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Toronto’s 18th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival 2020 Announces

Full Musical Lineup

Extended Deadline for Early Bird Passes

Festival’s Move to NEW Venues

More than 100 Artists on 5 Stages for 3 Days of Music

Advance festival wristbands at $15.00 available until January 30, 2020 

Winterfolk XVIII Blues and Roots Festival

Friday, February 21st — 7:00pm – 1:00am

Saturday, February 22nd — 1:00pm – 1:00am

Sunday, February 23rd — 1:00pm – 10:00pm

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Winterfolk WristbandWinterfolk XVIII has extended the deadline for purchasing early bird festival passes. So local live music fans can still nab advance wristbands at $15 each – a 40% savings – until January 30, 2020. 

Set to celebrate its 18th year, Toronto’s annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival sends a clear signal that folk, roots and blues are among the city’s most beloved and sought-after genres.

After all, what else but one of Canadian music’s most continuously growing genre sets could inspire fans of all ages to flock to the heart of the city during a true-blue Canadian winter? 18 years and running?

Scheduled for February 21st, 22nd and 23rd, the three-day Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival will feature more than 100 blues, rock, jazz, country, folk, and roots artists across five stages in a stellar lineup of multi-JUNO, Maple Blues, and Canadian Folk Music award winners. 

JUNO and multi-Canadian Folk Music award winner Lynn Miles; JUNO and TBS Maple Blues award-winning artist Jack de Keyzer; TBS Maple Blues award winner Danny Marks; authentic Cajun/Zydeco band Swamperella; multi-award winning guitarist Wendell Ferguson – and many more – are among the headliners set to take one of five stages between the Festival’s two new venues: The Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave) and The Annex Hotel (296 Brunswick Ave).


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As for the additional performers, their combined stacks of accolades are too tall to tally. The rest of the weekend will feature: Abigail Lapell, Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian, Barbara Lynch, Ben Sures, Bill Heffernan, Brian Blain, Clela Errington,  Collette Savard & The Savants,  D’Arcy Wickham & Son, Dan McVeigh, David McLachlan, David Storey, Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley, Donné Roberts, Faith Nolan, Gathering Sparks, Glen Hornblast, Heather Luckhart, Howard Gladstone, Isaak Bonk, James Gordon, Jerome Tucker Band, Jon Brooks & The Outskirts of Approval, Ken Whitely, Kevin Breit, Kyp Harness, Laura Fernandez, Lynn Harrison, Lynn Miles, Meg Tennant, Melanie Peterson, Mike McKenna, Mr. Rick, Noah Zacharin, Ori Dagan, Q&A – Zoey Adams & Tony Quarrington, Saije, Sam Broverman, Sebastian Agnello, Soozi Schlanger, Sue & Dwight, Steve Raiken, Suzanne Jarvie, Taylor Abrahamse, Terry Jones, The Layrite Boys, Vivienne Wilder, Wayne Neon. 

The Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival was founded by Festival Director Brian Gladstone and is a division of The Association of Artists for a Better World, a registered non-profit organization.

“This year, we’re celebrating Winterfolk’s 18th birthday and its move west to two new venues in Toronto’s historic Annex neighbourhood,” Gladstone says. “We’re thrilled that Winterfolk XVIII will feature stages in such culturally significant, warmly intimate, and welcoming, inviting venues. 


“This year’s combined celebration has affirmed what we in Toronto have long-recognized: this city has an unwavering commitment to musical excellence.”

Those planning to attend can currently save 40% on early bird passes; Winterfolk XVIII wristbands are on sale for $15 until January 30th, 2020 and will ship until January 31st, 2020. Wristbands allows entry to more than 90 performances and the ability to avoid lineups at the door; there are four additional and separate ticketed events.

Winterfolk gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, its media partner the Toronto Blues Society, and its envoy of
dedicated volunteers.


Of note, The Tranzac Club is an accessible location, and The Annex Hotel is offering festival-goers 15% savings on their room reservation with the code WINTERFOLKANNEX – details are available on the hotel’s website here

For more information, please contact:

Eric Alper

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Event Name: Winterfolk XVIII Festival Event Description: Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival presents more than 100 Artists on 5 stages for 3 days of music. Event URL: Event Image: Event Status: Tickets Available Start Date: February 21, 2020 End Date: Street Address: 296 Brunswick St City: Toronto State: Ontario Ticket Availability: Event Brite Ticket In Stock : 900 Ticket Price: Various Price Currency: $CAN Ticket URL:
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