Winterfolk XI - 2013 - Live Auditions

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Winterfolk - The Great Indoor Music Event - is now in its eleventh year! Toronto's Winterfolk Festival is selecting artists to fill showcase stages February 14 - 19, 2013 using live auditions throughout Southern Ontario. There will be five separate auditions, 2 at Monarch's Pub in Toronto, two at Moonshine Café in Oakville, and one at Buggy's Diner in Stouffville, and two artists from each audition are guaranteed to be selected for Winterfolk XI.

Live Auditions for Winterfolk XI:

  • Artists can audition live at selected venues in three Ontario cities.

  • Two artists will be hired at each of the venues listed.

  • There is no cost to audition for Winterfolk.

  • Artists are also eligible to apply to Winterfolk via online submisison, which are handled separately from auditions. Click here to submit.

  • Auditions are only open to artists based in Ontario.

  • Artists are encouraged to bring their fans & friends to cheer them on, and of course vote for them!

Date City Time Venue Address
Sunday Oct 28, 2012 Toronto 2:00 PM Monarchs Pub 33 Gerrard St. W, at Yonge, 7 minute walk S. of College Subway
Sunday Nov 4, 2012 Oakville 2:00 PM Moonshine Cafe 137 Kerr St., Oakville
Sunday Nov 11, 2012 Stouffville 2:00 PM Buggy's Diner 6298 Main Street, Stouffville
Sunday Nov 18, 2012 Toronto 2:00 PM Monarchs Pub 33 Gerrard St. W, at Yonge, 7 minute walk S. of College Subway
Sunday Nov 25, 2012 Oakville 2:00 PM Moonshine Cafe 137 Kerr St., Oakville

What artists receive when hired for Winterfolk via audition:

  • Typically, they try to offer each artist 2 – 3 paid performance opportunities during the Winterfolk weekend. Remuneration will be based on budget considerations, which varies every year.

  • Sets may be scheduled as a combination of two 45 minute sets, and additional shared spot as part of a workshop or seminar.

  • Your products and CD’s will be offered for sale at the Winterfolk store.

  • Inclusion in festival publicity and promotion such as in all 40,000 Winterfolk Program Guides, a website listing, as well as consideration for magazine, newspaper, radio, and TV ads. Press and industry will be alerted to each artist’s set time.

  • 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.

More about Winterfolk:

Winterfolk was formed in order to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage the community about various musical styles, namely roots, blues, folk and more. Founded by Festival Director Brian Gladstone, it is run as a division of The Association of Artists for a Better World, which is a registered nonprofit organization in the Province of Ontario, Canada.

It is committed to offering performance opportunities and public exposure to new or emerging artists. Letters from last year's showcase winners are posted on The Association of Artists for a Better World's website, The festival also works with various music organizations from within the community. These groups are offered stage time at the festival to help increase their public visibility and membership, offer exposure for their events, and to assist them in meeting the goals of their mission statement.

Check out a few videos from past Winterfolk festivals.