Toronto’s JunoFest 2011: March 25 and 26

by W. Andrew Powell

Basia Bulat at Canadian Music Fest 2009

Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat, The Planet Smashers, Bedouin Soundclash, and Justin Rutledge: these are just a few of the artists who will help kick off Juno Week festivities in Toronto as JunoFest lands on some of the city’s best concert stages on Friday, March 25, and Saturday, March 26.

With more than 100 artists expected to perform at venues across downtown Toronto, the mini-festival will bring together a range of artists to venues like Lee’s Palace, the Mod Club, The Gladstone Hotel, and of course, the Horseshoe Tavern, all to promote great Canadian music for this year’s 2011 Juno Awards, which celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Eighteen artists are confirmed so far, and more will be announced in the next month.

JunoFest performers:

Basia Bulat
Bedouin Soundclash
Elliott Brood
Flash Lightning
Grapes of Wrath
Saint Alvia
The Planet Smashers
The Johnstones
Young Empires
Said The Whale
Monster Truck
Schomberg Fair
Laila Biali
Justin Rutledge

JunoFest wristbands are $30 each and give you access to all of the JunoFest shows, as long as space permits. Otheriwse you can pick up individual tickets for $17.50. Head over to for more information, including show times.

A select number of shows will go on sale this Thursday, February 10 through Ticketmaster, or in person at the Horseshoe Tavern, Soundscapes, and Rotate This. Those shows include:

March 25…
The Planet Smashers and The Johnstones @ the Phoenix Concert Theatre
Grapes of Wrath @ El Mocambo
Laila Biali @ Hugh’s Room (tickets through

March 26…
Basia Bulat @ The Great Hall
Bedouin Soundclash @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
Elliott Brood @ the Horseshoe Tavern.

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