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Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

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Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

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 venues over the 3 days. The festival also included special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy....

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Editor’s Corner March 2017

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Editor’s Corner March 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. Somewhere around our teenage years we lost track of each other as he went off to choir school and I attended York County’s experiment with open plan education in the early years of...

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Winterfolk Roundup Various Clubs Toronto

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Winterfolk Roundup Various Clubs Toronto

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 fiddle virtuoso Thomas Hamilton, Verity rolled out the haunting narratives and minor key melodies of fan faves“Blue as I Can Get”, “The Healing Rain” and “North...

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Americana Media Pro: Fred Boenig reviews Winterfolk

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Americana Media Pro: Fred Boenig reviews Winterfolk

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 who have been on the landscape for many years. Taking place at 5 different venues around the intersection of Danforth and Broadview Aves., this festival is the perfect tonic to come out...

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Tony Quarrington tribute album shows Winterfolk’s stature

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Tony Quarrington tribute album shows Winterfolk’s stature

\ 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 presence in the city and in fact was still staging shows here. The last presentation of its weekend within the city limits, I believe, was the ill-fated 1992 edition on one of the...

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Winterfolk is back for its 15th year on The Danforth

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Winterfolk is back for its 15th year on The Danforth

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 as an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that features the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music. More than 150 artists are set to perform at five venues...

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Entertainment Beat – Its that time of year again

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Entertainment Beat – Its that time of year again

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 124 Danforth Ave. Featuring Mary Kelly with Tom Leighton, Anne Walker, Missy Burgess, and John Prince and Bruce McDaniel, this is Acoustic Harvest’s fourth Winterfolk showcase. Last year,...

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A Musical Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

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A Musical Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

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 largest natural history museum, the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, truly offering something for everyone. Winterfolk Blues and...

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A Music Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

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A Music Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

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 largest natural history museum, the Royal Ontario Museum. Toronto is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, truly offering something for...

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Blog Toronto on Winterfolk

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Blog Toronto on Winterfolk

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 include special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy. Winterfolk is the ideal event for...

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Entertainment Beat

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Entertainment Beat

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 the Globe Bistro at 124 Danforth Ave. Featuring Mary Kelly with Tom Leighton, Anne Walker, Missy Burgess, and John Prince and Bruce McDaniel, this is...

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Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival announce full lineup

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Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival announce full lineup

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, on February 19, the festival hours will be 1:00pm-11:00pm.  The full line-up can be seen HERE! There are multiple options for shows.  The festival is offering $20...

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

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

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, including iconic songwriter and veteran of the TO music scene for 50 years, Sebastian Agnello, who has been an East York resident all his life. Agnello returns again this year, kicking things...

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Winterfolk Preview Jan 21

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Winterfolk Preview Jan 21

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 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Presented by Lillian Wauthier, Artistic Director of Acoustic Harvest along with Winterfolk Blues & Roots...

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Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

Posted by on Dec 21, 2016 in In The Press, What's New | Comments Off on Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

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, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over the three-day weekend. Wristband passes for the weekend are on...

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Winterfolk benefit supports festival’s artists

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Winterfolk benefit supports festival’s artists

  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, singer/songwriter Noah Zacharin, authentic Chicago blues man Jerome Tucker, and award-winning troubadour Glen Hornblast, will take place at The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave., just east of...

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

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Front Page, In The Press | 0 comments

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

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 years he is preparing to release a debut full-length album titled Comin’ Home. The television icon says he has enjoyed the journey back to his musical roots. “The reason that we called...

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

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

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 downstairs), Dora Keogh Irish Pub, Terry O’s and Mambo Lounge. Most of the concerts and events can be accessed with a single $15 wristband, good for the entire weekend. There are five...

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Winterfolk music festival engages and inspires with themed performances

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Front Page, In The Press | 0 comments

Winterfolk music festival engages and inspires with themed performances

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 festival on the Danforth, running from Fri. Feb. 12-14.   The four venues playing host are within a short walk of each other: Black Swan Tavern, Dora Keogh, Mambo Lounge andTerri O’s....

