Summerworks 2011: The Music

From a media release:

August 4-14, 2011

Toronto - Canada’s largest juried theatre festival boasts a diverse concert line-up including Bruce Peninsula, Bonjay, and Polaris Prize Long-Listers Hooded Fang and Miracle Fortress

Over the past 20 years, Toronto’s annual SummerWorks Theatre Festival has brought together and showcased some of Canada’s best talent in theatre, dance, and music. This 21st edition kicks off August 4th with over 40 plays, workshops, free programming, and a bouquet of concerts.

Now in its fourth year, the SummerWorks Music Series has something for everyone – an eclectic mix of Toronto’s top troubadours plus national samplings of the best in juicy pop, twangy folk rock, soul-stirring gospel, dark rock and roll, and down n’ dirty dance.

The Series, sponsored by CBC Radio3, Exclaim! and TD Canada Trust Music hosts ten nights of tunes that will be sure to get feet stomping and hands in the air. This year’s line up features Toronto indie-pop darlings Hooded Fang, a high-energy homecoming from a European tour for Bonjay, the dreamy sounds of Montreal’s Miracle Fortress, and the celebratory return of urban gospel greats Bruce Peninsula. It also includes Ruby Coast, Lioness, Steven McKay, Great Bloomers, Green Go, Jennifer Castle, Powers, and a one-time only performance by Toronto super group 'House League', featuring members of The Magic, Forest City Lovers, Matters and Evening Hymns.

“The Series touches on so many different styles of music; there’s really something for everyone,“ says Lauren Schreiber, Music Series Programmer. “The festival makes an effort to champion local talent and showcases the diversity in the musical landscape of Canada.”

All concerts will be held at The Lower Ossington Theatre (LOT), an arts space located at 100A Ossington Avenue. The series is also beginning and ending with outdoor parties from noon to 1:00 AM on August 4th and 14th in the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art’s courtyard. The opening and closing parties will feature Choir! Choir! Choir!, Sister, Louise Burns, and more acts to be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets for all shows are $10 and will be available as of July 1st at Soundscapes and Rotate This, and through the Theatre Centre Box Office. 
• Tickets: or 416-504-7529.


Thursday August 4: OPENING
Friday August 5
Steven McKay - 10:30 PM
Hooded Fang  - 11:30 PM
Saturday August 6
Lioness - 10:30 PM
Bonjay  - 11:30 PM
Sunday August 7 – Tuesday August 9:Musical Works in Concert
Wednesday August 10
House League - 10:30 PM
Great Bloomers - 11:30 PM
Thursday August 11
Jennifer Castle - 10:30 PM
Bruce Peninsula - 11:30 PM
Friday August 12
Ruby Coast - 10:30 PM
Miracle Fortress – 11:30 PM
Saturday August 13
Powers – 10:30 PM
Green Go – 11:30 PM
Sunday August 14: CLOSING