Summer is prime season for music festivals in Canada. 2017 will be particularly epic for festivals thanks to Canada's 150th Birthday. To help you rock out, the team at Bentall Kennedy Residential Services has compiled this list of the best summer music festivals in your city.
Vancouver: TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival
If you love jazz, Canadian TD Jazz Festivals are top notch music events. Vancouver International Jazz Festival is no exception. The festival's lineup includes Jane Bunnett, Tommy Emmanuel, and Ziggy Marley among other big name acts.
Burnaby: Burnaby Blues Fest
Langley comes alive this summer with the "Plaza" event series. On June 24th, the World Music in the Plaza installment takes the stage. Live from McBurney Plaza, bands as diverse as Acher Brasil, KingFish Limbo, and Hurricanes Korean Youth Drum Association bring audiences sounds from around the world.
Victoria: Victoria Ska Fest
Without even mentioning the rest of the lineup for this year's Victoria Ska Fest, Mos Def, legendary NYC rapper-actor-producer will be headlining. Go. Immediately.
St. Albert: Seven Music Fest
You won't want to miss Seven Music Fest. This lesser known hard hitting St. Albert music fest serves up solid musical fare from The Strumbellas, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and The Elwins. Make it on July 8th, 2017.
Calgary: Sled Island
A 5-day music and arts festival, Sled Island programs more than just music. The festival offers over 250 bands, comedians, filmmakers, and artists to audiences of up to 30,000.
Edmonton: Canada 150 in 150 Celebration
No list of Canadian summer music fests would be complete without a nod to our nation's 150th Birthday. Edmonton is doing it in style at the Canada 150 in 150 Celebration with iconic Sarah McLaughlin headlining at Edmonton's Rogers Center.
New Westminster: Uptown Live
Uptown Live celebrates BC's thriving indie music scene. Highlights of this year's lineup include Daniel Wesley, Youngblood, Big Easy Funk Ensemble, and The New Groovement.
Toronto: Field Trip
Not just a music fest, Field Trip offers a ton of food, fashion, art/photography, and comedy. This year's acts include Alabama Shakes, Father John Misty, Arkells, Half Moon Run, BadBadNotGood and more.
Markham: TD Markham Jazz Festival
Oakville: Oakville Songs of Summer
While the TD Oakville Jazzfest is usually a must see, this year a brand new event is stealing the show: Oakville Songs of Summer. Headlined by The Trews, Oakville Songs of Summer is a one day extravaganza with music, art, crafts, food, and drink.
The Bentall Kennedy Residential Services blog team hopes that this list of amazing summer music festivals helps you find the perfect music festival for this summer season. For more information about Bentall Kennedy properties in your city, please visit our website.