These Canadian festivals offer a diverse mix of music, art, nature experiences and even an Elvis festival!
Jan 17–Feb 2, 2019
Now in its 13th year, Igloo Fest takes place from January 17 to February 2 in the old Port of Montreal. This electronic music festival is winning growing recognition each year. It attracts thousands of enthusiastic electronic music fans who come to discover the music of artists from Quebec and abroad. It adds to the vitality and visibility of Montreal and Quebec
The Quai Jacques-Cartier will once again be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with ice sculptures, architectural installations, interactive games and impressive stages, all geared towards making Montreal the ultimate place to party this winter. Not forgetting the crazy one piece costume competition.
April 25–28 , 2019
Covering three blocks in Canada’s Capital City, Ottawa, the Poutine Fest showcases Poutine in all its variety. Love it or hate it, but purveyors bring Poutine (potato chips topped with cheese curds and gravy) in all flavours – traditional, Shawarma, Fajita and even a Pad Thai version. Admission is free but you need to buy a Poutine Passport to get to taste.
June 16, 2019
The Iceberg Festival celebrates the coming of spring in the north and the annual arrival of icebergs along the Great Northern Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador. The festival features music, food, entertainment, history, culture, great hospitality and of course icebergs. Dip your toes into the North Atlantic. Breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, fantastic fare and good company, are all on offer. The Iceberg Festival traditionally starts on the first Friday of June and runs 10 days to the following Sunday. June 7–16, 2019.
Dawson City Music Festival
July 19–21, 2019
The Dawson City Music Festival (DCMF) remains “Canada’s tiny, perfect Festival”. It first took place in 1979 as an intimate two-day affair among friends. Since then the festival has developed a reputation as a festival of intimacy, grass roots spirit, fabulous Klondike hospitality and the best concerts North of 60. DCMF is famous for presenting Canadian artists shortly before they develop into household names. A selection of past performers include : Tanya Tagaq, Bruce Cockburn, Blue Rodeo, Corb Lund.
July 26–28, 2019
First held in 1995 in Collingwood, Ontario, this is the world’s largest Elvis festival. It was originally promoted as the Canadian Elvis Tribute & Convention and approximately 35 Tribute artists attended this then, new event. Over its current 24-year history the Collingwood Elvis Festival has attracted thousands of visitors from all over the world. The festival is a celebration of the life and times of Elvis Presley and his influence on various musical genres, the popular culture of his time, and an entire era of fans who have carried lasting memories of his impact on the world.
Campobello Island Fog Fest
July 30-Aug 5, 2019
A free, 5-day music and art festival on US President Franklin Roosevelt’s ‘beloved isle’. Fog Fest is a fast-growing annual festival held on beautiful Campobello Island in the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick. Venues across the island include historic cottages and churches, beaches and parks. Music runs the gamut from jazz and blues to classical and gospel.
Exhibits by visual artists from both sides of the border are held in historic venues, including a 19th-century church hall and an old marine store built on poles over the water. Additional activities include heritage events detailing the island’s rich history as well as local native culture.
Canada’s Icelandic Festival
Aug 3–6, 2019
The Icelandic Festival of Manitoba “Islendingadagurinn”, as far as we have been able to determine, is the second oldest continuous ethnic festival in North America. The first Icelandic festival in North America was held in Milwaukee in 1874. The first Icelandic Festival in Manitoba was held in Winnipeg in 1890; was held there annually until 1931, and since 1932 has been held in Gimli.
August 2 was chosen for the festival date because on that day, in 1874, the first Icelandic celebration in North America had taken place, and, in Iceland, a new constitution had been accepted. Early August was also convenient for farmers, as seeding was over, but harvest had not yet begun.
Aug 17–Sept 15, 2019
Floe – Bonavista Biennale will be the second iteration of a month long contemporary visual arts festival taking place in historic buildings and public sites, indoor and outdoor locations dispersed throughout the Bonavista Peninsula on the east coast of Newfoundland. Expect unique art encounters in a spectacular setting, inviting travellers, art patrons and local residents to participate in and reflect upon contemporary art embedded within the cultural context of the Bonavista Peninsula and the North Atlantic landscape.
Emerging Music Festival
Aug 29–Sept 1, 2019
Four days of musical delight. Over 60 musical acts from Quebec, Canada, the USA and Europe. Artists from all musical horizons: rock, metal, hip-hop and more – this festival is a showcase for many international and up and coming performers. The festival takes places in Rouyn Noranda, Quebec and attracts around 4500 festival goers as well as 130 industry professionals from Quebec, the rest of Canada, Europe and even South America alongside 140 national and international journalists.
Between scheduled concerts, enjoy the other activities such as the VR Garden, which offered a dose of the surreal, an immersive and poly sensory experience. This multidisciplinary mix is central to the festival, giving the unique feeling of being plugged into a parallel universe for four days.
Inaugral Toronto Biennale of Contemporary Art
The Inaugural Toronto Biennale of Art will launch in autumn 2019 and will be Canada’s newest biennale of Contemporary Art. Taking place along the waterfront in unexpected venues and public spaces in collaboration with not for profit galleries, museums, community organisations and educational institutions across the city, the Bienniale will present Canadian and International art within the complex creative, cultural,social and political context of Toronto.
Nov 7-17, 2019
Cornucopia’s 11-day calendar is teeming with diverse events… from cooking demonstrations to drink seminars, winery dinners to gala tasting and late night celebrations.
For luxury seekers, the Chef’s table luncheons will be held in lavish private Whistler chalets as a chef prepares decadent lunch before guests. Festival dinner events from winemakers to brewers round out each evening throughout Cornucopia.
Jasper Dark Sky Festival
Oct 18–27, 2019
A Dark Sky Preserve is an area in which no artificial lighting is visible, and active measures are in place to educate and promote the reduction of light pollution to the public and nearby municipalities. Sky glow from beyond the borders of the preserve will be of comparable intensity or less, to that of natural sky glow.
As a Dark Sky Preserve, Jasper National Park has made a special commitment to protect and preserve the night sky and reduce or eliminate light pollution in all its forms. Jasper National Park is one of 17 designated Dark Sky Preserves in Canada. It is the second largest Dark Sky Preserve in the World and is the largest accessible Dark Sky Preserve, meaning there is a town within the limits of the preserve. October is the ideal time to celebrate the skies with the annual Jasper Dark Sky Festival, aimed at connecting all ages to our universe and beyond.
Late November to mid-December
The Mummers Parade is in St. Johns, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Mummering, in case you didn’t know it is the Christmas tradition of visiting several homes throughout an evening dressed in disguise. Groups of oddly dressed friends will piece together their disguise using whatever they have around their homes. They might change their walk, talk, shape or size or whatever it takes them to make them unrecognisable. The Mummers Festival invites you to their Rig up (the provinces largest dress up party) and get your gatch on for the parade.