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

Full Lineup Announced!

KOI Music Fest has announced the full festival lineup! Danko Jones will headline the FREE outdoor concert on Friday September 19, 2014 with Teenage Kicks, Trouble & Daughter, The Baudelaires, Arrows into Oceans, The Medicine Hat, Stained Glass Army and Kitchener’s own 7T8.

Over 90 bands will take 6 different stages throughout Downtown Kitchener on Saturday September 20, 2014. Headliners Every Time I Die, Chiodos, Four Year Strong, Mad Caddies, and Miss May I will rock with Foxy Shazam, Counterparts, Handguns, and Man Overboard. Bands Such Gold, Wildlife, The World is a Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die, Mixtapes, Matadors, Front Porch Step, Die Mannequin, Courage My Love, Mandroid Echostar, The Beaches, and Expire will join Coldfront, Ritual, Prophets, SayWeCanFly, Like Pacific, Safe to Say, Party Cat, and Sleep When You’re Dead at various stages downtown. For the full list of bands, click here!

New to 2014: A FULL day of concerts on our outdoor mainstage on Sunday September 21, 2014. We’ll get the day started with our acoustic brunches with Four Year Strong, Courage My Love, and another band to be announced. We’ll then move outside to the mainstage for a full day of concerts! Headlining the mainstage show is none other than USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker)! They will be joined by Protest the Hero, Silverstein, Courage My Love, The Front Bottoms and the Balconies for a full day of fun.

New Components for 2014!

For the first time ever, KOI Music Fest is hosting KOI Street Eats! Over 10 food trucks will fill side streets with tasty treats and good eats. Look out for our acoustic stage to entertain you while you grab a bite. Street Eats is FREE and open to everyone in the community.

KOI is also hosting a huge charity drive, KOI Cares. Help us give back to your favourite local charity. Volunteers will be asking for donations so keep an eye out for them and bring a couple extra bucks with you to the festival.

The official KOI Comic featuring King KOI, our giant rockin’ fish will be the best souvenir and the best place to get all the autographs of your favourite bands! Available for preorder now with your KOI Fest ticket, you won’t want to miss this!

This year also marks the return of KOI Con, our conference to enlighten, educate, and empower our indie and local music scene. See more at www.koicon.ca!


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 (at) koimusicfestival.com

KOI Fest is presented in partnership with ARC Cloathing Co.