Celebrating 46 years of kicking off Sudbury summers Northern Lights Festival Boréal is ready to ramp things up again! With new artistic director Max Merrifield at the helm this year takes an exciting new direction as the festival includes a Thursday night concert addition! That’s right if you couldn’t contain your excitement before good luck now – that’s FOUR solid days of music at the beautiful Bell Park! A tribute to Canada’s founding nations the night will feature a special multi-disciplinary experience to get you in the mood for a full weekend of festival fun! The rest of the weekend is sure to be a hit with audiences as well, offering up everything from powwow beats, indie-rock shredding and all around good times. NFLB will hit Bell Park July 6th-9th, 2017 with all the musical performances, arts, vendors and delicious summer treats you can handle. Get your tickets early at just $90 (here) for a full weekend pass to the one of the biggest cultural events of the season!

Thursday Headliner

Buffy Sainte-Marie

There really could be no better choice than Buffy Sainte-Marie herself to headline a night celebrating the culture of our founding nations! Best known for her from her 1960s protest anthems (“Universal Soldier”), heart wrenching songs (“Until It’s Time for You to Go”), masterful powwow rock (“Starwalker”), or the pop hit “Up Where We Belong”. Her latest album Power in the Blood (2015) received rave reviews and garnered her Juno and Polaris Prize wins. Saint-Marie has a raw and energetic performance style that truly is something to behold! Singer-songwriter, activist, educator, visual artist and winner of countless awards having her back on the shores of Ramsey Lake for the first time in 30 years will be a real treat for Sudbury audiences!

Friday Headliner

Yukon Blonde

Its been nothing but up since their last performance at NLFB in 2012 and the team is so excited to bring them back to rock the shores as the Friday night headliner! Their 3rd album On Blonde has solidified them as a Canadian indie rock staple. They have a sound that won’t be pinned down largely influenced by west coast rock they throw in some indie-rock hints and even a bit of synth-pop. The crowds love them, the critics love them and now you’ll get a chance to love them all over again at this year’s edition of NLFB!

Saturday Headliner

A Tribe Called Red

A Canadian DJ collective like no other A Tribe Called Red bridges the gap between urban and Indigenous culture making them a true experience to watch perform. Taking influences from modern hip-hop, traditional pow wow drums and vocals, and adding electionic music styles the past and present are blended into a powerful sound that will have you dancing in the aisles! ATCR was founded in 2008 and currently is made up of DJ NDN, Bear Witness and 2oolman.

Sunday Headliner


A rock duo from Toronto listening to them can be something of a grab bag, from psychedelic surf, traditional folk, driving but sparse beats – they cover it all! Both Luke Doucet and Melissa McClelland combine a style of masterful musicianship and passionate vocal styling that make you stop and take note – put the two of them together and we’ve got a great way to close out a fantastic festival weekend!  Starting out as a folk duo they quickly broke the mold adding some southern influence to their style. Each release garners these performers more attention and the pair now sells out the iconic Massey Hall. In 2016 Whitehorse was honoured to not only take home a June Award but also to perform for millions on the live television broadcast delighting viewers across the nation.


Other artists you can expect to see at this year’s Northern Lights Festival Boreal are:

Andy Shauf

Fred Penner


Quantum Tangle

Rae Spoon

The Turbans

Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys

The Jerry Cans

Shotgun Jimmie

Leonard Sumner

La Bronze

Don Ross

Louis-Philippe Gingras

No Reservations

Nick Sherman

Annie Sumi

Hidden Roots Collective

Bryden Gwiss Kiwensie

Jenny Ritter

Barry Miles & The Congregation

Ever Lovin’ Jug Band


The Ape-ettes

Miss Sassoeur & les Sassys

Dr. Tom’s Travelling Medicine Show

M.D. Dunn

Emmanuel Gasser

Les Frérots Rochers

Rabbit & Bear Paws

Music by Jake

Plugged Nickel String Band

Dale Pepin’s Story Socks


Jessica Lovelace is a Public Relations and Communications grad, musical theatre enthusiast, lover of live music and part-time unicorn tamer. Some have said that the Big Dripper from Sub City is a regional delicacy and the perfect end to a Sudbury Saturday Night – Jessica is definitely one of those people. No, the hair is not a perm.

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