Artists and bands have been announced to perform at Soupstock on Sunday 21st October at Toronto’s Woodbine Park.
Jim Cuddy, Snowblink, The Paint Movement, Inlet Sound and Crissi Cochrane are among the artists on the bill for Soupstock, as local musicians and chefs unite for a unique event in protest of a proposed Mega-Quarry north of Toronto.
Soupstock is being organised and hosted by The Canadian Chefs’ Congress and the David Suzuki Foundation. The aim of Soupstock is to raise awareness about the Highland Companies’ proposed limestone Mega-Quarry in the Township of Melancthon, just 100 kilometres northwest of Toronto. More than 150 top chefs from restaurants in Toronto will be serving up soup to the crowd at this unique event.
The organisers of Soupstock approached me for help in planning the music for Soupstock. I reached out to the local indie music community and the response has been fantastic. Some of the best new independent artists in the area have come on board to lend their voices to the cause. Canadian music stars Jim Cuddy and Jesse Cook will be joined by new and emerging artists including Windsor-based singer-songwriter Crissi Cochrane, Toronto group The Paint Movement and Kitchener based Tanzanian-Canadian singer Alysha Brillinger, who was just played on CBC Radio 1 last week.
The line-up confirmed to play at Soupstock is as follows:
“I am thrilled to be performing and supporting such a great cause that has a huge impact on us all,” said Toronto singer-songwriter Carmen Corcoz. “Our environment needs to be protected against outside forces that do harm to our land. We need to voice our rights and protect the land that is feeding us!”
CBC television and radio host George Stroumboulopoulos will be tag-team with Our Lady Peace’s Jeremy Taggart as the hosts for Soupstock, introducing the artists and guest speakers from the stage.
“I am delighted to be hosting Soupstock on Sunday October 21 with Jeremy Taggart,” said George Stroumboulopoulos. “I encourage Torontonians to come raise a bowl and check out some fine local food and some of our finest homegrown musical talent.”
Soupstock is a sequel to Foodstock which was held in October last year and drew a crowd of 28,000 to Honeywood, Ontario. A capacity crowd of up to 20,000 at Woodbine is anticipated for Soupstock.
Soupstock attendees will be able to donate $10 to pay for three servings of soup, while enjoying the music, art installations and a farmer’s market. The donations will be used to support the campaign to stop the proposed Mega-Quarry.
© Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice
** Updated, 17 October – More Or Les has been added to the line-up.
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