Artfest events always present rockin' performances by a selection of talented musicians to enhance the inviting atmosphere for Artfest visitors. We keep the music low-key so not to overpower the art scene, but instead, engage visitors making your visit with us quite memorable.
This year at Artfest Toronto, we're opening the show sharp at 11am on Friday with Andy Griffiths and his energetic and passionate rootsy folkin' rock tunes! Andy writes from gut feelings and personal experiences. He sings lead and plays a driving rhythmic/percussive style on acoustic guitar. Catchy melodies and tight vocal harmonies are prevalent throughout his tunes.
For the last 30 some odd years Andy has been pursuing his love of music ... writing and recording original music whenever he was able to. Andy performs mostly original shows, feature sets, and open stages which led him to record and release his debut album Looking At Life in 2011. Along with help from many of the incredible musicians he met along the way. This album is a folky-rock album with an honest take on a life well lived. Reviewers have written that Andy's music brings comparison to Tom Petty, Bob Dylan, The Lowest of the Low, John Mellencamp, John Hiatt, Grapes of Wrath amongst others. Other album releases are Mind on Other Things and Stella Started It! Visit - http://www.andygriffiths.ca/.
On the Saturday of Labour Day weekend Melody Fair joins us with their beautiful guitar rhythms and sweet melodies. David Wipper has a solid background in recording and concert performance. You will recognize his distinctive style from Grammy Award winning hit song Black Velvet and other hits by Amanda Marshall, Rita Coolidge and Return Trip. Hazel Wipper hails from folk band Jesse and later the Decades and sings gorgeous lead with her partner David in Melody Fair. They perform a wide range of folk and rock classics showcasing David’s stellar guitar skills and Hazel’s amazing voice.
Tim Bovaconti is lead guitarist with Burton Cummings and Ron Sexsmith as well as an artist/producer in his own right. Patrick Allcock is a songwriter and musician whose newest solo album will be released in the near future. The duo will be performing on Sunday from noon until 6pm. Tim and Pat have been sharing the stage for almost two decades in the Toronto area, as a duo or with a full band. They are well known for their harmonies and musical sense of fun, playing classic tunes and always providing a good time! Visit: www.timbovaconti.com
Monday September 5th Matt King is performing guitar and vocals on a wide variety of popular tunes. Born into a musical family, Matt started playing guitar when he was 12 and has been playing professionally since the age of 14. He has performed and/or recorded with Scarefactory, Barney Rebel, Midnight Radio, The Funk King Band, Gonzo, Kevin MacLean, Astrid Young, and Harrison Kennedy (appearing on the Juno-nominated “Shame The Devil”). Over the last few years Matt has taken on the role of solo acoustic guitarist/vocalist in The Duo with Scott Apted and is a sideman for a number of local artists in the Greater Toronto Area.