Stage Performers

Celebrate Here, at the BIG on Bloor Festival, sponsored by Nestlé Canada

There will be two main performance stages at the BIG on Bloor Festival, 2015, The Main Festival Stage in front Bloor Collegiate Institute, at 1141 6Bloor Street West, and another, the Dufferin Stage in the schoolyard at Dufferin and Bloor.  More performances will be scattered in various locations throughout the festival in local stores, restaurants and bars, as parades, busker stations, and as part of some table stations.

Saturday, August 22
Main Stage
1141 Bloor Street West

12:30 pm   Street Parade, leading to the main stage for the opening of the festival
1:00 pm Opening Ceremonies and Awards BIG Awards from Andrew Cash MP, Cristina Martins MPP, Ana Bailão City Councillor, Jason Campbell BIG, Dyan Marie, and Dougal Bichan
2:30 pm Come/Unity Singers Honey Novick leads a choral group of local people
3:00 pm Gaura Shakti Kirtan Yoga Gaura-Shakti is a Toronto-based kirtan yoga group with experienced musicians that hail from various parts of the world, including Russia, India and Canada.
Gaura-Shakti Members:
Dhira - lead vocals/guitar/harmonium
Mahabhagavat - bamboo flute
Keshava - mrdanga-drum
Tara - back-up & lead vocals/harmonium/kartalas
Radha - sitar/vocals
Yuriy - jambay/sound control
Kirtan is a form of devotional chanting whose roots go back over 500 years to india. It is a form of bhakti-yoga (yoga of devotion) and  has the power to open the heart. The singing is accompanied by musical instruments and rhythmic drumming and the audience is encouraged to participate by chanting, clapping and dancing. You will not be able to resist the urge to join in! In its heartfelt expression kirtan can induce profound states of meditation, bliss and ecstasy.

4:00 pm The Starfires The Starfires are an improvising folk/rock collective who make music that synthesizes rock, pop, folk, world, jazz, classical and new music into trancy soundscapes that seriously groove! This is spiritual music expressing what it’s like to look for connections to essential levels of being while living in an extremely diverse, multicultural society.
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5:00 pm Asiko Afro Beat Foly Kolade's Asiko Afrobeat Ensemble brings all-original real-deal Afrobeat to the Canadian live dance music scene. They have moved audiences across the Ontario with their powerful sound, infectious rhythmic intensity, and positive message
6:00 pm ¡DO!

¡DO! - Deep grooving drums and organ duo featuring Chris Cawthray and Simeon Abbott, delivering an “organ”ic mix of surf, reggae, roots music, and jazz improvisation. Specializing in funky breakdowns and jam madness, ¡DO! is a road-tested band that has performed in bars, clubs, tiki lounges, coffee houses, art galleries, retail stores, house concerts, theatres, festivals, comedy clubs, game shows, burlesque theatres, bat mitzvahs and craft fairs. Audiences of all kinds connect with ¡DO!’s danceable grooves, expressive improvisation and irreverent humour. ¡DO! does it for you!

7:00 pm Luke McMaster Luke McMaster is a Canadian singer and songwriter. With his lifelong commitment to music, McMaster experienced early success as half of the music duo McMaster and James originating from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. The duo was named after McMaster and his performing partner, Rob James. Despite their initial success, the band dissolved in 2002. Since then, McMaster has worked as a songwriter and producer living in Toronto. Hits include Your Love Keeps Lifting me Higher, and Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing
8:00 pm redXdown

Chemical Brothers and U2  descend to the Underworld whilst listening to great indie electronic music on the Radiohead

9:00 pm Close and Shut Down

Saturday, August 22
Dufferin Stage
School Playground
Dufferin and Bloor

Organized by MusiCamp’s artistic director, Andrea Kuzmich, the Young Musicians’ Stage at the BIG on Bloorfeatures local talent performing a great variety of styles of music, including intense alt rock, soulful pop, funky grooves, original singer-songwriter, classic blues grass, and even some experimental music. Come check out the stage form 1 PM to 4 PM and celebrate our community’s talented youth!

The evening of very eclectic music is presented by The Music Gallery, Toronto’s Centre for Creative Music.

The night time live and recorded videos are presented by Trinity Square Video.

1:00 pm Pony Metal Pony Metal is a rock band comprised of 12-year-old musicians who have performed at venues such as Dundas West Fest, Open Tuning Festival and IndieKidz. They are a talented and enthusiastic group of young musicians who always wow the crowd!
1:30 pm Rebekah Wise Rebekah Wise is an 11 year old singer/songwriter with a penchant for the melancholy.
2:00 pm The Moir and Taller Girls The Moir and Taller Girls accompany themselves on ukuleles. These three girls blend their young voices into a refreshing harmonious style of their own.
2:30 pm MusiCamp MusiCamp features talented musicians (ages 7 to 13) who perform classic blue grass, original songs, funky tunes and some East African influenced music, possibly with some less than conventional accompaniment. (MusiCamp is a local music school that provides rich and varied musical programming for kids aged 8-88!)
3:00 pm Hex HEX is an all girls rock band that formed at Girls Rock Toronto. The four teens who comprise HEX have performed at venues such as the Tranzac and Field Trip and were invited to perform at Alternaqueer at Pride. Their energy is contagious and audiences love their originals songs.
3:30 pm Sofia Sofia is a 9-year old pop singer who performs renditions of contemporary pop songs. She was recently selected to compete in the Rising Star Competition at the C.N.E. which takes place later this month.
4:00 pm Break Setup and sound check
4:30 pm Amai Kuda & Y Josephine Amai Kuda & Y Josephine  have created their own brand of music called AfroSoul. Their new release, AfroSoul Volume II: MaZai, has been called  "earthy and rootsy and good for your ears" by CBC's Errol Nazareth, and received high praise from The Toronto Blues Society's John Valentyn.
5:30 pm Pantayo Pantayo is an all-women gong ensemble based in Toronto. Their music is grounded in the kulintang music traditions of aguindanaoan &T'boli peoples of the Philippines, but explores the possibility of kulintang influenced by our identities as Diasporic Filipinas. Their members are: Christine Balmes, Michelle Cruz, Kat Estacio, Katrina Estacio, Marianne Rellin, and Joanna delos Reyes.
6:30 pm New Civilization New Civilization is a reggae cover band that plays in a psychedelic stylee. We perform in honour of the spirit and healing powers of reggae  music, and the righteous riddims that sound the path. Sonics provided by:  Isla Craig, Colin Fisher, Alex Lukashevsky, Scott Peterson, Brandon Valdivia & Eric Woolston.  New Civilization all over this land.
7:30 pm Trinity Square Video live and recorded Trinity Square Video presents a live multimedia performance by Zeesy Powers followed by Members MIXTAPE, a curated video of screening featuring works by members.
10:00 pm Finish and shut down

Sunday, August 23
Main Stage
1141 Bloor Street West


Alana and Leigh Cline Alana and Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles..
1:00 Dévah Quartet Dévah Quartet is a Toronto-based electric string quartet playing original rock and progressive rock tunes with effects pedals and a drummer. Dévah has been featured in the UK magazine 'PROG,' and aired across North America
2:00 Delrose

Singer/songwriter Delrose performs her original songs with Folk/Pop acoustic flavour.


Smooth jazz for a Sunday afternoon. INFLUENCES: Weather Report, Spirogyra, Pat Metheny, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and Dave Holland.

4:00 Brian Gladstone Band

Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five years as an artist, producer, festival director, and activist. Brian Gladstone has written and recorded four albums, all of which have garnered global acclaim and worldwide airplay, with a fifth to be released in late 2015.


Friends of Markos

The Friends of Markos play Greek rebetiko music with a thumping beat and a ragged-but-right attitude that makes people happy - even if they've never heard rebetiko before!

6:00 pm Finish and shut down

Sunday, August 23
Dufferin Stage
School Playground
Dufferin and Bloor

10:00 am Dovercourt Baptist Church Ecumenical Church service, everyone is welcome.
noon Time Machine Nouveau Gospel Music
1:00 pm Transmission Commission Tea Dance Keith Cole, Kelly McCray, and Steph Rogerson present the Last Day On Earth TEA DANCE
5:00 pm Finish and shut down stage
6:00 pm Festival end