11 Festivals for a Totally Musical Summer in the Townships

Published on Mar 30, 2022

Amateurs of Blues ? Rock? Are you more into traditional music or outdoor festivals? You’ll surely find something to your liking among all the music festivals being held in the Eastern Townships this summer. Here are 11 of them.

Festival des harmonies et orchestres symphoniques du Québec

May 19 to May 22, 2022

Held on the campus of the Université de Sherbrooke, the Festival des Harmonies is an unmissable gathering for amateur musicians. Competitions are ongoing throughout the weekend: wind bands, stage bands, symphony orchestras, string ensembles, vocal ensembles, guitar and drumline ensembles. With about a hundred registered ensembles, you’ll enjoy continuous musical performances to delight your ears.
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OFF Festival des Harmonies – Sherbrooke en musique

May 5 to May 29, 2022

As part of the Festival des Harmonies, you’re invited to participate in performances and introductory music workshops offered at various public places in Sherbrooke. A not-to-be-missed event celebrating the rich and diverse musical culture scene found in Sherbrooke.
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Sherblues & Folk

July 2 to July 9, 2022

Folk and blues artists are at the heart of Sherblues’ musical offer, with shows held at different indoor and outdoor venues in downtown Sherbrooke. We’re impatiently awaiting the announcement of the complete program, but we already know that multi-instrumentalist Tash Sultana will open the festival on July 2.
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ShazamFest

July 7 to July 10, 2022

Music, theatre, circus, arts and crafts, kids’ zone, campsites, food stands, beard and moustache contest … the ShazamFest site in West Barnston is transformed into a carnival for all ages. Tickets are already on sale. Don’t miss your chance to attend this eclectic festival!
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Soif de musique

July 7 to July 10, 2022

In Cowansville, Soif de Musique presents an impressive line-up of artists, while maintaining the intimate atmosphere of a regional festival. This year’s highly anticipated performances include Fouki, Charlotte Cardin, Les Cowboys Fringants and many more. Hurry to reserve your tickets (on sale now).
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Festival Orford Musique

June 9 to August 12, 2022

Will you be among the thousands of music lovers who’ll be gathering in the heart of Parc national du Mont-Orford to enjoy some twenty professional concerts and free shows offered by the students of the Orford Music Academy? You can also visit the visual arts exhibits and take full measure of the beauty of the site.
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Fête du Lac des Nations

July 19 to July 24, 2022

With performances spanning three stages, rides, food, entertainment for children and an international fireworks competition, the Fête du Lac des Nations is one of Sherbrooke’s most popular summer family events. We can’t wait to see who will be performing this year. To be continued!
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Festival L’Underground Waterloo

July 22 and July 23, 2022

Back after a two-year hiatus, the Underground, a rock, punk and metal festival featuring up-and-coming artists, will be held in Waterloo. This year’s headliners? A tribute to Slipknot by the band Maggots and the Dance Laury Dance band. Good to know, access is free for all.
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Festival international de la chanson de Granby

August 7 to August 27, 2022

The Festival international de la chanson de Granby is a must for discovering the best up-and-coming talents. Of course, you’ll enjoy the classic Grand Concours, which introduced us to such notable artists as Lisa LeBlanc, Pierre Lapointe and Jean Leloup, but you’ll also enjoy the Jamais Trop Tôt contest for our very young artists. The complete program will be announced on June 8. You can expect an amazing variety of indoor and outdoor performances.
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Festival des traditions du monde

August 10 to August 14, 2022

A classic on Sherbrooke’s summer events calendar, the Festival des Traditions du Monde is offering, for its 25th edition, more than a hundred musical and dance performances. To the rhythm of different cultures, allow yourself to be dazzled by all the presentations as well as by the gastronomy and arts and crafts from around the world you’ll discover here.
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The Sutton Traditional Fiddle Festival—

August 18 to August 21, 2022

Are you a fan of traditional music? The Sutton Traditional Fiddle Festival offers artists from the Québec and international trad scene a venue where they can showcase their talent. Concerts, dance parties, master classes and a children’s festival are to be expected in the heart of the town of Sutton.
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