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Many of the most popular music festivals are located on scenic sites along the waterfront. Among them is Summerfolk, shown here in Owen Sound on the shores of Georgian Bay. You'll find that the majority of music festivals in Ontario are family-friendly, so you can plan your holidays around your favourite concert tours. (Photo courtesy Georgian Bay Folk Society/Summerfolk)


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Whether you love quiet jazz under the stars, indie rock with your fireworks or country classics under the sun, you can find what you’re looking for on the waterfront in Ontario.  

Blues. Jazz. Country. Folk. Celtic. Indie rock. Symphony. Electronic dance music.  

Take your pick. Summer is music festival season in Ontario, so mark your calendars. There’s something for everyone. And several of the concerts are free of charge, which is one more reason to celebrate.  

Again this year, the most popular festivals are those that serve up music in a waterfront location. So we’re concentrating on these events, with a few non-waterfront events thrown in for good measure.  

Check out our list — we start with the “various dates” heading, followed by monthly concerts  — so you can plan your entire summer going from one concert to another!   

  

VARIOUS DATES


Concerts at The Barn
June 2-Aug. 5
Campbellford  

Location:
The Westben Barn, 6698 County Road 30, three kilometres northwest of Campbellford in Northumberland County.  

About:
Concerts at The Barn are held each summer at Westben,  a 400-seat timber-frame barn that opens into a lush meadow surrounded by the Northumberland Hills. The stage hosts a wide variety of renowned Canadian and international artists, from full symphony orchestras and choruses to chamber music and soloists. Enjoy everything from opera to world jazz music, Bach to Broadway, including the folk opera The Auction.  

Performers:
Canadian Guitar Quartet, Quartetto Gelato, Georgy Tchaidze, Oliver Jones, Nathaniel Dett Chorale, Winds at Westben, Julie & Friends on Broadway, Gerald and Brian Finley, Joel Quarrington, Sultans of Swing, Cadence, The Big Band Theory and more.



IlluminAqua
Welland
June 15-Aug. 31
 

Location:
Merritt Park Amphitheatre, 115 King St., on the waterfront in Welland.  

About:

IlluminAqua is a unique blend of music, fire, and fountains all set on the waters of the Old Welland Canal. The monthly concerts place on a floating stage surrounded by floating fire pods as concert-goers gather around a waterside stone-stepped amphitheatre. The outdoor festival features season packages, general admission seating, food vendors, wine and beer gardens.  

Performers:

Jim Cuddy Band (sold out), Jill Barber, Ray Bonneville, Michael Ciufo, Tara Oram.


     
Little Lake Musicfest
June 30-Aug. 25  
Peterborough


Location:

Del Crary Park, off George Street on the banks of Little Lake in downtown Peterborough.  

About:

Little Lake Musicfest, now entering its 26th season, is unique in that it offers free admission to all performances (you can help pay for the talent by purchasing raffle tickets). Bring a chair and enjoy music from local, regional and international performers! With its easily accessible location, you can arrive by car, bus, water taxi or boat.  

Performers:

Jimmy Rankin, Jim Witter, Carly Rae Jepsen, Ramin Karimloo, Hollowick, Lindsay Barr, Suzie McNeil, Abrams Brothers, Fiddlestix, MonkeyJunk, Kim Mitchell, Chad Brownlee, Little Surf Band, Tom Jackson, Hanson, plus tribute nights to John Denver, Elvis and Rod Stewart, and Search for a Star Finale.  


       

JUNE 


Waterfront Blues
June 1-3 
Toronto


Location:

Woodbine Park, Lake Shore Boulevard East in Toronto’s Beach district.  

About:
Waterfront Blues features a musical lineup of well-established acts and emerging talent. Best of all, it’s all free!  

Performers:

Tad Robinson, Shakura S’Aida, The Lionel Young Band, John Primer, MonkeyJunk, The Johnny Max Band, Eugene Hideaway Bridges, Erin McCallum, Chris Antonik, Dylan Wickens & The Grand Naturals.     



