With 2015 promising a mammoth summer of music festivals in and around Toronto, making decisions can be tough. Here are just four of the GTA’s big weekend music festivals “By The Numbers”. Check out info for all the other music festivals in our Canadian Music Festival Guide to broaden your horizons. Share our infographic on social media and let your friends know which festival you will be attending this summer.
WHEN: June 6-7, 2015
WHERE: Fort York & Garrison Common
WHO: Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket, & many more
WHAT: Two-day “one-of-a-kind cultural celebration” featuring music and “day camp” programming for kids.
WHY: Indie label Arts & Crafts launched inaugural festival in 2013 celebrating 10th anniversary. Since then Broken Social Scene, Feist and Cold Specks among others have performed.
WHEN: June 12-13, 2015
WHERE: Toronto Island
WHO: Florence + The Machine, Nas, & many more
WHAT: Organizer Rob da Bank describes Bestival as a “world of discovery and adventure that will inspire peace, love and dancing all year round…”
WHY: Attempting to forge deeper inroads than the failed Virgin Festival, Bestival hopes to become a yearly mainstay.
WHEN: July 24-26, 2015
WHERE: Oro-Medonte, Ontario
WHO: Sam Smith, Kendrick Lamar, Alt-J, & many more
WHAT: Inaugural three-day festival created by the brain behind Bonnaroo. “We are making this about music, food, art and film,” the official site says.
WHY: Bring large-scale festival/“camping” experience to Canada and become annual event.
WHEN: Sept. 16-21, 2015
WHERE: Fort York & Garrison Grounds
WHO: Of Monsters And Men, Wilco, UB40, & many more
WHAT: New annual roots music festival with “bonus” club gigs from select TURF artists at Horseshoe and Lee’s Palace.
WHY: Although rescheduled for mid-September to avoid conflict with the Pan Am Games, TURF has grown into a very credible, tightly run and eclectic roots music bonanza in just three short years.