Winterfolk X - 2012

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  Booking 10 Sonicbids bands

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Today is the final day to submit to Winterfolk - The Great Indoor Music Event - at its early price. Toronto's Winterfolk Festival is selecting artists to fill showcase stages in February 2012. All Showcase winners will receive a paid 45-minute set, full Winterfolk Festival publicity and promotion, hospitality, festival passes, a spot in the merchandise area, and more. There are 10 slots reserved exclusively for Sonicbids artists. Don't be fooled by the name, they are looking for a bunch of different genres./n/nWinterfolk has extended their submission deadline to Saturday, January 28. This will not effect the notification deadline.

Winterfolk - The Great Indoor Music Event - now in its tenth year! Toronto's Winterfolk Festival is looking for at least 10 Sonicbids artists to fill showcase stages February 17-19, 2012. Presenting more than 100 artists over three days in downtown Toronto, the ease and accessibility of Winterfolk's programming makes it a haven for booking agents, promoters, and media. Every year talent scouts from venues such as Harbourfront, City of Toronto Events, and Canadian National Exhibition attend Winterfolk's showcases, and it is not uncommon for live TV such as CBC or City TV to show up and film segments for the evening news, or in the ‘what’s on’ entertainment section.

Past Winterfolk performers include JUNO, Toronto Independent Music, and Canadian Folk Music Award-winners. Other past performers have gone on to book international tours a result of their showcases, in addition to receiving coverage from major media outlets.

All selected artists will receive the following:

  • A paid 45-minute set and a minimum of one additional shared set as part of a workshop or seminar; there are 10 slots reserved exclusively for Sonicbids artists.

  • Full Winterfolk Festival publicity and promotion! Selected artists will have their pictures and/or bio featured on the Winterfolk website, in print advertisements, flyers, the Winterfolk program guide, and in other applicable forms of promotion.

  • Radio spot and interview consideration. Your band's name and contact info will be sent to press lists for inclusion in radio and other media. In addition, press and other prominent industry people will be alerted to your set times and locations. Last year, 24 performers were booked for radio and TV interviews, and the festival was featured in all major newspapers, including ‘Hot Ticket of the Week’ in Now Magazine (over 100,000 circulation).

  • Artist passes for access to the stage, backstage, and hospitality privileges valid for the duration of the festival. You will also receive passes to attend private artist parties and an information session.

  • A spot in the festival's merchandise area; Winterfolk will take care of sales for all of your merch-related products.

For the first time, Winterfolk will now be hosted in various venues throughout the luxurious Delta Chelsea Hotel in downtown Toronto. It is the largest hotel in Canada, offers comfortable seating, good sightlines, excellent acoustics, and is ideally suited to present blues and roots music.

Winterfolk will do everything they can to ensure that your festival weekend is a rewarding personal and musical growth experience and a large step forward in your career. The event will also include workshops for guitar playing, songwriting, industry seminars for musicians, and more.

Check out a few videos from past Winterfolk festivals.

They encourage genres including, but not restricted to, singer/songwriter, roots, blues, acoustic, folk, ethnic, pop, world, native, country, and children's.

Winterfolk is committed to offering performance opportunities and public exposure to new or emerging artists - and all artists with little or no festival experience. Letters from last years' showcase winners are posted on The Association of Artists for a Better World's website,

Winterfolk is a division of 'The Association of Artists for a Better World' (, a registered non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario, Canada.


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    From Tandem Magazine

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    Toronto Blues Society Maple Blues Magazine

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  • "Winterfolk"

    Reprinted from Canadian Jewish News

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    director Brian Gladstone. The venues are at the corner of Danforth and Broadview avenues and most events are free. Feb. 13 to 15.

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    From Toronto Community News

    About the only thing the seventh annual Winterfolk roots/folk/blues festival coming to the Danforth over the Feb. 13 to 15 weekend can't offer you is warm weather and the outdoors. But what it can offer is plenty of the music you would hear at a summer festival - all in the warmth of a couple pubs on the Danforth between Broadview and Chester subway stations.