The 2013 Waterfront Blues Festival in Toronto returns as an annual summer event. It is also the first taste of music in or near Woodbine Park in the Beach neighbourhood for this summer.
Where is the Toronto Waterfront Blues Festival?
Toronto hosts the Waterfront Blues Festival in Woodbine Park, which is bounded by Lake Shore Blvd. East, Coxwell Ave., Eastern Ave. and Northern Dancer Blvd.
How to Find the Waterfront Blues Fest in Toronto
Take the 501 Queen streetcar east to Coxwell, or the 22 Coxwell bus south from its station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. Bicycle or blade along the Martin Goodman Trail to Coxwell. Although you could drive, there won’t be many empty parking spaces at Ashbridges Bay Park or the lot shown in the map of Woodbine Park shown above.
When is the 2013 Toronto Waterfront Blues Fest?
The 2013 Waterfront Blues Fest will run from May 31 through June 2, 2013.
The times are:
- Friday May 31, 2013 from 7pm to 11pm.
- Saturday June 1 from 1pm to 11pm.
- Sunday June 2 from 2pm to 8pm.
Admission Prices for the 2013 Waterfront Blues Fest in Toronto
Admission is free, thanks to the sponsors.
However, you can donate $2 to enter a raffle in the “Don’t Lose the Blues” contest. The top prize is a $600 “Waterfront Blues Guitar”. Be sure to read the Don’t Lose the Blues Contest details; you also join their mailing list, for example.
The 2013 Waterfront Blues Fest Lineup
Each set is scheduled for two hours. Friday night has Jon Knight and Soulstack, followed by a tribute to Big Joe Turner. Saturday begins with the 24th Street Wailers; then Scott McCord & the Bonafide Truth; the Alexis P Suter Band; Fathead; and Eugene Hideaway Bridges. Sunday features Morgan Davis; Paul Reddick; and Deanna Bogart closes the 2013 Blues Fest.
The 2013 Waterfront Blues Fest as Prelude
The official Waterfront Blues Fest in Toronto site also promotes Afrofest (July 6-7, 2013) and the Beaches International Jazz Festival (July 19-28, 2013). Both events are at Woodbine Park; the Jazz Festival also uses other venues in the Toronto Beach neighbourhood.
I’d written “Toronto Afrofest 2012 at Woodbine Park” and “The Two-Weekend 2012 Beaches Jazz Festival Toronto” last year. I must research these events again soon to pass along the updates.
Other Canadian Blues Festivals in 2013
You could pack July full of Canadian blues fests this summer. These are listed alphabetically by city, rather than chronologically by date.
The 2013 Calgary Blues Fest
Calgary, Alberta hosts their 9th annual Calgary Blues Fest from July 29-Aug. 4, 2013 at Shaw Millenium Park in Calgary (between 6th Ave. SW and 9th Ave. SW, east of 14th St. SW). Take public transit to the SW terminal of the C-Train. Kudos for being “wheelchair friendly”.
The 2013 RBC BluesFest in Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario holds the RBC Royal Bank BluesFest July 4-14, 2013. (Booth St. and Wellington St.; the box office is on Booth St. halfway between Vimy Place and Wellington St. It uses the Canadian War Museum grounds, about one kilometre west of the Parliament Buildings along Wellington. The LeBreton transit station is the closest for public transportation. I would not drive, since both Wellington and Booth will be closed nightly). Kudos for working toward wheelchair access.
The 2013 Festival International du Blues de Tremblant
Visit Mt. Tremblant, Quebec for their Festival International du Blues de Tremblant from July 5-14, 2013. They use several stages near Lac Miroir, along the Rue des Remparts.
The 2013 BluesFest Windsor
Windsor, Ontario holds BluesFest International Windsor on July 12-14, 2013, at Riverfront Festival Plaza, on Riverside Drive East, east of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel.
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