KOI MUSIC FESTIVAL || Sept 19-21 || Downtown Kitchener

NEW Components added!

DOWNTOWN KITCHENER – Get ready to rock with KOI Music Festival from September 19-21, 2014! KOI Music Fest is set to celebrate its fifth edition by coming back bigger and better than ever! Downtown Kitchener will host 100+ bands over the weekend with huge outdoor concerts and 7 indoor venues.

KOI Music Fest is expanding to include a full day of performances on Sunday September 21st! Along with a FREE outdoor concert on Friday, September 19th and a full day of performances on Saturday, September 20th, KOI Music Fest will continue all day Sunday, September 21st. Brunch shows will take place Sunday morning and continue with the outdoor main stage throughout the day Sunday. Stay tuned for lineup announcements at the 2014 KOI Music Fest launch party June 7th at Cork Hall.

KOI Con is also set to integrate with KOI Music Festival. KOI Con, a conference for bands and music professionals to learn the business of music, will educate, enlighten, and empower our indie music scene through roundtable sessions by industry professionals. Visit www.koicon.ca for details in the coming weeks.

KOI Music Festival is giving back more than ever this year, and will be including ways for festival-goers to participate and donate to local causes. KOI Fest is teaming up with 16+ local charities to raise awareness and funding for these awesome causes.

New in 2014, KOI Music Fest is publishing a special limited edition comic book! The comic will be available with festival tickets, as well as online and at the festival. KOI Fest will be partnering with Word on the Street Festival and offering an exclusive reading with the comic illustrator.

KOI Music Festival is stoked to announce we will be incorporating a “Mini Food Truck Fest.” Upwards of ten food vendors will fill side streets with culture and excitement. A mix of downtown Kitchener vendors and food trucks will be participating in this FREE event.


KOI Music Festival is the brain child of Curt and Cory Crossman. The brothers from Kitchener, ON have been organizing concerts for well over a decade. Both Curt and Cory played in bands over the years with many of their performances taking place at community centers, legions, halls and underground clubs. After running their first concert at the ripe age of 15 (Cory) and 17 (Curt) the brothers helped revitalize the underground music scene in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Since that first concert they have put on hundreds of all ages and licensed shows in the KW area bringing through many large national and international touring acts. They have always seen promoting shows as more than just a business but an opportunity to engage a community and form a scene of artists and musicians. KOI was the logical next step in both community building and promoting music for the two. KOI is a festival that puts a strong emphasis on local independent acts, and is set up in a way that showcases these acts to a broader audience. Combine this large local presence with major touring acts and you have the recipe for a very sustainable and successful event.

The purpose of the festival is, and has always been, to put the Kitchener-Waterloo area on the national music map. The city has loads of undiscovered and under-appreciated talents, so KOI is a way for the Crossman brothers to showcase their city while offering exposure for the local bands that have helped them create this vibrant music scene.

A solid foundation has helped establish KOI as one of Ontario’s premiere independent music festivals. 2010 had 135 bands at 9 indoor venues and 2 outdoor stages as well as a large outdoor vendor park. 2011 grew in attendance and scope with the introduction of a larger outdoor main stage area complete with beer garden. 2012 continued with the tradition of growth and expanded to a three day event with a free concert on the Friday, the traditional festival on the Saturday with 150 bands and movie screenings on the Sunday. 2013 was the largest festival yet with a huge free show on the Friday night, as well as the addition of an intimate acoustic brunch performance on the Sunday by Buffalo natives, Cute Is What We Aim For. 2014 will build on all the experiences of previous festivals and add in even more elements. Keeping with the tradition of giving back to the community KOI will again have a free show on the Friday. The Saturday will be the traditional festival, however this year the main stage will be rocking on the Sunday as well. Additional brunch shows are planned for Sunday, and this year is looking to be bigger and better than ever.

We truly hope you’ll enjoy KOI Music Festival and our city.

Contact: Cory Crossman cory@arccloathingco.com

KOI Fest is presented in partnership with ARC Cloathing Co.