Escape the city

You gotta escape the urban noise at some point. Head to these concerts and festivals just a few hours out of the downtown core.


BECAUSE BEER – CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL Dinner Belles, Ginger St James, Harlan Pepper, Terra Lightfoot and the Tallest Tree perform. $25, weekend pass $40. Pier 4 Park, 469 Bay N (Hamilton). JUL 11 TO 12

BOOTS AND HEARTS MUSIC FESTIVAL Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Paul Brandt, Gord Bamford, the Road Hammers, Danielle Bradbery, Tim Hicks, Sawyer Brown and others play at this country fest. Camping available. Single-day tickets $115, three-day pass $269-$350. Motorsport Park, 32233 Concession Rd 10 (Bowmanville). JUL 31 TO AUG 3

BRAMPTON CANADA DAY Simple Plan and Andee perform at this event with a kid’s zone, Tigerfest, fireworks and more. Noon to 10 pm. Free. Chinguacousy Park, 9050 Bramalea (Brampton). JUL 1

BRAMPTON FOLK CLUB ANNUAL SHOWCASE CONCERT Original and familiar songs featuring a variety of folk artists. $15, stu/srs $12. St Paul’s United Church, 30 Main S (Brampton). 647-233-3655, MAY 31

BREAD & HONEY FESTIVAL Shyann, Time Trip & electro dance music Jun 6 (6 to 11 pm), Justus, Fiddlestix, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution, Christian James Band, Daylight for Deadeyes and Half Hour City Jun 7 (noon to 8:30 pm), Mississauga Big Band, Blackboard Blues Band, Streetfire and Carla Casanova & the Latintrain, Jun 8 (noon to 5 pm). $2-$5. Streetsville Memorial Park, Queen St S at Church (Streetsville). JUN 6 TO 8

BURLINGTON’S CANADA DAY CELEBRATION Two stages of live entertainment including Charissa Pavlou, Teen Tour Band, Eric Heideman, Of Gentleman and Cowards, Stacey Renee and headliner Suzie McNeil (3 pm), Symphony On The Bay at 9 pm with fireworks, plus a water-ski show, family fun zone and more. Noon to 10 pm. Free. Spencer Smith Park, Lakeshore Rd at Brant (Burlington). 905-335-7766, JUL 1

CANADA DAY The Honeyrunners, Laurelle Augustyn, Ben Crosby, Molly Thomason, Eleven Past One and others perform. Children’s village, midway, beer garden, fireworks and more. 11 am to 11 pm. Free. Richmond Green Park, 1300 Elgin Mills Rd E (Richmond Hill). JUL 1

CONCERTS IN THE PARK Outdoor concerts include the Don MacArthur Band Jun 12, Hotel California Jun 26, Little Peter & the Elegants Jul 10, Robbie Lane & the Disciples Jul 24, and others. Thursday evenings 7 to 9 pm. Bring a lawn chair. Free. Rotary Park, 192 Queen (Bowmanville). JUN 12 TO AUG 28

COUNTRY TUESDAYS Home-grown talent. 6 to 8:30 pm, rain or shine. Free w/ admission. Royal Botanical Gardens Hendrie Park, 680 Plains W (Burlington). 905-527-1158, JUN 24 TO AUG 12

DOWNTOWN MILTON STREET FESTIVAL Winds of the North, Steel City Rovers, Groove Hammer, Mid Life Chaos, Kerosene Creek, Bella Vox, Vibonics, ScIrish and many others perform at several locations in the downtown area. Free. JUN 7

DURHAM WEST BLUES FEST Lisa Hutchinson Band and Fathead Jun 13, Jack de Keyzer, Mark Stafford, Johnny Max Band, Downchild Blues Band and others Jun 14, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley Jun 15. Art project, silent auction, workshops for guitar and harmonica Jun 14 and more. Sat workshops $10, three day pass $150, Sat $75, Fri or Sun $65. Annandale Country Club, 221 Church S (Ajax). JUN 13 TO 15

FLOWER CITY MUSIC FESTIVAL FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERTS Jason Wilson Band Jul 5, the Wilderness of Manitoba Jul 12, the Stretch Orchestra Blues Trio Jul 19 and the Claytones Jul 26. Outdoor shows from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Free. Rose Theatre Garden Square, 1 Theatre Lane (Brampton). 905-874-2800, JUL 5 TO 26

FRANTIC FUN FAIR Live music featuring the Merves and the Rolling Stronz at this family-friendly event with vintage cars, a dunk tank, vendors, games and more. 5-9 pm. Free. Port Credit Riverside Public School, 30 John N (Port Credit). MAY 30

FRIENDS OF CRYSTAL BEACH WATERFRONT CONCERTS Event to commemorate the park Jul 12 (10 am-4 pm), Toronto All-Star Big Band Jul 13, and the Saltshakers tribute to Jimmy Buffet Jul 20 (both 7 pm). Bring a lawn chair or blanket. Free. Crystal Beach, 3875 Terrace Lane, foot of Ridgeway Rd (Fort Erie). JUL 12 TO 20

FRIENDSHIP FESTIVAL Country night with Autumn Hill Jun 28 at this celebration of peace between Canada and our U.S. neighbours. Check website for other events. Free. Mather Arch Park, Mather and Lakeshore (Fort Erie). JUN 27 TO JUL 1

GREENBELT HARVEST PICNIC Ray LaMontagne, Daniel Lanois, Bruce Cockburn, Gord Downie, the Sadies, Sarah Harmer, Ron Sexsmith and others perform at this outdoor festival with a farmers market, artisans, horticultural workshops and more. Gates 11 am. $99.50 ( Christie Lake Conservation Area, 1002 Highway 5 West (Dundas). 1-855-872-5000, AUG 23

HAMILTON BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL Monkey Junk, Jesse O’Brien, Steve Strongman, Chuck Jackson, Bry Webb, Harrison Kennedy and many others. Noon to midnight. Free. Westdale Village, King St and Paisley (Hamilton). JUN 7

HAMILTON WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL Frank Yamma and David Bridie, Scantily Plaid, Huu Bac Quach, Kakama, Kongero, Vox Sambou, Jaime Rodriguez Band and others. Free. Gage Park, Main St S at Wellington (Brampton). JUL 11 TO 13

INSPIRATIONAL MUSIC IN THE PARK Outdoor concerts include Dave Brown, David Francis, Brian Lee Dorsey and others Jun 3, the Bob Hawkin’s Band, Downtown Freddy Brown and Jason Wauchope Jun 24, Worship in Steel Band, Revived, Luke Langman and Dave Brown Jul 8, Dianne Ticknor, Cheryle Blackwood-Dueck and others Jul 29. 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair. Free. Gage Park, Main S at Wellington (Brampton). JUN 3 TO AUG 29

JIMMY RANKIN Front man for the Celtic-pop band the Rankin Family performs roots, country and pop on his solo tour. 7 pm. $24.50-$27.50 (ticketmaster). Hamilton Place Molson Canadian Studio, 10 MacNab S (Hamilton). JUN 6

LAILA BIALI Concert by the jazz pianist. 8 pm. $41-$52. Oakville Centre for the Performing Arts, 130 Navy (Oakville). 1-888-489-7784, JUN 19

MARKHAM VILLAGE MUSIC FESTIVAL John Stewart Band, Cobra Kings, What About Bob, Project Phoenix, Twin B Project, Moralitos and others perform at this street festival. Free. Markham Village, Main Street (Markham). 905-472-2022, JUN 20 TO 21

MISSISSAUGA WATERFRONT FESTIVAL Music festival with Sara Dell, Monster Rock Orchestra Jun 13 from 8 pm, Roller Jam with DJ Starting from Scratch Jun 13 at 7 pm Desire (U2 tribute) Jun 14 at 3 pm Dingo and Monster Rock Orchestra Jun 14 from 8 pm Brian McIntyre Band Jun 15 at noon. Free. Port Credit Memorial Park, 20 Lakeshore E. JUN 13 TO 15

