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YOUR 2017 SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL GUIDE


Festival season is quickly approaching, and I know you are all very excited. Us Torontonians are very lucky, since we have so many amazing and dynamic music festivals so close to us! But there’s so many choices that it can become overwhelming to keep track of it all. Well let go of all that anxiety, because here is your one-stop guide to summer music festivals near Toronto. Take a read, and get planning!

MAY

ELECTRIC ELEMENTS

Is there anything better than a giant dance party on a beach to kick off the summer? Nope, didn’t think so. If you’re into electronic dance music, making memories, and summer; this is the festival for you.

Where: Wasaga Beach, ON

When: May 20-21

Ticket Info:

* 2 Day Pass: $125 (general) or $185 (VIP)

* Single Day Pass: $85 (general) or $145 (VIP)

Artists: Carnage, Borgeous, Rehab, Will Sparks, Dyro, and more!

For more info, go to: http://electricelementsfestival.com/#home

CBC MUSIC FESTIVAL

The CBC Music Festival is back this year with an all Canadian line-up! This is a great festival to attend if you don’t have a fortune to spend this year. So spend the day outdoors at Echo Beach and support your fellow Canadians!

Where: Echo Beach, Toronto, ON

When: May 27

Ticket Info: $39.50, children under 12 are free

Artists: Serena Ryder, Walk off the Earth, Ruth B, Scott Helman, and more!

For more info go to: http://www.cbcmusic.ca/music-streams/b327/Festival2017

JUNE

EVER AFTER MUSIC FESTIVAL

This is the festival for you if you are looking for an experience beyond music. This festival has it all: music, a waterpark, a midway, games, and more! It’s about a 1 hour drive from Toronto, but shuttle busses are provided at a cost of $16 per person.

Where: 425 Bingemans Centre Dr., Kitchener, ON

When: June 2-4

Ticket Info:

* 3 Day Pass: $120

* 3 Day VIP Pass: $165

* Single Day Pass: $65

Artists: Zeds Dead, French Montana, Bassnectar, and many more!

For more info, go to: http://www.everafterfest.com

FIELD TRIP

Field Trip is a festival put on by Canadian independent music company, Arts & Crafts. Attend this festival if you want to enjoy the nice June weather while listening to some talented and diverse acts.

Where: Fort York & Garrison Common, Toronto, ON

When: June 3-4

Ticket Info:

* General Weekend Pass: $125

* VIP Weekend Pass: $200

* General Single Day Pass: $80

* VIP Single Day Pass: $130

* Children 12 and under are free

Artists: Phoenix, Broken Social Scene, A Tribe Called Red, Feist, and more!

For more info, go to: http://fieldtriplife.com

NXNE

NXNE is a 10-day summer festival and conference featuring music, gaming, comedy, interactive, and more. The music festival is 3 days, and features some dynamic acts, so be sure to check it out.

Where: The Port Lands, Toronto, ON

When: June 23-25

Ticket Info:

* General 3 Day Pass: $125

* VIP 3 Day Pass: $220

Artists: Passion Pit, Tyler the Creator, Post Malone, and many more!

For more info, go to: http://nxne.com

JULY

OTTAWA BLUESFEST

I know Ottawa is pretty far, but this festival has it all if you’re willing to make the trip!

Where: LeBreton Flats, Ottawa, ON

When: July 6-16

Ticket Info:

* Single Day Pass: ranges from $65.94-$82.89 depending on the day

* Festival Pass (Adult): $296.37

* Festival Pass (Youth- ages 10-21): $205.97

* Club VIP: $693

Artists: P!NK, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Red, July Talk, LCD Soundsystem, Muse, Tegan and Sara, and so many more!

For more info, go to: https://www.ottawabluesfest.ca

DREAMS FESTIVAL

Dreams Music Festival is a 19+ boutique festival experience for a discerning electronic music fan, taking place at Echo Beach in downtown Toronto, on the shores of Lake Ontario. A new luxury festival with a familiar feel, Dreams is a two day, three stage, outdoor, sensorial celebration of Toronto’s music and arts community.

Where: Echo Beach, Toronto, ON

When: July 7-8

Ticket Info:

* General Admission Festival Pass: $180

* VIP Admission Festival Pass: $330

Artists: Steve Angelo, DVBBS, Above & Beyond, and more!

For more info, go to: http://dreamsfestival.ca

ROCK THE PARK

One thing different about this festival is that they have a day solely dedicated to the 90s’! Buy a ticket to this festival and get ready to feel nostalgic.

Where: Harris Park, London, ON

When: July 12-15

Ticket Info:

* Single Day GA Pass: $65

* Single Day VIP: $125-$135 (depending on the day)

Artists: Lady Antebellum, Wiz Khalifa, July Talk, Vanilla Ice, Salt-N-Pepa, and more!

For more info, go to: https://rockthepark.ca

WAYHOME MUSIC FESTIVAL

This is not the music festival you think it is. WayHome is about what happens when different and interesting people come together. WayHome is making this about music, food, art and film. And they’re making it a place for people who love one or all of those things to come together to make a kaleidoscope of sound, smell, colour, and spectacle.

Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte, ON

When: July 28-30

Ticket Info:

* Festival Pass- Tier 2: $249.99

* Festival Pass- Tier 3: $279.99

* Single Day Pass: $89.99

* VIP Festival Pass: $599.99

* VIP Single Day Pass: $219.99

Artists: Imagine Dragons, Frank Ocean, Flume, Cage the Elephant, Solange, Vance Joy, and many more!

For more info, go to: http://wayhome.com

AUGUST

OSHEAGA

Now is know this festival is far, but it is definitely one that you must experience. Especially this year with such an amazing line-up! Osheaga takes great pride in presenting various renowned and emerging artists to enhance the public experience year after year. Osheaga promises to have a ton of fun activities and well as a variety of food and drink options.

Where: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montréal, QC

When: August 4-6

Ticket Info:

* Single day passes:

o General Admission: $120

o Gold Pass: $235

o Platinum Pass: $1150

* Weekend passes

o General Admission: $320

o Gold Pass: $585

o Platinum Pass: $1150

Artists: The Weeknd, Muse, Lorde, Major Lazer, Alabama Shakes, Foster the People, Cage the Elephant, and so many more!

For more info, go to: https://www.osheaga.com/fr

VELD MUSIC FESTIVAL

This is the ultimate festival for all you ravers!

Where: Downsview Park, Toronto, ON

When: August 5-6

Ticket Info:

* General Admissions: $155.50

* VIP Tickets: $209.50

Artists: Future, Major Lazer, Tiësto, Zedd, Migos, Tory Lanez

For more info, go to: http://veldmusicfestival.com

BOOTS AND HEARTS

If you are a country music fan, then this festival cannot be missed.

Where: Burl’s Creek Event Grounds, Oro-Medonte, ON

When: August 10-13

Ticket Info:

* General Admission: $249.99

* VIP: $599.99

Artists: Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Brantley Gilbert, Eli Young Band

For more info, go to: http://bootsandhearts.com

Now that you have all this information, its time to start planning! Which festivals will you be going to this summer?

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