Open Tuning Press Release – April 17, 2015

OPEN TUNING: A Free Music Festival
Energized by the success of its inaugural year, Open Tuning: A Free Music Festival is back! Once again, the streets of Toronto’s Seaton Village will explode with live music from all genres at unique venues across the neighbourhood.

Last year’s festival was host to everything from a back alley EDM DJ party, to a solo sidewalk performance on the nyckelharpa (a Swedish medieval instrument), to a healthy dose of garage rock (in actual garages!) And it all happened without a penny of corporate sponsorship.

This year’s Open Tuning Festival lands on Saturday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. It will once again take place in Seaton Village, bordered by Dupont Ave., Bloor St., Bathurst St., and Christie St.

Last year’s festival featured over 50 bands at 17 venues, and we’re hoping to top both of those numbers in 2015. “Last year was an awesome success, but I think it caught a lot of people by surprise,” says Open Tuning organizer Chris McNeil. “This year, we’re getting the whole community involved earlier so I think we’re going to be even bigger, louder, and weirder in 2015!”
As part of the effort to get even more people involved, Open Tuning is hosting a couple of free events in the weeks leading up to the big day.

On Saturday, April 25, from 3:30 to 5:30, is the Open Tuning Kick-off Party. Right in the heart of the neighbourhood at St. Alban’s Boys and Girls Club (943 Palmerston Ave.), we’ve invited the whole hood to join for an afternoon of live music, featuring Samba Elegua and Womyn of Indigo, while we scout for people to join us as part of the community team driving the festival.

Then, on May 24, we’re going to crank it up with our Spring Tune-Up Party. The Central (603 Markham St.) is the venue of choice for a night as eclectic and eccentric as the festival itself. A little punk, some alt-rock, reggae, and … will provide the soundtrack for our final neighbourhood party before the big day.

Of course, because this is Open Tuning, both events are 100% free!

For more information, or to arrange an interview with one of the organizers of Open Tuning, contact us at or visit our facebook page .

Open Tuning is a free festival celebrating live music through creating, performing, experiencing, and listening. The 2nd Open Tuning Music Festival will take place on June 20, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. in Seaton Village, a dynamic and diverse Toronto neighbourhood bordered by Bloor, Dupont, Bathurst, and Christie. Musicians from all genres, ages, and levels of experience are invited to join at venues such as porches, alleyways, garages, and street corners throughout the neighbourhood.

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  • OPEN TUNING 2015 happens on June 20, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Seaton Village is a bustling Toronto neighbourhood, bordered by Dupont Ave., Bloor St., Bathurst St., and Christie St. The festival welcomes performers and listeners from anywhere and everywhere, though!
  • OPEN TUNING was founded in 2014 by a group of local residents, inspired by la fête de la musique in Paris, France
  • OPEN TUNING 2014 included more than 50 artists at close to 20 venues across the neighbourhood. Musicians of every age, genre, experience, and level of expertise performed throughout a glorious sunny day.
  • OPEN TUNING is completely free, with no paid advertising or corporate sponsorship of any kind
  • OPEN TUNING really is OPEN to all musicians, from all genres and levels of experience or expertise.
  • OPEN TUNING is FREE, UNIQUE, and DIY!!!!OTF-for-Mark



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