Canadian summers are meant to be shared in the great outdoors with friends. What better way to bring both together than by traveling this great country to see one (or more) of the many unique music festivals that are spread across Canada.
George Street Festival, St. John’s
Taking place in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the George Street Festival is perhaps one of the most underrated parties in Canada. With headlining bands such as the Dropkick Murphy’s and Alan Doyle from Great Big Sea it takes play July 31st to August 5th. Aside from the great musical lineup, travelers should be drawn to ‘The Rock’ for its rugged beauty and incredibly friendly locals.
With some of the biggest names and trendiest groups, Osheaga has become one of North America’s most important festival stops. Taking place at Parc Jean Drapeau from August 1st to 3rd, Osheaga features bands such as the Arctic Monkeys, Outkast, Modest Mouse, Foster the People, and many more. Not only is Osheaga a good excuse to see the vibrant city of Montreal during the summer, it also provides the opportunity to see many of the world’s hottest up-and-coming bands. The 9th annual edition of this festival promises to be one of the best ever with 3 day passes selling for $250.
Ottawa Blues Fest
The 20th anniversary edition of the Ottawa Blues Fest takes place July 3rd to 13th at the Lebreton Flats. As usual, this year boasts a wide array of acts that do not necessarily fall under the ‘Blues’ genre. Headliners like Lady Gaga, The Killers, and Blake Shelton demonstrate that bands don’t have to sing the blues to perform at this festival in the nation’s capital.
One of the nation’s wildest parties, the Calgary Stampede annually plays host to a range of top musical acts. Between July 4th and 13th, the city of Calgary essential shuts down, puts their best cowboys hats on, and celebrates with rodeos, chuck wagon races, and music. Sam Roberts, K-Os, and Jason Blaine are just a few of the acts that perform across several stages in the city.
Pemberton Music Festival, British Columbia
Filling the void left by the cancellation of the Merritt Mountain Music Festival, this year’s event in Pemberton promises to be a fun filled weekend for those deciding to camp and take in all three days of the event. Located 30 minutes north of Whistler, it’s a good excuse for Vancouverites to get out of the city and travel up the coast for the weekend of July 18th to 20th.