Feb 16–18, 2018

Performers

More artists to be listed soon! 

Brampton Folk Club

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 appearance at Winterfolk. We are grateful for Winterfolk’s dedication to community groups like ours.     The Brampton Folk Club is a non-profit community group dedicated to promoting folk music in the Brampton area. They have been around for 20 years and have over 50 members.                                                                                                                                                                                                   Read more ...

Brian Gladstone

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 career.     Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five years as an artist, performer, sing songwriter, producer, festival director, and activist. Brian Gladstone has written and recorded four albums, all of which have garnered global acclaim and worldwide airplay, with a fifth to be released in late 2017. His albums have been signed with Comstock Records, as well as Silverwolf Records. In the last ten years Gladstone has played over 1,000 live shows, done ...  Read more ...

D’Arcy Wickham

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 Thomas band in the 1970’s D’Arcy Wickham has been a well known figure on the Toronto and Canadian music scene . He secured a recording contract with Polydor records in 1976 , released records and toured Canada then released award winning records in 2000 and 2005 . He is planning his 3rd CD, an all instrumental record for 2018.     Artist’s links:  Read more ...

David Essig

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, contemporary folk music. Always paying homage to his roots in Bluegrass and Country Blues, David uses these traditions to create timeless original songs, like “Albert’s Cove” and “Rebel Flag,” that have become part of the Canadian roots canon. Renowned as well as an instrumentalist, David is a master of the blues guitar. With his 5/8” socket and a sound that could peel the petunias off your mother’s porcelain, he is considered one of Canada’s finest slide ...  Read more ...

David Storey

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 year Folk Roots radio 2015     Bravo Award – Outstanding concert performance – solo – 2015     His debut full-length release, Comin’ Home, contains all the aspects of Storey’s musical gems that fans have loved the most since he resumed composing and performing: wry wit and penetrating insights about life’s changes, characters and passions humorously and powerfully delivered. He is a story teller. Although not strictly autobiographical in nature, the title of his debut full-length album Comin’ ...  Read more ...

Dirty Dishes

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 rhythm section “The Plate Rails” (Jay Boehmer and Henry Heillig), the Dishes have spent over ten years breaking hearts and soothing souls at theatres, fairs, festivals and events throughout Canada.     Artist’s links:  Read more ...

Howard Gladstone

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 returning to performing with renewed energy, passion and commitment.     Howard Gladstone has released his fifth album “Hourglass” in 2017. Howard Gladstone Trio is an eclectic and fascinating ensemble featuring original songs by all members: Spanish/world influences from Laura (vocalist, pianist, songwriter, radio host Café Latino (on Jazz.fm), and literate roots & jazz from Tony, plus Howard’s worldly and experienced songs. Sparkling harmonies and solid musicianship, and songs from Howard’s latest album “Hourglass” which is receiving solid reviews.     Artist’s links:  Read more ...

Jack de Keyzer

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 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. The British born, Canadian resident’s career has spanned over three decades. De Keyzer has released 7 CD’s and 1 DVD as a leader and appeared as a session guitarist on hundreds of recordings. As a session guitarist he has appeared with many ...  Read more ...

Jessica Pearson & The East Wind

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 Hillsburn, Murder Murder, The East Pointers, & many more.     After their first international tour throughout Ireland, Jessica Pearson and the East Wind released their first single “Think of Me” in late 2016, which reflected a blend of country roots, bluegrass and folk with an infusion of their newly acquired Celtic sound. The band’s music has been described as Nickel Creek meets Great Big Sea. The band’s debut album was released in the summer of 2017. Jessica Pearson and the East Wind’s dynamic ...  Read more ...

Julian Fauth

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 infusions of jazz and gospel. He performs original material as well as unique arrangements of traditional songs. He has recorded four CDs for Electro-Fi under his name and collaborated with a number of other artists.     Artist’s links:  Read more ...

Kat Goldman

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 storefront window in a bakery. She move to Boston to help in her recovery, where she did a degree in English Literature, and penned here third album, “Gypsy Girl.” She has returned to Toronto with her fourth recording, produced by Bill Bell, “The Workingman’s Blues,” which tells a story about a young, tough workingman from Boston who struggles to overcome his hardscrabble past.     Artist’s links:  Read more ...

Lynn Harrison

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 Bell”).     New CD coming in 2018, produced by fellow WF artist Noah Zacharin.     One of the Toronto music scene’s enduring treasures and a passionate soul committed to finding a higher path, Lynn Harrison connects with audiences of all ages through songs that are both deeply insightful and delightfully catchy. Lynn is an award-winning songwriter (OCFF, Unisong and others) with five CDs to her credit (currently working on a new recording produced by fellow Winterfolk artist Noah Zacharin), and the creator and host ...  Read more ...

Maggie & Mr. Rogers

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, banjo, fiddle, ukulele) has been a contributor to many bands and artists over the years. As the Musical Director in the duo, Scott selects most of the music he and Maggie perform, and designs all the arrangements. Maggie Keogh has been singing pretty much all of her life. She is currently studying Jazz Voice at McGill University in Montreal and is responsible for social media and designing our gig merch & posters. Toronto-based Donald Rooke (musical collaborator) generously shares his talents with us at our ...  Read more ...

