I always love this time of year. Many people get the February blah’s, but not me. February is when so many of the music festivals start announcing their line-ups and tickets start going on sale. There’s just something about music that can draw a person into so many emotions.
Check out our Canadian Music Festival Guide to the can’t be missed festivals across our wonderful country. We’ve narrowed it down as there are just so many.
North by Northeast (NXNE)
June 15-19, 2016
NXNE is Canada’s answer to Austin’s SXSW and follows a similar recipe. Hundreds of artists, giant industry conference, comedy, art, film and you have a festival not to be messed with. Make sure to hit up the free shows at Yonge and Dundas square.
June 23-26, 2016
Amnesia was started by a young kid who just wanted to bring music to his tiny town. Now it has grown into one of the largest rock festivals in Canada. Camping takes place along the river and is an experience. The town explodes with excitement and everyone rocks for the weekend.
July 8-17, 2016
The Calgary Stampede is active year round, but is best known for it’s 10-day event which promotes western heritage and values. There’s auctions, a world class rodeo and music galore!
July 29-31, 2016
Osheaga’s goal was to bring a giant European style festival to Canada. I believe it’s safe to say they’ve succeeded. They consistently bring a world-class lineup and it’s become so popular that they’ve added a second weekend of just metal (Heavy Montreal) and a third weekend of EDM (IleSoniq).
August 5-8, 2016
People always rave about Shambhala. Fans boast that it is their favourite summer festival. It’s set in the beautiful backcountry of BC and features a wide array of music and art. It’s one of those festivals that should be experienced at least once.
Also, be sure to check out your local jazz festival. There are so many of them across Canada and they all offer something unique and the wonderful vibe of the jazz music flowing down the streets can’t be missed.