Canada is known for its diverse and varied music festival season — in fact, many think that Canada’s festival culture focuses more on the music than any other country.
So, whether you are into country, rock, EDM or jazz, here is the list of the best music festivals for the true music fan out there — and worth travelling any distance to attend.
QUEBEC CITY SUMMER FESTIVAL
When: JULY 4-14,2019
Where: Quebec City
Tickets: An all-inclusive pass for 11 days is 105$. Book here!
Are you ready for Canada’s largest outdoor music festival? It has a stellar line-up this year, with over 100 acts playing both in indoor and outdoor venues.
The giant festival happening at the Plains of Abraham battlefield also features street performances, bar kiosks, food trucks and street acts for all ages. It’s the perfect setting for an 11-day summer vacation with your partner or friends.
Artists to look out for: Alt-J, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Twenty One Pilots, Slipknot, Éric Lapointe, Kygo/Diplo and many more.
VELD MUSIC FESTIVAL
When: August 3-4, 2019
Where: Downsview Park, Toronto, Ontario.
Tickets: Two-day general admission pass, starting at $150; and VIP pass, starting at 190$. See more options here.
Get ready to dance your way through this two day music festival, which brings an impressive line-up that would please the electronic music fan in anyone.
Artists to look out for: Cardi B, Kygo, Tiesto, Major Lazer, Mark Knight and several others who will be bumping the heavy hitting EDM and sweet sounds of the night.
When: August 2-3-4, 2019
Where: Parc Jean- Drapeau, Montreal, Quebec
Tickets: Weekend passes, starting at $325; and single day passes, starting at 125$. See more details here.
The 14th annual Osheaga music and arts festival will take place in the breath-taking landscapes of Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau. The Chemical Brothers will be returning to Montreal after 17 years to headline along with Childish Gambino and The Lumineers. So go ahead and book your passes for Montreal’s biggest music festival.
Artists to look out for: Logic, Flume, Interpol, City and Colour, Janelle Monáe, Hozier, Kaytranda and more will play.
When: August 3-4, 2019
Where: Calgary, Alberta
Tickets: Two-day general admission passes, at $169; and VIP pass, at 209$. Learn more on how to get tickets for this hot event.
The largest EDM outdoor dance music festival in Western Canada returns to Calgary for its 2019 season. This time it’s bigger and better. If you are an EDM fan then its time to get excited about this festival. The two-day festival will spread across three stages, so get ready to groove, jump and shake.
Artists to look out for: The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, W&W, Slushii, Infected, and many more.
VANCOUVER JAZZ FEST
When: June 21-July 1
Where: Vancouver, BC
Tickets: Various artists at various venues. Tickets can be purchased here.
If you have a love for jazz, then head this West Coast festival is absolutely worth travelling for.
Get ready for a varied, deep, and harmonic experience at this international music festival. It will surely transport you to a different time and place.
Artists to look out for: Houston, TX-based band The Suffers, saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, Grammy award-winning group The Roots, and many more.
If you’re a true music fan, follow out guide to the best Canadian music festivals — the ones that actually care about the music. Fantastic weather, great entertainment and the best beats — what more could the real music fans out there ask for?