Summer is coming and that means that music festivals across North America will start ramping up over the coming weeks and months. While the United States has an impressive slate of festivals from coast to coast, Canada is no slouch either, hosting a variety of unique music festivals across the country. In ranking them, I asked, a Canadian online travel agency, for their input. They gave me their top three Canadian music festivals you can’t miss this Summer.
Osheaga – Montreal, Quebec
First onis Osheaga. Montreal’s largest music festival, Osheaga has become a huge stop for major artists across multiple genres, ranging from pop, to rock, to hiphop. Taking place on Jean Drapeau Island, the festival is easily accessed by Montreal’s STM public transit system. Major acts headlining this year include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead, Haim, and Lana Del Rey.
Hillside Festival – Guelph, Ontario
From one of Canada’s largest cities, to a rural city in Southwestern Ontario. Hillside is an indie lovers dream and takes place in Guelph, Ontario. A much more quaint affair, Hillside has a very grassroots feel to it and is a very relaxing experience for those who attend according to FlightHub. While 2016’s lineup has yet to be announced, 2015 featured bands like The Constantines and the Great Lake Swimmers.
Boots And Hearts – Oro-Medonte, Ontario
If pop, rock, indie, and hiphop aren’t your thing, then Boots and Hearts is likely right down your alley. One of North America’s largest country music festivals takes place in Oro-Medonte, Ontario. If you don’t know where that is, you aren’t alone. But this tiny town, which is about an hour or so North of Toronto, Ontario, has had some major performers grace its Boots and Hearts stages. 2016’s lineup is set to feature Blake Shelton, Tim McGraw, and Dierks Bentley.