Hot Summer Dates 2011

Here are Canada’s Top 10 major country music festivals and the stars that shine!
Organized by date, we’ve included a handy grid filled with need-to-know and nice-to-know information. Enjoy your summer!

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Brad Paisley Dean Brody
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Dierks Bentley George Canyon
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Jason Aldean Joe Nichols
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Johnny Reid LeAnn Rimes
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Martina McBride Ronnie Dunn
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Toby Keith Trace Adkins

June 17–18
Saugeen Summer Nights —Live Music Experience
Performers Dierks Bentley, Johnny Reid, Dean Brody, Bachman & Turner, Drive-by Truckers, Chad Brownlee, The Heartbroken, Matt Andersen
Features Natural amphitheatre
River Place Park, just outside of Ayton, Ont.

June 30–July 3
Dauphin’s Countryfest
Performers Toby Keith, Johnny Reid, Billy Currington, Doc Walker, Dean Brody, Joe Nichols
Features Homestyle breakfast, prairie helicopter rides, Countryfest Social Hall, Kids’ Show with Kenny Shaw, gospel show
Dauphin, Man.

July 1–3
16th Annual Bud Country Fever
Performers Dwight Yoakam, High Valley, Sawyer Brown, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, George Fox, Deric Ruttan, Tara Oram
Grand Prairie, Alta.

July 7–10
18th Annual Merritt Mountain Music Festival
Performers Dierks Bentley, Vince Gill, Montgomery Gentry, Ray Price, Crystal Shawanda, Joe Nichols, Crystal Gayle, Aaron Pritchett
Features Breakfast buffet, helicopter sight-seeing tours, music boot camp
Merritt, B.C.

July 7–10
Cavendish Beach Music Festival
Performers Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, Johnny Reid, George Canyon, Ricky Skaggs, Tanya Tucker, Corb Lund, The Stellas, Doc Walker, Deric Ruttan, Eric Church
Cavendish, PEI

July 14–17
Craven Country Jamboree
Performers Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Darius Rucker,Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich, Tracy Lawrence, Mel Tillis, Ronnie Dunn, Doc Walker, Johnny Reid
Features Pro bull riding demonstrations, hypnotist, songwriters circle, karaoke action in the saloon, cowboy church service
Craven, Sask.

July 28–31

Doc Walker
Lady Antebellum
Rascal Flatts

Big Valley Jamboree
Performers Toby Keith, Jake Mathews, LeAnn Rimes, Jason Aldean, Charlie Daniels, The Judds, Gary Allan, George Canyon, Ronnie Dunn
Features Bulls for Breakfast, songwriters circle, lumberjack show, gospel jamboree, Canadian Finals Rodeo Wild Pony Show
Camrose, Alta.

August 18–21
22nd Annual Havelock Country Jamboree
Performers Billy Currington, Sawyer Brown, Martina McBride, Ozark Mountain Daredevils, Pam Tillis, Confederate Railroad, Ladies of the Canyon, Johnny Reid, Joe Nichols
Havelock, Ont.

Aug 26–28
CMT Country Music Festival
Performers Lady Antebellum, Rascal Flatts, Ronnie Dunn, Blake Shelton, Corb Lund, Tara Oram, Sara Evans, Dean Brody
Features Two main stages
Oro, Ont.

Sept 2–3
1st Annual Summer Send Off Music Festival
Performers Dierks Bentley, Easton Corbin, Deric Ruttan, more artists to be announced
Features Grandstand & bleacher seating
Ponoka Stampede Grounds, Ponoka, Alta.