MOTOWN MANIA Music includes soul, R&B of the 50s to the 80s. 7:30 pm. Free. Mackenzie Glen District Park, 220 Cranston Park (Vaughan). AUG 6

PICKERING CONCERTS AT THE LAKE 2nd Nature Jul 3, Straight Shooter Jul 10, Stacey Renee Jul 17, Royal Scam Jul 24 and Sugar Heat Jul 31. Thursdays, 7 to 9 pm. Free. Millennium Square Park, 1 Liverpool (Pickering). 905-420-4660. JUL 3 TO AUG 28

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE AND BRODY DALLE Rock concert. 8 pm. $39.50-$55.50 ( General Motors Centre, 99 Athol E (Oshawa). 1-877-436-8811, JUL 5

RED HOT JAZZ AND COOL BLUES Live music in the gardens. 6 to 8:30 pm, rain or shine. Free w/ admission. Royal Botanical Gardens Hendrie Park, 680 Plains W (Burlington). 905-527-1158, JUN 11 TO SEP 3

RICHMOND HILL CHILDREN’S CONCERTS Concerts include music with the Dufflebag Theatre Jul 6, and Envirodrum Jul 20. 1-2 pm/. Free. Richmond Green Park Elgin Mills Rd E, 1300 (Richmond Hill). JUL 6 TO 20

RICHMOND HILL PARK CONCERTS Concerts include Kevin Mills Band tribute to Elvis Jul 10, Tina Turner & Rod Stewart tribute Jul 17, Amanda Martinez Latin jazz Jul 24, and Tom Jones & Neil Diamond tribute Jul 31. 7 to 9 pm. Free. Mill Pond Park, 314 Mill (Richmond Hill). 905-771-5508, JUL 10 TO 31

RICHMOND HILL RIBFEST Hotel California and Ben Crosby Jul 25 (5 to 10:30 pm), Eric Lambier, Fairchild Brother, Pontune 5 and the Marc Joseph Band Jul 26 (noon to 10:30 pm), Paul Reddick, Julien Kelland and Markus Jul 27 (noon to 7:30 pm). Free. Richmond Green Park, 1300 Elgin Mills E. JUL 25 TO 27

ROCK THE HILLS All-ages indie rock festival with headliner Hollerado, Casual Disaster, Standby, Mill Pond, Erica Knox, Ryan Bourgeois and Hannah Ward. 3 to 11 pm. $25. Georgetown Fairgrounds, 1 Park Ave (Georgetown). JUL 12

SOMETHING ELSE! FESTIVAL OF CREATIVE MUSIC Eschaton, Sun Rooms, Boneshaker, Golden State, Same Old Thing, the Tiny Orchestra Trio, Interstellar Orchestra, Mary Margaret O’Hara & Aidan Closs’s Spar & Automatic, Ronley Teper & Her Lipliners and others. Doors 8 pm, show 8:30 pm. $12-$23, passes $60 ( Hamilton Artists Inc, 155 James N (Hamilton). JUN 16 TO 21

SOUND OF MUSIC FESTIVAL Lou Gramm, Carole Pope, Coney Hatch, Teenage Head, Kim Mitchell and others Jun 7, the Sheepdogs, Young Rival and others Jun 12, Classified, Maestro, Jarvis Church, Jane’s Party and others Jun 13, Colin James, Hey Ocean, Sloan, David Francey, Monster Truck, Gord Downie & the Sadies, Alysha Brilla and others Jun 14, Trooper, Chilliwack, the Stampeders, Ashley MacIsaac and others Jun 15. Streetfest downtown Jun 13 to 15. Free. Spencer Smith Park, Lakeshore at Brant (Burlington). 905-333-6364, JUN 7 TO 15

SUGAR HEAT Latin top 40 band fuses the styles of Canadian and Latino musicians. 7:30 pm. Free. Sonoma Heights Community Park, 100 Sunset Ridge (Vaughan). JUL 30

SUMMER CONCERTS AT THE STACHE Gentlemen Husbands Jun 13, and the Matadors Jun 28. Doors 9 pm. $10. The Moustache Club, 15 Simcoe N (Oshawa). JUN 13 TO 28

SUMMER METAL IN THE HAMMER Threat Signal & Endast Jun 30, and Black Tongue, Villains and Lifeforms Jul 22. $13. Club Absinthe, 38 King William (Hamilton). JUN 30 TO JUL 22

SUNDAY FOLK Songwriters In The Round with Glenn McFarlane, Jamie Riley, Downtown Freddy Brown and Sally Campbell Jun 29. Blue Yonder, Dave MacLachlan, Moira & Elena, Rebecca Phillips Jul 13. 6:30 to 8:30 pm. Free. Chinguacousy Park Bandshell, 9050 Bramalea (Brampton). JUN 29 TO JUL 13

SYNSONIC Music ranges from the 70s, 80s and more. 7:30 pm. Free. North Thornhill Community Centre Outdoor Amphitheatre, 300 Pleasant Ridge (Vaughan). JUL 9

THAT 60S SHOW Musical production saluting the sixties. 7:30 pm. Free. York Hill District Park, 501 Clark (Vaughan). JUN 18

THURSDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES The folk club presents an in-the-round style concert with Dave MacLachlan, Mike Butterworth, Downtown Freddy Brown, Mark Yan, Rebecca Phillips and Tanya Grant. 7 to 9 pm. Free. Gage Park, Main S at Wellington (Brampton). JUN 12

TIM E AND THE YES MEN Tribute to Elvis Presley. 7:30 pm. Free. Chancellor District Park, 430 Chancellor (Vaughan). JUL 23

TORONTO ALL-STAR BIG BAND Sounds of the 30s, 40s and 50s at this outdoor concert. 7:30 pm. Free. Vaughan City Hall Courtyard, 2141 Major Mackenzie (Vaughan). JUN 11


BARRIE NEW MUSIC FESTIVAL Two days, multiple venues with over 50 artists performing. Check website for details. (Barrie). JUL 18 TO 19

CANADA DAY AT BLUE Myles Goodwyn & April Wine play this celebration with opening act youth band Motion Device. Free. Blue Mountain Village, 108 Jozo Weider. JUL 1

CASINO RAMA Gipsy Kings May 30, Santana Jun 10, Julio Iglesias Jun 19, Avril Lavigne Jun 24, Diana Ross Jul 2, Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss & Union Station Jul 15, Counting Crows Jul 17, Megadeth Jul 19, Robin Thicke Jul 26, John Mellencamp Jul 30 & 31 and and others. Check website for schedule. Casino Rama, 5899 Rama (Rama). 416-870-8000, MAY 30 TO JUL 31

COLLINGWOOD ELVIS FESTIVAL Roots Of Rock And Roll – A Salute To The Million Dollar Quartet Jul 23, Shon Carroll mountaintop concert Jul 24, street party and tribute artist showcases Jul 25, tribute shows, gospel competition, street dances, gospel brunches, family carnival and more. Check website for schedule and venues. $10-$70, some free events. Collingwood, 1-866-943-8849, JUL 23 TO 27

FAMARAMA Children’s festival with music by Fred Penner. Blue Mountain Village, 108 Jozo Weider Blvd. JUL 19 TO 20

GEORGIAN TRIANGLE MUSIC FESTIVAL Multi-venue, multi-genre music festival at Sunshine Park and other spots in town. The Coyote Kids, Freestyler, David Stone, Kit Cairns and others perform. Free. Sunshine Park, 604 River W (Wasaga Beach). JUL 4 TO 6

HAYDEN Concert by the singer-songwriter. 8 pm. $tba. Brownstone Cafe, 178 Mississaga E (Orillia). 705-259-8900, JUN 12

INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT PARTY The Tea Party, Rival Sons, Punishment and DJ Rawkd perform. Doors 8 pm. $29.95-$44.95 ( Ranch Concert Hall, 56 Bayfield (Barrie). JUL 4

JAZZ ON THE MOUNTAIN AT BLUE Gino Vanelli with Irene Torres Jul 4, Commodores with Andria Simone Jul 5, Yellowjackets with After Four Jul 6, and others at this festival of jazz, pop and R&B. Free club series at several venues in town. $35.95 (, 2- and 3-day passes available, free concerts outdoors at the Village. Blue Mountain Village, Events Plaza. JUL 4 TO 6

JIMMY RANKIN Acoustic show by the country and folk artist. 8 pm. $49.50. Midland Cultural Centre, Rotary Hall. 705-527-4420, JUN 8

LIL’ ED & THE BLUES IMPERIALS Blues band perform from their new CD Jump Start. 8 pm. $75. Violet’s Venue, 52 Morrow (Barrie). 705-238-9282, JUN 14

MARIPOSA FOLK FESTIVAL Ani Difranco, Birds of Chicago, Seryn, Sarah Slean, the Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer, Roseanne Cash, Keith Secola, Tim Chaisson, Union Duke and others play this fest of folk, roots, blues, gospel, acoustic and world music. Camping available. Fri $49, Sat/Sun $89, weekend pass $63-$114. Tudhope Park, 500 Atherley (Orillia). 705-326-3655, JUL 4 TO 6

ORILLIA SPRING BLUES FESTIVAL Mad Dogs & Englishmen tribute to Joe Cocker & Leon Russell, Douglas Watson, the Paul DesLauriers Band, Gary Kendall Band, Kirby Sewell Band and others perform at the park and in downtown clubs. Blues & Gospel with John Mays and Quisha Wint Sun (noon), Blues All Star Workshop Sat (5 to 6 pm). $5-$20. Couchiching Beach Park, Bay at Jarvis (Orillia). JUN 6 TO 8

POPA CHUBBY Blues concert. 8 pm. $60-$70. Violet’s Venue, 52 Morrow (Barrie). MAY 30 TO 31

THEORY OF A DEADMAN The BC rockers perform. Doors 9 pm. $33.50-$40. Sound Empire, 46 Dunlop W (Barrie). JUN 6

TOTTENHAM BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL The Spinney Brothers, the Bluegrass Mountaineers, the Crowe Brothers, Feller & Hill & the Bluegrass Buckaroos, Hometown Bluegrass, Georgian Blue and others play by the pond. Camping available. $25-$35/day, wknd pass $85 (srs $80), some discounts before Jun 4. Tottenham Conservation Area, 4th Line and Queen S. 1-888-886-4566, JUN 20 TO 22

WASAGA BEACH FEST Eleven Past One, Tyler Shaw, Party Hero and others play this beach party. Sat noon to 10:30 pm, Sun noon to 6 pm. Free. Beach Area 1, (Wasaga Beach). JUN 21 TO 22


ANCIIENTS Heavy metal concert. Doors 8 pm. $13 ( Call the Office, 216 York (London). JUL 10

BIG MUSIC FEST Battle of the bands Fri (free), Bryan Adams, Styx, Collective Soul and Moist Jul 12, Aerosmith, Slash, Big Wreck and Kim Mitchell Jul 13. Single-day pass $69.50, two-day pass $99.50, VIP one-day pass $129.50. McLennan Park, 901 Ottawa St S (Kitchener). JUL 11 TO 13

BOOT HILL COUNTRY JAMBOREE Sawyer Brown, Doc Walker, Shenandoah, Lisa Brokop, Small Town Pistols, Ambush, Marshall Dane, Cold Creek County and others. Camping available. Early bird wknd pass w/ camping $152.50, day pass $65, see details on website. 15722 Turin Line (Bothwell). JUL 31 TO AUG 4

CANTERBURY FOLK FESTIVAL Performers include Valdy, Murray McLauchlin, Cindy Church, Beckon, Brown Ale, Poor Angus, Wendell Ferguson and others, plus workshops, artisans’ alley, dancers, kids’ events and more. Free, donations welcome. Yvonne Holmes Mott Memorial Park, Canterbury and Thames (Ingersoll). 519-485-6337, JUL 11 TO 13

THE CHURCH SESSIONS Singer-songwriter series with the Sunparlour Players performing Jun 16, Justin Rutledge and Jadea Kelly Jul 14, Leif Vollebekk Jul 28. 8 pm. $25. The Church Restaurant, 70 Brunswick (Stratford). 519-273-3424, JUN 16 TO JUL 28

ELORA FESTIVAL Opening gala Haydn’s Creation Jul 11, Brilliant Bach! with pianist Shoshana Telner Jul 13, the Irvine Twist Trio Jul 16, Richard and Lauren Margison Jul 19, Latin Fusion Trio Jul 24 and others. $30-$60. Elora Centre for the Arts (75 Melville), Gambrel Barn (Wellington Rd 21) and other area venues. 519-846-9698, JUL 11 TO 27

FOLK NIGHT Celtic singer-songwriters Eileen McGann and David K perform. 8 pm. $20, adv $18. Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick St (Kitchener). MAY 31

GONE COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL Darius Rucker, Dean Brody, Eil Young Band, and Tim Hicks play this outdoor music festival. 4:30 to 11 pm. $65-$110. Harris Park, Dufferin at Ridout N (London). 1-888-999-8980, JUL 23

GRAND BEND BUSKERFEST Entertainers include Clara Stegall, Amity Beach, Mike Trudgeon, Greg Gallelo and others performing on Main Street, River Road and the main beach. Free. JUN 21 TO 22

THE GREAT CANADIAN RIFF OFF Rik Emmett with Dave Dunlop, Jean Meilleur, Doug Varty, Paul Langille and the Grand House Party Band play classic covers. 8 pm. $45. Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St (London). JUN 20

GRICKLE GRASS FESTIVAL Zaki Ibrahim, Walrus, Absolutely Free, Wormwood, New Zebra Kid and others play this family fest of sustainable and healthy living, music and art. 10 am to 5 pm. $25-$30. London Regional Children’s Museum, 21 Wharncliffe Rd S (London). MAY 31

HILLSIDE FESTIVAL Tegan & Sara, Hydra, Hey Rosetta!, Imelda May, Elephant Revival, Super Friendz, PUP, Royal Canoe, Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs, Basia Bulat, Majical Cloudz and many others. Camping available. Wknd pass $135, Fri $55, Sat or Sun $80 (srs $67.50), under 12 free ( Guelph Lake Island Conservation Area, 7743 Conservation (Guelph). 519-763-6396 1-866-943-8849, JUL 25 TO 27

HOME COUNTY MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL Whitehorse, Ashley MacIsaac, Nathan Rogers, Cold Specks, Jenn Grant, The Bills, Connie Kaldor, The Beauties, James Keelaghan and others perform in the park. Free, $5 donation suggested. Victoria Park, 509 Clarence (London). 519-432-4310, JUL 18 TO 20

INCLINE DECLINE FESTIVAL The Soupcans, Doomsquad, HSY, Petra Glynt, Not the Wind Not the Flag, Dilly Dally, Teen Tits Wild Wives, Anamai, Wolfcow and many others at this showcase of regional music. Downtown Guelph, Wyndham and MacDonell. JUL 25 TO 27

JELLO BIAFRA & THE GUANTANAMO SCHOOL OF MEDICINE Concert with Negative Approach opening. Doors 8 pm. $22 ( Call the Office, 216 York (London). JUN 16

JOHN LANDRY The Canadian country music artist performs at 8 pm. $27. London Music Club, 470 Colborne (London). 519-640-6996, JUN 7

