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Boots & Hearts 2018 Day-to-Day Lineup Schedule

As Boots & Hearts 2018 gets closer, our planning for the festival gets more detailed. And yours should too. The announcement of the day-to-day lineups and stage assignments is a great help with that!

All four days have been set out, and while some small changes may come, this is a great start to making the hard choices that come with attending a multi-stage festival. There are going to be artists you love on the main stage and the front porch. That means you really should have a plan for running back and forth, so you don’t miss the shows you’re excited for.

We won’t lie to you, it might not be easy. There are some overlaps that are tough choices, and a lot of great music spread over four days at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds.

Now, check out the Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday main stage and front porch schedules and be ready to see your favourite Boots & Hearts 2018 artists!

Boots & Hearts 2018 Day-to-Day Lineup Schedule

Thursday, August 9

Front Porch

🎵 Jade Eagleson – 7:30 pm

🎵 Devin Dawson – 8:15 pm

🎵 Blackjack Billy – 9:15 pm

🎵 LOCASH – 10:30 pm

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Friday, August 10

Main Stage

🎶 Natasha Zimbaro – 2:25 pm

🎶 Jimmie Allen – 3:15 pm

🎶 Madeline Merlo – 4:05 pm

🎶 Russell Dickerson – 5:10 pm

🎶 James Barker Band – 6:25 pm

🎶 Dallas Smith – 7:45 pm

🎶 Florida Georgia Line – 9:30 pm

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Front Porch

🎵 The Redhill Valleys – 2:00 pm

🎵 Sacha – 2:50 pm

🎵 Ryan Robinette – 3:40 pm

🎵 Petric – 4:30 pm

🎵 Maggie Rose – 5:40 pm

🎵 River Town Saints – 7:00 pm

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Saturday, August 11

Main Stage

🎶 Kelsi Mayne – 2:45 pm

🎶 Jason Blaine – 3:40 pm

🎶 Meghan Patrick – 4:50 pm

🎶 Midland – 6:00 pm

🎶 Billy Currington – 7:45 pm

🎶 Alan Jackson – 9:30 pm*

*not yet confirmed 

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Front Porch

🎵 Emma Wright – 2:20 pm

🎵 Chris Buck Band – 3:10 pm

🎵 The Wheat Kings – 4:10 pm

🎵 Runaway June – 5:25 pm

🎵 Aaron Goodvin – 7:00 pm

Sunday, August 12

Main Stage

🎶 Rob Watts Band – 2:25 pm

🎶 Bobby Wills – 3:15 pm

🎶 Kira Isabella – 4:15 pm

🎶 The Washboard Union – 5:45 pm

🎶 Brett Young – 7:45 pm

🎶 Thomas Rhett – 9:30 pm

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Front Porch

🎵 Andrew Hyatt – 2:00 pm*

🎵 Genevieve Fisher – 2:55 pm

🎵 Sons of Daughters – 3:45 pm

🎵 Walker Hayes – 5:00 pm

🎵 Lindsay Ell – 6:45 pm

*SiriusXM Top of the Country Finalist set

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Elle King at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

Elle King brings a mix of rock, blues, soul, and country to the stage – and she brought it all when she hit the Coca-Cola Stage at the 2018 Calgary Stampede.

The Ex’s & Oh’s and Love Stuff star blew away the Calgary crowd with her beautiful and powerful voice. And before the night was through, she’d entertained the hell out of the audience with songs, jokes, a little banjo pickin’ and a whole lotta fun.

King is an all-around entertainer. Her talent is indisputable. And her voice, well, it’s incredible.

Quote from the pit…

Her voice will blow you out of the water!

Check out the photos and setlist from Elle King’s show – and stay tuned because we’ve got a whole lot more coming between now and the wrap of the 2018 Calgary Stampede!

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Elle King at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

Elle King – Calgary Stampede 2018 Setlist

💘 Chain Smokin, Hard Drinkin’, Woman
💘 Talk Of The Town
💘 Good for Nothin’ Woman
💘 Baby Outlaw
💘 Mans Man
💘 Shame
💘 Last Damn Night
💘 Good To Be A Man
💘 Sober
💘 It Girl
💘 Naturally Pretty Girls
💘 Chained
💘 The Compromise
💘 Ain’t Gonna Drown
💘 Good Thing Gone
💘 I’ll Be The One
💘 Ex’s & Oh’s
💘 Little Bit of Lovin’

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Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine are on fire, and on Friday night the Canadian duo brought that heat to the Coca-Cola Stage at the 2018 Calgary Stampede!

Their platinum single, Ain’t Easy, has put Elijah and Jamie in a bright spotlight, and the Ottawa twosome has shown over and over again that they are ready. They’ve played on stages all across Canada, showing off their talent and fun-loving attitudes and getting us excited to hear the music that will be coming from the pair next.

Related: The Launch’s Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine Interview, Review, and 5 Quick Questions


On Friday night, before the sun went down, Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine hit the stage with energy, smiles, and songs to entertain the Stampede crowd – and they did just that. Exactly as we expected they would.

Check out the photos from Friday night’s show – and stay tuned because we’ve got a whole lot more coming between now and the wrap of the 2018 Calgary Stampede!

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Elijah Woods x Jamie Fine at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

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Alexisonfire and The Dirty Nil at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

The 2018 Calgary Stampede‘s live music lineup got started on Thursday night when Alexisonfire and The Dirty Nil hit the Coca-Cola Stage for night of loud Canadian rocking out.

Sydney was there with her camera taking photos from the pit, soaking in the sound, and being amazed at both the music on stage and the crowd.

Related: The Dirty Nil at WayHome 2017

Direct quote from the pit…

This crowd was absolutely insane 🤘🏻

There’s always something special about live rock and roll, with loud guitars, big performances, and a healthy disregard for normality. What better way to start an 11-day run of shows than with these two bands?

Check out the photos from Thursday night’s show – and stay tuned because we’ve got a whole lot more coming between now and the wrap of the 2018 Calgary Stampede!

