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2016: The Summer of Country Music

By: Radhika Lakhani (@RadhikaLakhani)

June 8, 2016

Summer usually indicates the beginning of the music festival season in Ontario, and the festivals for 2016 are set to include some big musical acts. There was a time that a country music festival in Ontario was almost unheard of, but now, the market has become inundated with so many of them, that fans are having a difficult time choosing which ones to attend.  

Trackside Music Festival is set for Canada Day long weekend in London, Ontario, and you could be kicking it trackside with artists like Florida Georgia Line, Chris Young, and Jess Moskaluke. It is an all age’s festival, and children under the age of 4 do not require a ticket. And of course, Trackside will be celebrating Canada Day with a fireworks display.

Trackside Music Festival 

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For all you festival junkies, you can add the newly created CMT Music Fest to your list in Kitchener, Ontario. It is a jammed pack two day festival that will feature big name artists like Erich Church, Zac Brown Band and Kip More from July 8th to July 9th. And the on-site general store and food market will give it a real country feel.

If you’re looking for something a little less traditional, then you should definitely check out London, Ontario’s Rock the Park. It’s a four day festival from July 13th to July 16th which has artists from several different genres. The lineup for this year includes Brad Paisley, Flo Rida, Nelly, Tim Hicks, and so many others. This festival is the perfect compromise if you and your friends have differing opinions on music.

A few weeks later, Burl’s Creek will play host to one of the most well-known festivals amongst Canadian country music fans. Since its inception in 2012, Boots and Hearts has become one of the biggest festivals for country music in Ontario. They were even nominated for an Academy of Country Music Awards (ACM) for Best Festival of the Year. But let’s be real. Even though the performances end at 11:00 pm, it’s really a non-stop three day party that includes artists like Blake Shelton and Tim McGraw.

Country Music Festival 

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Some have said that the soul of Nashville lives in the heart of Havelock, and that may be true. Going on its 27th year, the Havelock Country Jamboree features a mix of veteran and young and up and coming artists from Canada and the United States. The Band Perry, Chad Brownlee and Terri Clark are some of the few artists that will be taking the stage during the four day festival from August 18th to the 21st. All ages are welcome, as the Havelock Jamboree includes family camping, and a variety of vendors and booths along the park like grounds that will help make your music festival experience more enjoyable. 

Anyone of these festivals will surely satisfy your inner cowboy or cowgirl. So pack up the pick up or hop into an RV and check out one of these festivals. Put your cowboy boots to good use this summer because 2016 is going to be an absolute thrill for country music fans! Is there a country music festival you are most excited for this summer? Let you know by tweeting us @RadioHumber.