The Link's 2016 Guide to Music Festivals

A Summer of Fun, Starting Right Here in Montreal

  • No need to leave a city, Montreal has some of Canada’s biggest festivals. Graphic Ocean DeRouchie

  • To a East you’ll find some Maritime vibes along with a lovely sip of New York City. Graphic Ocean DeRouchie

  • West of Montreal, you’ll find that Ontario and British Columbia unequivocally move it in when it comes to festivals. Graphic Ocean DeRouchie

  • As if 3 pages wasn’t enough, we even have a fourth if you’re headed to a West Coast. Graphic Ocean DeRouchie

With summer underway and students uninformed off a propagandize semester, what improved approach to spend your time afterwards in a prohibited sun, dancing to equally prohibited tunes. In this guide, we’ve gathered all of a festivals we should demeanour brazen to, either you’re staying in a excellent city of Montreal, or roving from seashore to coast.

We’ve given any festival a rating out of 5 beers formed on artists behaving and a altogether vibe in sequence to lure your festival palate.

Local Festivals

Osheaga, QC

Between Jul 29 and 31 Montréal will horde a annual song festival, Osheaga. Located on a St. Lawrence River, Parc Jean-Drapeau will see a lights of many scandalous artists.

Looking to light a theatre this year are a Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lana Del Rey, Radiohead, Death Cab for Cutie, and Disclosure.

Alongside these aforementioned heavyweights, there will also be grand performances from Skepta, Flume, Goldlink, Jazz Cartier, Gramatik, The Lumineers and a inexhaustible volume of other acts to check out. The lineup for this year’s festivities is as prohibited as Montreal’s summer vibe.

Part of this year’s festival will be mostly shabby by visible components. Osheaga Arts will benefaction installations from several Canadian artists that will raise a all around believe of a shows. Montreal is famous for a opposite offerings of both visible and heard arts. It will be moving to see Osheaga Arts complementing a low-pitched performances during this year’s festival.

Folk Fest, QC

The welcoming atmosphere of Montreal Folk Festival on a Canal earnings this year with a colourful array of musicians. Between Jun 15 and 19 people can suffer themselves out in a pleasing summer continue with giveaway performances from Sussex, Whitehorse, The Swindlers, Emma June, Friend of All a World and many more.

venues around a waterway will have performances from John McEuen, Alexander Brown, Peter Mika, Katie Moore, Colin Perry, and other means folk artists.

Folk Fest is a family accessible eventuality with an mouth-watering atmosphere that is certain to attract people, if usually for one day of a festival. Plenty of food trucks will be diluted along a waterway and folks will have a accumulation of muck to select from.

If we find yourself full of tasty snacks and wish to take a mangle from a music, there’ll also be locally finished domestic clothes, jewelry, art, food products and other imagination accessories to check out.

If we don’t feel like shopping anything that is offering from a internal artisans, afterwards we can try your fitness during a wordless auction. Hopefully no one else will out bid we for those Shazam Fest tickets!

Heavy Montreal, QC

If you’re looking for some disintegrating and relentlessly in-your-face shows to attend this summer, we would strongly advise checking out Heavy Montreal. On a weekend of Aug 6 and 7, Parc Jean-Drapeau will accommodate a needs of steel fans with performances from Disturbed, Mastodon, Breaking Benjamin, Five Finger Death Punch, and Killswitch Engage.

If those artists alone don’t give we a repair of complicated metal, there will also be performances from Sebastian Bach, Sabaton, Black Label Society, Suffocation, and other complicated bands that’ll blow both your mind and eardrums alike.

Metal heads are positively manic and prepared to have a good time, generally while during a live uncover around their peers. Each year during Heavy Montreal a assembly is usually as critical and enchanting as a performances themselves.

The mosh pits ooze of ardour and passion that concede attendees to feel totally giveaway and suffer themselves during a shows. This is not a festival anyone should feel bashful to attend; in fact, it’s a accurate opposite. This is a festival to open yourself adult to and to know a fundamentals of what it means to be a complicated steel fanatic.

IleSoniq, QC

If we have no skeleton for a weekend of Aug 5 and 6, and complicated steel doesn’t seductiveness you, afterwards IleSoniq might support some-more to your low-pitched appetite. The dual day event, that will take place during Parc Jean-Drapeau as well, will have Zedd and Skrillex headlining a electronic song festival, upheld by many other illusory producers.

