Christie Pits and surrounding local venues will host more than 40 bands and music acts over three days during the Bloor Ossington Folk Festival, and it’s all free. Starting on Friday evening at venues like Saving Gigi and Studio 835, and expanding to all-day programming at Christie Pits on Saturday and Sunday, the festival lineup includes Julie Doiron, By Divine Right, catl., and many more (the festival’s criteria for “folk” being, more or less, local music). Local craft and food vendors and a festival beer garden will round out the experience—and again, all the bands are free.
This is the Hip-Hop Karaoke night that really counts. For their fourth annual competition event, where 20 aspiring rappers will compete for bragging rights and prizes, the organizers have tapped DJ Paul E. Lopes, Ennis Esmer (CTV’s The Listener), Tara Chase, and old-school outfit Black Moon as judges. (Black Moon will also perform at the conclusion of the competition.)
Motown cover night The Big Sound celebrates its second anniversary with its largest lineup yet. There are 28 musicians and singers scheduled to perform on stage, with DJ Wes Allen spinning classic soul tunes between sets.