Everyone knows that Toronto is the best during the summer months! Our city turns into an amazing place with lively streets, patios and venues. Our much talked about music scene attracts visitors from all over the world. If you are wondering how to spend the summer living at your Davisville apartment? Here’s a guide on the best 2017 music festivals this summer in Toronto!

 

Lulaworld Festival

When: June 1-10

Where: Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas West, Toronto

Price: Free – $30

 

The annual Lulaworld Festival is celebrating its 15th year this summer 2017! During the year, Lula Lounge is Toronto’s home for local and international jazz and Latin music, Latin soul food, tropical drinks, and dancing events – including dance lessons on the weekends. But for 10 days in the summer, Lula Lounge turns into Toronto’s venue for world musicians to showcase new compositions and collaborate with international guests. Amongst this year’s events, the Lulaworld Festival will also feature fun initiatives from rumba and Tibetan dance lessons to a panel on diversity in music journalism!

 

Manifesto Festival

When: June 8-11

Where: Various locations across Toronto

Price: Free/Ticketed Events

 

Founded in 2007, the Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture is a massive celebration in Toronto of the hip hop culture and urban arts scene. Manifesto’s goal is to provide a platform for local artists to share their works, connect, and feel a part of a community. Since 2007, Manifesto has showcased over 1000 artists in just one diverse city: Toronto. This festival, which consists of culminating programs such as an art exhibition, dance showcase, workshops, lectures, and panel discussions ends with a large outdoor concert at Yonge and Dundas Square. This year, Manifesto will also have a launch party at the Drake Hotel on June 8 and has managed to get Majid Jordan and many other acclaimed artists to perform at Echo beach on June 11!

 

NXNE

When: June 16-25

Where: Port Lands

Price: $80 – $220

 

NXNE is a 10-day cultural explosion festival and conference featuring music, gaming, and comedy. The actual music festival takes place over the span of 3 days and has food vendors, art installations, and midway rides and games on the festival site. This year’s line-up ranges from indie rock band Passion Pit to American rapper Post Malone. According to The Guardian, the NXNE festival has crowned itself Toronto’s premier music event!

Roncy Rocks Music and Arts Fest

When: June 17 | 10 AM – 9 PM

Where: Dundas Street West and Roncesvalles Avenue Toronto

Price: Free

 

Roncy Rocks is the perfect all around music festival that the whole family can enjoy! Showcasing local musicians, artists, food, fashion, and film, this festival celebrates the creative talent fostered in Roncesvalles Village. Enjoy 10 hours of music at two stages where both local musicians and special guests will be performing. Alongside the musical attractions there will also be kid-friendly events and activities taking place all day, such as face painting. Check out the schedule for the Family Entertainment Zone here.

 

Great Heart Festival

When: June 17-19

Where: Trinity Belwoods Park

Price: Free

 

The Great Heart Festival is one of Trinity Belwoods’ awesome Live in Belwoods events. This 3-day music series showcases emerging local talents in Toronto. It’s the perfect place to go to enjoy a relaxing day in the fresh air while listening to chill acoustic tunes!

 

TD Toronto Jazz Festival

When: June 23 – July 2

Where: Various locations across Toronto

Price: Free/Ticketed Events

 

Produced by Toronto Downtown Jazz, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival is one of North America’s premier jazz festivals. This festival attracts some of the world’s greatest jazz celebrities for over 10 days of entertainment. This year, the TD Toronto Jazz Festival is moving to Yorkville and will be reopening and reviving the iconic and historic Concert Hall at Davenport and Yonge. The festival will kick off at the Concert Hall with Canadian star Randy Bachman, who co-founded The Guess Who, performing some of his greatest hits! The Concert Hall will then continue to host a diverse lineup of musicians throughout the TD Toronto Jazz Festival.

 

Bud Light Digital Dreams

When: July 7-8

Where: Echo Beach

Price: $125 – $330

 

Calling all electronic music fans! The Bud Light Digital Dreams festival is a 19+ boutique electronic music festival in Toronto. With 2 days, 3 stages, and 35 artists, this hypnotic festival attracts electronic music fans from all over. This festival offers 1-day, 2-day and VIP passes; included in the VIP passes are dedicated viewing areas with private bars, elevated food offerings, private washrooms, and more. This festival, which is not for everyone, has aimed to refine itself and its lineup to target those looking for electronic and dance music.

