Top photo: Rise Carmine – 19 on the Park
Wintersong, Stouffville’s annual musical staycation is back with a bang as locals and visitors alike packed bars, restaurants and halls across the town to celebrate…well, just celebrate. For live music fans, it was heaven as they had the pick of close to 20 different venues to choose from with music ranging from rock, prog-psychedelic, folk, country, EDM and genre-defying choices over two days – January 19 and 20.
Bands showcased included many local acts from Stouffville, Markham and area, but also drew groups from across the province who, thanks to a unique formula that saw festival organizers Epidemic Music Group partner with venues, got paid for the exposure.
Despite bitterly cold weather, music fans, in some cases lined up to get into venues but didn’t have to walk far to hit at least a couple of venues. A free party bus made cross-town trips a bit easier, ferrying attendees down the Main strip and connecting with “satellite” venues on the edge of town like Boston Pizza and Bollocks that joined in on the action.
Festival headliners Wintersleep packed the Stained Glass Centre for the Performing Arts – known on Sunday’s as Stouffville United Church. The unique venue served as ground zero for the see and be seen group with industry types, musicians and music lovers converging there to take in the rare opportunity to savour some of the best music possible, close to home.