Mickey’s Top Canadian Electronic Music Festivals
Sound In Motion
July 13 – 15 — Toronto, ON
Presented by the Toronto-based collective, StudioFeed, Sound in Motion brings together local, national and international artists to focus on live electronic performances, a short film showcase, technolgy exhibits and panel discussions. The festival takes places at venues throughout the city and includes outdoor and indoor programming.
July 20-22 — Antigonish, N.S.
Once voted Best Music Festival in Canada by the listeners of CBC Radio 3, Evolve is a three-day celebration of music and culture, with a lineup that ranges from electronic to indie, all under the Nova Scotia sun in the heart of Antigonish County on a 225-acre farm.
Electric Eclectics 7
August 3-5 — Meaford, ON
Since 2006, Electric Eclectics has carved out a niche for itself as one of the country’s most eclectic and avant-garde music festivals, featuring installations, bands, DJs, films and more.
July 27-30 — Bonnet Rouge, Sainte-Thérèse-de-la-Gatineau, PQ
Quebec’s nigh-mythic Eclipse outdoor music festival enters its 11th year with promises of “a symbiosis of dance, open philosophies, performance art, human experiences, all in an enchanting environment.”
August 3-6 — Squamish Valley, B.C.
Set in a spectacular glacier-hugged valley with white sandy beaches, Basscoast is back for a fourth year. Attendees will be treated to three stages, a fashion show, yoga, and Bass School, where you can bone up on a variety of subjects from music production to knitting to astronomy.
August 4-5 — Downsview Park, Toronto, ON
VELD promises fun in the Toronto sun (or even rain), featuring a bevy of big-name acts including Deadmau5, Steve Aoki, Bassnectar and more.
August 8-13 — Salmo River Ranch, Salmo, B.C.
This family-owned and operated boondocks shindig in the Kootenay mountains is one of the country’s longest running electronic music festivals, and certainly among the most beloved. With six stages spread out over a 500-acre ranch, the event has grown into one of the must-go events in western Canada.
World Electronic Music Festival (WEMF)
August 17-19 — Madawaska, ON (Algonquin Park)
With over 200 artists performing on four stages, WEMF is arguably one of the bigger festivals in the country. Now in its 16th year, the festival has come a long way since its first precarious year when its life was nearly cut short by a tornado that cut through the middle of the event, destroying two stages but miraculously not hurting anyone.
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