Summertime is upon us once again and it feels great; it also means it’s time to start planning your musical itinerary. Akin to America and the rest of the world, Canada possesses several music fests, that are held in both indoor clubs and outdoor fields, from British Columbia to Quebec. Some of these festivals have been around for decades, while others are newly formed. Music festivals take place anywhere from two days to ten days, so be prepared for the long hours running through days and nights. Because music fests sometimes host up to 250 acts during a three-day period, people can see live performances of many acts in one time frame and multi-day passes allow entry into most events. Indie rock fare dominates a lot of the these fests, but there’s also jazz fests, electronic fests, rock fests and folk fests; in other words, basically something for every music lover to enjoy.
10 Digital Dreams Music Fest, June 28-29: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
9 Craven Country Jamboree, July 10-13: Craven, Saskatchewan, Canada
8 Toronto Urban Roots Fest, July 4-6: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
7 Montreal International Jazz Fest, June 26-July 6: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
6 Squamish Valley Music Festival, August 8-10: Squamish, British Columbia, Canada
5 Amnesia RockFest, June 20-21: Montebello, Quebec, Canada
4 North by Northeast, June 13-22: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3 Winnipeg Folk Fest, July 9-13: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
2 Sled Island, June 18-22: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
1 Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts, August 1-3: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Montreal’s premier indie rock and electronic music fest, Osheaga, started almost ten years ago near downtown Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Ile Ste-Hélène. The fest runs concurrently with Chicago’s Lollapalooza, which makes Osheaga Quebec’s answer to the big, mainstream behemoth fests. Last year, acclaimed international acts like Mumford and Sons, Phoenix, Capital Cities and Alt-J played to over 40,000 concert-goers each day. This year, the fest will be even bigger, with award-winning acts Jack White, the reunited hip-hop group Outkast and UK import Arctic Monkeys headlining each night. Pop princess Lorde, EDM maestro Skrillex, Montreal’s Chromeo and rapper Pusha-T will hit up one of the five different stages over the course of the three-day bonanza. Osheaga's so impressive that for the past two years the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Awards has named it the Festival of the Year.
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