7 indie acts to discover at Osheaga


Now in its 14th edition, the Osheaga Music and Arts festival has become one of the biggest festivals in North America. Held yearly at Parc Jean Drapeau on the first weekend of August, the festival will be returning to its original, newly-renovated site at the freshly-inaugurated Espace 67 for the first time in 2 years.

As always Osheaga promises a mix of established acts and newer acts that cross multiple music genres. This year is no different and the festival will feature over 100 acts performing on 6 stages.

Here are some rock-based artists that are worth checking out this year:

Kurt Vile & The Violators

August 2, 2019 @ Honda Valley Stage

The former lead guitarist of The War On Drugs, Kurt Vile takes to the stage with his backing band, The Violators with a sound that is very reminiscent of a charged 70s stoner rock.

St. Paul and The Broken Bones

August 2, 2019 @ Bell Alt TV River Stage

Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, this 8-piece band is the definition of modern soul.

Francis and the Lights

August 2, 2019 @ Perrier Tree Stage

Francis Farewell, better known as Francis and the Lights falls into the realm of pop and electronica. What makes him interesting though are his vocals – it's as though Peter Gabriel and Phil Collins are singing at the same time!


August 3, 2019 @ Perrier Tree Stage

Fronted by Saskatoon native, Jordan Cook, Reignwolf plays a mix of dirty blues and garage rock. Rolling Stone magazine named them as one of the 10 New Artists You Need to Know in 2014. Catch them before they tour with The Who later this Fall.

Real Estate

August 4, 2019 @ National Bank Green Stage

Based out of Brooklyn by way of Ridgewood, New Jersey, Real Estate already have 4 studio albums under their belt and play indie jangle rock – a perfect fit for the warm weather expected this weekend.

Sam Fender

August 4, 2019 @ Honda Valley Stage

English singer-songwriter Sam Fender is all about storytelling. In a recent interview with NME, the 25 year old credits Bruce Springsteen for being his main inspiration. He was named as one of the handful of artists on BBC's Sound of 2018.

Fontaines D.C.

August 4, 2019 @ National Bank Green Stage

Fontaines D.C. are an alternative rock band from Dublin, Ireland. Stereogum described the band as "a synthesis between post-punk, garage rock, and a kind of gritty, urbane sense of rhythm and narrative".

Additional rock bands to check out...

These bands may not be new discoveries or all that indie but they're definitely worth checking out live this weekend.


August 2, 2019 @ Bell Alt TV River Stage

Born out of New York City's indie music scene, Interpol's post-punk revival sound has been a rock staple since the late 90s.

We Are Monroe

August 2, 2019 @ Perrier Tree Stage

Montreal's We Are Monroe have become known for their catchy, high-energy bass/drum-driven riffs. Their music is rooted in the post-punk revival sound.

City and Colour

August 3, 2019 @ Bell Alt TV River Stage

When he's not playing with Alexisonfire, Dallas Green moonlights as City and Colour. Green has made a solo act name for himself with his chilling vocals, melodic arrangements, and indie-folk-inspired songs.

Young The Giant

August 3, 2019 @ Coors Light Mountain Stage

Alternative rockers Young The Giant owe a lot of their success to a 2012 Mountain Dew campaign that featured their hit, "My Body". They have since played countless live shows and remain a rock staple.

Tame Impala

August 4, 2019 @ Coors Light Mountain Stage

Headed by multi-instrumentalist, Kevin Parker, Tame Impala is all about the psychedelic rock. Since forming in 2007, the band has been nominated for countless awards.


August 4, 2019 @ Coors Light Mountain Stage

Much like many Canadian rock bands, Metric bloomed from a former incarnation of Broken Social Scene. They combine indie rock, synth, and new wave to create a uniquely upbeat sound.

The Glorious Sons

August 4, 2019 @ National Bank Green Stage

The Glorious Sons are THE definition of modern rock. Their catchy riffs and memorable (yet heavy) lyrics have earned the band 8 back-to-back radio hits.

The Franklin Electric

August 4, 2019 @ Bell Alt TV River Stage

Montreal-based The Franklin Electric have become a live festival favourite. Their lyrics are emotionally-charged and set to folk-influenced arrangements.

Osheaga runs August 2-4, 2019 at Parc Jean Drapeau. Single day passes, weekend passes, complete line-up, and schedules can be found at Osheaga.com.