BLOOM 2019


Mar 8 - Mar 10


Downtown Sudbury, Sudbury, ON



The non-profit organization behind Sudbury’s Northern Lights Festival Boreal is presenting a new, multi-venue (indoor) festival March 8-10 in Downtown Sudbury.

From folk and rock shows, to DJ dance parties and everything in between – Bloom 2019 has a little something for everyone. It’s all inspired by the amazing world we live in.

In the spirit of discovery and diversity, Bloom will take place in multiple Sudbury venues including The Grand, The Townehouse Tavern, little Montreal Bar & Deli, Zig’s, The Parkside Older Adult Centre,and other surprise venues to be announced.

Keeping with NLFB’s theme of including something for everyone, Bloom 2019 has scheduled a full weekend of afternoon, evening and late-night programming.



This new festival will take place March 8-10 at a variety of clubs & venues in Downtown Sudbury.

Tickets of all types are limited do to the capacities of venues. They are available online at, and at local outlets:

  • A&J Home Hardware (469 Bouchard Street)
  • Old Rock Coffee (212 Minto Street)
  • Jett Landry Music (1119 Lasalle Boulevard).


Northern Lights Festival Boréal has already announced West African guitar hero Bombino as a headliner. Since the last announcement, he has become the first Nigerien artist to be Grammy nominated. Just another of many reasons to check out his infectious Tuareg desert blues-rock-groove. Juno nominated hip-hop innovator Shad was also announced as a co-headliner. Both will play The Grand on March 8th, along with The Battle of Santiago. Concert tickets are now available.

Bloom 2019 also has a couple of the country’s most progressive DJs, spinning music from around the world. Toronto’s Chippy Nonstop and Montreal’s Oonga will light up the dancefloor with beats drawing from Latin America, Africa, the Caribbean, India, and beyond.

Marc NadjiwanChippy NonstopGurpreet Chana :: The Tabla GuyLALJUMPLEOongaCatherine TaddoMarc Meriläinen • + a few surprise artists & pop-up shows.


Shad (Toronto, ON)


Bombino (Agadez, Niger)


Chippy Nonstop (Toronto, ON)


The Young Novelists (Toronto, ON)


Pierre Kwenders (Montreal, QC)


Greyson Gritt (Yellowknife, NTW)


Kobo Town (Toronto, ON)


The Battle of Santiago (Toronto, ON)


Mehdi Cayenne (Algiers, Algeria)

Meltdown Competition

The NLFB Meltdown Competition 2019 is an event where emerging artists from Northern Ontario compete for their chance to play a paid gig at Northern Lights Festival Boréal 2019 (Jul. 4-7). Each artist will have 15 minutes to impress the judges.

This is an open audition with a Band and Solo categories. The public is encouraged to drop by and watch. This event is scheduled as part of our new festival, Bloom 2019!

This is an excellent opportunity for emerging Northern Ontario artists to gain valuable exposure, and perform their best music in a fun environment! Past winners have included Hello Holiday, Spencer Jose, The Keyframes, and Patricia Cano. Applications are now open.

Bloom Dining Club

NLFB will be partnering with downtown restaurants to participate in the “Bloom Dining Club.” Restaurants will provide Bloom Weekend Pass holders with a dine-in discount for the weekend of March 8-10.

If restaurants are interested in participating, please contact Izzy at

Music lovers are invited to enjoy the hottest party of the spring, all while learning a bit more about each other and the world we live in through music. For more information visit


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