Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts
Although Quebec doesn’t have an August long weekend like many other provinces, it does host one of the country’s best music and arts festivals on the same weekend, drawing in thousands of visitors from across the country. OSHEAGA takes place from August 2-4 in Montreal’s Parc Jean Drapeau.
Open to people of all ages, OSHEAGA is one of the world’s largest indie music festival with over three days of non-stop music by some of the hottest bands on the planet and more than 120,000 tickets sold.
This year’s line-up includes Mumford & Sons, Ellie Goulding, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis. Tickets usually sell out well in advance.
“Osheaga was a name used for the area that is now Montreal by some of the first European settlers in the region. The name is said to originate from Jacques Cartier when he met the Mohawks near the Lachine rapids in what is now Montreal. But so the Mohawk oral history goes the white man was waving with his hands, either offering to shake hands or asking about rapids on the river. The astonished Mohawks looked at each other and said ""O she ha ga"" which meant people of shaking hands. From the meeting Cartier transcribed the word Osheaga as meaning large rapids while the Mohawks would use the oral phrase to describe where they met the people of the shaking hands.”
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