Laura Fernandez, a singer, songwriter and host of Café Latino on JAZZZ FM, welcomed all guests/media to the launch party of the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival, a music event for all types and ages of people held every February for the last twelve years. The Festival is where you’ll find the best of blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music in Toronto. Presented by the non-profit organization started by Brian Gladstone, ‘The Association of Artists for A Better World’, more than 150 artists performed in 5 venues over 3 days in a combination of free and paid concerts.

Winter Folk music festival launch - Dinah Thorpe

After a hiatus from the Danforth neighbourhood, the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival, sanctioned by the Toronto Region Business Improvement Area, returned to the Black Swan Tavern. Both Craig Scott, MPP Toronto- Danforth and Paula Fletcher, Toronto City Councillor for Ward 30, who spoke at the launch of the Festival were happy to see it come back to its east end roots. Winterfolk works with music organizations as well as the community to provide stages at the festival to increase public visibility and exposure for their music.

Music lovers in attendance at the launch at the Black Swan Tavern were treated to performances by Dinah Thorpe, Sue and Dwight and Whiskey Epiphany. Steamwhistle beer and snacks were available for all. Winterfolk was operated by the generosity of volunteers and has no full time employees. If you would like to become one of these volunteers for next year, please visit the website below: http://www.winterfolk.com/volunteers/

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