The Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival will be heating things up for music fans along Danforth Avenue this weekend.


The festival takes place at seven clubs on the Danforth, near Broadview Avenue, and includes performances by more than 100 musicians over the course of three days.

“It’s the sixth year of the event, we call it a free family day or free family weekend or roots and blues music,” said Brian Gladstone, festival director. “It’s going to be a weekend of great music.”

Artists scheduled to perform include Jack de Keyzer and Al Lerman, Tony Quarrington, Steve Briggs (BeBop Cowboys), Elana Harte, Maureen Brown. Gladstone said the event was launched in winter to fill a void left by the lack of festivals in the colder months.

“We also bring a lot of revenue and commerce into the community in February, which is typically not a very brisk time for businesses in the area,” he said. “We’ll bring probably about 8,000 to 10,000 people into the area who spend money, eat drink, stay over — that type of thing. And we find paid work for artists — since many of them are not too busy at this time of year.”

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