KOI MUSIC FESTIVAL || Sept 25 – 27 || Downtown Kitchener

2015 Festival Dates

KOI Music Festival will be taking place over three days in 2015. The weekend of September 25 – 27 will see downtown Kitchener transform into a musical mecca. Full details of venues and artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Things to get excited about this year include Early Bird pricing and changes with the artists submission process which is set to open in April / May.


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. 2014 was the largest festival and 2015 is looking to be another exceptional year. Friday night will be a paid event this year but feature a larger artist than past years. 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 after sold out events that past two years. More details to be announced about upgrades and changes in 2015.

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

Contact: Cory Crossman: cory@koimusicfestival.com

KOI Fest is presented in partnership with ARC Cloathing Co.