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VOLUNTEER AT BOFF!

Do you want to help out with the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival?

We're looking for people to help us out at the merch tent, beer garden, but really we're just looking for some solid peeps to give us a hand in making the fifth year of the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival its best.

If you're free the the weekend of September 18 to 20, fill out the form. Your help is greatly appreciated.

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Who wants to help the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival?

Four years ago we set out with a mandate to deliver the residents of Toronto a free music festival. We set it up in the style of the old classic folk festivals that exist in many other cities in Canada. The layout of the festival and the vibe of the festival is a direct result of the many festivals the coordinators have visited. That is not to say that we program what most people would call classic folk music. Instead, we see that any music that incorporates a sense of growth in community and spirit and any music that helps lead people towards a more just society is in our books folk music. That includes such past “folk” bands as our good friends the Cancer Bats and July Talk, Eamon McGrath, Julie Doiron, Metz, Pick A Piper and countless other bands that one would normally not think of as fitting a folk bill. We have raised over 150,000 dollars in the past 4 years to pay bands and technicians and staging and tenting, etc.

We realize that many of the big festivals put that much money into a single act, but we don’t think they have offered you something better than what we have offered you. Maybe, if you’ve been, you agree.

We have never asked for payment, or financial support from the community (other than beer sales, in the beer garden, of course). 

This year, with the massive influx in festivals throughout the city and province and the splitting of government funding between those festivals and with the natural growth of our own festival, we are, for the first time, putting out a call for support.
This is a no pressure call.

We truly hope that everyone comes out and buys some beer and has a wonderful time (all beer sales go to the festival). 

However, if anyone would like to donate any money at all to the festival, we would greatly and seriously appreciate the help. 

Over the years we have had excellent support from some local businesses and are again being supported by these businesses. Two great supporters stand out. Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company have gone out of their way, year after year to help us hit those final goals and we thank them so much. 

Our buddy Jeff, the owner of Toronto’s Sonic Boom has been a fantastic supporter of the festival. Thank you Jeff for all you do.

In kind support from many local companies, from Exclaim! MagazineLong and McQuade, Yardcore Productions, Century Drum Shop and SoloTech (formerly Midnight Hour) have also made this festival possible.

Our government support from the Ontario Arts Council and also from The Heritage Fund of Canada have been invaluable. The local Bloorcourt BIA has been very supportive, Christie Pits Residents Association, friends of Christie Pits and Loft as well.

If you would like to give back to the musicians and the festival, please contact us at
info@bloorossingtonfolkfestival.ca 

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Any help would be appreciated, from $5 to $5 million…
All supporters will be listed on our website, mentioned on our social networks and in our weekend flyer. 

If you are a business, or would like to hit some of the higher marks, please let us know. 
We have a range of these types of sponsorship packages ranging from the $150 mark, up to the thousands.

We look forward to growing this festival bigger and better every year and your help will go a long way towards reaching that goal. 

Again, if you can’t donate, don’t sweat it. We do this for you and we want everyone to feel welcome and happy, year after year.

Thank you all for supporting us in whatever way you do…
Please share this and pass it along!

Take care
Kristjan, Amelia and Roberto
Bloor Ossington Folk festival

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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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YEAR FIVE

Thanks for visiting the new Bloor Ossington Folk Festival website!

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.

Keep coming back and follow us on our socials to keep up-to-date on all things BOFF!

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