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This coming weekend sees the unofficial kick off of this year’s concert festival season across Canada. The fluctuating dollar has taken it’s toll on many Canadian promoters from attracting major U.S and International names although the big festivals like Ottawa’s Blues Festival, the Quebec International Festival, Osheaga (which scored Radiohead’s only Canadian appearance this year) and the Pemberton Music Festival near Whistler still attracted key performers.
Country Music Festivals like Boots And Hearts, Cavendish, Dauphin and Havelock are as popular as ever but Canada did lose, if only temporarily, some key festivals such as the Toronto-based Riot Fest, the Saanich Festival in B.C, Fred Rock in Fredericton and a bunch of Ontario festivals like Mattawa Voyageur Days, Sabfest and the Wolfe Island Festival.
Below is a schedule of major Music Festivals set for this summer. Please contact individual festival links for ticket information and possible lineup changes.
June 3-5 Garbage Daze, Calgary AB ( Cancer Suicide, Destruction Unit, Search For God, Shifted).
June 4-6 Arts And Crafts Field Trip, Fort York Toronto On. ( July Talk, Jazz Cartier, Dear Rouge, Santigold, The National, Robyn)
June 11-12 Bestival, Woodbine Park Toronto On. ( The Cure, Tame Impala, Odesza, Grimes).
June 11 Sound Of Music ticket concert, Burlington On. ( The Cult, Headstones, Glorious Sons).
June 16-19 Sound of Music free concert, Burlington On (I Mother Earth, Junkhouse, Sass Jordan, Sam Cash & Romantic Dogs, Soul Asylum).
June 15-19 Ottawa Explosion, Ottawa On. various venues, ( Steve Adamyk, Fat Wreck, Nightbirds).
June 16-18 Levitation, Vancouver ( Flying Lotus, Tycho).
June 17-19 Porkapalooza, Edmonton ( Loverboy, Sheepdogs, Headpins, Prism),
June 17-26 Red River Ex, Winnipeg MB (Autumn Hill, Harlequin, Steven Page, Ria Mae, Coleman Hell)
June 22-26 Sled Island Festival, Calgary AB (Guided By Voices, The Sonics, Peaches, Deaf Haven,Angel Olsen).
June 23-26 Amnesia Festival, Montibello QC (Featuring Blink 182, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Billy Talent, Ice Cube).
June 24 Summetime Blues, Owen Sound On. (Featuring George Thorogood & The Destroyers, April Wine, Edgar Winter).
June 25 WTFest, Brantford ON ( Billy Talent, Monster Truck, Saint Astonia, The Standstills, Ascot Royals).
June 25-August 24 Peterborough MusicFest, -concerts every Wednesday and Saturday except Friday July 1st (Featuring Serena Ryder, The Box, Platinum Blonde, Gowan, The Spoons, The Kiefer Sutherland Band,I Mother Earth, High Valley, Cold Creek County, Rae Mae, Meghan Patrick).
June 29 Fire Aid (charity concert for Fort MacMurray), Edmonton Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton Ab (Nickelback, Blue Rodeo, Ian Tyson, Corb Lund, Dallas Smith, Alan Doyle, Dear Rouge, Randy Bachman, Rankin Family, Dean Brody).
June 29 -July 9th Montreal International Jazz Festival, Various venues, (Featuring Brian Wilson, Kool And The Gang, Noel Gallagher & The High Flying Birds, Cat Power plus others).
June 30-July 3, Dauphin Countryfest, Dauphin MB (Dwight Yoakam, Lady Antebellum, Dean Brody, Chad Brownlee, Aaron Goodvin, Cold Creek County, Dallas Smith, High Valley, Trooper. Terri Clark).
July 2-3 Budweiser Digital Dreams, Ontario Place Toronto On (Featuring Above & Beyond, Armin Van Burren, Limek, Bassnectar, Burgore).
July 7-17 Festival D’Ete du Quebec, Quebec City (Featuring Selena Gomez, Peter Gabriel, Sting, Duran Duran, Billy Idol, Ice Cube plus others).
