer as part of the 17-city The DAMN. Tour, and he’ll be accompanied by YG and Big Baby D.R.A.M.

When: Thursday, August 24 at 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: Available at the box office.

Bruno Mars

Bruno Mars is set to tour the world in support of his new album 24K Magic (that’s “twenty-four karat”).

When: Tuesday, August 29 and Wednesday, August 30 at 8pm
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: Available online at $93-$1585

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga will end the summer on a high note as she stops in Montreal on her Joanne World Tour. Gaga’s fifth studio album “Joanne” was released in October 2016, and debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200, making it her fourth consecutive number one album.

When: Monday, September 4 at 7:30 pm
Where: Bell Centre
Tickets: Available online at $55-$4675

Calgary/Edmonton

Tool

Formed in 1990, this Los Angeles rock band isn’t afraid to experiment with their sound, ranging from heavy metal to alternative and carries a message of personal evolution.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
When: June 12 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online from $75-$125

Duran Duran

English synthpop band from Birmingham, they’ve been mainstream pop stars since 1984 and have sold over 100 million records worldwide.

Where: Shaw Millennium Park – 1220 9th Avenue SW
When: Tuesday, July 11 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available online via Roundup 2017 MusicFest

Bob Dylan

Endlessly popular, and endlessly covered by aspiring artists, the American singer, songwriter, poet and artists has written many famous songs including The Times They Are a-Changin’ and Blowin’ in the Wind.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
When: July 16 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online from $57-$127

One Republic

An American pop band from Colorado, One Republic is wildly popular and their tickets are bound to sell fast.

Where: Scotiabank Saddledome – 555 Saddledome Rise SE
When: August 19 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online from $25-$135

k.d. Lang

If you have a soft spot for the Canadian “Constant Craving” crooner, k.d. Lang, the multi-genre musician comes to town this summer.

Where: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
When: August 23-24 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available online from $39.50-$119.50

Usher & The Roots

Take it back to high school with Usher & The Roots and arrive ready to dance like you did at prom.

When: Saturday, July 15 at 7:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Tickets: Available online from $59.99-$300

Melissa Etheridge

To satisfy your guilty pleasures for “Come to My Window” and “I Want to Come Over,” Melissa Etheridge graces Calgary this summer.

Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre
When: August 15 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online from $51.98-$93.98

The Pointer Sisters

The Pointer Sisters, who span multiple genres including R&B, pop, jazz, gospel, and post-disco, are famous for their songs Jump (for My Love), Fire, and He’s So Shy, which they will inevitably perform for Calgary.

Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre
When: August 19 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online from $49.50-$69.50

Huey Lewis and the News

This American pop-rock band from California achieved worldwide fame in 1983, and that fame only grew when their song The Power of Love was featured in the movie Back to the Future.

Where: Grey Eagle Event Centre
When: August 29 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online from $59-$99

Ruth B.

Edmonton’s Ruth B., who has become an international sensation, hits Calgary to treat her fellow Canadians to a performance.

Where: The Starlite Room
When: June 23 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online for $20

Queen & Adam Lambert

The active members of the British rock band Queen have teamed up with the American vocalist Adam Lambert and together they’re unstoppable.

Where: Rogers Place – 300 – 10214 104 Ave NW, Edmonton
When: July 4 at 8 pm
Tickets: Available online from $49.50-$185

Ben Harper Summer 2017

Three-time Grammy Award-winner, Ben Harper, will WHAT.

Where: Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
When: July 13 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available online from $35-$75

Matchbox Twenty & Counting Crows

Two American rock band radio staples of times past have come combined talents make for a nostalgic concert you won’t want to miss.

Where: Rogers Place – 300 – 10214 104 Ave NW, Edmonton
When: July 14 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online from $39-$115

Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran will perform his addictive hits in this not-to-miss concert.

Where: Rogers Place – 300 – 10214 104 Ave NW, Edmonton
When: July 25-26 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available online from $49.50-$119.50

Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour

Bruno Mars will have the crowd dancing in their seats with his hit sings like, Uptown Funk, Locked Out of Heaven, and Treasure.

