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The Essential Guide: Bloom 2

Northern Lights Festival Boréal 2nd winter festival, BLOOM 2 is this week, starting on Friday. Bloom 2 is a two-day multi-venue music festival celebrating many different Canadian artists who perform a variety of genres, some include: indie, world, electronic, folk, pop, rock, and more.

Bloom 2 will be a weekend dedicated to celebrating Canadian musical talent ranging from a variety of different genres. With artists such as A Tribe Called Red, Lido Pimienta, Terra Lightfoot, and many more, there is something for any music lover to enjoy!

“Bloom provides the necessary boost that Northerners need at this time of year. The folks at NLFB expertly curated music, performances, and pop up experiences that will get you moving & melt your winter blues away. Buy your ticket, brave the weather, and see what our city has to offer!” – said Deanna Nebenionquit, a Bloom 2019 festival attendee.

We have exciting shows throughout the two-day festival that you don’t want to miss. There will also be a few surprise ‘pop-up’ shows, with time and location not being revealed until the last minute via the mobile app. Check out our website or app for the full schedule and lineup.


Friday’s BIG concert will take place at The Grand.

Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and a stacked roster of exciting artists are set to perform. Headlining will be influential Indigenous DJ crew A Tribe Called Red, along with Colombian-Canadian electro-pop innovator Lido Pimienta. Acclaimed soul-rocker Terra Lightfoot; violinist-rapper-beatmaker Kayiri; and francophone singer-songwriter Edouard Landry will also be appearing.

Saturday, there are a variety of different venues:

The Sudbury Theatre Centre will host a special folk & world music show. The show begins at 7:00 p.m. with world roots group The Light of East Ensembleand Juno winning folk icon Lynn Miles.

The Asylum will host an energetic hip-hop, R&B show with Sudbury’s Jor’del Downz beginning at 9:00 p.m – then we have rapper/poet Eyeda Sophia, and rising Toronto rap sensation Clairmont The Second.

The Townehouse Tavern will be the site of a rock n’ roll extravaganza, with performances from The Ape-ettes, and super-funny, hard rockin’ duo, Partner.

Zigs will host the DJ Dance Party beginning at 11:00 p.m., where we have Sault vinyl wizard DJ Seith and Montréal dancehall/Afro-house/world bass DJ/producer Poirier ready to celebrate until Sunday morning.

The full schedule can be found at

This will be an unforgettable weekend, so be sure to get your tickets!

Bloom Schedule



Ticket prices range varying on artist and venue.

NOTE: Tickets of all types are limited due to venue capacities – best to purchase and arrive early to guarantee your spot!

  • Full day festival passes are $60 in advance and $70 at the door,
  • Friday passes are $35 in advance and $40 at the door,
  • Saturday prices vary upon venue: shows at Towne House Tavern are $15 in advance and $20 at the door,
  • Sudbury Theatre Centre are $25 in advance and $30 at the door,
  • Zigs are $7 and at The Asylum for $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

Tickets for Bloom 2 can be purchased at, at the NLFB office at 19 Grey Street, or by visiting our ticket outlets: Old Rock Coffee, A&J Hardware, and Jett Landry Music.


Are you unsure about how to get to and from the festival? Aaron Taxi is the official transportation sponsor of the festival. Call them at 705-670-0000, or download their mobile app at


Manitoulin Brewing Company is the official beer sponsor of BLOOM 2. They’ve helped us create a special BLOOM 2 edition of their super popular Swing Bridge Blonde Ale. Look out for it at BLOOM 2 venues, before and during the event. Not suitable for minors – enjoy responsibly!


Northern Lights Festival Boreal is a non-profit, charitable music presenter in Northern Ontario. The organization provides valuable exposure and career development opportunities for emerging artists, while also presenting highly acclaimed artists, and keeping the region on the map for acclaimed touring acts.