KINGSVILLE FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL Bruce Cockburn, Jane Siberry, David Francey, Valdy, Russell deCarle Band, Ron Hynes, Jaron Freeman-Fox & the Opposite of Everything, Fish & Bird, JP Cormier and many others. Fri 6-11 pm, Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun 10:30 am-10:30 pm. Weekend pass $90, Fri $35, Sat or Sun $55. Lakeside Park, 315 Queen (Kingsville). 519-997-7777, AUG 8 TO 10

LIONEL RICHIE Concert by the American singer-songwriter, with CeeLo Green as opener. 7:30 pm. $41.25-$121.25. Budweiser Gardens, 99 Dundas (London). JUL 31

MICHAEL BOLTON The singer-songwriter performs at 8 pm. $55-$105. Centre in the Square, 101 Queen N (Kitchener). 519-578-1570, JUN 5

MICHAEL BUBLÉ Concert by the crooner. 8 pm. $50.75-$120.75. Budweiser Gardens, 99 Dundas (London). JUN 30

OLD MAN MARKLEY AND MIRACLES Punk bluegrass concert. Doors 9 pm. $10 ( The Black Shire Pub, 511 Talbot (London). 519-433-7737. JUN 27

OPEN EARS FESTIVAL Festival includes Shary Boyle and Christine Fellows Jun 6, Christian Bök Jun 7, Andrew Downing Orchestra Jun 8, Pierrre-Yves Martel and Ben Grossman Jun 9, Nexus Percussion and Sepideh Raissadat Jun 13 and others. Registry Theatre and other venues in Kitchener/Waterloo. Various prices, see website. Registry Theatre, 122 Frederick (Kitchener). JUN 5 TO 15

ORANGEVILLE BLUES AND JAZZ FESTIVAL Opening gala w/ Paul Donat Jazz Trio, Jerron ‘Blind Boy’ Paxton and Kirby Sewell Band Jun 5, Blues Cruise on Broadway Jun 6, free music workshops in the library Jun 6. Opera House shows (87 Broadway) include Aura Jun 6, Jarvis Church Jun 7 and Alana Bridgewater Jun 8. $23-$48, outdoor shows free. Alexandra Park, and area venues (Orangeville). 519-941-9041, JUN 5 TO 8

OXFORD RENAISSANCE FESTIVAL Music by Cu Dubh and Stone Clover plus magic, jousting and more at this outdoor fest. Fri 6:30 to midnight, Sat & Sun 10 am to 8 pm. $22-$25, srs $17-$20, child $16, under five free weekend pass $36-$40, child/stu/srs $26-$30. Woodstock Fair Grounds, 875 Nellis (Woodstock). JUN 13 TO 15

PAMELA JANE GERRAND Launch for the singer-songwriter’s CD The Sound Of The Dove. $25 ( Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas E (London). 519-672-7950, JUN 7

QUARTETFEST Penderecki String Quartet open this fest Jun 1, Gallery Trio Jun 4, Chiara Quartet Jun 6, Skyros Quartet Jun 7 and others. Concerts at KWCMS except Jun 1 at Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery (25 Caroline N). $15-$35 ( KWCMS Music Room, 57 Young W (Waterloo). 519-886-1673, JUN 1 TO 8

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE AND BRODY DALLE Rock concert. 8 pm. $39.50-$55.50 ( Budweiser Gardens, 99 Dundas (London). JUL 6

RITUAL AND PROPHETS All-ages concert. Doors 7 pm. $8 ( The APK, 347 Clarence (London). JUN 6

RIVERFEST ELORA Blue Rodeo, Serena Ryder, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Arkells, Dan Mangan, Blacksmith, Elliott Brood, Young Galaxy, the Strumbellas and others perform at the community and music fest. Bring a blanket or chair. Rain or shine, gates 2 pm. Fri $45, Sat $66, wknd pass $81. Bissell Park, 127 East Mill (Elora). AUG 22 TO 23

ROCK THE PARK Weezer, Tegan & Sara, Matthew Good and July Talk Jul 24, Sammy Hagar, Extreme, Tom Keifer, Winger and Survivor Jul 25, Burton Cummings Band, Huey Lewis & the News, 38 Special and Headpins Jul 26. $65-$110, passes $110-$235. Harris Park, Dufferin at Ridout N (London). JUL 24 TO 26

ROCKINWHEEL Chad Brownlee, Dry County, Them Dang Rattlers, the Rizdales and Tanya Marie Harris Aug 15, Sam Roberts Band, Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs, Marcellus Wallace and others Aug 16. Fundraiser for Shoot for a Cure, and Parkwood Hospital. $30. Lions Park, Lions Park Dr. AUG 15 TO 16

ROCKSTAR MOTO FEST USS, Hollerado and Poor Young Things play at this fest of motocross, music and camping. $15-$50 ( Gopher Dunes, (Courtland). 905-640-6686, JUL 12 TO 14

SAM TAYLOR & THE DRIFTWOOD SOUND DEVOTION Rock concert. Doors 7:30 pm. $22 ( London Music Club, 470 Colborne (London). 519-640-6996, JUN 14

SARNIA ARTWALK Art and food vendors, eco village, multicultural village, kid’s activities, bicycle corral and live music by Rows Band, Sweet Adelines, the Unwashed and Church Camp Counselors. 11 am to 5 pm. Free. Downtown Sarnia, Christina St N, from George to Wellington. JUN 7 TO 8

SCOTT KIRBY Concert by the singer/songwriter. Doors 1:30 pm. $16.50 ( London Music Club, 470 Colborne (London). 519-640-6996, JUN 29

SLUMLORD, HOPELESS YOUTH, MAKE HASTE TO MUTINY Rock concert. Doors 8:30 pm. $12 ( Norma Jean’s, 1332 Huron (London). JUN 4


STRATFORD BLUES & RIBFEST Roots & Country Night with the Lovelocks, Patrick Brealey, Blair Smythe Band and Dan Stacey Jun 20 Terry & the New Boys, Brian Cober, SRV Experience, Michael Schatte, Daddy Long Legs and others Jun 21 Brant Parker, Jon Knight & Soulstack, Cheryl Lescom & the Tuscon Choir Boys Big Band and others Jun 22. Jun 19 blues concert at Agri-Plex (McCarthy Rd, Stratford). Check website for schedule. $5/day. Veterans Drive Bandshell, Waterloo and Lakeside (Stratford). JUN 19 TO 23

STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC Anna Atkinson, Folger Shakespearean Consort, Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic, Pavel Kolesnikov, Speed Control, Torq Percussion Quartet and others play this festival. Check website for schedule and prices. St Andrew’s Church, Royal Canadian Legion and other venues, (Stratford). 1-866-288-4313, JUL 14 TO AUG 24

STRATFORD SUMMER MUSIC ON THE BARGE TorQ Percussion seminar participants perform Jul 24-25, National Youth Orchestra Jul 26, Canadian Men’s Chorus Jul 27, Les Poules à Colin Jul 31. Thu & Fri at 12:30 pm, Sat at 12:30 & 3 pm. Free. Avon River, beside the Boathouse (Stratford). 1-800-567-1600, JUL 24 TO 31

SUMMER IN THE SQUARE The Marc Joseph Band, the Claytones, Black Lady Soul and others play this spotlight concert series. 7 pm. Free. Rose Theatre Garden Square, 1 Theatre Lane (Brampton). 905-874-2800, JUL 4 TO AUG 29

SUNFEST The 20th anniversary edition of this festival celebrating world cultures includes world music and jazz ensembles 4Square, Estrella Acosta, Delhi 2 Dublin, Mokoomba, KC Roberts & the Live Revolution, Manteca and many others. Thur 6 to 11 pm, Fri to Sun noon to 11 pm. Free. Victoria Park, 509 Clarence (London). 519-672-1522, JUL 3 TO 6

