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About Winterfolk

Winterfolk X is now Located at the Delta Chelsea Hotel

 

 All stages are  indoors, under one roof, featuring quiet listening rooms 

 Winterfolk is a Free Family Festival

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Winterfolk X

February 17 – 19, 2012

Toronto, Canada

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About Winterfolk

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Winterfolk is an all-ages, free, urban roots and blues festival situated in downtown Toronto, in the winter, that emulates multi-stage rural summer festivals. More than 100 artists will be performing live at seven or more area venues over the course of four days. It will also include workshops for guitar playing, song writing, and more.

  • Winterfolk has no full time employees, and are fuelled by an army of volunteers.
  • Winterfolk is presented by 'The Association of Artists for A Better World', a registered non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario. .
  • Winterfolk is a member of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. (OCFF)
  • Winterfolk is supported and sanctioned by the Danforth BIA. (Business Improvement Area)
  • Winterfolk programming supports our community, and offers stages to new and emerging talent
  • Funds collected from submissions, donations, and other fund raising activities are used towards festival expenses, the majority of which is paid to the artists.
  • Winterfolk works within our community with various music organizations to offer them stages at our festival to increase their public visibility and membership, offer exposure for their events, and in general assist them to meet the goals of their mission statement.
  • Winterfolk lists community organizations in our printed program and various forms of promotion.

What is Winterfolk's Mission ?

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Winterfolk was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage our community about various folk music styles including roots, blues, folk and more.

Winterfolk X Times – February 2012

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Thursday February 16 Private Launch Party for Artists and Media by Invitation Only
Friday February 17 7:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Saturday February 18 1:00 PM to 11:30 PM
Sunday February 19 1:00 PM to 10:30 PM

Winterfolk Venues

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Delta Chelsea Hotel

33 Gerrard Street West

Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z4

Hotel Contact Information

Winterfolk Venues
Monarchs Pub Main Floor Pub, Holds 200
Market Garden Main Floor Cafeteria, Holds 200
Community Club Located in Seymour Room, 3rd Floor, Capacity 100,
Theatre Style, Quiet
The Listening Room Located on Deck 27, 27th Floor, Holds 50, Small Intimate Up Close With The Artist Some performances are ticketed.

Map To Winterfolk

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Directions To Winterfolk

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Public Transit Directions

On the Yonge Subway Line, get off at the College Station. Walk 3 blocks south to Gerrard (5 minutes). The delta hotel is on the right.

Parking

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Parking in Downtown Toronto is expensive – we suggest you take the TTC.

 

Winterfolk Admission

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As in previous years, Winterfolk is a free all ages festival, with a few of the stages charging admission. Details will be posted in the near future.

Contact Information

Position Name (click to e-mail)
Festival Director Brian Gladstone
Artistic Selection Festival Artistic Committee
Artist Services Beverly Kreller
Festival Administrator Lindsey Pamela
Site Manager Dougal Bichan
Media Relations Speak Music
Technical Director To Be Advised
Fundraising, Sponsorship Dougal Bichan
Volunteers Coordinator Vicki I
Webmaster Brian Gladstone

A Brief History of WinterfolkA Brief HistoryView

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Winterfolk is a free family weekend featuring over 100 artists in six venues for 4 days of roots and blues music. The idea was create the scenario of a summer festival, but in the winter. With numerous stages running throughout the weekend, festival goers could move from stage to stage – venue to venue – to see their favourite artists. Winterfolk started from nothing. Winterfolk was founded in 2002. Initially the festival was staged at a few clubs in the Spadina and College area of Toronto for the first two years.

The vision expanded as the organizers realized the potential of the little festival which was about to grow. The Winterfolk concept, scope, appeal and artistic value rapidly drew attention from artists, media, venues, audience as well as all facets of the roots community in Toronto. In the first year, the festival attracted only about 500 people, but would continue to grow in subsequent years. By our second year, 2003, the OCFF (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) waived their two-year waiting period, and invited Winterfolk II to become a member festival. The city of Toronto’s annual Winterfest calendar coincided with the Winterfolk schedule, and included Winterfolk as a participating member and offered representation in their brochures and activity calendar.

Attendance doubled in year two. Winterfolk III showed substantial growth and momentum. The festival was moved to the Danforth and Broadview area of Toronto in 2004, for a number of reasons including a more culturally diverse neighbourhood, virtually unlimited potential for growth, and to take advantage of the ability to work with the local Danforth BIA who was eager to welcome Winterfolk to the area. In April 2004, Winterfolk applied and received non-profit status in the province of Ontario, organization under the name ‘The Association of Artists for a Better World’. (A Better World is a legal short form).

Winterfolk IV was the first time the festival offered free admission to all the performances, and we spent much of the year involved in fundraising activities to increase revenues. This seemed to be a desirable format as attendance now reached the 3000 level, and our goal was to maintain it as no cost for attendance so we could involve and introduce more people to roots music. The festival has continued annually to attract artists and audiences. Winterfolk VIII is scheduled for February 12-15, 2010. More than 100 artists will be performing live at six or more area venues over the course of four days. It will also include workshops for guitar playing, song writing, and more. Winterfolk brings much-needed commerce and revenue to the area merchants during a typically slow retail time. Presented annually in February, Winterfolk fills a gap in the calendars of both the festival goers as well as artists. The festival has grown continuously since its inception, and is now becoming well known in the city of Toronto.

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