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The Kee to Bala has been cottage country’s favourite summer concert venue for decades. A Muskoka rite-of-passage, generations of locals and cottagers have grown up listening to live music here and swapping stories of epic adventures of a night out with friends. And now in its 76th season, the 2017 lineup of exceptional musicians promises to be one of the best yet.
With an elevated stage, a massive ground floor and two large viewing levels, concert-goers can choose to get up close and personal with the musicians or enjoy a bird’s eye view of the show. The legendary patio overlooking the bay provides relief from the heated action indoors and an opportunity to get cozy under the stars. Accessible by boat as well as car, this season features country, blues, punk and hard rock performances, as well as signature long weekend events. (See the full concert listings below.)
Canada Day to Labour Day: Epic Long Weekend Music
The Kee celebrates Canada 150 as no other venue can, with their 3rd annual Canada Day Bash. The Canada Day Giddy-Up Country Party will feature a live performance by The Recklaws, free rides on an authentic mechanical bull, a country DJ, and prizes and giveaways throughout the night.
Back for another Labour Day Weekend, the Sam Roberts Band will play two epic shows to end summer with a blast.
Canadian legends David Wilcox and Kim Mitchell will return this season, as will July Talk (with two shows). Country fans won’t want to miss the James Barker Band, while Canadian punk lovers will want to check out the Headstones. Rounding out the season, be sure to check out Juno-winners, The Sheepdogs, the Arkells and Juno-nominees, Big Wreck.
July 2 – Kim Mitchell
July 8 – The James Barker Band
July 15 – Big Wreck
July 21 and 22 – July Talk
July 29 – David Wilcox
August 3 – Arkells
August 5 – The Glorious Sons
August 6 – Balapalooza Summer Cottage Party
August 12 – Headstones
August 19 – The Sheepdogs
September 2 and 3 – Sam Roberts Band
See & Do In Bala
While in Bala, be sure to head to Don’s Bakery. Now in its 70th year, Don’s bakes sweet and delicious treats from scratch using traditional family recipes. Famous for their scones, Don’s bakes hundreds of items fresh daily.
The Moon River Lookout is just two doors up from the Kee and overlooks the beautiful Moon River. Open for dinner Friday through Sunday, enjoy the restaurant’s extensive menu and wine list as you dine inside in the warm and cozy ambiance or outdoors under the sun on their patio.
Start your Kee adventure early with a trip to Bush’s Watersports Park. This waterski, wake and cable facility also features an aqua park to climb, bounce jump or slide your way to summer fun.
And no trip to Bala would be complete without visiting Johnston’s Cranberry Marsh and Muskoka Lakes Winery. Take the ‘Bog to Bottle Discovery Tour,’ or simply relax on their wine and cheese patio. There are also six hiking trails with self-guided tour and geocaching options on site.