Some other artists looking to light adult a theatre this summer embody DJ Mustard, Pomo, Zomboy, Hannah Wants and many some-more acts that’ll tire we out by a finish of a festivities. If we wish to enhance your believe and ambience pallet on electronic dance music, afterwards this is a ideal eventuality to rivet with some new music.

In many ways identical to Heavy Montreal, IleSoniq will be crowded of ardour from a fans of electronic dance music. IleSoniq is a possibility to try what a EDM theatre is all about, and there’s no improved approach to do so than with these unusual sets.

The headliners alone are a good denote that attendees will have an unusual believe dancing themselves all a approach to a festival’s end. Make certain to stay hydrated during a day given your primary concentration will be all about feeling a song and doing zero else though losing yourself in it.

East of Montreal

Evolve, NB

Evolve is going by some sparkling changes this year from Jul 7 to 10. After throwing down in Antigonish, NS, for sixteen years, this eco-friendly festival will be reason in Beersville, NB, about thirty mins north of Moncton.

A opposite array of performers from around a universe will take a theatre to give a assembly an memorable experience. Participants of a fest can design to see some good acts—Danny Brown, Dub FX, Keys n Krates, Chuurch, Featurecast among many more—but moreover, memorable sights that will have we revelation stories of Evolve for years.

Dubbed “Canada’s greenest festival,” Evolve stands out from other song events as it strives to leave a tiny ecological footprint via a 3 days of partying.

Cleanup is elementary during a festival with 35 brightly colour-coded recycling bins around a area. In a marketplace, festival-goers can find handmade garments and souvenirs, internal grill participation and food vendors regulating compostable and biodegradable food packaging.

Evolve is holding stairs in conversion a attendees to be some-more unwavering about their waste. If everybody can do their partial cleaning adult after themselves a festival, everybody wins.

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Future Forest, NB

2016 outlines a fourth year that Future Forest has been adult and using and there seems to be zero negligence a festival’s operation down anytime soon.

During a weekend of Jul 22 and 25, Wark’s Point Wilderness Getaway in Bright, NB will horde a electronic-based song festival. Musicians from all over a origination will pull their artistic efforts on theatre to safeguard everybody has an implausible time.

Renowned artists personification this year embody Aaron Jackson, The Librarian, Wuki, Mack Instinct, BUKU and other rarely successful producers. With over 80 acts behaving during this year’s festival, there will be no time to feel like there is zero to do.

Future Forest is one of a many enchanting song festivals to be a partial of. They’ll offer singular workshops on producing music, formulating art, behaving art, health and self care.

If we find yourself physically tired afterwards try dropping by one of these workshops to collect adult a thing or dual while resting. You might also wish to rest and perspective a many choreographed art routines that will be reason by illusory gymnasts.

Fire spinners, hula hoopers, aerial performers and stick dancers are few of a artistic outputs that this song festival will offer adult to attendees.

Panorama, NYC

Kendrick Lamar, LCD Soundsystem and Arcade Fire will take a theatre Jul 22 to 24 during Panorama Music Festival in New York City. The city that never sleeps will horde an array of singular talent such as a mythological Madlib, Broken Social Scene, Anderson .Paak, Free Nations, Kaytranada, Flatbush Zombies and copiousness some-more interesting shows to demeanour at. Panorama is one of dual vital NYC festivals that takes place on Randall’s Island Park during a summer.

SappyFest, NB

Sackville, NB will horde a accumulation of up-and-coming bands that have finished their mangle within a past year. The weekend of Jul 29 to 31, SappyFest XI will see a likes of Ought, Cakes Da Killa, Nap Eyes, Un Blonde, She-Devil and a handful of other means immature musicians take a theatre during a tiny though successful low-pitched gathering. SappyFest lends itself to giving behind to a village as many as any other festival does. The whole atmosphere of a drift feels accurately how it would look: everybody pitching in to assistance settle an unusual few days of tunes for a pristine delight of music.

That is what creates SappyFest such a special believe to be detached of. The whole eventuality is totally village driven and accepts as many volunteers as they can get. Created in 2006 by Sappy Records, a strange vigilant of a festival was to move friends together during a many some-more affordable cost and share prolonged durability memories together. It has still confirmed that same easy thought all these years, though now has uninterrupted itself adult to some-more of a ubiquitous public. It’s an moving attainment to declare given we live in a time where scarcely everybody is means to emanate and share something truly singular with those around them. SappyFest represents that in many smashing aspects.

