9 Music Festivals To Add To Your Bucket List

by | Mar 15, 2018 | Entertainment, Event, Fun, Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

Music festivals in Ontario

Do you plan on spending your summer in the city? Here are five music festivals and events to make your summer of 2018 unforgettable!

Canadian Music Festival-Week of May 7th
The Canadian Music Week (CMW) offers something for every music lover. You can attend specific concerts, hear influential speakers from within the music industry, or attend exciting music award shows. This year, CMW is going into its 36th year, taking place during the week of May 7th. If you want to attend concerts, listen to speakers, or maybe even perform yourself click here to learn all about it.

Spotlight on Israeli Culture- On NOW until June 1st!
This one doesn’t necessarily only offer music, but music is one of the components you will be able to find at the “Spotlight on Israeli Culture”. From Jazz to Classical music, you will find many music events with an “Israeli touch” taking place in Toronto from today until June 1st. Click here and see what events you find most interesting.

Bud Light Dreams Festival- June 23rd and 24th
The Bud Light Dreams Music Festival calls itself a “boutique festival experience”. Block out June 23rd and 24th. Dance on a beach while seeing DJs such as Armin Van Buuren, Galantis, Kaskade, Richie Hawtin, or Tchami X Malaa perform live on the Toronto Island. The festival will include three different stages, amazing VIP experiences, and much more! Buy your ticket now and don’t forget to bring your bathing suit!

Future Forest- July 27th-30th
Are you into electronic music? Then you can’t miss the fifth annual Future Forest Festival in Fredericton, NB on July 27-30. Originally, Future Forest was a fundraiser for a DJ who was diagnosed with cancer. The vision behind the festival is that everyone who attends is a participant, contributing to the festival in some way or another, rather than just being a spectator. Want to learn more? Click here for all the info you need to attend and to buy your tickets.

Veld Music Festival- August 4th and 5th
If you are interested in EDM or Hip Hop, or both, you will love the Veld Music Festival in Toronto. This year, the festival is taking place on the 4th and 5th of August with a line-up including DJ Snake, Marshmello, Martin Garrix, and Migos on two stages. Thanks to the subway extension, the new subway will take you straight to the festival grounds! If you’re curious about this high energy festival, click here to learn more or purchase your tickets.

Israeli Music Festivals

Going on birthright Israel this summer? Getting to Israel this summer some other way? No worries, Israel has just as much to offer as the six!

DooF Festival- May 4th-7th
The DooF Festival is taking place at the Golan Beach, a beach on the Sea of Galilee. The trans-music festival is known to unite thousands of people into one big family, with a shared love for dancing and music. This year, the Doof Festival is taking place from the 4th to the 7th of May. Tickets are already on sale, so hurry up and purchase your ticket as soon as possible – the longer you wait, the more expensive they will be!

Jacob’s Ladder Festival- May 11th-13th
If you are more into folk music, Jacob’s Ladder Festival is just what you are looking for. Taking place twice a year, the upcoming dates are May 11th to 13th on the shores of Lake Kinneret. This family friendly music event brings out people with all sorts of backgrounds. Want to buy tickets? Go to their website to find out more.

Midburn- May 14th-19th
Have you heard of the world famous “Burning Man” Festival? Midburn is the Israeli version, based on the festival in Nevada. As part of the six-day long festival, participants build a city in the Negev desert, in which they eat, drink, sleep, build, create art, and party. Different from your usual festival, Midburn does not offer you a list of the most famous DJs to perform for you. If you decide to participate in Midburn, you become an active citizen of the “midburn city”, which comes with responsibilities. Anything provided at Midburn is provided by one of the participants, so think about that when you get ready to go. Most ticket categories are already sold out, but if you hurry up you might be lucky. Purchase your ticket here.

Tamar Festival- September 25th-28th
Looking for an opportunity to experience the south of Israel in a different way? Don’t look any further! The Tamar Festival provides you with Israeli soundtracks over a span of four days. But this is not why the Tamar Festival is so amazing. You will get to enjoy top Israeli artists in four of the most amazing southern landscapes: the Masada Fortress, the peak of Masada (with a breathtaking view over the dead sea), at the Kibbutz Ein Gedi (an oasis in the middle of dry desert), and at Neot Hakikar. Did we get you excited? Purchase your ticket today!

