WATERLOO REGION, Ont. – With festivals featuring practically every genre of music, the Waterloo Region is bursting with dozens of live entertainment options this summer.
The Waterloo Region, located an hour west of Toronto, is quickly becoming known across the country for its live arts scene, specifically the many family friendly and free music festivals that have gained international recognition over the years.
“The Waterloo Region is a special place in Ontario where many different interests collide giving us a very wide selection of live entertainment options,” said Minto Schneider, General Manager of Waterloo Regional Tourism Marketing Corporation.“When you look at how the TD Kitchener Blues Festival is bringing in legends like Buddy Guy and KOI Music Fest is featuring new music acts such as Protest The Hero, you have a great example of just how diverse our region’s taste really is.”
The season was kicked of last weekend with Big Music Fest. This was the first year for the event in Waterloo Region and it was a huge success. Sold out crowds enjoyed a weekend of entertainment including BryanAdams, Collective Soul, Kim Mitchell and Aerosmith. Event organizer Mark Higgins promises that this was just the first of what he hopes will be an annual festival in Waterloo Region.
Up next will be the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival, which takes place July 18-20. The festival will host jazz performers from across Canada and beyond, welcoming the likes of Marcus Roberts Trio, IvanaSantilli, PresHall Brass and many more.
For even more incredible music performances, the world-renowned TD Kitchener Blues Festival will be running Aug. 7-10. This longtime favourite in the region has announced that Buddy Guy and BeauSoleil will headline with dozens of other legends, as well as up-and-comers, scheduled to perform all weekend during the largest free Blues festival in Canada.
The music doesn’t stop there with both the Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music and KOI Music Fest rocking the region. The free Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music takes place Aug. 1-3 and will see more than 20 concerts take place in Cambridge. KOI Music Fest is only in its fifth year but has exploded bringing in thousands of fans of alternative, punk and indie music to the region during the three-day festival starting Sept. 19.
More music is featured on stage with Drayton EntertainmentEntertaining more than 65 million people in 42 countries, Les Misérables is one of the most celebrated musicals of our time and is playing at the Dunfield Theatre Cambridge until August 2nd. Drayton offers two more musical favourites in St. Jacobs this summer. Wichita Lineman is playing at the St.Jacobs Playhouse until August 2nd and starting August 5th, St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre will feature A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline.
No matter what genre or style of entertainment you prefer, the Waterloo Region has something for everyone this summer.
For more information on these events and much more, please visit http://www.explorewaterlooregion.com/.
About the Waterloo Region
Waterloo Region is a unique area where unspoiled nature, booming high-tech industry, world-class arts and culture, bustling urban centres, renowned academic institutions, mouth-watering cuisine, and sports and leisure facilities collide! Comprised of the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener, and Waterloo as well as the townships of North Dumfries, Wellesley, Wilmot and Woolwich (Home of St. Jacobs Country), Waterloo Region is located just one hour west of Toronto.