After suffering through a long winter, Canadians love to get outside and soak up the sun during the all-too short summer. We also like good company and good music, and we know a good party when we see one. It’s no surprise then that there’s a rockin’ summer music festival circuit in Canada’s most populous province, Ontario. Whether you love country or you’re hardcore into rock, Ontario’s diverse festival scene has something for everyone. From Toronto to Ottawa, from Barrie to Sudbury and everywhere in between, 1 of these 8 summer festivals is sure to get you on your feet.
8. Palmer Rapids Twin Music Festival
Thirty-five years ago, on the banks of the Madawaska River in a place called Beachburg, a music festival was born. Originally an homage to that folksy genre great, bluegrass, the Palmer Rapids Twin Music Festival has evolved into a 4-day, 2-stage event. On one stage, Canadian country musicians take the spotlight. On the other, the down-home twang of bluegrass bands will have you clapping and stomping your feet. Inducted into the Ottawa Valley Hall of Fame, the music festival has attracted Canadian greats and international artists alike; the 2015 edition of this tradition features the comedy of Bowser & Blue, along with Albertan country singer Bobby Wills, American bluegrass bands and a host of local talent. Some people might turn up their nose at folk music in an out-of-the-way location, but if you like good tunes, good company and enjoying the best of Ontario’s summer, there ain’t no better place.