5 Canadian Music Festivals You Should Experience This Summer
Digital Dreams - Toronto, ON - June 28-29
You want to go to a festival but also have commitments at home and can’t take an entire week off work? Not a problem. Digital Dreams in Toronto is a two-day festival with Tiesto and Justice headlining. Take the weekend off and party right on the water in Toronto near the heart of downtown for easy access in and out of the festival, a luxury you don’t have if you’re in the middle of the woods.
Find out more information: http://digitaldreamsfest.ca/
Ile Soniq - Montreal, QC - August 15-16
This is the first year that Montreal will have its own electronic music festival, and for those who don't know, Montreal is one of the best (party) cities in North America. They have managed to lock down a killer lineup, headlined by Dillon Francis, Laidback Luke and Zeds Dead. They have also booked a few handfuls of highly anticipated artists for a reasonable price. Come to Montreal, eat some poutine, and listen to some killer beats.
Find out more information: http://www.ilesoniq.com/
Squamish Valley Music Festival - August 8-10 - Squamish, B.C.
Veld Music Festival - August 2-3 - Toronto, ON
Written by Gabe Gilker
As we all know, summer is a great time for busting out those short shorts, lounging outside, and general tomfoolery. What summer time activity perfectly combines all three of these things? Festivals. What many people forget is that Canada has a wicked music scene and some of the illest festivals to offer this summer. If you’re up for a road trip, or just want to experience some friendly musical vibes, check out one of these festivals to make this summer one of the most memorable yet.
Shambhala - Salmo River Ranch, B.C. - Aug. 6-11
Shambhala is like the God of festivals in Canada. It is always on the tip of everyone’s tongue and offers a really good time to anyone who attends. This year will be the 17th iteration of Shambhala, and with a killer lineup, including Skream, Terravita, Excision, Datsik, Andy C, it is sure to be amazing. Relaxing and dancing for six days in the beautiful forests of British Columbia is a great way to bust out of your rut.
Find out more information: http://www.shambhalamusicfestival.com/
NXNE - Toronto, ON - June 13-22
The thing I like about NXNE is that it’s like the Canadian version of SXSW. At NXNE, you will find something for everyone in your crew. The festival incorporates something for everyone from all genres of music, film, art, and comedy. It’s like porn for your creative side.
Find out more information: http://nxne.com
Valhalla Sound Circus - Bryson, QC - July 3-7
Bienvenue au Quebec! Welcome to Quebec! Come experience the most unique province in Canada and submerge yourself in the French culture. This festival features Downlink, Apashe, and Crissy Criss. The festival also includes lots of forest, showers, bathrooms (thank god), and AN UNDERGROUND SWIMMING POOL! Come get submerged in bass and the beautiful landscape of Quebec. They aren’t lying when they say that it's a “Hallucinatingly Interactive Environment” on their website.
Find out more information: http://valhallasoundcircus.com/