What to Expect at Osheaga 2011

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s almost that time again. Osheaga comes to Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau on July 29th, and this year is shaping up to be a killer lineup of amazing artists. Since we’re only a month away – and we know how psyched you are for this year’s edition – we thought it would be an apt time to check out some of the notable musicians hitting the stage at Osheaga 2011.

July 29th – Day One

Rap’s prodigal son takes to the Blackberry stage on July 29th for what is sure to be a spectacle of a performance. If you’ve ever seen Mr. Mathers in concert, you know that he’s one of the few rappers who can spit his rhymes almost as well live as he does in studio. Blackberry Stage at Scene de la Riviere, 9:20pm to 10:50pm.
Janelle Monae
Kansas City sensation Janelle Monae has become a wicked performer to keep note of. Get ready to shake it off to her hybrid of pop, glam rock, soul, funk, and sci-fi hip hop. Budweiser Stage at Scene de la Montagne, 8:20pm to 9:05pm.

Other notable performers on the 29th: Broken Social Scene, Kid CuDi, Lights, The Rural Alberta Advantage.

July 30th – Day Two

Bright Eyes
You won’t want to miss what may very well be one of the performances of the Bright Eyes final year together. Their sound fuses folk, rock, and electronic styles, and is an eclectic mix of indie awesomeness. Budweiser Stage at Scene de la Montagne, 8:15 to 9:15pm.

Girl Unit
If dubstep DJs are more your style, you’ll want to catch England’s Philip Gamble, aka Girl Unit. His addition of pop elements to his blend of dubstep and juke has established Girl Unit as a pillar in this expanding dance scene. Scene Piknic Electronik, 9:00 to 10:50pm.

Other notable performers on the 30th: Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Anna Calvi, The Midway State, Lupe Fiasco.

July 31st – Day Three

Death Cab for Cutie
Ben Gibbard, Chris Walla, Nick Harmer, and Jason McGerr are set to take the stage in front of what will surely be a packed crowd ready to groove to Death Cab for Cutie’s mix of alterna-pop melodies, chamber pop, synth-pop, and krautrock. Budweiser Stage at Scene de la Montagne, 8:25 to 9:25pm.

The Tragically Hip
Having had a hand in defining Canadian music in the 90s, Can-rockers the Tragically Hip are set to show why they’re still notable musicians and true crowd-pleasers. Blackberry Stage at Scene de la Riviere, 7:25 to 8:25pm.

Other notable performers on the 31st: Cypress Hill, Natalia Kills, MSTRKRFT, Jamie xx.