Now returning for their fifth year, Sudbury’s Up Here Fest continues to prove that Ontario’s rich creative culture extends well beyond Ottawa and the GTA. Taking place from August 16th to 18th, Up Here, consistently one of the province’s most impressively curated lineups, promises an “immersive urban artistic experience” combining numerous murals and art installations with musical showcases held under the fest’s signature downtown geodesic dome and beyond.
This unique approach doesn’t just stop at Up Here’s format: a bill of eclectic headliners featuring New York’s hip hop/dance punk pioneers ESG, Polaris-shortlisted First Nations rap duo Snotty Nose Rez Kids, and Montréal’s ethereal electro-poppers Milk & Bone offers further proof that Up Here is all about giving festivalgoers a singular experience they’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere in the province (or anywhere, for that matter).
In addition to the trio of headliners, the festival’s journey through the most exciting fringes of this country’s sounds and beyond includes, among others, performances by Quebec’s ascending art pop maven Hubert Lenoir, Chicago rap-soul visionary Ric Wilson, and the gothic synth grooves of Montréal’s Xarah Dion, with more shows set to be added later next month.
If you’re looking to journey to the dome this summer, weekend passes can currently be grabbed for $110 at UpHere.com, with tickets for individual shows set to be made available upon the remainder of the line-up’s announcement in mid-May.