Canadian Music Week just wrapped up and Radio Humber was there. We had such a great time jamming out to some of the freshest tunes and newest acts. Now we know festivals are happening all over the country: Osheaga, Shambala and Amnesia Fest, but that doesn’t mean that they’re all accessible. So we want to share some of the best events that you can get to with a bus pass.
NXNE - June 13th-19th, All around the City
Starting off the list is North By North East, this is probably one of the biggest conferences of the year in Toronto that captures every outlet of artistic creativity. It not only has a countless amount of concerts scattered across the city. It also features art installments, film and live performances, and interactive and emerging technologies. And for the first time this year NXNE will be hosting live E-sport gaming in Young and Dundas Square.
Photo credit. http://nxne.com/
Bestival - June 11th-12th, Woodbine Park, Toronto
Probably the newest festivals to hit Toronto; Bestival is known for its involvement with social and environmental causes. This year the event location has moved from Toronto Island to Woodbine Park. It may be their second year in Toronto, but the people behind Bestival have been getting feet moving since 2004 when it originated in the UK.
Photo Credit. http://www.bestival.ca/
Toronto Fringe Fest - June 29th-July10th, All around the City
Started in 1989, Toronto Fringe Fest has become an integral part in Canadian Theater. It’s about celebrating the voices on stage that we don’t normally get a chance to hear. Despite being on the edge of commonality, chances are you’ll be able to find something for you with over 1000+ performances.
Photo Credit. http://fringetoronto.com/
Toronto Jazz Festival, June 24th-July 3rd,All around the City
Celebrating their 30th anniversary, The Toronto Jazz festival incorporates all elements of sound from some of the most traditional jazz standards, to fusion and avant-garde styling’s. The heart of the jazz festival is Nathan Philips Square, where you’ll be able to find performances all throughout the week.
Photo Credit. http://torontojazz.com/
Digital Dreams, July 2nd-3rd, Ontario Place
Taking place on the Canada Day Long Weekend, Digital Dreams will again be at the Flats in Ontario Place. This will be the first electronic festival in the city this summer, featuring some of the best DJs from around the world. Hopefully they won’t get rained out this year.
Photo Credit. http://digitaldreamsfestival.ca/
Afrofest July 9th-10th, Woodbine Park, Toronto
With rumours circulating earlier this year that Afrofest may not even happen this year. But after some back and forth between city and event planners things where sorted and the event is still on. Get excited the largest African Music Festival in North America, where you can enjoy the best African music, art, culture and food. Did I mention there is no cover?
Photo Credit. http://afrofest.ca/
Wayhome July 22nd-24th, Oro-Medonte, ON
Most definitely the furthest from home, Wayhome will be entering its second year hosting thousands of people in its makeshift tent city that will sprout up in Oro-Medonte. Technically you can’t get to the campgrounds on a bus, but the Greyhound will get you close enough to Barrie where you can stitch a ride.
Photo Credit. http://wayhome.com/
VELD July 30th-31st, Downsview Park, Toronto
The second electronic festival to his the city will be VELD at the Downsview Park. Ran by INK Entertainment (the largest entertainment and nightlife business in the city), this event will incorporate some of the best aspects of club music in an outdoor setting.
Photo Credit. http://veldmusicfestival.com/
OVO Fest Aug 1st-3rd, Molson Canadian Amphitheater
Toronto’s very own Drake is taking his Summer Sixteen tour on the road this season but not without making a stop in his city. You can catch all of the performances at the Moslon Canadian Amphitheater and the Air Canada Center.
Photo Credit. @drake
Regardless which events you check out this summer, don’t forget to bring sunscreen with all your party supplies.