TILLSONBURG TURTLEFEST Amy Churm, Shane Chisholm, Marshall Dane and Nicole Rayy entertain at this downtown block party. Saturday events at Memorial Park and Lake Lisgar. Free. Downtown Tillsonburg, Broadway and Gowrie. JUN 13 TO 14

UPTOWN WATERLOO JAZZ FESTIVAL Ivana Santilli, Beverly Taft, Jim Clayton, Soul Stew, Big Band Theory, Eliana Cuevas, Cadence, Eccodek and others play this outdoor fest. Free. Waterloo City Centre, 100 Regina S (Waterloo). JUL 18 TO 20

WHEATLEY SUMMER CONCERT SERIES David Light Jun 1, Stay Tuneds Jun 8, Bosco Jun 15, the Diggers Jun 22, Catilin Hanford Duo Jun 29, the Jay Allan Band Jul 6, the Ravens Jul 13, Whoa Nellie Bluegrass Band Jul 29 and Kool Kats Jul 27. Outdoor concerts go into the pavilion in inclement weather. 6:30 pm. Free, donations welcome. Two Creeks Conservation Area, 21638 1 Kent Rd (Wheatley). 519-324-6988, JUN 1 TO JUL 27

WINTERREISE Bass baritone Daniel Lichti celebrates his career of 40 years with a performance of Schubert’s song cycle with pianist Ephraim Laor. 8 pm. $25-$35. KWCMS Music Room, 57 Young W (Waterloo). JUL 16

Georgian Bay/Grey County/Lake Huron/Owen Sound

BOB DEANGELIS & SAX APPEAL Concert for jazz lovers. $35. Meaford Hall, 12 Nelson E (Meaford). 1-877-538-0463, JUN 12

ELECTRIC ECLECTICS Performers include Fresh Snow, Tarpit, Erin Sexton, Not the Wind Not the Flag and Paul Dutton, DJ sets by Petra Glynt, HVYWTR and many others at this fest that includes films, workshops and installations. Camping available. Various prices, check website. Funny Farm, 202 Scotch Mountain (Meaford). 519-378-9899, AUG 1 TO 3

HOLSTEIN RODEO & COUNTRY MUSICFEST Cara Smith, the Road Hammers, the Western Swing Authority, Tommy Gilham & the Chill Billys, Megan Morrison and others play this outdoor festival. Concerts $45, weekend passes available, see website. Foster Ranch, 492253 Southgate Rd 49 (Holstein). JUL 10 TO 13

HONKY TONK BASS FESTIVAL The Reklaws, Ty Baynton, Marshall Dane and Larry Berrio all perform alongside a smallmouth bass derby. $25 per evening. Paisley Rotary Park, Queen and Goldie (Paisley). 519-353-6021, JUL 11 TO 13

ILLUMINATION MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL Music by Future Rock, the Heavy Pets, Dr Fameus w/ After Funk, Chameleon Project, Chartruse and others plus workshops, art and more. $60 ( Frontier Ghost Town, Grey Rd 12 W of Concession 2. JUL 11 TO 12

LEITH SUMMER FESTIVAL The Penderecki String Quartet Jul 12 and the Lafayette String Quartet Jul 26. 7:30 pm. $25, stu $15 series pass $120. Leith Church, 419134 Tom Thomson Lane (Leith). 1-888-446-7699, JUL 12 TO AUG 23

LIGHTHOUSE BLUES FESTIVAL Brandon Santini, Johnny Max Band, Rita Chiarelli, Mackenzie Blues Band, Dana Fuchs Band, Jack de Keyzer, Morgan Davis, Harrison Kennedy and many others play this festival. Sat afternoon Queen street festival from 11 am to 4 pm, free. Wknd pass $50, Fri or Sat night $30 ( Downtown Kincardine, Queen at Harbour. 519-395-0470, JUL 11 TO 12

LINDI ORTEGA The country songstress performs with opener Sam Cash. 8 pm. $40. Meaford Hall, 12 Nelson E (Meaford). 1-877-538-0463, JUL 25

MUDTOWN MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL Thee Silver Mount Zion Memorial Orchestra, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan, Odonis Odonis, Fresh Snow, Mahogany Frog, Bry Web, Alana Gurr and many others at multiple venues amidst art installations, a night market and artisans. Wknd pass $75, Fri/Sat only pass $45-$55 adv. Roxy Theatre, 251 9th E (Owen Sound). 1-888-446-7699, AUG 8 TO 9

PAISLEY RIVER AND BLUES Morgan Davis Blues, Mackenzie Blues Band, Cheryl Lescom, Tim Woodcock Band, Riverside Blues Band and others play Rotary Park and Main Street. Free performances in the Town Square Saturday and concerts at the Palace and Back Eddies. See website for details. Paisley Rotary Park, Queen and Goldie (Paisley). 519-353-6021, JUN 5 TO 8

THE SOUND OF MEOW-SIC 2 The Madri-Gals & Guys, Two Pianos Eight Hands and the Beaver Valler concert band perform to benefit the Clarksburg Cat Shelter. 7 pm, silent auction opens at 3 pm. $20. Meaford Hall, 12 Nelson E (Meaford). 1-877-538-0463, JUN 28

SUMMERFOLK MUSIC & CRAFTS FESTIVAL Buffy Sainte-Marie, Union Duke, Beckon, Danny Michel, Oh Susanna, Ventanas, David Sereda, David Newland and many others at this outdoor festival. Various prices, check website. Kelso Beach Park, Eddie Sargent Pkwy at 19th (Owen Sound). 1-888-655-9090, AUG 15 TO 17

Huntsville/Muskoka/Parry Sound/Sudbury

CHARLES W STOCKEY CENTRE CONCERTS David Clayton-Thomas Jul 2, Abbamania Jul 4, the Navigators Jul 5, JJ Grey & Mofro Jul 7, Pavlo Jul 9, Legends Of Rock & Roll & Country Music tribute show Jul 10, and more (see website). $30-$59.95. Charles W Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay (Parry Sound). 1-877-746-4466, JUL 2 TO 10

ETWELL CONCERT SERIES Outdoor blues concert series includes Paul James Jun 8, Jerome Godboo Jun 22, Jake Thomas Jun 29, Fathead Jul 6, the 24th Street Wailers Jul 20 and Michael Pickett Jul 27. 3 to 6 pm, occasional weeknight shows. Suggested $20 donation. Etwell Pavilion, 2012 Etwell (Huntsville). JUN 8 TO JUL 27

FESTIVAL OF THE SOUND Gala opening concert with the Trinity College Choir Cambridge Jul 18, Classical Cruise on the Bay Jul 20, Gryphon Trio Jul 22, Shakespeare’s Songbook Jul 25 and other concerts. Stockey Centre and other area venues. Various prices, some free events. Charles W Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts, 2 Bay (Parry Sound). 1 866-364-0061, JUL 18 TO AUG 10

HUNTSVILLE FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS Jesse Cook Jul 3 & 4, British Columbia Boys Choir Jul 16, Colin James Jul 18, Cowboy Junkies Jul 24, Holly Cole Jul 25 and others. Various prices. Algonquin Theatre, 37 Main E (Huntsville). 705-789-4975, JUL 3 TO AUG 9

HUNTSVILLE JAZZ FESTIVAL Joel Sealy and Jackie Richardson perform Jul 31, Jane Bunnett & Maqueque Aug 1. $20-$35. Algonquin Theatre, 37 Main E (Huntsville). 705-789-4975, JUL 31 TO AUG 3

THE KEE TO BALA Jason Blaine, the Reklaws and Runaway Angel Jun 14, the Sheepdogs Jun 27, and 54-40 Jul 5. Doors 9 pm. $30-$35 ( The Kee, Bala Falls Road (Bala). JUN 14 TO JUL 5

