The Junction BIA is pleased to announced the lineup and details for their 2nd annual Junction Music Festival, happening September 21st on outdoor stages and in businesses across the Junction neighbourhood anchored by Dundas St. West and Keele Streets.
Headliners include classic rock revivalists Zeus, alt-country heroes Cuff the Duke, klezmer-punks Lemon Bucket Orkestra, and Canadian/South African R&B singer Zaki Ibrahim, whose recent album Every Opposite is short-listed for the coveted Polaris Music Prize, awarded to the Canadian album “of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to musical genre, professional affiliation, or sales history.” Ibrahim finds out if she’s won the $30,000 prize only 2 days after the festival.
The event features music on 5 outdoor stages, 20+ venues, both traditional music stops and participating local businesses, from café’s to bookstores, all hosting music acts throughout the day.
The bill features artists an eclectic mix of genres, from funk to punk to jazz and latin, focusing largely on Junction-area talent, and interweaving other artists who have unique connections to the neighbourhood.
“My dad was born and raised in the Junction on Clendenan Avenue, so we have a long family history with this area of Toronto“ says Cuff The Duke’s Wayne Petti. All of the artists’ unique Junction-area stories are available on the festival website.
In addition to performances, there will be music workshops and other programming, and local businesses are taking the opportunity to present music-related offerings on the day, including music-inspired menus from local eateries, and more.
The event is completely free and is an all day event. The outdoor programming is all-ages, while the venue programming may be subject to 19+ licensing, depending on venue.
For detailed festival information go to thejunctionmusicfestival.com
Facebook Page dedicated to news and updates at https://www.facebook.com/TheJunctionMusicFestival
Official Festival hashtag #junctionmusicfest