Music / Alternative Festivals in Canada?

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1. Posted by amethyst09 (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I'm going to Canada in March 05 for a 1 year working holiday. I'm a great music lover and a bit of a hippy. Does anyone know of any music festivals or altenative living festivals in Canada? I want to work and travel all over Canada but I will be starting in BC - most probably Vancouver. There's a few alternative festivals in Oz which I love to go to and would like to experience the Canadian versions....

2. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

For Toronto...

The North by Northeast music festival has a lot of music of all sorts:

CFNY "The Edge (102.1)," one of the radio stations in Toronto puts on a yearly festival called Edgefest. Depending on what you call alternative, it may be a little "pop Alternative" for your tastes, but they do have smaller stages to catch some up and coming bands. Details can be found (once announced) at

Wakestock is a wake boarding competition that takes place north of Toronto. They usually have music that wake boarders like going on. This year featured "Stand-out live shows by Moneen, AlexisOnFire, The Ataris and Andrew WK" (according to the web-site). Check out

Also, check out listings for music in the Eye magazine. Available free on the street in Toronto, or online at


3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Montreal has a great Jazz Fest at the end of every June:

Plus there's an international film fest, Just for Laughs (comedy fest), a beer fest, a food fest, Afican fest, Caribbean fest - you name it.

For Montreal's tourist site, visit:

Hope that helps...