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How to Get A Winterfolk XI Gig

This year, Winterfolk will hire about 150 artists. The artistic selection process will be similar to previous years, and below is a description of how we select our artists.
What Winterfolk brings to our Artists
We supply an audience – Great to break in new territory!
Typically, we try to offer artists 2 – 3 paid performance opportunities during the Winterfolk weekend.

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Looking For Some Good Volunteers

We welcome your application. Join with other members of the commuity to help us make a difference. Though our annual showcase event is the Winterfolk festival in February, our work is ongoing. We appreciate the help of good volunteers year round.

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Purchase A Better World CD’s

3disccoversWe produce one or two albums per year on topics of social conscious, comprised of tracks selected from artists' submissions from all over the world. 

All of our albums have received worldwide radio play, generated positive press, and made a difference in the world.

We put artists in touch with issues, and connect their words to the world. 

Proceeds from CD sales on most titles are sent to various charities such as Earth Day Canada, and more.

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Personal Sponsorship

This is the first year we have offered personal sponsorship opportunities for individuals and groups.

Personal Sponsorship Packages

One Time - Click on the items below to donate.

Monthly Recurring

Can be cancelled at any time

http://www.abetterworld.ca/wp-content/uploads/wflogoLoRes.pngIf you enjoy the music, then help to support the festival. 

It’s a simple formula. If you enjoy the music, then help to support the festival.

Your support of Winterfolk will help us to continue to present quality roots and blues music on an ongoing basis, and as well provide paid performance opportunities for artists. The majority of our budget goes to performing artists, most of whom are local talent. You donation goes directly into the roots community and for the enrichment of the art form for all to enjoy. More About Winterfolk

All Personal Sponsors Receive

  • ‘I Support Roots Music in Toronto’ badges – so you will not be asked for a donation at the door.
  • Name recognition on our website, with thanks.

The Spawning of Winterfolk

In a recent flashback moment, as I was pondering about the upcoming Winterfolk XI, and how it grew from a simple 'dream'. But then I realized that Winterfolk was spawned as the result of an unthinking and spontaneous response, and the 'dream' part didn’t come till later.

I’ve learned that all things are connected, and more so everything happens in its own time at exactly the right moment. Well, eleven years later I still emit a minor chortle whenever I recollect how it all began. I’ve told this story before – Im not proud -  and I certainly think it is a fitting opening to my new blog.

Winterfolk was born from a random impulse. I had a ‘Eureka’ moment was like a lightning strike in a storm, a flash in the midst of what seemed like a personal disaster.

It was 2002 and I was invited to audition for the Mariposa festival, so with high hopes, I did the drive to Orillia with my sister Bonnie and Tony Quarrington.

I had just released my first album a few years earlier and I was pretty new to the music business, and was looking for prestigious performance opportunities – same as everyone else. I had applied to about 200 festivals the old fashioned way – prior to EPK’s or electronic submissions – and had about 200 rejections.

I felt certain that we had a pretty good shot at this one.  Here were only nine people competing for six spots, so I really thought we couldn’t miss. But when they sluggishly announced the winners – I didn’t hear my name called. It was literally my 200th rejection by a festival – perfect timing.

Suddenly it hit me: ‘Eureka’ if I wanted to play a festival, maybe I was going to have to start one! There were a bunch of other artists in the room where we were auditioning so I started walking around the room asking them “Do you want to play at my festival?” (I didn’t have a name for it yet, obviously) and I just started telling people they were hired to play!

A few months later I realized I had made a commitment to a few artists sans any same method of pre thought, and ‘what do I do now?’

It was a knee jerk reaction really. I didn’t have anything worked out at all. But that’s probably why it actually happened, because now I was committed to it and realized opportunity was knocking – I sensed something vital and new was on the verge of creation.

I’m sure Winterfolk was started for all the wrong reasons, but has survived and grown for the right reasons. Sometimes life is an adventure, and you just have to turn off your brain, tune into your instincts, and just follow where they take you. That’s what I did. So that’s the story of Winterfolk.

Winterfolk 10th Edition Festival Deemed Outstanding Success

Folk Alliance International will participate to launch second decade

Anyone who attended the 2012 landmark tenth anniversary edition of Toronto’s Winterfolk Roots and Blues Festival on February 16-20, 2012 knew they were part of a vibrant local roots community that has grown constantly during the last decade.

 

Winterfolk’s move – from several Danforth outdoor venues, to the Delta Chelsea Hotel – was of paramount assistance in helping to transport Toronto’s roots population a step closer to mainstream. For the first time all shows were staged in a single building, enhancing the experience for performers and audience alike, and making travel between shows easy, quick, and warm. The tenth festival saw newcomers among the 257 artists mix with about 100 alumni from Winterfolks past back to 2003.

 

Most performances were filled to capacity – not only with appreciative folkies and regular attendees – but this year the festival attracted a sizable contingent of curious fresh new faces who got their indoctrination and introduction to the local roots music scene at Winterfolk.

 

Working in collaboration with the Folk Alliance International, Winterfolk XI dates are planned for February 14-18, 2013 at the Delta Chelsea Hotel, then following immediately at the same venue, The International Folk Alliance Conference will run from February 20-24. Though diverse and individual in nature, the two events working together will share resources, showcases, artists, publicity and much more.

