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Northern Lights Festival Boréal—Music From the North, for the North

Northern Lights Festival Boréal—Music From the North, for the North

The summer festival season brings cheer and good times to locals and visitors alike. Everyone gets together to enjoy the music, art, food and of course, the nice weather that we wait for all year long!

For 45 years, the Northern Lights Festival Boréal has been a beacon for summer-fun seekers by exhibiting Northern Ontario’s cultural and musical talent. This consistent dedication to northern talent has made it the longest continually running outdoor music festival in Canada. Over the years, it has grown so much in popularity that it organizes music shows and events throughout the year leading up to the big one, July 8-10.

This year, a crowd of over eleven thousand is expected to be there, surrounding two main stages and two secondary stages. The lineup features almost every genre and instrument imaginable with a strong multicultural presence. Digging Roots is one of many bands representing Indigenous culture at the event, while the Gypsy Colombia Orchestra brings their Afro-Colombian stylings to the stage. As always, Francophone musicality is a big part of the festival with bands such as Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire and Fagroongala.

Photo by Mike Bourgeault

Stack Brewery continues its support this year with a custom beer known as ‘The Bear’ for exclusive purchase at the festival. The Northern Lights Festival Boréal is also excited to team up with Muskoka Brewery this year, adding another great product to the mix.

Admission has also been adjusted, with free entry for individuals 14 and under, up from previous years when the age limit for free admission was 10 years old. It’s all part of the effort to expand family friendly activities and performances. Families with little ones can look forward to see Cindy Cook of Polka Dot Door, Dale Pepin’s Story Socks, and much more. The Arts Village and workshop area has also been expanded with installations, community art projects and live demonstrations.

Organizers listened to your feedback and are now offering accommodation packages! You can get some rest from the party by staying at the Mine Mill campground (free shuttle included), the downtown Clarion, or the Cambrian College residence. Get the package and save on accommodation and festival admission.


Sudburians, Ontarians, Canadians, we can’t wait to see you rock out at another edition of this legendary event!

For a complete list of performers visit http://nlfb.ca/artists/

To purchase tickets or accommodation packages, visit http://www.ticketbreak.com/nlf


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