Initial Lineup and Friday Night Shows

The Bloor Ossington Festival turns five this year and we’re excited to announce the Friday night lineup and a few of the park acts as well. 

On September 18, 19, 20, we take over Christie Pits Park and the surrounding neighbourhood. This year the festival will feature performers from across the country and one special international artist, while still keeping a close eye on the strong talent coming out of Toronto this year.

So here are a few of the artists playing the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival this year... We will announce the rest of the lineup in a few weeks!

Friday, September 18 at Menalon Restaurant

Julie Doiron - Sackville, NB

Julie Doiron - Sackville, NB

Michael Feuerstack - Montreal, QC

Michael Feuerstack - Montreal, QC

Jon McKiel - Sackville, NB

Jon McKiel - Sackville, NB

Copilots - Mission, BC

Copilots - Mission, BC

Friday, September 18 at Studio 835

Menalon - Toronto, ON

Menalon - Toronto, ON

JOYFULTALK - Nova Scotia

JOYFULTALK - Nova Scotia

Friday, September 18 at Bassline Music Bar

Lullabye Arkestra - Toronto, ON

Lullabye Arkestra - Toronto, ON

Soupcans - Toronto, ON

Soupcans - Toronto, ON

The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band - Hamilton, ON

The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band - Hamilton, ON

Chris Ladd - Winnipeg, MB

Chris Ladd - Winnipeg, MB

September 19 & 20 in Christie Pits Park

Absolutely Free - Toronto, ON

Absolutely Free - Toronto, ON

Stanley Brinks & Freschard - Berlin, Germany via Paris, France

Stanley Brinks & Freschard - Berlin, Germany via Paris, France

Crosss - Toronto, ON

Crosss - Toronto, ON

Cousins - Halifax, NS

Cousins - Halifax, NS

Lindy Vopnfjord - Toronto, ON

Lindy Vopnfjord - Toronto, ON

Moonsocket - New Brunswick

Moonsocket - New Brunswick

Sebastian Brown - Toronto, ON

Sebastian Brown - Toronto, ON

Walrus - Halifax, NS

Walrus - Halifax, NS

Weird Lines - Sackville, NB

Weird Lines - Sackville, NB

LINEUP SNEAK PEEK

We usually do not reveal the artists performing at BOFF until August, but for our fifth anniversary we decided that we'll give you a sneak peek. Here are four of the music acts performing at BOFF this coming September!

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MICHAEL FEUERSTACK
Considered a national treasure, we have been fans of Michael's music since the Snailhouse days. Sentimental Gentleman is a classic album that will one day be deemed one of the best Canadian records ever released. We're super excited to have Michael perform a super intimate set at this year's festival and we're warning you now. Plan your night around getting to the venue early.

THE PUCUMBER SASSSQUASH FAMILY BAND
If you love mind bending riffs, you'll love Hamilton's Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band! Their brand of "demented party music" incites the rowdiest mosh pits in their hometown, and you can expect the same when they play Bassline Music Bar on September 18. If you've been to BOFF shows at Bassline in the past, you'll know how crazy they can get, and that's why we booked one of the best party bands in the province. 

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LINDY VOPNFJORD
Canada’s Icelandic troubadour was an easy choice for us. He’s been living and playing music in Toronto for years. Prior to that, growing up in Gimli Manitoba (the Largest Icelandic settlement outside of Iceland, which is also my families home town), Lindy used to play in a band with my cousin and although we had actually never met, I have been a fan of his music for years. Check out LINDY on the main stage this year!

WALRUS
When Roberto emailed Amelia and I late (and maybe a little tipsy) one night, after seeing Walrus play at Lawnya Vawnya earlier this year and said that we had to check these guys out, we knew he was stoked. We gave them a listen and replied immediately…Let’s book them for sure! After a killer show at North By, we knew we’d made the right choice. We’re very happy to present this Psych rock troupe from Halifax at this year’s BOFF!

We'll be making more festival announcements through out the summer, so keep checking back to see what else have in store for you this fall.

YEAR FIVE

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Christie Pits 2013 Photo by Atsuko Kobasigawa c/o Exclaim! Magazine

Christie Pits 2013
Photo by Atsuko Kobasigawa c/o Exclaim! Magazine

We are stoked for the festival's fifth year, and believe us when we tell you that we have an incredible lineup and lots of great activities in store for this year.

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