First Round of Performing Artists Announced for Toronto’s Winterfolk XVIII Blues and Roots Festival

WHAT: Winterfolk XVIII Blues and Roots Festival

Today, Toronto-based Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival announced its 18th annual celebration, with music and food on full display February 21- 23, 2020, including a stellar lineup of JUNO, Maple Blues, and Canadian Folk Music-winners including Lynn Miles, Jack de Keyzer, Swamperella and Wendell Ferguson.

Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on Brunswick Ave (near Spadina Avenue and Bloor Street), the all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, is where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival.

More than 150 artists will be performing on 5 stages. The festival will also include special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy in venues including The Tranzac Club and The Annex Hotel. 

WHEN: February 21-23, 2020  

  • Friday, February 21, 7:00 pm – 1:00 am
  • Saturday, February 22, 1:00 pm – 1:00 am
  • Sunday, February 23, 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm

WHERE: Two venues in the Annex, Toronto

Tranzac Club (three stages), 292 Brunswick Ave, Toronto, ON | accessible location

Annex Hotel (two stages), 296 Brunswick Ave., Toronto, ON | save 15% on room rate with promo code WINTERFOLKANNEX 

ARTISTS: More than 150 artists to perform, including:

Juno and multi Canadian Folk Music award winner Lynn Miles

Juno Award-winning blues artist Jack de Keyzer

Authentic Cajun/Zydeco band Swamperella

Multi award-winning guitarist Wendell Ferguson

WRISTANDS ON SALE NOW! Save 40% on advance Winterfolk Wristbands, only $15 till December 31, 2019. Order early to avoid disappointment – can sell out quickly! Avoid lineups at the door. A wristband allows entry to over 90 performances. The festival will be asking up to $25.00 at the door.

Wristbands will be mailed on January 2, 2020

Purchase here:

LOOKING FOR VOLUNTEERS: We’re always looking for volunteers to help out. For 8 hours of service over the Winterfolk weekend, volunteers receive access to all shows, artist hospitality lounge and more! For more info and to sign up, please visit


Presenting the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music

Featuring favourite returning artists as well as first-time performers

An all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event

For more information on the festival, schedule and for updates, please visit

ARTISTS FOR A BETTER WORLD – An annual festival founded by Festival Director Brian Gladstone, Winterfolk is a division of The Association of Artists for a Better World, a registered non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario, Canada.


Winterfolk XVIII is celebrating its18th birthday and its move west from the city’s east end, to Toronto’s historic Annex neighbourhood.

More than 150 artists will perform on five stages in two venues during the annual 3-day festival February 21-23, 2020. Three of the stages are in the culturally significant Tranzac Club, an accessible venue on Brunswick Avenue just south of Bloor Street, with a 1960s coffeehouse atmosphere.

We’re thrilled that two Winterfolk’s stages are in the beautiful Annex Hotel, just steps away from the Tranzac. One of the hotel’s Winterfolk stages will be located in the hotel’s Cafe and Wine Bar, a tranquil room with a modern minimalist design and a glowing warmth.

Shareable plates are on the menu, along with cocktails and a wine list curated by a local sommelier. Winterfolk acts will also be presented in the hotel’s more intimate room, the Annex Commons. We’re looking forward to bringing the talented artists of Winterfolk, both audience favourites and exciting new performers, to the Annex this February.

This year’s combined celebration affirmed what we in Toronto have long recognized – that this city has an unwavering commitment to music excellence.”


Winterfolk gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.



Twitter: @ABetterWorldOrg | #Winterfolk2018



We’d like to thank Eric Alper for the media release.