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Alexisonfire at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

The Dirty Nil at the 2018 Calgary Stampede

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Ever After Music Festival 2018 Wrap

Ever After Music Festival Day 1

It was a beautiful Friday afternoon at Bingemans with the sun shining in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The day had finally arrived for the Ever After Music Festival 2018 to begin. The gates opened at 5:00 p.m. and there were thousands of eager festival-goers waiting to explore what Bingemans had in store. The crowds finally had a chance to burst onto the festival grounds that consisted of everything from bubble soccer to ferris wheels to fire dancers. The grounds included three stages. The Ontario Stage for local talent, along with the “Upside Down House” and the main “Excalibur Stage”.

Some highlight performances from Day 1 included a high energy back to back set with Midnight Tyrannosaurus and Megladon followed up with a great set by SNAILS on the main stage and a deep DJ set from Pendulum to finish up the Upside Down House for the night. Day 1 was closed out with a heavy set from Flux Pavilion and Doctor P that left us looking forward to the rest of the weekend. Everyone had just gotten a taste of the craziness that the next two days would be filled with.

Ever After Music Festival 2018 Day 1

Ever After Music Festival Day 2

Day two had an earlier start with the gates opening up at noon, with a long day of music ahead. Liquid Stranger was a joy on the main stage and attacked the crowd with a set full of intense riddim. 12th Planet was definitely a fan favourite from the weekend. He was celebrating his birthday, which made his set even more of a party for all involved. Bear Grillz made sure to come out and get the crowd to sing 12th Planet happy birthday which was a nice touch that had everyone smiling. He delivered a set with sounds as extraterrestrial as the man himself. Borgore gifted the crowd a performance with a broad range of different sounds ranging from hip-hop to dubstep.

The second stage can’t be forgotten, with names such as Drezo, Daniel Portman and Claude Von Stroke, which shifted the crowd from headbanging to head bobbing. The day was closed out with a huge change of pace from the rest of the performances throughout the weekend, with a beautiful set from Illenium. He left every last person with a smile from ear to ear while they watched his nature-filled visuals, paired with his cinematic drops. With day two coming to a close, we were left with only one day left to look forward to.

Ever After Music Festival 2018 Day 2

Ever After Music Festival Day 3

The final day of the festival had everyone filled with high hopes and definitely delivered. Sullivan King brought heavy metal and dubstep together as one. It was a sign of the intensity that was brought to the table for the final day of the festivities. The second stage had a jam-packed lineup for the final day. Squnto attacked listeners ears, while Boogie T offered a more psychedelic soundscape. Spaces Laces and Downlink kept the energy alive with another back to back set that kept the crowd looking for more. Terror Reid was the lone rap performance of the weekend. The performance was short and sweet but was a great break from the electronic genre. Getter closed out the second stage for the weekend with a set filled with laughs, hip-hop and heavy bass. He delivered the same energy that all his fans can never seem to get enough of.

Back to the main stage was BadKlaat followed up with an underground set that was filled with aggressive hard-hitting drops. The next act was a performance that nobody could have prepared themselves for. We were faced with a back to back to back performance including 12th Planet, Cookie Monster and Virtual Riot. The set was It was an hour and 15 minutes of sheer pandemonium, which didn’t offer a single break. Kayzo continued the show with a presence on stage that was unmatched. He spent more time on top of the stage then he did behind it. The night was concluded with a mesmerizing set from Excision with a picturesque sunset setting behind the stage.

Ever After Music Festival 2018 Day 3

The crowd finished the weekend strong, with the audience moving as a single unit to the deep bass coming from Excision’s performance. I think a fair share of the festival goers suffered a sore neck for the rest of the week. And that was it. Ever After Music Festival, 2018 was finished for another year. It seemed like it was just 5:00 pm on Friday, but it was already 10:00 pm on Sunday night. Ever After was definitely a whirlwind of heavy drops and swaying crowds and every bit of it was enjoyable. All I have to say is I can’t wait for next year!

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Cobourg Gets Country Wild to Kick Off Festival Season

The 2018 festival season is here. And on Saturday, June 2, the Country Wild Music Festival took over Cobourg’s Victoria Park with a full day of music.

The All-Canadian lineup brought a lot of country and a little taste of rock and roll to the lakefront park. With an excellent combination of male and female performers, Country Wild also showed itself to be one of the most progressive country festivals where the lineup is concerned.

Between about 2:30 pm and somewhere after 10 pm, the music played through the park and out onto the beach with Robyn Ottolini, Rebekah Stevens, Jesse Slack, Sawmill Road, Ben Hudson, Kansas Stone, Alyssa Morrissey, Gentlemen Husbands, Marshall Dane, and finally Jess Moskaluke all taking their turns. And as the sun shone down and the summer breeze blew in, the Northumberland crowd sang, danced, ate, drank, and enjoyed the start to their summer.

Robyn Ottolini kicked off the day with an acoustic set of country music. Accompanied by Tim Deegan on percussion, Robyn welcomed the early crowd to the festival and combined her music and sense of humour to entertain them as they got in, got settled, and got ready for a full festival day.

Ottolini is getting used to finding herself on festival stages, having played Aurora Magna Hoedown and the Boots & Hearts Emerging Artist Showcase – and as she wrapped her set with originals Just A Waitress and Him Problem, she showed Cobourg why they should be ready to see her in front of them on more stages in the future.

Rebekah Stevens was next on stage to keep the festival flowing, and with her full band on stage with her, she did just that.

Stevens brought shared her originals with the crowd including Give It A Try, Liar Liar, and Better In The Past. And with each song, it became clear to the audience that she belonged. It also made sense that she has also been a Top 8 finalist at the B&H Emerging Artist Showcase.

Rebekah also brought us our first surprise of the day when she and her band wrapped their early afternoon set with a cover of Wheatus’s 2000 hit, Teenage Dirtbag. We dug it!

