Fundraiser concert for new training equipment and boats for the high school rowing team
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 most of their performances taking place at community centres, 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 is 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 base. 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 looks to grow on this solid foundation and continue to help establish KOI as one of Ontario’s premiere independent music festivals.
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