Great Canadian Beaverfest
June 1-3
Windsor


Location:
Festival Plaza, across from Caesars Windsor Casino, Riverside Drive in downtown Windsor.  

About:

Great Canadian Beaverfest is a rocking good celebration of Canadian talent on the riverfront. Attracts both young and yuppie.  

Performers:
Three Days Grace, The Trews, The Fisher Kings, The Cult, Puddle of Mudd, Honeymoon Suite and Doc Walker, Emerson Drive, Chard Brownlee & The Stellas           



1000 Islands Jazz Festival
June 13-17  
Brockville

Location:

The Main Stage concerts are at the Brockville Arts Centre downtown, while the heritage series concerts are at various nearby intimate venues including Tait’s Bakery, the Green Door Bed & Breakfast and Fulford Place mansion.  

About:
Staged in intimate venues, the 1000 Islands Jazz Festival, named the Best Small Jazz Festival in Canada, is now in its 12th year.  

Performers:
Sandy Wilson Duo, Sue Baker, Dino Di Nicolo, Julie Lamontagne, Oliver Jones, Gravel Roads, Barry Greene.       


Sound of Music Festival
June 14-17
Burlington

Location:

Waterfront at Downtown Burlington (formerly Spencer Smith Park), on Lake Ontario in downtown Burlington.  

About:
Sound of Music Festival features four days of free music, with everything from jazz to rock to folk and blues, country, Latin, Celtic and children’s entertainment. The concerts are spread out over 10 performance areas along the picturesque waterfront and throughout downtown Burlington. Along with free music, there will be plenty of food vendors and a crafter’s marketplace featuring the works of local artisans.  

Performers:

Arkells, Carly Rae Jepsen, Wintersleep, Big Sugar, Treble Charger and Mother Mother, The Stellas, Spirit of the West, Jane’s Party and more.         



Waterfront Festival
June 15-17  
Port Credit

Location:

Memorial Park, Lakeshore Road, where the Credit River meets Lake Ontario.  

About:
Voted one of Ontario’s Top 100 Festivals seven years in a row, Waterfront Festival is hailed for presenting the best in Canadian and international talent. This year, they’re adding free to the list of good new things, such as a display by the Monster Rock Orchestra, backed up by a water and laser show. There’s also a kids’ stage, mad scientists, extreme sports, lots of food and more.    

Performers:

The GiGi Sisters, Dirty Funk, Monster Rock Orchestra, Mint City, Ya Ya Babies.         



Big Music Fest 2012
June 16  
Belleville

Location:

The concerts are on Belleville’s waterfront at East Zwicks Centennial Park.  

About:
Billed as “two amazing shows in one day,” Big Music Fest features an afternoon lineup and an evening lineup. Licensed.  

Performers:
Three Days Grace, Metric, The Sheepdogs, Arkells, Marianas Trench, The New Cities, Dragonette.           



TD Ottawa International Jazz Festival
June 21-July 1
Ottawa

Location:

Confederation Park, Elgin Street, on the banks of the Rideau Canal in downtown Ottawa, and in select indoor locations.  

About:
Ottawa International Jazz Festival began in 1980 and continues strong in downtown Ottawa. Bring a chair and enjoy innovative music from around the world at Confederation Park and nearby indoor venues. Also features a Youth Series.  

Performers:

John Mayall, The Robert Cray Band, Phil Dwyer with special guest Laila Biali, Jack Pine and the Fire, The Fellowship Band, Ig Henneman Sextet, Dry River Caravan, Gretchen Parlato, Rob Garcia 4, Roman GianArthur, Janelle Monae, Pierrick Pedron, Adam & the Amethysts, Homburger/Guy/Niggli Trio, Fanny Bloom, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Allen Toussaint, Mathias Eick Quintet, Soul Rebels, Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo, Ziggy Marley, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Brothers, Eliane Elias Brasileira, Los Amigos Invisibles, Mederic Collignon, Mingus Big Band, My Tiny Circus, Julie Nesrallah, Chris Botti, Miguel De Armas Trio, Big Satan, Bombolesse, Daryl Hall, Caridad Cruz, The Lost Fingers and more.        


