Update: Osheaga adds Death Cab for Cutie and others

Updated 3/21/2016: Osheaga has added a handful of other great artists to an already fabulous festival lineup, including Death Cab for Cutie just after they finished a successful show at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

Also appearing will be, according to the press release:

Singer/Songwriter Coeur de Pirate, Montreal rock band The Damn Truth, ‘Harlem Shake’ creator Baauer and Canadian songstress Allie X. Making their debuts at OSHEAGA this year are Icelandic indie/pop artist Kaleo, Quebec indie/alternative band Foreign Diplomats, dance/rock group Dear Rouge and Filipino alternative rock band Aurora.

And the revised poster still promises more acts to come.

Original article: 

The 10th anniversary of Osheaga Music and Arts Festival will be headlined by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead and New York’s own Lana Del Rey, a Lake Placid native who now claims Brooklyn as her home.

Other acts include Disclosure, the Lumineers, M83, Haim, Future, Grimes, Beirut, Bloc Party, the Silversun Pickups, Elle King, and Grammatik, among many others.

SiriusXM Canada announced one of the acts, Leon Bridges, on its Facebook page in an early exclusive Monday afternoon. Bridges’ retro soul sound has been the talk of the music world since he won one of the top awards at last year’s SXSW festival in Austin.


This year’s Osheaga festival will run July 29 to 31. Tickets went on sale at noon, when the lineup was released.

The festival, held in Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau, has been headlined for the last decade by a variety of top indie acts, from Sonic Youth and the Flaming Lips to Mumford & Sons and Imagine Dragons among many, many others. With five stages and about 100 bands, it also offers plenty of opportunities to learn about up-and-coming acts as well.

Osheaga often sells out at least one of its days, reaching a capacity of 40,000.

Camping is not allowed on site, but the festival works with a handful of partner hotels for lodging packages.

Curious what Osheaga means? Here’s the answer, from the festival’s FAQ page:

Osheaga was a name used for the area that is now Montreal by some of the first European settlers in the region. The name is said to originate from Jacques Cartier when he met the Mohawks near the Lachine rapids in what is now Montreal. But so the Mohawk oral history goes the white man was waving with his hands, either offering to shake hands or asking about rapids on the river. The astonished Mohawks looked at each other and said “O she ha ga” which meant people of shaking hands. From the meeting Cartier transcribed the word Osheaga as meaning large rapids while the Mohawks would use the oral phrase to describe where they met the people of the shaking hands.