It's starting to get warm, the days are getting longer, the flowers are blooming and one's thoughts start turning to the big S. IT'S ALMOST SUMMERTIME YOU GUYS! After a decidedly wicked winter, this town couldn't be more ready to shed the blankets in favour of bikinis, lose the layers in favour of lakes, and throw open the windows to our summer festivals!
Just in time for the rising temperatures comes all the lineups for a summertime of festival fun! Looking to spend your time soaking up the sun and all the best new music too? Look no further than your own back door!
Now, of course Sudbury has a whole slew of great festivals but us Copperworkers do have our favourites, starting with the Grandaddy of them all and Canada's longest running folk music festival - the Northern Lights Festival Boreal. I've been going to this one for as long as I can remember and it will always hold a special place in my wee little nostalgic heart. Back in my gypsy hippie younger days I'd leave the grounds with my heart heavy with new music and my arms heavy with flowery dresses and spangly silver bracelets. These days, it's all about the face-painting tent (cuz my little gal can sniff out a face-painter within a 5 mile radius of her), summer afternoons in the grass and frosty treats. I'm not much for the late nights anymore but with this year's headliner being Sarah Harmer I might make an exception. She's always so great at this festival and hard to pass up. Combine that with Dan Mangan and PGW and I'm already packing my wagon.
When you're done recovering from NLFB, air out your sleeping bags and pack for the River and Sky Music and Camping Festival. One of the newer festivals to the area at just 7 years old, it packs just as much punch as the oldest around. What was once a small festival that felt like it was put on just for us now draws an audience from all over the province. There's music on the beach, music by the river, music in the trees, more bugs than I've ever seen anywhere and the some of the best bush coffee I've ever consumed. It's a bit crowded and we never get any sleep but it's hard to beat the sense of community that comes with this festival. Everyone is smiling, the children are dirty and the music is always second to none. This year, the big draw for me is the Hayden. I've seen him at a number of festivals over the years and I've yet to find a more quintessential festival experience than listening to Hayden under a starry summer sky. Trust me, there's nothing better. Add Black Mountain to the mix and I'm already picking out the best dress for dancing.
(and yes, I know my R&S thumbnail pic is from the old venue but it also happens to be my nostalgic favourite. I was super pregnant and knew everyone and it felt like home)
The newest kid on the block is of course Up Fest. And not the one in the U.K even! It's gonna happen right here in Sudbury for the very first time this August! We've always pined for more public art in this city and now there's a whole festival for just that very thing. Large scale murals happening in real time, music in the streets, big fat art installations?? Be still my arty heart! From someone who has zero artistic ability whatsoever, I can't wait to sit back and watch it all unfold around me in our little downtown. I think this festival means BIG things for our city and I cannot wait to take part and show my daughter what can happen when people get together to make things beautiful.
For all things Up Fest click here.
So start digging out your sunscreen and festival hats once again. This summer is going to keep you busy and pink-cheeked right up until the leaves fall.