2012 Canadian Music Festival Guide – 5gig.com

Festival season is already upon us, as Edmonton’s Elements Music Festival is set to kick off in a few shorts weeks. We know we’re ready to hit up some music festivals in 2012 and we’re sure you are too. So, look no further ’cause we’ve done all the work for you! Take a look at the biggest festivals going down this year in Canada.

Make sure to check out our complete U.S. festival guide afterward!

April 2012:

  • Elements Music Festival (April 27th-28th in Edmonton, Alberta) | ATB, Calvin Harris, Datsik, A-Trak, Wolfgang Gartner, Markus Schulz, Chase and Status, Pendulum | +info

May 2012:

  • Kinetik Festival (May 17th-20th in Montreal, Quebec) | Combichrist, Blutengel, Hocico, Noisex, Grendel, Nachtmahr, Heimataerde, E-Craft | +info
  • Pouzza Fest (May 18th-20th in Montreal, Quebec) | Hot Water Music, Chuck Ragan, Dave Hause, Hellbastard, Kevin Seconds, Cory Branan, Kepi Ghoulie | +info
  • MUTEK 2012 (May 30th-June 3rd in Montreal, Quebec) | Jeff Mills, Apparat, Monolake, Nicolas Jaar, Minilogue, Tim Hecker, Mathew Jonson, Shackleton, Jimmy Edgar, Danuel Tate, Pierre Bastien | +info

June 2012:

  • Open Sky Music Festival (June 8th-10th in Edmonton, Alberta) | The Wailers, Tribal Seeds, Current Swell | +info
  • North By Northeast (June 11th-17th in Toronto, Ontario) | Lineup TBA | +info
  • Sled Island Music Festival (June 20th-23rd in Calgary, Alberta) | Feist, The Hold Steady, Thurston Moore, Andrew W.K., Timber Timbre, Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Archers of Loaf, Grimes | +info
  • Montreal Jazz Fest (June 28th-July 7th in Montreal, Quebec) | Yann Tiersen, Lila Downs, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Beirut, Ben Harper, Seal, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Esperanza Spalding, George Thorogood & The Destroyers, The Barr Brothers | tickets
  • Dauphines Countryfest (June 28th-July 1st in Dauphin, Manitoba) | Zac Brown Band, Sugarland, Justin Moore, Jerrod Niemann, Kim Mitchell, Ronnie Dunn, Aaron Pritchett, Charlie Major, Pear | +info
  • Boonstock 2012 (June 29th-July 1st in Gibbons, Alberta) | Billy Talent, A Day to Remember, Korn, Volbeat, Avicii, Buckcherry, Kaskade, Puddle of Mudd, Afrojack, The Crystal Method | +info
  • Stan Rogers Folk Festival (June 29th-July 1 in Canso, Nova Scotia) | Juice Newton, Dar Williams, Bruce Guthro, Ellis Paul, Brent Mason, Michael Johnson, Bob Wiseman, Dala, Jim Cuddy, J.P. Cormier | +info

July 2012:

  • Winnipeg Folk Festival (July 4th-8th in Winnipeg, Manitoba) | Lucinda Williams, Tegan and Sara, Tinariwen, M. Ward, The Jayhawks, Jeff Tweedy, K.D. Lang, Blue Rodeo, Little Feat, Tim Robbins and the Rogues Gallery Band, Del McCoury Band, Fred Penner, Toots and The Maytals | tickets
  • Quebec City Summer Festival (July 5th-15th in Quebec City, Quebec) | LMFAO, Aerosmith, Beirut, Johnny Hallyday, Jean Leloup | +info
  • Calgary Stampede (July 6th-15th in Calgary, Alberta) | The Band Perry, My Darkest Days, Brad Paisley, Tokyo Police Club, Bobby Bare, Justin Nozuka, Finger Eleven, Lights, Marianas Trench, Kevin Costner and Modern West, The Trews, Shawn Desman | +info
  • Vancouver Island MusicFest (July 6th-8th in Vancouver, British Columbia) | Emmylou Harris, K.D. Lang, Sam Baker, Matt Andersen, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Girlyman, Laurence Juber, Geoff Berner, The Bobs | +info
  • Craven County Jamboree (July 12th-15th in Craven, Saskatchewan) | The Band Perry, Alan Jackson, Brad Paisley, Phil Vassar, Billy Currington, Ronnie Milsap, Terri Clark, Don Williams, Eric Church, Neal McCoy | +info
  • Vancouver Folk Music Festival (July 13th-15th in Vancouver, British Columbia) | Lineup TBA | +info
  • 102.1 Edgefest (July 14th in Toronto, Ontario) | Billy Talent, The Dirty Heads, Death From Above 1979, Said the Whale, The Pack A.D., Uss, The Darcys, Acres of Lions, Hacienda, Young The Giant | tickets
  • Merritt Mountain Music Festival (July 19th-22nd in Merritt, British Columbia) | Topaz, Stonebolt, Garry Allan, Steve Gibson, Hey Romeo, Creedeance Clearwater Revival, Avalanche | tickets
  • Wild Mountain Music Festival (July 20th-22nd in Hinton, Alberta) | Oscar Lopez, Ridley Bent, Wide Mouth Mason, Big Sugar, Matt Anderson | +info
  • Starbelly Jam (July 20th-22nd in Crawford Bay, British Columbia) | The Cave Singers, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Jamie Janover, The Barr Brothers | +info
  • Evolve Festival (July 20th-22nd in Antigonish, Nova Scotia) | Lineup TBA | +info
  • Calgary Folk Music Festival (July 26th-29th in Calgary, Alberta) | Beirut, Sinéad O’Connor, Junior Brown, Justin Townes Earle, Besh o droM, Sam Baker, Serena Ryder, Marco Calliari, Mark Berube, The Barr Brothers, Lindi Ortega | +info
  • Rock The Peach (July 27th-29th in Penticton, British Columbia) | Collective Soul, Jesse Cook, Three Dog Night, Glass Tiger, Treble Charger, Sam Roberts Band, Ronnie Dunn, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Ridley Bent, WarBig Valley Jamboree+info