Big Music Fest 2012
June 30  
Owen Sound

Location:

The concerts are on Owen Sound’s waterfront at Kelso Beach Park near downtown.  

About:

Billed as “two amazing shows in one day,” Big Music Fest features an afternoon lineup and an evening lineup. Licensed.  

Performers:

Three Days Grace, The Trews, I Mother Earth, Arkells, Rival Sons, Down With Webster, Carly Rae Jepsen, The New Cities.


 

JULY


Canada Day in the Capital
July 1
Ottawa

Location:

Parliament Hill lawns  

About:
Canada’s birthday celebrations feature live music from Canada’s top performers, birthday cake and fireworks. Free admission to Canada Day in the Capital.  

Performers:
Jully Black, Feist, Roch Voisine, Simple Plan, Neverest, Donny Parenteau, Misstress Barbara, Marie-Mal       



Red, White & Vinyl Festival
July 1
Toronto

Location:

Woodbine Park, Lake Shore Boulevard East in Toronto’s Beach district.  

About:

Billed as Toronto’s largest fireworks display, Red, White & Vinyl, presented by Vinyl 95.3 radio, also features live entertainment, a disco dance party, beer tent and family fun zone. Free admission.  

Performers:

Carole Pope, Ian Thomas, The Spoons, Pretzel Logic, The Carpet Frogs.         



Bluesfest
July 4-15  
Ottawa

Location:

LeBreton Flats, a large open area on the banks of the Ottawa River, on the edge of downtown, adjacent to the Canadian War Museum.  

About:

Bluesfest is one of Canada’s largest outdoor music festivals. Organizers are known for booking some of the world’s best performers — from blues to gospel to rock and everything in between — to its six stages, one just for electro music, with the biggest stars set to perform. Along with great music, there’s food booths with fare from around the world, with beer and wine to wash it down. The festival also features an artisan village, an eclectic mix of the region’s most talented clothing, jewelry and craft vendors.  

Performers:
A Tribe Called Red, A-Trak, Alan Doyle, Alice Cooper, Arkells, Arty, Bettye Lavette, Big Wreck, Bill Bragg, Blue Rodeo, Carly Rae Jepsen, City and Colour, Conor Oberst, David Gray, Down With Webster, Downchild Blues Band, Dragonette, I Mother Earth, Iron Maiden, John Mellencamp, Johnny Sansone and MonkeyJunk, K’Naan, LMFAO, Marcia Ball, Metric, Lauryn Hill, Nickelback, Norah Jones, Our Lady Peace, Sam Roberts Band, Seal, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Snoop Dogg, Sugar Ray and the Bluetones, The Dirty Heads, The Hold Steady, The Sheepdogs, The Trews, The Weekend, Thievery Corporation, Tiesto, Young the Giant and more.       



Mariposa Folk Festival
July 6-8  
Orillia

Location:

Tudhope Park, off Atherley Road on the shores of Lake Couchiching.  

About:
Mariposa is renowned for its wide range of folk/roots artists and performances of every kind on its nine stages. There’s also a pub tent, an artisans’ village featuring unique handcrafted works including jewelry and musical instruments, children’s activity area, great food and interactive workshops. For those who like to sleep outdoors, there’s a camping area with free shuttle to and from the festival site.  

Performers:
Jann Arden, Billy Bragg, Johnny Clegg, Plants and Animals, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams, Hey Ocean, Good Old War, Danny Michel, Irish Mythen, Old Man Luedecke, Bidini Band, The Arrogant Worms, Treasa Levasseur, Oh Susanna, Quique Escamilla, The Once, Scarlett Jane, Shane Koyczan, Florent Vollant, Kevin Fox, The Spinney Brothers, Muddy York, The Express & Co., Meaghan Blanchard, Julian Faith, The Slocan Ramblers, James Hill, James Keelaghan, Grady Kelneck, Dear Sister, Jayme Stone, Aaron Mangoff, Eileen McGann.           



