Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival returns to Toronto

Cozy up to the fire, find your favourite sweater and get ready for this year’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, set to take place on February 21-23 in Toronto. 

It’s a full three days of shows, with tons of free shows and three ticketed headlines sure to drive away the winter blahs. 

This is the 18th year for the festival, featuring headliners Ken Whiteley, The Layrite Boys, Chris Whiteley, Diana Braithwaite, James Gordon, Jon Brooks, Lynn Miles and a double-bill show from Jack de Keyzer. 

Tickets for those shows will be required and can be purchased here. 

In all, there are more than 100 blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots bands performing at the Tranzac Club and the Annex Hotel, both on Brunswick Avenue in Toronto. 

“This year, we’re celebrating Winterfolk’s 18th birthday and its move west to two new venues in Toronto’s historic Annex neighborhood,” said Brian Gladstone, the festival’s director and founder. “We’re thrilled that Winterfolk XVII will feature stages in such culturally significant, warmly intimate, and welcoming, inviting venues.” 

Wristbands for the weekend have sold out, but anyone interested in attending any of the shows can purchase tickets at the door. 

Ticketed events include a Friday night show from Ken Whiteley, The Layrite Boys, Chris Whiteley and Diana Braithwaite, starting at 7 p.m. at the Tranzac Club; James Gordon, Jon Brooks and Lynn Miles Saturday night and the Jack de Keyzer double bill on Sunday starting at 1 p.m. 

Tickets for those three shows are $15 each in advance or $25 at the door. 

More information on the weekend, including a full schedule of the nearly 100 artists performing throughout the event, can be found here. There are even volunteer opportunities for those so inclined.  

Amber Healy

I write about music policy and lawsuits because they're endlessly fascinating.

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