Jesse Slack was next to take the stage, and the Peterborough native kept things moving!

With his band backing him up, and songs from his new EP, Young & Free (March 2018) to share, Jesse brought the energy we’ve seen him bring in the past and introduced himself to Cobourg. And whether he had his guitar strapped on, or he was focused on the mic, he was in control on the stage.

The sun-soaked festival goers tapped toes and listened as Jesse’s set included Stuck, Lip Sync, Counting On A Comeback, and his most recent single release, I Wish I Never Met You. The first dose of guitar lead rockin’ country was a hit with the crowd, and we’re certain that Country Wild and the fans would have Slack back in 2019.

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Local country music favourites, Sawmill Road was next on the stage, bringing a selection of covers to the crowd. The band rolled through their mid-afternoon set including songs like Dierks’ Bentley’s 5-1-5-0, David Lee Murphy’s Dust On The Bottle, Tracy Byrd’s I’m From The Country and had the Cobourg crowd singing and dancing along as they played on stage.

The band also tossed in an original, playing their 2013 release, Whiskey Burn, showing that they have their own chops, and can be the party lovin’ good time band that plays the songs you know, and the country band that does it all their own and is happy to show it off.

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The celebration of Canadian country music continued with Uxbridge’s Ben Hudson next on the Country Wild stage. Hudson was joined by his band, and wife Brooke (whose voice is a great match for Ben, especially when they roll on a duet together).

Hudson’s set was a great combo of originals and covers as they played Ain’t My Fault (Brothers Osborne), What Ifs (Kane Brown & Lauren Alaina) to go with originals including Wear And Tear, Smells Like Home, and Johnny And June.

The crowd showed their love – during and after the set as fans found their way over to talk to Ben all day – and as they wrapped with what they plan to be the next single, Deja Vu, it was obvious that Cobourg would have Hudson back in a heartbeat.

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Barrie’s Kansas Stone followed Ben, and these boys came to party. Returning to Country Wild for the second year (last year they played an acoustic set, this year they plugged in and brought the whole band), the Wax Records recording artists were all in from the jump.

Brian and Matty have become known for their high energy sets, unafraid to let their hair flow in the wind and get loud. I spoke with the boys before they went on stage and they told me that they’ve been hard at work, and hope to release new music to the world soon. During their set on Saturday, Kansas Stone played new tracks, Up From Here, Me Day, and Cashin’ Out to go along with Luke Combs’ One Number Away to entertain the crowd.

The boys also brought a familiar song to the stage with Country 101. More than anything we were reminded that the blue collar, rockin’ country vibe that Kansas Stone presents is great for live crowds and perfect for festival season. We can’t wait to see more from them.

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As we moved into the second half of the day-long festival, Alyssa Morrissey took the stage in her return to Cobourg.

With her full band in tow (including boyfriend JJ Thompson of JJ and The Pillars) Morrissey entertained the crowd with great energy and a smooth voice. Her set was a fine mix of originals and covers, including her own Hold Your Horses and I Ain’t Got Time to go along with Dolly Parton’s Jolene.

Alyssa (and JJ) also brought a little bit of rock and roll with them as they played through Feel It Still (Portugal. The Man), and Howl, a song they wrote together for JJ and The Pillars. And in a moment of personal happiness for me, they ended their sunny Saturday set with a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Go Your Own Way from the 1977 classic album, Rumours.

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The Country Wild Music Festival took a rock and roll turn next as Cobourg’s own Gentlemen Husbands came to their hometown stage. The Universal Music artists were an upbeat treat as Derrick, Ryan, Dan, and Jed plugged in and played.

The band was another returning act to the festival, bringing a local flavour to the day. Their guitar-driven rock and roll was welcomed with open ears and arms, and as the crowd soaked it in, they rocked out themselves. Beer flowed, dancing ensued, and from start to finish, Gentlemen Husbands made everyone proud and proved that guitar rock and roll is alive and well, and fits perfectly with live country music.

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In the second to last spot of the day, as the afternoon turned to evening, Marshall Dane came to the Country Wild Music Festival stage and did his thing. As a professional performer, looking and showing that he was born to do it, Marshall Dane sucks everyone in and puts out all of the energy you could ever hope for. With guitars ringing, hair blowing, and love for the stage, he gave Cobourg a show.

The country artist with the Bon Jovi vibe played a solid set, including songs from his 2013 album, One Of These Days. And one of the crowd’s favourite moments of the day came when he rolled through a classic rock medley in the middle of his single, Alcohol Abuse.

Dane will have a spot on stage as long as he wants to. And if he keeps putting on shows like he did on the Cobourg waterfront, people are going to be into it.

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In the headline spot, excited, enthusiastic, and ready to go, was Langenburg, Saskatchewan’s Jess Moskaluke.

The three-time Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year, and Juno winner for Country Album of the Year (Kiss Me Quiet, 2017) won over the crowd instantly as she opened her set with 2017 single, Drive Me Away, and didn’t slow down. Country Wild served as the kickoff to Moskaluke’s summer season, but it didn’t show. Her band was tight, her voice was on point, and the set was fire.

It was fantastic to see the Northumberland country fans singing along to the radio hits they’ve come to know from Jess over the last few years. And as the set progressed, they became louder and more involved. This was a Canadian country star on a festival stage, showing that women can headline and entertain and close out a show with all the power and punch it requires.

It was also proof (as if anyone still needed it) that Jess Moskaluke belongs in every conversation about top Canadian country artists.

We’ve been watching Jess on stage since 2014 when we first caught her at Boots & Hearts, and since then (including her set at Country Wild Music Festival 2018) she has grown more powerful, commanding, and entertaining on stage. Audiences see her smiling and laughing and singing her heart out. And all of it comes with an air of confidence and love for what she does.

There was nothing but love for Jess Moskaluke in Cobourg at the second annual Country Wild Music Festival. And as the festival grows and continues, and Moskaluke continues to release more hits (they’re coming, we’d bet on it) it would not surprise us to see her back again in the future.

