The Most Popular Summer Concerts in Western Canada

Thursday, May 8, 2014

  • With so many music festivals during the summer months, Western Canadians have their pick, not only of concerts, but of multi-day multi-entertainment extravaganzas. We are also lucky that most artists visit Regina, Saskatchewan, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver on their way through. The Craven Country Jamboree, held in the middle of the beautiful Qu'Appelle Valley in Saskatchewan, is one of the area greats, with an annual attendance of over 20,000. Most people camp throughout the event, and enjoy the music, beer gardens and food and merchandise vendors. In 2014 it will feature Keith Urban, Brett Eldredge, Dierks Bentley, Joe Nichols, The Charlie Daniels Band, and many others. It is scheduled for the 11th to the 13th of July. 
  • Boonstock is moving from Gibbons, where it welcomed 65,000 people in 2013, to Penticton on Skaha Lake in the South Okanagan Valley. It focuses primarily on rock and indi, and is scheduled for the 1st to the 3rd of August in 2014. You should not miss it if you enjoy camping, Rise Against, The Airborne Toxic Event, Wolfmother, Candyland and others.

  • For fans of electronic music, the Shambhala Music Festival on the Salmo River Ranch, BC, always draws a crowd of over 10,000. The 2014 event takes place between August 8 and 11, and you can expect Moby, Bassnectar, Skream, Emancipator, Excision, Thunderball, Datsik, and a long list of others.

  • The Keloha music and arts festival is running for only its third year, but it drew massive crowds in the first two. It is held in Kelowna’s beautiful Waterfront Park along the Okanagan Lake. With an emphasis on rock, indi and folk music, it featured some big international acts in previous years. 

  • The Squamish Valley Music Festival also attracts some big names, like Eminem, Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Broken Bells, Foster the People and the roots. It is held between August 8 and 10 2014, at Centennial Field, Logger Sports Grounds and Hendrickson Fields, Squamish, BC.

  • Every city in Western Canada has an annual folk festival. The Winnipeg and Edmonton Folk Festivals are arguably the most popular and longest running chapters, but those in Regina and Calgary are also very well attended. Since these festivals are deliberately scheduled not to clash, you can take a folk tour through Western Canada and attend them all every summer. For 2014, Winnipeg has announced a star-studded line-up with Bonnie Raitt, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, Ani DiFranco, Buffy Sainte-Marie and our own Sheepdogs. 

  • Calgarians should not miss Sled Island fest, held between June 18 and 22 across more than 30 venues. It features over 250 bands, film, comedy and art.