With Victoria Day having past and summer unofficially starting in Canada, it’s time for the music festival season to kick into high gear. Southern Ontario in particular will be getting louder over the next little while – On Saturday, May 25th, it’s the inaugural CBCMusic.ca Festival, taking place at Echo Beach, Toronto’s sand-covered concert setting on the shores of Lake Ontario. (And yes, it IS named after the famous Martha and the Muffins song!)
The CBCMusic.ca Festival is a celebration of sorts for the just-over-one-year anniversary of their digital music service, and will feature performances by Sloan, Kathleen Edwards, international imports Of Monsters and Men, and topped off by Sam Roberts Band. If you can’t make it, there will be an audio stream available at CBCMusic.ca/Festival.
Two weeks later (June 8th), on the grounds of historic Fort York, it’s indie label Arts & Crafts’ 10-year birthday bash, AKA the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival. Label co-founders Broken Social Scene are reassembling for one night to headline the event, to be supported by Feist, Stars, and Bloc Party among others. If you aren’t too battle-weary following Field Day, the day after is the S.C.E.N.E. Music Festival, where well over 150 bands take over the downtown core of lovely St. Catharines, Ontario for a jam-packed day of rock madness. Better grab a case of energy drinks before you even consult the S.C.E.N.E. schedule!
The granddaddy of multi-venue extravaganzas in Canada is North by Northeast. Besides film screenings, comedians, art installations and a full-blown interactive conference, 2013 will see 1,000 acts play more than 50 stages from June 10-16, including free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square by Social Distortion, The National and Big Boi.
If this isn’t enough “festival-tivity” for you (for now, at least), there’s also Burlington’s Sound of Music, which bills itself as Canada’s largest free music festival. Running June 13-16, they have a harmonious, family-friendly blend of promising up-and-comers (i.e. Lights), as well as veterans like 54-40 who can still rock. There; that ought to keep you kids busy for a bit…