Published Jan 24, 2011Sorry to say this, but pretty much any festival announcement coming off the heels of last week's unveiled Coachella lineup is going to seem a little underwhelming. Nevertheless, Toronto's long-running Edgefest has announced its 2011 edition, and the results are impressive.
Headlining the event, which takes place July 9 at Toronto's Downsview Park, are Chicago punkers Rise Against and reunited Tool offshoot A Perfect Circle. But aside from those imports, the rest of the festival features a wealth of Canadian talent. The main stage will also feature sets from the Weakerthans, Tokyo Police Club, Arkells, the Reason and Dinosaur Bones. The second stage will play host to Hollerado, Ko, Gentlemen Husbands, Harlan Pepper, Michou, Mockingbird Wish Me Luck, Monster Truck, Sandman Viper Command and the Sheepdogs.
While the headliners may be from across the border, Edgefest, put on by Toronto rock radio station 102.1 the Edge, intended to keep things locally focused.
"This year's lineup features 14 homegrown bands that are making a mark in the music scene and we are proud to showcase this great talent to our dedicated listeners right in our backyard," 102.1 the Edge program director Ross Winters said in a statement.
Though the gig is over five months away, tickets go on sale this week via Ticketmaster. A pre-sale will occur this Wednesday (January 26), while tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday (January 29). Tickets will be $49.50, however, the first 2,500 buyers will be able to nab an early bird price of $39.50.