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From stadiums, bars and clubs to coffee houses, church naves or country barns, there are endless venues to appreciate live music in Ontario.
Look for your favourite band at Phog Lounge in Windsor, a Mecca for indie music. Check out the line up at Hamilton’s Collective Arts Brewing or This Ain’t Hollywood. Music lovers will appreciate the acoustics in the historic Aeolian Hall in East Village, London.
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 offering music and entertainment from a custom-concert built, timber-frame barn.
Catch the big headliners at the Rogers Centre, Scotiabank Arena and other great venues in Toronto, FirstOntario Concert Hall or the Studio in Hamilton, at Ottawa’s Canadian Tire Centre or the Capital Centre in North Bay.
Summer is an exciting season for live music festivals and concerts in Ontario, but there are some significant events that take place into the fall and winter as well. There’s always a new sound to groove to in Ontario.
Ontario’s music festival season kicks off each year with the Canadian Music Week in May, followed by Field Trip, Bestival; a magical party, and North by Northeast (NXNE) in Toronto, Ottawa’s Westfest and WTFest in Brantford in June.
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.
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 musical acts in small, intimate venues during the Festival of Small Halls in Eastern Ontario that runs mid-September to early October.