As the warm weather approaches (then retreats, and hopefully comes back soon), summer festival / concert info is slowly seeping through. By now rumours of this year's Virgin Festival taking place not in Toronto but in Oro, Ontario at Burl's Creek Family Event Park on August 29 and 30 have already divided music fans whether such a change in venue is a good thing. Consensus seems to be that Olympic Island, even with all it's problems, was a good enough venue and it's proximity was a bonus. Virgin.com does at least confirm that the Canadian Virgin Festivals are indeed returning in 2009.
Hillside Festival (taking place at Guelph Lake Island from July 24-26) has revealed a few artists so far confirmed including Lorenna McKennit, Xavier Rudd, Tokyo Police Club, Buffy Ste. Marie, Final Fantasy and David Francey.
Hip hop festival Rock The Bells has confirmed dates and venues for the travelling tour. The tour stops in Toronto on July 5 at Molson Ampitheatre.
Yonge Dundas Square has confirmed it's summer events lineup including its lunchtime Serenades In The Square series, its Global Grooves series, as well as it's free film series, this year dubbed Adrenalin Rush!. Although full details haven't been confirmed, the square will also host a multitude of festivals and events(including events related to NXNE and Luminato, among others) throughout the summer into autumn.
Chromewaves reports Halifax's Dog Day roll into Lee's Palace on May 28 and that Quebec's Malajube will play that venue on June 12. rootmeansquare.ca says the Malajube show is a free show, and the opener will be Hollerado.
Pride Toronto (June 19-28) gives a glimpse of some of its entertainment highlights and in addition to previously announced artists like Esthero and Gentleman Reg, it's confirmed that Islands, Opopo as well as the 80's retro Regeneration Tour (featuring ABC, Wang Chung, Heaven 17 and Cutting Crew) will also be performing. Eye's Sarah Liss has a few issues with some of the acts participating in this year's Pride Toronto, especially in terms of revelancy to the queer community.
UK ambient electronic act The Orb with openers Orchard Lounge will play an intimate19+ show at The Mod Club on July 6. Tickets onsale April 30 at 10 am.
Sunset Rubdown with openers Elfin Saddle[I thought they were terrific when they opened for Tindersticks back in March] and Witchies play Lee's Palace on July 10. Tickets $13. More North American dates over at the Sunset Rubdown's website. The band release their new album "Dragonslayer" on June 23 through Jagjaguwar.
Soundscapes informs that the Japandroids show scheduled for El Mocambo on May 9 has been just been rescheduled for July 16. Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase or will be honoured for the new date.
Fucked Up with guest Women and others TBA are playing Phoenix on July 16, tickets $16.00 onsale now. You can buy tickets online at Ticketweb.com or through the usual outlets. Via Stille Post.
M83 return to Toronto for a show at the Phoenix on July 17.
Just over the US/Canadian border, Wilco with openers Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band will be playing Lewiston Art Park on July 19. This is the same weekend that the Pitchfork Music Festival is happening in Chicago. I'd been considering going to Pitchfork but this Wilco show is tempting. This is also the same weekend(specifically on July 18) that the Siren Music Festival is happening in NYC - Pollstar reports on the lineup announcement.
Brooklyn indie rock band Obits (their most recent album "I Blame You" just out on Sub Pop) will stop in at Lee's Palace on July 23, tickets $12.
Pollstar lists Jenn Grant playing Harbourfront Centre on July 24. So far there's been no confirmation on Harbourfront Centre's World Routes Festivals' artist lineups although the Advance Events Listings media release [PDF file] does indicate that July 24 is during Harbourfront's "Canadian Voices" festival.
Eagles of Death Metal with openers Toronto's Flash Lightnin' play Kool Haus on August 2. Full dates over at the band's MySpace.
Motorhead and Reverend Horton Heat play Polson Pier on September 2.
The Killers seem to like Toronto in September [they played the Toronto Virgin Festival in 2007], as they'll be returning for a Labour Day weekend show on September 6 at Molson Ampitheatre. Tickets onsale April 30 at 10 am, tickets CA $26.25 - CA $69.50.