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What’s On This Week in Toronto

Posted by on Feb 9, 2016 in Front Page, In The Press | 0 comments

What’s On This Week in Toronto

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. And hear this: A $15 wristband gives you admission to 90 performances! There are other shows that require separate tickets and some need reservations, so get on...

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

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

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), Mambo Lounge (120 Danforth) and upstairs and downstairs at Black Swan Tavern (154 Danforth). A $15 wristband gets audiences admission to all of the shows over the weekend except for...

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Five acts to keep on your radar for Winterfolk XIV

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Five acts to keep on your radar for Winterfolk XIV

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) to the four venues and five stages on the Danforth. High profile features include recent Juno nominee Old Man Ludecke, Joey Landreth of the Landreth Bros., and David Storey of Corner...

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Winterfolk 2016 – The Interview on Folk Roots Radio

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Front Page, In The Press | 0 comments

Winterfolk 2016 – The Interview on Folk Roots Radio

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.

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Discount Winterfolk tickets available until end of January

Posted by on Jan 24, 2016 in Front Page, In The Press | 0 comments

Discount Winterfolk tickets available until end of January

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 extended paid shows (two of them featuring two-time Juno Award Winner Jack de Keyzer) each of which cost an additional modest $20. With the January discount, however, the $15 wristband...

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Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

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Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

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, courage, and social justice. The pair’s harmonies are backed by guitar and accordion, and songs are interspersed with tales of the prairies, big city life, and foreign travels. David...

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Folks Happily Brave the Winter for Winterfolk

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015 in In The Press | 0 comments

Folks Happily Brave the Winter for Winterfolk

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 crises.  With almost five decades behind him, he decided to record an album.  Through hard work and self-promotion, he got radio play and record label distribution in Europe.  But when he...

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Love at Winterfolk

Posted by on Feb 15, 2015 in In The Press, Winterfolk Past | 0 comments

Love at Winterfolk

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, then, for Winterfolk mainstays HOTCHA! The married duo of Beverly Kreller and Howard Druckman settled deeper into their old-timey shtick – period costumes and all – during their Love...

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Julian Taylor revels in versatility

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Julian Taylor revels in versatility

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 perform songs from their acclaimed album Tech Noir. On Friday and Sunday, you’ll find Taylor doing the solo singer-songwriter thing at the Irish pub Dora Keogh, partaking in the annual...

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Winterfolk trumps other special events this weekend

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Winterfolk trumps other special events this weekend

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 from tonight through Sunday. True to its name, the five-stage, four-venue festival on Danforth Avenue near Broadview Ave. does combine dollops of first-rate Blues with an even healthier...

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Preview: Winterfolk XIII Blues And Roots Festival

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Preview: Winterfolk XIII Blues And Roots Festival

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 Keogh’s and Terri O’s. The festival launches Friday night at The Black Swan, with gritty blues performer Alfie Smith, best known for his resophonic guitar playing and brazen slide licks,...

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The top 5 shows to catch at Winterfolk 2015

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in In The Press | 0 comments

The top 5 shows to catch at Winterfolk 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 Fraser & DeBolt (the late Daisy DeBolt) which may have added to the choice of name. NSAI Presents – Those looking for something a little different at Winterfolk will find it...

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Julian Taylor Like Coming Home

Posted by on Jan 30, 2015 in In The Press | 0 comments

Julian Taylor Like Coming Home

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 multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over three days of the long Family Day weekend. The festival will also include special...

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Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival

Posted by on Jan 24, 2015 in In The Press | 0 comments

Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival

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 SCHEDULE Programming Notes Winterfolk is a combination of four ticketed events and 102 events at $10.00 or pay what you can for the weekend. Community Music Presentation Winterfolk opens...

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Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Line-Up Announced

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Line-Up Announced

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 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....

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Cure Those Winter Blues

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

Cure Those Winter Blues

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 steering the popular artists of the day. The phrase “roots music” was coined and is now used to encompass every genre from folk, blues, gospel, and traditional country, amongst others....

