The glorious northern lands of poutine, maple syrup, and hockey, boasts a year-round roster of music festivals that are worth the trip. From the stunning landscapes of British Columbia to the hip downtown festivals of Toronto and Montreal, there’s a festival in Canada that suits your style. Check out our picks below and for even more inspiration, head over to our full Canada music festival calendar.
Osheaga started as a vision to bring a giant European style festival to Canada. It’s safe to say they've succeeded. Osheaga consistently brings a world-class lineup to the shores of Ile Sainte-Helene during the height of summer. It’s become so popular that organizers have added a second weekend of just metal (Heavy Montreal) and a third weekend of EDM (IleSoniq).
Featured Artists: Bon Iver, BROCKHAMPTON, Caribou, Charli XCX, Foo Fighters, Kendrick Lamar, Kraftwerk, Lewis Capaldi, Lizzo, Of Monsters and Men, Rex Orange County, Third Eye Blind, Tove Lo, Vampire Weekend
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Dreams Festival 2020
Wake up! It’s time for the annual Dreams Festival on East Island in Toronto. The two-day EDM bash dances up a sandstorm on Echo Beach along with smaller stages tucked around the venue. Celebrate the Canada Day holiday weekend in style at this 19+ event.
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Future Forest 2020
Head deep in the forest of New Brunswick for the flashing lights and steady beats of Future Forest. The 200-acre site is eight kilometers from the nearest paved road, which means plenty of privacy for a full-blown weekend of electronic revelry.
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Big Valley Jamboree 2020
Started in 1993, The Big Valley Jamboree has become a country music institution in Camrose, Alberta. Settle in for three days of hard partying with 75,000 other country music festies -- and make sure to stay in the campgrounds where the real show is happening.
MUTEK Montreal 2020
September 8-11, 2020
The Montreal-based MUTEK is dedicated to the promotion of electronic music and the digital arts with a focus on discovery, exclusive appearances, and artistic ingenuity. Their unique take on this festival genre has led to editions around the world with each year seeing MUTEK embark on creatively entertaining directions.
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Pop Montreal 2020
September 23-27, 2020
Wonderfully weird and beautifully under-appreciated, Pop Montreal is your best excuse to visit the city in the fall. Venues are scattered across the city from the largest clubs to unique venues (parks and cathedrals) to a single dude singing in the back of a vintage clothing store. And when you need a break from the crowds and music, it’s easy to slip into one of Montreal’s amazing restaurants or bars.
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Salmon Arm Roots & Blues 2020
Salmon Arm, BC
Get back to nature with this 25+ year old festival located on picturesque Shuswap Lake in British Columbia. The non-profit Roots & Blues Festival features a culturally diverse lineup, artist experiences, and daytime workshops.
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