Tkaronto Music Festival goes online amid long weekend ban on large gatherings

‘It’s essential during the COVID-19 quarantine we keep our spirits up’

An Indigenous music festival that would have taken place in Toronto during the month of July will be available online everywhere over the May long weekend in Canada.

The Tkaronto Music Festival will be hosted by Ryan McMahon, Sarain Fox and Cheri Maracle from May 15 to May 17.

Organizers say the goal of the festival is to give virtual attendees an escape from the every day while supporting Indigenous artists through paid performing opportunities.

“It’s essential during the COVID-19 quarantine we keep our spirits up,” said festival spokesperson Ian Maracle. “With many artists being hit hard, we thought moving the event online instead of pushing it back to a 2021 was the best way to show our support for Indigenous communities and storytellers”.

Indigenous musicians including DJ NDN (Ian Campeau),  Juno award-winning Anishinaabe blues rock duo Digging Roots, Six Nations of the Grand River based artists Logan Staats, Murray Porter, Lacey Hill and Santee Smith and more will perform until late evening May 17.

Tickets or registration are not required to ‘attend’ the festival which can be found by searching Tkaronto Music Festival on Facebook and YouTube Live or by visiting the official website.

Allana is a graduate of the Indigenous Studies program at Trent University and the new media journalism program at Sheridan College. She worked at Sudbury.com and TVO before coming to APTN National News where she now covers Indigenous stories in Southern Ontario as a video journalist. McDougall is a member of Hiawatha First Nation.