Great Heart Toronto

This might be the most chill music festival in Toronto

Toronto's Trinity Bellwoods Park is usually packed on hot, sunny days. Some head here to play tennis, soccer and baseball, while others prefer to relax and sip on clandestine adult beverages. This past weekend, however, visitors could also attend a free outdoor music fest thanks to the Great Heart Festival.

The annual event from the Young Lions Music Club and Humble Empire brought together a slew of bands and artists for a three day-long extravaganza. After almost being cancelled last year thanks to city hall-related red tape, the 2016 iteration came back bigger than ever, literally.

Great Heart Toronto

Instead of an all-acoustic lineup, Great Heart had microphones and a few amps this year. But despite these changes, the festival was still super chill and suitable for all ages.

Great Heart Toronto

Located in the dog bowl, the make-shift amphitheatre filled up with a mix of 20-somethings and families on Saturday afternoon. Off-leash dogs ran about as a few adorable toddlers bobbed along to music from Mieke, Motherhood, Adam Baldwin, Sam Cash and later, Hamilton Trading Co., Shy Kids and Meanwood.

Great Heart Toronto

Unlike other festivals, this one wasn't bogged down with the usual bells and whistles, like food vendors and corporate brand activations. Instead, it was all about the music as well as enjoying a summer weekend in Bellwoods.

Great Heart Toronto

And as the Toronto Star reports, Great Heart, along with a few other grassroots arts initiatives, got a free permit in order to host its event in a local park. The event continued with more free music at Bellwoods yesterday with bands and artists, including Hollerado's Jake Boyd, Basement Revolver and Jane's Party hit the grassy stage from 2 to 6 p.m., to cap off a beautiful weekend in Toronto.

Great Heart Toronto

Photos by Jesse Milns.


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