Until then, the memories of everything from Good Lovin’ to her brand new single, Camouflage will be set in the minds of the lucky fans who saw her start the summer of 2018 with a bang!

Jess Moskaluke, Country Wild Music Festival Setlist

Drive Me Away
Used
Night We Won’t Forget
Lightning Bolt
Good Lovin’
Kiss Me Quiet
Good For You
Kill Your Love
Amen Hallelujah
Camouflage
Right When Ya Left
Parachute (Chris Stapleton)
80s Mercedes (Maren Morris)
Shape Of You/No Scrubs (Ed Sheeran/TLC)
Open Road
Take Me Home
Elevator
Cheap Wine And Cigarettes

Jess Moskaluke at the 2018 Country Wild Music Festival

Blue Rodeo Top 10 – Riverfest Elora 2018 Preview

As Riverfest Elora prepares for the 10th anniversary edition of the festival, we’re celebrating the hits and favourites of 2018’s Sunday night headliners – Blue Rodeo.

Fronted by the legendary duo of Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, Blue Rodeo are Canadian Music Hall of Fame members and one of the most revered and loved bands of the last 40 years. From coast-to-coast, you can find music lovers singing along to their biggest hits, guitar players strumming their songs by a fire, and fans of all ages with memories of the band.

Related: Riverfest Elora Announces 10th Anniversary 2018 Lineup

To get ourselves ready for Riverfest Elora 2018 and Blue Rodeo’s turn on stage (Sunday, August 19), we’ve picked our own Top 10 list of songs from Cuddy, Keelor and company.

Note: Choosing an order for these 10 songs proved too difficult. So they have been listed here in alphabetical order.

Have a look at the list, watch and listen to your favourites, and leave a comment to tell us your favourite Blue Rodeo song… especially if it isn’t in this post.

Enjoy!

Blue Rodeo Top 10

5 Days In May

Bad Timing

Bulletproof

Hasn’t Hit Me Yet

I Can’t Hide This Anymore

It Could Happen To You

Lost Together

Somebody Waits

Til I Am Myself Again

Try

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The Used with Red Sun Rising and The Fever 333 at CMW 2018

Canadian Music Week 2018 continued on Tuesday night at The Phoenix Concert Theatre with loud music and a loud crowd ready for action.

The Used came to Toronto as they continue to tour their latest album, The Canyon, and for me, it brought a chance to relive some of my early-20s while watching the band show everyone that they’ve never stopped moving forward. 

As fans, we talk about the ability music has to take us to a different time and place, or even just remove us from our lives at any given moment. That happened on Tuesday night for me. As a 36-year-old dude with grey in his beard and a newborn at home, I was able to slip back into some younger days when The Used were releasing their 2002 self-titled debut and their 2004 follow-up, In Love And Death. It was loud, it was familiar, it was a trip back to some really great times with great people. 

It was what we love best about live music.

The Used Toronto CMW 2018

The show started with The Fever 333 playing their very first Toronto show. The trio out of Inglewood, California came north with the intent to spread their music and message. And it worked.

With a balls-to-the-wall, punch in the face, heavy, loud, all-in effort that held up through their set, vocalist Jason Aalon Butler introduced The Fever 333 to Toronto in a big way. And it wasn’t just on stage. Early in the set Butler jumped down into the photo pit, hopped the barrier, and started his own mosh pit on the floor of The Phoenix. Fans joined him, and with his mic still in hand, he pushed his way through bodies and the song.

Later, when the thought of his first trip to the floor seemed like the wildest thing he’d do, Butler came down again. But this time, the powerhouse frontman went all the way to the back of the room and up the stairs to the balcony of the club. It was intense and awesome.

Hearing The Fever 333 live, listening to them sing and play with a blend of punk rock and hip-hop reminded me of hearing Rage Against The Machine for the first time as a young teenager. And that’s not a bad thing to be reminded of.

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The middle slot in the Tuesday night show went to Akron, Ohio’s Red Sun Rising. And they nailed it.

The five-piece rockers filled the stage, and from the start of their set to the end they were on their game.

Playing the second Toronto show of their career, the band provided a more straight-ahead rock and roll vibe, rolling with two and sometimes three guitars, to go with a tight rhythm section that kept the groove. As the night went on and the crowd grew, they kept right on going, giving every single person on the floor a reason to move their bodies, clap their hands and rock right along with them.

With a new album, The Thread (March 30, 2018) available now, Red Sun Rising has a busy tour schedule ahead of them this summer. And if the crowds in Bristow, Atlanta, Syracuse and more get the kind of show that Toronto got – everyone is going to keep going home happy.

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The Used headlined Tuesday night in every sense of the word. They came on last, they drew the crowd, their t-shirts could be seen all over the club, and the buzz in the room was theirs.

It was easy to see that The Used brought fans that have been there since 2002 out to The Phoenix for this show. But what was just as cool was the younger generation of fans that have clearly found the band in more recent years, and love them just as much.

Bert, Jepha, and Dan were ready for Toronto, and with a mix of tracks from The Canyon and the rest of their library, the party was on.

Things picked up early when The Bird And The Worm came second in the setlist and the nostalgia got hot. The singing along was loud, the dancing and bouncing in the crowd increased, and there was a sense that things were really kicking off now. It wasn’t long after that the crowd surfers starting flowing overhead, and for the rest of the night, the vibe was set.

Those feelings kept coming as the boys rolled through their set. And moments like I Caught Fire and Buried Myself Alive were everything I wanted and needed in the night to take me where I wanted to go.

It has been 16 years since The Used burst onto the scene, and while a lot has changed in that time, they’re still here, doing what they do, what they love, and rocking out with their fans.

The Used at The Phoenix Concert Theatre, Canadian Music Week 2018

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Mad Caddies with MUDIE and Slamboni at The Mod Club for CMW 2018

Canadian Music Week, night two, and the Mad Caddies turned up and showed us how to make a Tuesday night feel like a Friday night!

