As the days become longer, a little less cold, and snowier than ever (Montreal spring is a lie), the festival line up season is here to warm up our spirits. Last week was a week of anticipation for all music and festival aficionados alike as we played guessing games in the form of the O-Audio, Osheaga app, waiting for any hint they could throw our way. Well the wait is over as Osheaga has graced us with the official lineup. This time around, however, the Osheaga gods gave us what we all wanted, a daily line up right off the bat, no messing around. We already know the big names: Florence and the Machine makes her almost yearly pilgrimage to Osheaga (she should probably just move to the festival grounds by now), the British rock stars Arctic Monkeys, and Stormi’s dad, Travis Scott.  Equal parts Pop-Rock-Rap. But really, Osheaga is so much more than the headliners. We know it’s tough to choose, but we’ve made it easier for you with our list of 10 Artists to Check out at Osheaga. Happy Hunting!

10 Artists to Check Out at Osheaga

1. The National

Alternative rock legends, do yourself a favor and go see these guys.

2. James Blake

This British musician’s immersive electronic rhythms and harmonies are one of the best things you’ll see.

3. Jungle

Their funky beats will get you moving all day long.

4. Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Random band name + great music + mad fun stage vibes= must see.

5. Tyler, The Creator

A stylish dude with equally stylish music.

6. Tash Sultana

This one woman show is a sight to see. Check our her song Jungle, and you be the judge.

7. Blondie

An instant throwback and rock legend.

8. Alvvays

Canadian indie-dream pop band will make you feel good against the summer breeze. P.S. Their video features Montreal during Expo 67.

9. Julien Baker

The queen of sad songs, her music is simple, complex and hits you right in the feels.

10. Toro y Moi

This guy is chill vibes, and good times. Take a listen.


If you’re a fan of Stranger Things, Finn Wolfhard’s (coolest name ever) aka Mike Wheeler’s band Calpurnia will be playing at Osheaga. Bring on your Eggo waffles and 80s retro.


See ya’ll on August 3, 4, and 5 !

Tess B. Paiewonsky

Tess is a music loving and concert dwelling Dominican/self-proclaimed Montrealer. A lover of travel, she’s lived in the cities of Santo Domingo, Copenhagen, and the love of her life: Montreal. Tess enjoys writing concert reviews, singing loudly to her neighbors, and finding the best taco spot in town. You can find Tess checking out new bands around the city and playing her ukulele at a nearby park.

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