Summer in Montreal is probably the best time to check out some good shows, but the month of July is going to be absolutely outstanding. Between the Jazz Festival, Vans Warped Tour, and regularly scheduled concerts, July 2014 might go down in history as the month of legends in the city. From Aretha Franklin to Lionel Richie, Bruno Mars to Justin Timberlake, and all the amazing up & coming artists in between; if you're looking for something to do with friends, chances are you'll be able to pick a great concert to go and hang out.

Neon Trees

Date: July 4th

Venue: Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre

Genre: Pop/Rock/Dance

Why you're going:  You might still remember Neon Trees as that quirky band who opened for the Killers had that hit single 'Animals' sometime in 2010, but they've been making tons more catchy music worth tuning in to. Their latest album 'Pop Psychology' was released in April 2014, and based on the fun pop tracks you can hear on the record, their show is bound to be a great time!

Michael Buble

Date: July 4th

Venue: Bell Center

Genre: Jazz/Swing/Pop

Why you're going: Another great act in conjunction with Motnreal's Jazz Fest, Michael Buble is one of Canada's most talented and well known acts out there right now. His songs blend jazz and pop like no one has ever done before, and his charm onstage make his shows a must.

BADBADNOTGOOD

Date: July 5th

Venue: Club Soda

Genre: Jazz/Electronica/Hip-Hop

Why you're going: These Toronto natives are best known for collaborating with other great musicians like Tyler, the Creator and Frank Ocean, but their distinct sound is definitely worth checking out. They have a very unique way of interpreting hip hop tracks, and have been called revolutionary in their genre.

VANS WARPED TOUR 2014

Date: July 5th

Venue: Parc Jean Drapeau

Genre: Pop/Punk/Rock/Screamo/Everything really

Why you're going: Vans Warped Tour is a staple of Montreal summers. Last year, the festival was cancelled in our city and it brought internet riots of all sorts from festival-goers. Don't miss the Warped Tour comeback this year at Parc Jean Drapeau. All the best up & coming artists from pop/rock/punk etc are there, and it's always a sweaty, memorable time!

Andrew Bird

Date: July 6th

Venue: Theatre Maisonneuve

Genre: Indie/Rock/Folk

Why you're going: The very talented multi-instrumentalist Andrew Bird always puts on an absolutely stunning show when he comes to Montreal, so it's no wonder he made the list. He's been releasing music since 1996, and consistently showcases his talent on each of his new albums.

Deer Tick/Adam Baldwin 

Date: July 6th

Venue: Il Motore

Genre: Alternative/Rock

Why you're going: You're always in for a good night of alternative/rock music at Il Motore. The smaller venue allows for much more intimate shows, and is the perfect environment for the grungy, but still charming music of Deer Tick. Bruce Springsteen inspired musician Adam Baldwin is another great addition to July shows in Montreal, don't miss either of them if you're headed to the concert!

Tyler, the Creator

Date: July 8th

Venue: Metropolis

Genre: Rap

Why you're going: Tyler Okonma (better known under his stage name Tyler, the Creator) is a world renown rapper and even has his own record label 'Odd Future Records'. His music features a slew of great artists from Pharrell to Frank Ocean, and he's rumored to be recording with Mac DeMarco now. He's worked with so many great musicians, there's no doubt his live show is a great reflection of all the hard work!

The Killers

Date: July 10th

Venue: Bell Center

Genre: Alternative/Rock

Why you're going: The Killers are FINALLY coming back to Montreal!!! Can we make requests in advance? Mr. Brightside? Somebody Told Me? Runaways?

The Paper Kites

Date: July 11th

Venue: Cabaret Le Lion D'Or

Genre: Indie/Folk

Why you're going: As if their Australian roots haven't already won us over, The Paper Kites have toured with Canadian act City & Colour, cementing their clear talent in the indie genre. If you want a good, mellow evening of music, this is meant for you.

Miniature Tigers

Date: July 12th

Venue: La Vitrola

Genre: Alternative/Indie/Pop

Why you're going: These guys have been around for quite some time, having been named one of the best MySpace bands back in 2006. They've continued to get recognition throughout the years, with a brand new album released in June 2014. It'll be a show filled with both old and new music for sure!

Wild Beasts

Date: July 15th

Venue: Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre

Genre: Indie/Rock

Why you're going: Each album Wild Beasts releases receives positive reviews far and wide. Their music is like a dreamy, new genre of rock that makes for a perfect summer show.

Scott Weiland

Date: July 17th

Venue: Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre

Genre: Alternative/Hard Rock/Grunge

Why you're going: Known for changing his appearance and vocal style on a regular basis, Weiland's well known flamboyant and chaotic onstage presence makes us very interested in seeing his live performance!

