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WINTER MUSIC FESTIVALS


As the winter season rolls out, thoughts of holiday festivities fill our minds. However not many people think of music festivals, which are usually reserved for warmer weather. Here are a handful of winter music festivals that are trying to prove otherwise!

Brrrrr! Winter Music Festival – TBD

Whoever said winter music festivals had to be indoors? Brrrrr! brings the only outdoor music festival with thousands of attendees! The incredible vibes and vibrant visuals bring energy levels of which many attendees say rivals that of the acclaimed Digital Dreams.

In order to brace against the cold Canadian winter, attendees dress in colourful snowsuits, outlandish winter accessories and even bring inflatable animals. Although the raving kept most people warm, hot drink and warm food (beavertails!) were also provided.

At a price between $50-$100, this event scored an average rating of 4.6/5 on Ticketmaster last year. It probably didn’t hurt that the festival was hosted at the TD Echo Beach Ontario Place, which provided a breath-taking backdrop of Toronto’s world-famous skyline. Although not many details have been released just yet, I think it’s safe to say we can expect to have a night to remember at Brrrrr! 2015!

http://brrrrrto.com/

Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Music Festival – February 13-15, 2015

A longstanding tradition that takes place on the Danforth, the festival is run entirely by volunteers with the purpose of entertaining, enlightening and engaging the community in styles of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots. The organizers bring on a high caliber of artistry, as all the artists are carefully selected using specific criteria such as: being heavily active (4-5 gigs a month), having creating a ‘buzz’ within the music community, and having sold out shows and great reviews.

The festival is shielded from the harsh Canadian winter as it is hosted inside several taverns and bars. In addition to being an all ages event, there’s a combination of paid and free shows to appeal to everyone’s wallets! You get to witness a great variety of acts… 150 artists at 5 venues in 3 days to be exact. And to build the community and increase engagement, there are also musical workshops that everyone can enjoy (eg. guitar playing and songwriting).

http://www.winterfolk.com/

Magic and Loss: A Tribute to Lou Reed – February 27-28

For all the Rock fans out there, this one’s for you! Ever hear of the legendary pioneer Lou Reed? If not, here’s a description provided by Rolling Stone:

"His artistic self-awareness is so secure that he invariably turns less into more. For he not only awakens nostalgia for Fifties rock, he shows that it is still a vital resource for today's musicians. . . . The overall impression is that of a knowing primitivism, as serious as it is playful, and never less than refreshing. . . . By keeping close to the roots he is keeping the faith." – Rolling Stone, 1972

As a major influence in Rock and Roll and inspiration for many subgenres within Rock, a two-day festival was established as homage to the late Lou Reed. Distinguished Canadian singers and musicians such as Margo Timmins, Kevin Hearn, Tom Wilson, Sarah Slean and 12 others will perform 18 songs in a retrospective on Lou Reed’s career. New arrangements for songs such as “Walk on the Wild Side” and “Sweet Jane” will be composed specifically for this event, and you can witness it all for as little as $39 at Harbourfront Centre.

http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/music.cfm?id=5845&festival_id=0

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