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Toronto’s 18th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Sets the Stage for 2020 — Announces Three Showcase Events in Addition to Wristband-Accessed Shows

Winterfolk XVIII is Set for February 21st, 22nd & 23rd in Toronto’s ANNEX

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

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 

The Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave)

The Annex Hotel (296 Brunswick Ave)

Wristbands Available at the Door (While Supplies Last)

Winterfolk Blues & Bluegrass

Winterfolk Blues & Bluegrass

Winterfolk XVIII — Blues and Bluegrass

Separate Ticketed Event feat. Ken Whiteley, The Layrite Boys, Chris Whiteley & Diana Braithwaite

Friday, February 21st, 7:00 pm @ the Tranzac Club

292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto ON

$15 in Advance / $25 @ the Door

They Put the Folk in Winterfolk

They Put the Folk in Winterfolk, with James Gordon, Jon Brooks and Lynn Miles

Winterfolk XVIII — They Put The Folk in Winterfolk

Separate Ticketed Event feat. James Gordon, Jon Brooks & Lynn Miles

Saturday, February 22nd, 7:00 pm @ the Tranzac Club

292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto ON

$15 in Advance / $25 @ the Door

Winterfolk XVIII — Jack de Keyzer Double Bill

Separate Ticketed Event feat. Evolution of Blues Guitar & Blues Guitar Jam

Sunday, February 23rd, 1:00 pm @ the Tranzac Club

292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto ON

$15 in Advance / $25 @ the Door

TORONTO — Date — February is here, the countdown for Winterfolk XVIII is officially on, and tickets for the annual festival’s three separately billeted shows are available now! 

All held at the Tranzac Club, these exclusively ticketed events will feature a bevy of multi-award winners like Ken Whiteley, The Layrite Boys, Chris Whiteley, Diana Braithwaite, James Gordon, Jon Brooks, Lynn Miles, and a double daytime bill from Jack de Keyzer. Wristbands for these shows are not necessary; separately purchased tickets are required for entry and tend to sell-out pre-show. 

It’s all in a weekend for what’s long become one of Toronto’s most anticipated music festivals. 

Set to celebrate its 18th year this February 21st – 23rd, the 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 in the midst of 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 Award winning blues artist Jack de Keyzer, 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). 

As for the additional performers, their combined stacks of accolades are too tall to tally. The rest of the weekend will feature Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian, Barbara Lynch, Ben Sures, Bill Heffernan, Brian Blain, Clela Errington, D’Arcy Wickham & Son, Dan McVeigh, Danny Marks, 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, 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, Suzanne Jarvie, Taylor Abrahamse, Terry Jones, The Layrite Boys, Vivienne Wilder, Wayne Neon, and more. 

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,” says Gladstone. “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.”

Advanced wristband sales for Winterfolk XVIII are now closed, but will be available for purchase at the door on festival weekend. Wristbands allows entry to more than 90 performances and the ability to avoid lineups at the door; there are three additional and separate ticketed events.

Winterfolk gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage, its media partner Toronto Blues Society, and it’s envoy of dedicated volunteers; those available for volunteer opportunities can visit here.

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 our website here

Winterfolk XVIII is February 21st – 23rd, 2020.

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