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Artists and DJs are often contacting us for information about Canadian music conferences and festivals.

If you’ve decided you’re going to make a career out of music, music conferences are a great way to network and learn. Knowledge-sharing workshops, expert info panels and the opportunity to showcase your work make annual conferences like Canadian Music Week invaluable for people looking to grow in the scene. Plus, any opportunity to network with peers is an opportunity to spread your brand further and to find new people to build with.

Additionally, once you’re ready to share your product with the world, the festival circuit is one of the best ways to get exposed to a lot of important markets in a relatively short period of time. Of course, there’s a lot of competition for festival slots, but the listing below will at least give you an idea of who you need to be establishing relationships with. The festivals don’t often broadcast how to get on their line-up but you can always contact them to find out. Once you have a booking agent, they’ll take care of that type of stuff for you.

We’ll do our best to provide the most complete and up-to-date listing of music conferences and festivals below.

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Bass Coast Festival

Bass Coast Festival

Where: Merritt, BC | When: July 6-9, 2018

Bass Coast Festival is an independent international exhibition of electronic music and art. Founded in 2009 by Andrea Graham and Liz Thomson, the artist owned and operated event is a distinguished platform for Canadian artists and a destination for innovative international talent.

The natural beauty of British Columbia is a quintessential element of the Bass Coast experience. Their festival site, located outside the city of Merritt, in the picturesque Nicola Valley, invites attendees to be present with nature.

Bass Coast prides itself in being an inclusive gathering that brings together people from diverse backgrounds and inspires them to participate to the fullest. They invite you to collaborate with them on the 10th edition of Bass Coast Festival, July 6-9, 2018.

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Boots and Hearts Music Festival

Boots and Hearts Music Festival

Where: Oro-Medonte, ON | When: Aug. 9-12, 2018

From the creators of WayHome, and the Country Festival of the Year at this year’s Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) Awards, comes the annual 4-day Boots and Hearts Music Festival. Their line-ups have included acts like Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Eric Church, Tim McGraw and more.

They’ve already announced some acts for the 2018 event including Florida Georgia Line, Alan Jackson, Thomas Rhett and more. Dates have been confirmed as Aug. 9-12, 2018.

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BreakOut West

BreakOut West

Where: Kelowna, BC | When: Summer

BreakOut West is an annual event that includes a 4-Day Conference, 3-Night Showcase Festival, and the Western Canadian Music Awards. BreakOut West is the primary event hosted by the Western Canadian Music Alliance.

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Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival

Burnaby Blues and Roots Festival

Where: Burnaby, BC | When: Summer

For the last 18-years the annual Burnaby Blues + Roots Festival has been a highlight of the outdoor concert season. On Saturday, August 12, 2017 the event returned to picturesque Deer Lake Park with another lineup of world-class musicians, including headliner Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, who had recently delighted local fans when they opened for the Red Hot Chili Peppers earlier in the year. Fans of the family-friendly event will once again enjoy a full day of continuous music from 2 different stages, plus local food vendors and activities for supporters of all ages. Highlighting some fresh new faces and old fan favourites, this year’s lineup included Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Matt Andersen, Sue Foley, Leeroy Stagger, Jesse Roper, Murray Porter, Little Miss Higgins, Jesse Waldman, and Kaya Kurz.

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Calgary Folk Music Festival

Calgary Folk Music Festival

Where: Calgary, AB | When: July 26-29, 2018

The Calgary Folk Festival is a genre-defying, continent-linking festival where fiercely independent, creative troubadours and master instrumentalists from Mauritania, Korea, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ethiopia, the United States and Canada celebrate diverse traditions, deep roots and cool grooves.

The next festival takes place July 26-29, 2018.

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Wavelength Music - Camp Wavelength

Camp Wavelength

Where: Oro-Medonte, ON | When: Summer

From the people that brought you the Wavelength Festival, Camp Wavelength is a 2-day mid-August festival that took place at various locations across Toronto. It was initially supposed to take place on Toronto Island, but flooding made festival organizers switch the theme to ‘Day Camp In The City.”

So not quite the same overnight camping experience as previous years, but still an exciting mix of shows in popular venues as well as free outdoor gigs. Stay tuned for details on their 2018 line-up. It’s unclear if they’ll stick to their new format, or bring things back to the island.

