Celebrate the 2024 summer solstice with the 19th edition of the Skeleton Park Arts Festival

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The 19th edition of the Skeleton Park Arts Festival (SPAF) is gearing up for a celebration over the summer solstice weekend. The annual non-profit festival in McBurney Park (aka Skeleton Park) and the Skeleton Park neighbourhood will once again feature local and world-class arts and entertainment programming for the whole family, free of charge.

Taking place June 22 and 23, 2024, the festival will feature the rhythms of reggae, Caribbean, country, folk, Celtic, and Anishinaabe-Canadian, among many other genres from local, national, and international musicians, according to a release from festival organizers.

“The headliners for this year’s festival include the JUNO-nominated group Kobo Town, Anishinaabe-Canadian alt-rock band, Status Non Status, Kingston-Iranian Santur player, Sadaf Amani, reggae band, The Human Rights, the alt-country singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge, the Undertow Brass Band, who will lead the annual Porch Jazz Parade through the Skeleton Park neighbourhood, and the Department of Illumination, who will lead family activities in the park including a giant boxtopia pirate ship!” organizers stated.

Besides music, organizers shared that the programming on both Saturday and Sunday will feature local food vendors, community organization information booths, and the new partner arts organization, The Fat Goose Collective, which is in charge of the Artisan Market from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.

The Skeleton Park Arts Festival is not only a free, multi-disciplinary arts experience that happens every year in and around Skeleton Park on the summer solstice weekend — it’s also a community organization that offers pop-up events around the neighbourhood all year round, and community news in the form of its hyper-local quarterly publication, The Skeleton Press.

To help SPAF continue with the year-round programming, including the publication of The Skeleton Press, organizers welcome charitable donations. To learn more about the festival, and to make a donation (tax receipts auto-generated via Canada Helps) visit skeletonparkartsfest.ca.

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