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The following performers have been confirmed for the BIG on Bloor Festival.
Concord Stage
1:00 pmOpening CeremoniesFeaturing the Fort York Fife and Drum Corps, The Bloor Improvement Group Executive Committee, Lance Lehman, chair, Bloorcourt Village BIA, Spiro Koumadouros, chair, Bloordale BIA, Joe Pantalone, deputy mayor, Tony Ruprecht MPP, Maria Silva, MP, and Olivia Chow, MP.
1:40 pmHogtown SwingSwing dancing performances to vintage jazz music. www.HogtownSwing.com
2:00 pmRobert Davis Blues DuoBIG blues by talented acoustic duo. We make music that evokes blues from the delta to the city with wailing harp and driving guitar. www.robertdavis.biz
3:00 pmFidgetFidget is stoking up female fever with its five-piece all-girl, eye-popping, ear-blasting group. www.myspace.com/fidgetpunk
4:00 pmHotcha!High-energy hillbilly swing duo. HOTCHA! music comes from the swamp, the mines, the mountains and the porch rustic, rural songs of work and faith, delivered with the energy of a runaway train. www.myspace.com/HOTCHA7
5:00 pmDouble Bill!
Pavement Princess and Plastic Star
Pop/Funk Punk Grunge. We are bands that want to play together. I play for Elissa and she plays for me we have an awesome drummer we share. www.myspace.com/guitarhart www.myspace.com/elissabarclay
6:00 pmTeenage XTeenage X blast original punk rock n' roll anthems. The female-fronted five piece will grab you with catchy melodies and leave you with a new attitude. www.myspace.com/teenagexrocks
7:00 pmMr. FlowasAn explosive Jamaican-Canadian artist offering an original blend of Reggae, and Hip-hop fused with an R&B flavour; through creative, intelligent, thoughtful content, Mr. Flowas expresses meaningful messages with a smooth, almost hypnotic delivery. Mr.Flowas-continuing to raise the bar in Canadian reggae. www.myspace.com/fluxmobbclan
8:00 pmThe Stormalongs The Stormalongs play warm, melodic, ambient, passionate rock music. Their songs combine guitar sonics with lyrical depth, imbued with a unique and exciting musical chemistry. www.myspace.com/thestormalongs
Salem Stage
1:00 pmShady TreeAn eclectic mix of swing, bluegrass and blues played on acoustic instruments
2:00 pmLOFT MusicLOFT Music is dedicated to the upliftment of young artists and musicians fusing hip hop, reggae, soul, jazz and other types of urban sounds together to make intelligent music. www.conccommunity.org/loft
2:45 pmHogtown SwingSwing dancing performances to vintage jazz music. www.HogtownSwing.com
3:00 pmDuo GrandeWe're a fun, toe tapping, hand clapping trio. Bringing back blasts from the past...and a few from the present!! DuoGrand.com
3:45 pmStrickly SalsaCheck out these awesome dance moves!
4:00 pmGlen Hornblast BandJazz, Folk, Blues www.myspace.com/glenhornblast
5:00 pmAndrea KuzmichSmooth vocals, classy jazz. Whether solo with her guitar or accompanied by a full band, Andrea Kuzmich draws "her listeners into a world of sensuality and inner city blues" (Rudy Blair 680 News) www.myspace.com/singinkuz
6:00 pmAirhartAirheart drops trip hop beats and grooves that shake the floor wrapped in luscious harmonies, all the while accompanying it with heart on your sleeve lyrics,delicately powerful jazz Melodies, improvised electric violin, and live drums. www.listentoairheart.com
7:00 pmRosslyn PictonI am a singer/songwriter. My music is more acoustic/folk. It is just me and my guitar.
8:00 pmThe Harbour SharksFeatured in Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington Market, The Harbour Sharks play a blend of Afro-Jazz, Reggae and Soul that moves your feet and fills the street!
Russett Stage
1:00 pmOte'a TaneOte'a Tane is an all men's one of a kind group in Canada, Polynesian dance troupe based in Toronto which, since 2004, has mesmorized diverse audiences and extended life to an ancient practice. www.oteatane.com
2:00 pmGrupo Folclorico de BarcelosFolklorik Music from Portugal traditions, we have players and dancers..
3:00 pmCirque-abilityThe instructors of Cirque-ability perform their brand new Acro Dance. www.cirque-ability.com
3:15 pmTunedKids from Grades 5-7 perform rock music.
4:00 pmONGPresented by the Music Gallery,
Toronto's centre for the promotion and presentation innovation and experimentation in all forms of music
ONG is a newly formed inter-cultural music quartet of leading Toronto musicians, featuring a unique blend of Persian, Hindustani, Indonesian and Western instruments and musical sounds, which will surprise your ears and soothe your heart.
ONG musicians
- Andrew Timar, leader: suling (Indonesian bamboo ring flute); kacapi (Indonesian zither)
- Araz Salek: tar (Persian classical lute)
- Ed Hanley: tabla (Hindustani hand drums)
- Kye Marshall: cello
5:00 pmAnima FadoPortuguese Fado with a contemporary touch.
6:00 pmMagnolia the Voice of LoveMagnolia's Prayers and Pantomima of life is part of the Creative Gospel Ministry Magnolia the Voice of Love. www.magnolialavozdelamor.blogspot.com
6:45 pmHogtown SwingSwing dancing performances to vintage jazz music. www.HogtownSwing.com
7:00 pmFrank WilksFolk, classic rock, original music with CDs available! I perform by myself or with my 3 piece band. Myspace.com/frankwilksband
8:00 pmCrookedhookCrookedhook is a 4 piece Rock band from Toronto. They formed in December of 2005 and recorded their first demo Rock or Walk in 2006. They released their first Full Length Album All We Got in 2007 and are currently promoting their new EP Breathe Pollution.www.crookedhook.net
Sweet Pete's Bicycle Shop,
1204 Bloor St. W.
6:30 pmMr. Something SomethingThe band is taking audience participation to new levels with its SoundCycle - Canadas first bicycle powered sound system. Power to the people, by the people! Come and add your energy to the show! Both shows.
8:00 pmMr. Something SomethingMr. Something Something represents six years of composing, performing, risk-taking, improving and ultimately mobilizing the original vision of founding members Larry Graves [drums/percussion] and John MacLean [saxophone/voice]. 20 years of playing, studying and traveling passed before these two childhood friends settled on the unbeatable dance rhythms of Nigeria, Senegal, Mali and Ghana as the most natural gathering place for the elements that would ultimately make up the Mr. Something Something sound. www.mrsomethingsomething.com