Toronto's First SPEAK Music Be Kind Festival Unveils Full Lineup

Artists include Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, ECHLO, Chloe Watkinson, Lydia Persaud and more
Toronto's First SPEAK Music Be Kind Festival Unveils Full Lineup
The inaugural SPEAK Music Be Kind Festival is coming to Toronto in January, and organizers have now let loose the full lineup for the event.

Taking place on January 17 to 19, the festival will include Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar, ECHLO (Chloe Charles), Chloe Watkinson, Lydia Persaud, Johnson Crook and Dr. Draw, among others.

The artists will be performing on three stages – the Main Hall, Southern Cross Room and Tiki Room – at the Tranzac Club (292 Brunswick Ave.), with the event being proudly gender-balanced.

In a statement, festival organizers explained:

In what might be a first for a non-gender-specific Canadian music festival, of the 51 performers in all (and three open stages), 26 performers are all-female-identifying, or fronted by female-identifiers (51% of the acts booked).  Of the rest, 20 performers are all male-identifying, or fronted by male-identifiers (39% of the acts booked), and five duos or bands are composed equal numbers of male- and female-identifying people (10% of the acts booked). The three open stages are all gender-neutral.

Other artists set to play the festival include Abby Zotz, Abigail Lapell, Al Qahwa, Angela Saini, Anne Lederman, Annie Sumi, Arlene Bishop, Ben Heffernan, Blair Packham, BLISK, Chloe Watkinson, Darbazi, DaFve McEathron, David Newland, Field Guide, Gary Kreller, Gina Horswood, Ginger St. James, HOTCHA!, Jamzac, Johnson Crook, Julian Taylor, Ken Yoshioka, Kim Doolittle, Lunar Bloom, Maggie and Mr. Rogers, Mike Field, Miniscule, Moonfruits, Mr. Rick, Ori Dagan, Piper & Carson, Recollectiv, Richard Garvey, Rob Szabo, Sammy Duke, Shi Wisdom, Simone Morris, So Long Seven, Sweet Pea Band, the Barrel Boys, the Broom Straws, the Dirty Dishes, the Lifers, Tia Brazda, Toninato & Thiessen, Toque Trad, Tragedy Ann, Trevor Cape and the Field, and Vivienne Wilder Trio.

Three-day wristbands are now on sale for the early-bird price of $15. All net proceeds will go to the Unison Benevolent Fund. Learn more at the festival website.