Sound of Music Festival 2015
As the weather begins to warm up in southwestern Ontario, festival season appears to be among us. Festivals attract thousands of people in hopes of exposing visitors to both familiar and new exhibitions, music, or entertainment. In the case of Burlington, Ontario’s Sound of Music Festival, visitors to the festival are exposed to both world renowned and up-and-coming artists. Sound of Music is no amateur when it comes to festivals. In fact, the now 9-day music event will kick-off its 36th year of live music on June 13, 2015 with a ticketed event featuring Weezer, Our Lady Peace, Collective Soul, Finger Eleven, Current Swell and Scott Helman.
As always, Sound of Music also includes free performances of spectacular artists such as this year’s performers , The Tea Party, Dear Rouge, Stars, Loverboy, Aaron Pritchett, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, David Wilcox, Hollerado, Bobby Bazini, Alex Cuba, Deric Ruttan, Rik Emmett (of Triumph), The Acoustical Sounds of Big Sugar, The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer, hometown country artist Tebey and more on Father’s Day Weekend, June 18-21.
My music taste has changed a few times throughout the past 20 years of my life. For as long as I can remember, I have always been excited to hear the artists that are announced for Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival. The amount of hype within the city and its surrounding areas always lives up to people’s expectations. Many music festivals tend to showcase artists within niche genres, but Sound of Music always features a wide variety of genres that will appeal to all different age groups. I cannot think of any other music festival besides Sound of Music that I would be able to attend with my parents and be sure that neither of us would be bored.
My favourite thing about the festival is arriving to the sets of artists that I have never listened to before and leaving the festival knowing that I have just found my new favourite band. One of the best cases of this happening was in 2012 when I attended Sound of Music without knowing who the band The Arkells were. Fast forward a couple years and the band has recently won a Juno Award for Best New Group of the Year (2015). So for those who like seeing a band’s success grow right before their eyes and having bragging rights that they found a band ‘before they were known’, Sound of Music Festival is certainly for you. Alternatively, Sound of Music is evidently known for bringing well-known acts to Burlington every year – this year’s lineup is proof.
In addition to the ticketed kick-off concert and the free weekend of music, Sound of Music Festival has introduced their Club Series events which will take place from June 14-17. The Club Series will connect the June 13 event with Father’s Day Weekend and will feature live local bands playing for free at various downtown bars. Sound of Music Festival and Alzheimer Society of Halton are also presenting the Sound of Music Silver Series on June 19 in support of the Alzheimer Society Foundation. For those country fans, John Street will transform into a Downtown Hoedown on June 20th – which is also new this year. As per Sound of Music Festival tradition, Burlington’s downtown area will become Downtown Streetfest which will have live music, dancing, on-street licensed patios as well as various family activities.
Tickets for the Kick-Off Concert are now available online at SoundOfMusic.ca along with the full schedule of artists. If you’re looking to win a VIP Prize Pack for the festival, you can enter on the Sound of Music website as well (Contest closes June 9th). “Sweet Seats” are also on sale which include upgraded restrooms and hospitality services for TD Stage shows.
I’m fortunate that I live in Burlington and a quick drive downtown will let me arrive at the festival; however, those from out of town should not worry. There are Festival Hotel Deals available that include sweet seats, overnight accommodations, breakfast for two, taxi vouchers, and attraction tickets for one low price.
As Sound of Music always needs volunteers, those interested in getting involved for either one shift or the entire weekend can sign up online as well. This is a great opportunity to attend the festival on a different side of things while getting involved in the community.
One big chance this year is to the parade. There is a new date, route and field competition (post parade). The Parade is on Sunday, June 14, 2015 at 1:00 pm. A Field Show will take place at Nelson High School following the parade. Visit the website for participating bands and parade route.
June 13 | 2:00PM to 11:00PM – Kick-off Concert (ticketed)
June 14-17 | Weeknights – Sound of Music Club Series
June 19 | 12:00PM to 3:00PM – Silver Series
June 19-21 – Downtown Streetfest
June 18-21 – Free Concerts/Father’s Day Weekend
- There were over 230,000 visits in 2014
- 26,000 hours of planning go into Sound of Music
- 4000 free music performances since 1980
- 100 acts across 10 stages
- 800 Festival Week volunteers
- 85% of festival waste diverted from landfill
- 150 year-round volunteer committee members
Burlington Hyundai Stage
Kids Naturally Children’s Village
For a preview of what you can expect, you can view some footage from Sound of Music 2013 below:
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