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Acoustic Harvest rings in the New Year with Winterfolk Showcase

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

Acoustic Harvest rings in the New Year with Winterfolk Showcase

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 well-received, and his non-profit Association of Artists for a Better World has produced eight albums and numerous concerts in support of worthy causes. Tony Quarrington has been part of Toronto’s...

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The top 5 winter music festivals in Toronto for 2015

Posted by on Jan 1, 2015 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

The top 5 winter music festivals in Toronto for 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 it’s great to see Toronto’s annual fests return, extra points go to Toronto’s newest winter music series, which will bridge concerts with delicious food. Here are my picks...

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The Top Ten Events in Toronto This Winter

Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

The Top Ten Events in Toronto This Winter

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 multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over three days of the long Family Day weekend. The festival will also include...

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Winterfolk Returns Family Day Long Weekend

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in In The Press | 0 comments

Winterfolk Returns Family Day Long Weekend

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, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over three days...

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Ginger St. James at Winterfolk

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

Ginger St. James at Winterfolk

  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 of vibe. Ginger performed as part of a special Valentine’s Day evening on the first night of the Winterfolk Festival at Black Swan Tavern in Toronto. Her performance and stage presence...

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

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

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

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 based out of the west Danforth – five stages in four local venues, all within walking distance of either Broadview or Chester subway stations. With more than 150 musicians, including...

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Winterfolk Roots and Blues

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

Winterfolk Roots and Blues

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 warm-weather festivals – is back this year (its 12th) with 150 artists on five Danforth Avenue stages. As at a summer music fest, patrons can take in concurrent shows by wandering around, but...

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

Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

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

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 captivating charisma fueled by her roaring voice and model beauty. However, it was the “bumps ‘n’ bruises” faction of her life that inspired the title of the Binbrook, Ont. native’s upcoming...

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Brian Gladstone Interview, from James McGee

Posted by on Feb 10, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

Brian Gladstone Interview, from James McGee

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 of the featured performers (including Ron Hynes, Lynn Miles, Brett Titcomb, Swamperella, Jack De Keyser ) that will appear at the festival. Brian Gladstone Interview, V1 from James McGee...

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

Posted by on Feb 4, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

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

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 name a few…… I caught up with Festival Director Brian Gladstone after he’d had a good night’s rest so he had plenty to say…..he presented some very...

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

Posted by on Feb 3, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

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

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 luminaries Ron Hynes, Jason Fowler, Lynn Miles, Tony Quarrington, Rick Taylor, Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Marianne Girard and, all the way from Nashville, Mean Mary. Local rising stars...

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

Posted by on Jan 26, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

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

 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 what she’s going to be bringing to Winterfolk XII in just a few weeks. Mary was born in Alabama and has lived in Florida and Minnesota before calling Nashville home. And at an age...

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

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

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

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 making other accomplished artists look and sound even better by accompanying them with his tasty guitar stylings that leave even award-winning fellow strummers and pickers in awe. That will...

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Winterfolk XII arrives in Toronto in just over three weeks

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

Winterfolk XII arrives in Toronto in just over three weeks

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 can’t see us leaving again.” The return to the Danforth came after a two-year experiment at the Delta Chelsea hotel in the downtown core, but Gladstone ultimately felt that going...

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Winterfolk announces lineup for twelfth year Feb. 14-16

Posted by on Jan 20, 2014 in In The Press, What's New | 0 comments

Winterfolk announces lineup for twelfth year Feb. 14-16

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, this year’s Winterfolk XII will return to a “club crawl” format incorporating five rooms in four venues located within a stones’ throw of one another. Fifty “headline” acts were named...

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

Posted by on Dec 21, 2013 in In The Press | 0 comments

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

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 is abandoning the concept of holding the weekend under one roof and will return to a “club crawl” concept by relocating back to Danforth Avenue for its twelfth edition Feb. 14-16,...

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

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in In The Press, Media, What's New | 0 comments

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

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 Director of the Artists for a Better World, a non-profit organization that now operates it. He realized that there was a seven-month void in the folk festival calendar during the winter and...

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