August Music Festivals in Canada 2013

 

Canada has got a ton of summertime music festivals – hey, you gotta do something to take your mind off the impending winter – that offer travelers a cool opportunity to both see the country and hear some great tunes. Unfortunately, the festivals are spread out across the world’s second largest country. Flight Network, the Canadian answer to Expedia, however, can help, as the site has a ton of great offers on flights.

From the 1st to the 4th of August, the Boots and Hearts Music Festival in Bowmanville, Ontario have country music and a nearby campsite. And taking place at the same time, the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose, Alberta has a single stage, but has a rodeo as well.

Crowds waiting at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose. Photo credit Taylor and Kevin.

Crowds waiting at the Big Valley Jamboree in Camrose. Photo credit Taylor and Kevin.

Need even more country music in your life? Sunfest Country Music Festival in Duncan, British Columbia (1st – 4th) and Manitoulin Country Fest in Little Current, Ontario (8th – 11th) are two more options.

For rock/indie-rock lovers there are a few more short events across the country: SappyFest VIII in Sackville, New Brunswick (2nd-4th); Rockin’ The Fields of Minnedosa in Minnedosa, Manitoba (2nd- 4th); The Grove Music Festival in Toronto (Aug 3rd); and Live at Squamish in Squamish, British Columbia (8th-11th).

[Also see our travel article “24 Hours in Toronto“]

Rap lovers will not want to miss Drake’s OVO Fest in the rapper’s hometown of Toronto from the 4th-5th of August.

Let’s not forget about the pop/rock/rap behemoth that is Osheaga (2-4). Set in Montreal’s scenic Parc Jean Drapeau, this festival sees the world’s biggest commercial artists converge on Montreal to entertain revelers in a huge, multi-day outdoor festival. It’s the biggest thing to hit the Montreal music scene, well, since the Jazz Festival that happens every year in July.

The crowd going wild for Montreal sensation Arcade Fire at Osheaga.

The crowd going wild for Montreal sensation Arcade Fire at Osheaga.

Folk fans have fewer options with the Edmonton Folk Festival from the 8th to the 11th, and the Regina Folk Festival from the 9th to the 11th. Perhaps the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival in Salmon Arm (16th-18th) will provide some entertainment though.

Surprisingly these are only some of the options for music this summer in Canada. They are spread across the country so finding cheap flights that will let travelers check out the more venues is really a must, as once again, Canada is really really big!

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