WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL 10TH EDITION DEEMED OUTSTANDING SUCCESS folk alliance international will participate to launch second decade
Anyone who attended the landmark tenth anniversary edition of Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival on February 16-20, 2012, knew they were part of a vibrant, local roots community that has grown steadily during the last decade. Winterfolk’s move - from several Danforth outdoor venues to the Delta Chelsea Hotel – was paramount in landing Toronto’s roots music population a step closer to a mainstream audience. For the first time all shows were staged in a
single building, enhancing the experience for performers and audience alike, and making travel between shows quick and easy. The tenth festival saw 257 new artists mix with about 100 alumni from past Winterfolk festivals, going back to 2003. Most performances were filled to capacity, not only with appreciative folkies and regular attendees, but this year with a sizable contingent of curious, fresh faces, who got their first taste of the local roots music scene at Winterfolk. Working in collaboration with Folk Alliance Internation-
al, Winterfolk XI is scheduled for February 14-18, 2013, at the Delta Chelsea Hotel. Following immediately at the same venue, the International Folk Alliance Conference will take place February 20-24, 2013. Though diverse and individual in nature, the two events working together will share resources, showcases, artists, publicity and much more. Toronto will surely become a folk music paradise in February 2013. Watch for more details at www.winterfolk.com and www.folkalliance.org.
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