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The Yack: Summer Music Festivals

With the warm weather finally in our sights it can only mean one thing; summer is coming. Time to show some legs, start drinking outside (this might not be a seasonal thing for some of you) and driving with the windows open while listening to some slinky guitar solos.

Let this Yack be your unofficial summer guide to being entertained in Niagara.

Looking for some wine-based concert events? Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Jackson Triggs is at it again with their Ampitheatre concert series. Most of these can-rock friendly shows are already sold-out, however, for a cool $96 you can see Toronto’s ultra-band Broken Social Scene on June 16. Too noodly for you? Catch alt-rock legends Finger Eleven pull off an entire night of acoustic tunes on July 20. Tickets are $76 each.

Beamsville’s Redstone Winery has been booking some impressive acts on their own. 2018’s concert series features The Sadies on June 8, Fred Eaglesmith on July 19 Royal Wood on August 23 and The Skydiggers close out the series on Sept 7. All tickets are $79.

Switching gears to beer, the fifth annual Albino Rhino Beer Fest takes place at Ridgeway’s The Sanctuary on May 26. Sample from 30+ Ontario craft brewers and close to 10 craft food vendors. Participating breweries include: Kame and Kettle, Bench, Lock Street Brewing Company, Beau’s, Silversmith, Oast House Brewers, Bench, Fairweather and a handful of others.

Hamilton’s Collective Arts Brewing presents the inaugural Liquid Art Festival in Hamilton on June 15 & 16. This two-day fest includes over 50 brewers from across the world, live art, galleries and installations as well as music from Mt. Joy, Twist, The Beaches, Charly Bliss and Jane’s Party.
If municipal jams are more your thing, Montebello Park’s Summer Concert Series will likely start again on Wednesdays in July. Lineups haven’t been announced yet.

Welland’s Concerts on the Canal are free and begin on June 22 with blues champion Steve Strongman. Pink Floyd Niagara performs on Canada Day (wish you were here) and the Tragically Hip tribute act, Practically Hip play on July 20. Destroyer (not the one from Vancouver that you’re thinking of), a KISS tribute band play on August 10, while the season wraps up on August 24 with the always funky brass beast, My Son the Hurricane.

Now get out there, it’s time to buy some new shorts.

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