Through music and community, festivals give us a chance to celebrate summer with family and friends. From Ontario all the way to Prince Edward Island, summer 2019 is stacked with festivals that will bring life and fun into cities all over Canada’s east. Check out some of the festivals we’re excited about that will make summer 2019 one to remember.
Escapade Music Festival- SOLD OUT
June 22-23, 2019
This annual EDM festival in the nation’s capital is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary with some of the biggest names in the EDM industry. Headliners include DJ Snake, Martin Garrinx, Adventure Club, Zeds Dead, Keys and Krates, Loud Luxury and many others from North America and beyond.
Dreams Festival is a high-energy, 19+ boutique festival held on the shores of Lake Ontario. Dreams is making Canadian history by being the first major electronic dance music festival to have a woman, Rezz, headline the main stage. Lineup includes ZEDD, Louis the Child, Nghtmre + Slander, with special guest Don Diablo.
July 4-14, 2019
There’s a performance for everyone at Bluesfest, this ten-day festival celebrates blues music and various genres such as jazz, rock, pop, rap/hi-hop, and soul. For their 25th anniversary, they’re celebrating with huge talent from all over the world. Headliners include The Killers, Eric Church, Backstreet Boys, Kygo, Logic, Jessie Reyez, Alexisonfire, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, CHVRCHES, and Kane Brown.
Mariposa Folk Festival
July 5-7, 2019
If you’re looking for a festival where the whole family can enjoy themselves, then you should check out Mariposa Folk Festival. This three-day festival showcases Canada’s heritage, cultures and talents through music, stories, dance, and crafts. Headlining this year are Jason Isbell, Tom Cochrane with Red Rider, Stars, and Half Moon Run.
July 13-14, 2019
BMW M Fest has finally come to Canada, and you’ll be able to connect with your inner driver by choosing from a full line-up of driving experiences. This is an event for the whole family that includes DJ’s and music acts, a kids interactive area, a variety of food options, and vehicle displays and performances.
Big Sky Music Festival
July 20, 2019
Big Sky is the perfect event if you want to enjoy a summer festival experience but away from the mayhem that can sometimes come in big cities. In Oro-Medonte, a city that’s just one hour north of Toronto, but miles away from the busy city life, you will find a festival with a classic car show, camping, and a craft market for everyone to enjoy. Taking place at Burl’s Creek, Canada’s largest outdoor event venue, Big Sky lineup includes Alabama, Travis Tritt, Diamond Rio, and The Redhills Valleys.
Veld Music Festival
August 3-4, 2019
Veld is an annual two-day music festival that features some of the biggest artists in the electronic dance music and hip-hop industry. Veld brings in tens of thousands of fans together each year to celebrate music, and is one of Toronto’s largest-running festivals. The epic lineup includes Cardi B, Kygo, Skrillex, Tiesto, Lil Baby, and Loud Luxury.
August 16-18, 2019
Riverfest Elora started off as a backyard festival almost 11 years ago by a local Elora artist, Marilyn Koop. Marilyn Koop passed away in 2012 and the festival continues in her memory. This festival has brought an array of impressive musicians to the small town of Elora, and it’s a full weekend of music, arts, food, and culture. Headliners include City and Colour, Jessie Reyez, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.
September 12-13, 2019
CityFolk is a multi-day celebration of music, and has embraced many genres including alt-country, hip-hop, roots, and blues. This family friendly festival offers a KidZone dedicated to children and family performances on Saturday and Sunday. Headliners include Robert Plant and the sensational Space Shifters, Leon Bridges, Summersault Festival with Our Lady Peace, Live, and Bush.
Prince Edward Island
TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival
TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival will be celebrating their 15th anniversary this year! What makes this festival amazing is that it places an emphasis on east coast musicians, Indigenous artists and culture, as well as having a diversity and gender parity as one of its points of celebration. Saturday is dedicated to celebrating Women in Music, which includes an Aretha Franklin tribute performed by the Island’s very own, Catherine MacLellan.