KOI Music Festival 2013
KOI Music Festival is the brain child of Curt and Cory Crossman. The brothers from Kitchener, ON, Canada have been organizing concerts for the better part of a decade under the name ARC Cloathing Co. ARC Cloathing is their unique brand of street wear clothing that draws from their influences growing up in the DIY punk scene of southern, Ontario. Both Curt and Cory played in bands over the years with many of their performances taking place at community centers, legions and halls. 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 19+ shows in the Kitchener 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 to put the Kitchener area on the national music map, the city has loads of undiscovered and under-appreciated talent, 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.
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 mainstage area complete with beer garden. 2012 continued with the tradition of growth and expanded to a 3 day event with a free concert on the friday, the traditional festival on the Saturday with 150 bands and movie screenings on the Sunday. A solid foundation has helped establish KOI as one of Ontario’s premiere independent music festivals. 2013 sees the festival grow with larger headline artists and builds on the Friday evening by adding additional concerts. A surprise is also in store for Sunday… details to come!
Contact: Cory Crossman firstname.lastname@example.org
KOI Fest is presented in partnership with ARC Cloathing Co.