Summer is coming, and as always, our city has an amazing line-up of upcoming events. Popular names like Veld and Digital Dreams are returning to Toronto this year, and they're surely going to be a lot of fun as always. But have you ever considered going to a music festival outside of Toronto? There are actually quite a few of them (particularly in the East) that would be worth taking a road trip to if you're looking for a fun weekend getaway.
Here are 13 Canadian music festivals (that are only a few hours drive from Toronto) that you should check out this summer:
Pouzza Fest 2016 // Montreal, QC
Pouzza Fest is a music festival that features great punk rock music in Downtown Montreal. Almost 200 bands will be performing at the venue this year, including A Perfect Murder, Brendan Kelly and Belvedere.
Ever After Music Festival 2016 // Kitchener, ON
Ever After is an epic music festival held in Kitchener and will feature acts like Zedd, Adventure Club and Flosstradamus this year.
Mutek Montreal 2016 // Montreal, QC
Mutek Montreal is a not-for profit organization that showcases the work of some of the most talented digital artists around. The festival has been graced by several popular and upcoming EDM acts.
Amnesia Rockfest 2016 // Montebello, QC
Amnesia Rockfest is celebrating its 11th year this year in Montebello, Quebec. See familiar names such as Blink-182, Janes Addiction and Limp Bizkit take the stage.
Escapade 2016 // Ottawa, ON
Jun 25 - July 1
Escapade 2016 is a popular music festival that takes place in Ottawa. Main stage performers this year include 4B, Aly & Fila, Diplo, DVBBS, Martin Garrix, and much more.
Ottawa Jazz Festival 2016 // Ottawa ON
Jun 22 - July 3
The Ottawa Jazz Festival showcases some of the best jazz artists around. Their line-up this year include acts like Kamasi Washington, The Boxcar Boys, The Barr Brothers and many more.
Quebec City Summer Festival 2016 // Quebec City, QC
The Quebec City Summer Festival runs for 11 days in downtown Quebec City. Sting, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Selena Gomez, Duran Duran, Ice Cube and other big names are expected to show up this year.
Ottawa Bluesfest 2016 // Ottawa ON
Ottawa Bluesfest celebrates the best in blues talent. This year, you can expect to see Alessia Cara, AWOLNATION, City and Colour, Future and several others.
Way Home Music Festival 2016 // Oro-Medonte, ON
Way Home Music Festival infuses music, food, art and film into all of their events. See performances by Arcade Fire, The Killers, Major Lazer, FKA Twigs, Metric, Chvrchis, and many more this year.
Hillside Festival 2016 // Guelph ON
Hillside Festival "offers year round events with broad artistic vision that emphasizes diversity of culture, of musical heritage and style, of age, geography and influence." The festival is held in a cozy campsite on Guelph Lake.
Osheaga 2016 // Montreal, QC
Jul 29 - Jul 31, 2016
Osheaga is one of the bigger names in the music festival scene. They're celebrating their 10-year anniversary this year with a mix of acts, including Bastille, Bloc Party, Disclosure, Dragonette, Flume, and many more.
IleSoniq 2016 // Montreal, QC
IleSoniq Music Festival will take place at Parc-Jean Drapeau in Quebec. Above & Beyond, Azealia Banks, DeadMau5, Kaskade and Kieza are all set to perform. See their website for the full line up.
Heavy Montreal 2016 // Montreal, QC
Heavy Montreal caters to fans of anything rock, punk and metal. The festival welcomes thousands of visitors a year and has hosted iconic acts like Metallica, Iron Maiden, Megadeth, The Offspring and Marilyn Manson.
Pop Montreal 2016 // Montreal, QC
Pop Montreal is a not-for-profit, 5-day international festival that showcases the work of over 400 artists from all over the world. Along with music, the event also features several visual art exhibitions, fashion shows and night parties.
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