By the time the Mad Caddies hit the stage, The Mod Club was packed and the floor was a giant mosh pit of energy.

Opening the show was Repentigny, Quebec’s MUDIE. A fun note for you, Hugo Mudie is credited as the inventor of the Pouzza. It’s a combination of pizza and poutine and this dish was the inspiration for the Montreal Pouzza Festival. The music was loud and fast, and it was well received. MUDIE was also slated to DJ the afterparty at The Bovine.

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Tear down and setup was super quick and filling the middle slot for the night were Toronto’s Slamboni. I had seen the band before and liked what I heard. They brought a nice contingent of fans and put on a great set. Our favourite moment during the set was a cover of Lionel Richie’s Stuck on You. Gold! A fun set and we can’t help it, we like the light up shoes.

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There was a bit of break while we waited for Mad Caddies. The reggae music kept the crowd chill and content but when the lights went down and the band hit the stage, the energy exploded.

From the opening note of Lay Your Head Down to the last note of set, the spirit of the fans never wavered. There was great interaction with the crowd and everyone was having a good time. The movement of the floor changed based on the speed and intensity of the songs being played on the stage, but there was constant motion. It was spectacular.

Highlights included an amazing sing-along of their most recent release, a cover of Green Day’s She. It was beautiful and the smile on Chuck’s face said it all. Chuck chatted with the audience about our great city and about our country’s upcoming cannabis laws and later on in the set there may or may not have been some lighting of a joint. There were tears for No Hope and another full out audience sing-along for Drinking for 11. 

I hope they come back very, very soon and I can hardly wait for the release of the new album.

Mad Caddies are just starting their tour and you can see them tonight in Montreal. For tour dates check out the Mad Caddies website.

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CMW 2018 Kick Off Party with Matt and Kim and Friends

Canadian Music Week 2018 got off to a hot start on Monday night when Matt and Kim headlined the official kick-off party at The Phoenix Concert Theatre.

The room was filled with fans, and from the start of the show to the end the energy was everything that we could have hoped for, and more than we’re used to on a Monday night. From the Goodnight, Sunrise at the start of the show, through MONOWHALES in the middle, and Matt and Kim at the end, this was definitely a party.

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Goodnight, Sunrise was first on stage to kick off the kick-off party, and they got right to it. The energy level was high as the indie rock and roll super fun party band from Toronto. And as they ripped through their set, the crowd got more and more into the music and the party.

Things on the floor and on stage went to another level when the room filled with glow sticks (handed out by friends of the band during the set). In an instant, the vibe in the room got really cool.

In fact, good vibes ended up being the theme of the set when Vanessa (keys & vocals) looked out into the CMW audience and told them that music is all about vibes and…

You guys are the f*cking best vibes ever!!!

This is not the first time we’ve seen the Remember Now singers/rockers on stage, and it won’t be the last. High fives to them for the vibes and good times.

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MONOWHALES kept the party going after the changeover, wasting absolutely zero time in picking the pace back up and pumping their energy and sound through The Phoenix.

The Toronto foursome was all in, and the crowd didn’t take long to get in on the fun. We saw jumping and dancing and general good times taking place on the floor – and it was awesome.

With a new EP coming in early June, MONOWHALES had new material to play for the CMW crowd, busting it out for the first time. The response had to have been everything they hoped for because there were no lulls, no letdowns, and no signs that these new tunes weren’t working. With all of that said, here’s an early congrats to them for that!

Note: We caught up with Sally and Jordan before the show to talk about their new music and more. Stay tuned for that!

One of our favourite moments in the set came as the band played their single, Take It Back, and we saw a dude standing at the bar, singing his heart out and dancing while he and a friend ordered and drank shots of tequila. It was peak Canadian Music Week.

And the final highlight came right from Sally and centre stage as she told the crowd she was coming, got herself ready, and jumped into the front rows. It was a perfectly executed stage dive and crowd surfing combo, and we really hope we get to see her do it again soon.

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As the packed Monday night crowd at The Phoenix Concert Theatre waited for Matt and Kim to take the stage, there was a buzz. It was one of those buzzes that’s as much a sound as it is a feeling. And that feeling is generally reserved for Friday and Saturday nights… not Mondays.

When the Brooklyn duo hit the stage, there was an eruption of cheers. I expected a pop. I expected it to be loud. I underestimated the amount and power of dedicated Matt and Kim fans in Toronto.

From note one, CMW was all in. The call and answers didn’t need prompting. The hands waving in the air damn near filled the room. And the energy bouncing back and forth between the crowd and Matt and Kim on stage was palpable. More than once I thought to myself that Monday night’s don’t feel like this. I still think I’m right.

Matt and Kim have brand new music with the release of Almost Everyday (May 4, 2018), and as they wrapped their seven-week tour in Toronto, they took the opportunity to slide a few of the new tracks in. Here’s the thing about that… it’s risky. Fans want to hear the songs they know so they can dance and sing along and party. But, it worked. Matt and Kim continue to create jams that are 100% danceable on the first listen. So anyone that was hearing these songs for the first time on Monday night in Toronto, had no excuse.

Speaking of danceable… Kim is a maniac. Matt tries hard. But Kim, she’s legit. Heck, in 2016 when I spoke to Matt about Kim’s dancing in a WayHome preview, he told me -> “Kim is a machine!”

They opened the show with dancing. It continued throughout. Kim was up on the drums. Matt was jumping up and down and loving every second. And on the floor, people were moving.

Here’s is our list of recommendations after seeing Matt and Kim kick off CMW 2018…

1) Listen to Almost Everyday

2) See Matt and Kim live the next time you have the chance

3) If you ever want to turn a Monday night into a bangin’ dance party, call Matt and Kim

This was a much fun as we could have hoped. It was as silly and jokey and entertaining as we expected. And it was the perfect beginning to a week-long festival of music.

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More Photos from the Canadian Music Week 2018 Kick Off Party with Matt and Kim, MONOWHALES, and Goodnight, Sunrise!

