Summer Music Festivals

I trust you all had a beautiful May Long weekend, man the weather was just fantastic. For those of us who like to plan ahead, it's time to start looking at all of the various music festivals and events happening around the area. The list below was pulled together by Jason Lane (http://laner.ca/western-canadian-music-festivals/) whom I work with on the weekly live music listings (http://bit.ly/1IPEvZq). I won't type a description of each event as that would make the article too long but hopefully this helps you and your family start to plan your summer of music around BC and Western Canada.
Action Music Fest – Summerland, BC (June 5-7th, 2015)
Sooke River Bluegrass Festival – Sooke, BC (June 19-21, 2015)
Tiny Lights Festival – Ymir, BC (June 12-14th, 2015)
Sled Island – Calgary, BC (June 24-28th, 2015)
PLUR Inc The Groove Music Festival – Midway, BC (June 19 – 22, 2014)
Bushwacked – Beaverdell, BC (June 25-29th, 2015)
Tall Trees Music Festival – Port Renfrew, BC (June 26 – 28th, 2015)
Vancouver Jazz Festival (June 19 – July 1st, 2015)
River Rats Festival – Athabasca, AB (June 30 – July 1st, 2015)
Desert Live Music Festival – Osoyoos, BC (June 27th – July 1st, 2014) – FREE
Funtastic – Vernon (June 26 – June 29th, 2015)
Kaslo Folk Fest – Kaslo, BC (June 28 – July 1, 2014)
Tail Creek Mud & Music Festival – Alex, AB (June 25-28th, 2015)
Ska Fest – Victoria, BC (July 2 – 5th, 2015)
Calgary Stampede – Calgary, AB (July 3 – 12th, 2015)
Gatzke Orchards Music Festival – Oyama, BC (July 3-5, 2015)
Steamboat Mountain Music Festival – Edgewater, BC (July 25, 2015)
Open Air Performances – Lake Country, BC (July 5 – Aug 30, 2015)
Bass Coast – Merritt, BC (July 10-13th, 2015)
Rock the Shores – Victoria, BC (July 17 – 19th, 2015)
Oliver Sunshine Festival – Oliver, BC (July 11-12, 2014)
Vancouver Folk Festival (July 17-19, 2015)
Wild Mountain Music Festival – Hinton, Alberta (July 17-19, 2015)
Fusion Festival – Surrey, BC (July 18-19, 2015)
Botegga Festival – Kelowna, BC (July 17-18th, 2015)
Starbelly Jam – Crawford Bay, BC, July 17-19th, 2015
Armstrong Metal Fest – Armstrong, BC (July 17 – 18th, 2015)
Pemberton Music Festival – Pemberton, BC (July 16-19th, 2015)
Mission Folk Festival – Mission, BC (July 24-26th, 2015)
Islands Music Festival – Duncan, BC (July 24-26th, 2015)
Center of Gravity – Kelowna, BC (July 25-27th, 2015)
Lille Gard Fest – Kelowna, BC (July 24-26th, 2015)
Rock of the Woods Music Festival – Cowichan Valley, BC (July 25-27th, 2014)
Calgary Folk Festival (July 23-26, 2015)
Motion Notion – Golden, BC (July 23-27th, 2015)
Unity Music Festival– Solcan City, BC (July 25-26th, 2015)
Enderby Arts Festival – Enderby, BC (July 26, 2014)
Calgary International Blues Festival – Calgary, BC (July 27 – Aug 2nd, 2015)
Wanderlust – Whistler, BC (July 3oth – Aug. 3rd, 2015)
Pickathon – Portland, OR (July 31st – August 2nd, 2015)
Arts Wells – Barkerville, BC (July 31st – Aug. 3rd, 2015)
Rockin the Fields – Minnedosa, MB (July 31st – Aug.2nd, 2015)
Routes & Blues – Shuswap, BC (Aug 1 – 14, 2014)
Kaslo Jazz Etc. – Kaslo, BC (July 31st – August 2nd, 2015)
Canmore Folk Fest – Canmore, AB (Aug. 1-3rd, 2015)
Rockin’ River Musicfest – Merritt, BC (July 30th – Aug. 2nd, 2015)
Wapiti Music Festival – Fernie, BC (Aug. 7-8th, 2015)
Shambhala Music Festival – Salmo (Aug. 7-10th, 2015)
Squamish Valley Music Festival  – Squamish, BC (Aug. 7-9th, 2015)
Peachfest – Penticton, BC (Aug. 5-9th, 2015)
Edmonton Folk Festival (August 6-9th, 2015)
West Kelowna World Musicfest – West Kelowna, BC (Aug. 22nd) Free
Princeton Traditional Music Festival (Aug. 14-16th, 2015)
Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival – Salmon Arm (Aug. 14-16th, 2015)
Komasket – Vernon, BC (2014 TBA)
Serenity Performance Arts Centre – Birch Island, BC
Invermere Music Festival – Invermere, BC (Aug. 22nd, 2015)
Ponderosa Festival – Rock Creek, BC (Aug. 21-23rd, 2015)
Sturgis Canada – Merritt, BC (Aug, 21st – 24th, 2014)
Otalith Music Festival – Tofino & Ucluelet, BC (Aug. 21-22nd, 2015)
Bumbershoot – Seattle, WA (Aug. 30- Sept. 1st, 2014)
Dave Matthews Band Caravan – George, WA (Aug. 30- Sept. 1st, 2014)
Fozzy Fest – Lake Koocanusa, East Kootenays, BC (Sept. 15-17th, 2015)
Pendor Harbour Blues Festival – Pendor Harbour, BC (Sept. 18-20th, 2015)
StokeFM Mountain Music Festival – Revelstoke, BC (Sept 20, 2014)

West Kelowna sounded a lot more like Africa last night thanks to Ezra Kwizera. What an amazing time at the West Kelowna World Music Festival. See you next year.

Posted by West Kelowna World Music Festival on Sunday, August 24, 2014

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Ryan Donn is a singer/songwriter, event producer, digital creative, and Councillor at the City of Kelowna

I love creating songs, which have been used by the Terry Fox Run, Kelowna’s Centennial Celebration, or heard on various local radio stations. 

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