Cicada Fest
July 6-8
Port Weller

Location:

On the waterfront at Club La Salle Park, 111 Arthur St., in Port Weller  (St. Catharines).  

About:
Held last year on Henley Island in Port Dalhousie, Cicada Fest moves to Port Weller for a three-day camping party featuring live original music showcasing local artists and international touring acts, and some great local food and wine. When you want to stretch your legs, take a walk on the Lake Ontario Shoreline Trail that passes right by the festival site.  

Performers:
Roger Marin, Jesse T. Reid, CR Avery, Adam Carroll, Brock Zeman, Alun Piggins, Steve Parkinson & the Stoney Lonesome, Ben Balmer, Michael O’Connor, Erika Werry & the Alphabets, Kayla Howran, Mike Lynch, Rod Standish, Angela Siracusa and more.         



Rogers Bayfest
July 12-15
Sarnia

Location:

Centennial Park, located on the waterfront off Front Street in downtown Sarnia  

About:

The annual Bayfest bash, usually a two-weekend affair, is a four-day non-stop party in 2012, with various genres of music — from country, to rock and pop to R&B and funk — for all ages. The festival is so big that organizers even had to buy themselves a giant stage — it’s 90 feet fully assembled. Camping is available beside the Sarnia Bay Marina, just a short walk to the festival site. Winner in 2011 of Ontario Tourism’s Best Business Event of the Year award.  

Performers:

Toby Keith, Brantley Gilbert, John Mellencamp, Cowboy Junkies, The Sheepdogs, Iron Maiden, Alice Cooper, Bleeker Ridge, Hedley with Big Wreck, U.S.S., The Offspring, Simple Plan, Papa Roach.           



Bluesfest International
July 13-15  
Windsor

Location:

Festival Plaza, on the banks of the Detroit River in downtown Windsor.  

About:

Bluesfest started in Windsor in 1995 as a big music street party on Ouellette Avenue, the city’s main street. The party has since moved to the riverfront and has grown by adding London as a sister festival. Bring your lawnchairs down to the Detroit River (chairs get their own little section at the back). There’s plenty of food and spirits on tap to go with the blues, with local, regional and international performers on tap.  

Performers:

Edgar Winter, Stacy Mitchhart, Sugar Ray & the Bluetones with guest Monster Mike Belch, Howling Diablos, Mark Farner, Bobby Rush’s Big Band, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Reverend Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys, Brooks Family Blues Dynasty, Jimmy Bowskill, Popa Chubby, Mo’ Blues, Reverend Robert Sexton’s Allstar Blues Review.    



Frankord Island Blues Festival
July 13-15  
Frankford

Location:

Frankford Tourist Park in the village of Frankford in Quinte West. Entrance and parking from the bridge between Trenton Frankford Road and Glen Miller Road, just north of Highway 401 (Exits 525 or 526 Trenton). By boat, travel to Lock 6 on the Trent-Severn Waterway.  

About:

This is the 4th annual Frankford Island Blues Festival in the Bay of Quinte. Along with fabulous Canadian blues talent, the family festival features camping onsite at the Frankford Tourist Park, with a splash pad for the kids. For the uninitiated, Frankford is located in the City of Quinte West, on the western end of the Bay of Quinte on Lake Ontario between Peterborough and Belleville.   

Performers:

Lenni Stewart, Ila Vann, Lindsay Barr Band, Lamar and the Great White North, Lisa V & the Roosevelts, Mark Taylor, Jesse Roger, Erin McCallum Band and more.




Peak to Shore Music Fest
July 13-15
Village at Blue and Thornbury

Location:

In the Town of the Blue Mountains, outdoors in the Village at Blue resort community and at various venues in the village of Thornbury.  

About:
Peak to Shore features 18 music acts across 12 venues in two communities. Best of all, it’s all free.  

Performers:

Jim Cuddy Band, Eccodek, Anne Lindsay, Frank Deresti, Joni NehRita, The MacKenzie Blues Band, Mittenz, Romney Getty, Whitney Peterson, Drew Gonsalves and Kobo Town, Beckon, Shred Kelly.    



