Photography By: Fridae Mattas

TORONTO – Edgefest ’12 is set to return to Toronto with 17 acts now confirmed to perform at Downsview Park on Saturday, July 14, 2012. Fan favourites Billy Talent, Death From Above 1979, Silversun Pickups, The Sheepdogs, Young The Giant, The Dirty Heads, USS and The Pack A.D. will be rocking the main stage.

The side stage will round out the bill of top shelf talent and feature performances from up and comers; Acres of Lions, The Balconies, The Coppertone, The Darcys, Hacienda, Indian Handcrafts, Library Voices, Said The Whale and Whale Tooth, making this the must-see festival of 2012.

“102.1 the Edge is proud to continue its tradition of showcasing Canadian and International talent at Edgefest ’12, “said Ross Winters, Program Director, 102.1 the Edge.  “Edgefest gives our dedicated listeners access to a full day of live music in an outdoor setting at Toronto’s Downsview Park.”

“I feel like this year’s Edgefest is the best one yet! I had a dream of the bands that I wanted to see and everyone said yes!  In a city without champions we can now declare we have a winner and its name is Edgefest!” – shouts the festival’s talent buyer Elliott Lefko from Goldenvoice. From the company that produces Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Goldenvoice is one of the world’s leading event promotions companies.

Photography By: Fridae Mattas

Edgefest began as a single event for the 10th birthday celebration of 102.1 the Edge, Toronto’s leading new rock station. After such an incredible success, the event turned into an annual concert for music enthusiasts.  For the past 20 years, Edgefest has featured the biggest names in new rock such as Rise Against, A Perfect Circle, AFI, Tool, Radiohead, Green Day, Blur, Our Lady Peace, Linkin Park, Stone Temple Pilots and hundreds of other major label and indie acts.

The 2012 Edgefest headliners are:

Billy Talent
Calling Billy Talent one of Canada’s biggest and most current rock bands is not a stretch. After their break out hit in 2003 “Try Honesty” the band had the country from coast-to-coast in the palm of their hand. Eager fans were quick to reward the band with triple-platinum sales and that was only their debut album. Instant chart success can be a bitch, though. Billy Talent demonstrated their lasting mettle in the wake of 2006’s Billy Talent II with three more platinum sales awards, a sold-out show at Toronto’s 20,000-seat Air Canada Centre and, most unexpectedly, a No. 1 debut in Germany to match the one already notched on home soil. After slogging away together for more than 15 years now, these are four musicians who have worked for every cent of success. When it came time to record the stunning follow up, Billy Talent III, the band found themselves in the hands of legendary producer Brendan O’Brien. O’Brien’s impressive resume includes the likes of Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and more. The result is the band’s most realized work yet and has proved them entirely worthy of their household name status.

Photography By: Joanna Glezakos

Death From Above 1979      www.deathfromabove1979.com
Silversun Pickups                    www.silversunpickups.com
The Sheepdogs                         www.thesheepdogs.com
Young The Giant                     www.youngthegiant.com
The Dirty Heads                      www.dirtyheads.com
USS                                               www.ussmusic.com
The Pack A.D.                          www.thepackad.com

*For additional information about Edgefest ’12, please visit: www.EdgefestToronto.ca or www.edge.ca.

Ticket Availability
102.1 the Edge’s Inside Edge presale begins Tuesday, December 13 at 10 a.m. and ends Thursday, December 15 at 12 midnight. Public ticket on-sale for Edgefest will begin Friday, December 16 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster.ca and by calling (855) 985-5000. Ticket information is also available at www.EdgefestToronto.com and www.edge.ca.

Early Birds save $10!  Early ticket buyers pay just $39.50 for a limited time only and while supplies last. After the Early Bird allotment sells out, General Admission tickets will cost $49.50 (all prices listed in Canadian currency).

Experience Edgefest as a VIP.  A limited number of VIP tickets available!  VIP tickets include access into special VIP only section in front of the stage, VIP only bars, food sales and restrooms plus an Edgefest t-shirt.  VIPs also receive “Fast Pass” entry into the venue.  VIP tickets are available for a limited time and while supplies last for $79.50.

About 102.1 the Edge
Long regarded as Canada’s most influential new rock station, 102.1 the Edge (CFNY-FM) is home to The Dean Blundell Show. Part of the Corus Radio network of new rock stations, 102.1 the Edge is proud to air the best in new rock programming. Tune in to 102.1 the Edge on the FM dial or listen live at www.edge.ca.

102.1 the Edge is owned by Corus Entertainment Inc., a Canadian-based media and entertainment company. Corus is a market leader in specialty television and radio with additional assets in pay television, television broadcasting, children’s book publishing and children’s animation. A publicly traded company, Corus is listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (CJR.B). Experience Corus on the web at www.corusent.com.

About Goldenvoice
Established in 1985, Goldenvoice is a full service local concert promoter based in Los Angeles producing over 400 shows per year throughout North America. Goldenvoice and it’s parent company AEG Live host the most critically acclaimed music festivals in the U.S. Goldenvoice created and operates the award winning annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival as well as Stagecoach: California’s Country Music Festival. In addition, AEG Live, co-produces both the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bumbershoot: Seattle’s Music & Arts Festival


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