TOP 10 OUTDOOR AUGUST CONCERTS
LOWELL We haven’t heard much from this phenom since her debut album turned so many heads. Excited to hear what’s new. At Ontario Place on Aug. 5 OVO FEST The city’s biggest musical export, Drake, is back with his annual mega-festival alongside PartyNextDoor and others, Budweiser Stage, Aug. 7. AUSTRA Hypnotic Toronto electro-musician Austra hits the stage on Aug. 19 as part of Harbourfront Centre’s annual Beats, Breaks & Culture festival. Free. RON SEXSMITH One of the country’s gifted songwriters and an idyllic outdoor stage at JacksonTriggs Winery? Yes, please (Aug. 19). COLIN JAMES There aren’t many who can compete with the whiz-bang noise of the CNE, but blues legend Colin James sure can. He plays the Ex Aug. 22. FAST ROMANTICS We are loving the new and improved Live on the Patio at Roy Thomson Hall sessions on Friday nights. Now even better with this incredible T.O. band, Aug. 18. BOOTS AND HEARTS This festival continues to attract the top country and western acts from across the land (Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, etc.) to lovely Burl’s Creek in Oro-Medonte, Aug. 10 to 13. THE WANTED The Toronto Botanical Garden is one of the prettiest locales in town, and this East Coast band is wonderful. Seems a pleasing combo for a warm summer evening, Aug. 17. TERRA LIGHTFOOT This super-talented blues rocker hits the Yonge-Dundas Square stage on Aug. 25 as part of Indie Fridays. JIMMY BUFFETT Attention all Parrotheads, grab your Hawaiian shirts as Jimmy Buffett takes over Budweiser Stage on Aug. 11.