Mady New Music Fest
July 19-22
Barrie

Location:

Heritage Park, plus various music venues in and around downtown Barrie.  

About:
Four days. Eight venues. Seventy-plus performers. It's all about the music at the 5th annual Mady New Music Fest, featuring live touring artists of various genres. Free cover to most venues.  

Performers:

Treble Charger, USS, IllScarlett, Mic Lordz and more.        



Stewart Park Festival
July 20-22
Perth

Location:

Stewart Park, off Gore Street near the shores of the Tay River in downtown heritage Perth.  

About:
Funded through local businesses, Stewart Park Festival offers free outdoor concerts, with the music continuing in the afterhours in the restaurants and pubs of downtown Perth. Along with the music, the festival attracts the best food and artisan vendors in the area, with everything from photography to furniture and jewelry on offer. Donations at the gate are welcome.  

Performers:

The Jivewires, Sherman Downey & the Silver Lining, Belle Starr, Kiki the Eco Elf, Alec Frasher & Mike Daley, Samantha Martin & The Haggard, Shane Cook, Don Ross, The Claytones, Dala, MonkeyJunk, Rideau Lakes Chamber Orchestra, The Once, Toronto All Starr Big Band and more.       



Beaches International Jazz Festival
July 20-29
Toronto

Locations:

Woodbine Park (July 20-22), Lake Shore Boulevard East in Toronto’s Beach district.
Queen Street East (July 26-28) for two kilometres from Woodbine to Beech.
Beach Boardwalk (July 27-29), Latin Square, located south of Kew Gardens on the boardwalk next to Leuty lifeguard station.
Kew Gardens (July 28-29), between Queen Street East and the boardwalk in the Beach district.  

About:

This is the 24th annual Beaches International Jazz Festival, so you know this festival is a winner. Multiple stages in four locations feature free concerts, including up-and-coming performers. The StreetFest portion of the festival showcases the finest in Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Post-Bop, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B and Soul sounds that Toronto has to offer.   

Performers:

Jamaica To Toronto, Papa Grows Funk, David Rotundo with guest Enrico Crivellaro,  Liona Boyd, Sharrie Williams, Johnny Rawls, LMT Connection, Un Poco Latino, La Heavy Mambo, and more.  
   


AUGUST  


Kempenfest
Aug. 3-6  
Barrie

Location:

Kempenfelt Bay waterfront in downtown Barrie.  

About:
Kempenfest is billed as one of Canada’s largest outdoor arts and crafts shows, but there’s also plenty more happening on the shores of Kempenfelt Bay, including lots of live music. Again this year, there will be a secondary stage at Centennial Beach — the Main Stage is on the South Shore — featuring indie rock shows. It’s all free from noon to 4 p.m., with a $5 cover at night. You’ll also find antiques, arts and crafts, food, booze and a children’s village. Look for after-parties in downtown Barrie.  

Performers:
The Darcys, Hollerado, April Wine, Chad Brownlee, Eagles tribute and more.          



Manitoulin Country Fest V
Aug. 9-12  
Little Current, Manitoulin Island

Location:

Venue is a 83-acre site off Harbour View Road in Little Current, near the marina.  

About:
Billed as one of the few all-Canadian festivals, Country Fest V moves to a new venue for 2012, with everything in one place — staging, camping and parking all at an 83-acre parcel near the Harbour View Marina. Along with great music, the festival, also billed as a family event, features a beer garden, free kids’ activities, food and clothing vendors, free parking and shuttle bus service.  

Performers:
Marlee Scott, Tim Hus, Jimmy Rankin, Dallas Smith, Chad Brownlee, Emerson Drive, Naomi Bristow, Brett Kissel, Jake Mathews, High Valley, Terri Clark.       



Wolfe Island Music Festival
Aug. 10-11  
Marysville, Wolfe Island

Location:

Saturday’s main concert site, on the grounds of the Wolfe Island Community Centre, is about two blocks from the ferry docks in Marysville, with nearby bars hosting performers on the Friday.  