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Canadian Music Week 2018 Preview – Where We’ll Be

Canadian Music Week 2018 getting ready to kick off in Toronto, with artists from all over Canada, and the world, coming to TO’s bars, clubs, and other venues all over the city to play for music fans.

It’s a packed week with live music set to go every night from Monday to Sunday, and we can not wait for all of it.

There are a lot of challenges that come with a schedule that is so full of music, but we’ve done our best.

Check our day-to-day list and be ready to say hi if you see us at any of these shows – and stay tuned for our CMW 2018 coverage!

Canadian Music Week 2018 Schedule

Monday, May 7

CMW Kick Off Party with Matt and Kim
– Matt and Kim
– MONOWHALES
– Goodnight, Sunrise

Date: Monday, May 7th
Venue: Phoenix Concert Theatre
Location: 410 Sherbourne St.
Doors: 8:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 31.50 – $54.00 + Service Fees
Concert Type: Club Series
Ages: / 19+.

Tuesday, May 8

Mad Caddies at Mod Club
– Mad Caddies
– Slamboni
– M U D I E

Date: Tuesday, May 8th
Venue: Mod Club
Location: 722 College St
Doors: 7:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 25.00 + Service Fees
Concert Type: Club Series
Ages: / 19+.

The Used at The Phoenix
– The Used
– Red Sun Rising
– The Fever 333

Date: Tuesday, May 8th
Venue: Phoenix Concert Theatre
Location: 410 Sherbourne St.
Doors: 7:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 39.50
Concert Type: Concert Series
Ages: / 19+.

Wednesday, May 9

The Return of Slow
– Slow
– The Dirty Nil
– Single Mothers

Date: Wednesday, May 9th
Venue: Phoenix Concert Theatre
Location: 410 Sherbourne St.
Doors: 7:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 20.00 + Service Fees
Concert Type: Club Series
Ages: / 19+.

River Town Saints, The Reklaws & More presented by KX Country
– River Town Saints
– The Reklaws
– Robby Johnson
– Cory James Mitchell
– Ben Hudson

Date: Wednesday, May 9th
Venue: Great Hall
Location: 1087 Queen Street West
Doors: 6:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 12.00 ADV + service fees
Concert Type: Club Series
Ages: / 19+. / All wristbands accepted.

Thursday, May 10

SiriusXM House
– Kiefer Sutherland
– Lindsay Ell
– Blackie Jackett Jr.

Date: Thursday, May 10th
Venue: Phoenix Concert Theatre
Location: 410 Sherbourne St.
Doors: 8:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 29.50 + Service Fees
Concert Type: Club Series
Ages: / 19+.

Sango: ITCO Tour
– Sango
– Kaelin Ellis

Date: Thursday, May 10th
Venue: Danforth Music Hall
Location: 147 Danforth Ave
Doors: 7:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 20.00 + Service Fees
Concert Type: Concert Series
Ages: / 19+.

Friday, May 11

SiriusXM House
– Monster Struck
– Crown Lands

Date: Friday, May 11th
Venue: Phoenix Concert Theatre
Location: 410 Sherbourne St.
Doors: 7:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 29.50 + Service Fees
Concert Type: Club Series

Keys N Krates: CURA Tour
– Keys N Krates

Date: Friday, May 11th
Venue: Danforth Music Hall
Location: 147 Danforth Ave
Doors: 7:00 PM
Ticket Price: $15.00 – $25.00
Concert Type: Concert Series
Ages: / 19+.

Saturday, May 12

The Northern Pikes with Attica Riots and More
– The Standstills
– The Static Shift
– Attica Riots
– The Northern Pikes
– Ready The Prince

Date: Saturday, May 12th
Venue: Horseshoe Tavern
Location: 370 Queen St. West
Doors: 8:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 25.00 + Service Fees
Concert Type: Club Series
Ages: / 19+.

Sunday, May 13

2 Chainz
– 2 Chainz
– Murda Beatz
– CMDWN

Date: Sunday, May 13th
Venue: Rebel
Location: 11 Polson St
Doors: 8:00 PM
Ticket Price: $ 39.50 – $ 60.00 + Service Fees
Concert Type: Club Series
Ages: / All ages.

CMW 2018 Preview – Slow Interview

Slow are a Canadian punk legend.

And it’s a name I hadn’t heard in what seems like forever. In truth, it’s been 31 years since Slow stopped being a thing. The Vancouver-based 80’s punk band made quite a name for themselves and then in true punk fashion, they imploded.

They hit a peak and then they ran into some trouble. Their notorious show at Expo ’86, which ended with the band being temporarily held by police, had some far far-reaching implications for more than just the band.

Slow has been credited with influencing the grunge wave in Seattle, especially the fashion. Think flannel shirts, boots and ripped jeans and you’re right on track.

After plans to re-release their catalogue came to light, the guys were convinced to get the band back together. The long-awaited return of Slow comes with some additions. The current line up is: on lead vocals is Tom Anselmi, on guitar is Christian Thorvaldsen, also on guitar, Ziggy Sigmund, and on bass we have Stephen Hamm, on drums is Terry Russell, on keys and sax Kurt Dahle of The New Pornographers, also on vocals are Vanessa Dandurand of The Ballantynes and Jody Glenham of The Dreamers. The welcome additions bring a fuller, richer sound and fill in the spaces, making their live performances that much better.

Slow at Expo

The thing that they couldn’t have known going in to the reunion was that the magic was still there, waiting to be exposed. And after playing a slew of shows on the West Coast, Slow are back to wow the rest of us. With an upcoming show at Toronto’s Canadian Music Week, we’re thrilled that we’ll be able to see the band play live.

We caught up with singer Thomas Anselmi and asked the questions we’ve all been wondering.

SLOW Q&A

Q1) Can you tell us about how Slow came together?

