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The Top 10 Music Festivals in Toronto for this Summer

The Top 10 Music Festivals in Toronto for this Summer

Posted by PanamericanWorld on June 11, 2015

Summer music festivals in Toronto for 2015 usher in a period marked by new music festivals, old staples, and the elephant in the room: Panamania. There's also the much anticipated WayHome which takes place just beyond city limits. You're not going to find a three-day festival headlined by Neil Young, Sam Smith and Kendrick Lamar anywhere else.

Here are the picks for the top music festivals in Toronto this summer.

Digital Dreams

Dates: June 27-28

Cost: $99 - $279

Venue: Ontario Place

Type of music: Electronic

The "largest electronic music festival in Canada" that you can probably take an Uber home from is still going strong. The biggest outdoor dance party is bringing Armin Van Buuren, Zedd, Steve Angello, Martin Garrix and more to The Flats at Ontario place to keep you dancing for two days straight.

Electric Island

Dates: July 1, August 4, September 1

Cost: $99 - $127

Venue: Toronto Island

Type of music: Dance/Electronic

Three holidays left, three chances to dance on Toronto Island left. Each line-up is announced when the last one has passed, so July 1st brings Sasha, Marcel Dettmann, Less Foss, Dennis Ferrer and more to our escape in the harbour. Count on a good time.

Beaches International Jazz Festival

Dates: July 10-26

Cost: Free

Venues: Woodbine Park, Queen St. E. (the Beach)

Type of music: Various

The Beaches Jazz Festival continues to expand, this year encompassing three weekends at Woodbine Park, on top of the annual street festival, while still remaining free for everyone. Performances by the Melbourne Ska Orchestra, Lula All Stars, Chris Thomas King, Ogguere, God Made Me Funky, The Boom Booms, La Gran Colombia Orchestra and many more make this one of the most international options this summer.

PANAMANIA

Dates: July 10-26, Aug. 7-12

Cost: Free

Venues: Nathan Phillips Square, CIBC PanAm Park

Type of music: Various

It looks like the PanAm games have put the damper on music festivals in July, but they're making up for it in a big way. You'll be able to see acts like The Roots, Flaming Lips, Chromeo, Jann Arden, USS, Lights, Janelle Monae, Colin James, tons of world music artists and lots more, FOR FREE, at Nathan Phillips Square and the CIBC PanAm Park. Check the schedule and show up early.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival

Date: July 15

Cost: $35 - $269

Venue: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

Type of music: Metal

Toronto doesn't get anything close to Heavy Montréal, so metal fans will take what they can get. We could do a lot worse than Slayer, King Diamond, Hellyeah, The Devil Wears Prada all one on bill, plus there's a second stage of up-and-coming acts so you can discover something new.

Vans Warped Tour

Date: July 17

Cost: $66.50

Venue: Ontario Place

Type of music: Punk/Rock

20 years later and the Warped Tour is still rolling. Pierce The Veil, We Came As Romans, The Wonder Years, Memphis May Fire, local favourites PUP and The Dirty Nil, and lots more are taking part this year. Things unique to Warped: if you're under 18, you can buy a ticket and bring one parent for free, and the first 100 people to donate blood on the day of the festival get a backstage wristband.

Edgefest

Dates: July 23rd, July 29th, August 15th

Cost: $55.50 - $135

Venue: Echo Beach

Type of music: Various

Edgefest is going with what works, sticking with their themed three-day structure from previous years. Day one is newcomers, headlined by Milky Chance and Elle King; Day two is blast-from-the-past, bringing back Incubus and Deftones; Day three are the "now" bands, topped by Mother Mother and Kongos. Each day features an 'emerging artist stage' so you can come away with a new favourite band.

Veld

Dates: August 1-2

Cost: $204 - $304

Venue: Downsview Park

Type of music: Electronic

Toronto's other EDM monolith returns to Downsview for another round, bringing hometown hero Deadmau5, Kaskade, Hardwell, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, A$AP Rocky, DVBBS and more along with it. Hop on the subway and dance all day and night.

OVO Fest

Dates: August 1-3

Cost: $135 - $370

Venue: ACC, Molson Amphitheatre

Type of music: Hip-hop (+comedy)

Drake's love for Toronto knows no bounds, proven this year by expanding his OVO Fest with a third day, featuring a Kevin Hart comedy set at the ACC. J.Cole ft. Big Sean and YG headline day one of the mystery line up, while the classic 'Drake + Special Guests' is on tap for day two.The mystery has already sold out day two, so do what you can to get your hands on weekend passes or start hitting refresh on Craigslist.

TIME Festival

Date: August 15

Cost: $35 - $50

Venue: Fort York

Type of music: Various

TIME takes a slight turn away from the dance-y line up of last year, putting South African hip-hop duo Die Antwoord at the top of the bill, along with crazy crooner Mac Demarco, Ariel Pink, BADBADNOTGOOD, Yung Lean, Ryan Hemsworth, DIIV, and more, all at a very affordable price. As a bonus, there's no way it can rain as much as it did last year.

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