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    Artist Application Form is closed for this season

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    * New Album 'Folky Tunes' coming out Jan 2023.
    * 2016 Maple Blues Award Nominee
    * We were no. 8 on the Folk DJ charts
    * Nominated for Canadian Folk Music Award

    Winterfolk is committed to taking positive measures to enhance the vitality of official-languages, equity seeking (minority) communities, as well as to promote the use of English and French in Canadian society. Multiple selections are permitted.

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    Winterfolk cannot respond to each artist, as we get more than 3000 submissions to fill 80-100 spots.
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    I understand music at the Winterfolk festival is curated and hence there is not a formal application process, and your submission will offer more choices to Winterfolk's Artistic Selection Team
    Winterfolk XXII dates are planned for February 16, 17, 18, 2024.
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    What Winterfolk Offers to Artists

    Artists should consider applying for a Winterfolk gig, for several compelling reasons:

    1. Exposure: Winterfolk and similar festivals offer artists the opportunity to perform in front of diverse and potentially large audiences. This exposure can help you gain new fans and followers, as well as increase your visibility within the music industry.

    2. Networking: Festivals like Winterfolk often attract music industry professionals, including talent scouts, agents, and producers. Performing at such events can provide valuable networking opportunities that may lead to future collaborations or career advancements.

    3. Experience: Performing at festivals can be a unique and enriching experience for artists. It allows you to hone your stage presence, connect with your audience, and refine your live performance skills.

    4. Credibility: Being selected to perform at a well-respected festival like Winterfolk can enhance your credibility as an artist. It's a stamp of approval that shows you are a talented and noteworthy act.

    5. Promotion: Festivals typically promote their lineup extensively, which means you'll benefit from the festival's marketing efforts. This can help you reach a broader audience and attract attendees specifically interested in live music.

    6. Artistic Growth: Playing at festivals can encourage artistic growth. You may be exposed to a variety of musical genres and styles, inspiring you to experiment with your own music and broaden your creative horizons.

    7. Compensation: While not all festivals offer substantial pay, many provide some form of compensation, whether it's a performance fee, travel expenses, or a share of ticket sales. This can help support your music career financially.

    8. Supportive Community: Festivals often foster a sense of community among artists. You'll have the chance to connect with fellow musicians, share experiences, and potentially collaborate on future projects.

    9. Fan Engagement: Performing at festivals can deepen your connection with existing fans. It allows you to showcase your music in a live setting, creating memorable experiences that can lead to increased fan loyalty.

    10. Fun and Enjoyment: Lastly, performing at festivals is generally a fun and enjoyable experience. It can be a chance to celebrate your music and share it with an enthusiastic audience in a festive and lively atmosphere.

    Overall, applying for a Winterfolk gig or any festival opportunity can be a strategic move for artists looking to advance their careers, gain exposure, and further develop their skills and fanbase. It's essential to research the specific festival's requirements and submission process to maximize your chances of being selected.

    Winterfolk Gives Back to The Music Community

    • Since our inception, Winterfolk has paid more than $500,000.00 to our artists. In fact, 80% of Winterfolk revenues to directly to our artists.
    • Winterfolk has no full time employees, and is fueled by an army of volunteers.
    • Winterfolk finds paid work for more than 100 artists every February, which is typically a slow month for artists.
    • Winterfolk has auditioned more than 2500 artistsin the last 20 years, and we are still looking for new talent.
    • Winterfolk brings much needed commerce to our venues as well as all the surrounding business’s, in February which is typically a very slow time of year.
    • 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 in meeting the goals of their mission statement.
    • Winterfolk lists community organizations in our printed program and various forms of promotion

    Did you Know This About Winterfolk?

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    • Funds collected from submissions, donations, and other fundraising activities are used towards festival expenses, the majority of which is paid to the artists. Typically 80% of the festival budget goes directly to the artists.
    • 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 ‘Folk Music Ontario‘, formerly called the Ontario Council of Folk Festival (OCFF).
    • Winterfolk is supported and sanctioned by the Toronto Region BIA (Business Improvement Association)
    • 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 in meeting the goals of their mission statement.
    • Winterfolk lists community organizations in our printed program and various forms of promotion.

    What is Winterfolk?

    Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is presented annually in downtown Toronto.

    It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music , emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival.

    More than 150 artists will be performing at 5 venues over 3 days. The festival will also include special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy. Winterfolk is the ideal event for music-lovers seeking new and exciting things to do in the Toronto.

    Mission Statement

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

    The Winterfolk Festival is a registered non-profit volunteer-based family-focused community organization which strives to celebrate the joy of traditional and contemporary folk, blues and roots, music, and similar.

    To share traditional and contemporary folk music highlighting the culture and history of Canada through music, dance and other forms of artistic expression presented through events and educational experiences which celebrates the ever-changing nature of traditional music.