Held annually in Oro-Medonte, a lovely lakeside area near Barrie, Ontario, Boots and Hearts is a major country and western music festival that attracts many people of all ages to the area each year.
For those not familiar with Boots and Hearts, it’s a three-day festival (running August 10-13 this year) where you can camp out for the duration or come on a daily basis. You can choose from $100 single-day tickets or $220 VIP passes.
The star-studded line-up always includes a cross-section of Canadian and American talent. Keith Urban is probably the best known of the 2017 headliners, who also include Brantley Gilbert and Luke Bryan. Among the other confirmed acts are Brett Eldredge, the Eli Young Band, Dan + Shay, Frankie Ballard, Chad Brownlee, Jess Moskaluke, and even veteran actor Kiefer Sutherland (see the full line-up here).
While I’m not a big country and western fan, but Boots and Hearts has a great reputation as a fun place to be and meet new people. Friends who have attended in the past have very positive things to say about the experience. I don’t have tickets yet, but am thinking seriously about it.
If you can’t afford the ticket price, you also have the option of being a volunteer for the three days. You can camp for free on the property as a volunteer, though you do need to bring your own camping equipment. Over the course of the festival, you will need to work a minimum of 18 hours. I’ve volunteered at festivals before and it was a real pleasure, with only a few negative moments caused by rowdy behavior.
For more information, visit the festival’s official website.