Rock Festivals

Pop Montreal

While it may not be known around the world for its rock festivals, Montreal is one city that that must be visited during fall to enjoy the Pop Montreal music festival happening in and around the city.

The festival is held all across the city to larger clubs and open stage auditoriums organizing some of the grandest musical sessions. Even a single guy singing in the back of a clothing store will try his best to get involved and entertain you during this time!

Halifax Pop Explosion

Following the trend of celebrating music festivals across the whole city, the Halifax Pop Explosion (HPX) Festival originally started in 1992 and has now expanded as a four-day music festival that encompasses the whole city along the East Coast.

With music performances and conferences being held around the whole city, HPX is undoubtedly the biggest music festival in this side of East Coast. Having something for everyone, the music festival attracts participants and spectators from all corners of the world.

North by Northeast

Following the success of Austin’s SXSW, Canada tried to recreate the magic by organising the North by Northeast (NXNE) music festival in the country. The festival aimed at bringing artists and musicians from all verticals of life, and place them under the same roof to produce something epic!

If you are going to attend one of the most-awaited music festivals in Canada, make sure to attend the free shows at Yonge-Dundas Square which have performances by some of the best artists such as St. Vincent, Sleigh Bells, The National, and The Flaming Lips.

Sled Island

Labelled as the most awaited music festival in Calgary, this five-day festival brings aboard more than 300 music artists, filmmakers, and comedians from all across the world, engaging together to create an epic time before the year ends.

Spread across 30 selected locations around the city, each festival gets a guest curator who helps set the tone of the ongoing edition of the festival. People such as Peaches, Andrew W.K., and Godspeed You! Black Emperor have stood for this position in the past.