About:

Held near the community centre, Wolfe Island Music Festival is known for its indie music acts and attracts about 1,500 visitors each year. The festival also features food, beer and a vendors’ village all day Saturday, when gates open at noon. Limited camping is available with pre-registration. Wolfe Island is a free 20-minute ferry ride from downtown Kingston.  

Performers:

Sam Roberts Band, Zeus, Rich Aucoin, Elliott Brood, Yukon Blonde, Mike O’Neill, Daniel Romano and The Trilliums, Hollerado, Eight and a Half, July Talk, D-Sisive, Nightbox, Little Scream, Parlovr, Baby Eagle and the Proud Moms, Marine Dreams, The Weather Station and more.      



Goderich Celtic Roots Festival
Aug. 10-12  
Goderich

Location:

Lion’s Harbour Park, 168 West St., on the waterfront in Goderich.  

About:

The aim of the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival and Celtic College is to “foster the preservation and continuation of traditional Celtic art forms through exposure, participation and education.” But mostly, it’s a great party!  

Performers:

Tannahill Weavers, The Once, Genticorum, Niamh Ni Charra, The Kruger Brothers, Sean Keane, Hilary James and Simon Mayor, Eileen McGann, RUNA, Raz de Maree, Qristina and Quinn Bachand, Brian Pickell and Friends, Cupola, Christina Smith and Jean Hewson, Brian McNeill, Kim Robertson and Sharlene Wallace, Comas, North Atlantic Drift, Donna Hebert, Metisande, Poor Angus, Solid Clarity, Huron Harp School, Sideliners.       



Capital Hoedown Country Music Festival
Aug. 10-12  
Ottawa
CANCELLED!

Location:

Walter Baker Park in Kanata, Ottawa’s growing west end community. Terry Fox Drive.  

About:

Capital Hoedown’s entertainment lineup features some of the biggest names in country music, with a major emphasis on Canadian content. There’s also a country music competition that will get the winner playing on the same stage as Taylor Swift, who will be making her only scheduled North American performance in 2012. Get your tickets early!  

Performers:

Taylor Swift, along with Reba, Brad Paisley, The Band Perry, Ronnie Dunn, Terri Clark, Gord Bamford, Dean Brody, Tara Oram, Marshall Dane, Chad Brownlee and High Valley and more.  



Prince Edward County Jazz Festival
Aug. 15-19
Picton, Bloomfield

Location:

Headquarters is the renovated historic 350-seat Regent Theatre (circa 1922) in Picton, with other locations in Picton and the village of Bloomfield.   

About:

Now in its 12th year, the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival features top jazz artists in wonderful cozy settings in Picton and surrounding area. Between concerts, visitors are encouraged to get out to explore Prince Edward County, known for its fresh food and its wineries. To get you in the mood, the festival kicks off with a jazz barbecue.  

Performers:

Guido Basso, Russ Little, Emilie-Claire Barlow, Louis Hayes “Cannonball” Legacy Band, Tribute to George Shearing with Don Thompson, Reg Schwager, Neil Swainson, Bernie Senensky and Terry Clarke, Boss Brass Reunion and more.

      

Havelock Country Jamboree
Aug. 16-19  
Havelock

Location:

Where Highway 7 and County Roads 48 and 46 meet in Havelock (about 45 minutes northeast of Peterborough). Yes, we know, the Havelock Country Jamboree is not on the waterfront, but Havelock is surrounded by lakes and rivers, and who can ignore one of Canada’s biggest country festivals?    

About:

Dubbed Canada’s largest live country music and camping festival, the Havelock Country Jamboree celebrates its 23rd anniversary this year. The family-friendly festival features more than 25 entertainers performing on twin stages over a four-day period. Expect a mix of veteran and young up-and-coming artists from both Canada and the United States. If you’re in the mood to shop, there will be more than 150 vendors onsite during the event. Bring your camping gear.  

