Feb 16–18, 2018

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...

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...

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...

Americana Media Pro: Fred Boenig reviews Winterfolk

Americana Media Pro: Fred Boenig reviews Winterfolk

Feb 19, 2017

From American Media Pro Winterfolk XV Roots and Blues Fest Underway One of the great mid-winter music festivals is underway in Toronto this weekend with the 15th edition of the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival. This 3 day festival showcases the finest in local and national touring musicians, with some artists just beginning their musical journey and others...

Tony Quarrington tribute album shows Winterfolk’s stature

Tony Quarrington tribute album shows Winterfolk’s stature

Feb 14, 2017

\ TO EAST \ Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine There was a time when there was really only one Roots festival that artists of that genre talked about in TO.  Back when I started this publication —25 years ago this coming April, as Open Season (which gave birth to to-nite before evolving into TorontoMoon.ca) — the Mariposa Festival had a very strong...

Winterfolk is back for its 15th year on The Danforth

Winterfolk is back for its 15th year on The Danforth

Feb 13, 2017

All-ages, mid-winter festival to feature some of the best Canadian blues and roots artists East York Mirror – The 2017 edition of the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is coming to The Danforth. The 15th annual event, which features some of the best Canadian blues and roots artists, will run from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17. Organizers describe Winterfolk...

Entertainment Beat – Its that time of year again

Entertainment Beat – Its that time of year again

Feb 10, 2017

February 9, 2017February 8, 2017 Anna Killen and Lara O’Keefe Reprinted from Beaches Metro It’s that time of year again. Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth Feb. 17-19, 2017 and Acoustic Harvest will be there with bells, and guitars, and dancing shoes. Its showcase is Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Globe Bistro at...

A Musical Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

A Musical Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

Feb 8, 2017

By: Thomas Schultz posted Mon, Feb 6, 2017 in SPECIALINTEREST Toronto serves as Canada’s hub for art, commerce, and entertainment, making it an ideal destination for travelers. The city won’t disappoint thanks to a wide range of world class restaurants like Canoe, Carisma, and VOLOS. Another major attraction you won’t want to miss is Canada’s...

A Music Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

A Music Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

Feb 7, 2017

By: Thomas Schultz posted Mon, Feb 6, 2017 in SPECIALINTEREST Toronto serves as Canada’s hub for art, commerce, and entertainment, making it an ideal destination for travelers. The city won’t disappoint thanks to a wide range of world class restaurants like Canoe, Carisma, and VOLOS. Another major attraction you won’t want...

Blog Toronto on Winterfolk

Blog Toronto on Winterfolk

Feb 6, 2017

Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth, Feb. 17-19, 2017. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music , emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at 5 venues over 3 days. The festival will also...

Entertainment Beat

Entertainment Beat

Feb 6, 2017

February 9, 2017February 8, 2017  Anna Killen and Lara O’Keefe – It’s that time of year again. Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth Feb. 17-19, 2017 and Acoustic Harvest will be there with bells, and guitars, and dancing shoes. Its showcase is Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at...

Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival announce full lineup

Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival announce full lineup

Feb 5, 2017

From February 17-February 19th, the Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival will be held in full force. The festival will be held in five venues with six stages in total in Danforth, Toronto.  On February 17, the hours will be 7:00pm-1:30am.  On February 18, the hours will be 1:00pm-1:30am.  Finally,...

Winterfolk’s 15th anniversary Feb. 17-19 will include many East York talents

Winterfolk’s 15th anniversary Feb. 17-19 will include many East York talents

Feb 1, 2017

Reprinted from East York Chronicle, by /Gary 17/ Although it was not born in east TO, the annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival has made its home here for most of what will be 15 years of existence February 17-19. From its beginnings the event, held at five bar/restaurant venues on Danforth Ave. near Broadview, has drawn on talents from the area,...

Winterfolk Preview Jan 21

Winterfolk Preview Jan 21

Jan 16, 2017

BITS’N’PIECES – Reprinted from Cashbox  TORONTO – Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 15th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists take the stage at Toronto’s Acoustic Harvest on Saturday, January 21st. Doors open at...

