Year three

This year’s festival is moving into Christie Pits Park during the daytime on the Saturday and the Sunday from noon ‘til nine. The evenings will still be rocking around the hood at various locations. Here is a satellite view of the portion of the park we’ll be setting up shop in.

The Bloor Ossington Folk festival has been designed as a true example of a neighbourhood festival. We have included many of the hood’s organizations, such as the Christie Ossington Neighbourhood Centre, who amongst doing many other things, organize and create programs for youth looking to find stability through music and the Christie Pits Residence Association, who have linked us with David Suzuki’s Home Grown National Park Project. Both of these projects will be focused on during the festival.

We are also hoping to bring awareness to the number of assaults that occurred in our neighbourhood and in Christie Pits Park specifically, last summer. We will not let that happen this year. We want our neighbourhood to be vibrant, full of arts and life and free from fear.

Our hood is full of talented musicians and it is through their involvement that a free festival like this could even begin to exist and we want to show them off. Our line-up of musicians, both in the park and at the Friday night and Saturday night locations back up on Bloor St. will reflect the great talents not just in our hood, but throughout our fine musically talented country. Local restaurants offer food in the food tent. The arts and crafts tent will house goods from folks around town who are supporting their life through the sale of their goods. The Home Grown National Parks Project will be offering workshops on a greener tomorrow, and exclaim! Magazine, our neighbours from just down the street, will be setting up a side stage on the South West corner of the park. Long and McQuade is generously offering it’s services to the cause. The great team at Beau’s has been amazing and is helping set up the beer garden, which is being run by saving gigi.

For now, we will leave it at that, but check back soon for upcoming fundraisers and list of vendors, crafts sellers and musical acts to be announced further on towards the event.

Hit on the icons of the partners for more detailed explanations of what the organizations are doing, much of this is only the tip of the iceberg. Register for mailing lists and become friends of Christie Pits.

Thank you all for all your support.

We hope to see all of you out there enjoying what this great city has to offer.

Take care

The staff.