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Canadian Music Week (CMW)

Canadian Music Week (CMW)

Where: Toronto, ON | When: Spring

Now in its 35th year, Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. The Canadian Music Week festival spans 5 nights of performances, over 800 showcasing bands at more than 40 live music venues in downtown Toronto. All convention functions take place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street W. Toronto.

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Canadian Urban Music Conference (CUMC)

Canadian Urban Music Conference (CUMC)

Where: Toronto, ON | When: Spring

The Canadian Music Conference is a celebration of a new generation of Canadian talent and powerful industry leaders on the cutting edge of city-inspired genres of music.

The annual Canadian Urban Music Conference is Canada’s first city-style music conference with intimate and interactive seminars, A&R feedback sessions, VIP events at Private Members Clubs and live concerts for cutting edge music including Hiphop, R&B, and Pop. It provides music professionals with the tools to create, communicate and participate in this global multi-billion dollar music industry.

It consists of a series of intimate and interactive workshops, A&R meetings, live concerts, networking lunches and private VIP cocktail events. CUMC is committed to giving professionals a competitive edge and a truly revolutionary way to Network… Learn… and do Business.

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CBC Music Festival

CBC Music Festival

Where: Toronto, ON | When: Spring

The CBC Music Festival is Canada’s music festival, which took place at Toronto’s Echo Beach on Saturday, May 27, 2017. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 CBC Music Festival featured an all-Canadian lineup including Serena Ryder, Walk Off The Earth, Keys N Krates, Ruth B, Scott Helman, Bobby Bazini, Austra, BROS, William Prince, Sarah Slean, Alx Veliz, IsKwé, RALPH, Valley and the 2017 CBC Searchlight winner.

At the time of this posting, information regarding the 2018 festival date has yet to be announced.

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Cavendish Beach Music Festival

Cavendish Beach Music Festival

Where: Cavendish, PEI | When: July 6-8, 2018

What was once a cow pasture in Cavendish, Prince Edward Island, is now the home of the largest multi-day outdoor music festival in Atlantic Canada – the Cavendish Beach Music Festival. More than 60,000 visitors annually flock to the festival for the biggest names in country music, camping, dining, the warmest waters north of the Carolina’s and to create memories that last a lifetime. Country festivals in Canada are becoming more and more popular- so come on down to the East Coast and join the fun!

The next Cavendish Beach Music Festival takes place July 6-8, 2018.

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CityFolk Festival

CityFolk Festival

Where: Ottawa, ON | When: Summer 2018

Located at Lansdowne Park, CityFolk (formerly known as the Ottawa Folk Festival) is a four-day celebration of music, dance, and community featuring an eclectic mix of musical performances on multiple stages. The BSOMA KidZone offers special children’s and family performances on Saturday and Sunday 1 to 6 p.m.

Aberdeen Pavilion offers a Craft Beer Fair, artisan and craft vendors, and much, much more. Another new initiative, Marvest, is a free event as part of CityFolk offering over 70 free performances throughout businesses in the Glebe BIA. They’re a family-friendly, community-focused, culturally diverse and committed to sustainability and eco-friendly initiatives.

The 2018 festival will likely take place in September.

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Dawson City Music Festival

Dawson City Music Festival

Where: Dawson City, YT | When: July 20-22, 2018

The Dawson City Music Festival will remain “Canada’s tiny, perfect Festival” by consistently and collaboratively delivering high-quality, diverse musical experiences. By doing so, the Dawson City Music Festival Association will be recognized as a significant contributor to both the quality of life and the cultural economy in Dawson and Yukon; and the DCMF will be understood as a celebration of Dawson’s spirit, hospitality, volunteerism, and community life.

The Dawson City Music Festival Association celebrates and supports its local environment by presenting world-class grassroots musical programming in Dawson, including but not limited to the annual Dawson City Music Festival.

The 40th installment of the festival will take place between July 20-22, 2018.

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Dreams Festival

Dreams Festival

Where: Toronto, ON | When: Summer

Dreams Music Festival is a 19+ boutique festival experience for a discerning electronic music fan, taking place at RBC Echo Beach in downtown Toronto, on the shores of Lake Ontario. A new luxury festival with a familiar feel, Dreams is a two day, three stage, outdoor, sensorial celebration of Toronto’s music and arts community.