 

Toronto will surely become a folk music paradise in February of 2013. Details posted soon. www.winterfolk.com www.folkalliance.org

Welcome to Brian’s Blog

This is the first entry in my blog. Hopefully I will post something every week or two. Part of my goal is to have an increased FB presence, get more involved in the postings – as I have mostly delegated this task to others in the past – and become more visible and personal to our fans and audience.   There is an incredible amount of work and planning that goes into Winterfolk, which has actually started in August for Winterfolk XI next February, and we will be sharing some of that actively in this blog. I do want to encourage comments and involvement from anyone who has an opinion.  I guess that’s enough for now, im sure you

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How to Get A Winterfolk XI Gig

Three Ways to Get a Winterfolk Gig – Artistic Selection Committee – Online Submissions – Live Auditions

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Winterfolk XI – Feb 14 – 17, 2013

This year, Winterfolk will hire about 150 artists. The artistic selection process will be similar to previous years, and below is a description of how we select our artists.

Play for Large Attentive and Appreciative Audiences

Many Artists Consider Winterfolk a Dream Gig

 

What Winterfolk brings to our Artists

We supply an good audience – Great to break in new territory!

Typically, we try to offer artists 2 – 3 paid performance opportunities during the Winterfolk weekend.

  • Remuneration will be based on budget considerations, which varies every year.
  • Sets may be scheduled as a combination of 45 minute sets, and additional shared spot as part of a workshop or seminar
  • Your products and CD’s will be offered for sale at the Winterfolk store.
  • Inclusion in Festival publicity and promotion such as -
  • Consideration for interviews and coverage on Radio, TV
  • Magazine and Newspaper Ads Flyers
  • Winterfolk Program Guide – 40,000 copies
  • Website Listings – bios and pictures posted on our website, and included in media releases
  • Press and industry will be alerted to your set time
  • Full access to Stage, Backstage, Hospitality privileges valid for the entire festival
  • Pass to attend private Artist parties and information session.

    Three Ways to Get a Winterfolk Gig – How we Select Our Talent

 

1. Artistic Director Committee

About 100 Artists Will Be Selected by Winterfolk Artistic Team

We have a team of three people on the AD committee, Beverly Kreller, Laura Fernandez, and Brian Gladstone, who decide on the talent as a group. The AD committee will select and hire approximately 100 known artists based on a variety of criteria, for which the top level consideration is artists that best fit the festival programming themes. (This varies every year). Although we hire artists from at least four provinces or territories outside Ontario, our focus is on southern Ontario talent. We look for topical artists who are working hard to perfect their artform, and especially those who are creating a ‘buzz’ within the roots community, filling their calendars, generating some publicity, and getting their name out there. Other considerations include emerging talent, creativity, originality, potential draw, etc. Artists of interest will be contacted prior to Nov 30, 2012.

2. Apply online or by mail

10 Artists will be Hired from Submissions –

Artists can apply for auditions online through Sonicbids . ( If you don't have a Sonicbids account, you can open a free account when submitting to this opportunity).   MAIL: Send press kit to – Winterfolk XI Submission, The Association of Artists For A Better World, 182-4936 Yonge St., Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M2N-6S3, and mark the envelope with 'Winterfolk Submission', accompanied with $15.00. Local artists can submit, but we suggest you apply for a audition – details are below. Or, you can do both.

3. Apply For Live Auditions

There is no cost to Apply for Auditions. 10 Artists will be hired from 5 live auditions.

 Apply to Audition This year, Winterfolk will hire about 120 artists. The artistic selection process will be similar to previous years, and below is a description of how we select our artists. See also – How Winterfolk Selects Artists , What Winterfolk Offers Artists

2 in Toronto, 2 in Oakville, and 1 in Stouffville – 10 Artists will be hired from live Auditions

Artists can again audition live at select venues in various Ontario cities. There is no cost to audition to Winterfolk and two artists will be hired at each of the venues listed. Artist selection will be based on a combination of voting by the audience and the Winterfolk jury/representatives at each event. Artists will be encouraged to bring their fans friends to cheer them on. Artists will once again audition live at select venues in various Ontario cities. There is no cost to audition to Winterfolk and two artists will be hired at each of the venues listed. Artist selection will be based on a combination of voting by the audience and the Winterfolk jury/representatives at each event. Artists will be encouraged to bring their fans friends to cheer them on.

Date

City

Time

Venue

Address

Sunday Oct 28, 2012 Toronto 2:00 PM Monarchs Pub, in the Delta Chelsea Hotel. 33 Gerrard St. W, at Yonge, 7 minute walk S. of College Subway
Sunday Nov 4, 2012 Oakville 2:00 PM Moonshine Cafe 137 Kerr St., Oakville
Sunday Nov 11, 2012 Stouffville 2:00 PM Buggy's Diner 6298 Main Street, Stouffville
Sunday Nov 18, 2012 Toronto 2:00 PM Monarchs Pub, in the Delta Chelsea Hotel. 33 Gerrard St. W, at Yonge, 7 minute walk S. of College Subway
Sunday Nov 25, 2012 Oakville 2:00 PM Moonshine Cafe 137 Kerr St., Oakville

Apply to Audition

Concert For Earthday Pictures Now Online

 

The Association of Artists for a Better World and The Delta Hotel have joined forces to help raise funds for Earth Day Canada.

Enjoy an evening of great music featuring Mose Scarlett, Wendell Ferguson, The Guitar Boys of Alderon (Brian Gladstone and Noah Zacharin with Tony Quarrington), Sue and Dwight, Sebastian Agnello, Andy Griffiths, HOTCHA!, and others.

Earth Day Director of Communications Keith Treffry, will drop in to say a few words.

Suggested Donation: $10 or more

Looking For Some Good Sponsors

• Winterfolk programming supports our community, and offers stages to new and emerging talent.
• Winterfolk is presented by 'A Better World', a registered Not-For-Profit Organization in the province of Ontario.
• Participating venues have reported up to a 100% increase in revenues during the Winterfolk weekend.
• Winterfolk is supported and sanctioned by the Danforth BIA. (Business Improvement Area)
• Winterfolk is a member of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. (OCFF)