Push yourself to do something we haven’t finished and giveaway your mind from all a stressors you’ve means this past year. Whether it’s school, work or usually your day to day life, take a mangle from it all and yield yourself to one of these pretentious song festivals.


Between Jun 13 to 19, North by Northeast (NXNE) will horde a slew of means artists looking to uncover off their skills on stage. Performing during this years festival are Schoolboy Q, Father John Misty, Ghostface Killah, Mick Jenkins, Dan Mangan, Kamasi Washington, Mother Mother, Freddie Gibbs, MSTRKRFT and a ton some-more acts that will ring a whole week. According to The Guardian, NXNE is crowned a best song eventuality in Toronto. With a illusory array of guests, it’s no poser because they’ve perceived a pretension of one of a heading festivals.

During a week of a unusual event, there will be displays of comedy and film that will variegate a opposite kinds of humanities being presented during NXNE. An Interactive discussion will also take place during a festival and will rivet with a thought of song and rising technologies integrating as one. The informative landmark eventuality has so many going on that there is something for everyone. Whether we are a song nerd, humorous guy, film junky or usually an normal joe, NXNE will have an strenuous volume of element to check out.

Bestival, ON

Woodbine Park will horde an collection of artists during a heterogeneous song eventuality Besitval Toronto. From a weekend of Jun 11 to 12, attendees of a festival can design to see Tame Impala, Grimes, Odesza, and The Cure title a categorical stages this year. Other fun and enterprising performers looking to move their all-time best around embody Jamie XX, Porter Robinson, Girffage, Daughter, Madeon and many other means musicians. Bestival Toronto has usually determined itself within a past dual years and has already garnered a courtesy of many people and musicians alike.

Aside from glorious lineup, there will be a ton of activities for those who feel like exploring a clearly unconstrained festival grounds. Drag Queen Croquet will yield a fun time personification a competition while dressed adult in a hottest drag attire! If we feel like sauce adult in another fun fashion, afterwards check out a Costume Party and Parade where we can widespread certain vibes in a many artistic get adult we can conjure.

If we still need your repair of song even after a festival, afterwards make your approach over to a after parties while there’s still room! Four headliners have nonetheless to be announced for a after parties though it will certainly keep a good vibes flowing.

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Wayhome, ON

LCD Soundsystem, Arcade Fire, and The Killers will move a residence down during Wayhome Music Festival. An considerable spin out of performers will be origination their approach over to Oro-Medonte, ON from a weekend of Jul 22 to 24. As good as a mythological headliners, we’ll see performances from Kurt Vile and The Violators, BADBADNOTGOOD, Metric, Black Mountain, Major Lazer, River Tiber, FIDLAR and large other means talents. With so many celebration to check out in such small time, this year’s lineup is some-more than adequate explanation that no one will leave feeling even a smallest bit disappointed.

An implausible volume of work has been put into formulating a good crafted lineup that there is no need for other activities besides a music. Wayhome has a repute of always carrying implausible performers and with such pivotal headliners holding a stage. To consider that there is still Vince Staples, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wolf Parade, Glass Animals, Haim, Mac DeMarco, M83 and others who will be behaving during this 3 day festival is unbelievable. If you’ve been formulation to make a outing to Ontario, afterwards try your hardest to measure a span of tickets to this uproaring song festival!


For a weekend of Aug 27 to 28, Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA will take a reigns with successful headliners Kendrick Lamar and LCD Soundsystem. FYF Fest’s lineup usually continues to stir with Tame Impala, Anohni, Denzel Curry, Julia Holter, Shellac, Ty Segall and large other shows that everybody will try to squeeze into a dual day fest. It’s not probable to select one day over a other; they’re both uniformly built with implausible uninterrupted performances. Everyone in assemblage can find something that will interest to them. The lineup is opposite and offers a far-reaching accumulation of acts to that we can dance yourself clean!

FYF Fest is one of a hottest festivals on a west coast. The eventuality is a illusory arrangement of some of a biggest artists for a many renouned song within a past year. If we are perplexing to enhance your horizons when it comes to new song and we occur to be in Los Angeles towards a finish of August, FYF Fest is but a doubt a illusory opportunity. The comfortable summer atmosphere will compare a frail summer jams as everybody is put into a coma of dancing to a heterogeneous pieces of work.

