Burlington’s Sound of Music Festival is back for 2023

[Coverage by correspondent Elisa FG. – AC]

The fun-sucking days of standing six feet apart, video chat parties, and toilet paper droughts seem to be moving further and further into the past and with that comes the return of good times – parties, live concerts, festivals, stuff like that! Despite industry standards and ongoing post pandemic protocols, event organizers are doing their damnedest to let the good times (safely) roll.

“Here we are again for year 44,” says Sound of Music Festival CEO, Myles D.Rusak.

Sound of Music Festival, a summer staple for many in Burlington, Ontario, is marching on and through all uphill battles, to keep the tradition going.

“Several festivals across the country weren’t able to navigate the difficult post-pandemic landscape, but as Canada’s largest outdoor music festival, keeping Sound of Music Festival  alive is a mission the team took to heart for residents of Burlington and the surrounding region.”

What began as a marching band parade in the 1980’s, is now become a magnet for some of the biggest and loudest names in music.

“Last year’s record attendance of 416,000 guests was something that truly showed us just how loved this festival is. That’s why we wanted to put together another year that people are going to be talking about for a long time to come.”

The Struts, A Flock of Seagulls, Men Without Hats, The Spoons, Default, JJ Wilde, Crash Test Dummies, I Mother Earth, Badflower, Lee Aaron, Coney Hatch, Sven Gali, The Road Hammers, Lindsay Ell, Chad Brownlee, Cory Marks, The Abrams Brothers, Billy Raffoul, The Darcy’s and a lineup that continues to grow as more bands are announced.

As always, Sound of Music 2023 is a free experience, June 15th -18th. Being Father’s Day weekend, it may be the perfect backdrop to celebrate the old man! Three music stages, the Grande Festival Parade of international bands, Streetfest, Family Zone, Music Education, a Midway and so much more, promising a little something for everyone.

Assemble the group chat and round up the troops, air out your old I Mother Earth tee, with eight short weeks to go, there’s only so much time to figure out… who’s driving?

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