Each year The Junction neighbourhood holds a Solstice Festival to welcome summer with fun, food, music, and entertainment. Dundas Street West, at Keele, from Quebec to Indian Grove, will be hosting a street party on Saturday June 24 from noon to midnight. Organizers have released programing details this week, featuring the best of local and national talent.

Toronto, ON – June 12, 2017 – Organizers have published the stage schedules for The Junction’s Summer Solstice Festival 2017 and announced today that this year’s event line up includes Sam Cash, TiKA, Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party, Dirty Church, and more. This free street festival has multiple stages featuring a wide variety of music and entertainment.

TUNS, comprised of Chris Murphy (Sloan) Matt Murphy (Super Friendz, Flashing Lights), and Mike O’Neill (Inbreds), will be headlining this year’s Junction Summer Solstice Festival. This is an exciting new band of equals, of collaborators, of experienced veterans who sound as exuberant as ever. It’s like a music geek’s version of fantasy baseball.
Photo Credit: V. Heins
TUNS, the Canadian supergroup, with Chris Murphy from Sloan, Matt Murphy of The Super Friendz, and The Inbreds’ Mike O’Neill, will end out the evening on Saturday June 24th with their 10:30pm set on the main stage. The band’s self-titled debut album was released at the end of last summer. “This might be a group that is a merger of members from old favourites, but their sound is new and really stands out on its own! We can’t wait to have them here,” explains Robyn York, Junction BIA Coordinator, who helped to curate the music selection this year. “We are incredibly lucky to have record label Royal Mountain Records residing just west of the Junction and so many talented artists on their roster, including TUNS.”

“This is an eclectic neighbourhood and we wanted an interesting range of musicians playing to reflect that,” says York, as she explains the selection process. “We had a great collection of people helping to choose the music this year. A lot of our local business owners are very tuned into the local music scene. The bands were evaluated independently by each member of the selection committee before meeting as a group to put together the final line up.” This approach brought a wider breadth of talent. Emily Raquel, who played to packed crowds last year will be returning to the The Indie Stage and festival goers will also get a chance to hear from Moscow Apartment, a young duo just breaking into the Toronto music scene earlier this year. “It really is an incredible line up of music this year with indie, surf rock, garage, rap, soul, folk, cajun, and more – There is something for everyone!”

It isn’t just the music selection that has grown from the success of previous years, other areas of the festival are seeing an increase in programming as well, “Brant Matthews is a family favourite,” says Christine Sweeton, Executive Director for The Junction BIA, referencing well known performer, Fireguy. “Discussing the festival this year with Brant, he expressed interest in doing a group Fire Show, with multiple stunt performers. I thought it sounded like a great idea.” The children’s’ programming was organized so as to bring together the best selection of buskers to gather for the group show at the end of the day.

The Junction’s Summer Solstice Festival has been a long standing tradition on the west-side of Toronto, offering crowds of all ages a full day of music, art, outdoor patios, leisurely shopping, and entertaining programs. An early focus on healthy living activities and events has expanded to include live music, artists, premier dining options, and children’s programming. This year’s street party will also feature food and drink specials, sidewalk sales, along with classes and workshops at local businesses.

Rebecca Zelewicz, Toronto hula hooper known as Bex in Motion, performs with fire at The Junction Summer Solstice 2016. Bex will return to the festival this year, with solo shows and as part of the large group Fire Extravaganza. Visit the Keele/Dundas West area on Saturday June 24, 2017 from Noon to Midnight.
Photo Credit: K. Meyn

Please go to www.thejunctionsummersolstice.com or read below for the full list of artists scheduled to perform:

Bex in Motion
Bon Fer
Chris Westfall
Darren Bedford
Dirty Church
DJ Diabloavacado
Emily Raquel
Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party
Good Conduct
Good Enough LIVE Karaoke
Hercinia Arts Collective
Hip Kik
Jeffery Straker
Kiwi Jr.
Left By Snakes
Moscow Apartment
Party Arty
Sam Cash
Young Renegade

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