Thomas Anselmi) Slow really came about through two pairs of two best friends jamming in the basement of one of their parent’s house. Christian and I had been working on putting a band together and he had an idea that this rhythm section he’d gone to elementary school with would work. That was Terry and Hamm and the first time we jammed it seemed like it had potential.

Q2) Can you tell us what pulled you apart?

Thomas Anselmi) I was getting drained, the whole band was getting drained. I mean it seems strange to think about now, but we were in the major newspapers in Canada often even before Expo. Usually, those articles were in some way critical or inflammatory. People were much easier to upset back then and we were coming from a school of rock and roll that was confrontational by nature. But having that attention at that age was stressful and especially combined with the real grind of touring with no money. Sometimes we were playing sold-out venues and sometimes we were playing some shitty arcade in Saskatoon to no people. It made the whole enterprise seem hopeless.

Q3) What have you been up to?

Thomas Anselmi) A little of this and a little of that. Singing, writing, doing artistic stuff of various sorts. Living in Los Angeles.

Q4) Why now? What things happened to make this the time to return?

Thomas Anselmi) The record was getting re-issued and offers were made. I had no interest in doing it, it was the promise of money that lured me. But once we were all in a room together I didn’t give a fuck about money anymore. The music took over.

Q5) Can you tell us how it feels to be re-releasing the original EP?

Thomas Anselmi) It’s interesting, I mean how many people would enjoy looking through their diary from when they were 17. But you know, the songs have a life of their own and some of them really stand up. At the end of the day, it’s the people that listen to the music, not the people that make it that decide it’s importance.

Q6) What can you tell us about the new music?

Thomas Anselmi) The new music picks up where we left off. We are going deep into everything we love about rock ‘n’ roll and presenting it as a revue in the 60s sense. Kurt Dahle is playing with us now, keyboards, saxophone etc. And we have some great singers working with us now, so it’s a punk rock extravaganza and I really think it’s better than it’s ever been. Have not been the same was such a drag to play live before because no one could cover the backing parts. It’s sure a joy for me to hear those vocals live.

Q7) “…the band has consistently been called one of the most influential punk rock bands in Canada and forerunners of the Seattle grunge scene.” Those are some pretty serious words, is that something that impacts you?

Thomas Anselmi) I don’t give a fuck about labels but I will say that the music seems to have stood up and there’s not a lot of records from that era that I’m putting on. In a way, we were behind the times a lot more than ahead. We were playing in a loose way that predated punk and applying what we’d learned from punk to that.

Q8) Is there any chance that you’ll add more shows?

Thomas Anselmi) Sure.

Thanks to Thomas for taking the time to answer our questions. We’re looking forward to seeing Slow live during Canadian Music Week.

SLOW photo credit Sean Starke

Slow’s Upcoming Show Dates

Wednesday, May 9   Toronto at Phoenix (with The Dirty Nil) Tickets | $20

Thursday, May 10      Hamilton at This Ain’t Hollywood (with Dearly Beloved + Flesh Rag) Tickets  | $25

Friday, May 11             London at Call The Office (with Dearly Beloved + Midnight Terrors) Tickets | $20

Saturday, May 12       Montreal at Casa Del Popolo (with Dearly Beloved + Public Display)Tickets | $22

And one date in Western Canada:

Friday, June 22          Calgary at Dickens/Sled Island Music + Arts Festival Tickets $20

Country Thunder Music Festival 2018, Calgary Full Lineup Preview

Festival season is coming, and from August 17 to 19 in Calgary it’s going to be a country music good time when Country Thunder rolls into town.

This week, Country Thunder Alberta released their full lineup, with outstanding headliners, awesome Canadian talent, and some 90s country stars that come together to make up three days of great music in the summer sun*.

*We can’t promise the sun. Sorry.

We know that headliners sell tickets, and with the collection of Dierks Bentley, Toby Keith, and Eric Church, it’s pretty clear that Country Thunder knows that too. These three country stars all put on amazing live shows (we’ve been lucky enough to see them all) and will end Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night with sets full of hits and fan favourites.

Related: Country Thunder Music Festival 2018, Craven Lineup Preview

We’re happy too to see Jess Moskaluke and Madeline Merlo on the bill, adding some country girl power to the lineup. Both of these amazing performers have songs that are perfect for summer, and fans should be ready to sing along to Camouflage, Drive Me Away, Motel Flamingo, and Neon Love!

Check out the full, day-to-day lineup for the 2018 edition of Country Thunder Alberta, and click here for ticket information… 

Country Thunder Alberta, 2018 Day-to-Day Lineup

Friday, August 17

🎤🎶 Dierks Bentley

If you haven’t seen Dierks Bentley live, you’re missing out. This man puts on a show that is designed to make sure that every single person in the crowd leaves with a smile on their face and a feeling that they’ve gotten more than they paid for. With a new album coming (The Mountain is set for release on June 8, 2018) Dierks’ summer set is sure to include some fresh tracks and memories.

🎤🎶 The Cadillac Three

These three Nashville boys were made for the stage. Whether they’re in a small club, or at a major festival, they go hard, and the crowd loves it. Be ready for some gritty, grungy country music and a lot of singing along.

🎤🎶 Chad Brownlee

Chad Brownlee has been one of Canadian country’s biggest stars over the last few years, and that doesn’t look like it’s going to stop any time soon. The Somethin’ We Shouldn’t Do singer always has a trick or two up his sleeve when he plays live, and Country Thunder fans should expect something cool when he takes the stage.

🎤🎶 Drew Gregory

Alberta’s own, Drew Gregory is putting in the work that country fans love to make his career happen. We are 100% certain that the 2015 Alberta Country Music Association Male Artist of the Year is going to give it everything he’s got when he gets up in front of the Country Thunder crowd.

Saturday, August 18

🎤🎶 Toby Keith

It’s been 25 years since Should Have Been A Cowboy and A Little Less Talk And A Lot More Action were released, and Toby Keith is still going strong. Keith was named Billboard’s Country Artist of the Decade for the 2000s, and with more hits than you can name off the top of your head, and fan favourites to go with them, his set will be packed with singalongs.

