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Photos: Fun in the park at Northern Lights Festival

More than five decades old now, Canada’s oldest outdoor music festival draws thousands to Bell Park

Canada’s longest running outdoor music festival, Northern Lights Festival Boréal (NLFB) made Bell Park the place to be this weekend. 

Once again, organizers curated a unique blend of musical styles for the festival’s 51st edition, from tcelebrated Montréal singer-songwriter Martha Wainwright to Japanese psych-rock innovators TEKE::TEKE, to Attawapiskat folk-rocker Adrian Sutherland to rockers Sloand, and many, many more. 

Besides the music, NLFB offers family activities, exhibiting visual artists, an assortment of food and artisan vendors, beer gardens, and much more. 

It all happens on the shores of beautiful Lake Ramsey, in Bell Park, now also home to the Splash N’ Go Water Park.

The festival featured a new initiative this year: an opening night Red Carpet Party that was held Thursday at Place des Arts downtown.

NLFB was first held in Bell Park in 1972 as a free one-day music festival. It remains Canada’s longest continually running outdoor music festival, holding its 50th anniversary festival in 2022, and taking place on the picturesque shores of Ramsey Lake in Bell Park, in the heart of Sudbury. Over the years, NLFB has grown into a seasoned presenter of “Canadian roots and modern music, and a lightning rod for the energy of Northern Ontario’s artistic community,” the festival website states.

Today, NLFB is offering free daytime admission to the park.

A special thanks to reader Ursula Penney, who shared several fantastic photos of the festival.  


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