July 7-10 Winnipeg Folk Fest, Winnipeg MB, (TBA)
July 7-17 RBC Ottawa Blues Festival, Lebreton Flats Park, Ottawa, On(Bryan Ferry, The Cult, The Monkees, John Fogerty, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Future, Duran Duran, Joe Jackson, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Alessia Cara plus others).
July 8-9 CMT Music Fest, Kitchener Bingeman Park, (Featuring Tom Cochrane & Red Rider, Kip Moore, Drake White, The Road Hammers).
July 8-10 Northern Lights, Sudbury Bell Park ( Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Sun K, Diggin Roots, Murder Murder).
July8-10 Evolve Festival, Moncton NB (Black Tiger Sex Machine, Skratch Bastid, Danny Brown, Dub FX)
July 8-9 HaveRock Festival, Haverock On. ( George Thorogold, Loverboy, Trooper, Chilliwack, Kim Mitchell, Canned Heat, Sass Jordan, Cooper Brothers).
July 8-11 Bass Centre Festival, Merrit, BC (Various Artists)
July 8-10 Gridlock Festival, Halifax N.S (Wolf Parade, Wintersleep, The Rural, Calvin Love, Diiv).
July 8-10 Mariposa Folk Festival, Orillia ON (Lori Yates, Rita Coolidge, Dakota Rogers, Ken Whiteley, Murder Murder, Next Generation Leahy, The Good Family, Rita Cox, Leonard Sumner)
July 8-17 Calgary Stampede, Calgary AB (Tim Hicks, High Valley, Aaron Pritchett, Cold Creek County, The Kentucky Headhunters).
July 8-10 Cavendish Beach Music Festival, Cavendish Beach, PEI ( The Band Perry, Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, Old Dominion).
July 13-16 Rock The Park, London ON ( Dallas Smith, High Valley, Autumn Hill, Flo Rida, City And Colour, Brad Paisley).
July 14-17 Pemberton Music Festival, Pemberton B.C ( Pearl Jam, The Killers, J.Cole, Billy Idol, Ice Cube, Snoop Dog, Coleman Hell).
July 14-17 River And Sky Music Festival, Fisher’s Paradise On. ( Hey Rosetta, The Sadies, Bedlam Fossils).
July 15-16 Summerwinds Music Festival, Victoria Beach MB (Colin James plus local talent).
July 15-17 Deer Lake Strawberry Festival, Deer Lake NFLD (April Wine)
July 16 Salmon Festival, Grand Falls/Windsor NFLD, (Stampeders, Trooper).
July 21-25 Music Motion, Golden B.C (Featuring Adhaim Shaikh, Bear Grillz, Far Too Loud).
July 22-25 Future Fest, Fredericton NB ( Aaron Johnson, Bukla, Mark Instinct, Clozee).
July 22-24 Lumberjack Festival, Kapuskasing ON (TBA)
July 22-24 Hillside Festival, Guelph On (Buffy Sainte Marie, The Sadies, Holy Fuck, Ben Caplan, Rose Cousins).
July 22 Wayhome Festival , Oro Medonite Burl’s Creek ( Arcade Fire, The Killers, LCD Soundsystem, Arkells, Metric, Third Eye Blind, Coleman Hell).
July 22-24 Gateway Festival, Bengough SK ( Sloan, The Odds, The Stampeders, Corb Lund).
July 23 Hagersville Rocks, Hagersville, On (Gord Bamford, Dry County, Desire, The Stellas).
July 23, 29 & August 15th Toronto Edgefest, Echo Beach,Toronto On (TBA)
July 27-August 2 George Street Festival, St John’s NFLD (TBA)
July 27-30 Medicine Hat Rodeo & Exhibition, Medicine Hat AB (April Wine, Chilliwack, Harlequin, Alabama, John Michael Montgomery).
July 28-31 Rock The River Country Music, Merritt B.C ( The Road Hammers, Dean Brody, High Valley, John Michael Montgomery).
