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10 Osheaga Acts You Need To Catch Now Before They Become Headlining Stars

August 1st, 2014


Osheaga kicks off today and with such a big lineup, it must be tough to make up your schedule. But we do implore you to show up early and make sure to catch some of the day’s earlier acts because, who knows, those acts could be headliners one day and you will totally regret not seeing them on a smaller stage!

Here are 10 acts that you NEED to see this weekend:

Dear Frederic
Earlier this week we were raving about Montreal artist Dear Frederic’s latest music video for Outlast and if the rest of his music is anything like this dynamic synth-pop jam, then you need to rush to the festival to see him right away. Fans might recognize Charles F Hout as the leader of the indie-rock band Winter Gloves, but as Dear Frederic, Hout is now boasting a more slick pop sound that’s very reminiscent of Foster The People and Passion Pit.

The Belle Game
We’ve been huge fans of The Belle Game ever since their album Ritual Tradition Habit came out last year. With amazing songs like Wait Up For You and the mind-blowingly powerful River, this Canadian act has been climbing the ranks for a while now and will only continue to rise. Also a great reason to catch The Belle Game live: singer Andrea Lo’s incredible pipes live is even more impressive than on record. Seriously, this girl will blow you away.

Foxtrott is the one-woman synth-pop machine, Marie-Helene L. Delorme and for a solo act, she pulls off quite the energized and compelling performance. Just one listen to her cover of The Smiths’ There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and you’ll understand what we’re talking about.

Mozart’s Sister
With an album coming out next week, prepare to hear a lot more from Montreal artist Mozart’s Sister. The solo artist weaves looping vocals together into a whirlwind of electronic pop confection. Once you catch her performance, we guarantee you won’t be able to get her songs out of your head for days, possibly weeks.

July Talk
This is the year for Toronto rock band July Talk. With two videos on heavy rotation here — Guns + Ammunition and their latest video for Summer Dress — and a Juno nomination for Breakthrough Group Of The Year under their belts, they’ve already built a pretty impressive profile for themselves. And you know what truly makes this band so successful? Their live show. Seriously. Take a look below at a Much Office Session they did here!

Fun.’s Jack Antonoff is now having fun with his own band, Bleachers. Don’t worry, though, the anthemic singalongs are still present in this band with infectious songs like I Wanna Get Better. Fun fact: Antonoff’s girlfriend Lena Dunham also directed the music video for the song. So who knows, maybe you’ll spot Lena cheering on her boyfriend in Montreal this weekend!

Vance Joy
If Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy isn’t on your summer playlist already, well, why not? The rising star’s single Riptide has easily become one of the year’s biggest hits, raking in over 16 million views on YouTube for the music video. If you’re a fan of Mumford & Sons or America Authors, then this is the perfect new artist for you.

Royal Canoe
Canadian band Royal Canoe is a little weird, but in the best way possible. In a way where you’d want to run around in a room filled with balloons and confetti, much like the band’s super innovative video for their single, Bathtubs. Perhaps they’ll even bring out some confetti at their show, who knows!

Toronto rock band Wildlife is guaranteed to make you feel some (okay, lots) of feelings at their life show. All their songs are heartwarming anthems, ones that will have you shouting along by the end of the set. Just check out this Much Office Session they did for us as proof!

Kongos have enjoyed success in their home of South Africa for years now, but the four brothers have only started their American domination. Their latest single, Come With Me Now is slowly gaining lots of airplay here in Canada and we can’t wait to see and hear more from them!

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