SPEAK Music Be Kind Festival – January 17-19, 2020


TORONTO:  Be sure to mark your calendars for the FIRST ANNUAL  SPEAK Music Be Kind Festival taking place January 17-19, 2020 in Toronto, ON.

This exciting, brand new event is a non-profit Canadian music festival, with net profits distributed to a different charity each year. This year SPEAK: Be Kind is  partnering with the Unison Benevolent Fund which helps music industry folks in need of financial and other areas of assistance. Community Meal, an environmentally conscious, donated food distribution service is also partnering with the group.

The fest will be held annually in Toronto, showcasing a diverse blend of Canadian music creators in performances and workshops. Artists will be performing on three stages – Main Hall, Southern Cross Room, and Tiki Room – at the Tranzac Club, 292 Brunswick Avenue, over a three-day weekend.

 For more information on the festival and for updates, please visit https://www.speakmusicbekindfest.com/  

The goal of the organizers is to create a festival for music lovers and music-makers who are kind, or want to be kind. “We endeavour to invite more kindness into our own lives and into the world… Founder and Artistic Director Beverly Kreller says emphatically, “Check your unkind attitude at the door!”

​Along with some of Canada’s hottest artists – such as JUNO-nominated and brilliantly unique Abigail Lapell, polyphonic Slavic and Balkan vocal experience BLISK, prolific, distinct singer-songwriter Dave Mceathron (Warped 45s, David Francey), Guelph siblings and harmonizers extraordinaire The Lifers, award-winning Tragedy Ann, Georgian-style ensemble Darbazi, emerging stars Lunar Bloom and young but masterful bluegrass band The Barrel Boys (wait till ya hear ‘em!), and world music ensembles Al Qahwa and So Long Seven– the festival will feature music from various genres including roots, jazz, blues, R&B, folk, world, and urban.

It will also include community stages and themed musical workshops, with something for everyone to enjoy. SPEAK Music Be Kind Festival is the ultimate event for anyone seeking new and exciting things to do in Toronto, and who want to contribute to a kind and respectful atmosphere.


Abigail Lapelle, Al Qahwa, Angela Saini, BLISK, Darbazi, Dave McEathron, David Newland, HOTCHA!, Kim Doolittle, The Lifers, Lunar Bloom, Ori Dagan, Sammy Duke, Simone Morris, So Long Seven, The Barrel Boys, The Broomstraws, The Lifers, Tragedy Ann, Vivienne Wilder