Touche Amore

Date: July 19th

Venue: Il Motore

Genre: Post Hardcore/Emo/Screamo

Why you're going:The up & coming melodic hardcore band have been together since 2007 but are definitely making greater waves in the industry as they continue to release new music. Their lyrics are known to be honest confessions from their lives, and they've been signed to some great labels including their current one, Deathwish.

The Fresh and Onlys/The Shilohs

Date: July 19th

Venue: La Vitrola

Genre: Garage/Psychedelic Rock

Why you're going: You're always in for a great, intimate show at La Vitrola, which hosts some of Montreal's best underground music shows. If you're looking for a concert jampacked with some amazing up & coming talent, you won't want to miss The Fresh & Onlys or The Shilohs!

Ages and Ages

Date: July 21st

Venue: Divan Orange

Genre: Pop/Indie/Folk

Why you're going: Ages and Ages have a sound that's easily to fall in love with. If you're a fan of The Lumineers or similar indie-sounding bands, you'll have an absolute blast at this show.

Glass Cloud

Date: July 22nd

Venue: La Sala Rossa

Genre: Progressive Metal

Why you're going: Glass Cloud are one of those classic bands you'll find in the pages of an Alternative Press magazine. The vocalist was formerly known for his work with Of Mice & Men, to give you an idea of their genre. Signed to Equal Vision Records, this is the perfect show for all you Vans Warped Tour fans that are having some festival withdrawal by now.

Bruno Mars/Pharrell Williams

Date: July 23rd

Venue: Bell Center

Genre: Pop/Reggae/Soul

Why you're going: Is there any better way you'd rather spend your evening than with two of the best voices in pop/reggae music? Bruno Mars has been compared to the likes of Michael Jackson, and Pharrell's song 'Happy' is bound to get fans out in huge numbers.

Pentimento

Date: July 24th

Venue: L'Esco

Genre: Punk/Rock

Why you're going: If you're a fan of Punk/Rock and haven't heard of these guys yet, you're missing out. They have the classic early 2000's sound that you loved. If you're a fan of bands like The Spill Canvas, check these guys out for a slightly more hardcore sound!

Justin Timberlake

Date: July 25th

Venue: Bell Center

Genre: Pop/R&B

Why you're going: It seems like Montreal just goes wild every time Justin Timberlake is in town, and this show surely won't be ANY different. He's just got it all going on- from his N'Sync days to his solo/acting days, it's tough not to find something to love about JT. He's got a talent and drive for music that hasn't slowed down in the last decade, so make sure you don't miss what's bound to be an epic night!

Lionel Richie

Date: July 28th

Venue: Bell Center

Genre: Soul/R&B/Reggae/Pop

Why you're going: We get to host this fantastic music legend in our city this month?! Unbelievable.

PHOX 

Date: July 28th

Venue: Casa Del Popolo

Genre: Folk/Soul/Rock

Why you're going: PHOX is playing one of the smaller venues in the city, and we can't encourage you enough: GO CHECK THESE GUYS OUT. They have a beautiful, distinct sound, fronted by female vocalist Monica Martin. One of the absolutely must-see shows of the month!

The Fray 

Date: July 29th

Venue: Metropolis

Genre: Pop/Rock

Why you're going: Lead vocalist Isaac Slaade is one of the must-see musicians of our time. The Fray hasn't performed in Montreal in FAR too long, and despite the tickets being a tiny bit expensive, it's going to be crazy worth it. The Fray have a way of getting you completely lost in music. Go, and enjoy.

Ben Sollee

Date: July 1st

Venue: Quai des Brumes

Genre: Folk/Soul

Why you're going: Ben Sollee isn't your average musician. He's known for his professional cellist skills, his music composition, and his very unique writing/performing talents. With a handful of EP's and records to his name already, Sollee's show is going to be a real treat for Montreal fans.

Tony Bennett

Date: July 1st

Venue: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Genre: Pop/Jazz

Why you're going: Tony Bennett hardly needs any introduction; he's by far one of the musical greats. Founder of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in New York City, a veteran from World War II, an accomplished painter, and holder of several gold records, he's an absolute legend, and we're so proud to host him in our city!

Aretha Franklin

Date: July 2nd

Venue: Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Genre: R&B/Soul/Jazz/Gospel

Why you're going: Can we just all give a round of applause to the Jazz Festival organizers for this one? Two musical legends in two days, our city is truly outdoing itself this year. If you're enjoying the many fantastic shows that the Jazz Fest has to offer, Aretha Franklin is one that you just can't miss.

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