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

Dec 21, 2016

Reprinted from `India News Calling` – TORONTO – MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016 – Be sure to mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival taking place February 17-19, 2017 in Toronto. Winterfolk is an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music,...

Winterfolk benefit supports festival’s artists

Winterfolk benefit supports festival’s artists

Nov 24, 2016

  Event will also include open mic for anyone who’d like to perform a tune or two The organizers of the 15th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival are hosting a benefit concert on Saturday, Nov. 26. The event, which will feature guitar aces Tony Quarrington and D’Arcy Wickham, hillbilly swing duo HOTCHA!, finger picker Brian Gladstone,...

Caledon based Corner Gas creator David Storey set to release debut album at Winterfolk

Caledon based Corner Gas creator David Storey set to release debut album at Winterfolk

Feb 10, 2016

Caledon Enterprise By Danielle Marr – David Storey is coming home. Caledon based David Storey, best known for developing, producing and directing the hit TV series Corner Gas is returning to his musical roots. The Inglewood resident is best known for developing, producing and directing the hit TV show Corner Gas, and now, after leaving music for over 20...

More than 150 artists to perform at Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival during Family Day weekend

More than 150 artists to perform at Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival during Family Day weekend

Feb 10, 2016

Reprinted from the East York Mirror – The 14th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is on tap for the first three days of this Family Day weekend, Feb. 12 to 14. More than 150 artists will perform on five stages in four venues on the west Danforth, between Broadview and Chester subway stations. Those venues include Black Swan Tavern (upstairs and...

Winterfolk music festival engages and inspires with themed performances

Winterfolk music festival engages and inspires with themed performances

Feb 10, 2016

Healing In Song and Audience Participation Songwriting are two of the many events at Danforth festival By Daniel McKenzie | Posted: Feb 10 2016 8:16 am – February can be a long month, despite what the calendar says. It’s cold, people are broke from holiday splurges and spring is still just a foggy futuristic dream. Cue the Winterfolk Blues and Roots music...

What’s On This Week in Toronto

What’s On This Week in Toronto

Feb 9, 2016

Reprinted from the Toronto Sun, Feb 6, 2016 – Get your fill of blues, roots and folk music while wandering around on the Danforth near Broadview, Feb. 12-14. This is an all-ages musical festival with some 150 artists at five venues — and yes, it’s weatherproof. Participating outlets include the Black Swan Tavern, Mambo Lounge, Terri O’s and Dora Keogh’s....

East York talents will be featured at Winterfolk Feb. 12-14

East York talents will be featured at Winterfolk Feb. 12-14

Feb 8, 2016

Reprinted from East York Chronicle by Gary17 – With over 100 artists appearing on five stages at four venues on Danforth Avenue, the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is set to hold its 14th annual edition in East York from February 12 through 14. Shows take place over three nights and two days at Dora Keogh (141 Danforth), Terri O’s (185 Danforth),...

Five acts to keep on your radar for Winterfolk XIV

Five acts to keep on your radar for Winterfolk XIV

Feb 6, 2016

Reprinted from the East York Examiner Feb 5 2016 – Toronto’s Winterfolk returns on the weekend of February 12-14. The festival, not limited to folk music, also happens to fall on the Valentine’s Day and Ontario’s Family Day Weekend. There’s lots to celebrate and a chance to bring out loved ones and family (all-ages shows available)...

Winterfolk 2016 – The Interview on Folk Roots Radio

Winterfolk 2016 – The Interview on Folk Roots Radio

Jan 26, 2016

The 14th Annnual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival takes place on The Danforth in Toronto from February 12-14 2016. Featuring some of the best blues and roots artists on the Canadian music scene, playing on five stages in four venues, it promises to be a fabulous weekend of live music.

Discount Winterfolk tickets available until end of January

Discount Winterfolk tickets available until end of January

Jan 24, 2016

East York Mirror By Norm Nelson The Winterfolk roots music festival is back, running through three days of February’s Family Day weekend on the western end of the Danforth. Discount tickets are available until Jan. 30. Not that tickets are expensive to begin with. First of all, a $15 wristband includes admission to the entire t hree-day festival except for five...

Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

Jan 12, 2016

Reprinted from Entertainment Beat Jan 12,2016 Acoustic Harvest presents a pre-Winterfolk showcase on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church. This sneak preview of the 14th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival will feature the finest in acoustic musicians. Sue and Dwight’s old school folk covers traditional themes such as peace,...

Folks Happily Brave the Winter for Winterfolk

Folks Happily Brave the Winter for Winterfolk

Feb 20, 2015

Submitted by Lee Fraser – This is a tale of bitter cold and welcoming warmth. Somehow, here in Toronto, the right light bulb went on over the right head.  Winterfolk is the creation of Brian Gladstone. Having spent most of his life in the corporate world, it seems that Brian chose to explore his creative side when others were embarking on mid-life...

Love at Winterfolk

Love at Winterfolk

Feb 15, 2015

Period costumes, good guitar times and triangle solos make for a fun Valentine’s Day – BY SARAH GREENE [Show slideshow] SWAMPERELLA, THE TRIO OF FUN, HOTCHA! and VIVIENNE WILDER BAND as part of WINTERFOLK XIII at Black Swan Tavern, Saturday, February 14. Rating: NNN The upstairs of Danforth’s Black Swan feels like an ancient place. A fitting locale,...

Julian Taylor revels in versatility

Julian Taylor revels in versatility

Feb 13, 2015

Toronto musician plays R&B at the Horseshoe one night, partakes in folk festival the next. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Thu Feb 12 2015 Julian Taylor is used to shaking it up. For example, those headed to the Horseshoe on Saturday night will experience the full electrifying and soulful R&B glory of the eight-piece Julian Taylor Band as they...

Winterfolk trumps other special events this weekend

Winterfolk trumps other special events this weekend

Feb 13, 2015

Reprinted from TorontoMoon.ca – Gary 17 – While lovers will be preparing for Valentines Day on Saturday, patriots for the 50th anniversary of Flag Day Sunday and parents for Family Day on Monday, many GTA fans of Roots and Blues music are probably a lot more excited about the 13th edition of the Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival taking place...

Preview: Winterfolk XIII Blues And Roots Festival

Preview: Winterfolk XIII Blues And Roots Festival

Feb 10, 2015

Reprinted from Hye’s Musings – The Winterfolk XIII Blues & Roots Festival brings us a stellar lineup of artists for its 13th annual edition; taking place February 13 – 15. A variety of music styles will fill five stages in various venues at Broadview and Danforth in Toronto. Venues include The Black Swan Tavern, The Globe Bistro, Dora...

The top 5 shows to catch at Winterfolk 2015

The top 5 shows to catch at Winterfolk 2015

Feb 8, 2015

by Ryan Ayukawa Fraser & Girard – When Allan Fraser and Marianne Girard were in the process of coming up with a name for their duo, Marianne, was partial to “Girard and Fraser”. After a short time they changed it to Fraser & Girard for the vowel sound of it. Also, Allan Fraser had also been part of the popular 60’s-70’s duo...

Julian Taylor Like Coming Home

Julian Taylor Like Coming Home

Jan 30, 2015

Reprinted from Cashbox Magazine by Don Graham – Toronto’s  annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is a combination of paid and free concert stages on the Danforth, February 13 – 15, 2015. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a...

Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival

Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival

Jan 24, 2015

TICKETS: www.winterfolk.com/winterfolk-advance-ticket-sales/ Winterfolk’s 13th annual edition of the festival will host a variety of music styles, filling five stages in various venues at Broadview and Danforth in Toronto, where the festival will present four ticketed events along with many other affordable concerts, community stages and workshops. PROGRAM...

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Line-Up Announced

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Line-Up Announced

Jan 23, 2015

The artist line-up has been announced for the Winterfolk Festival XIII and it sure to be a time for them to shine at this great event. TORONTO – The Winterfolk XIII Blues & Roots Festival is proud to announce a stellar lineup for the 13th annual edition of the festival taking place February 13-15, 2015. A variety of music styles will fill five stages in...

Cure Those Winter Blues

Cure Those Winter Blues

Jan 10, 2015

The Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, by Jeremy Finkelstein Reprinted from Collections Magazine, Dec 19 2014 insert to Toronto Globe and Mail – As a socially conscious brand of popular folk music exploded in the 1960s, with icons like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez at the helm, music scholars were left scrambling for a term to best capture the many influences...

Acoustic Harvest rings in the New Year with Winterfolk Showcase

Acoustic Harvest rings in the New Year with Winterfolk Showcase

Jan 2, 2015

Acoustic Harvest is ringing in the New Year with its Pre-Winterfolk Festival Showcase, featuring an impressive lineup of talent.By Jon Muldoon • January 12, 2015  – Brian Gladstone has been part of Canada’s roots music scene for more than three decades, and has played close to 1,000 shows in the last 10 years alone. His five albums have been...

The top 5 winter music festivals in Toronto for 2015

The top 5 winter music festivals in Toronto for 2015

Jan 1, 2015

by Aubrey Jax – Winter music festivals in Toronto won’t be quite as chilly as previous years, what with outdoor Brrrrr Fest not returning to Echo Beach, but that might be for the best. Live music is best kept as an indoor affair during the frozen months, especially since this summer looks like it will be flooded with outdoor festivals. While...

The Top Ten Events in Toronto This Winter

The Top Ten Events in Toronto This Winter

Dec 10, 2014

by Aubrey Fax, Dec 8 2014, Toronto Blog –   Toronto’s 13th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is a combination of paid and free concert stages on the Danforth, February 13 – 15, 2015. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a...

Winterfolk Returns Family Day Long Weekend

Winterfolk Returns Family Day Long Weekend

Nov 24, 2014

Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival Returns Family Day Long Weekend February 13 – 15, 2015 www.winterfolk.com Toronto’s 13th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is a combination of paid and free concert stages on the Danforth, February 13 – 15, 2015. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban,...

Ginger St. James at Winterfolk

Ginger St. James at Winterfolk

Feb 25, 2014

  by Kollin Lore • February 19, 2014   Raz Mataz Magazine had a chat with Ginger St. James, who was a pleasure to talk to, with her perky, friendly and fun personality. Ginger brought all of those qualities on stage along with a whole lot of sultriness. Her music features bluesy rock-n-roll melodies, and her vocals resembles a more throwback, country kind...

Winterfolk music festival on tap Friday to Sunday at Danforth Avenue venues

Winterfolk music festival on tap Friday to Sunday at Danforth Avenue venues

Feb 15, 2014

Reprinted from the East York Mirror, Feb 13, 2014 Folk-blues-roots festivals are usually held in the summer in rural areas. But Winterfolk, which runs in Toronto Friday, Feb. 14, to Sunday, Feb. 16, turns that on its head and does just the opposite: it’s a folk-blues-roots festival right in the heart of Toronto, right smack-dab in the middle of winter. It’s...

Winterfolk Roots and Blues

Winterfolk Roots and Blues

Feb 13, 2014

MUSIC MUSIC FEATURE Winterfolk XII By SARAH GREENE WINTERFOLK XII featuring JACK DE KEYZER, LYNN MILES, RON HYNES, TONY QUARRINGTON, SWAMPERELLA, DINAH THORPE and more, at various venues, Friday to Sunday (February 14-16). Free-$15. winterfolk.com. The Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival – tiding over Toronto folkies during that long, cold chasm between...

Ginger St. James drops the burlesque, but not the tease

Ginger St. James drops the burlesque, but not the tease

Feb 13, 2014

Reprinted from the Toronto Star, Feb 13, 2014 From bump ’n’ grind to bumps n’ bruises, Ginger St. James has experienced it all. And now the former Les Coquettes and Steeltown Sirens burlesque queen is bumping up her popularity as a sassy and dynamic rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist, creating a national buzz with some slightly cheeky music and a...