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ECMA / East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference

East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference

Where: Halifax, NS | When: May 2-6, 2018

The ECMA (East Coast Music Association) annually produces the ECMAs, one of the top music industry events in Canada, which includes Awards, a Festival, an Industry Conference and the International Export Buyers Program.

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Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Edmonton Folk Music Festival

Where: Edmonton, AB | When: Summer

Beginning in 1980 with one staff and 300 volunteers, the Edmonton Folk Music Festival has grown and matured to become one of the leading folk festivals in the world. Now boasting a volunteer force of over 2000, the festival in a not-for-profit society dedicated to bringing in the best of folk music from around the world.

The quality of the music and the depth of the performer lineup is the single greatest ingredient in our success. Terry Wickham, producer, selects artists within a broad musical mandate. Their vision is to continue to improve as a world-class folk music festival. At the same time, they’re working hard to raise money through fund raising activities and through soliciting corporate sponsorships to keep ticket prices accessible for ordinary families.

The next festival takes place August 9-12, 2018 at Gallagher Park.

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Evolve Music and Awareness Festival

Evolve Music and Awareness Festival

Where: Moncton, NB | When: Summer

The Evolve Music and Awareness Festival is an annual 3-day summer celebration of music, culture, and social awareness. From its start in 2000 as a grassroots music and awareness festival featuring local bands, the festival has grown to showcase world-class performers from around the globe.

Evolve also plays host to workshops that inform spectators about social issues such as personal wellbeing and environmental awareness.

In 2010, Evolve was voted Best Festival in Canada by listeners of CBC Radio 3 Searchlight all over Canada. Exclaim! Magazine has referred to Evolve as “the summer’s marquee event in the Maritimes.”

Check back for info about the 2018 festival.

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Festival d'été de Québec

Festival d’été de Québec

Where: Quebec City, QC | When: Summer

The 2018 line-up has yet to be announced but the Festival d’été de Québec (which usually takes place in July in downtown Quebec City) has featured artists like the Rolling Stones, the Black Keys, Iron Maiden, Foo Fighters and even the Backstreet Boys. There’s a good chance you can catch one of your favourite acts over the course of the 11 day event. It normally starts on the first Thursday of July.

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Field Trip

Field Trip

Where: Toronto, ON | When: Summer

2017 marked the fifth anniversary of Toronto’s Field Trip Music & Arts Festival.

In fact, the first edition of Field Trip was itself an anniversary party, as that year they celebrated 10 years of iconic Canadian independent music company Arts & Crafts.

In 2013, the then one-day event featured two stages curated entirely from Arts & Crafts’ artist roster, co-headlined by a return from hiatus for flagship collective Broken Social Scene alongside 11-time JUNO Award and 2012 Polaris Music Prize winner, Feist.

Today Arts & Crafts and Live Nation partner on an event that’s about so much more, championing creativity and community in its many forms, and a celebration of diversity and the city of Toronto.

The next Field Trip will be in June 2018.

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Folk On The Rocks Music Festival

Folk On The Rocks Music Festival

Where: Yellowknife, NT | When: July 20-22, 2018

Folk on the Rocks (FOTR) Annual Music Festival has come a long way since founder Rod Russell and his band of folkie go-getters re-booted a small outdoor gig on the shores of Frame Lake, and transported it over to Long Lake in the summer in 1980.

FOTR is one of Canada’s top summertime music and cultural festivals, drawing performers from the NWT, Nunavut and all across Canada for the North’s biggest party under the midnight sun.

More than 24 hours of programming on five stages, including a children’s area and a beer garden, promises fun and enjoyment for all ages. Along with the music, crowds can savour international and traditional cuisine at the food fair, buy Northern creative works, and check out other non-profit groups and activities in the artisan tent.

Come delight in this musical offering and be a part of the magic as performers from all over Canada and the world create and collaborate in the biggest artistic jam in the North.

The 38th Folk On The Rocks Music Festival will take place between July 20-22, 2018.

