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Toronto’s Winterfolk announces first ever Spring Edition

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Lillian Wauthier with Winterfolk's Brian Gladstone. Photo by Malu Baumgarten.

Winterfolk Music Festival is proud to announce its inaugural spring edition taking place on June 8 at Toronto’s historic Redwood Theatre, 1300 Gerrard Street E.

This special edition of the festival promises to be a celebration of local talent, culture, and community, showcasing the incredible diversity and creativity of Toronto’s music scene.

For more than 20 years, Winterfolk has been a February staple.

However, year’s winter event was cancelled as founder Brian Gladstone had recently been diagnosed with a chronic form of leukemia.

Three months later, Brian told Roots Music Canada he’s been learning to live with the condition. And now, he’s offering up this lively new event to celebrate folk, roots, blues, and world music.

From its inception, Winterfolk has been dedicated to showcasing local talent and fostering a robust mostly-local musical community across different generations. Over time, the festival has contributed over $750,000 to its performers, with more than 80 per cent of its revenue directly supporting the artists.

All of the Winterfolk talent featured at the spring edition are local GTA artists, highlighting Winterfolk’s commitment to supporting and promoting the vibrant community of musicians in the region.

The Redwood Theatre, steeped in history and renowned for its intimate atmosphere, provides the perfect backdrop for this unique musical experience. With its rich acoustics and cozy setting, attendees can immerse themselves in the music and feel a deep connection with the performers.

The Winterfolk Spring Edition will feature a diverse lineup of musicians spanning various genres, from folk and blues to roots and world music.

Main Stage notable performing artists and times include:

Noon Shawna Caspi
1:00 David Newland
2:00 tbd
3:00 Brian Gladstone
4:00 Lynn Harrison
5:00 Noah Zacharin
6:00 Issak Bonk
7:00 Mid Century Modernes
8:00 Donne Roberts Band
9:00 Gary Kendall Trio
10:00 Toney Springer – Wild T and the Spirit
11:00 Garnetta Cromwell

Winterfolk will also feature workshops and audience interactive sessions, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to engage with the music and artists on a deeper level while supporting their local community.

“We are proud to showcase the incredible talent of our local artists and support the vibrant music community in Toronto,” said Brian Gladstone, founder of Winterfolk. “This event is a celebration of our city’s cultural diversity and artistic excellence, and we look forward to sharing an unforgettable day of music and camaraderie with everyone.”

The folk music world is evolving rapidly, with new styles shaping its landscape. Festivals play a crucial role in highlighting these changes and connecting musicians and fans. It takes active involvement and participation from the music community to create and sustain vibrant festivals that celebrate the diverse sounds of folk, roots, blues, and world music.

Tickets for the Winterfolk Spring Edition are available for purchase online at https://www.winterfolk.com/wristbands/ , with early bird discounts available for a limited time. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the magic of Winterfolk and for fans to continue to support their local artists.

Ticket Information:

Pre-order online https://www.winterfolk.com/wristbands/

Ticket Prices

$30.00 Until May 20

$35.00 From June 1 – June 7 (If available)

$40.00 at the door June 8 (If available)

Service fees apply

Apply to volunteer here: https://www.winterfolk.com/volunteer-now/

For more information and updates, visit or follow Winterfolk on its website www.winterfolk.com or on social media on Facebook.

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