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Ontario’s music festival season kicks off each year with the Canadian Music Week in May, followed by Field Trip, Bestival; a magical island party, and North by Northeast (NXNE) in Toronto, Ottawa’s Westfest and WTFest in Brantford in June.
Summer heats up with Rock The Park Music Festival in London, Mattawa Voyageur Days, Way-Home Music Festival in Oro-Medonte, Kenora Harbourfest, and Toronto’s VELD Music Festival, Digital Dreams and OVO Fest.
Music enthusiasts combine the nostalgia of summer camp with the camaraderie of outdoor live music shows during River and Sky on the Sturgeon River, the popular Hillside Festival on Guelph Lake Island, or Camp Wavelength on Toronto Islands.
Enjoy Parry Sound's Festival of the Sound or New Music Fest in Barrie and Sudbury each year. Take in the inspirational sounds of Summerfolk on the Georgian Bay, get your groove on at the Irie Music Festival, and listen to some of the world's finest chamber choirs at the Elora Festival.
Sway to country tunes at Boots & Hearts north of Barrie, Home Country Music and Art Festival in London, the Havelock Country Jamboree or groove at the Mariposa Folk Festival in Orillia. Jazz heats up at the All Canadian Jazz Festival in Port Hope, the Toronto Beaches Jazz Festival or the Summer Jazz Concert Series in Ottawa.
September promises a great line up at TURF, Toronto’s Urban Roots Fest or head to Hamilton for some of the hottest new acts during Supercrawl, a celebration of music, art, fashion and culture. Celebrate big name musical acts in small, intimate venues during The Festival of Small Halls in Eastern Ontario that runs mid-September to early October.
From bars, clubs and coffee houses to church naves or country barns, there are endless venues to appreciate live music in Ontario. Catch a show at the Opera House, Lee’s Palace or the legendary Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. Look for your favourite new sound at Phog Lounge in Windsor, a Mecca for indie music. Check out the line up at Hamilton’s Baltimore House or This Ain’t Hollywood, or Ottawa’s Zaphod Beeblebrox.
Discover the latest local blues, roots, country and rock at the Hayloft Dancehall in Prince Edward County. The Westben Arts Festival Theatre is a one-of-a-kind experience serving up music and entertainment from a custom-concert built, timber-frame barn.