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This weekend Toronto is hosting the first ever major music festival in North America. The fest, which is scheduled to take place on the weekend of May 15 and 16 at Downsview Park, includes performers from across Canada and the US, as well as many of the city’s top artists.
In addition to several major music acts, the festival includes several high-profile celebrity and musical figures, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, indie-rock stars JUNO Award winner Sarah McLachlan, and rock band Barenaked Ladies.
Filling in for several major performers, the Canadian Symphony Orchestra will play many of the festival’s headlining acts, while DJ and producer Mr. Oizo will be spinning sets for the festival.
It’s been great to see Toronto’s amazing music scene shine through in these difficult times, and we’re really excited about the upcoming events over the weekend.
Here’s a quick rundown of the acts that are scheduled to be on hand in Toronto on May 15 and 16.
The band’s new CD, Love Songs From Deep Dark Hallways, is a collection of pop tunes featuring “beautiful piano melodies, soaring vocals, and playful lyrics with a unique, slightly warped edge.” The Canadian band is making its triumphant return to their hometown after first appearing in the city nearly two decades ago in 1986, and with a new lineup including drummer Colin Linden, they’ve got the perfect sound for this festival. The three-piece band will play sets across four sets over the weekend, beginning tonight at 9:30 at Downsview Park.
Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Michaela Healey made her first television appearance in 15 years last week, performing at the CTV News Channel’s Live from the Heartland Festival that same evening at Downsview Park. She performed a special set of music that she has been working on during her hiatus, including a cover of Billy Joel’s “You’ve Got a Friend” that she’ll be playing at the festival.
The band is also performing another of Healey’s most-request