OPEN TUNING 2019 is ready to go, rain or shine, on Saturday, June 8th, 2pm – 10pm. 

Open Tuning’s massive Schedule available on mobile devices for easy navigation

The festival is utilizing the SCHED Event Management Application to help organize and communicate its massive schedule of 130+ acts performing simultaneously at over 35 venues from 2-10pm.  The app helps audiences discover all performers and venues throughout downtown Toronto’s Seaton Village neighbourhood, while providing the ability to create a personalized festival day schedule and mobile guide.

Access the Full 2018 Festival Schedule at: 


Open Tuning 2019 – a Free Community Music Festival

The 6th annual OPEN TUNING Free Music Festival is bigger than ever, featuring more than 130 different live musical acts performing on street corners, in garages, on porches and in parks.

OPEN TUNING takes place on Saturday June 8, 2019 from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. in downtown Toronto’s Seaton Village neighbourhood (near Bathurst and Bloor, TTC: Bathurst and Christie stations). 

As Toronto’s only DIY music festival, OPEN TUNING provides performers of all ages, skill levels and musical genres the opportunity to play live music for festival audiences.

Discover your new favourite acts performing at this unique neighbourhood event.

Our Festival is 100% volunteer driven and without corporate sponsorship– Please Donate

More information about Open Tuning:

Website Blog: http://opentuning.org/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/opentuningfestival

Instagram: @opentuningfest

Twitter: @opentuningfest

Contact opentune.coordinator@gmail.com


Schedule Released for Open Tuning 2017

Your 2017 Festival Schedule is Live!

Our fourth annual Open Tuning is bigger and better than ever. With over 130 acts performing simultaneously at more than 30 venues between 2pm – 10pm, we encourage everyone to visit our schedule event planning application.  It’s the best way to discover great music and plan your festival day ahead of time.

Browse performances – search by time, artist or venue.  And log in to take advantage of the personal calendar feature that lets you bookmark your favourites in order to sync them to your phone or calendar.

See the complete 2017 Festival day schedule at: https://opentuningmusicfestival2017.sched.com/

Hear: We Grow Again!

Performer registration is closed and the schedule is being finalized for Open Tuning 2017.

With more than 130 acts registered this year, performances  will take place simultaneously at about 30 venues across Seaton Village on June 10th,  from 2pm – 10pm.  Once again this 4th annual free urban music festival is open to all musicians and will feature seasoned pros, first-timers and some-timers, who will entertain from community hosted venues such as porches, alleyways, garages, street corners and parks.

100% Free Again This Year!

Open Tuning is a 100% free, independent and community-driven festival. We operate with zero corporate sponsorship or advertising and no compensation of any kind.  Volunteers power this amazing event but we still need funds to power all the sound equipment we will be renting –  as well as other expenses.

Donations Still needed

To cover our costs we  are running a new 2017 Crowdfunding Campaign.   Our objective is to raise $3,000.  Achieving this goal will allow us to continue to provide a unique experience for our musicians , volunteers and festival-goers.



This year, the festival will once again subscribe to the SCHED Event Management Platform to organize the schedule and provide enhanced tools for audiences –  including a mobile app and the ability to create personalized Festival Day Schedules.

A full performance schedule of performers will be released in the next few days so stay tuned!

Your Volunteer Festival Organizers


APRIL 20th Festival Registration Deadline is Fast Approaching.

If you’ve been putting off registering as a musician or a venue/stage for this year’s June 10th music festival, this is a reminder that you had best get on it – our April 20th registration deadline will be here sooner than you think !

And if you’ve gone through our information on this website and are still uncertain about participating in this year’s festival, feel free to contact us to find out more.



Host your own music festival!

Ever thought about hosting live music at your house?

Here’s your chance!

Open Tuning is a free music festival that fills the porches, lanes, alleys, parks and shops of downtown Toronto’s Seaton Village with music of all genres. Hosting your own venue is an amazingly cool way to spend your afternoon and/or evening, presenting live music and performers to appreciative audiences in this unique community-driven event.

● Want a specific genre?  No problem.

● Acoustic or electric?  Your choice.

● Where?  Your porch. Your garage. Your laneway. Your front lawn. Your store front. Your creativity can make this happen.

● When?  June 10th. Pick any time slot between 2-9 pm.

● Still not sure?  Your Open Tuning Festival organizing team can answer your questions and offer support.

Last year we had over 100 performers playing in more than 20 neighbourhood venues. The acts are lining up to play this year – we just need spaces. If you are interested in being an Open Tuning host and making magic happen, visit the venue page on the Open Tuning website to submit your name and location details: https://opentuningfestival.wordpress.com/venues/


Let’s Make Seaton Village Sing!


superfriendsPlease join us on Monday, March 6 for a

Special Open Tuning Super Friends’ Meeting.


Our goal will be to share ideas and suggestions about communication and promotion of Open Tuning 2017. If you’re interested in:

  • marketing & PR
  • media communications
  • graphic design
  • videography
  • photography
  • promo videos
  • social media

then this meeting is for you! Help us make Open Tuning 2017 the best one yet!


We’ll be meeting at Christie Pits Pub’s  where it’s world-famous food and drink will be available for purchase.   – See you there!  (R.S.V.P. below. Capes are optional)

• When: Monday, March 6, 2017,  7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
• Where: Christie Pits Pub, 814 Bloor St. W. (downstairs)

Please RSVP to: opentune.coordinator@gmail.com

Your Friendly Neighbourhood Open Tuning Organizing Team

You know you’re an Open Tuning Super Friend if…

  • You love the idea of a free, volunteer-driven community music festival
  • You can’t believe how much fun you had at previous Open Tuning Festivals 
  • You’re already looking forward to Open Tuning 2017 
  • You have an idea or 2 (or more) that could make Open Tuning even better (promotion, organization, scheduling, accessibility considerations, photography/videography….) 


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.


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




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