Toronto’s got a heap of music festivals in the spring and summer: starting with CMW and NXNE and continuing non-stop until Riot Fest in early September. But there’s plenty to look forward to this fall before we start getting excited about the third instalment of Long Winter coming in mid-November.
Bloor Ossington Folk Festival
The good folks behind Bloor Ossington Folk Festival have done it again: three days of free music in and around Christie Pitts while it’s still nice enough to sit on the grass. The neighbourhood festival’s fourth-year lineup includes Julie Doiron and the Wrong Guys, Brendan Canning, AroarA, Fiver, Eamon McGrath, Shotgun Jimmie, Baby Eagle and many others.
Toronto’s non-profit, youth-powered hip-hop culture fest is also just around the corner. Culminating in the massive, eighth annual free showcase concert Live At The Square (Yonge-Dundas Square, September 20), headlined by Bishop Nehru, Raury and Grammy nominee Ryan Leslie, the fest also includes Red Bull Sound Select, a program to break emerging artists. The free-with-RSVP concert headlined by Isaiah Rashad and featuring Tre Mission, Tasha the Amazon and Dillon Ponders goes down at Revival on September 17.
James St. Supercrawl (Hamilton)
If you’re up for a bit of a field trip, consider hitting Hamilton’s James St. Supercrawl – a highly strollable free street fest with sets by Spoon, Fourtet, the Arkells, Charles Bradley, A Tribe Called Red, Rich Aucoin, Bry Webb and others.