Toronto Bicycle Music Festival
The Tune Your Ride Collective’s mandate is to create fun, conscientious, interactive arts events that celebrate and showcase local musical talent and cultivate community. We have presented over 35 pedal-powered arts events in Ontario since the collective’s conception in 2010. The formation of the collective was inspired by the organizers of the San Francisco Bicycle Music Festival (founded in 2007) and by Shake Your Peace and The Ginger Ninjas, two independent American bands who have toured by bike throughout the United States.
In 2018, the Bicycle Music Festival (BMF), our flagship event, will celebrate its ninth season of showcasing great talent such as The Strumbellas, Maylee Todd, Jason Collett, Hooded Fang, Snowblink, Wilderness of Manitoba, Abigail Lapell, Bernice, Ventanas, The O'Pears, Bry Webb and the Providers, Tanika Charles, Quique Escamilla, Rae Spoon, Jeremy Fisher and Gentleman Reg, as well as up-and-coming acts such as Girls Rock Camp alumni bands The Denim Roses, HEX and The Overtones. The festival has also presented theatre performance by Clay and Paper Theatre and dance performances by Moon Runners. To see further details of past festivals, visit torontobicyclemusicfestival.com/history.php. For the past seven years the collective has received grant funding from the Toronto Arts Council in support of the BMF and the Ontario Arts Council has funded us three times.
The BMF has taken place in a number of parks across the City of Toronto, including Trinity Bellwoods Park, Dufferin Grove Park, Dovercourt Park, Coronation Park, Grange Park, David Crombie Park, Christie Pits Park and Allan Gardens. In 2017, the venue for our headlining sets was Humber Bay Park West and we were delighted to work in collaboration with the Arts in the Parks initiative. We also showcased four additional Arts in the Parks spaces across the city. during our inaugural Sunset Series.
We have also produced three music tours of Southeastern Ontario by bicycle. In 2013 we organized the first ever Tune Your Ride Tour, which took three Toronto-based musicians 550 km from Toronto to Ottawa by bicycle, with ten bike-powered concerts in towns along the route. This was followed by the 2014 Tune Your Ride Tour, featuring four musicians riding 400 km from Brockville to Toronto and playing 8 concerts. In 2016, we travelled 350 km from the 1000 Islands to Cobourg with BMF alumni Quique Escamilla and three other musicians on the 7-concert Bikes, Beards and Bandshells Tour.
David Binder, an accomplished Broadway producer, eloquently described the important role that festivals play in the life of a city: “Festivals promote diversity, they bring neighbours into dialogue, they increase creativity, they offer opportunities for civic pride, they improve our general psychological well being. In short, they make cities better places to live.” In keeping with this, we believe that the free, interactive events that we produce help bring people together in a way that makes Toronto a better place to live.
Things we do:
- food festivals