Yes, Montreal has some dope festivals right here in the city, but summer road trips are always fun, especially when they involve massive two-day raves featuring some of the best DJ's in the known world. Names like Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Pete Tong, Carl Cox, Excision and Steve Angello big enough for you? Well you're in luck, because they're all headlining the 2015 Bud Light Digital Dreams Festival happening June 27 & 28 on the Flats at Ontario Place.
Back for its fourth edition, Bud Light Digital Dreams is the largest electronic music festival in Canada, featuring two days and three stages of pure mayhem and energy, set right on the shoreline of Toronto's iconic skyline. Already one of the most sophisticated experiences in EDM today, this year will see the introduction of the BACARDÍ® Untameable Stage, showcasing the very best in future house, dubstep and bass music.
To make your electric adventure easier for you, Bud Light Digital Dreams is offering hotel, flight and ticket packages via Findor. Select from a variety of pre-prepared packages, or build your own, choosing your preferred airline and hotel. The first 100 general admission tickets will be offered at the early bird price of $129.99 (+ tax and service fees), and the first 25 VIP tickets will be offered at the early bird price of $229.99 (+ tax and service fees) available here.
If you're looking for an epic way to celebrate Canada Day long-weekend, Digital Dreams is definitely worthy of a road trip, even if it's to Toronto.
For a taste of the eargasms awaiting you at Digital Dreams, Spotify has provided an exclusive playlist made up of the performing artists.
Welcome to the dead of winter ladies and gentlemen. The weather in Montreal has been so cold and so gloomy; it feels like it might not end. The city is now a barren snowy tundra, and our minds are filled with lovelorn images of August afternoons. If you’re itching to get away this summer but don’t have the cash to go abroad per say, then why not do an old fashioned road trip? Grab your mom’s Jetta and hit the road with some of your pals. And if your mind is currently blocked with snow banks and hockey scores, we have some amazing Canadian festivals to get your summer gears goin’ so you can start planning!
Needing an electronic music fix? Then June 27th and 28th is your time to party. Toronto is the host to Bud Light’s Digital Dreams, which is the largest electronic music festival in Canada. The full line-up has yet to be announced, but as per usual it will never disappoint.
There is no denying that street performance can be pretty amazing. That’s why buskers from all over the world converge and demonstrate spectacular talents around Canada. However, out of all the locales these people go to, Halifax Busker Fest takes the cake. Yes, it is a far drive, however people go all out for this event. We’re talking about fire artists, contortionists, street dancers, magicians going absolutely ham, by the beautiful Nova Scotia water front.
Ottawa BluesFest is one of the most iconic events we hosers have to offer. It is pretty well established meaning it has a set up that is out of this world. Seriously, 6 stages, 200 acts and 12 days to execute everything. Crazy, we know. This years lineup is still being speculated, but some of the best suggestions of possible performers are Weird Al, U2 and T-Swift.
Who knew the prairies could be so poppin’. Well, the Calgary Stampede is a national event that brings in $345 mil every year, so you know this event is pretty wild. They have everything from The Rodeo and acrobatics, to live music and food. The Stampede is all about preserving western culture in Canada, a pretty far stretch from how we live in Montreal, so this is a great opportunity to experience a lifestyle (in it’s absolute fullest, yee-hawing, horse riding form) that is completely different from our own.
You dig the Osheaga vibe? Squamish is kind of like that, but more, hippy –dippy. Squamish Fest is three-day music festival that promotes indie, folk, rock, pop and electronic music. The event is located in BC, so it’s no surprise the grounds are littered with camping, marijuana enthusiasts. The lineup is announced in 2 days, I repeat 2 days! Get ready to order tickets before you know what you’re doing.
Alright all you Brad Paisley lovers, I know you’re out there by the thousands, this is for you. Boots and Hearts has been one of Canadas biggest country music festivals for the mere 2 years it has been running. Country fanatics, line up in there cowboy boots and flannel and have a time and a half. The line up this year looks prime, featuring Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line and of course Mr. Paisley.
If you don’t have the means to travel far away from the 514, then we recommend tripping to Festival d’ete de Quebec. Located in the heart of Quebec City from July 9th -19th, Festival d’ete strives to have something for everyone. They’ve featured everyone from the Black Keys, Skrillex to up and coming street performers. The line –up is going to be announced this Spring, so keep on your toes for the release.
If you’re the kind of person who will do anything for some good noms, then the drive to BC won’t faze you in the slightest. EAT! Vancouver is Canada’s largest food related expo/festival. It’s filled with celebrity chefs, culinary training, abundant samples and meals upon meals to gorge yourself with. It’s only three days though (May 1st -3rd) so you better start preparing your tummy now.
Originally inspired by Pop Montreal ( go us!) Sled Island has become one of the most renowned music/arts festivals in the entire country. The whole deal of Sled Island is to expand the city of Calgary to reach out to different forms of expression, different people and mostly just a more creative way of thinking. The whole extravaganza seems insane, and looks super interesting for those of you who like to expand your mind to the unknown.
Yep, fireworks are pretty amazing. They’ve kinda become cliché, especially since that Katy Perry song, however seeing them in the masses is just breathtaking. The Celebration of Light is the largest off shore fireworks competition in the world. The whole event runs July 25th, 29th and August 1st, and brings almost half a million spectators. It’s honestly incredible, and if you’re going to make the trek all the way from Montreal to Vancouver, you might as well see something wild.
Montreal is a mecca of festivals, we all know it. But, as the weather warms up, we want to see and do more. If you combine this desire with the inherent love of music that can be found in 99% of Montrealers, then you can only come to one possible result - summer of out-of-town music festivals.
