The Tragically Hip kick-off a two-night Ontario homestand Saturday (June 30) at The Commons at Butler’s Barracks in Niagara-on-the-Lake and Sunday (July 1) at Burls Creek Family Event Park in Barrie. Set times for both shows are as follows :
Doors: 3 p.m.
Rural Alberta Advantage: 4:45-5:15 p.m.
New Pornographers: 5:45-6:30 p.m.
Death Cab For Cutie: 7:15-8:15 p.m.
The Tragically Hip: 9-11 p.m.
And all your festival Dos and Don’ts are right here. Have fun!
FIVE SO FAR
With the year half done, here are my five favourite records of 2012 to date:
Jack White, Blunderbuss: He’s rewriting the rulebook at every turn. Word is there’ll be a theatre show (or two) in Toronto this fall.
The Smashing Pumpkins, Oceania: The great Pumpkin’s return to form. Arena tour forthcoming.
The Menzingers, On The Impossible Past: Pennsylvania punkers serve up hard-working, heartfelt rock.
John K. Samson, Provincial: The Weakerthans song man’s solo effort deserves the national attention it’s received through its Polaris long list nod. Samson plays 918 Bathurst on Sept. 6.
Father John Misty, Fear Fun: Former Fleet Foxes drummer Josh Tillman’s shambolic, sprawling musical masterpiece. He’s in town with Youth Lagoon July 12 at the Opera House.
FIVE TO COME
And with half a year to go, here are five fab records coming soon :
Stars, The North (Sept. 4): Montreal’s Stars make some of the most eloquent and infectious pop in the biz, as is evident on The North‘s first single, “The Theory of Relativity.” Stars play the ACC with Metric on Nov. 24. Tickets on sale this Friday (June 29) at 10 a.m.
Band of Horses: With the band is still mum on details of the follow-up to Infinite Arms that’s coming in September, we’ll hopefully get a couple new tunes Aug. 15 at Echo Beach, where the band will team up with My Morning Jacket for what’s sure to be a spectacular night under the stars.
Peter Buck: The R.E.M. guitar god’s psychedelic solo LP will only be available in a limited-edition run of 400 vinyl copies.
Dinosaur Jr., I Bet on Sky (Sept. 18): First listens remind one of the diversity of 1993′s Where You Been. Tickets for the band’s three-night stand at Lee’s Palace are flying.
The Tragically Hip, And Now For Plan A (fall): If you’re not spending time with the band this weekend either Saturday at Niagara-on-the-Lake or Sunday in Barrie, you’ll want to hang out with this new LP, which hints at a rawer sound than the last couple of records.
RIOTFEST COMES TO LIFE
While the second weekend in September is usually reserved for the start of the NFL season, this year it will share the spotlight with RIOTFEST.
The festival—which is also making stops in Chicago, Brooklyn, Dallas, and Philadelphia—will take place Sept. 9 at Fort York-Garrison Commons. The varied line-up features street-smart punk rock from the likes of Fucked Up and Hot Water Music, and the explosive sounds of The Descendents and Andrew W.K. Tickets are on sale now.