Summer means road trips, outdoor adventures, patio parties, and beach days. Everyone needs a rockin’ soundtrack to keep them motivated while enjoying the sun! We’ve got you covered with a Sudbury-inspired Summer Top 10 Playlist featuring some of the best artists Sudbury has showcased this summer. Whether you love country, Indie or rock n’ roll, there are artists on this list to suit every music buff. In no particular order, here’s a list to get you started…

  1. The Virus –A Tribe Called Red              Performed at Northern Lights Festival Boreal

“Positive role models and a positive self-identity are hard to come by, yet the Canadian DJ collective A Tribe Called Red is a modern gateway into urban and contemporary indigenous culture and experience, celebrating all its layers and complexity.”

- http://atribecalledred.com

  1. Carry It On –Buffy Sainte-Marie             Performed at Northern Lights Festival Boreal

“I’ve been traveling around the world for a long time, finding songs in my head like snapshots of how I feel about what I see and the people I meet. What’s remained consistent is my conclusion, which has always inspired my songs, that life is precious, diverse and worth protecting.”

“This is my favorite song. Not sure how I got so lucky as to find it in my head, but it stabilizes me and inspires me no matter what else is going on. I really believe it.” –Buffy

- http://buffysainte-marie.com

  1. Como –Yukon Blonde                         Will perform at Up Here Fest

“Yukon Blonde is a Canadian indie rock band originally from Kelowna, British Columbia. The band has been based in Vancouver since 2009. This album brings the mastery of seamlessly crafted pop songs that has become expected of Yukon Blonde while experimenting with psychedelic, digital, and synthetic sounds.

- http://dinealonerecords.com/news/stream-yukon-blondes-on-blonde-in-full/

  1. Anchor Down –Dirty Princes                Will perform at Up Here Fest

“When the tough gets going, Shawn Kosmo & the Dirty Princes get tough. Armed with songs that range in time, and stage-presences that range in presents size, SK&TDP prove time and time and time again that they are, in fact, a local band.”

- https://www.facebook.com/Dirty-Princes-239853912889410/

  1. What Do I Have To Do –Crystal Shawanda Performed at National Aboriginal Day

“Crystal Shawanda grew up on the Wikwemikong reserve in Ontario. Her parents raised her on Country music and taught her to sing and play guitar, but it was her oldest brother who introduced her to the blues. She will make you feel every word with a powerful voice that never fails, pure and gritty at the same time.”

- http://crystalshawanda.co

  1. Out of the Blue –Aaron Pritchett          Will perform at New Music Fest

“Acclaimed for bringing “rock energy” to “country audiences”, Aaron Pritchett continues to hold the title of one of the most sought after artists in the business. His passion and intensity for his art overflows on stage and spills into his unwavering dedication to his fans.”

- http://www.aaron-pritchett.com

  1. Sache que –La Bronze                       Performed at Northern Lights Festival Boreal

“Nadia Essadiqi, who performs under the stage name La Bronze, is a Moroccan Canadian musician and actress. In 2015, she was nominated ‘Emerging artist of the year’ for the Canadian Music Week Awards”

-http://www.labronze.ca 

  1. Bonfire –River Town Saints                Will perform at New Music Fest

“Their beginnings may be rooted in small towns surrounding the Ottawa River, but there is nothing small about River Town Saints. This 5-piece, harmony-driven group with rock n’ roll roots, have proven that a little heart (and a lot of work) does, in fact, go a long way.”

-http://www.rivertownsaints.com

  1. Beautiful Place –Mimi O’Bonsawin       Performed at Greater Sudbury Public Library

Mimi was born in Sudbury, Ontario and has always took interest in music and her native background, history and culture. Mimi’s songs are not what you’d expect from a someone of her age, at 22 years old she has a soulful, sultry voice full of emotion; this comes from a place deep inside that truly reflects Mimi’s values and maturity.

-Cashbox Canada, http://cashboxcanada.ca/node/5691

  1. Kill the Lights –The Glorious Sons        Will perform at New Music Fest

“The Glorious Sons are an everyman band, telling real stories from a blue-collar perspective. They hit their stride with their new album, ‘The Union’, a collection of honest and heartfelt songs touching on themes of life, love, passion, loss and redemption. They are the next generation of great Canadian rock to emerge from the Lime Stone City.”

-http://www.theglorioussons.com

The list of talent could have been a lot longer, highlighting other top-notch performers such as JOJO Mason, Larry Berrio and more. Check out other upcoming festivals such as Up Here 3 and New Music Fest coming to Sudbury this summer. For a complete list of festivals in Sudbury, visit sudburytourism.ca/festivals or check out other upcoming events at sudburytourism.ca/events

By: Emily O’Connell

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