Jan 24 2009

7th Annual Winterfolk Festival February 13-15, 2009, Toronto

jamaicans 7th Annual Winterfolk Festival February 13-15, 2009, Toronto Published Jan 24, 2009  


– PRESENTING 80 ARTISTS, 100 SHOWS AT 4 VENUES ON THE DANFORTH AT BROADVIEW WHAT: WINTERFOLK VII ROOTS AND BLUES FESTIVAL An all-ages indoor music festival featuring over 80 artists in 4 venues for 3 days of roots and blues music. WHEN: FEBRUARY 13-15 WHERE: Venues are at the corners of Danforth and Broadview, including the Black Swan (2 stages), Dora Keogh, The Willow Restaurant (2 stages), Mambo Restaurant TICKETS: IT’S FREE (with the exception of one paid stage.

‘Love at Winterfolk’ at the Black Swan Tavern Saturday, Feb. 14 which is $5 @ the door w/ a badge, $10 w/out a badge. WEBSITES: www.winterfolk.com / www.abetterworld.ca WINTERFOLK VII ROOTS AND BLUES FESTIVAL IS BACK AND IT’S FREE!! Winterfolk, Toronto’s all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof urban roots and blues festival, now in its seventh year, will present more than 80 artists for three days of music in four downtown venues on February 13, 14 and15, 2009.

Winterfolk combines themed presentations and workshops during the day with showcase performances in the evenings, all within steps of each other and public transit. As always, the festival presents an eclectic lineup – 80% of the artists involved are local to the Toronto area – including top-notch veterans such as radio blues personality DANNY MARKS, the indisputably unique MOSE SCARLETT, Canadian guitar wizard WENDELL FERGUSON, country rock singer-songwriter MICHAEL BRENNAN, soulful songstress TREASA LEVASSEUR, award-winning artist MELWOOD CUTLERY, local treasure BOB SNIDER, and two-time Juno Award winner AL LERMAN. Along with a raft of up-and-coming talents, Winterfolk also offers stage time and exposure to community music associations including the Songwriters Association of Canada, Seneca College Independent Music Program, Storytelling Toronto, and several more.

Produced by the non-profit Association of Artists for a Better World, a member of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals, Winterfolk aims to encourage the advancement of various types of roots/folk music and to educate and enlighten the public about the artists who perform them. Members of the Riverdale community, including local businesses and families, are also excited about this year’s festival, which takes place in four licensed venues within a half-football field stretch of Danforth Ave. east of Broadview. With thousands of people gathering in the area over the weekend, local retailers do a booming business, and for families it’s an ideal opportunity both to spend some quality time together and to expose the youth to the arts.


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