Blankfest founders The Bahgdaddios

Here’s a charitable event well worth your time and energy,’specially if you like your rock hard’n’heavy and are in possession of any sort of social consciousness. . Folks in the T.Dot know temperatures can get downright gnarly sometimes as early as October. Toronto’s winter months are known for having temperatures well below zero and those who are homeless run the risk of frostbite and possible death due to overexposure.

As well, the numbers of young people living on the streets continue to rise. The economic recovery hasn’t hit the pavement yet. The latest figure is 27% of Toronto’s homeless are under the age of 25 and they’re living in the shadow of a government looking to slash social benefits further.

Photo:Blankfest founders The Bahgdaddios

Which is where DIY projects like Blankfest prove their worth. Blankfest Toronto's primary goal is to collect blankets, socks, underwear and non-perishable food for the homeless in Toronto.Blankfest Toronto aims to aid those who are less fortunate and keep the homeless warm while living on the streets.

The Blankfest project was founded by New York City indie rock veteran Kenn Rowell of The Baghdaddios, in 1997 and has been an ongoing annual blanket fundraiser in New York City ever since

Crooked Valentine's Lindsay RobinsCrooked Valentine's Lindsay RobinsIn the past, Rowell says, Blank-Fest NYC has raised more than 6,000 total donations that have been distributed to the homeless in the New York City area and has inspired similar efforts in New Jersey, Manhattan and Nottingham, UK. Among the many distinguished artists who have performed at past international Blank-Fests are: Rothberg (EMI), Buddy Cage (Grateful Dead), Marc Rizzo (Soulfly) and Meg Griffin (Sirius Radio)

Admission to the event is a donation of a blanket or winter clothing, or pay what you can monetary donation. All proceeds raised at Blankfest Toronto at The El Mocambo, whether monetary of in goods, will go to Serving Charity, a homeless-focused aid group. While you should go just to help out, the music you’ll hear will be more than worth the price of admission.

Metal and hard rock bands from across Canada plus event launchers Baghdaddios will be throwing it down to help keep folks warm.
The lineup’s like so:
8:30pm - 9:00 pm Bagdaddios (NYC)
9:15pm - 9:45 pm Modified (Toronto)
10:00pm- 10:30pm Playdeaf (Toronto)
10:45pm- 11:15pm Falling Anvils (Montreal)
11:30pm-12:00am All Else Fails (Edmonton)
12:15am -12:45am Crooked Valentine (Toronto)
1:00am - 1:30am Manahan (Toronto)

We know upfront Baghdaddios are a guaranteed good time, Playdeaf are known to stir it up and Falling Anvils come on heavy as you’d think but the underdog to catch is Crooked Valentine. This hard rock unit’s fronted by Lindsay Robins, a rabble rousin', badass rawk chick like we haven’t seen round these parts in some time.

Y’all gonna be all over the streets checking out indie shit anyway. So get on this one. Help the sisters and brothers!!!

October 14 at 7:00pm – October 15 at 2:00am
El Mocambo - Upstairs 2nd Floor - 464 Spadina Ave (corner College St.)

Lenny Stoute