 

Afrofest

When: July 8-9

Where: Woodbine Park

Price: Free

 

Afrofest prides itself in being the largest free African music festival in North America. Ran by Music Africa, a non-for-profit, community-based organization, this festival promotes African music and heritage in Toronto. This fun family-friendly festival showcases the best in African music, arts, crafts, culture, and food across five different areas. The Main Stage features scheduled live performances from established local, national, and international artists. The Youth Stage is a platform where audiences can participate in the music and spoken-word entertainment while learning about African culture. The Drum Stage showcases world-wide drumming talents and drum/dance workshops. The Children’s Creative Village is an interactive area for children and creative adults. And the Marketplace is where you can browse various African goods like crafts, clothing, and cuisine.

 

Beaches International Jazz Festival

When: July 7-30

Where: Woodbine Park

Price: Free

 

This large street festival, taking place over the course of 3 weeks, showcases over 100 bands at various locations along Queen Street East. From Big Band, Swing, Dixieland, Smooth, Afro-Cuban, Fusion, Funk, R&B, SKA and Soul sounds, the Beaches International Jazz Festival offers a little something for everyone to enjoy. Each band plays 4 hour sets each night that you can enjoy while walking around and checking out delicious food vendors along the way.

 

Summer Music Festival

When: July 13 – August 5

Where: Various locations across Toronto

Price: $35+/Free kids concerts

 

Toronto’s Summer Music Festival celebrates great classical composers from all around the world. This year, in honour of Canada’s sesquicentennial, the festival will explore Canadian music and the best of Canada’s world-renowned classical performers! There are many performances to go to from concerts at the main stages Koerner Hall and Walter Hall or a special Bach celebration at the Church of the Redeemer on Wednesday July 19th. Toronto’s Summer Music Festival will also be introducing a new kids concert series that will consist of free concerts for children ages 5-12.

 

Electric Island Summer Music Series

When: July 1, August 7, September 3-4

Where: Hanlan’s Point, Toronto Islands

Price: $49.99 – $189.99

 

A party at the Toronto Islands, Electric Island is a summer concert series taking place every long weekend until September. This year, the series kicked off on Victoria Day at Woodbine Park (a new location due to flooding concerns). And the electronic outdoor music party will be continuing all summer long. Some people bring their blankets to picnic in the park; others bring their dancing shoes. Either way, Electronic Island is known for uniting people through music and fun!

 

Unity Festival

When: July 20-23

Where: Various locations across downtown Toronto

Price: $5+

 

A 4-day long event in July, the Unity Festival celebrates the diversity of hip hop through a series of dance, music, and spoken-word events. The Unity Festival provides a place for Toronto’s best poets, musicians, and visual artists to perform alongside local youth artists showcasing their artistic talents and stories. This all leads up to a headline performance – headliner to be announced – on July 15th at David Peacut Square.

 

Veld Music Festival

When: August 5-6

Where: Downsview Park

Price: $155.50+

 

Presented by INK Entertainment, Canada’s leading lifestyle and entertainment company, Toronto’s Veld Music Festival is entering its 6th year. Another music festival celebrating electronic music, Veld Music Festival is a 19+ event showcasing over 30 acclaimed dance music and hip hop acts. This year, the festival is returning with headliners Future, Major Lazer, and Tiesto.

 

OVO Fest

When: Civic Holiday Long Weekend

Where: Echo Beach

Price: TBA

 

Hosted by Toronto’s very own ‘6 God’, Drake, the OVO Fest – October’s Very Own – always attracts a lot of buzz. With surprise appearances from big-name performers such as, Rihanna, Stevie Wonder, Jay Z, Lauryn Hill, and more, who knows what the OVO Fest will have in store for this year! In addition to the musicians hand-picked to perform by Drake, audiences can also enjoy performances by comedians at the festival. Details about 2017’s OVO Fest haven’t been made public yet, but there have been rumors that the festival will be expanding to London.

 

Camp Wavelength

When: August 18-20

Where: Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto Islands

Price: $64.99 – $529.99

 

Wavelength Music is a curated concert series celebrating the alternative and independent music scene. Wavelength Music began as a weekly live music night for emerging musical talents in Toronto and has helped artists like Arcade Fire, The Rural Alberta Advantage, and Tokyo Police Club make it on the alternative music map. Now, Camp Wavelength is a beach vacation, camping, music and arts community extravaganza! This year’s line-up features various established and emerging artists in the alternative music community.