Country music’s biggest market outside the United States is Canada. The Great White North is home to a thriving country music scene – with bars, venues, and country radio stations from coast-to-coast. It is also home to some of the biggest country music festivals in North America, drawing tens of thousands of passionate, rowdy fans and featuring entertainment from the hottest country stars on both sides of the border.
Situated easily a day’s drive from many American northern cities, the following larger Canadian country music festivals (listed from west to east) make an excellent holiday destination for any country music fan.
List of Canadian Country Music Festivals:
Festival: Merritt Mountain Music Festival (1)
Location: Merritt, British Columbia
Dates: July 7-10, 2011
Notable Performers: Mike Crystal Shawanda, Joe Nichols, Aaron Pritchett, Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Montgomery Gentry, Jetty Road, Crystal Gayle, Ray Price.
Festival: Big Valley Jamboree (2)
Location: Camrose, Alberta
Dates: July 28-31, 2011
Notable Performers: Shane Yellowbird, Sawyer Brown, Dean Brody, Jake Mathews, Jetty Road, Rodney Crowell, George Canyon, LeAnn Rimes, Gary Allan, Bill Engvall, Jason Aldean, Charlie Daniels, Ronnie Dunn, Toby Keith
Festival: Craven Country Jamboree (3)
Location: Craven, Saskatchewan
Dates: July 14-17, 2011
Notable Performers: Sawyer Brown, Neal McCoy, John Michael Montgomery, Ronnie Dunn, Doc Walker, Johnny Reid, Mel Tillis, Williams & Ree, Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich, Sugarland, Easton Corbin, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tracy Lawrence, Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Lonestar.
Festival: Dauphin’s Countryfest (4)
Location: Dauphin, Manitoba
Dates: June 30-July 3, 2011
Notable Performers: Doc Walker, Jason Blaine, Johnny Reid, George Canyon, Deric Ruttan, The Stellas, Toby Keith, Eric Church, Crystal Shawanda, Billy Currington, Joe Nichols, Dean Brody
Festival: Havelock Country Jamboree (5)
Location: Havelock, Ontario
Dates: August 18-21, 2011
Notable Performers: Billy Currington, Sawyer Brown, Joe Nichols, Tommy Hunter, Pam Tillis & Lorrie Morgan, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Del McCoury Band, Shenandoah, Deric Ruttan, Shooter Jennings, Good Brothers, Ladies of the Canyon, Hey Romeo, Victoria Banks, Martina McBride
Festival: Cavendish Beach Music Festival (6)
Location: Cavendish, Prince Edward Island
Dates: July 7-10, 2011
Notable Performers: Trace Adkins, Doc Walker, Lennie Gallant, Johnny Reid, Ricky Skaggs, Jetty Road, Dave Gunning, George Canyon, Corb Lund, Toby Keith, Eric Church, The Stellas, Brad Paisley