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FVDED In The Park

FVDED In The Park

Where: Surrey, BC | When: Summer

FVDED In The Park is an annual 2-day festival that takes place in July at Holland Park, Surrey, B.C. The all-ages event features world-class artists from a variety of genres, performing across two outdoor stages.

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Hillside Festival

Hillside

Where: Guelph, ON | When: Summer

Hillside offers year round events with a broad artistic vision that emphasizes diversity of culture, of musical heritage and style, of age, geography and influence. Their flagship event, the environmentally conscious Hillside festival takes place over 3 days in July and features acts from a variety of different genres.

They recently announced Hillside Inside 2018 which will take place February 9th to 11th. Hillside Inside is a winter festival of music and community, now in its eleventh year. It is the spirit of Hillside brought to you in the cold months of a Canadian winter. It is a fantastic way to get out of the house, meet some people and enjoy some fantastic music.

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Hopscotch Halifax

Hopscotch Halifax

Where: Halifax, NS | When: Fall 2018

Hopscotch Halifax showcases international and local artists representing various art forms. Recognized by Halifax Regional Municipality’s event strategy, Hopscotch provides a unique experience for local artists and the diverse Halfax community.

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House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture

House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture

Where: Ottawa, ON | When: Summer

The House of PainT Festival of Arts and Culture celebrates and elevates the culture that connects and nurtures the roots of the community. Each year the festival offers concerts, competitions, workshops and academic talks around the four pillars of hip-hop… DJing, MCing, graffiti art and dance.

Hip-hop began as an expression of cultural defence and reclamation for marginalized communities. Continuing with this tradition, House of PainT is committed to supporting communities in fostering safe, respectful, anti-oppressive and empowering spaces.

More than 200 graffiti artists, urban dancers, hip-hop artists and DJs of all levels gather underneath Dunbar Bridge to celebrate and elevate hip-hop culture. While thousands flock to House of PainT’s breaking competitions, live concerts, artisan booths and outdoor food from local vendors, the festival is bringing the DMC DJ Competition (Turntablism) back to Ottawa every year.

Join us for a weekend of celebrating and elevating hip-hop culture in our Nation’s capital.

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Islands Folk Festival

Islands Folk Festival

Where: Duncan, BC | When: Summer

The Islands Folk Festival is a world class event with a family feel, featuring folk, blues, country, jazz, bluegrass and much more. Future festival dates include July 20 to 22, 2018 in Providence Farm, Duncan, BC (July 26 to 28, 2019; July 24 to 26, 2020).

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Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture

Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture

Where: Toronto, ON | When: Summer

Founded in 2007, the award-winning Manifesto Festival of Community & Culture is one of Canada’s biggest celebrations of hip-hop culture and beyond – a multi-disciplinary, world-class festival with a positive social and economic impact.

But they’re more than just a festival. Manifesto is a non-profit, youth-powered platform designed to put local artists on the map and unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture, year-round.

Their programs aim to cultivate multi-disciplinary artistic and professional development for young people and artists across mediums. Building careers, fostering community connections and fuelling civic pride – all while contributing to the vitality of the city they love.

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Mission Folk Music Festival

Mission Folk Music Festival

Where: Mission, BC | When: Summer

The Mission Folk Music Festival was formed in 1988 by founding artistic director Francis Xavier Edwards and some musical friends who wanted more opportunities to play music for an audience. The first festival was a one-day event and featured Shari Ulrich, Cotton Street Band, John McLachlan and others (see Archives for complete list.) Since then, it has grown into one of the finest performing arts festivals in the country, showcasing emerging local and BC musicians and bringing both popular and rarely-heard world artists to the Fraser Valley, sometimes for their only North American performance. Recent challenges such as rained-out shows and funding cuts along with the surprise retirement of the artistic director have resulted in a smaller than normal festival for 2016. However, strong community support has strengthened the resolve of the leadership team to work hard to present a smaller yet high-quality event in the current year, and build towards growing the festival in new and musically adventurous directions in the future.

The next Mission Folk Music Festival will take place July 2018.

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Montebello Rockfest

Montebello Rockfest

Where: Montebello, QC | When: Summer

Montebello Rockfest aka (Amnesia Rockfest) is Canada’s largest rock festival located in the small countryside town of Montebello, Quebec. It was founded in 2005 and although it’s tagged as a Rock ‘n Roll fest, it features genres from across the board including hip-hop (Wu-Tang was on the 2017 line-up), ska, dancehall and more.

