Sound of Music Festival Hosting 100+ Bands for $0!


Burlington, ON’s Sound of Music Festival has become an annual tradition for a city well-placed between other musical hotbeds like Hamilton The Sheepdogsand Toronto. Consistently running throughout Father’s Day weekend, the event – held in the city’s downtown core – is in its 35th year, and even though the lineup continually gets bigger, it still costs concert goers $0 to get in.

At this year’s festival – running June 7, then 12-15 – The Sheepdogs, Classified, Monster Truck, Sloan, Gord Downie with The Sadies, will act as some of this year’s bigger draws. Also onboard are Kim Mitchell, Colin James, Lou Gramm (of Foreigner), Maestro Fresh Wes, Teenage Head, Ashley MacIsaac, and Trooper. For the kiddies, Fred Penner will be on the scene as well.

There’s also an excellent local and independent artist component to this festival, as friends of like The Penske File, Dirty Jeans, Bring Me the Author, Teenage Kicks, and Poor Young Things will make appearances during the weekend. We’re hearing that Burly Calling – a pure Burlington-based independent music festival that usually runs near the end of the year – will have involvement with the Sound of Music. More details about that partnership are forthcoming.

In addition to the bands, there’s also a street festival, midway, a vendor village, and an early Saturday parade for those able to crawl out of bed before noon.

If you have some bucks to spare, VIP packages for special seating and dining can be arranged. To keep the festival free, donations are often regularly accepted by event volunteers.

Have a look at the concert poster below to see who else will take the stage:


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