These Hills Are Alive! Live Music All Summer Long at Blue Mountain Village

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May through September: Blue Mountain Village, just 2 hours north of Toronto, plays host to a series of festivals and concerts featuring a massive lineup of Canadian icons and internationally-acclaimed artists. Most shows are free and the incredibly diverse slate of talent and genres has something for every musical taste.


Music has always been a key factor in driving tourism from Toronto and beyond. This years line up is one of our best!" Patti Kendall, Director of Marketing & Events Blue Mountain Village.

Jazz with Gino Vannelli, folk-rock with Canadian Music Hall of Famer Bruce Cockburn and the ultimate Canada Day concert with iconic classic rockers April Wine. More cow bell! These are a few of the acts taking the stage in the square during a summer full of music at Blue Mountain Village. At the foot of the fabled Blue Mountains, on the shores of the crystal-clear waters of Georgian Bay, the Village – and Mother Nature – provides a most majestic setting for incredible live music – every day, all summer long. This year sees the return of fan favourites and the addition of some exciting new names and events.

It all begins on the May long weekend with headliner JRDN. Winner of the 2014 Juno Award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year, JRDN hit the mainstream with “You Can Have it All” , number 5 on the Much Music countdown, and followed it with “Like Magic”, a certified gold hit also off the IAM JRDN release.

June welcomes the return of one of the region’s most popular events, the Salsa at Blue Festival, June 20-22. Among this year’s performers is Juno Award nominee and Canadian Guitarist of the Year Johannes Linstead. With four top-ten Billboard charting albums, Johannes is one of the best-selling international guitarists in the instrumental and World Music genres.

As mentioned, July 1 sees international classic rock superstars Myles Goodwyn and April Wine take over the main stage with their big bag of crowd-pleasers including “Roller”, “Sign of the Gypsy Queen” and the timeless “Oowatanite.” The music rolls on with the second annual Jazz on the Mountain festival July 4-6. Featured on the bill are multi Juno Award-winner and Grammy nominee Gino Vannelli, best known for such mega-selling hits as “Black Cars” and “Wild Horses”, Motown legends The Commodores choosing hits from their catalogue of over 50 albums, and Grammy award-winning R&B sensations The Yellowjackets. And then The King takes over.

The 20th Annual Collingwood Elvis Festival brings hundreds of Elvis tribute artists from across the globe to entertain and compete for the title and entry to the Memphis festival. This year Priscilla Presley will be on hand to host this event that brings thousands of visitors from right across the continent. August is highlighted by an evening with one of Canada’s best-known singer/songwriters and international folk-rock superstar, Bruce Cockburn. From “Lovers in a Dangerous Time” and “I Wonder Where the Lions Are” to “If I Had a Rocket Launcher” and “If a Tree Falls”, he always has a story to tell and a unique way to tell it.
These are just some of the highlights of a summer full of music at Blue Mountain Village. For a complete listing visit

About the Village. Blue Mountain Village is Southern Ontario’s premiere four-season destination. A cobblestoned pedestrian village framed by turn-of-the-century Ontario architecture, the Village offers a wide variety of family accommodations, activities and attractions including over 40 unique shops and restaurants, zip lines, ropes courses, hiking, biking, Segue tours and much more.

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