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Sudbury's Northern Lights announces new world music festival

Two-day early spring event happens March 8-9
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Winter is a dark time in Northern Ontario, so why not celebrate the coming of bloom of spring with a bloomin’ new festival? And why not call that festival 'Bloom'? Great idea, eh?

Northern Lights Festival Boréal hopes you think so, too, which is why today they unveiled a brand-spanking new early spring festival that they’re calling — you guessed it — Bloom. 

The inaugural Bloom Festival will be held March 8-9, 2019 in downtown Sudbury.

“Northern Lights Festival has taken place for 47 years, celebrating music and arts through the annual summer festival,” organizers said in a news release this morning. “This spring, the NLFB team brings you Bloom 2019, a multi-venue festival devoted to presenting culturally diverse music and arts. 

“There is, to date, no other world music festival in Sudbury and NLFB is thrilled to bring the most exciting, new international talent to our city.”

International? Check. World music? Check. Downtown? Check.

“We’re so thrilled to heat up early-spring Sudbury with a super vibrant, exciting celebration of music in all its variety,” said Max Merrifield, artistic and executive director of Northern Lights Festival Boréal. “Expect some major headline acts and thrilling new discoveries, all with roots in different parts of the world. Roots, rock, pop, indie, hip-hop, electronic ... anything is possible!”

Stay in the know by following NLFB on Twitter @NLFB_Festival or on Facebook, @NorthernLights705.

And if a new festival wasn’t enough, early bird tickets for Northern Lights Festival Boréal 2019 are on sale now. Last year, the festival broke its attendance record, drawing 12,200 people to the shores of Ramsey Lake.

Be one of them from July 5-7, 2019, and you can do it on the cheap by buying your tickets early for a 30-per-cent discount off the gate price. Get your tickets here.

The 2018 festival featured more than 100 shows, 50 artists, 40 vendors. And it couldn’t be done without the efforts of more than 200 volunteers. Why volunteer? To feel good and pitch in to make the longest-running outdoor festival in Canada a success — but also to get free tickets. Find out how to volunteer here.

Tickets are now available online, and at the NLFB office (19 Grey St., Sudbury), Jett Landry Music (1119 Lasalle Blvd., Sudbury), A&J Home Hardware (469 Bouchard St., Sudbury), and Old Rock Coffee (212 Minto St., Sudbury).