The first SPEAK MUSIC Be Kind Festival announced its 2020 lineup!

Organizers of the first annual SPEAK MUSIC Be Kind Festival are excited to announce a thrilling lineup and proudly declare the festival gender-balanced! 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.Of the rest, 20 performers are all male-identifying, or fronted by male-identifiers, and five duos or bands are composed equal numbers of male- and female-identifying people. The three open stages are all gender-neutral.

Among the many gems in the mix are award-winning blues outfit Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar; soulful, modern pop diva-in-a-good-way ECHLO (Chloe Charles); larger-than-life country band Johnson Crook; powerhouse vocalist Chloe Watkinson; folk/soul/jazz artist Lydia Persaud; frenzied electro-violinist Dr. Draw; superb pop-rock singer-songwriter Rob Szabo; accordionist extraordinaire and spoken-word artist Gary Kreller; conscious R&B singer-songwriter Shi Wisdom; high-energy jazz/punk trumpeter Mike Field (whose band includes explosive sax player Paul Metcalfe); the solo-acoustic version of rock ‘n’ soul bandleader Julian Taylor; and many more.


There’s something for everyone to enjoy at the SPEAK Music Be Kind Festival. It’s the ultimate event for anyone seeking new and exciting things to do in Toronto, and who want to contribute to a kind and respectful atmosphere. The festival will be taking place January 17-19, 2020 at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue in Toronto, ON. For more information and to buy passes, please visit the festival’s website. Act quick, wristbands are at a special early bird price of $15 only this weekend!

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