We've put together a list of the 10 best music festivals happening in the surrounding areas - all are six hours or less by car. We've got you covered - everything from country to electronic to rock. Get out your calendar, mark all of these down, and get planning for the best summer ever.
Who: Literally everyone you can think of, from Lady Gaga to Billy Joel to Snoop Dogg - the list goes on and on.
Why: Besides all of the big names who will be playing, this festival is Canada's biggest and it would be a shame to miss it. Approximately 1.5 million people attend the Festival d'été de Québec every year, so obviously, they're doing something right. As if all of those reasons weren't enough, here's one more: festival passes (for all 11 days) are only $78 right now!
How: A little under three hours away, it's pretty easy to get there. Here's a tip: if you don't have a car, you can always check out the rideshare listings on Craigslist. It's basically modern hitchhiking... except you pay for it.
Who: Digital Dreams' headliners include Tiesto, Deep Dish, Justice, Victor Calderone, The Chainsmokers (of #selfie fame) and more.
Why: Digital Dreams is, quite literally, the biggest electronic music festival in Canada. It's happening Canada Day weekend which means you don't even have to take any time off from work to attend. Tickets are starting at about $220 for general admission, but if you want to get real fancy, split the 15 person VIP Package with your closest friends ($7,000) - you'll get bottle service, food, incredible seating, vip bathrooms, and so much more. Need convincing? Check out our pictures from Digital Dreams 2013.
How: You can get to Toronto pretty much any way, except maybe walking. Grab a Porter flight to Billy Bishop or get on a train.. it's so easy to get there, you literally have no excuse to not go.
Why: OVO Fest is Drake's music festival and it's ridiculously good. Every year, he always surprises the crowd with awesome, surprise guests and just that alone, is a good reason to attend. Add to that, the fact that everyone raves about the energy of this festival and you've got the recipe for a great time. Single-day passes are about $66 and two-day passes range anywhere from $120 to $350.
How: To really make Drake proud and get in the spirit of OVO Fest, you should probably hop on your private jet, stocked with Hennessy, decked out in tuscan leather.. well, we don't need to tell you, you already know how it is.
Who: AWOLNATION, Rise Against, Papa Roach, Black Tiger Sex Machine
Why: So, you're probably wondering, what is this? 20 years ago, in this town in Eastern Quebec, this festival was created to mimic the fun-loving, peaceful vibe of the original Woodstock. Not Woodstock-y enough for you? Rent a camping area ($45), bring your tent and spend 5 days listening to good music under the stars. Don't be surprised when you see how many people will be there - this festival sees about 78,000 visitors over its length. 5-day passes start at $75.
How: This is really the type of festival that makes you feel like you're in another world - you've never heard of it, it's far away (a little over three hours) and everyone speaks a different language (if you're an anglophone) so, we say, make it a road trip with your friends! Bring a ton of junk food, drinks, disconnect from your life in Montreal for a few days and have a blast. You won't regret it.
When: Festival June 28-29; Club Series June 30; Canada Day July 1
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
Who: All of your favorites - Dada Life, Danny Tenaglia, Fedde Legrand, Victor Calderone, and more
Why: This is a unique experience. June 28th and 29th, live the Escapade Music Festival with local and international talents. June 30th, the Escapade Club Series make its debut - DJs will be taking over clubs all over downtown Ottawa. Finally, it all culminates on July 1st, for a Canada Day celebration of epic proportions. Hold on - wait until you see what this is going to cost you: $139 for 2-day festival pass and $37.50 for the Canada Day party. The Club Series events range between $15-$20. Check out our pictures from Escapade 2013 to die of jealousy.
How: You can walk to Ottawa. No, really, I checked - only 38 hours (gets a little tricky with the highways at one point).
Why: Is Calvin Harris not a good enough reason? Veld is epic rave madness - neon everything, half-naked people, incredible performances - if you don't believe us, just check out how much fun we had last year... Don't lie, you're buying your ticket right now, aren't you?
How: Damn Toronto, why do you have to have so many cool festivals? Not to worry though, we have just as many - if not more - and we know you'll all be flocking to us all summer.
Who: Kendrick Lamar, Bassnectar, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips and more.
Why: This festival is brand spanking new and it sounds INCREDIBLE. Four stages, interactive art installations, carnival rides, a game center and more await you at the Hudson Music Project. This three-day event offers something for everyone and is camping-optional. You know what that means - you and your tent are going to be best buds this summer. Don't have a tent or RV? No problem, the festival has 'luxury tents' for all of you glampers out there. 3-day packages start at $199.
How: Ok, so you do need to leave the country for this one, but we think it'll definitely be worth it. Saugerties, NY is only a little over 4 hours away which means, it's actually closer than Toronto! Don't forget your passport!
Who: Jack Johnson, Death Cab for Cutie, Bastille, Modest Mouse, Tegan & Sara
Why: Although a little further away, this festival's indie vibe is the perfect focal point of a road trip with friends. This is an all-ages event with only two stages, which means that you get to see everything - no running around between shows! This would be a great way to kick off your summer of music festivals. Tickets start as low as $50 (one day) and $135 (weekend).
How: Boston Calling takes place during Memorial Day weekend in the US so use that to your advantage! Take Monday off work and explore Boston, find a memorial day party and enjoy!
Who: Blink-182, Motley Crue, Weezer, Alice in Chains, Megadeth, Billy Talent.. and so, so many more.
Why: This is Canada's largest rock music festival and it's located in the small, quiet town of Montebello. How perfect is that? Tickets for the whole weekend start at $129. These are big names people, so you just know they'll give big performances. Get ready for some head-banging, mosh-pitting good times.
How: Surprise! Although you've never heard of it before, Montebello is only 1.5 hours away from us. Easy as pie! Actually, if you walk, it'd take you less time than your walk to Ottawa (and it'll be a good warm up).