Open Tuning Festival 2017 Date confirmed

Open Tuning 2017 Festival set for Saturday June 10th!


That’s right – on June 10th 2017, the 4th annual Open Tuning festival will once again resonate on the porches, garages and local businesses throughout Seaton Village – Toronto’s coolest downtown neighbourhood.

This fabulously free festival is entirely volunteer organized and open to any and all musicians who can contribute their talent for free.  Open Tuning 2016 saw over 20 community stages host more than 100 acts, including first-timers, some-timers, long-timers and up-and-comers + a few super stars.  Everyone is welcome!

Explore this site to learn more about how you can join in and help us make 2017 another musically memorable success.

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Musicians: feel free contact us to reserve a performance slot for 2017.

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We Need Your Help

As many of you know Open Tuning is a free Festival that operate with zero corporate sponsorship or advertising. Instead we rely on crowdfunding to offset costs of equipment rentals, printing and permits.

Last year’s festival hosted over 100 acts performing simultaneously at more than 20 locally hosted music venues.  To produce this, we help foster a community of volunteers (and we include all musicians in this) who collaborate in organizing and promoting Toronto’s only DIY music festival.

We appreciate the generous support of our audience and community – we could not produce this festival it without you.

If you are interested in contributing to our Crowdfunding effort you can still donate by via the link and image below.

See you next festival!

OT’s volunteer organizers



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THANK YOU for making #opentuning2016 a huge success

Still basking in Saturday’s festivities, the Open Tuning team would once again like to express heartfelt thanks and gratitude to everyone who attended, performed and volunteered to make #OpenTuning2016 a huge success!

Here’s what some attendees are saying about this year’s festival:

  • “Truly the best free music festival in all of Toronto”
  • “I adore Open Tuning Music Festival. Thanks for all your hard work to make this such an amazing, community festival!”
  • “First time at the Festival and it was really something special! Hope it long continues!!! Congrats to all involved.”

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who donated to our Crowdfunding campaign both leading up to, and following Open Tuning Fest. As many of you know we operate with zero corporate sponsorship and rely on crowdfunding to offset costs of equipment rentals, printing and permits. We appreciate the generous support of our audience and community – we could not have done it without you.

If you are interested in contributing to our Crowdfunding effort you can donate by via the linked  photo below.

See you next year!

OT’s volunteer organizers


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2016 Venue Map Now Available

Printable Venue Location Map

 You can download and print the Map below (PDF file)  to help locate Open Tuning 2016’s more than 20 live music venues.

To find who will playing where, visit our full  Schedule available at


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Rain or Shine – Festival’s Ready to Go!

Open Tuning is ready to go tomorrow rain or shine.  Organizers have been monitoring the forecast and will have the necessary shelters in place for the festival to proceed.

The afternoon forecast has improved with weather becoming more stable and temperatures climbing to a festive 30 degrees celsius. However pop-up thunderstorms have not yet been ruled out.   In the eventuality of thunderstorms, venues may be shut down temporarily.

Any weather related interruptions of festival activity will be posted on our website at and on twitter @opentuningfest

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OPEN TUNING 2016 will host more than 90 acts representing 40 musical genres.   Performances  will take place at over 15 venues across Seaton Village on June 11th, 2pm – 10pm.   This 3rd annual free urban music features seasoned pros, first timers and some-timers, who will entertain from community hosted venues such as porches, alleyways, garages, street corners and parks.

Festival organizers have chosen the SCHED Event Management Platform to help organize the 2016 schedule and provide enhanced tools for musicians and audiences. SCHED includes lots of artist info, easy social media sharing capabilities as well as the ability to create personalized Festival Day Schedules – also available in a Mobile Version.

SImply register as an audience attendee  at to take advantage of the artist discovery tools and create your own OPEN TUNING timetable.






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Source: ARTS: Connecting neighbours through music

It’s only been six months since Samantha Wynter got her instrument, but she’s already playing her first music festival.

“I got a guitar this Christmas, and Amelia taught me how to play,” explains Wynter, who together with Amelia Murphy-Beaudoin will perform as Heart Sass in Seaton Village this June.

Now in its third year, Open Tuning is a daylong celebration of music that… (read full article)



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