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Pack your bags: River and Sky runs this Thursday to Sunday

Head out to Fishers' Paradise on the Sturgeon River and listen to 30 great bands
Musician Marie Claire is seen here playing at the 2018 edition of the River & Sky Music/Camping Festival. (Supplied)

If you're a fan of the River & Sky Music/Camping Festival, you're probably already packing your bags.

The 11th edition of the festival, featuring 30 bands, runs July 18 to 21 on the banks of the Sturgeon River. 

You can pitch your tent on site at Fishers' Paradise so you don't miss one minute of the music and other fun festival activities.

Dance one last time with Hollerado, R&S's Thursday night headliner. It’s their final goodbye tour, with their latest album, Retaliation Vacation, so let’s send them off in style and kick it off with a great party to get R&S started. 

On Friday, the dancing continues all night long with headliner U.S. Girls, called the “Best Live Band of 2018” (Paste Magazine) and winner of the 2016 Juno for best alternative album. 

Saturday night will get a little intense with punk band and Polaris Prize winner F****d Up, whose latest album, Dose Your Dreams, has been called its “most sonically diverse yet” (Exclaim! magazine). 

(Check out our interview with Jonah Falco of F****d Up on later today).

And then Sunday, Fast Romantics, known for their singles “Julia” and “Why We Fight,” will close out the festival.

“We want to celebrate inclusivity and acceptance with our lineup from across Canada and the world,” said festival director Peter Zwarich, in a press release put out this spring.

“We’re excited to feature Altin Gün, an Amsterdam based band playing Turkish folk with a 1970s psychedelic-funk twist, Mdou Moctor, and his Tuareg band from Niger, who has been called the ‘Hendrix of the Sahara,’ the Austin duo Little Mazarn, with ethereal banjo and vocals by Lindsey Verrill, and New York City’s Gladys Lazer, the project of Tel Aviv-born drummer Gal Lazer.

“We want everyone to soak in some nature and summertime vibes and feel at home at R&S.” 

Bands with regional ties include: Mod-punk band Tommy & the Commies (Sudbury) who have been touring Europe, US, and Turkey with Slovenly Records; ethereal-voiced singer Annie Sumi (North Bay/Guelph); rock and rollers Dirty Princes (Sudbury/Toronto) who will be releasing their EP Prince of Hearts at R&S; singer-songwriter Oli Palkovits with his band (Sudbury); Indigenous folk-pop singer-songwriter Lisa Marie Naponse (Atikameksheng Anishinawbek); and the punky trio of friends known as Slow Eaters (Sudbury). 

Bands hailing from the rest of Canada at R&S, in order of appearance, include: garage rock princess Luna Li (Toronto); masked cowboy and outsider Orville Peck (Toronto); the 1980s-pop infused Rapport (Toronto); the power-pop foursome Little Junior (Toronto); psychedelic garage-punk of Pottery (Montreal); MUNYA (Montreal), the dream-pop project of Québécois musician Josie Boivin; experimental pop of Jaunt (Toronto); retro “dad rock” of Lover’s Touch (Toronto); the disco and boogie troupe Tush (Toronto); DOOMSQUAD’s psychedelic electronic dance music (Toronto); the experimental music and performance art collective Yamantaka // Sonic Titan (Montreal); dreamy psych-rockers Mother Tongues (Toronto); the badass punk outfit Bad Waitress (Toronto); the lo-fi garage rock of Paul Jacobs (Montreal); Kristine Schmitt (Toronto) known as the “Bluegrass Billie Holiday”; and Francophone troubadours of stormy hearts, The Blaze Velluto Collection (Quebec).

You can bike, paddle or drive to River & Sky, located at Fishers’ Paradise in the community of Field (West Nipissing), between Sudbury and North Bay.

Visit the festival's website for passes and more information.