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Local songwriter to be part of Sudbury's Bloom festival

Sault's Catherine Taddo performs during inaugural event this weekend
Catherine Taddo
Catherine Taddo

Put on by the folks behind Northern Lights Festival Boréal, the first-ever Bloom music festival runs at multiple downtown venues this weekend in Sudbury (March 8-10). 

“Bloom 2019 is a festival for everyone,” said a press release. “Whether you’re looking for more intimate, acoustic sets or a high-energy dance party, Bloom has it all.”

For the dancers, Canadian hip-hop innovator Shad will co-headline Friday night at The Grand Theatre. 

Saturday night will host a variety of dance parties including Jumple, a zany and flamboyant Eastern European group with an anything goes attitude. Just down the street at Zig’s Bar, Oonga will be spinning a variety of electronic beats mixing in Cumbia and Latin influences. 

Chippy Nonstop, a Toronto-based DJ who’s collaborated with artists like Major Lazer and Kreayshawn wrap up the night with an infectious and energetic DJ set. 

But the party won’t stop there; the festival weekend will end with multi-linguist R&B artist, PierreKwenders, who is sure to bring out your best groovy moves.  

For folk music lovers on Friday night, bluesy Sault Ste. Marie singer-songwriter Catherine Taddo will grace the stage at Little Montreal. 

On Saturday afternoon, The Parkside Centre will play host to Kobo Town and their eclectic reggae-calypso tunes, followed by performances by sub-arctic folk-blues musician Greyson Gritt and contemporary folk duo The Young Novelists. 

And for rock music fans, West African guitar legend Bombino will co-headline on Friday night at The Grand alongside Shad and the Battle of Santiago. 

Later on Friday night Mehdi Cayenne will be bringing his lyrical (and often theatrical) brand of francophone rock to Little Montreal. Saturday night at the Townehouse will feature Nadjiwan and their alternative rock, chock full of big riffs and rugged soul. 

Get tickets online at, or at a Sudbury outlet: NLFB office (19 Grey St.), Jett Landry Music (1119 Lasalle Blvd.), A&J Home Hardware (469 Bouchard St.), and Old Rock Coffee (212 Minto St.).

Download the Bloom App for information about scheduling, tickets, and locations, and be the first to know about pop-up shows.