Festivals Season in Canada: Our Concierges Picks

It’s summer time and with it comes Festival season! Our concierges across the country give you their recommendations for a great time, wherever you are.

Calgary Folk Music Festival

The Calgary Folk Music Festival is the consistently one of the best Festivals held in Calgary. Celebrating its 37th year, the festival takes place outdoors on Calgary’s beautiful Prince’s Island Park, steps away from the Bow River. The music is an eclectic mix of genres and musicians from Korea, New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Ethiopia, the US and Canada. July 21st to 24th.

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival has become known as one of North America’s premier jazz festivals. What began in 1987 as an eight day showcase of jazz now attracts 500,000 people over 10 days. Attractions include more than 400 performances with over 2000 musicians performing at approximately 50 locations around Toronto. TD Jazz Festival has become a destination event, not just for music lovers but for some of the greatest jazz celebrities in the world, reinforcing its reputation as a leader in artistic excellence and outstanding production standards. June 24th to July 3rd.

TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival)

Founded in 1976, TIFF is now one of the most prestigious events of its kind in the world. Hollywood takes over the streets of Toronto, as celebrities and stargazers roll into town for the Toronto International Film Festival. Familiar faces flood the streets for 11 days during this publicly attended film festival held each September.

Montréal Complètement Cirque

Montréal Complètement Cirque is a Festival that brings people together across the city every July with a stunning circus program. For 11 days, Montreal moves to the rhythm of circus arts. Its venues, streets, parks, and sidewalks become stages to showcase colourful, high-flying performances from here and around the world. July 7th to 17th.

Festival d’été de Québec

300 shows, 10 venues and 11 days of music make the Festival d’été de Québec one of Canada’s biggest music festivals. Early July sees international stars and top new talent playing every style of music coming together for a special time in a special place ─ historic Old Québec! There’s music for everyone: rock, folk, hip-hop, electro, French song, jazz, world music and much more! July 7th to 17th

Le Festif

This unique festival features over 60 shows on 14 different sites and 45 different artists. Whether they are world renowned, rising stars or on the Quebec arts scene, these passionate music or circus artists will make Baie-Saint-Paul the most festive summer destination. July 21st to 24th.

Enjoy your summer!

(Photo Credit: Renaud Philippe)