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  • Roncy Rocks!

    RONCY ROCKS 2012 is this June 16! Visit for more info!

    On June 18 Roncesvalles Village will come alive with art and music. It’s the return of Roncy Rocks!


    From noon until 8:00 p.m. local artists and musicians will cover the street. We are very pleased this year to have Juno Award nominees The Monkey Bunch on our main stage, among many many excellent local acts

    Please click here to view or download our printable Roncy Rocks guide.

    Band Schedule

    Starbucks Stage (at Roncy and Dundas):

    12pm: Anne Lederman
    solo fiddle and voice from this national treasure.

    1pm: The Horables
    delightful accordion, mandolin and fiddle all-female trio.

    2pm: Dottie Cormier
    country bluegrass from this former Heartbreak Hill member.

    3pm: Dede Higgins
    folky singer/songwriter in the Joni Mitchell tradition.

    4pm: Fraser Melvin Blues Band
    Fraser and longtime cohort Alex Furlott fuse blues, jazz and soul.

    5pm: The Ugly Bug Band
    Quirky pop from this local institution.

    6pm: The Quiet Revolution
    Lo-fi power pop, country and folk from local veteran Scott Maynard.

    7pm: The Unknown Bluesman
    Michael Keith is one of Toronto’s most talented, creative and uncompromising guitarists.

    Grenadier Stage (outside Timothy’s):

    12pm: North of Queen
    A fusion of bluegrass, gospel and folk with no less than EIGHT voices blending in rich harmonies.

    1pm: MORE North of Queen!

    2pm: Classical Music Conservatory presents…
    three teenage bands with burgeoning talent.

    3pm: Scotty Mack Band - Sitting on the dock, a summer breeze brings notes of bourbon & BBQ.

    4pm: Another Story Bookshop presents Writing Roncesvalles - a local author spotlight featuring Eva Stachniak, Bianca Lakoseljac, Kristen Den Hartog and Andrew Borkowski.

    5pm: Sahra Featherstone
    sublime solo harp from Roncy’s own folk goddess and ubiquitous side musician.

    6pm: Chris Staig and The Marquee Players
    Chris is a local institution with a Rock n’ Roll heart.

    7pm: Shbti
    Roncy’s own garage rockers.

    Polish Credit Union Stage:

    12pm: Fraser/Daley duo
    Bluegrass, blues and country with Alec Fraser and Mike Daley.

    1pm: Kevin Kane
    Grapes Of Wrath frontman showcases his haunting solo material and some well-chosen covers.

    2pm: The Michelle Rumball Beauty Saloon
    Former Grievous Angels chanteuse wows with her spellbinding vocals.

    3pm: Jason Fowler
    One of Toronto’s finest guitarists and sideman to John McDermott, Loreena McKennit and dozens more.

    4pm: The Monkey Bunch
    Toronto’s favourite kids’ band never fail to satisfy their audiences, young AND old.

    5pm: Virgil Shockley
    The Virgil Shockley ran for Governor of Maryland. They lost by a landslide and now play rock & roll in Ontario.

    6pm: Hamstrung String Band
    Roncy’s favourite bluegrass quintet.

    7pm: The Gord Zubrecki Band
    Rootsy Americana from this local singer/songwriter and his band.

    Galley Stage:

    12pm: Rob Szabo
    This tireless solitary touring troubadour is one of the city’s finest singer/songwriters.

    1pm: Gray
    Local chanteuse Brooke Harris delivers the goods with her guitar stylings and confessional lyrics.

    2pm: Michael Johnston Music Studio
    Skydigger Johnston performs solo and introduces some of his music students.

    3pm: More from Michael and his students!

    4pm: Mitch Girio
    In-demand producer and legendary Toronto bassist performs his Elvis Costello-tinged solo tunes.

    5pm: Beverly Taft
    Jazz siren Taft performs with guitar accompaniment from the legendary Tony Quarrington.

    6pm: Michael Holt
    Transplanted Newyorker Holt takes a minute out from his Mommyheads reunion tour to wow Roncy’s ears.

    7pm: Zim Zum
    jazz fusion combo who build their sound around the saxophone stylings of local veteran Ian Lazarus.

    Copernicus Lodge 12:00 until 8:00
    Andy de Campos and Ken Skinner with special guest Teresa Klimuszko at 2:00

    Artists on the street include: Marilyn Pike, Julie Campagna, Corin Pinto, Barbara DiLella, Marcus Duncan, Shinya Kumazawa, Kevin Lloyd, Robin Maby, Greg Majster, Heather Doherty, Patrick Newmark, Matthew Marigold, David Crighton, Carolyn Jankowskis, Cheryl White, Cindy Pental, Kenny Webber, Emily Lockhart, Kasia Kaminska and Elva Hook.

    Published in Front Page, | Link to article

    6 Responses to “Roncy Rocks!”

    1. Marcy Verburg says:

      Visit us on Facebook where you can see a list of all the bands and artists that will be at the event!!!/pages/RoncyRocks/114622988624286?sk=wall

    2. sharron katz says:

      And the fab art of Sharron Katz! Corner of Fern Ave and Rocesvalles!! (o:

    3. R.L. SOUND & LIGHTING says:

      What a fantastic success! We loved ever minute of the Roncy Rocks Festival. What a wonderfull community event. Thank you so much for having us and all your wonderfull compliments to everbody involved. Richard and Lori XOXOXOXOX

    4. Marcos says:

      My name is Marcos and I would like to know if you will allow craft vendors to set-up during the festivity. If so can you send an attachment form by email. Please advise.



    5. Veronica (Event Coordinator, Roncy Rocks! 2012 says:

      Please visit for Roncy Rocks! 2012 schedules, and activities!

      The event takes place June 16, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      Get Involved! Join our event through various activities! Take a look under our “Get Involved!” Tab

    6. pete janes says:

      hi Veronica,

      ran into a friend who does the garden on Roncy at Queen, flower fairy Catherine,
      and she mentioned Roncy Rocks. I’ve been myself a few years back and to many
      street festivals in Parkdale and High Park. Live on Dowling and am a filmmaker,
      photographer and singer songwriter. I guess your line up for the event is pretty much scheduled. If by chance, you have someone opt out. I do songs that have a travel motif and local flavours. Like Caribbean, Calypso and folk flavour. aka Jimmy Buffett/B.Marley. Pete at 416-466-9450 99 Dowling Ave. Parkdale. Cheers!

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