The next Montebello Rockfest will take place between June 14 and 16, 2018.

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Nanaimo Blues Festival - Summertime Blues!

Nanaimo Blues Festival – Summertime Blues!

Where: Nanaimo, BC | When: Summer

The Nanaimo Blues Society (the Society) is a BC registered non-profit society that was founded in October 2004 and is led by a committed volunteer board with a passion for Blues music and a desire to add to the culture and vitality of Nanaimo.

The Society’s aims are to: Establish, promote and maintain Summertime Blues! a world class Blues Festival in downtown Nanaimo, BC drawing from the wealth of fine blues musicians in BC, across the country and around the world; develop and present other musical events that will provide enjoyment for the community, showcase Nanaimo and area musical talent, build understanding of and appreciation for the Blues and stimulate the local economy; develop ways to engage youth in music, and provide youth with opportunities for musical education and development; foster and encourage mentorship among musicians and create opportunities (workshops, jams etc) for education, networking and exchange of knowledge; and build lasting partnerships with Nanaimo area businesses and organizations in support of the Society’s objectives.

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Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival

Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival

Where: St John’s, NL | When: August 3-5, 2018

Get ready for the 42nd Annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival!

The festival is a rite of passage for up and coming folk and traditional musicians, and beloved by seasoned performers. Their support for young artists is amplified at their annual Young Folk at the Hall concert, and on the Neil Murray stage for young performers at the Festival. The events give audiences the opportunity to engage in celebration of their traditional folk arts.

They’re now accepting submissions of interest from artists for the next Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival taking place in Bannerman Park, August 3-5, 2018. Visit the website for more information.

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NXNE

NXNE

Where: Toronto, ON | When: Summer

NXNE is a raging annual 10-day summer festival and conference every June in Toronto, featuring: music, gaming, comedy, interactive and more at this packed cultural explosion. The U.K. Guardian says “NXNE has crowned itself Toronto’s leading music event.” NXNE celebrates its 24th year in 2018 and takes over Toronto with showcases, panels, parties, installations, and more. NXNE includes a major free, three-day music festival in the centre of the city at Canada’s biggest street corner, Yonge and Dundas. NXNE also features comedy, food, art installations and more. NXNE Game Land kicks off NXNE and features will one of Canada’s largest eSports competitions live and on-line. We take over Toronto’s best live music clubs to present our must-see Club LandCurator Series. Top Canadian artists present their favourite emerging bands. Admission to all with one low price wristband. Bars and clubs across the city stay open extended hours, till 4 am during NXNE. We are partners with our friends in Austin, Texas at SXSW. NXNE was founded in 1995.

The next NXNE will be June 8-17, 2018.

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Ottawa Bluesfest

Ottawa Bluesfest

Where: Ottawa, ON | When: Summer

Over the years, Bluesfest has grown to become the landmark event of the Ottawa summer and one of the top-ten music festivals in the world, according to Billboard Magazine. The ongoing love affair between the ‘fest and its fans continues to this day. The mandate of the Ottawa Bluesfest organization is to provide a world-class event that showcases local, regional, national and international musicians. The objectives of the Ottawa Bluesfest are:

to maintain one of Canada’s foremost music festivals, in the City of Ottawa; to support and sustain the growth of emerging and diverse musical genres, including the Blues, World Music, Alternative, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Rap, Folk, Urban, and other forms of music that develop from time to time; to produce and present the art of music to the public, including new audiences, and to sustain a vibrant music community for local, regional, and nationalartists/performers/composers and songwriters; to provide professional local, regional, and national artists/performers/composers and songwriters with substantial exposure to new audiences; to provide an educational program within schools in the Ottawa region for the purpose of promoting among students the appreciation of Blues music as an art form and its impact on various genres while advancing and developing the careers of local and regional artists and educators; to support other charitable organizations, institutions, events or activities where the subject is related to the above objectives.

The next RBC Ottawa Bluesfest will take place July 5-15, 2018.

