This summer there are dozens of fun music festivals throughout the U.S., but do not forget about our friendly neighbors to the north. This summer, Canada is hosting a myriad of festivals with a wide range of genres to satisfy any music lover.


Many Canadian bands were featured at this year’s South by South West (SXSW) Music Festival in Austin, Texas. One SXSW-featured Canadian, Leif Vollebekk, has been described as a “stunning performer with a folksy/bluesy voice and somber style, [that] is sure to steal your heart,” singing and playing guitar, piano, harmonica, fiddle, and writing his own songs, Vollebekk is one talented act. Royal Canoe was another Canadian band at SXSW; they have been hailed as the “mad scientists of pop,” with a funky sound that is sure to make you dance.


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This summer is a perfect time to visit Canada and check out tons of fun music festivals featuring every genre of music. Pouzza Fest is a punk rock festival taking place in Montreal from May 16 to 18. Some of the bands playing at Pouzza Fest include The Hold Steady, Mountain Man, Boids, The Creeps, Wasted Potential, and many others. Tickets for Pouzza Fest go for $100.


If you are looking for more of an indie scene, Sled Island Fest is another Canadian festival scheduled to be held June 18 to 22 in Calgary, AB. The featured artist is Blitzen Trapper, a Portland, Oregon-based country/folk band that released their album “VII” in 2013. Other bands featured include St. Vincent, Neko Case, and La Luz. Ticket prices range from $30 to $199.


For the country lovers, be sure to check out Craven Country Jamboree from July 10 to 14. The featured artists for this festival are Dierks Bently and Thomas Rhett. Other artists appearing at this event include Luke Bryant, Keith Urban, and Sarah Darling. Tickets cost $179, and it will be held in Regina, SK.


In August, be sure not to miss The Squamish Valley Festival featuring Arctic Monkeys, Foster the People, Eminem, The Roots, and a wholeslew of awesome and talented artists. The Squamish Valley Festival will be held in Squamish, BC between August 8 to 10.

There many other Canadian music festivals that you can check out here!


Which festival are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments below or tweet at me @whatsthesich