Where: Toronto, Ont.
When: September 19-21
What it is: A free music festival featuring good artists, good beer and good food is the recipe for a good time. The fourth Bloor Ossington Folk Festival takes place in Cristie Pits Park and the surrounding neighbourhood this fall. The festival began as an underground, off-the-radar type of event to build a sense of community. It started off with musicians playing random venues including a living room and a backyard. This year the festival features three music stages, food vendors and a beer garden from Beau’s.
Eats: Saving Gigi is a festival venue and runs the beer garden. They also serve fair trade and organic coffee, perfect for alertness after a late night of music. Their food menu features local, natural and ethical choices that make you feel good and are good for you.
What to wear: As we approach fall, having a sweater is always a smart move. The long-range forecast says it will be sunny and in the 14-24 degree range all weekend.
Headliners: Julie Doiron and the Wrong Guys, Shotgun Jimmie, Brendan Canning
Another can’t miss artist is Fiver, the solo project of Toronto singer-songwriter Simone Schmidt of the Highest Order (also playing the festival) and One Hundred Dollars. Schmidt has a memorable voice, the type of voice you hear and it rattles around in your brain afterwards, and writes great songs. She wrote lyrics on Timber Timber’s Polaris short-listed album Hot Dream earlier this year.
Mix Tips: Christie Pits Park has lots of fields and is a great place to grab some exercise, toss a ball around and hang out. One of the darkest moments in Toronto’s history took place in the park after a baseball game in 1933. There’s a monument in the park and it’s worth reflecting on the history of Canada, both good and bad.
Photo of Fiver: Supplied