Summer for university students is officially underway. We have all forgotten the information we spent eight months shoving into our brains and have our sights set on some new goals. Maybe this is the summer you finally get that rad tattoo. Maybe you’ve decided you’re going to have your movie moment summer fling this season. Maybe you’ve decided you’re going to use every free moment to read some books you actually care about. Maybe, just maybe you’ve decided you’re going to spend every waking moment listening to some of the best artists of our generation, under the sun surrounded by thousands of your peers. If that’s something you desire, then this guide is for you.

Below, you will find the music festivals that have caught our eyes (and ears and hearts). These are the top festivals that the music team here at the newspaper have been to in the past and are excited to continue to attend in the future. Who knows, maybe we'll see you there.

North By Northeast (NXNE)

Date:June 16 to June 25

Location: Various locations in Toronto, ON

SynopsisNorth By Northeast has been slowly but surely cementing its status as one of Toronto’s best urban festivals. It takes place within the city limits and has two components– a week long Clubland festival and the Portland’s festival on the weekend. Clubland brings festival goers to a wide range of venues within the city. Then it all comes together on the weekend at the Portlands.

Notable Acts:Passion Pit, Tyler The Creator, Bleachers, Sleigh Bells

the newspaper’s Favourites: Twin Peaks, The Kents, Lizzo, Ebhoni, Tasha The Amazon


Date: July 28 to July 30

Location: Oro-Medonte, near Barrie, ON

Synopsis: What is there to say about Wayhome that you haven’t already heard? It is Ontario’s premier music festival experience, all of your friends will be there and it is sure to be a wonderful time. This is your quintessential blow all your money and relieve the stress from your high strung summer internship experience. Pick a few must-see acts and then just soak up the experience. Some of the best memories aren’t made in the festival grounds, but in the campground surrounding it.

The Big NamesFlume, Solange, Foster The People, Tegan and Sara, oh and a little someone called Frank Ocean.

the newspaper’s Favourites: Andy Schauf, Danny Brown, Daniel Caesar, Noname, Russ, Mitski, Jazz Cartier, PUP, Clairmont The Second, Darcys

Field Trip

Date: June 3 to June 4

Location: Fort York Garrison Commons, Toronto, ON

Synopsis: Field Trip is an amazing event for some innocent summer fun. It attracts both young adults and families alike to enjoy the historic venue while listening to famous musicians. As it is held downtown, it is a stress-free time without having to plan ahead—just buy your day pass or a full weekend pass and go!

Notable Acts: Broken Social Scene, Phoenix, A Tribe Called Red, Feist, Portugal.The Man, BADBADNOTGOOD

the newspaper’s Favourites: Thundercat, Overcoats, Joseph, Harrison, Tei Shi


Date: August 4 to August 6

Location: Parc Jean-Drapeau, Montreal

Synopsis: Osheaga has proved time and time again that they are the festival to be at. While the tickets are a little more expensive, their line up is always absolutely legendary. They manage to curate the perfect combination of new and old fan favourites. They perfectly piece the year's biggest artists and few throwbacks, managing to make it to the top place to go to check off a number of acts on your musical bucket list. This year’s lineup is so phenomenal that we cannot do it justice in our preview. So just head on over there to check out the full thing for yourself. Don’t be surprised if your jaw drops, ours did.

Notable Acts: Alabama Shakes, Arkells, BADBADNOTGOOD, Broken Social Scene, Tove Lo, Father John Misty, Foster The People, Lorde (!!!), MGMT, Solange, Tegan and Sara and The Weeknd.

the newspaper’s Favourites: Angel Olsen, Cherry Glazerr, Crystal Castles, Die Antword, Whitney, Foxygen, Glass Animals, Hamilton Leithauser, Harrison, Noname, PUP, Sampha, The Lemon Twigs, Daniel Caesar, 6lack

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