Boots and Hearts Returns to Orillia in 2023

Popular Boots and Hearts country music festival is set to make a welcome return to Orillia in 2022, says Contributor Kim Kerr


Boots and Hearts – Canada’s biggest country music festival – is planning a much anticipated return to Orillia in 2022, and promises to be the best yet.

Taking place at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, near Orillia, from August 4 – 7,    this much anticipated event remains one of the top things to do in Orillia for music lovers. Featuring over 35 leading country acts, the festival attracts thousands of fans from across North America and has established itself as a must-play staple for the top bands and artists.

“Boots and Hearts has become known as the summer event where fans can expect to see both current and rising stars over four days of music,” says Lisa Zechmeister, Director of Booking and Development.

Zechmaster says that the eclectic lineup delivers exactly that, with a new guard of talent featured amongst mega hitmakers.


Boots and Hearts Makes a Splash


So popular has this must-attend upcoming event become that’s it’s now widely regarded as one of the top things to do in Ontario for concert goers, as evidenced by its recent nomination for the US-based Academy of Country Music (ACM) ‘Festival of the Year’ award. Boots and Hearts was in fact the only Canadian festival nominated.

Boots and Hearts has also been awarded the Canadian Country Music Association’s Festival of the Year, which it also achieved in 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Confirmed acts already announced for 2022 include:

  • RaeLynn
  • … and many more!


Boots and Hearts fans enjoying the summer weather and music
Boots and Hearts fans enjoying the summer weather and music (All photos courtesy Boots and Hearts)


Boots and Hearts Boasts More Than Great Music


Back by popular demand again this year are a wide variety of other fun things to do at Boots and Hearts, including the magnificent LED Ferris wheel and carnival games, as well as the popular beach volleyball court.

For those looking to stay on-site, organisers have added  reserved RV camping as well as reserved tent camping. The tent camping features 400 sq ft of additional space per camping, satisfying the need among larger groups wanting to camp together throughout the four days of the festival.

As Canada’s largest outdoor event venue, Burl’s Creek can handle more 100,000 concertgoers – including 45,000 campers – on its 600 acre site off Hwy 11 north of Barrie Ontario

For tickets for the 2022festival, as well as for RV and tent camping spots, as well as details of performers and accommodations, visit

Looking to make a long weekend of it? Check out our list of the top places to stay in Orillia for recommendations of great places to stay. While you’re at it, check out these great Orillia restaurants to round off your perfect Boots and Hearts weekend. See you there!  




Kim Kerr is a music fan and writer based in Muskoka. Yes, she does own a pair of cowboy boots…