Brian Gladstone Interview, from James McGee

Brian Gladstone Interview, from James McGee

Feb 10, 2014

Brian Gladstone Interview Had a chance last week (on a snowy afternoon no less) to sit down with Brian Gladstone and discuss the upcoming Winterfolk Festival. Now in its 12th year the festival features a wide range of musical styles including Zydeco, cajun, blues, roots, and blue grass. Brian talks about the early days of the festival, the showcases, and some...

The 12th Annual Winterfolk Music Fest looks back and moves forward

The 12th Annual Winterfolk Music Fest looks back and moves forward

Feb 4, 2014

The 12th Annual Winterfolk Music Festival is right around the corner does any of you even know that it’s been around for 12 years? ​ With the JUNOS right around the corner, Winterfolk festival announced a few notables as part of their festival line up – Ron Hynes-Jazz FM host Laura Fernandez – Jason Fowler That’s to...

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival returns to west end of Danforth Avenue

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival returns to west end of Danforth Avenue

Feb 3, 2014

The west Danforth is once again home to the 12th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, which will take place on five stages in four venues Feb. 14 to 16. The venues include the Black Swan Tavern (two stages), Globe Bistro, Terri O’s and Dora Keoghs; all walkable from Broadview or Chester subway stations. Featured artists include roots and blues...

Mean Mary James ready to play at Toronto’s Winterfolk XII

Mean Mary James ready to play at Toronto’s Winterfolk XII

Jan 26, 2014

 StrynatkaToronto Performing Arts Examiner “Mean” Mary James is about as opposite from her nickname as a person can get: she’s sweet, kind, patient, easygoing, and upbeat. And in an interview from her home in Nashville, Tennessee on Jan. 22, 2014, the 33-year-old singer talked about her background, career, struggles and accomplishments, and...

Tony Quarrington’s days of being part of the background may be ending

Tony Quarrington’s days of being part of the background may be ending

Jan 23, 2014

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Given his commanding physical presence and even more impressive list of accomplishments, creations and distinctions, you’d think it would be hard for people to overlook multi-instrumental guitarist, composer and producer Tony Quarrington. Yet this large-framed musical behemoth usually somehow fades into the background while he’s...

Winterfolk XII arrives in Toronto in just over three weeks

Winterfolk XII arrives in Toronto in just over three weeks

Jan 20, 2014

Christina StrynatkaToronto Performing Arts Examiner     To say Winterfolk founder and director Brian Gladstone is excited the festival’s returning to the Danforth is an understatement. “I talked to the owners on the Danforth and they said, ‘Yes, come back, come back’, he said in an interview on Jan. 14, 2014. “I...

Winterfolk announces lineup for twelfth year Feb. 14-16

Winterfolk announces lineup for twelfth year Feb. 14-16

Jan 20, 2014

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine With its return to venues located on Danforth Ave. near Broadview in east Toronto, the Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival is poised to once again be the place to be for live music during the forthcoming Valentines Day weekend. After a two-year experiment of holding the three-nights-and-two-days event in a downtown hotel,...

Winterfolk returning to Danforth Ave. for twelfth festival Feb. 14-16

Winterfolk returning to Danforth Ave. for twelfth festival Feb. 14-16

Dec 21, 2013

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine Following a preliminary announcement that didn’t attract a lot of attention when it was first made on December 5 (your favourite music news magazine never even received a copy of it until it was forwarded by an artist today!) the Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival has confirmed on its website today that after two years it...

COLD WINTER MAKES WAY FOR HOT TALENT AT THIS YEAR’S WINTERFOLK BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL

COLD WINTER MAKES WAY FOR HOT TALENT AT THIS YEAR’S WINTERFOLK BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL

Feb 19, 2013

MUSIC FESTIVAL REVIEW Winterfolk is an Annual Blues & Roots Festival which was recently held at The Delta Chelsea Hotel in Toronto for the 11th year. It featured 150 Canadian Folk, Roots and Blues artists on 4 stages for 3 days of free unbelievable entertainment in an intimate setting. Brian Gladstone is Winterfolk Festival’s Founder, and is Executive...