The large event and music festival sector continues to be pounded with ongoing post-pandemic challenges, but The Sound of Music Festival is marching on with a lineup that rivals anything from its past.

Spencer Smith Park is expecting to be teeming with visitors from June 15 – 18, and hitting the stages are big names, including The Struts, A Flock of Seagulls, Men Without Hats, The Spoons, Default, JJ Wilde, Crash Test Dummies, I Mother Earth, Badflower, Lee Aaron, Coney Hatch, Sven Gali, The Road Hammers, Lindsay Ell, Chad Brownlee, Cory Marks, The Abrams Brothers, Billy Raffoul, The Darcy’s and so many more. As it always has been, the festival and its experiences are all presented for free.

Proclaims SOM CEO Myles D. Rusak:

“Here we are again for year 44. Last year’s record attendance of 416,000 guests was something that truly showed us just how loved this Festival is. That’s why we wanted to put together another year that people are going to be talking about for a long time to come.”

Some of the biggest names to ever hit the stage at a free festival are part of the 2023 lineup, and record crowds are expected. Continued support from returning sponsors, The City of Burlington, who really stepped up to help, the Ontario Cultural Attractions Fund, and everyone who bought VIP upgrades and products onsite, has buoyed efforts to keep the Festival a marquee attraction each June.

Continued Rusak:

“These are the pieces that keep this Festival free and keep Sound of Music operating as the community has come to know and love. As an independent non-profit, our dependency on government funding is very real and we are looking to the Provincial and Federal governments to follow the Municipality’s lead and step up in a big way for 2024.”

The Festival receives nearly 45% of its funding through municipal, provincial and federal grants. The remaining funding comes from corporate sponsorship, VIP upgrades, food and beverage sales and vendor programs.

Three music stages, the Grande Festival Parade of international bands, Streetfest, Family Zone, Music Education, a Midway, and so much more is all in the final planning stages. There truly is something for everyone this summer in the park, and in just eight short weeks, the SOM team looks forward to welcoming everyone back once again.

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