Edgefest, a yearly outdoor rock concert festival that primarily promotes Canadian rock music, began in 1987 and founded by CFNY-FM staffers Kneale Mann, Alan Cross, Earl Veale, and Phil Evans as a thank-you gesture to the listeners of Toronto radio station 102.1 the Edge and as a birthday party to commemorate both the station’s tenth birthday, and the coinciding Canada Day.
Since then, it has spanned 30 years, over 300 bands, over 500,000 attendees, and five locations; Molson Park in Barrie, Ontario, the Ontario Place Forum, the Molson Amphitheatre, Downsview Park, and most recently TD Echo Beach. It is now the longest running rock show in Canada.
In December 2011 they announced the lineup for Edgefest 2012 at Downsview Park. Bands announced were Billy Talent, Death from above 1979, Silversun Pickups, The Sheepdogs, Young the Giant and more.
In 2014, Edgefest was put on as a three date concert series at TD Echo Beach at the Molson Amphitheatre. The first concert on Canada Day was headlined by The Sheepdogs, Monster Truck, Matt Mays, and Head of the Herd. The second concert on July 18 was headlined by USS, MS MR, Said the Whale, and Bear Hands. The final concert on August 16 was headlined by Our Lady Peace, Sloan, I Mother Earth, and Eve 6.