Toronto Music Festivals -- What You Missed and Still to Come

July 13, 2016 | Charlene Lee

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With summer well underway, this also means the start of this year's music festival season! With some major festivals already behind us, there is still lots of great music to look forward to in the coming months. Toronto Public Library can be your one stop shop for preparing for the festivals ahead, catching up on those you missed, or reliving and relishing that perfect set. 

Bestival, Toronto - 2015
Photo courtesy of Bestival


With its sophomore appearance in Toronto (originally from England), Bestival did not disappoint. With an eclectic mix of bands and DJs, there was definitely something for everyone. Festival highlights include sets from Tame Impala, Odesza and Jamie xx, who began his set with a more laid back, sombre tone. The mood was gradually lifted with Drake’s “One Dance” as well as a mixture of 90s dance, R&B and samba. Although euphoric track “Gosh” was interrupted by technical difficulties and Jamie xx walking off stage, the issues were quickly amended and he returned to finish his set.


CBC Music Festival

The 3rd annual CBC Music Festival featured a solid lineup of some of Canada’s best and if you’re like me, you sorely regret that you missed it. With a diverse lineup, fans of all genres from pop to rock and indie to hip hop were delighted. There was much buzz around Toronto band Alvvays, who have garnered a strong following with their 2014 self-titled debut album. Other sets that were not to be missed included those from The New Pornographers, Newmarket’s Tokyo Police Club and Hey Rosetta!, whose performances are nothing short of magic. This year they performed “Ahead by a Century” to commend The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, who was recently diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. Next year’s festival surely won’t disappoint!


TIME Festival

TIME is returning to historic Fort York on Saturday, August 6, 2016. Now in its third year, this one-day festival has always featured a lineup a little bit off the beaten track. Headlining this year is NYC-based hip-hop duo Run The Jewels. They’ll be joined by Joey Bada$$, New Zealand’s dreamy-synth pop sibling duo Broods, and Vancouver-based indie electronic duo Bob Moses.

Bob Moses released Days Gone By last September, delivering a blend of deep house and live instrumentation, and it is near perfection. Highlight “Tearing Me Up” is a song about lust and infidelity, with groovy basslines and skittering percussion. With intricate lines evolving on piano and guitar, and delicate percussive elements, this is an album that you can enjoy peripherally or under a microscope. 

Joey Bada$$ - B4.DA.$$  Broods - Blue Neighbourhood  Broods - Evergreen  Bob Moses - Days Gone By

Check out all the ways TPL can meet your listening needs! With a library card you can access our growing CD collection, as well these great online services: