Feb 16–18, 2018

Winterfolk XVI by Cashbox Magazine

Winterfolk XVI by Cashbox Magazine

Feb 12, 2018

Submitted by Lenny Stoute  The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival,taking place in Toronto February 16-18, 2018, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a...

WINTERFOLK XVI ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP – FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

WINTERFOLK XVI ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP – FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

Feb 1, 2018

Reprinted from Spill Magazine – The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, taking place in Toronto February 16-18, 2018, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a...

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

Jan 30, 2018

Reprinted from Spill Magazine – by Elizabeth Andrews Jan 29, 2018 – Last year, Hugh’s Room announced it was closing its doors. Like many fans, I waited with bated breath, sorry to see yet another beloved Toronto venue cease to exist. Thankfully, generous donations and copious support have allowed the Roncy music club to keep on delivering the...

Lori Cullen

Lori Cullen

Jan 27, 2018

With 7 recordings under her name this unique singer has an honest and heartfelt connection to the songs she performs.     Juno Nominated Folk and Jazz Singer/Songwriter.     This juno nominated singer never relies on clichés, never adheres to trends, and never emphasizes style over substance. Tying musical elements...

Jessica Wedden

Jessica Wedden

Jan 26, 2018

Jessica Wedden is a 15 year old fiddler, trick fiddler, step dancer, composer and 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee with an upbeat Celtic and East Coast repertoire, who thoroughly enjoys any opportunity to share her music.     Nominated for Young Performer of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards.    ...

Sabrina Soares

Sabrina Soares

Jan 26, 2018

Girl-next-door with swag. Nerd-cool. Guitar prodigy with heart.     Debut EP ‘Plan A’, Released 2016.     “Best Vocalist” Winner at Emergenza Band Competition Grand Finals, 2014.     Top-10 Finalist in the Australian Songwriting Contest, 2014.     Blending...

Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Jan 26, 2018

Steve Raiken is a highly regarded singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist.     Acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist with signficant radio airplay of 2010 CD.     Steve Raiken has been playing guitar and singing for nearly 50 years. As a student at the University of Buffalo in the late 1960s, Raiken immersed himself...

Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan

Jan 24, 2018

Toronto jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan takes jazz to exciting new places.     Critically Acclaimed New Album: “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” (2017).     Winner, “Best Album” Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards (2017).     “One of the Best Vocal Jazz Albums...

It’s closer than you think: Winterfolk preview tonight at Hugh’s

It’s closer than you think: Winterfolk preview tonight at Hugh’s

Jan 23, 2018

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine – We referred the other day to the spectacular success of the annual Winterfolk Festival started by Brian Gladstone fifteen years ago next month and as always this year’s 16th edition of the now seminal event promises another great weekend of live Roots, Blues and Jazz music when it takes...

Get a sneak peek of what’s coming at Toronto’s Winterfolk

Get a sneak peek of what’s coming at Toronto’s Winterfolk

Jan 17, 2018

Annual roots and blues festival held at several east Toronto venues Reprinted from Inside Toronto East York Mirror – Fans of folk, roots, and blues music can get a glimpse of what’s to come at this year’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival on Sunday, Jan. 21. The Winterfolk XVI Preview will be held at Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W., just south of...

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

Jan 16, 2018

More Info Do you want to know more about volunteering at Winterfolk? Would you like to meet other volunteers? Do you have past experiences you’d like to share with others? This is an informational gathering for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. I’ll be there to answer your questions...

Anne Lederman

Anne Lederman

Jan 16, 2018

Fiddler, singer, composer, storyteller, multi-instrumentalist, Anne is known for her explorations into Canadian/World traditions, and for bringing them to life through tune, song and story.     Winner: Estelle Klein Award, FMO 2016.     FMO Showcase Artist 2017.     Spirit of the Narrows, Anne...

Acoustic Harvest & Winterfolk: WF Preview Jan 21@Hugh’s Room Live

Acoustic Harvest & Winterfolk: WF Preview Jan 21@Hugh’s Room Live

Jan 15, 2018

Greetings of the new year with hope for a better future for the World. As we have done for the past four years, prior to the Winterfolk Festival, we have a sneak-peak at a few of the 150 or so artists who will be performing at the festival. Here’s the lineup: WHO: Dirty Dishes, Julian Fauth, Mr. Rick, Brian Gladstone w/Tony Quarrington, HOTCHA!, and...

Ken Whiteley

Ken Whiteley

Jan 14, 2018

Highly acclaimed Canadian folk, blues and gospel veteran, multi-instrumentalist, powerful vocalist, versatile songwriter.     New cd, “Freedom Blues” released 2016 (Ken’s 30th recording as an artist).     Popular Sunday afternoon Gospel series at Hugh’s Room is currently in it’s 16th...

FYI Music News Announces Winterfolk XVI

FYI Music News Announces Winterfolk XVI

Jan 10, 2018

by Kerry Doole – Reprinted in FYI Music News –  Now in its 16th year, Toronto’s annual Winterfolk roots music fest continues to get better, and bigger. Staged in clubs on Danforth Ave, and the first round of performers include Jack de Keyzer, D’Arcy Wickham, Brian Gladstone, Juno-winners David Bradstreet and Julian Fauth,...

Save on Advanced Winterfolk Tickets – Now On Sale

Save on Advanced Winterfolk Tickets – Now On Sale

Jan 8, 2018

There will be 4 ticketed events at Winterfolk this year. Save on advanced ticket orders, as the price will be higher at the door. Order now and save!

Mose Scarlett

Mose Scarlett

Jan 8, 2018

Mose Scarlett is a Borealis Records recording artist.     A forty year veteran on the Canadian music scene, Mose Scarlett is a Borealis Records recording artist.                     ...

Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

Jan 8, 2018

Toronto born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who in has played with Luke & the Apostles, Downchild, MeKenna Mendelson Mainline, and more. Opened for Jefferson Airplane & Grateful Dead.     Toronto born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who in has played with Luke & the Apostles, Downchild, MeKenna Mendelson Mainline,...

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Jan 4, 2018

Winterfolk XVI Preview SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST Doors 6:00 pm | Music 7:30 PM @ Hugh’s Room Live 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON Festival wristbands only $10 at the...

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Jan 4, 2018

Winterfolk XVI Blues & Roots Festival and Acoustic Harvest Present… Dirty Dishes will be performing at the Winterfolk XVI preview at Hugh’s Room Live on January 21, 2018 Winterfolk XVI Preview SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST Doors 6:00 pm | Music 7:30 PM @ Hugh’s Room Live 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON Festival wristbands only $10 at...

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup Jan 6, 2018

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup Jan 6, 2018

Jan 2, 2018

More Info Do you want to know more about volunteering at Winterfolk? Would you like to meet other volunteers? Do you have past experiences you’d like to share with others? This is an informational gathering for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. I’ll be there to answer your questions...

SPEAK Music Presents

SPEAK Music Presents

Jan 2, 2018

This year’s SPEAK Music showcase is hosted by Beverly Kreller with Howard Druckman, as they feature emerging artists TBA.     Host of The infamous Groovy Mondays that ran for 8-years     Presenting and promoting all genres of music for more than 10 years.     Festival showcase presenter and member of...

HOTCHA!

HOTCHA!

Jan 2, 2018

Award-winning, high-energy hillbilly swing duo blends old-time Western, bluegrass, early swing and country gospel delivered with the energy of a runaway train. Soaring vocals, lively accordion, gritty guitar, wailing harmonica and big-beat bodhran.      WINNER OF TWO 2012 TORONTO INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (BEST FOLK/ROOTS & HNSS LIVE...

Al Lerman

Al Lerman

Jan 2, 2018

A 40+ year veteran of the Canadian blues scene and one of the top harmonica players in the country, Al is a an engaging and skilled performer whose often humorous anecdotes are interspersed between great blues numbers.     Nominated in 2016 for Maple Blues Award as “Acoustic Act Of The year”.     Won two Juno...

Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Jan 2, 2018

A founding member of Edward Bear in the 1960’s, Danny spent many years in Toronto Clubs, from Alberts Hall to the Cadillac Lounge. He apprenticed at CBC radio with Arthur Black and Shelagh Rogers before landing his own program on JAZZ.FM.     Blues with a Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award.     Cashbox Legacy...

Santerias

Santerias

Jan 2, 2018

Toronto Urban Latin ensemble fires up funk fusion.     Santerias was just voted by people’s choice “Play The Parks 2017 Band of the Season”!     Santerias’ newest single release “Mundo Desigual” (Unequal World) has been well received by the media and highly supported by CBC radio.    ...

Jack de Keyzer presents ‘Evolution of Blues Guitar’ – From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

Jack de Keyzer presents ‘Evolution of Blues Guitar’ – From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

Dec 21, 2017

From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

Musically Yours

Musically Yours

Dec 21, 2017

We provide a platform for new artists to be heard on TV & on our website.     We provide free recording opportunities.     Our magazine showcases awesome Canadian independent talent.     We are proud to help Canadian independent artists pursue positive and creative ventures through music on our TV...

Laura Bird

Laura Bird

Dec 21, 2017

Known for her warm stage presence, finely honed guitar work, and distinctive, sultry voice, Guelph songstress Laura Bird draws musical influence from a mosaic of early folk roots, contemporary bluegrass and old jazz standards.     Winner Wellington County Regional Songwriting Competition 2012.     Guelph ON songstress...

Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band

Dec 21, 2017

We are a funky R&B soul band with a blistering groove.     CD released 2016 “Still on Fire”.     song of the week CBC Here and Now 99.1FM.     CBC Sounds of the Season Host band 2016.     Jerome Tucker band is a blistering funky, rocky, exciting entity. Based out of...

Jory Nash

Jory Nash

Dec 21, 2017

Winner, Songs From the Heart Contest 2000.     4 time CFMA nominee.     Winner, Penguin Eggs Album of the Year, 2010.     Jory Nash is a singer songwriter who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues and soul into an original stew of sound.    ...

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Dec 16

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Dec 16

Dec 13, 2017

Do you want to know more about volunteering at Winterfolk?  Would you like to meet other volunteers?  Do you have past experiences you’d like to share with others? This is an informational gathering for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. I’ll be there to answer your...

Sean Peever

Sean Peever

Dec 12, 2017

A roots music powerhouse who stirs a heady mixture of folk-rock-soul-RnB-Celtic-country-bluegrass-rocksteady.     CD release, The Eyes of Sarah Miles, 2015.     Played at the Eaglewood Folk Festival, 2007, and The Stewart Park Festival, 2005.     Debut CD, Love On The Transitway,...

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Dec 12, 2017

Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington.     Folksinger humdinger!     Songs you’ve heard too many times, but not lately.     Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington. Memorable melodies, clever lyrics, rich voices, and solid...

David McLachlan

David McLachlan

Dec 12, 2017

David sings with heartfelt conviction songs that reflect life and it’s lessons.     New cd released Sept 2017 called “out of love”.     No 4″ Bless This House”- European Country Music chart- March 2017.     No 11 “Fountain Of Love” – European Country Music...

Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

Dec 12, 2017

Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb can turn the largest venue into an intimate and exciting place to be.     Since his band, “The Lords Of...

Get a sneak peek of what’s to come at 16th annual Winterfolk Festival

Get a sneak peek of what’s to come at 16th annual Winterfolk Festival

Dec 11, 2017

Reprinted from ‘Inside Toronto‘ –  The organizers of the 16th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival are hosting a preview/benefit and birthday bash on Saturday, Dec. 9. The special sneak peek event, which will feature The Achromatics, David Storey, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, Piper Hayes with Carson Ritcey-Thorpe, The...

Acoustic Harvest

Acoustic Harvest

Dec 8, 2017

Acoustic Harvest was started in 1997 by the late, great, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, radio host, Rick Fielding.     AH features award winning local, regional, national and international acoustic roots artists.     AH provides a vegetarian dinner for all their performers and volunteers and vegan baked goods...

NSAI Toronto

NSAI Toronto

Dec 8, 2017

NSAI Toronto is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary as a songwriters chapter in 2018.     NSAI meetings are held at the Harris Institute once a month. New writers alway welcome.     NSAI puts on our 19th annual songwriters festival, Tin Pan North, on May 24-26, 2018.     NSAI Toronto exists to...

The Moonshine Cafe

The Moonshine Cafe

Dec 8, 2017

The Moonshine Cafe Stage at Winterfolk is a showcase of emerging talent chosen from our regular performers at the Open Mic’s and Jam’s in our venue.     The Moonshine Cafe is into it’s thirteenth year of presenting Live Music.. 7 Nights a week. The focus always has been, and continues to be on independent, emerging and...

Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams

Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams

Dec 8, 2017

An institution at Winterfolk since Year One, singer/songwriter Tony Quarrington appears this year with his new duet partner Zoey Adams.     In our new incarnation as ‘Q. and A.’, singers and co-composers, we have already done concerts in a bookstore and a barbershop!     Tony and Zoey will be appearing...

David Bradstreet

David Bradstreet

Dec 8, 2017

David Bradstreet: writer of hit, “Renaissance”; JUNO, “Best New Male Vocalist” 1977; extensive recording and touring for 45 years.     Gold and Platinum Albums.     JUNO Award Winner and Nominee.     A&M Records, Universal Records.     DAVID BRADSTREET...

Smokey Folk

Smokey Folk

Dec 8, 2017

Traditional bluegrass with a modern sound.     Toronto’s premiere bluegrass band.     Smokey folk has been playing around Toronto for over 10 years, delighting audiences with their distinctive bluegrass sound. Traditional and mashing, but with a modern and sometimes humorous style, Smokey folk never fails to disappoint ....

Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Dec 2, 2017

Socially conscious contemporary folk music with a few twists.     Songwriters, singers, musicologists, authors, advocates, activists.     3 CD releases including For A Moment (2016).     Creators of Canada’s only tribute to the 60’s folk revival,‘Where Have All the Folk Songs...

Kim Doolittle

Kim Doolittle

Dec 2, 2017

Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller, Original Recording Artist, Humorist.     Into The Blue released April 2017!     Top 5 on Stingray Radio.     Programmed on CBC, Blues Radio Neetwork, Folk Routes and Stingray Music.     I love to sing, write, play and tell stories. My 9th studio...

The Max Woolaver Band

The Max Woolaver Band

Dec 2, 2017

The Max Woolaver Band draws inspiration from the lyrical power and inspired musicianship of the deep well of North American roots tradition.     Factor New Talent; Pick of the Writer’s Nights, Bluebird Cafe, Nashville; Penguin Eggs – Highly recommended.     NXNE; Canada Music Week; CBC Toronto 7 Ottawa; CTV; U of T...

Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

Dec 2, 2017

Jon Brooks writes songs to calm those souls who’ve looked into and seen what is in their hearts; he also writes songs to terrify those who have not.     4 x nominee for English Songwriter of the Year at The Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007/2009/2012/2014).     4th Canadian since 1975 to win the prestigious Kerrville...

Durham County Poets

Durham County Poets

Nov 29, 2017

The obvious joie de vivre expressed while performing together is reflected in the good-time feel that the band creates.     New CD Grimshaw Road 2017 riding high on Canadian Blues charts.     Durham County Poets’ groovy roots sound capturing hearts everywhere they play.     Penguin Eggs calls...

BluesReel

BluesReel

Nov 29, 2017

Songs & tunes, reeds & strings, rhythm & blues, jigs & reels, original & trad.     Debut CD “Riverfield” released in 2016, recorded in a 200-year-old log house in the Chateauguay Valley.     BluesReel is a harmonica and guitar duo unlike any you have heard.     John...

Signe Miranda

Signe Miranda

Nov 29, 2017

Toronto-based lead singer/songwriter of Signe Miranda’s Veranda and author of #1 international best selling book, “The Song Creation Formula: 7 Easy Steps to Writing Your Song” recently released a new single, “It’s Been So Long (Spread Out Our Wings),” produced by Greg Godovitz (Goddo).     New Single...

Clan Hannigan

Clan Hannigan

Nov 29, 2017

Clan Hannigan is an Intergenerational family band that takes traditional Irish music and blends it with elements of Jazz, Pop, and other folk traditions, to create a unique high energy sonic soundscape.     Fab people and great to listen to. Great gig in Northampton. Loved it. Al-Pha-X (Declan Flynn), Northampton, UK.    ...

Bobby Dove

Bobby Dove

Nov 29, 2017

Bobby Dove is an alt-country singer-songwriter and troubadour from Montreal.     Bobby Dove’s Debut Album, Thunderchild, Released 2016.     Bobby Dove captured by aliens, forced to write best folksong of all time – or earth will be destroyed.     Bobby Dove is an alt-country singer-songwriter and...

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Nov 29, 2017

Versatile Harmonica player, singer-songwriter with radio play and songs covered by others!     Harpin’ Norm’s feature tonight exemplifies the Fat Albert mission/TorontoMoon.ca 160615We/Shows for Wed. June 15, 2016.     Feast Song! If you didn’t catch the UNBELIEVABLE Harpin’ Norm Lucien at our #FeastOfTheAges then...

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

Nov 29, 2017

Andy writes and performs fun / interesting folk rock music for children/families and adults alike!     Andy Griffiths has released a new folk rock children’s album! ‘OUR CAT FLASH’. See www.kidzent.com for info.     Andy was nominated for a Roots Recording of the Year award at the 2013 Hamilton Music...

Winterfolk XVI Preview and Fundraiser Dec 9, 2017

Winterfolk XVI Preview and Fundraiser Dec 9, 2017

Nov 28, 2017

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Presents Winterfolk XVI Preview & Fundraiser WHO: The Achromatics, David Storey, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, Piper Hayes w/ Carson Ritcey-Thorpe, The Mini-Clan Hannigan and more WHAT: Winterfolk XVI Preview & Benefit WHERE: The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON...

Announcing Winterfolk XVI

Announcing Winterfolk XVI

Nov 27, 2017

Alfie Smith

Alfie Smith

Nov 24, 2017

“Hamilton is blessed with a wealth of great blues guitarists. None is better than Alfie Smith when it comes to the acoustic slide and he’s got a voice to match.” ~Graham Rockingham The Spec.     Representing Western new york Blues Society in Memphis at the International Blues Challage.     Alfie Smith is...

Linda Saslove

Linda Saslove

Nov 24, 2017

Linda Saslove truly lives up to her name. She is the perfect blend of Sas with a whole lot of love. Often compared to Carole King and Joni Mitchell.     her Debut Album, “Everything”. Available at Winterfolk with official CD Release in the Spring of 2018.     Awarding-winning Songwriting Finalist (Unisong,...

Brian Jantzi & The Lost Mariachis

Brian Jantzi & The Lost Mariachis

Nov 22, 2017

Singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Brian Jantzi digs deep into folk, rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, western, latin, psychedelic, & world traditions with original songs that lay a lonesome hippie vibe over lyrics that make you want to hear every word.     New CD Released 2017 – “Junkie for Emotion” – 14...

Piper Hayes

Piper Hayes

Nov 22, 2017

Born in New York, raised in Toronto, and now residing in Hamilton since 2015, critically acclaimed folk singer, songwriter and social activist Piper Hayes is truly authentic.     Debut full-length album ‘Piper & Carson’ released December 8, 2017.     Two-time nominee for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting...

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Nov 22, 2017

Toronto singer-songwriter Glen Hornblast is a popular performer in many of Toronto’s folk and jazz clubs. In 2014, he released his first CD entitled, “Once In A Blue Moon.” The twelve-track CD received a lot of airplay on folk internet radio stations from Canada to Australia, and garnered rave reviews.     Winner Songs from...

Laura Fernandez

Laura Fernandez

Nov 22, 2017

SingerSongwriter pianist, spanish born and multilingual performer Laura Fernandez.     Winner New York international independent Music Festival, multilingual singer songwriter, new Cd Imagination coming 2018.     Born in Mafrid. Spain, Singer Songwriter, pianist and visual artist Laura Fernandez draws you into her world...

Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes

Nov 19, 2017

Dirty Dishes is a kick-in-the-pants harmony-driven roots trio.     Fourth album to be released this spring.     Dirty Dishes is well known for their spirited music, tight three-part-harmonies, and entertaining live shows. Alongside strong poetic writing that celebrates a saucy female spirit, and often backed by their...

Rob Lutes

Rob Lutes

Nov 19, 2017

As skilled delivering a Piedmont blues classic as he is performing his own award-winning original songs, Rob Lutes’s masterful fingerstyle guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to his live performances.     Double Maple Blues Award nominee, 2017, Acoustic Act and Songwriter of the Year.    ...

D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

Nov 16, 2017

D’Arcy has been an established name in the Toronto music scene as an outstanding songwriter and guitarist with strong name recognition.     Winner songs from the heart contest 2009 , new CD to be released in 2018, guitarist Ian Thomas band , former Polydor recording.     Having begun his career as guitarist for the Ian...

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Nov 16, 2017

Howard Gladstone, Toronto-based performing songwriter has released his 5th and strongest album. (Hourglass, 2017).     Howard’ Gladstone (vocal/guitar) Trio features Laura Fernandez (vocal, piano) and Tony Quarrington (vocal, guitar).     After a 3-year hiatus to recover from a spinal cord injury, he is now...

David Essig

David Essig

Nov 16, 2017

David Essig has performed at every major folk/roots festival in Canada, during a career that has now spanned nearly 50 years.     Veteran Canadian Roots Artist Celebrates 46 years of Performing at Canadian Festivals.     David Essig has an international career as one of Canada’s finest interpreters of original,...

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

Nov 16, 2017

Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today.     2 X Juno Award Winner.     7 X Maple Blues Award Winner.     Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s...

Tia McGraff

Tia McGraff

Nov 16, 2017

Grammy nominated, Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham are an international touring Americana/Folk duo who have been compared to Johnny and June!     Grammy nominated, Hamilton Music Award Winner, international touring singer/songwriters, written and recorded with notables Randy Bachman, Andrew Gold.     Six album...

Julian Fauth

Julian Fauth

Nov 16, 2017

Julian Fauth is a singer, piano player and songwriter in the tradition of barrelhouse blues with a touch of insanity.     Juno Award Winner Best Blues Album 2009     Maple Blues Award winner – Best piano player     Julian Fauth is a singer and piano player in the tradition of barrelhouse blues, with...

Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

Nov 16, 2017

One of the Toronto music scene’s enduring treasures, Lynn Harrison writes songs that speak to the heart and inspire audiences of all ages.     Creator and host of “The Bridge” themed open stage.     Winner, Songs from the Heart Contest 2008 (Political category, “Bicycle...

Melanie Peterson

Melanie Peterson

Nov 15, 2017

Melanie Peterson is a Toronto based, Saskatoon born singer-songwriter and actress.     New EP released summer 2017.     Mary Poppins with a broken heart, BBC Radio.     Actress/singer-songwriter.     Blessed with an ability to deliver quiet, sensitive vocals that are soaked with...

Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone

Nov 15, 2017

Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five years.     Brian Gladstone is a world class finger-style guitar player, a dynamic performer, and a prolific song writer not restrained by conventional boundaries.     Gladstone has released 5 albums in his...

Kat Goldman

Kat Goldman

Nov 15, 2017

One of Canada’s most loved songwriters.     Kat Goldman Releases her Fourth Album “The Workingman’s Blues”.     Kat Goldman’s songs have been covered by notable artists Dar Williams, and The Duhks, among others. She survived a tragic accident in 2003 when a car came crashing through a...

The Bridge

The Bridge

Nov 15, 2017

Unique shared stage on a theme, hosted by Lynn Harrison.     Celebrating the connection between creativity and spirituality.     Monthly event at the Imperial Pub, now in its third year.     The Bridge is an inspirational shared stage hosted by Lynn Harrison, where artists present songs on a common...

Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Nov 15, 2017

Born in Montreal, living in Toronto, Noah Zacharin has earned his place as a musical hero. Plays many styles comfortably and authentically. 7 solo CD’s. Also plays well with others–producing and performing on many other folks’ recordings.     Guitar master, literate songwriter, dynamic performer.     Noah...

Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Nov 14, 2017

Scott Rogers, vocalist Maggie Keogh and lap steel guitarist Donald Rooke (of the Henrys) conjure up dreamy renditions of folk and jazz tunes.     First time performers at Winterfolk.     New recording ‘M&Mr.R’ released October 2017.     Scott Rogers, a multi-instrumentalist (guitar,...

Moscow Apartment

Moscow Apartment

Nov 14, 2017

Moscow Apartment is a young indie folk duo based in Toronto who are taking the Canadian Music Scene by storm.     Debut EP released September 2017.     Winner, Best Young Songwriter, Toronto Independent Music Awards, 2017.     Nominated for the Best Young Performer, Canadian Folk Music Awards (Nov 19...

Mponda Kalunga

Mponda Kalunga

Nov 14, 2017

Mponda Kalunga is a sensational singer/songwriter with a mission to promote unity and courage.     Finalist for North Canada CBC Searchlight 2016     Finalist for Toronto in The Great Canadian Song Search     Two-Times Boxing Champion     From losing his mother at a young age and...

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick

Nov 14, 2017

Mr. Rick is a Singer and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist performing original arrangements of the Trad. American Roots and Blues Song book.     A solo album by Rick is coming any minute now     Rick’s 3rd CD “Songs about God and Booze” available at CD Baby.     Now Magazine, 4...

Jessica Pearson & The East Wind

Jessica Pearson & The East Wind

Nov 14, 2017

Jessica Pearson and the East Wind’s music is a blend of maritime kitchen parties, breathtaking Harmonies and intimate traditional melodies.     Recently signed to Willow Sound Records.     Toured Ireland & released their first single in 2016.     Have performed with notable canadian folk acts...

David Storey

David Storey

Nov 14, 2017

David Storey is Comin’ Home. Back on stage since 2011, he has enthralled fans with his simple but powerful and literate Folk-Rock ballads describing characters, situations and emotions that are delivered with wit and honesty.     New album to be released spring of 2018     “Coming Home” Top 10 album of the...

Peter Verity

Peter Verity

Nov 14, 2017

Peter Verity sings and plays his original brand of “Charged Folk” with matchless heart and conviction.     Winner “best folk” T.I.M.A. (Toronto Independent Music Awards) for album “Sometimes A Journey”     Runner up best song in folk category John Lennon Song Contest for “North...

The Max Woolaver Band

The Max Woolaver Band

Nov 14, 2017

Formed in Toronto, The Max Woolaver Band brings together outstanding players with not be missed great songs.     Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Pick of Songwriters Night     FACTOR New Talent Award     NXNE, Canada Music Week, CBC Toronto & Ottawa     Outstanding songwriter with a...

Meredith Moon

Meredith Moon

Nov 14, 2017

Folk music played from the heart, including originals as well as traditional Appalachian folk tunes played on banjo and guitar.     Five time Mariposa Folk Festival performer     Multi-instrumentalist     Born in Toronto, Meredith Moon is a folk musician whose sound has been described as heartfelt as...

Sharron Katz

Sharron Katz

Nov 14, 2017

Sharron Katz -singer/songwriter living in Stratford Ontario- with a unique folk/ Jazz vibe.     CD Release at Winterfolk! Love Notes     First CD produced by Juno nominee Robbie Patterson featured on CBC radio     Sharron Katz has worked top Canada’s top artists including Paul DeLong (drummer for...

The Achromatics

A vibrant 9-pc band featuring a powerful female horn section, Motown-style vocals, a Latin-influenced rhythm section and a Top-40-calibre stage show.     Toronto Independent Music Award 2017 Nominees      Debut CD Give Me That Beat released November 24, 2017     Canada’s hottest Latin/Soul...

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup, Sunday November 19

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup, Sunday November 19

Nov 7, 2017

Sunday, November 19 at 1 PM – 3 PM Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4K1N1 Do you have questions about volunteering at Winterfolk? Would you like to meet other volunteers? Do you want to share your past experiences with others? This gathering is for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done...

