On a perfect day to be blue and gloomy in Toronto, the Waterfront Blues Festival came to Woodbine Park near the Lakeshore in Toronto. Blues artists from the Toronto area and elsewhere around the world performed their hits to a lively crowd.
The seventh annual Toronto Waterfront Blues Festival took place this weekend at Woodbine Park near the city’s beaches area. The city’s “only genuine blues festival” featured award-winning talent from North America and across the globe.
Juno Award winners Gary Kendall, Chuck Jackson and Kenny “Blue Boss” Wayne and Blues Music Award winner Johnny Rawls were only some of the featured performers at this year’s music festival.
The event, which was sponsored by the government of Ontario and several private corporations, also included activities for the family, such as a children’s amusement area, a “don’t lose the blues” contest and a blues after party hosted by Erin McCallum.
The lively crowd were dancing to the music, especially when Blues Music Award winner Gina Sicilia performed her “soulful music.”
“It gives me great pleasure to extend greetings and a warm welcome to everyone attending the seventh annual Waterfront Blues Festival,” wrote Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in a statement. “Waterfront Blues is a much anticipated event that offers music lovers the opportunity to enjoy live performances from national and international musicians who bring rhythms and sounds of blues to our city.”