🎤🎶 Dean Brody

Dean Bordy is a hitmaker, and when he plays live he gets everyone in a good-timin’ mood. Whether the entire audience is singing along to Canadian Girls, or he’s bringing down the house, Brody will be directing a set of country music that will put smiles on faces.

🎤🎶 Restless Heart

They’ve been making since 1984, which should tell you that Restless Heart knows what they’re doing. From When She Cries to The Bluest Eyes In Texas, this is going to be a classic country set that fans can feel nostalgic about.

🎤🎶 Madeline Merlo

Madeline Merlo embodies the spirit of summer with her country hippie vibe, her Palm Bae status, and songs that’ll make you wanna dance. Her energy is infectious in the best way, and we know that the Calgary crowd is in for a treat when she plays for them.

🎤🎶 Hunter Brothers

If you are unfamiliar with Hunter Brothers, it’s time to get yourself caught up. These five brothers make some of the sweetest sounds in country music, and when they add in the fun that they love to have when they’re making music, it’s a big win. Be ready.

🎤🎶 *Rising Star Winner*

Sunday, August 19

🎤🎶 Eric Church

The Chief is a great choice to headline the final day of Country Thunder Calgary 2018. With hits, fan favourites, a strong stage presence, and an IDGAF attitude, Eric Church has become one of the biggest stars in the genre, and it’s well deserved. In 2015 we wrote a list of five reasons we were excited to see Eric Church at Boots & Hearts, and three years later, we’re still excited for all the same reasons. You should be too.

🎤🎶 Midland

These three dudes are on fire. Midland is quickly becoming one of the biggest acts in country music. And, with the success of their debut album, On The Rocks, they’re graduating to bigger stages and bigger crowds as they take their music to the fans. This is going to be fun.

🎤🎶 The Kentucky Headhunters

Go back to 1989 when The Kentucky Headhunters won Top New Vocal Duo or Group at the ACM’s and you can start getting yourself ready for this set. With hits like Dumas Walker and Oh Lonesome Me, these 90s country favourites are going to be great at Country Thunder.

🎤🎶 Jess Moskaluke

Jess Moskaluke is a Juno winner and three-time CCMA Female Artist of the Year, and every time we see her on stage, she brings the heat! Be ready for Jess and the band to play her biggest hits, and maybe through in a couple of covers or a medley to get everyone singing along too.

🎤🎶 Bryan White

Bryan White was one of the biggest stars in country music in the 90s with So Much For Pretending, Rebecca Lynn, Someone Else’s Star, I’m Not Supposed To Love You Anymore and Sittin’ On Go all becoming fan favourites and hits. Be ready for a mix of those classics and new music from White when he takes the stage on Sunday.

Jess Moskaluke Top 5 – Country Wild Music Festival 2018 Preview

The Country Wild Music Festival is returning to Cobourg’s Victoria Park this summer for its second year of live country music. And this year they’re turning up the star power with three-time Canadian Country Music Association Female Artist of the Year, Jess Moskaluke!

Moskaluke will headline the Saturday, June 2 festival with openers Marshall Dane, Kansas Stone, Ben Hudson, Alyssa Morrissey, Sawmill Road, Robyn Ottolini, Jesse Slack, and Rebekah Stevens getting the day started and the music flowing.

Tickets for the one-day festival are available for just $45 (plus tax), with VIP upgrade options available. Click here to learn more and get your tickets – Country Wild Music Festival Tickets!

To get everyone in the summer festival season mood, and to give you all a taste of what you can expect to hear from Jess Moskaluke, we’ve put together a list of our Top 5 songs from the Saskatchewan native, with a couple bonuses thrown in.

Related: Jess Moskaluke Live at Toronto’s YouTube Space

Have a look and listen, and leave a comment to tell us what your favourite Jess Moskaluke song is on our list. And if we missed your favourite, leave a comment to tell us that too!

Ready? Here we go!

Honorable Mention (The Song That Got Us Hooked On Jess Moskaluke): Good Lovin’

Cheap Wine & Cigarettes

Drive Me Away

Kiss Me Quiet

Past The Past

Take Me Home

Bonus #1: I’m An Open Road (Paul Brandt ft. Jess Moskaluke)

Bonus #2: We Found Love – Acoustic (Tyler Ward ft. Jess Moskaluke)

Bonus #3: Call Me Maybe (Jess Moskaluke ft. Corey Gray)

Country Wild Music Festival 2018 Promo Poster

Heavy Montreal 2018 Festival Lineup and Ticket Info

In our quest for an additional summer festival, we present to you, Heavy Montreal.

Returning after taking a one-year pause, the two-day heavy metal/hard rock festival returns to Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau. In addition, there are performances at additional venues across the city.

Heavy Montreal is one of the world’s largest heavy metal festivals in the world and attendance comes in around 70,000 people. 2018 headliners include Avenged Sevenfold, Rob Zombie, and Marilyn Manson. Other bands on our radar include Kitchener natives Helix, Hollywood Undead, Ratt, The Black Dahlia Murder and Voivod.

Regular weekend passes (general admission) are $165 with the Gold weekend pass running $300. The Gold passes include access to the Casino de Montréal GOLD PLATFORM, an exclusive viewing area with a premium view of the main stage. Also included with Gold passes is access to private washrooms and exclusive food & beverage stands at the Casino de Montréal GOLD PLATFORM. If you’ve ever done the VIP treatment, you know the washroom upgrade is unbeatable! In addition, there are also single day passes available, general admission are $95 and Gold day passes are $165.

If you want to go for more, you can pick up a Weekend Warrior pass which includes admission to Punk Festival, ’77 Montreal on Friday the 27th. General admission is $210, and Gold level passes are $320.

For all the details, full lineup and updates, please check out the festival website at Heavy Montreal.

Let us know if you’d like to see us cover this festival.

Heavy Montreal 2018 Poster

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