NASHVILLE BOUND

NASHVILLE BOUND

Nov 6, 2017

Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter who has run open mics and songwriter showcases for many years.      NASHVILLE BOUND has presented over 200 songwriters and given them opportunities to showcase their songs for a “listening audience”.     MOONLIGHT CABARET is another new songwriter...

Tonight’s Winterfolk preview a good way to ease into cooler climes

Tonight’s Winterfolk preview a good way to ease into cooler climes

Nov 4, 2017

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine by Gary 17 – As the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival prepares to turn sweet sixteen this coming February it’s perhaps not too young to begin engaging in occasional bouts of nostalgia.  Certainly festival founder and executive director Brian Gladstone may feel some of that tonight as he takes...

Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

Oct 30, 2017

The Brampton Folk Club has about 50 members, including 30 artists from all over the GTA and as far away as Barrie.     The Brampton Folk Club has monthly song circles, two monthly concert series, a bi-monthly open stage and participates in many community events.     This is the folk club’s third consecutive...

Seneca College Independent Music Presents

Seneca College Independent Music Presents

Oct 28, 2017

John Switzer and Linda M host a songwriter showcase featuring the talented students and alumni of Seneca’s Independent Music Programs.     “Indie” is not a genre. “Indie” does not mean “unsigned”. Indie is an approach, a way of life, a DIY mindset. The Independent Music Programs at Seneca College offer an intensive, hands-on...

The Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

The Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

Oct 28, 2017

Dr. B’s is a weekly open stage and jam held at the Freetimes Cafe in Toronto.     Join us for an intimate afternoon of great acoustic music, every Saturday. We want to create a place for artists, friends, and fans to hang out.     Come Out to Hear The Great Music. It’s a good listening room filled with creative...

WINTERFOLK 2018 Tribute & Benefit Concert Nov 4, 2017

WINTERFOLK 2018 Tribute & Benefit Concert Nov 4, 2017

Oct 24, 2017

Nashville Bound Presents: WINTERFOLK 2018 Tribute & Benefit Concert Nov 4, 2017    WHO: Maggie & Mr. Rogers, Meredith Moon, HOTCHA!, Glen Hornblast, Harpin’ Norm, D’Arcy Wickham, Brian Gladstone, Tony Quarrington (w/ Zoey Adams), Kim Doolittle WHAT: Nashville Bound Presents The 16th Annual Winterfolk...

WF XV Meeting Notes Sept 12, 2017

Being aware of acoustic vs. electric performances for scheduling the Swan upstairs vs. downstairs. 2) More training for stage manager volunteers – one or more meetings 3) Explore new venues for expansion – Danforth Music Hall? Do they do matinées? Brian to contact venues by end of Sept. 4) To schedule in-person training for Jen and Kevin with volunteers 5)...

Winterfolk XVI Artist Submission Drop Box Now Open

Winterfolk XVI Artist Submission Drop Box Now Open

Sep 25, 2017

The Opportunity Presenting more than 150 artists in the span of three days in downtown Toronto, Winterfolk’s exciting and accessible programming makes the festival a haven for booking agents, promoters, and media. Every year more than 10,000 attendees. See ‘How Winterfolk Selects...

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

Mar 6, 2017

Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival celebrated their 15th Anniversary on the Danforth, on February 17th-19th. It was an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you found the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists showed off their chops at 5...

Editor’s Corner March 2017

Editor’s Corner March 2017

Feb 28, 2017

Written by David Olds Category: Editors Corner – Sticking with my Pot Pourri theme, I had the pleasure of meeting up with a friend from my early childhood at Winterfolk on the Family Day Weekend. David Storey and I knew each other back in our pre-school days, attending the same Anglican church and each other’s birthday parties....

Winterfolk Roundup Various Clubs Toronto

Winterfolk Roundup Various Clubs Toronto

Feb 27, 2017

Winterfolk XV was busier, punchier and way warmer than usual, all good things for the folk that swarmed over the bridge to check the annual feast of blues and roots musics of all kinds. Folkie Peter Verity opened the launch party at The Black Swan with an engrossing set largely drawn from recent album Sometimes A Journey. Accompanied by...

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