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Back in the spring of 2017 Epidemic Music Group set out to break the world record for the Longest Concert by Multiple Artists. And they did it! The group and many many musicians came together to put on 437 hours of continuous concerts with different artists picking up when others finished. This week, the Guinness reps officially confirmed those numbers and dubbed Epidemic’s event the world’s Longest Concert by Multiple Artists! Talk about a huge achievement.
Over 450 Canadian musical acts (including James Blonde, Last Bullet, Julian Taylor and many more) performed live music ‘round the clock for 18+ days. Bands included Addicted Months of organization by Kevin Ker and Epidemic Music Group, along with a massive group of industry leaders, passionate volunteers, sponsors, charities and music lovers, went into preparing for this record-breaking event. Audiences (which, according to the Guinness rules and regulations for this record, could never drop below 10 people at any given point) were treated to a diverse line-up of musical performances, spanning genres from rock, pop, country, folk, and beyond, as well as some exciting special guests. In addition to stellar live music, each day showcased and highlighted a different Canadian charity – helping to bring awareness and support to important organizations across the country. Over $90,000 was raised for the charities, including the Gord Downie Fund for Brain Cancer Research at Sunnybrook Hospital.
A score that big deserves a party, and so one will be thrown. Epidemic will celebrate the victory with a ceremony this Saturday, back where it all started in Stouffville. The official ceremony will happen this Saturday, January 20, at 2:00pm at 620 Main Street, Stouffville. The ceremony is also at the centre of a brand new festival that Epidemic, in partnership with the Town of Stouffville, is launching: Wintersong – a two-day winter music festival with 50+ bands performing in multiple venues along Stouffville’s Main Street.
The inaugural festival, which will take place on January 19 and 20, was curated to reflect the rich musical talent in York-Durham region, and contains 75% artists with ties to that area. In addition, the lineup is 100% Canadian, and was carefully designed to ensure that female performers receive as much stage time as their male counterparts (something that is still incredibly contentious in this industry), which is worth celebrating in itself. Performances will include a solo set from Reuban and the Dark, Stephen Stanley Band, Ben Hudson, FXRRVST, Kingdom of Birds, Future History, Caves, and many more. Ice sculptures, hot chocolate, food vendors and local artisans will be invited to create a magical winter wonderland in the downtown core.
The Wintersong Hub (6280 Main Street, Stouffville) will be a meeting place for those looking for more information about the festival, and will feature intimate performances from some of the region’s most talented musicians.
So congrats to Epidemic and Kevin Ker on this incredible achievement, and the creation of a new, equitable and supportive music festival!
Friday, January 19: 8:00pm – 2:00am
Saturday, January 20: 12:30pm – 2:00am
Schedule and venue information can be found at epidemicmusicgroup.ca