10 Festivals You Can't Miss This Summer

It'll be an amazing summer this year. With all the Canadian festivals going on it can be hard to figure out which one to go to. No worries, at Collection 1867 we've created a list with the best festivals in Canada, including all the info you need to start planning your summer road trips. It'll be the best summer ever!!

  1. Montreal International Jazz Festival

When:  June 27- July 6, 2019
Where:  Montreal, Quebec
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Every June/July, the Montreal International Jazz Festival offers about 500 concerts, of which three-quarters are free of charge, and hosts about 2,000 musicians from over 20 countries. Two million music lovers arrive in Montreal, Quebec, for the international jazz rendezvous and launching pad for new talent. Expect to see the biggest names in not just jazz but other types of music. Performing artists have included Diana Krall, Norah Jones, and Aretha Franklin.

  1. RBC Bluesfest (Ottawa Blues Festival)

When:  July 4-14, 2019
Where:  Ottawa, Ontario
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Like a lot of festivals who tie their names to a specific genre, the one-time Ottawa Blues Festival has branched out to other types of music to increase its appeal. Yes, you’ll still see blues legends like Buddy Guy, and newer blues acts like River City Junction. But if you wanted to see DJ Pauly D at a blues festival, well, this is your year. Other headliners include The Killers, The Offspring, Kygo, Chvrches, and Snoop Dogg. So yeah, “blues” is a loosely used term.

  1. Quebec City Summer Festival (FEQ)

When:  July 4-14, 2019
Where:  Quebec City, Quebec
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The absolute best summer music festival value in North America is in uber-French Quebec City, where for a scant 95 Canadian dollars you get 11 days of music across ten venues and 250 performances. These aren’t obscure Canadian bands either, as previous headliners have included Foo Fighters, the Dave Matthews Band, Neil Young, and The Weeknd. It’s also the perfect chance to check out Quebec City, the largest walled city north of Mexico with narrow stone streets and brick buildings reminiscent of 19th-century France.

  1. Complement Cirque Circus Festival

When:  July 5-15, 2019
Where:  Montreal, Quebec
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Montreal is the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil, so you know this isn’t just going to be a festival of tigers jumping through hoops. Quite the contrary, the 11-day festival is when cirque-trained acrobats take over the city, turning Montreal into a giant grand chapiteau with daily public performances, and aerial acrobatics breaking out of nowhere in public spaces. You can also attend the ticketed performances, where you’ll see the greatest stunts and offbeat clowns.

  1. The Calgary Stampede

When:  July 5-14, 2019
Where:  Calgary, Alberta
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Don your cowboy hat and spurs and head on over to The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth. Each year, more than one million people visit Calgary to partake in this 10-day Calgary Stampede party held every July.
The city of Calgary features good old-fashioned hospitality combined with cultural diversity. Drive an hour out of town, and you're in the heart of the Canadian Rockies and popular destinations like Banff and Jasper, where a world of outdoor adventure awaits.

  1. Just for Laughs Montreal

When:  July 10-28, 2019
Where:  Montreal, Quebec
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Since 1983, the Montreal Comedy Festival, or, Just for Laughs as it is more commonly known, has been inviting people to get together just for fun, just for entertainment -- just for laughs. The festival, held every July, has grown in popularity and reputation and today features some of the world's greatest comedians and spawned a television show that is broadcast internationally.

  1. Winnipeg Folk Festival

When:  July 11-14, 2019
Where:  Winnipeg, Manitoba
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A visit to the Canadian plains might not be at the top of your northern to-do list, but hitting this mid-July camping festival in Winnipeg is as good an excuse to go as any. The four-day festival lets you live in the warm Manitoba summer, perusing the large outdoor art gallery and taking home crafts as souvenirs. There is, of course, plenty of music, which extends beyond American folk music to African, Asian, and other genres, plus a headlining performance from Death Cab for Cutie.

  1. Osheaga Festival

When: August 2-4, 2019
Where:  Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal
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“Osheaga is a unique and eclectic music and arts festival staged in the breathtaking landscape of Montreal’s Parc Jean-Drapeau.”  Spread out over 3-days with a massive line-up, this is a festival that will please just about everyone!
From Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and The Killers, to Lana Del Ray, Radiohead and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Osheaga’s lineups have made it one of the most popular, if not the most popular festival in Canada.

  1. Toronto International Film Festival

When:  September 5-15, 2019
Where:  Toronto, Ontario
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The Toronto International Film Festivals is one of the leading film festivals in the world, ranking closely with Cannes and Sundance. Films such as Hotel Rwanda, American Beauty, and The Big Chill made their premieres at this prominent star-studded event held each September.

  1. POP MONTREAL

When:  September 25 – 29, 2019
Where:  Montreal, Quebec
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“POP Montreal International Music Festival is an annual not-for-profit curated cultural event that champions independence in the arts by presenting emerging and celebrated artistic talents from around the world.”

 

We hope that you found our list of Canadian Music Festivals helpful and informative. Have you another Canadian Festival that you just love? Be sure to share it with us in the comments below!