Where: Rogers Place – 300 – 10214 104 Ave NW, Edmonton
When: July 30-31 at 8 pm
Tickets:

Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour

One of the best-selling musicians of all time is coming to Edmonton, touring her latest wildly popular album.

Where: Rogers Place – 300 – 10214 104 Ave NW, Edmonton
When: August 3 at 7:30 pm
Tickets: Available online from $45-$225

Guns N’ Roses: Not In This Lifetime Tour

When the classic hard rock and heavy metal band Guns N’ Roses comes to town, you can’t not grab a ticket to their show.

Where: Commonwealth Stadium
When: August 30 at 7 pm
Tickets: Available online from $35-$275

Vancouver

John Legend

Acclaimed, multi-platinum selling, Oscar, Golden Globe, and 10x Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter John Legend will be in the city as part of his “Darkness and Light Tour.” This show is bound to be legendary.

When: Thursday, June 1 at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $35-$125

Future

This Atlanta rapper’s stylish, minimal blend of rap and R&B have made him one of the genre’s brightest rising stars, resulting in collaborations with everyone from Lil Wayne to Ciara.

When: Friday, June 9 at 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $49-$617

Tool

This American alternative metal rock band from Los Angeles are renowned for their visual shows and have won three Grammy awards since the band formed back in the 1980s. Now, after a hiatus, they’re back in Vancouver.

When: Thursday, June 15 at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $75-$125

Ziggy Marley

Pop/reggae superstar Ziggy Marley just took home another Grammy—his eighth—for his sublime new self-titled recording. Thirteen albums into his legendary career, his uplifting message of hope in the face of adversity is stronger than ever.

When: Monday, June 26 at 8 pm
Where: Vogue Theatre – 918 Granville Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $71-$76

Matchbox 20 and the Counting Crows

These two bands have joined musical forces to launch the A Brief History of Everything tour across North America. If you’re hoping to relive the story of “Mr. Jones,” or remember just how lonely “3 am” can get, this is the gig for you.

When: Sunday, July 16 at 7 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $39–$115

Jack Johnson

This American singer-songwriter is known for his easygoing acoustic tunes and his hit debut album Brushfire Fairytales. Since then, Johnson has released a slew of hits including “Better Together,” “Upside Down” and “Banana Pancakes.

When: Sunday, July 23 at 6:30 pm
Where: Deer Lake Park– 6450 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby
Tickets: Available online at $59.50

Neil Diamond

Get ready to sing some “Sweet Caroline.” Grammy Award winner and Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Member, Neil Diamond, will be stopping by on his “50 Year Anniversary World Tour.”

When: Monday, July 24 at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $39.50-$199.50

Bob Dylan

Largely regarded as the “Voice of a Generation,” legendary singer-songwriter Dylan is famed for folk hits like “A Rolling Stone” , “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “The Times They Are A-Changin.”

When: Tuesday, July 25 at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $46.50-$112

Bruno Mars

Grammy award winner Bruno Mars is on a world tour in support of his new album 24K Magic, offering his usual classic showmanship in the vein of James Brown and Michael Jackson, with a tightly choreographed nine-piece soul band.

When: Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27 at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $40-$195

Ed Sheeran

The hugely popular 26-year-old British singer-songwriter is touring North America and he’s making a stop in Vancouver this summer to… sing!

When: Friday, July 28 at 8 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $46.50-$116.50

Lady Gaga

Hot on the heels of her once-in-a-lifetime Super Bowl performance, Grammy and Golden Globe winner, and Academy Award nominated Lady Gaga is kicking off her Joanne World Tour in Vancouver.

When: Tuesday, August 1 at 7:30 pm
Where: Rogers Arena – 800 Griffiths Way, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $45-$250

The Bunnymen and Violent Femmes

If you’re itching for more 80s in your life, then this is the concert for you. Echo and The Bunnymen and Violent Femmes are touring North America and they’re stopping in at Vancouver to bring you that Blister In The Sun.

When: Thursday, August 3 at 7:30 pm
Where: PNE Ampitheatre – 2901 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Tickets: Available online at $88-$222


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Erin Davis

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