Can’t get a ride to Coachella? Don’t have the means to find your Wayhome?
Every year, more and more music festivals are popping up all over Canada, so it can be hard to look at a few names and figure out which festival is right for you. So, we’ve put together a list of the top music festivals to hit this summer right here in Ontario’s Southwest.
Trackside Music Festival: July 1st – 2nd
Located at the Western Fair District in London, Ontario, Trackside Music Festival is back for its second year with even more top music talent for country fans. You can catch Thomas Rhett, whose diverse taste in music translates into the upbeat, energetic tunes found in his hit album Tangled Up. Or check out Kip Moore who has built one of the most loyal audiences Country fans have ever seen. His music is driven by extravagant electric guitars and strong vocals that you just can’t miss! Catch them both this Canada Day Weekend at Trackside Music Festival.
Rock the Park: July 12th – 16th
Rock the Park is an outdoor, five-day music festival right in the heart of downtown London. Each day of the festival is themed, with “Gone Country” night, a rap night, a 90’s day, a rock-themed day, and Saturday’s diverse lineup with stars like Alessia Cara and Marianas Trench. Located at Harris Park, the festival is surrounded by the beautiful Thames River, and is only a short walk to downtown London where you can find some of Canada’s best restaurants and patios. Not only does the festival have diverse stars like Lady Antebellum, Wiz Khalifa, Vanilla Ice, and July Talk, but it supports local charities like Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario and the Brandon Prust Foundation. Since its inception 15 years ago, Rock the Park has raised close to $2.7 million for local charities. So come listen to a diverse range of music, have some tasty treats, and support a great cause this July.
Bluesfest Windsor: July 13th – 16th
Can’t make it all the way to London for Rock the Park? No problem! North America’s 9th largest blues festival, Bluesfest Windsor, is happening that very same weekend. This festival features the top blues musicians from around the world, such as the young blues rock guitarist, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and rock ‘n roll band, The Tea Party. Check out this jivin’ partythat takes place on the banks of the Detroit River at the Riverfront Festival Plaza this July.
Hagersville Rocks: July 22nd
In honour of Canada’s 150th, Hagersville Rocks has made an exclusively Canadian lineup. Head to the Grant Kett Memorial Ball Park in Haldimand where you can catch The Washboard Union, five time Country Music Award winners from British Colombia. Some other acts from the event include The Redhill Valleys, a three piece folk/rock group from Hamilton, Ontario and Meghan Patrick, a lifelong musician who writes about personal and autobiographical stories. So catch some unique and original tunes from Canadian artists this July at Hagersville Rocks.
Bluewater Borderfest: July 28th – 29th
Head over to Centennial Park in Sarnia for their inaugural Bluewater Borderfest. When creating this event, the goal was to create a festival that will attract all music lovers by hosting bands that play country, rock, and pop music. You can listen to the sweet sounds of artists like Chase Bryant, Frankie Ballard, and Dylan Scott. With eight performances in just two nights, Bluewater Borderfest will be Sarnia Lambton and Port Huron’s largest party of the summer.
Boot Hill Country Jamboree: August 3rd – 7th
If country music is more your style, head to 15722 Turin Line in Bothwell, Ontario to experience three days and four nights of top notch country tunes at Boot Hill Country Jamboree. Some of the headliners include Australian-Canadian country music singer, Gord Bamford, who has nine songs that have charted on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, and singer-songwriter and television host, Beverley Mahood, who has three hit solo albums and co-wrote the hit single “Come To Me,” recorded by Celine Dion. So, grab a campsite and enjoy four nights of the best country music in town.
The Island Unplugged: August 5th – 6th
Make the trek over to the mesmerising Pelee Island and take part in the 4th Annual Island Unplugged Festival, a family friendly festival featuring local and regional Canadian musicians, artisans, and local wine, beer, and food creations. One group, the Canadian three-piece alternative country band Elliot Brood, has a style that some call “revival music”, and has opened for renowned acts such as Wilco, The Head and the Heart, and Blue Rodeo. So lean back, relax, and enjoy some quirky tunes on one of the most beautiful islands Canada has to offer. In fact, why not stay over on Saturday night for a life changing camping experience right on festival grounds?
Kingsville Folk Music Festival: August 11th – 13th
Head over to Lakeside Park in Kingsville to enjoy this family-friendly, three day long outdoor celebration of music at Kingsville Folk Music Festival. There are five stages that feature over thirty national and international world-class musicians such as the alternative country/blues/folk rock band, Cowboy Junkies; astounding singer-songwriter and recipient of the Order of Canada, Sylvia Tyson; and Jimmy Rankin who has won five Junos, nine SOCAN top radio play awards, and seven Canadian Country Music Awards. At some point during the weekend, make sure to take a break and visit the family stomping ground, the artisan village, or taste some local award winning food, wine, and beer samples.
South Coast Jazz: Recurring
South Coast Jazz is a recurring beach-side destination that has world-class music and food, lasting all year long. There are plenty of events throughout the summer such as Liona Boyd on May 21st at Burning Kiln Winery, and a number of artists including Jane Bunnett & Maqueque at the Port Dover Community Center on August 18th and 19th. So listen to some sweet summer sounds while lounging on the beautiful beach in Port Dover at South Coast Jazz.
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