Outside Lands, SF

Golden Gate Park in San Francisco, CA will renovate totally from Aug 5 to 7 with some unusual headliners. Acts embody Radiohead, Lionel Richie, Lana Del Rey and returning complicated weights LCD Soundsystem. Outside Lands has been widely famous within a many new years for attracting large acts, both new and old. Joining a unusual headliners will also be unusual immature up-and-coming artists: Major Lazer, Sufjan Stevens, Chance a Rapper, Vince Staples, Beach House and copiousness of other renouned immature talents will be in SF behaving for all their clinging fans.

The non-camping song festival will reason a sharp-witted celebration atmosphere with a booze and drink garden that will moisten your lust while listening to a music. When we feel a need to feed your ardour we can always demeanour for one of San Francisco’s famous food trucks to prove any of your cravings. If you’re in California for a summer, it’s really value a shot to try to measure tickets for this festival while they last.

Pemberton, BC

Further adult north in British Columbia are a handful of some of a many enchanting festivals during that any song nerd can get their fix. One of them, is Pemby.

From a weekend of Jul 14 to 17, Pearl Jam, The Killers, and J. Cole will title one of Canada’s many distinguished song festivals that takes place annually. Other acts to compensate tighten courtesy to are Hudson Mohawke, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, FKA Twigs, Die Antwoord. There seems to be a hip bound concentration this year as a infancy of a behaving artists are secure in a genre. However, a electronic and stone artists on Pemberton’s register will certainly be sufficient adequate for those who might not demeanour into hip bound as many as others.

What stands out about Pemberton is a night life activity buzzing from campsite to campsite. Games of drink pong can be seen scarcely everywhere as ravers dance themselves distant off into a night in a Northern campsite. You can find time to relax and recuperate in a Southern campsite should it interest to those who wish their rest for a subsequent day of dancing. Either way, there is something for everybody during Pemby Fest that creates a eventuality truly something to remember once we come behind from a assault of merrymaking you’ll be doing.

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Shambhala, BC

Shambhala Music Festival is a eminent Canadian song festival that takes place in BC. On a margin of a Salmo River Ranch, Shambhala has showcased a series of means artists given it began behind in 1998. From a weekend of Aug 5 to 8, in Salmo River Ranch, BC, appearances from Questlove, The Gaslamp Killer, AlunaGeorge, Felix Da Housecat and XXYYXX among a ton of other artists will take place. A few internal musicians from Montréal will also be holding a theatre this year. Look out for acts from Snails, Frase, WYLN and Sweet Anomaly.

Shambhala also has a singular campground that differentiates itself from other camping-permitted song festivals. Unless we are profitable for a RV/Car, camping is giveaway of assign and campers have free-reign of where they set up, within reason. The festival is now holding a competition for attendees to representation ideas for a probable thesis for a campgrounds. Selected thesis winners will have a primary mark indifferent during one of a designated camping areas. If we have any cold ideas for a thesis that could occupy a space full of pacific song attendees, we should contention your origination right away!

Levitation, BC

The Malkin Bowl in Vancouver, BC has been horde to many artists who have stopped by a pleasing city on their tours. The weekend of Jul 16 to 19 will be a primary concentration for a unusual and initial song festival Levitation Vancouver. Hugely successful musicians such as Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Of Montréal, Com Truise and Shabazz Palaces will beauty a theatre with their musty prolongation styles. New up-and-coming bands will uncover off their crazy sets with performances from FIDLAR, Thee Oh Sees, Holy Fuck, Suuns, Sumac, Dead Ghosts and some-more acts to anticipate.

Built in 1938, a Malkin Bowl is located in Stanley Park and is deliberate a heart of a city. Surrounded by beautifully sensuous trees and monumental landscapes that approximate Vancouver, Levitation from a get-go lends itself to apropos a good atmosphere for a festival. If we finish adult origination your approach to Vancouver around a time Levitation, we would suggest perplexing to check out during slightest one of a days of a festival. Each day has been labelled easily for a volume of performances and a kinds of artists you’ll get to see.

Now that you’ve review what all a hype is about, we should start coordinating skeleton with associate friends to make some prolonged durability memories for a summer. Push yourself to do something we haven’t finished and giveaway your mind from all a stressors you’ve means this past year. Whether it’s school, work or usually your day to day life, take a mangle from it all and yield yourself to one of these pretentious song festivals. If we aren’t certain that one to go to afterwards a usually declaration we can give we myself is a following: we won’t bewail selecting any of them.

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