Toronto Area Music Festivals

Vans Warped Tour
Vans Warped Tour
The main festival for Alternative Music, the Vans Warped Tour travels around the country bringing some of the top bands in the Alternative spectrum.  The bands range from mild alternative, ska, heavy alternative and metal - a little bit of something for everyone!  The closest stop to the upstate NY area is at Darien Lake along with stopping in Toronto as the next closest.  Some bands don't play all dates so if your looking for your favorite make sure to pay attention to the dates for each band.

2014 Line Up
Air Dubai
A Lot Like Birds (June 14 - July 11)
Alive Like Me
American Pin-Up
Anberlin (6/14-7/6, 7/16-8/3)
Bad Rabbits
Beebs and Her Money Makers
Born of Osiris
Bowling For Soup
Breathe Carolina
Chelsea Grin
Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!
The City ShakeUp
The Color Morale
Courage My Love
Crown The Empire
Cursed Sails(6/13-6/29)
Cute Is What We Aim For
DJ Nicola Bear
DJ Scout
The Devil Wears Prada
Enter Shikari (7/9-8/3)
Every Time I Die
Falling In Reverse
Fit For A King
For All Those Sleeping
For Today
Four Year Strong
Get Scared
The Ghost Inside
Ghost Town(6/13-7/8,7/12,13)
Heart To Heart
I Fight Dragons
I The Mighty (July 12 - August 3)
Ice Nine KillsIce Nine Kills
Icon For Hire
Less Than Jake
The Lost Boys
Lost In Society
The Maine
Mayday Parade
MC Chris
Mod Sun
Motionless In White
Naked Walrus(6/20-6/26)
Neck Deep
NiT GriT
Of Mice & Men(7/8-8/3)
One OK Rock
Pacific Dub
Parkway Drive
Plague Vendor
The Protomen
The Ready Set
Real Friends
Saves The Day
Scare Don't Fear
A Skylit Drive
Shot In The Dark(6/20)
Sleeper Agent
State Champs
The Story So Far
Stray From The Path
The Summer Set
Survive This!
Tear Out The Heart
Teenage Bottlerocket
This Wild Life
To The Wind (July 15 - August 3)
Unlocking The Truth(7/11-7/15)
We Are The In Crowd
We The Kings
The Word Alive

2014 Acoustic Basement Artists
Elder Brother
Anthony Raneri(Bayside)
Brian Marquis
Allison Weiss(7/20-8/3)
Front Porch Step
Mike Herrera (MXPX) (6/28, 6/29, 7/6-7/19)
Nick Santino(A Rocket To The Moon)
Better Off(7/22-7/29)
I The Mighty(7/12-8/3)
Bad Rabbits
PJ Bond(7/6-7/19)
Tess Dunn(6/21)
Young Statues(6/13-7/6)
Light Years
That's Not My Baby(6/20-6/25)
Young Statues
Divided Heaven(7/20, 7/30-8/3)
Rob Lynch(6/13-7/6)

Location: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Dates: July 4th, 2014
Cost: Pricing has a tiered structure starting at $45
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions

Riot Fest Toronto
Riot Fest

The extension of the Chicago Riot Fest you will find some of the top Alternative music along with a mix of historic artists like Iggy & the Stooges at the Toronto Riot Festival.

2014 Line Up:
The Cure : City And Colour : Metric : The National : Billy Talent : Rise Against : The Flaming Lips : Social Distortion : Death Cab For Cutie : Death From Above 1979 : Brand New : Paul Weller : Awolnation : Stars : The Head And The Heart : Dropkick Murphys : Die Antwood : Tokyo Police Club : The New Pornographers : Bring Me The Horizon : Taking Back Sunday : The Afghan Whigs : Alkaline Trio : Glassjaw : Bob Mould : Thurston Moore : Buzzcocks : Clutch : New Found Glory : Circa Survive : Manchester Orchestra : Lucero : Title Fight : Bad Suns : Citizen : Lemuria : Mounties : Pup : Nostalghia : Radkey : Rubblebucket : Pentimento : Broncho : The Hotelier : Laura Stevenson : The Beaches : Somos : Restorations : Say Yes : Seaway : Wounds : Little Big League

Location: Downsview Park
Dates: September 6 & 7 2014
Cost: 2 Day Passes Tiered Prices Starting at $99 up to $189
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Food Trucks and Concessions

Toronto's answer to the South By Southwest.  The NXNE (North By North East) is a Music Festival along with Film, Interactive, Comedy and Art.  Music showcases artists from all over the world.

Location: Various Venues Through Toronto
Dates: June 13th - 22nd 2014
Cost: Various pricing structures for all aspects of the festival see their website for all the details.
       Music Pricing: Bracelets for access to all shows $75 to $149 depending on date of purchase.
Bar: Varies By Venue
Food: Varies By Venue

Toronto Jazz FestivalToronto Jazz Festival
A monster of Jazz Festivals featuring over 1,500 artists in 40 venues. It covers all aspects of the Jazz spectrum.

Location: Various Venues Around Toronto
Dates: June 19th - 28th 2014
Cost: See The Official Website for Ticket Information
Bar: Varies By Venue
Food: Varies By Venue

Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF) - located at the Garrison commons at Fort York.

2014 Line Up:
Neutral Milk Hotel : Jeff Tweedy : The Gaslight Anthem : Sam Roberts Band : Local Natives : Beirut : Gogol Bordello : Violent Femmes : Gary Clark Jr. : Hey Rosetta! : Jenny Lewis : July Talk : Andrew Bird & The Hands Of Glory : Drive By Truckers : Born Ruffians : Hollerado : Dear Tick : Man Man : Shovels & Rope : Black Joe Lewis : Andrew Jackson Jihad : Pokey Lafarge : The Strumbell : Joyce Manor : Twin Forks : Lucius : Caitlin Rose : The Paper Kites : The Waco Brothers : New Country Rehab : Tift Merritt : Willie Nile Band : Ladies of The Canyon : Bidini Band : Old Man Markley : Noah Gundersen : Jon-Boy Langford & The Burlington Men's : Joe Pug : The Weeks : The Stanfields : The Devin Cuddy Band : The London Souls : Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs

Location: Fort York Garrison Common
Dates: July 4th - 6th 2014
Cost: 3 Day Passes from $119.50 to $180
Bar: Beer
Food: Concessions

KOI Music FestivalKOI Music Festival
A festival started to help put the Kitchener- Waterloo area on the national music map. They started in 2010 with 135 bands at 9 venues and 2 outdoor stages and continue to grow every year. Friday they put on a free show and have expand to offer up a full schedule on Sunday as well. They have some solid natinoal touring music acts along with a solid local line up.

2014 Schedule
Friday September 19th

Danko Jones - Free Event

Saturday September 20th
Chiodos / Protest The Hero / Miss May I / Four Year Strong / Foxy Shazam / Counterparts / The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid To Die / Handguns / Expire / SycAmour

Sunday September 21st
Mad Caddies / Silverstein / The Front Bottoms / Courage My Love

Location: Kitchener, Ontario Canada
Dates: September 19th - 21st 2014
Cost: Full Weekend Pass - $65
         Saturday only $45 / Sunday only $32
        Brunch Shows $20
Bar: Varries by Venue
Food: Concessions

SCENE Music Festival
SCENE is a locally based independent music festival focused on new music. The festival started as a showcase for local talent but over the 19 years has grown into one of Canada's premier music festivals.

2014 Line Up:
Marinas Trench / Matthew Good / The Sheepdogs / Monster Truck / Arkells / Lights / Shad / The Glorious Sons / Boy & Bear / Structures / Virginia To Vegas / Grade / The Zolas / Wildlife / Current Swell / Northcote / The Years / Camm Hunter / Rich Aucoin / Single Mothers / Lyon / Abandon All Ships / Teenage Kicks / Cardinals / The Weeks / Theatre Crisp / Crystalyne / Nightbox / Waterbodies / The Johstones / Skynet / The Kerouacs / Gentlemen Husbands / The Dirty Nail / Bitter Kids / Liferuiner / Seaway / Mandroid Echostar / The Beaches / Highs / The Mohrs / Through These Words / Flash Lightnin' / The Broken Lyre / Heavy Hearts / Sam Cash and The Romantic Dogs / Fast Romantics / Plus many more to be announced...

Location: Montebello Park and Downtown St. Catherines Ontario Canada
Dates: June 28th & 29th, 2014
Cost: Weekend Pass $69.50 - $119.50
        Saturday or Sunday Day Pass $39.50 - $69.50
Bar: Varries By Venue
Food: Consessions

Rockstar Mayhem Festival
Rockstar Mayhem Festival

The national touring concert festival catoring to the main stream hard rock/ metal music. 

2014 Line Up:
Avenged Sevenfold
Asking Alexandria
Body Count featuring Ice-T
Miss May I
Cannibal Corpse
Suicide Silence
Veil of Maya
Upon A Burning Body
Texas Hippie Coalition
Darkest Hour
Ill Nino
King 810

Location: Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Dates: July 25th 2014
Cost: $35 to $111
Bar: Beer & Wine
Food: Concessions

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