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!

Stronger Together!

Stronger Together!

Over this past Family Day Weekend, I spent a lot of time reflecting both about the challenges we face, but also about the incredible strength and resiliency of this community. Jewish students are often at the forefront of hate and discrimination on campus and online, but we are at our most powerful – and most effective – when we work together as one.

With that in mind, I want to provide several important advocacy updates.

First, I am excited to share that Hillel Ontario has begun convening meetings to coordinate advocacy initiatives amongst Jewish campus organizations across the country. The time has come for Hillel Ontario to lead the way in encouraging cooperation to accomplish the goals we collectively share. Joining us in these monthly discussions are Hillel Montreal, Hillel BC, Hillel Ottawa, CJPAC, Hasbara Fellowships and StandWithUs. We appreciate their willingness to engage with us in these important conversations.

Second, I want to update you on the University of Toronto Students’ Union (UTSU) matter that galvanized much community discussion last week. In addition to endorsing a motion to divest from companies doing business in Israel, the union misrepresented the recently released report of the Antisemitism Working Group and its approach to what does or does not constitute antisemitism. Hillel views these type of divestment motions as part of a wider issue of antisemitism on campus, and we have made that point clearly and consistently to university leadership and members of the Working Group for the better part of the past year.

Late Friday, Working Group members released an important statement, which both criticized the rhetoric of union leaders, and vindicated our belief that hate speech directed at Israel, Israelis or Jews based on actions (real or imagined) of the Israeli government is antisemitism. This is an important moment; one that underscores why our approach to these issues, and the allies we foster across campus are so critical. While we may not be able to stop every divestment motion from passing, we can – and we will continue to – have our voices heard by university leadership to ensure antisemitism remains on the margins. This is precisely what happened last week at the UofT.

Jewish students deserve to study, live and socialize in an environment free from harassment and discrimination. Hillel will continue to condemn antisemitism, defend Israel and our right to self-determination, and build essential relationships on campus to secure the well-being of the students we so proudly serve.

And, we will do so in concert with our allies; because we believe we are stronger together.

Sincerely,

Jay Solomon
Chief Communications & Public Affairs Officer

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Nature vs. Nurture, and Nate Deserves Our Anger

Weekly D’var: Toldot 5782 by Scott Goldstein

[Warning: Ted Lasso show spoiler] I just finished watching the second season of Ted Lasso, and I cannot get the image of the finale out of my head. Haven’t seen it yet? That’s ok, I’ll recap part of this week’s Torah portion as you go catch up and then tie it in at the end for when you get back.

When not detailing the intricate politics of well-digging and water rights, this week’s Torah portion takes some time to highlight our favourite biblical twins – Jacob and Esav (a.k.a. Esau). Some may even refer to this as the first twin study on “Nature vs. Nurture” (shoutout to my psychology peeps) ever recorded. We are presented with brothers that were raised in the same environment but turned out to be polar opposites. I’ll let you read the riveting stories of birthright transactions and elaborate deceptions on your own, but the narrative we are presented with is clear: Jacob is good, and Esav is bad. Here’s the problem I had with this narrative: If Esav was raised in a good environment, but still did bad things, then is the Torah telling us that our destiny is sealed by nature?

I just finished watching Ted Lasso, and I cannot help but think about how loveable Nate (played by Nick Mohammed) is a perfect example of what I think our Torah portion is trying to tell us. Ted Lasso (played masterfully by Jason Sudeikis) created a nurturing environment where Nate could grow from invisible kit manager to assistant coach that everyone loves. Despite all that, it comes down to the decisions Nate made to allow jealousy to influence his actions, leading him to leave Richmond FC and betray his teammates by joining West Ham United.

I think the story we read in the Torah is reminding us that both nature and nurture are really important (just as science does), but our decisions, ultimately, are our own. Whether it’s Esav going down in history as the ultimate example of bad decision-making or Nate likely being the reason we see Ted cry next season, the lesson is clear… be like Jacob because we can make good decisions no matter the circumstances.

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