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Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

Osheaga Music and Arts Festival

Where: Montreal, QC | When: Summer

The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is a multi-day indie music festival in Montreal, Quebec, that is held annually at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène every summer. The festival takes place on six stages with various audience capacities

The next Osheaga Music and Arts Festival will take place August 3-5, 2018.

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POP Montreal

POP Montreal

Where: Montreal, QC | When: Fall

POP Montreal International Music Festival is a non-profit community organization that supports independent art forms, showcasing emerging and celebrated artistic talents worldwide. Now entering its 17th year, POP Montreal’s main event is a five-day long festival of music and art, which takes place in early fall, presenting more than 450 bands.

Along with a great assortment of live musical acts POP Montreal features symposiums, visual art exhibitions, fashion shows, film screenings, and after-parties.

The 2018 festival will take place between September 26 and 30.

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Rifflandia Music Festival

Rifflandia Music Festival

Where: Victoria, BC | When: Summer

With the addition of BreakoutWest, Rifflandia grew to over 20 venues and 150 performances over four days and four nights. Headliners Modest Mouse, Mother Mother, Julian Casablancas and the Voidz, and Kiesza kept Royal Athletic Park buzzing all weekend, while the Capital Iron night stage made it’s debut with stunning visuals and premier DJs like Torro Torro, Neon Steve, and A Tribe Called Red.

The weekend was capped off with The Western Canadian Music Awards being presented at the McPherson Theatre.

The 2017 festival took place from September 14th to 17th. At the time of this posting, 2018 dates and information hadn’t been released.

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River & Sky Festival

River & Sky Festival

Where: Field, ON | When: Summer

Since their inception in 2009, River & Sky has strived to support regional emerging artists from Northeastern Ontario, and to showcase their talents alongside amazing artists from across Canada and beyond.

Another amazing festival centered around the camping experience with great music and food. Along with that, they put a large focus on their sustainability program.

This year’s festival took place in July and it’s likely the 2018 event will as well.

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Riverfest Elora

Riverfest Elora

Where: Oro-Medonte, ON | When: Summer

Camping, good food and music… what more could you ask for. Riverfest Elora took place between Aug. 18-20 in Elora, Ontario’s Bissell Park. The 2017 line-up included KFlay, Sloan, Hollerado, USS, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Austra, The Dirty Nil, The Darcys, Hannah Georgas, Shred Kelly, Jenn Grant, Little Scream, and veteran hip-hop group, Pocket Dwellers

Tickets for the 2018 festival, featuring Blue Rodeo and scheduled for Aug. 17 to 19, are already available through their website.

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The Riverfront Jubilee

The Riverfront Jubilee

Where: New Glasgow, NS | When: August 3-5, 2018

The Jubilee has been host to East Coast Music Association, Music Nova Scotia and Juno Award winners and nominees. The distinctive setting and outdoor amphitheatre provides music lovers one of the most engaging and in your face music experiences of its kind.

It is an event with a flavour all its own, featuring rock and the best East Coast music. The event was built on a proud tradition of opening its stage for the region’s rising stars to perform alongside seasoned national and international acts, and turning music lovers onto the rich talent that flourishes here.

The Jubilee is a signature Nova Scotia music event and mainstay of the local tourism industry. This 3-time Music Nova Scotia (MNS) Event of the Year recipient, 2-time ECMA Event of the Year nominee, and winner of the TIANS Golden Hospitality Award (2013) continues to be one of the best entertainment values in Atlantic Canada.

The next Jubilee is August 3-5, 2018.

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Shambhala Music Festival

Shambhala Music Festival

Where: Salmo River Ranch, BC | When: August 10-13, 2018 | Coverage

The Shambhala Music Festival was born from a vision as grassroots as it gets. On a sunny Labour Day weekend back 1998, some 500 people gathered at the Salmo River Ranch for a party that showcased local art and music. Since those early, heady days, Shambhala grew with enthusiasm by word of mouth, quickly becoming a staple event for the West Coast underground electronic music scene. Today it attracts world renowned DJs and artists and some of the most eclectic, energetic fans in the universe. The festival is built on Shambhalove which shines bright to this day.

