Music festivals aren’t just a summer thing, you know. This weekend’s onset of autumn sees not one, but two multi-day musical gatherings in the northwestern edge of Toronto’s downtown: The Bloor Ossington Folk Festival (BOFF) and The Junction Music Festival (JMF). Here, we break down the pertinent details so you don’t get them confused:
BOFF: Sept. 20-22
JMF: Sept. 21
NUMBER OF VENUES
BOFF: 5. Friday’s opening-night program is spread over three bars (Saving Gigi, Bassline, and Studio 835) before moving to Christie Pits Park, the nearby Baltic Avenue, and the Saving Gigi garden for all-day shows on Saturday and Sunday.
JMF: 31—six outdoor stages plus seemingly every space in the Junction with a functioning power outlet.
NUMBER OF PARTICIPATING MUSICAL ACTS
BOFF: Julie Doiron, By Divine Right, Bidniband, Memoryhouse, Grand Analog, Kevin Kane. See the full line-up here.
JMF: Zeus, Zaki Ibrahim (pictured at top), Cuff the Duke, Dinosaur Bones, DJ Cozmic Cat. See the full line-up here.
Lemon Bucket Orchestra and Union Duke will presumably be riding the Bloor-Danforth line to appear at both festivals.
BOFF: Beau’s All-Natural Brewing Company, Sonic Boom, Long & McQuade, and the Polaris Music Prize, among many others.
JMF: Indie 88.1, Indie Ale House, Car2Go, and Toronto Hydro, among many others.
BOFF: Not strictly a folk festival, as Friday night’s bruising noise-punk line-up at Bassline—featuring This Mess, Town Ship, Dutch Toko, and Prosimii—attests.
JMF: Not strictly a music festival, as the big list of participating eateries and workshops—attests.
COST OF ADMISSION
Nothing to compare ‘n’ contrast here—both festivals are free.