July 29-31 Kenora Harbourfest, Kenora On. ( Our Lady Peace, Big Sugar, Dallas Smith, Streetheart, Prism, Harlequin)
July 29-31 Summer In The Park, North Bay On. (Coleman Hell, Ria May, Tim Hicks, Hedley, Keifer Sutherland).
July 29-31 Electric Eclectics, Meaford On (Anamai, Bile Sister, Not The Wind, Not The Flag).
July 29-July 31 Osheaga Festival Montreal (Radiohead, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Lana Del Rey, M83, Disclosure, Grimes, The Last Shadow Puppets).
July 29-August 1 Canal Days, Port Colbourne, On (TBA)
July 30-31 Chasing Summer, Calgary AB ( Martin Garrix, Hardwell, Zed’s Dead).
July 30-31 Veld Music Festival Toronto Downsview Park ( Deadmaus 5, Flume, Kygo, The Chainsmokers.)
August 3-7 Queen City Ex Regina SK (Coleman Hell, Dallas Smith, April Wine, Loverboy, The Arkells)
August 4-7 Boots N Hearts Oro Medonte ON Burks Creek Park ( Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, Dean Brody, Dierks Brody, Sam Hunt, Meghan Patrick, Autumn Hill).
August 4-7 Kitchener Blues Festival, Kitchener ON (Eric Burden, Foghat, Big Sugar, Matt Minglewood, Pat Travers, Cowboy Junkies, Chilliwack).
August 5-7 Festival of Friends, Ancaster On. (TBA)
August 5-6 Portage Potato Festival, Portage La Praire MB (Local artists).
August 5-7 Rockin The Fields of Minnedosa, Minnedosa Man. (Streetheart, Loverboy, Sloan, 54.40).
August 9-14 Saskatoon Exhibition (X Ambassadors, Brent Kissel)
August 12-13 Rock N Roar, Spanish ON. ( Big Sugar, Northern Pikes, Haywire, Wide Mouth Mason).
August 12-14 Rock The Lake, Kelowna BC ( Streetheart, Trooper, Loverboy, Saga, Doucette, Kickaxe, Prism).
August 18-21, Havelock Country Jamboree, Havelock, ON ( The Band Perry, Scotty McCreery, Terri Clark, Sammy Kershaw).
August 18-21 Ironhorse Festival, St Thomas ON (Hogwild, Mud Men, Point Taken, Thunderstruck).
August 19 Monster Energy Centre Of Gravity, Wasaga Beach ON ( Ice Cube, Hardwell, Tiesto, Showtek, Atmosphere).
August 19-21 Elora Riverfest, Elora ON ( Sheepdogs, Chromeo, Walk Off The Earth, Matthew Good, Dear Rouge, Wintersleep).
August 19-21 Rock The River, Saskatoon ( Starship, Rik Emmett, 54.40, Sass Jordan, Loverboy).
August 19-Sept.5 Canadian National Exhibition, Toronto On (Alan Frew, The Spoons, Jefferson Starship, Randy Bachman, Downchild Blues Band, Scott Helman, Dean Brody, High Valley, 54:40, The Trews, Walk Off The Earth).
August 20 – Sept. 5 Pacific National Exhibition (Hedley, Alan Doyle, The Sheepdogs, Steve Miller Band,Olivia Newton John, Culture Club, Pat Benatar, Simple Plan, The Monkees)
August 26-28 Timmins Kayak Challenge, Timmins, ON ( Honeymoon Suite, Helix, A.K Macleod, Lipstick Rodeo, Ginger St James, Chelsea Crites).
September 9-11 Supercrawl, Hamilton On (TBA)
Sept 15-18 Rifflandia Festival, Victoria B.C ( De La Soul, Charlie Bradley, X Ambassadors).
Sept 16-18 Toronto Urban Roots Festival, Fort York, Toronto (Death Cab For Cutie, The Sheepdogs, Barenaked Ladies, Matthew Good, The Hives, Lush, Rheostatics, Matt May, Corb Lund, Guided By Voices).
Sept 25-26 Pop Montreal , Montreal QC (450 acts)