NOW’s picks for the best mu­sic out­side the 416

BLISS OUT UN­DER THE SUN AT FES­TI­VALS JUST A SHORT HOP FROM THE BIG CITY

NOW Magazine - Hot Summer Guide - - CONTENTS - BY BENJAMIN BOLES

Hill­side Fes­ti­val

Twenty-five years in, Guelph’s Hill­side Fes­ti­val is still one of the most vi­brant out­door shindigs in On­tario. Book­ing old-school folk artists like Buffy Sainte-Marie along­side indie buzz bands like Fi­nal Fan­tasy means there’s some­thing in it for pretty much ev­ery­one. They’ve also got Xavier Rudd, Tokyo Po­lice Club, Loreena McKen­nitt and many more. Week­end passes are al­ready sold out, but you can still grab day passes. Guelph Lake Is­land, Guelph Lake Con­ser­va­tion Area. July 24-26. $50-$60. hill­side­fes­ti­val.ca

Wolfe Is­land Mu­sic Fest

Only a 20-minute ferry ride away from Kingston, the an­nual Wolfe Is­land Mu­sic Fest con­tin­ues its tra­di­tion of strong up-and-com­ing acts, rang­ing from the bouncy elec­tro-pop of Wood­hands to the catchy folk pop of Sarah Harmer. Also on board this year are the D’Ur­bervilles, Ru­ral Al­berta Ad­van­tage, Holy Fuck, Oh­bi­jou and Apos­tle of Hus­tle. The week­end pass in­cludes camp­ing, if you’re in­clined to sleep un­der the stars. Au­gust 7-8. $15-$60. wolfeis­land­mu­sicfest.com.

Mari­posa Folk Fes­ti­val

It’s hard to be­lieve that the Mari­posa Folk Fes­ti­val has been go­ing since 1961 – it’s one of the few an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­vals with that kind of his­tory be­hind it. Though it’s gone through many changes over the years, th­ese days it’s still pretty close to the orig­i­nal vi­sion. If you’ve been won­der­ing what Steven Page is up to since leav­ing the Bare­naked Ladies, he’s on the bill this year, as are Scot­tish folk pop duo the Pro­claimers, along­side younger acts like Luke Doucet and Jenn Grant. Tudhope Park, Oril­lia. July 35. $39-$94. mari­posafolk.com.

Elec­tric Eclec­tics

So you’re yearn­ing to lis­ten to some live mu­sic out­side in a ru­ral set­ting but can’t stand any­thing re­lated to folk. Ex­per­i­men­tal mu­sic fans get their chance to frolic in the fields at the Elec­tric Eclec­tics fes­ti­val, where weirdo rock is the name of the game. This year you can look for­ward to per­for­mances by Katie Stel­ma­nis, I Can Put My Arm Back On, You Can’t, Damo Suzuki and Holy Fuck, among many more. July 31-Au­gust 2. Funny Farm, near Meaford. $35-$60. elec­tric-eclec­tics.com.

Ex­per­i­men­tal rock­ers Holy Fuck get weird at the Elec­tric Eclec­tics fes­ti­val July 31-Au­gust 2. Day passes are still avail­able for the wide-rang­ing Hill­side Fes­ti­val, with Xavier Rudd.

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