Contacts and glasses seem like minor hassles if you’ve been wearing them for years, but when you finally make the change to laser vision correction, you just might realize how much you’ve been missing. Living the LASIK life means not being tied down to your contact lens solution or your glasses. More so, it’s about doing the activities you want when you want.
And what better way to celebrate that freedom than with tickets to Canada’s best summer music festivals? Whether you’re the type to simply listen to live bands while picnicking on the grass or you’re the one to go all out in a mosh pit with your friends, all you’ll need to bring is your sense of adventure. Just don’t forget your tickets!
1. Osheaga – Montreal – July 31 to August 2
If you can only go to one music festival this summer, make it the Osheaga Music and Arts Festival. Held annually since 2006, Osheaga has grown into one of Canada’s biggest music and art festivals with more than 135,000 attendees in 2014.
What’s more, Osheaga will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, and you can bet that organizers have pulled out all the stops for this milestone. With artists like Florence and the Machine, The Black Keys and Kendrick Lamar headlining the festival, Parc Jean-Drapeau will surely be a major party station for three days straight.
Weekend passes for Osheaga went on sale this past March, and since the daily line-up has been announced, concert goers can now purchase single-day tickets. If you don’t live in the area, plan your trip to Montreal very soon because this family-friendly festival sells out quickly! Fun fact: Kids under 10 get in for free with a paying adult!
2. WayHome – Oro-Medonte – July 24 to 26
Osheaga might be one of Canada’s longest running festivals, but if you’re in the mood to discover something new and different, head down to the township of Oro-Medonte in Ontario for the WayHome Music and Arts Festival. Described by event runners as a ”kaleidoscope of sound, smell, colour and spectacle,” this newcomer in the festival scene will surely stimulate all your senses, not just your sense of sight and sound.
Most festivals struggle in their early years, but that’s not the case for WayHome. Organized by AC Entertainment, the same group behind the world-famous Bonnaroo, WayHome has attracted some of the hottest international artists in only its first year. Among others, musical icon Neil Young, Modest Mouse, Passion Pit, Sam Smith and The Gaslight Anthem are all scheduled to appear.
Don’t feel like shelling out for a hotel when you come to WayHome? No worries, because your festival pass comes with a general admission ticket to campgrounds around the venue. Take a break from the bands to disconnect with a little nature hike or just get some well-deserved sleep before your next favorite band comes on.
3. Shambhala – Salmo River Ranch – August 7 to 10
While some festivals attract hundreds of thousands every year, there are some music lovers who aren’t into mainstream music. If you’re someone who’s into events that have more of a grassroots feel, Shambhala Music Festival will please the most eclectic concertgoer.
Focusing on electronic music, Shambhala attracts world-renowned DJs in a more intimate experience – the entire musical festival is held on a 500-acre working farm! Its communal culture, known as ”Shambhalove”, brings more than 1,000 volunteers to southern British Columbia every year. With crowds averaging more than 10,000 people every night, Shambhala turns Salmo River Ranch into West Kootenays’s biggest city for the duration of the festival. This year, don’t miss legend DJ Jazzy Jeff, newcomer Kygo and the ever-popular Skrillex!
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