Something New

Something New

The fall post-holiday period is always a good time for launching new things. To the extent we’re not completely exhausted, our five-day work weeks are back (instead of five days of work crammed into three-day weeks), and we’re able to get into something of a rhythm and build momentum in moving toward specific goals.

Adding to the sense of newness and adventure, the third post-holidays Torah portion of Lekh Lekha, which was read this past Shabbat, begins with Abraham receiving divine instructions to leave his home and begin a journey to a new land.  Commentators highlight the uncertainty inherent in the command’s wording: instead of being directed to a specific place, Abraham, at least initially, is told to go “to the land that I will show you,” a vague and undisclosed destination. While he is promised blessings galore for his obedience, setting out requires an element of faith and quite a bit of trust as he leaves his home land and father’s house for somewhere new.

While it’s certainly several orders of magnitude smaller than the journey Abraham undertook, Hillel Ontario is trying something new this week: we’re introducing a new section to our regular newsletters and will be including a d’var Torah to showcase our students’ and staff’s skills and present our readers with a bit of Jewish learning. We hope you’ll find these commentaries inspiring and meaningful and that they’ll provide a glimpse of the Hillel Ontario community that spans our nine campuses.

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

Dear students, parents, supporters, and other members of the Ontario Jewish community,

We are writing to you as the Hillel presidents representing nine universities across Ontario. 

We are often asked what it’s like to be a Jewish student on campus. And, in previous years, we would have taken a more upbeat approach to answering that question. The truth is that things have changed over the past 5 months.

Prior to this spring’s war in Israel, we had never experienced the level of vitriol and backlash that we did recently. We were caught off guard. Many Jewish students lost friendships and severed connections that had been created over many years. Our mental health was stretched to the limit; we have felt burnt out, isolated and anxious.  Even now, with autumn upon us, we are still feeling the exhausting effects of a summer spent advocating for the well-being of our fellow Jewish students. 

Walking back onto campus this week, it was difficult to see some students obviously (and understandably) anxious – both because of the pandemic, and because of the antisemitism Jewish students have experienced over the past several months. At the same time, we also feel more empowered than ever to proclaim pride in our Jewish identity, bolstered by the tremendous support we have felt from across the community.  

Whether you are a first year student, a parent, a sibling, an alum, or simply a member of the community concerned about what seems like an endless barrage of attacks aimed at Jewish students on campus, we want to assure you that as Hillel presidents, we are deeply committed to our roles and responsibilities. We hear your concerns. And, we are proud to serve the current and future Jewish students we support.  

We are working to build relationships with student governments, clubs, interfaith groups, faculty, and administrators on each of our campuses. We continue to empower our peers to learn, to educate, and to advocate for the issues close to our hearts. And, we continue to provide a safe and welcoming community for Jewish students, both on and off campus. 

We also seek to increase resources and staff available to our students so that no one feels unsupported or ill-prepared. We want Jewish students to feel like they can be their entire selves without having to hide a Magen David or avoid conversations about Judaism, Zionism or Israel. 

As we move into a new Jewish year and a new school year, we wish we could say with more certainty exactly what is to come in the next few months. However, it would be naive to do so. Instead, we would like to take this opportunity to commit to you that we will continue to have challenging, but necessary, dialogue with allies across campus. We will continue to support our peers when they feel uncomfortable. And, we will continue to ask for help when we need it. 

Time and time again, our collective history has proven that in a proud, empowered, and united community there is strength, and that from one another we can draw resilience. 

L’shana Haba on quieter, more inclusive campuses. 

Ariel Oren, Guelph Hillel
Evan Kanter, Hillel Student Leader Representative, Hillel UofT
Nathaniel Katz, Queen’s Hillel
Shira Miller, Hillel Laurier
Danielle Lebowitz, Hillel Waterloo
Hannah Silverman, McMaster Hillel
Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson
Isabel Borisov, Western Hillel
Nicole Bodenstein, York Hillel

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