MUSIC ON THE BARGE The Muskoka Concert Band Jun 22, the Bifocals Concert Band Jun 29, Gino Monopoly’s Elvis tribute Jul 6, Eddy & the Stingrays Jul 13, Beatles tribute Jul 20, Eagles tribute Jul 27. Shows at 7:30 pm. Bring a lawn chair. Concerts cancelled in the event of rain. Free/donations welcome. Gull Lake Rotary Park, Bethune Dr (Gravenhurst). JUN 22 TO JUL 27

MUSICAL CRUISES ON THE BAY Classical Cruise On The Bay Jul 20 with Gene DiNovi, Drew Jurecka, the Tiberius Quartet, the Cheng2Duo and others, A Tribute To New Orleans Jul 28 with the Dixie Demons as part of the Festival Of The Sound. $40. Island Queen Cruise, Town Dock (Parry Sound). 1-866-364-0061, JUL 20 TO 28

MUSKOKA SOUND MUSIC FESTIVAL Walk Off the Earth, Serena Ryder, Mother Mother, Monster Truck, Shad, Yukon Blonde, Paper Lions and others play a new all-ages festival at this scenic spot. Fri $50, Sat $60, Sun $40, festival pass $99. Lion’s Lookout, Lookout Rd (Huntsville). SEP 12 TO 14

NEW MUSIC FEST SUDBURY Theory of a Deadman, Monster Truck, the Glorious Sons, Gentlemen Husbands, Golden Gate Graves and many others. Gates 5 pm, all ages. $36.50-$45. Grace Harman Amphitheatre, 900 Paris (Sudbury). JUN 6 TO 7

NORTHERN LIGHTS FESTIVAL BORÉAL Bruce Cockburn, Wintersleep, Tokyo Police Club, the Strumbellas, Patrick Wright et les Gauchistes, Jazz Paradis and others play this outdoor festival on Lake Ramsey. Fri $28, Sat/Sun $43, weekend pass $88, stu $63. Bell Park, 900 Paris (Sudbury). JUL 4 TO 6

PETER’S PLAYERS Jarvis Church Jun 6, Muskoka Blues dinner cruise with David Rotundo and Jordan John Jun 14, Mike Stern, Bill Evans, Tom Kennedy and Steve Smith Jun 26, Goddo Jul 10, Great Lake Swimmers Jul 12, Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Steam Show Jul 19, Basia Bulat Jul 31 and more. $65-$130. Peter’s Players, 830 Muskoka Rd S (Gravenhurst). 705-687-2117, JUN 6 TO JUL 31

RIVER AND SKY MUSIC FESTIVAL Pink Mountaintops, Bry Webb, the Silver Hearts, the Besnard Lakes, Cuff the Duke, Ketamines, the Highest Order, Daniel Romano, Snowblink and many others. Camping available at this festival on the Sturgeon River near West Nipissing. Weekend pass $125. 3636 Hwy 539 (Field). JUL 18 TO 20

RIVER VALLEY BLUEGRASS JAMBOREE David Davis & the Warrior River Boys, Stevens Family, Ralph Stanley, Hard Ryde, Danny Paisley & Southern Grass, Jeanette Williams and others. Rough camping included. Day pass $20-$25, weekend pass $90-$105. Hwy 539A through River Valley, (West Nipissing). 705-789-9049. JUL 30 TO AUG 3

SKYNET, HONOUR CREST & CARDINALS PRIDE Rock concert. Artemis, Oh!Victory and Revive: Rejoice also on the bill. 5:30 pm. $15, adv $10. Royal Canadian Legion, 2200 Long Lake (Sudbury). JUN 3


AMPHITHEATRE SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Sam Roberts Band Jun 13 and 14, Jesse Cook July 5, Alan Doyle Jul 11, Chantal Kreviazuk Jul 12, Colin James Jul 19, Justin Rutledge & Lindi Ortega Jul 26, Elton Lammie Aug 8, Stars Aug 9, and Cowboy Junkies Aug 16. $49-$89, dinner packages available. Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Winery, 2145 Niagara Stone (Niagara-on-the-Lake). 1-866-589-4637 ext 2, JUN 13 TO AUG 16

BLUES BLOWOUT CONCERT Blues harmonica concert with Carlos Del Junco, Jerome Godboo and Adam Gussow. 8 pm. $25. Shared Harvest Community Farm and Education Centre, 834 North Shore (Dunnville). 905-701-7255. JUN 28

CAYUGAFEST PRESENTS THE GRAND RIVER MUSIC FESTIVAL Freedom Train, 12-20 Blast and Dry County Jul 19 (from 6 pm), Boogie Infection, Western Swing Authority, Shane Chisholm, Marshall Dane & the Law Jul 20 (noon to 1 am). See website for details. $10. Bob Baigent Memorial Park, Ouse St S (Cayuga). JUL 19 TO 20

CIDER FEST Country music concert, barbecue and cider festival with George Canyon, Aaron Pritchett, Brad James, Autumn Hill, High Valley and others. 1 to 10 pm. $40-$50. Stoney Creek, Puddicombe Estate, 1468 Highway 8 (Stoney Creek). JUN 20 TO 21

FALLSVIEW SUMMER CONCERTS Gladys Knight Jun 20-21, Little Anthony & the Imperials Jun 27-28, Train Jul 17-18, Songwriters Jul 19, Elton John tribute Jul 24-Aug 2 and others. Various prices, see website for details. Niagara Fallsview Casino Resort, 6380 Fallsview Blvd. JUN 20 TO AUG 2

HAYDEN Performance by the singer-songwriter at 8:30 pm. $20. The Sanctuary – Centre for the Arts, 209 Ridge (Ridgeway). 905-894-8373, JUN 19

ILLUMINAQUA Live musical performances set on a floating stage surrounded by fire. Jordan Raycroft Jun 13, the Abrams Brothers Jul 4 and others. 8 pm. $20-$80. Merritt Park Amphitheatre, 115 King (Welland). 905-735-1700, JUN 13 TO AUG 29

MONTEBELLO PARK CONCERTS Kindred Jun 13 and Solstice Jun 27. 7 to 9 pm, rain or shine in the bandshell. Free. Montebello Park, 64 Ontario (St Catharines). 905-688-5601 ext 1563. JUN 13 TO 27

MUSIC NIAGARA Festival of classical to jazz, country to cabaret. Le Vent Du Nord Jul 12, Afiara String Quaret Jul 13, Quartetto Gelato Jul 18, Richard Strauss, Robert Silverman and Christopher Newton Jul 26, and others. Various prices. St Mark’s Church, and other venues (Niagara-on-the-Lake). 1-800-511-7429, JUL 12 TO AUG 16

NORFOLK N’ BLUES FESTIVAL Jordan Patterson, Ray Fuller & the Blues Rockers, the Mackenzie Blues Band, Steve Strongman, Jack de Keyzer, Loco Zydeco, the Fraser Melvin Band, Chuck Jackson, Paul James and others play this outdoor fest.Camping available. Sat $45, Sun $30, wknd pass $65, camping $25. Frog’s Hollow, Lakeside Vista, 2916 Front (Vittoria). JUL 19 TO 20

S.C.E.N.E. MUSIC FESTIVAL Marianas Trench, Matthew Good, the Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, Arkells, Lights, Shad, Glorious Sons, Current Swell, Boy & Bear and many more at this all-ages concert. Doors at 1 pm. Sat or Sun $39.50, VIP $69.50, weekend pass $69.40-$119.50 ( Montebello Park and downtown, 64 Ontario (St Catharines). JUN 28 TO 29

SESSIONS SHOWCASE The AntiQs and Jessica Lajner May 30, Elton Lammie Jul 11 and others. $10-$20 ( Sessions on the River, 133 Niagara Blvd (Fort Erie). 905-658-7253. MAY 30 TO AUG 8

SIMCOE PARK BANDSHELL CONCERTS Music Niagara presents Often Running Jul 20, My Sweet Patootie Jul 27 and others. Shows at 2 pm. Free. Picton and King (Niagara-on-the-Lake). JUL 20 TO 27

