Winterfolk Blues & Roots Music Festival @ Tranzac Club
by Wayne Baggs
Hats off to Brian Gladstone for pulling it all together. Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival offers an impressive 100 artists performing on 5 stages over the 3 days of music mix.
From Roots to Blues, Celtic to Folk, Americana, Bluegrass, Light rock, Jazz, Country and everything in between. This is an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best live music, emulating a multi stage rural summer festival.
The festival also included special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy.
Only a 4 minute walk from the Spadina subway, The Tranzac Club (https://www.tranzac.org/) at 292 Brunswick Ave with 3 venues and The Annex Hotel (https://theannex.com/) at 296 with 2 venues, makes getting around very easy. Upon arrival I found everything is close, so taking in many performances was rather simple.
Winterfolk was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage the community about various folk music styles. Founded by Festival Director Brian Gladstone, they run it as a division of The Association of Artists for a Better World, a registered non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario, Canada, abetterworld.ca.
Winterfolk works with many organizations and presenters within the Toronto music community, offering them stages at the festival. The aim is to help increase public visibility. A few of those Winterfolk Music Festival community partners are local presenters who feature touring Toronto artists, such as Acoustic Harvest, weekly open stages such as the Moonshine Cafe Tuesday Open Stage, NSAI – Nashville Songwriters Toronto Chapter, Songwriters Unite, and Seneca College Independent Music Program.
Experience a fine example of the diverse, outstanding music I experienced by clicking on this excellent playlist created by Eric Alper – https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0ObwhUHk6tRY13Vo7N3hNk?si=ALHZ3yY8Ta629j6B3orsqg
Yes That Eric Alper https://www.thatericalper.com/
This is an easy recommendation for shaking up those Mid-February blues and I’ll be going as long as Brian and Beverly are putting Winterfolk on.