By 2010, fueled by what festival goers call “Shambhalove,” 15,000 guests, artists and crew were coming to dance and be free in the wilds of interior British Columbia. Today, people come to enjoy the festival’s focus of providing amazing art, music and organic food supplied through the festival’s own venues; Night Owl (locally roasted coffee from Oso Negro), Farm Fresh (fresh, organic ingredients made into smoothies) and Blaze Burgers (meat produced from happy cows raised on the Salmo River Ranch). For 2017, their 20th anniversary – the journey continues to grow and evolve, with some new stage developments that are sure to blow minds.

Shambhala 2018 is scheduled for August 10th to 13th at Salmo River Ranch, BC.

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Sled Island

Sled Island

Where: Calgary, AB | When: Summer

Since 2007, Sled Island’s thoughtful, eclectic programming and independent spirit have fused to produce a one-of-a-kind festival experience. Each June, the five-day music and arts festival brings together a community of more than 250 bands, comedy, film and art as well as over 30,000 attendees in more than 35 venues, earning rave reviews from attendees, artists and media across the globe.

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Song & Surf Music Festival

Song & Surf Music Festival

Where: Port Renfrew, BC | When: February 9-11, 2018 | Coverage

Song & Surf Music Festival, one of B.C.’s premier winter music festivals, combines Canadian art, music, and culture with community alliance. Hosted throughout the picturesque town of Port Renfrew, the multi-venue festival is nestled between multiple venues, easy walking or biking distance from each other. Attendees may book accommodation throughout the town or stay at a variety of campsites with shuttle service transporting guests to and from the festival.

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Sound of Music Festival

Sound of Music Festival

Where: Burlington, ON | When: Summer

Sound of Music has exploded in size since it’s modest beginnings in 1980 as a marching band parade. Operating as a not-for-profit corporation, the organization stages Canada’s Largest Free Music Festival every year in June. Due to the passion, love and commitment of hundreds of volunteers, a small staff, and a roster of generous sponsors and suppliers music takes over Burlington Downtown and Waterfront.

As the region’s largest music event, the Sound of Music Festival supports an eclectic combination of new and emerging artists, past favourites and some of today’s most popular performers.

The 2018 festival is scheduled for June 9 to 27, 2018.

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Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Vancouver International Jazz Festival

Where: Victoria, BC | When: Summer

The Vancouver International Jazz Festival is an annual summer event in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The festival grew out of a local jazz scene that centred on Vancouver Co-op Radio, a community radio station, in the early 1980s.

The submission period for 2018 is closed, but if you would like to be considered for future events, send them a short note and include a website and links or .mp3s to submissions@coastaljazz.ca.

The next festival runs from June 22 – July 1, 2018.

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Veld Music Festival

Veld Music Festival

Where: Toronto, ON | When: Summer

The sixth annual Veld Music Festival, presented by INK Entertainment, took place August 5th and 6th at Downsview Park in Toronto. Spanning across two days with over 30 internationally acclaimed dance music and hip-hop acts, this year’s festival showcases some of the most revered names in electronic music. Headliners included Future, Major Lazer, and Tiësto, along with Tory Lanez, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos, Pluto, 24hrs, A$AP Ferg and more. Prepare for Veld 2018 coming next August.

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WayHome Festival

WayHome

Where: Toronto, ON | When: Summer

WayHome wrapped up its third year in in July and announced shortly after that they’d be taking a ‘pause’ in 2018. But they assured fans, “This isn’t goodbye, just see you later.” The festival has hosted acts like Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Run The Jewels, Flume and more.

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Winnipeg Folk Festival

Winnipeg Folk Festival

Where: Edmonton, AB | When: July 5-8, 2018

It’s the moment you walk down the forested path and see Snowberry Stage. It’s dancing with your toes in the soft grass. It’s kicking back on your tarp with your hat tipped over your eyes, listening to the music while the sun warms your cheeks. It’s running into old friends and making new ones. It’s discussing the music, in-depth and openly. It’s taking the time to enjoy each other’s company and appreciate the things that are truly important in life.

The Winnipeg Folk Fest is the culmination of everything great about the local folk community. For four days every July, the community gathers at Birds Hill Park to celebrate and enjoy exceptional music with friends and family. You’re home at the Winnipeg Folk Fest.

The next Winnipeg Folk Fest will take place July 5-8, 2018.

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