Feb 21 – 23, 2020

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• Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof, urban blues and roots music festival that emulates multi-stage rural summer festivals. The festival is in its 12th year.


• Winterfolk was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage the community about various music styles including roots, blues, folk and more. Founded by Festival Director Brian Gladstone, it is run as a division of The Association of Artists for a Better World, a registered non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario, Canada. www.abetterworld.ca


• Winterfolk is a combination of paid and free concert stages; a fantastic option for a fun, family-friendly activity in Toronto.


• After a 2-year stint at the Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto, Winterfolk will return to the Broadview and Danforth scene with plenty of great music at a wide variety of venues including The Black Swan Tavern, Dora Keogh Irish Pub, Terri O’s and newcomer Globe Bistro. The Globe Bistro has a beautiful upstairs lounge which the festival will utilize as the quieter “listening” room.


• Artists: Winterfolk will present more than 150 of the finest folk, roots, world and blues artists – including veteran artists Ron Hynes, Danny Marks, Jack de Kezer, Lynn Miles, Marianne Girard and Tony Quarrington. Also on the bill are local rising stars Ginger St. James, Grainne, Random Order and Maneli Jamal will perform along with many other fresh and familiar faces.


• Mean Mary coming from Nashville this year. She is a multi-instrumentalist with lightning fast technique on banjo, mandolin, fiddle and guitar. Americana at its best.


Honouring Our Own (Celebrating Tony Quarrington) w/ guests Jaymz Bee, Brent Titcomb, Joe Hall, Zoey Adams, Margaret Stowe, Soozi Schlanger, Noah Zacharin, Laura Fernandez, Don Francks, Brian Gladstone, Howard Gladstone, Fergus Marsh, Stuart Laughton, Denis Keldie and more.

Love at Winterfolk (A special Valentine’s Day event) Troubadour to serenade. A drink designed especially for this night at Winterfolk is called the WF Kocktail Kiss. w/ guests HOTCHA!, Ginger St. James Band, Random Order and Swamperella

Songwriters Stage and Master Songwriting Workshop – The Story Behind The Songs and Where They Came

From. Audience will get to write a song along with some of the artists and artists will share their songwriting skills

Winterfolk Roots and Blues (An evening beginning with roots music greats and ending with blues royalty)

w/ guests: David Bradstreet, Lynn Miles, Ron Hynes and Jack de Keyzer who starts off with a rare acoustic set, then is joined by his electrifying blues band to close the night.


• Tickets: Pre-paid festival tickets offer admittance to all Winterfolk events except “Honouring Our Own” celebrating veteran musician Tony Quarrington, which is offered as a separate ticket.

Three-day all-access weekend pass is $25 until February 1, and then $30 until February 13, with a walk-up price of $40 during the weekend. One-day passes from $15-$20 are not sold in advance. Festival-goers can act now and save a bundle on a perfect holiday-season gift.

For advance tickets please visit https://www.winterfolk.com/winterfolk-advance-ticket-sales/.


• Looking for Volunteers – We’re always looking for volunteers to help out. For eight hours of service over the Winterfolk weekend, volunteers receive access to all shows, artist hospitality lounge and more! For more info and to sign up, please visit www.winterfolk.com


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