Edmonton is widely recognized for its robust arts and culture scene, and this summer’s array of local music festivals is a fine testament to this notion.
Admittedly, my attitude towards these symphonic celebrations has not always been overly enthusiastic – an aftereffect of gawking at friends’ photos from events with more established acts and larger venues such as Coachella and Sasquatch? Oh, for sure.
In recent years, I’ve experienced a shift in the mentality that our city’s outdoor performances are merely a
watered-down version of what exists elsewhere. On the contrary, I believe that we’re fortunate to take part in such gatherings that support homegrown talent, foster a sense of community and contribute to the ubiquitous entrepreneurial spirit in our town.
Whether your personal comfort zone permits a toe tap, a handclap or a full-on body convulsion, this season’s instrumental merrymakings have got you covered. See below for my top-three jam-worthy festival picks:
1. Interstellar Rodeo
When: July 26 – 28, 2013
Where: Heritage Amphitheatre in Hawrelak Park
2. The Edmonton Folk Music Festival
When: August 8 – 11, 2013
Where: Gallagher Park
3. Sonic Boom
When: August 31 – September 1, 2013
Where: Northlands Park
There you have it. About as great as low-fat ice cream that doesn’t taste like low-fat ice cream.