SUMMER CONCERT SERIES Foghat and David Wilcox kick off the concert series Jun 20. Other bands tba. $42 ( Safari Niagara, 2821 Stevensville. 866-367-9669, JUN 20

Brighton/Cobourg/Picton/Prince Edward County/Port Hope

CALIFORNIA SUN Beach music of the 60s. 8 pm. $25. Park Theatre, 666 King E (Cobourg). 1-877-700-3130, JUL 19

COBOURG OUTDOOR CONCERTS The Concert Band of Cobourg plays Tuesday evenings in the bandshell. 8 pm. Free. Victoria Park, 138 Division (Cobourg). 1-888-262-6874, JUL 8 TO AUG 26

DON ROSS AND ANDY MCKEE Concert by guitar players includes guest Calum Graham. 8 pm. $38.80 ( Trinity College School LeVan Theatre, 55 Deblaquire N (Port Hope). 905-885-0908, JUN 14

ELVIS: THE MOMENTS Pete Paquette with Rudy & the Angels Band portray the King of rock & roll. 8 pm. $39. Regent Theatre, 244 Main (Picton). 613-476-8416, JUL 12

JONNY LANG The Southern blues, rock and gospel singer performs. $59.50-$69.50. Regent Theatre, 244 Main (Picton). 613-476-8416, JUN 1

KEVIN FOX The composer, singer, arranger and cellist performs. 8 pm. $28. Fire Hall Theatre, 213 Second (Cobourg). 905-372-2210. JUN 13 TO 14

MONKEYJUNK The Stewart Park Festival kicks off summer with the blues band. $20. Crystal Palace, Tay at Basin (Perth). JUN 14

MUSIC AT PORT MILFORD Chamber music festival includes performances by Linden String Quartet Jul 26 and others. See website for schedule. $25, student $10. St Mary Magdalene Church, 335 Main (Picton). JUL 20 TO AUG 9

PORT MILFORD TAKES TO THE STREETS Students of the classical chamber music festival busk on street corners. 10 am to noon. Free. Main Street (Picton). JUL 19 AUG 2

QUINTE ISLE’S BLUEGRASS CELEBRATION Canadian bluegrass bands Hard Ryde, Dusty Drifters, the Monroe Sisters, Riverbend Gentlemen, the Barrel Boys and others perform. Camping available. Day pass Fri $10, Sat $25, Sun $15, weekend passes available. Quinte’s Isle CamPark, 237 Salmon Point (Cherry Valley). MAY 30 TO JUN 1

STEWART PARK FESTIVAL Three-day folk music festival outdoors in Stewart Park and at downtown venues. The Bills, John Gorka, Sultans of String, The Lovelocks, Amelia Curran, Bombadils, Duane Andrews and Craig Young, Pacific Curls, JW Jones, and others perform. Free, after hours concerts $20 button for weekend, individual shows $tba. Stewart Park, 80 Gore E, behind the Town Hall (Perth). 613-485-6434, JUL 18 TO 20

SUMMER BANDSHELL CONCERT SERIES Union Duke Jul 3, Maple Leaf Jug Band Jul 10, Clarington Concert Band Jul 17, Bruce Longman Trio Jul 24, Don McArthur’s Big Band Jul 31 and more. Thursdays 7 pm. Bring a lawn chair. Free. Memorial Park, Queen at Augusta (Port Hope). 905-885-2004, JUL 3 TO AUG 28

TILL THE BOYS COME HOME North Lakeshore Mass Chorus perform a choral and band tribute to the Canadian soldiers of the First Contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who sailed to Europe 100 years ago. 3 & 7:30 pm. $22, $12 child under 12. Trinity United Church, 284 Division (Cobourg). JUN 14

VALLEY BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Family oriented festival with bands Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Hard Ryde, the Delaney Brothers, Maple Hill and others. Rough camping available. $20-$30, weekend passes available. Johnston’s Farm, 408 Castleford (Renfrew). JUL 10 TO 13


THE BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS The Edinburgh roots and blues musicians perform with the Mayhemingways opening. 8 pm. $25. Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George N (Peterborough). 1-866-444-2154, JUN 24

THE BLACK DIAMOND EXPRESS The roots and blues band performs with the Mayhemingways. 8 pm. $25. Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George N (Peterborough). 705-742-7469, JUN 24

ERRING ON THE MOUNT Multidisciplinary arts festival with the Zippa Dee Doo Dah Soul Chorus and others tba. See website for schedule. Various prices. Mount Community Centre, 1555 Monaghan (Peterborough). MAY 30 TO JUN 1

HAYDEN Performance by the singer-songwriter at 9 pm. $25. Gordon Best Theatre, 216 Hunter W (Peterborough). JUN 13

MARTIN WALL The pianist performs a program of ragtime, waltzes, Bach, Beethoven, originals and more. 2:30 pm. $25, adv $20. Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George N (Peterborough). 705-742-7469, JUN 30

MINDEN HILLS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL Back Roads, Rhyme n’ Reason, Traditionally Wound, the Tebworth Brothers, Bill White & Whitepine, the Schotts, Randy Morrison & Flatt Rivers and others. Fri eve $20, Sat day pass $35, Sat after 6 pm $25, Sun $20, weekend pass $75. Minden Fairgrounds, 2048 Fleming. JUL 18 TO 20

PALMER RAPIDS TWIN MUSIC FESTIVAL Two complete festivals with a stage for country and including Chad Brownlee, Dr Hook, Tommy Cash, Ridin’ Shotgun and others a bluegrass stage features Amy Gallatin, Jimmy Flynn, Whiskey Jack and others. Weekend pass $30-$160, srs $84-$95, day tickets $25-$75. Wingle and Cedar Grove (Palmer Rapids). JUL 24 TO 27

PETERBOROUGH FOLK FESTIVAL Kick off concert with the Constantines, the Lonely Parade and Marine Dreams Aug 22, the Burning Hell Aug 23, and hands-on workshops Aug 24 in the park. Fri events downtown, Sat at Nicholls Oval and Sun at Millennium Park (Peterborough). 705-874-6796, AUG 22 TO 24

PETERBOROUGH MUSICFEST Skydiggers Jun 28, the Strumbellas Jul 2, Wide Mouth Mason Jul 5, Colin James Jul 16, Tegan & Sara Jul 23, Cowboy Junkies Jul 30 and many others. Concerts Wed & Sat at 8 pm to Aug 27. Free. Del Crary Park, Crescent at Perry (Peterborough). 705-755-1111, JUN 28 TO AUG 27

SWEET ALIBI The soulful folk-pop trio performs. 7:30 pm. $25. Northern Lights Performing Arts Pavilion, 5358 County Road 21 (Haliburton). 705-457-9933. JUN 6

WESTBEN BARN CONCERTS Music in an outdoor setting. The Choir of Trinity College, Cecelia String Quartet, the Skydiggers, Dough Leahy & Friends, pianist Avan Yu, Phantom Of The Opera in concert and many other events. $4.50 for youth, $44.25 adults. The Barn, 6698 County Road 30 (Campbellford). 1-877-883-5777, JUL 4 TO AUG 3


CARIVIBE BEACH FESTIVAL Celebration of Caribbean culture with performances by Moses Revolution, Destiny, Artisan Kings, Nepean Panharmonic Steel Band, Salsitos, Loyal Kigabiro and many DJs and dance groups. $20, advance $12 (, Petrie Island, 727 Trim (Ottawa). 613-590-1588, JUN 21

CLASSICAL CONCERTS Pianist Jon Kimura Parker Jun 30, cellist Colin Carr Jul 28, and pianist Pavel Kolesnikov Aug 11. 7:30 pm. $45. Thousand Islands Playhouse Springer Theatre, 690 Charles St. 1-866-382-7020,

JUN 30 TO AUG 11

EMPIRE ROCKFEST All-ages licensed outdoor event with Huey Lewis & the News and Glass Tiger Jul 24, Weezer and the Trews Jul 25, Sammy Hagar and Extreme Jul 26. Gates open at 6 pm. Various prices, check website. Empire Theatre Square, 321 Front (Belleville). 613-969-0099, JUL 24 TO 26

ESCAPADE MUSIC FESTIVAL Eric Prydz, Chuckie, Kaskade, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, Fedde Le Grand, Nervo and others at this international DJ fest. Check website for prices. RA Centre, 2451 Riverside (Ottawa). 613-733-5100, JUN 28 TO JUL 1

ESCAPADE MUSIC FESTIVAL CLUB SERIES The DJ festival’s club series includes Alex Metric at Ritual (137 Besserer), Simon Patterson at Era Nightclub (380 Elgin), Figure at Babylon (317 Bank) and others. Check website for prices. Downtown Ottawa, JUN 30

FRANKFORD ISLAND BLUES FESTIVAL Joe Callahan, the Fade Kings, Ila Vann, Janet Jeffery & the 8 Wing Show Band, Riley & Riley, the Fabulous Tonesmasters, Balls & Jane and many others play this three-day outdoor festival with onsite camping. $15, weekend $40. Frankford Tourist Park, Hwy 5 and Hwy 33. 613-392-1025, JUN 6 TO 8

HEART & JASON BONHAM Rock concert. 8 pm. $49.50-$95 ( Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium (Ottawa). 613-599-0100, JUN 18

JOHN SEBASTIAN Concert with the Lovin Spoonful musician. 7:30 pm. $36.50-$48.50. Grand Theatre, 218 Princess (Kingston). 613-530-2050, JUN 28

JUDY COLLINS Concert by the singer-songwriter. 7:30 pm. $36.50-$48.50. Grand Theatre, 218 Princess (Kingston). 613-530-2050, JUN 8

JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE Rock concert. 8 pm. $45-$175. Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium (Ottawa). 613-599-0100, JUL 22

KATY PERRY’S PRISMATIC WORLD TOUR The pop diva performs with openers Capital Cities. 7:30 pm. $29.50-$125.50. Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium (Ottawa). 613-599-0100, JUL 16

KIM POLLARD BAND Blues and jazz concert and dance. 8 pm. $20 ( Dog House Studios, 99 Dairy (Napanee). JUN 13

MATTAWA VOYAGEUR DAYS Randy Bachman, Theory of a Deadman, Matthew Good & Sass Jordan and many others perform at this outdoor fest. Camping available. Fri & Sun day pass $40, weekend wristband $40, under 10 free. Explorer’s Point, 285 First (Mattawa). 1-800-267-4222, JUL 24 TO 27

MOOKOOMBA Concert by the Zimbabewan musicians. 7:30 pm. $20-$30. Grand Theatre, 218 Princess (Kingston). 613-530-2050, JUL 9

OTTAWA BLUESFEST Lady Gaga, the Killers, Blake Shelton, Queens of the Stone Age, Lady Antebellum, Journey, Snoop Dogg, the Band Perry, Ryan Hemsworth, Childish Gambino, Blondie, Bonobo, Danny Brown, Matt Andersen, Action Bronson and many many others. $20-$150, festival passport and multiple ticket options at Lebreton Flats Park, 1 Vimy Place, near the War Museum (Ottawa). 1-877-788-3267, JUL 3 TO 13

OTTAWA CHAMBERFEST Festival opening gala with Brentano String Quartet Jul 24, A Far Cry Jul 25, Sondra Radvanovsky Jul 29, the Brandenburg Concertos Aug 7 and many others. At DCU Church and other venues. Passports from $175 to $329, various single ticket or gala prices. Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper. 613-234-6306, JUL 24 TO AUG 7

OTTAWA DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL Concerts include Stars and the Zolas Jun 19, the Sheepdogs, Cuff the Duke and Harlan Pepper Jun 20, Hey Ocean!, Arkells and Amos the Transparent Jun 21 and others. Free. Mooney’s Bay Park, Riverside and Brookfield (Ottawa). JUN 19 TO 22

OTTAWA EXPLOSION Punk and garage bands from Montreal to Halifax including Audio, Black Love, Dig it Up, Hashed Out, the Mandates, Odonis Odonis, Wasted Potential and many others. Wristband $60. Club Saw, 67 Nicholas, and other venues (Ottawa). JUN 12 TO 15

OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL Austra Jun 21, Ron Sexsmith Jun 21, Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers w/ Edie Brickell Jun 22, Tedeschi Trucks Band Jun 23, Elliott Brood Jun 24, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite Jun 27, Aretha Franklin Jun 28 and many others. Concerts under the stars, late-night jam sessions and more. $20-$85, passes $190-$310, yth pass $90, single-day Confederation Park tickets also available. Confederation Park (Elgin at Slater), NAC and other venues (Ottawa). 1-613-241-2633, JUN 20 TO JUL 1

PRINCE EDWARD COUNTY MUSIC FESTIVAL Festival’s Greatest Hits Sep 20, Mary Lou Fallis & Peter Tiefenbach Sep 21, Gryphon Trio Sep 22, Puccini’s La Bohème Sept 26, Baroque Sep 27 and many more concerts. Various venues in Picton and Bloomfield (see website). $36-$50, passes available. Regent Theatre, 224 Main (Picton). 1-877-411-4761, SEP 19 TO 28

SKELETON PARK ARTS FESTIVAL Jim Bryson, Cold Specks, Maylee Todd, Luther Wright, the Heavyweights Brass Band and many others Jun 21, 10 am to dusk. Musical events every day. Check website for more details. In the park and other venues in town. Most events free. McBurney Park, Ordnance at Alma (Kingston). JUN 20 TO 29

STUDIO S SERIES Angela Hewitt Jun 9, Jon Kimura Parker Jun 30, Colin Carr Jul 28 and others. 7:30 pm. $45. Firehall Theatre, 185 South (Gananoque). 613-382-7020, JUN 9 TO JUL 28

SUMMER MUSIC AT THE MANSION Silverstein Jun 7, Skynet, Cardinals Pride and Honour Crest Jun 11, Aaron Carter Jun 12, Ritual Jun 14, Hey Ocean! Jun 19, Old Man Markley Jul 2, Anciients Jul 8 and others. $8-$20 ( The Mansion, 506 Princess (Kingston). 613-531-0003, JUN 7 TO JUL 8

SUMMER SOLSTICE ABORIGINAL FESTIVAL & POWWOW Murray Porter, Andy Mason Band, Holly McNarland, Lucie Idlout, Joanne Shenandoah and others at this festival of aboriginal cultures. Free, donations welcome. Vincent Massey Park, Heron and Riverside (Ottawa). JUN 20 TO 22

1000 ISLANDS JAZZ & BLUES FESTIVAL Barry Greene May 29, River City Junction May 30, Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday tribute May 31, Brenda Lewis Jun 1. Various venues in Brockville. Check website for details. $15-$20, $65 for four concerts. Brockville, MAY 29 TO JUN 1

WESTFEST: WESTBORO VILLAGES’ FESTIVAL OF MUSIC, ART & LIFE A Tribe Called Red, Ashley MacIsaac,Good2Go, Shawnee, River City Junction, George Leach and others. Free. Westboro Village, Richmond from Churchill to Kirkwood (Ottawa). 613-729-3565, JUN 13 TO 15

WOLFE ISLAND MUSIC FESTIVAL The Rural Alberta Advantage, K-OS, Shad, Bry Webb, Young Galaxy, PUP, Harlan Pepper, Wilderness of Manitoba and others, a short ferry ride from Kingston or Cape Vincent. Gates 5 pm. $45-$125, weekend pass $100 (early bird at Wolfe Island, (Kingston). AUG 8 TO 9

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