Performers:

Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Rosanne Cash, Thompson Square, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, George Canyon, Emerson Drive, Doc Walker, Rita Coolidge, Heidi Newfield, Leroy Van Dyke, Jason Blaine, Russell deCarle, Randy Montana, Becky Hobbs, Blackberry Smoke, The Good Brothers, The Stellas, UpSouth Twisters, Parland Brothers, Kelly Vohnn, Stacey McKitrick, Jamie Spurvey, Narrow Road.         



World Electronic Music Festival
Aug. 17-19  
Madawaska

Location:

Large grassy site surrounded by deep woods and overlooking Algonquin Park near Madawaska.  

About:

Located outside the village of Madawaska overlooking Algonquin Park, World Electronic Music Festival boasts “ample space for parking, camping and the biggest party of its kind in Canada.” Free shuttle goes through the village and to the beach. Must be 16 to attend the festival.  

Performers:

Moby, Chase and Status, Wolfgang Gartner, Felix Cartal, Zeds Dead, DJ Hype and more.             



Calabogie Blues & Ribfest
Aug. 17-19  
Calabogie

Location:

Calabogie Peaks Resort, 30 Barrett Churte Rd., at the base of the ski hill.  

About:

Sponsored by Class Axe Guitars, Calabogie Blues & Ribfest is back after making a successful debut in 2011. What can be better than blues and ribs? Billed as a family affair, you can camp out at the base of Calabogie Mountain, or book into the resort, with comes with its own private beachfront.  Festival includes a beer garden, vendor area with lots of food, winning ribbers from across Canada and the U.S., and a kids area.

Performers:

Trevor Finlay, Shakura S’Aida, Jack de Keyzer, Bob Walsh and Guy Belanger, Bill Durst, JW-Jones, Downchild Blues Band, Powder Blues Band         



Summerfolk
Aug. 17-19  
Owen Sound

Location:

Kelso Beach Park, on the shores of Georgian Bay on the west side of the harbour.  

About:

Sponsored by the Georgian Bay Folk Society, Summerfolk mixes traditional and emerging folk music, crafts, food and booze for a major party at Kelso Beach Park, which is transformed into a small village with a 4,000-seat main stage, five side stages, exhibit space featuring the works of 40 artisans, dozens of food booths and a licensed tent. There’s also a beach and a playground area, so bring the family. There’s free parking and camping is nearby.

Performers:
Vishten, Sarah Slean, Al Simmons, Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Matt Andersen, Chic Gamine, Susie Vinnick, Lynn Miles, Oscar Lopez, Dave Gunning, Oh My Darling, The Crooked Brothers, Paul McKenna Band, Richard Knechtel, Pacific Curls, The Mighty Popo, Karen Savoca, Roula Said, The Claytones, Leela Gilday, Royal Wood, The Ballagh Bunch, Dry Bones, Ennis, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, Look Up Theatre, Coco Love Alcorn, Jory Nash, Tom Leighton, John Somosi, Vita  Twirlin’ Diva, David Newland, MacKenzie Blues Band, Eddie Douglas,  Rob McLean, Andrew Lopatin, Bev Bernbaum, Jumle Jam, Drew’s Electronova, Lighthouse Swing Band, Mike McCormick, Scatter the Cats and more.            



Limestone City Blues Festival
Aug. 23-26  
Kingston

Location:

Confederation Park, located on Lake Ontario across the street from historic City Hall and Springer Market Square, and downtown venues.  

About:

Downtown Kingston is alive with music during the popular Limestone City Blues Festival, featuring more than 50 shows in more than a dozen venues, including Confederation Park, where there will be three afternoons of concerts.  

Performers:

Ruthie Foster, Curtis Salgado, Roxanne Potvin, David Gogo, Steve Strongman, Rhythm Haints and more.



Shelter Valley Folk Festival
Aug. 31-Sept. 2
Northumberland County  

Location:

The Henkel Farm lavender farm overlooking Lake Ontario is located in the heart of Northumberland County between Grafton and Colborne.  