August 2012:

  • Big Valley Jamboree (August 2nd-5th in Camrose, Alberta) | Kellie Pickler, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Toby Keith, Michelle Wright, Jason McCoy, The Good Brothers, High Valley | +info
  • Osheaga 2012 (August 3rd-5th in Montrea, Quebec) | Franz Ferdinand, MGMT, Snoop Dogg, Justice, The Black Keys, Florence And The Machine, Sigur Rós, M83, Brand New, Aloe Blacc, Bloc Party, Metric, The Shins, City and Colour, The Walkmen, Feist, Calexico, Passion Pit, Garbage, Austra, Young the Giant, A$AP Rocky | tickets
  • Sappyfest 2012 (August 3rd-5th in Sackville, New Brunswick) | The Sadiesm, Julie Doiron, Owen Pallett, Charles Bradley, Chad VanGaalen, Sandro Perri, The Acorn, Nat Baldwin, John K. Samson, Ladyhawk, Gobble GobbleGrimes | +info
  • North Bay Summer in the Park (August 3rd-5th in North Bay, Ontario) | Lineup TBA | +info
  • Shambhala Music Festival (August 8th-13th in Salmo, British Canada) | Lineup TBA | +info
  • Edmonton Folk Festival (August 9th-12th in Edmonton, Alberta) | Soweto Gospel Choir, John Prine, Luke Doucet, Whitehorse, Joel Plaskett, Pavlo | +info
  • Rockin’ River MusicFest (August 9th-11th in Mission, British Columbia) | Blue Rodeo, Randy Bachman, Aaron Pritchett, Ridley Bent, George Canyon, The Higgins, One More Girl | +info
  • Lunenberg Folk Harbour Festival (August 9th-11th in Lunenburg, Novia Scotia) | Madison Violet, Cheryl Wheeler, Harry Manx, Joel Plaskett, Rawlins Cross, Nuala Kennedy, Kim and Reggie Harris, Paul Buchanan, Debra Cowan, Brian Peters, Jeff Davis, Jenny Whiteley, Rose Cousins, David Myles, Norman Kennedy, John Wort Hannam | +info
  • Capital Hoedown Country Music Festival (August 10th-12th in Ottawa, Canada) | Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Sheryl Crow, Terri Clark, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Dunn, Gord Bamford, High Valley, Tara Oram, Dean Brody, The Band Perry | tickets
  • Boots and Hearts Music Festival (August 10th-12th in Bowmanville, Ontario) | Kid Rock, Carrie Underwood, Tim McGraw, Alabama, Big And Rich, Paul Brandt, Jason McCoy, High Valley | +info
  • Heavy MTL (August 11th-12th in Montreal, Quebec) | System of a Down, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, Five Finger Death Punch, Gojira, Protest the Hero, Suicidal Tendencies, Kataklysm, Job for a Cowboy, Cancer Bats, Periphery, The Faceless, Exhumed, High on Fire | +info
  • Heavy TO (August 11th-12th in Toronto, Ontario) | System of a Down, Marilyn Manson, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Suicidal Tendencies, Kataklysm, Job for a Cowboy, Periphery, Exhumed, High on Fire, Cannibal Corpse | +info
  • Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival (August 17th-19th in Salmon Arm, British Columbia) | Coco Montoya, Bettye LaVette, Hazmat Modine, Robert Randolph & The Family, Band, The Trews, Robert Randolph, Serena Ryder, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Five Alarm Funk, Taj Weekes & Adowa, Hollerado, Delhi 2 Dublin | +info
  • Desert Daze Music Festival (August 17th-19th in Spences Bridge, British Columbia) | Lineup TBA | +info
  • Wanderlust Whistler (August 23rd-26th in Whistler, British Columbia) | Thievery Corporation, Krishna Das, Michael Franti, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Amani, Desert Dwellers, Rara Avis, MC Yogi | +info

September 2012:

  • Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival (September 11th-16th in Frederichton, New Brunswick) | Lineup TBA | +info
  • Pop Montreal (September 19th-23rd in Montreal, Quebec) | Lineup TBA | +info

** Updated April 10th, 2012


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