Top 10 Music Festivals in Canada & The World

Written by Craig MacDonald a.k.a Debating Hip-hop


Top 10 Music Festivals in Canada

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Shambhala Music Festival is an annual electronic music festival held at the Salmo River Ranch in the first week of August. Location is in the West Kootenay mountains near Nelson, British Columbia, Canada. The festival runs all weekend with 6 different stages with all different themes.
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Metro Metro is a hip-hop festival held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada at the Olympic Park every year in May. In 2019, the festival headlined with Future, Cardi B, Snoop Dogg, Juice WRLD, A$AP Ferg and Tyga. 

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Veld music festival is an annual hip-hop and electronic music festival held in Toronto, Ontario at Downsview Park. The festival has been happening every year since 2012 in the first week of August and has featured performers like Cardi B, Skrillex, Tiesto, Lil Baby, Martin Garrix and Steve Aoki. 

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Ovo Fest is a festival ran by Drake inspired by his label in Toronto, Ontario every summer. Drake brings in top acts from the hip-hop culture like passed performers Rihanna, Eminem, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Lauryn Hill, J. Cole and Stevie Wonder
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Chasing Summer is an annual electronic dance music festival held in Calgary, Alberta at the Max Bell Center at the beginning of August. Every year they bring in big names around the genre including Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, and more.

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The Osheaga Music and Arts Festival is an indie music festival held in Montreal, Quebec at Parc Jean-Drapeau on Île Sainte-Hélène. The festival runs in multiple days at the beginning of August and brings in top performers like Young Thug, Childish Gambino, Logic, The Lumineers, Tame Impala and many more. 

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The FEQ is an annual 11-day music festival held in downtown Quebec City which starts on in the first week of July. The festival is held at many different venues indoor and outdoor and its main stage has a capacity of 90,000, the largest in North America. They bring in top acts from the music industry every year including passed performers The Rolling Stones, Imagine Dragons, Foo Fighters, Elton John, Bon Jovi, The Weeknd, Metallica and many more.

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Ottawa Bluefest is an annual music festival featuring many genres of music held in downtown Ottawa, Ontario in July. The festival brings in top performers around the music industry every year, for example, last year they had Backstreet Boys, Snoop Dogg, Wu-Tang Clan, The Killers, Eric Church, and many more.

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BREAKOUT Festival is an annual two-day hip-hop festival held at Vancouver’s PNE Amphitheatre during the summer. The festival brings in top hip-hop acts such as Wu-Tang Clan, Run The Jewles, Public Enemy, DaBaby, ScHoolboy Q and many more. 

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North by Northeast (Nxne) is an annual music and arts festival held in Toronto, Ontario every July which also includes a film, comedy, video game and media festival. They bring in top acts and breaking out artists every year such as Billy Talent, The Flaming Lips, Ludacris, Vince Staples, Danny Brown, Lizzo, Ghostface Killah and many more. 

Top 10 Music Festivals in the World 


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Coachella is an annual music and arts festival held in Indio, California at the Empire Polo Club and in Colorado in the Coachella Valley. The event lasts 3 days every April and features music genres such as rock, electronic dance music, pop, indie, and hip-hop along with art and sculptures. Every single year they bring in big-name headliners, in 2020 Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott and Frank Ocean will be headlining.

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Rolling Loud is a 3-day hip-hop festival that started in Miami, Florida but is now hosted all over America and is now moving to Japan, China and Europe. The festival features the hottest hip-hop names in the genre such as Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Future, Lil Wayne, Travis Scott, Young Thug and many more. 

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Lollapalooza is an annual 4-day music festival featuring a wide variety of genres based in Chicago, Illinois at Grant Park. The festival does not only happen in Chicago, in the 2010s it spread to Berlin, Paris, Stockholm and more. Lollapalooza brings in top performers every single year, in 2019 Ariana Grande, Childish Gambino, Twenty One Pilots and The Strokes headlined.

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Tomorrowland is an annual electronic dance music festival that takes place on 2 back to back weekends held in Boom, Belgium. The festival brings in over 400,000 people every single year making it one of the biggest festivals in the world. They have the biggest names in the genre come every year such as The Chainsmokers, Armin van Buuren, Carl Cox, Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, DJ Snake, David Guetta, and Tiësto.
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Bonnaroo is an annual 4-day music and arts festival held at the Great Stage Park in Manchester, Tennessee. It opened in 2002 bringing in a wide variety of genres to the lineup every year. In 2020, the headliners are Grand Ole Opry, Tool, Lizzo, Tame Impala and many more. 

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Hot 97 Summer Jam is an annual hip-hop music festival held in East Rutherford, New Jersey sponsored by New-Yorks Hot 97 radio station. The festival brings in the hottest rappers and R&B acts of the year, always selling out their venue. In 2019, the headliners were Cardi B, Meek Mill, Migos, and Tory Lanez. 

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Summerfest is an annual music festival held in downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin that attracts over 800,000 people every year. The festival runs over 11 days at the end of June and the start of July which includes 12 stages and 1000 performances. The festival brings in a larger variety of genres for fans of all music.  

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Sziget Festival is one of the biggest music events in Europe which brings over 500,000 people every year to Budapest, Hungary. The festival features a wide variety of genres as it lasts for seven days during August. 

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Primavera Sound is a music festival featuring all genres that is held in Barcelona and Porto between the end of May and the beginning of June. Recent performers include Miley Cyrus, Nas, Tame Impala, Carly Rae Jepsen and many more. The festival brings in over 200,000 people in attendance every single year. 

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Ultra Music Festival is an annual electronic dance music festival that’s held in Miami, Florida. Founded in 1997 the festival has moved around locations over the years but now resides at Virginia Key. They created Ultra Worldwide bringing EDM festivals to South Africa, South Korea, Singapore, Mexico, Brazil and others. The festival brings in almost 200,000 people in attendance every year. 

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