Independent artists and driving concerts: some shows to enjoy this fall


Since this story was published on July 11, 2021, new details have been released regarding the Canadian tour stops of Celine Dion, Harry Styles, Gordon Lightfoot and others. The previous version indicated that the Lightfoot dates in western Canada would be in November. These concerts are now postponed.

An updated version of this article now includes details regarding Canadian tour stops by Eric Church, All Time Low, and Feist, among others.

With plans for concerts in arenas, outdoor festivals and drive-thru shows, music lovers are slowly returning to hear their favorite artists perform live after a long period of drought due to COVID-19 lockdowns.

As vaccination rates rise across the country and the number of COVID-19 cases decline, some headliners are switching to live broadcasts – while others remain cautious.

Organizers have been creative and put on shows that reflect a relaxation of restrictions related to the pandemic while respecting individual provincial health protocols in place across the country.

Ready to go back? CBC News is highlighting a range of live music events taking place this fall.

Headliners planned for fall

Latin pop kings Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin will co-lead a North American tour, with stops planned in Toronto (October 7-8) and Montreal (October 9). According to Live Nation, October 7 will be the first concert at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena in 580 days.

Pop punk group All Time Low will perform in Toronto (October 22), Winnipeg (October 31), Edmonton (November 2), Calgary (November 3) and Vancouver (November 5).

Enrique Iglesias accepts the Artist of the Year award at the Latin American Music Awards at the Dolby Theater on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Los Angeles. He is due to perform in Canada with Ricky Martin this fall. (Chris Pizzello / Invision / The Associated Press)

Outside of the pop realm, progressive rock legends Genesis will reunite in November for their first tour in 14 years. The group will stop over in Montreal (Nov 22-23) and Toronto (Nov 25-26). The last time the band performed in Canada was in September 2007.

Fans of American country singer Eric Church can see him at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary (October 22), the Sasktel Center in Saskatoon (October 23) and Rogers Arena in Vancouver (October 29).

On October 10, Niagara-born DJ deadmau5 will perform at CityView in Toronto. The show is not a drive-through concert; the show was originally scheduled to take place in Rebel, but has been moved across the street to its current location.

Lightfoot, Dion, Styles, others cancel dates

National Treasure Gordon Lightfoot was scheduled to perform Canadian shows in several cities in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan and British Columbia in November. Those performances have now been postponed to 2022 due to COVID-19 infection rates, with the exception of a show in Red Deer, Alta., Which was outright canceled.

Toronto fans can still see Lightfoot at Massey Hall for three evenings (November 25-27). Lightfoot was originally scheduled for October in Montreal and Ottawa, but those shows have been postponed.

Two other highly anticipated artists, Celine Dion and Harry Styles, have canceled previously scheduled Canadian dates for the summer and fall.

Quebec singer and world superstar Dion was scheduled to perform in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Edmonton and Vancouver from August 16 to 29, but those dates have been postponed to 2022.

“I know how frustrating it is for my fans, with all the postponements that have taken place over the past 18 months,” Dion said in a statement.

“My team and I are still concerned about everyone’s safety this summer even though the situation has improved considerably.

“We all feel 100% comfortable that things will be very safe next spring and I want my fans to feel the same, without any worries. Hope everyone understands.”

Likewise, Styles, which was scheduled to stop in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto in early fall, announced on July 14 that its Canadian shows are being canceled for the time being.

Soccer Mommy, Lucy Dacus and Arlo Parks have each postponed shows scheduled to take place in Montreal and Toronto earlier this fall. Parks is still scheduled to perform at Vancouver’s Biltmore Cabaret on October 9.

Intimate indie shows

Musician Afie Jurvanen, aka Bahamas, celebrated the release of his latest album, Sad Hunk, by performing a series of songs from his home in Halifax. (SRC)

For those who prefer their independently labeled music and intimately staged shows, a range of independent artists and small groups are also present in Canadian centers.

German electronic duo Milky Chance will perform in Vancouver (November 22), Calgary (November 23), Winnipeg (November 25), Toronto (December 1) and Montreal (December 2).

Canadian musician Bahamas – real name Afie Jurvanen – embarks on an extensive tour across the country to promote his new album, Sad handsome kid.

q21:27Bahamas on Sad Hunk, Moving to the East Coast, and His Quest to Write the Perfect Love Song

On the day of his brand new album Sad Hunk, the Bahamas musician joined us to explain why he had to move to the east coast to find himself. In addition, he offers us exclusive performances of two songs from the album. 21:27

After summer performances in the Atlantic Provinces, the Halifax-based artist from Barrie, Ont. Will travel to the West Coast for performances from November 17-21. Then it heads to the Prairies (November 23-27) and Ontario and Quebec (December 1-10). Its tour continues in 2022 with a number of shows scheduled on the East Coast.

Another Canadian group, folk group The Weather Station, will perform to audiences in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg, Montreal and Ottawa in November, before landing in Toronto in early December. The group, led by Tamara Lindeman, released their new album Ignoring last february.

Canadian singer-songwriter Feist will be in residence at two Canadian venues this fall. She will perform at the National Arts Center in Ottawa from October 13 to 17 and at Meridian Hall in Toronto from October 20 to 30.

The hyperpop group 100 gecs will perform at the Corona Theater in Montreal (October 26) and at the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto (October 27).

And, in October and November, English musician Passenger will perform at MTelus in Montreal (October 30), History in Toronto (November 1), Burton Cummins Theater in Winnipeg (November 5), Winspear Center in Edmonton. (November 7) and at the Vancouver Vogue Theater (November 9).


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