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.