Westfest is back for its 9th year to take over 14 blocks of the trendy area that is Westboro from June 8-10th. Here’s the great news: the festival remains free! For three days visitors to the neighbourhood are able to enjoy the music, arts and life that shape it. Throw in a barenaked lady and stage-side liquor license and you’re ready to party. Indie-darlings the Hidden Cameras took to the stage Friday night along with the local Silkken Lauman followed by DJ Lake District to get you dancing late.
Saturday takes a bluesy-spin with Brock Stonefish’s mix of reggae-meets-contemporary rock , an artist that has toured with B.B. King before Amos the Transparent and Steven Page take to the stage. Sunday offers up Canada’s premiere country rockers from the ‘70s The Cooper Brothers and a more folksy-vibe line-up. The multi-disciplinary festivals includes snappy slam poetry and a new literary direction this year with writer/comedian Alain Shain sharing his efforts at finding love while battling cerebral palsy. The series has been expertly curated and themed under “Overcoming adversity” and the whole festival is accessible to all.
Part of the charm to Westfest is just wandering the streets aimlessly and seeing what happens or who you run into. Don’t be surprised if you get serenaded by some street performers or turn the corner to find a drum marching band. You might want to leave your dog at home though since there’s expected to be about 100,000 other people with the same idea.