About:

Shelter Valley Folk Festival is a tamer, gentler version of Woodstock. It’s mostly an older crowd (still wearing clothes from the flower power days!), but there are plenty of families, too, with an arts and crafts area set aside for the young set. The festival is all about the music and more: there’s an artists’ village, exhibits on sustainable living and even with yoga sessions. Camping and parking onsite.  

Performers:
Andrew Queen, Del Barber, David Celia, Kim Churchill, Craig Cardiff, Emm Gryner, The Heartbroken, Gregory Hoskins, Oscar Lopez, Samantha Martin & The Haggard, The Once, Mighty Popo, John K Samson, Andy White, The Wilderness of Manitoba.


     

SEPTEMBER  


Shores of Erie International Wine Festival
Sept. 6-9  
Amherstburg

Location:

Fort Malden lawn, on the banks of the Detroit River in downtown Amherstburg.  

About:

Now in its 8th year, Shores of Erie International Wine Festival features continuous live entertainment, more than 50 vendors serving up the best local food and wine, master chef cooking demonstrations and wine seminars and an interactive tasting bar. Very scenic location. Headliners sell out early. Past performers have included Sam Roberts, Serena Ryder, Steven Page, Bedouin Soundclash, and Pavlo with Rik Emmett and Oscar Lopez.  

Performers:
Alex Cuba, Fitz and the Tantrums, Kathleen Edwards, Thornetta Davis, Kimmie Horne and more.        



Southside Shuffle
Sept. 7-9  
Port Credit

Location:

Memorial Park, Lakeshore Road, where the Credit River meets Lake Ontario.  

About:
Southside Shuffle features world-class live performances all weekend long by Canadian and international performers. Great sightlines in Memorial Park give everyone a clear view of the action onstage. You’ll find a licensed bar area and food vendors inside the mainstage area.  

Performers:

Fathead, Jack de Keyzer, Shakura S'aida, Downchild Blues Band, Jimmy Bowskill, Loco Zydeco, Paul James, Rick Taylor, Tucson Choir Boys, Joe Murphy, The Travelling Medicine Show with the Fyffes, Al Lerman, Michael Pickett and more.  



All-Canadian Jazz Festival
Sept. 21-23  
Port Hope

Location:

Memorial Park, Queen Street in downtown Port Hope.  

About:

The small All-Canadian Jazz Festival has earned popular and critical recognition as a showcase for the finest in Canadian jazz. There are no crowds to fight off, just a civilized day in the great outdoors listening to great music. With its location in a park near the Ganaraska River in the heart of downtown Port Hope, recognized as the best-preserved heritage district in Ontario, quaint shops, restaurants and bars are just a short walk away from the music.  

Performers:

All-Canadian Legends, Swing Shift Big Band, Diana Panton, Heavy Weather, Heather Bambrick, Ori Dagan, Jensen Sisters Sextet with Joel Miller, Heavyweights Brass Band, Sharon Riley & Faith Chorale and more. 




OCTOBER


Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival
Oct. 18, 20 and 29
Thorold  

Location:

Holy Rosary Hall in Thorold, and various downtown venues.  

About:
Thorold is one of the smallest communities on the North American blues festival circuit, but that hasn’t stopped Canal Bank Shuffle organizers from pulling in big stars like blues guitar artist Joe Louis Walker, who headlines the 10th anniversary event in 2011. Jack de Keyzer, Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials and Karen Lovely were also there, along with a revamped Johnny Max Band, fresh from a European tour.  Expect chief organizer Tim Sinnett to offer up more great talent this year in the waterfront city of 19,000. Proceeds go to community groups.  

Performers:

Lucky Peterson, Kelley Hunt, The Nighthawks, Bart Walker, Chuck Jackson, J.P. Soars, Jack de Keyzer, Sonny Moorman, Red Dirt Revelators, Steve Burnside, Krista Blondin, Brant Parker, Gatorbait, Jill West, The Blues Hounds and more.

MyNewWaterfrontHome.com — Updated July 2012