Canada is famous for hockey and maple syrup, but it’s the long music festival season that makes it stand out. These events keep getting bigger every year, with each concert offering an opportunity for a great weekend excursion. Usually, there are a few dozen festivals within driving distance from where you live. Just don’t forget to bring a few buddies and a phone. Friends will make the whole thing memorable, and you can play vegas palms on your mobile during downtime.
Canadian Music Week
Date: May 18-23, 2020
Popularly known as CMW, Canadian Music Week is probably the most prominent festival you can attend in Canada. This year, the festival will feature over 900 bands and will go down in 60 different venues for five nights straight. It is also the cheapest music event with wristbands going for well under $100. The lineup is still not clear at this point, but you don’t want to miss out on this opportunity.
North By NorthEast 2020
Date: June 12-21, 2020
The NXNE is an annual event featuring music shows, comedy, and gaming. The festival is now in the 26th year, and they are celebrating this success with free concerts at Yonge-Dundas Square. The Nation, St. Vincent, The Flaming Lips, and DEVO will feature in the free shows. You can think of it as the answer to Austin’s SXSW.
Sled Island 2020
Date: June 24-28, 2020
Sled Island is a five-day show that offers a one-of-a-kind festival experience. It brings together more than 250 bands, comedians, filmmakers, and over 40,000 raving fans. They also have this tradition of choosing a curator to set the tone for the event. Past curators include Andrew W.K, Peaches, and Black Emperor. That said, Sled Island should be on your shortlist this year.