Get rocking with YorkFest


Classes are back – can YorkFest be far behind? Get set to enjoy this year’s free big bash and information-dissemination event on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at the Harry Arthurs Common, on York’s Keele campus.

Right: Scene from last year’s YorkFest

Now in its seventh year, YorkFest is the largest one-day event held annually at York University. It gives new and experienced musical talent exposure and allows clubs and services to share information with the York community. Each year the musical act component of YorkFest grows and changes to accommodate students’ taste in music and performances.

Left: I Mother Earth

Right: Enter The Haggis

The 2003 YorkFest is shaping up to be the biggest and best event yet with an even more diverse range of musical acts than usual and a larger Festival Village.

York is U has partnered with YorkFest, assisting with the operation of the Festival Village and providing volunteers for the day. The Festival Village, which has grown over the years to include more than 75 different booths, provides York students with the opportunity to interact with a variety of student clubs, services and groups on and off campus. An added bonus for students is that many of the booths have a variety of giveaways.

Left: Rick Toxic


Take a look at the following bands who will be highlighting YorkFest.

  • I Mother Earth – a quartet known for their densely packed sound, rich with layers of guitar and percussion
  • The Salads – a group with a history that reaches as far back as grade school, when some of the band members began listening to Metallica and KISS in their basements
  • Kardinal Offishall – an artist who embraces his Toronto/Jamaican heritage and who has changed many preconceived notions of what a hip hop artist is
  • DJ Spencer Tatem – a disk jockey with a reputation for rocking parties all across Canada
  • Enter The Haggis – a Celtic-rock quintet based in Toronto, combining the highland bagpipe and fiddle with a powerhouse rhythm section and strong vocals
  • The Hitch – a rock group that has been described as a “proper rock band” that “rocks real hard”
  • Cheapsuits – a poppy punk ‘n ska band, founded in 1998 by five guys 
  • Rick Toxic – an artist who attended his first rave in Toronto back in 1992, and soon began to take his love for Hardcore/Jungle/DnB to the next level

This year the event is coordinated by Ken MacLeod (right), programming and events manager for York’s University Student Centre. Assistant coordinator Chris Luckhardt is the signature events director for York’s Student Alumni Program (York is U), and assistant coordinator Michelle Thomson is the programming assistant for York’s Student Centre.

Check this Web site for the YorkFest event schedule

For more information on YorkFest in general, visit