3 must-see Canadian summer music festivals

If you’re in England, one of the hottest summer music festival tickets is Glastonbury; if you’re in the United States, it’s likely Lollapalooza. For concertgoers in Canada, must-see music festivals take place across the country all summer long.

Between June and September there are hundreds of music festivals in Canada. Whether your favourite is jazz, blues, folk, country, rock, indie or classical — during the summer months there’s sure to be a festival catering to your musical tastes somewhere in our home and native land. Check out these top contenders for great music, both internationally and locally renowned.

Osheaga. Montreal’s late-July Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. Routinely attracting 120,000 fans over the course of several days, the festival showcases local and national talent alongside acclaimed international headliners. The main event takes place at parc Jean-Drapeau with concerts and art exhibitions held throughout the city in the week leading up to the big show.

TD Jazz festivals. Celebrates music across Canada by welcoming world-class musicians, critically acclaimed jazz artists and rising stars, the TD jazz festivals top the list. From mid-June to mid-July, the world’s top jazz musicians play in nine cities including Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria.

TD Echo Beach. While fabulous music is the heart of summer festivals, many are adding food, art, comedy and other elements to enhance the experience and make it more accessible for all ages and personalities. Located in downtown Toronto, TD Echo Beach features spectacular views of the city skyline and a real sand beach where families and friends can listen to great tunes while kids happily build sandcastles at their feet. Check local listings for upcoming shows through August.

Honourable mentions: Scattered between the big cities from coast-to-coast are hundreds of music festivals that also attract top talent and big crowds. Check out the events like Roots & Blues Festival in Salmon Arm, British Columbia, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

Find a list of some of the hottest summer music festivals across the country online at tdmusic.com.

Courtesy of: www.newscanada.com