For a concert unlike any other you’ll ever experience in the world, check out the Niagara Stage when you’re visiting Niagara Falls in July and August. This exciting weekly event is a free outdoor concert with a view of Niagara Falls opposite the stage. Shows begin every Saturday night at 8 p.m. through August 31 at Queen Victoria Place in Niagara Falls.
The Niagara Stage, presented by Coca-Cola and supported by Polaris Music Prize, is one of many great events happening in Niagara Falls this summer. Book your stay at one of the top Niagara Falls hotels for a memorable vacation now.
What to Expect from the Niagara Stage Concert Series
Head to the Polaris Music Stage outside Queen Victoria Place Restaurant for the Niagara Stage Concert Series. Each show runs from 8 to 10 p.m., with Niagara Falls fireworks illuminating the sky at 10 p.m. after every show.
The line-up of musicians is a diverse array of musical talent that has been recognized by the Polaris Music Prize. The Polaris Music Prize is a not-for-profit organisation that presents annual honours and rewards to Canadian artists of musical distinction. Awards are given without consideration of commercial popularity or genre, focusing on simply the best of the best of Canadian music.
Here’s a look at the talented Canadian musicians who will be taking the Niagara Stage this summer:
July 6: Doug Paisley
Described as “country music for intellectuals,” Doug Paisley’s tunes evoke old-time country and bluegrass influences. Get ready to be impressed by his guitar picking and strumming skills, along with personal lyrics that have cross-generational meaning.
July 13: Jennifer Castle
Singer-guitarist Jennifer Castle brings her “country-soul” songs to the Niagara Stage, where she’ll play tracks off her most recent album, Angles of Death. Close your eyes for a nostalgic feeling that will have you thinking you’re listening to the sweet sounds of country of yesteryear with a melodic touch that feels current.
July 20: Elliott Brood
Ever heard of “blackgrass” or “death country”? You’ll understand when you hear Elliott Brood. This three-piece band blends folk, rock and alternative country all in a raucous live show. The band has released six full-length albums, including their most recent Ghost Gardens, which you can hear tracks from at their show.
July 27: Tanika Charles & The Wonderfuls
Tanika Charles and her band The Wonderfuls bring a sexy soul sound to the Niagara Stage. Charles released her sophomore album The Gumption in May 2019, touching on subjects like uncertain love and vindication in her lyrics. Charles’ music has charted internationally, making her show a treat for a Niagara Falls audience.
August 3: Iskwē
Iskwē embraces addressing social change and her indigenous culture in her music, as the electronic-pop singer’s lyrics span topics including healing, empowerment, destruction, self-confidence and loss. The depth of her lyrics translates into the passion she puts in her mesmerising performances.
August 10: Milk & Bone
Milk & Bone is a duo consisting of Laurence Lafon-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin, who create synth-electronic beats with vocal harmonies layered over them. The duo won the 2019 Juno Awards Electronic Album of the Year honours, and they feed off each other’s energy on stage and draw audience members into the performance.
August 17: Kobo Town
Juno-nominated Kobo Town is fronted by Trinidadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, whose heritage seeps into the music’s dancehall reggae and calypso-influenced beats. Every show by Kobo Town demands a dance party. Expect horns, good vibes and lots of groovin’.
August 24: The Fred Eaglesmith Roadshow Featuring Tif Ginn
See music history take the Niagara Stage when Fred Eaglesmith performs. The country rock singer-songwriter has 42 years of touring experience across North America and Europe and has produced 22 studio albums. At the Niagara Stage, he’s joined by his wife and fellow singer, Tif Ginn.
August 31: Great Lake Swimmers
The Great Lake Swimmers recently celebrated their 15th anniversary bringing their folk-rock songs to the masses. Hear songs from their seventh record, The Waves, The Wake, at the Niagara Stage. The album incorporated new instruments like the harp, the lute, woodwind instruments, congas and pipe organ to complement their mainstays like the piano and banjo.
Plan Your Niagara Falls Visit Now
Before you head to the Niagara Stage concert, there are so many fun things to check out in Niagara Falls. Take a ride on the Hornblower VIP Brews & Cruise, visit Fallsview Boulevard for restaurants and attractions, go camping in Niagara Falls and so much more. Visit our blog for more fun things to do in Niagara Falls.