Northern Lights Festival Boréal is Canada's longest continually running outdoor music festival. It is also a non-profit/charitable cultural organization, promoting and presenting music and other art forms in Northern Ontario. The majority of the operations surround the annual 4 day festival which attracts between 11,000 and 15,000 people total each year. The organization is a significant contributor to the cultural sector in Northern Ontario, and the event has a significant effect on the local economy via tourism and other impacts. In line with regional population demographics, the festival has the mandate to book a certain amount of francophone and Aboriginal content each year. The organization also presents a number of concerts, house concerts, and other events each year, aimed at career development for artists as well as arts presentation.
The mandate of NLFB is to present music, performing and creative arts through its annual four day music festival and year round activities that support the regional artistic and musical talent in Northern Ontario. The goals adopted to achieve this are:
1) Commitment to reflect the cultural diversity of Northern Ontario in its operations and programming;
2) Commitment to treat all performers and their work with dignity, respect, and fairness;
3) Commitment to develop, support and acknowledge the value of local artists and performers;
4) Commitment to develop support and honour the work of volunteers;
5) Commitment to develop, support and acknowledge the interests of its audiences and developing their appreciation of the arts;
6) Commitment to build links with the community through cooperation and partnerships with other arts and cultural organizations, umbrella groups and other community groups;
7) Commitment to operate in a fiscally responsible manner with the goal of financial self-sufficiency.
What People Are Saying
"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. Inventing tradition, fostering innovation, celebrating community, since 1972."
— Points North Media, Read More
"Spring is coming and things are starting to BLOOM. The festivities begin Friday night with A Tribe Called Red, Colombian-Canadian Lido Pimienta and Terra Lightfoot at The Grand. They will knock your socks off and may blow out your eardrums, but it will be worth it."
— Star Staff and Canadian Press, Read More
"A Canadian treasure - NLFB is a great inclusive place to experience world class music and make memories. Also important, it maintains its character as a fun and Safe place to bring our families."
— Gisele Guenard, Festival Attendee, Read More