Melanie Peterson

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 emotion, Melanie Peterson, a Saskatoon born, Toronto based, singer-songwriter and actress has quietly become one of the brightest lights on the Toronto independent music scene. Melanie toured through Ontario and Quebec in the summer of 2016. She also played shows in Edmonton, Vancouver, St. John and Halifax in March 2017 thanks to the Via Rail ‘Artists On Board Program’, which allowed her to “play her way across the country”. She has released two full length albums ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Anywhere From Here’ and in the summer of ...  Read more ...

Meredith Moon

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 well as reminiscent of old-time Appalachia. While playing original songs as well as traditional Irish and American folk tunes, she incorporates guitar, banjo, and podorythmie (foot rhythms) into her performance. In the past six years, Meredith Moon has played several Canadian folk festivals, toured Canada as well as Central America, and released two albums.     Artist’s links:  Read more ...

Moscow Apartment

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 2017).     Moscow Apartment is an acoustic duo whose close, sweet harmonies and exquisite song craft defy their young age, they are both just 15 years old. Influenced by Big Thief, Feist, Joni Mitchell, among others, Brighid & Pascale, skilled multi instrumentalists (guitar, piano, violin, ukulele, mandolin, banjo and bass) and grads of Girls Rock Camp Toronto, are powerful & mature songstresses: when these two sing together it is like honey to the ears. Their debut EP (prodcued by ...  Read more ...

Mponda Kalunga

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 becoming a refugee, to traveling the world and fighting in the ring… Mponda Kalunga has lived a colourful life filled with hardship and success. He has a truly inspiring story promoting “unity and courage”. Mponda shares some of his most intimate experiences throughout this new album “Searching for Glory”. Available on Spotify, iTunes, Google and Amazon.Take a listen here.     Artist’s links:  Read more ...

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick 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 stars.     Singer, guitarist, and player of old time Roots Americana, Mr. Rick (aka Rick Zolkower) was born in post war Detroit. Mr. Rick learned his craft by watching and listening to the iconic folk blues performers of the era at Detroit’s famed “Chessmate Coffeehouse”. Mr. Rick, has had a passion for Americana music for over 40 years. He started performing and touring in the 1960’s. He currently performs Blues, Jazz, Country, Tin Pan Alley, and Gospel on finger ...  Read more ...

NASHVILLE BOUND

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 showcase that Glen runs at various clubs that focuses on folk, blues and jazz.     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. No Depression said at the time, “Eventually, Glen will deserve to take ...  Read more ...

Noah Zacharin

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 Zacharin is an acclaimed full-time Canadian singer/songwriter/guitarist. First guitar (EKO) age 9, first original song age 13. Began performing at 14, delighted he still loves to play. 7 CD’s of original music, numerous collaborations and some 50 appearances as guitarist (acoustic and electric) and vocalist on other folks’ recordings across North America. “Virtuoso guitarist,” “vocals know no stylistic boundaries,” “great performer,” “Picasso of the music world…mastery of wide variety of styles.” Award-winning poet and translator with 100’s of ...  Read more ...

Peter Verity

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 Ontario”     While growing up in the Ottawa Valley, Peter Verity was charmed and inspired by the country and early rock and roll music he heard on his local radio. While in his teens Peter played in 60’s rock bands throughout the Ottawa area. Once in Toronto in the 1970’s, he toured extensively with travelling rock band “Pett Rock”, later “The Petts”. Since going “solo” in the mid 90″s, Peter has played his original brand of “Charged Folk” all around Canada, and ...  Read more ...

Rob Lutes

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.     Kerryville New Folk winner.     New album, Walk in the Dark, released September 8, 2017.     Since the release of his first album Gravity in 2000, Rob Lutes has steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of blues, folk, Americana, and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre. Lutes’s masterful fingerstyle guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to his live performances. The New Brunswick-born, long-time Montreal resident is a former Kerrville New Folk and ISC award ...  Read more ...

Seneca College Independent Music Presents

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 curriculum, taught by some of Canada’s top music professionals, designed to provide students with the technical, musical and business skills to be truly Independent; to create, produce and market their own unique vision.     Artist’s links:  Read more ...

Sharron Katz

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 Kim Mitchell) David Barrett (platinum Blonde)     Passionate, haunting, smooth and soulful- Sharron Katz always catches you just a little off guard. Featured on CBC radio, Her music has been likened to Joni Mitchell, Phoebe Snow and Macy Gray. Sharron’s Sultry, sweet vocals evoke deep emotion and her songwriting in alternate tunings are -like the artist-playful and unique, but really just listen for yourself. You’l be hooked!      Artist’s links:  Read more ...

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 band     Earth, Wind & Fire meets Enrique Iglesias. The Supremes meet Carlos Santana. What happens when you combine a powerful female horn section, Motown-style vocals, a Latin-influenced rhythm section and a Top-40-calibre stage show? The Achromatics: Music to be appreciated by the mind and body. The Achromatics are a nine-person superband creating a new sensation in pop music driven by soulful melody, Latin rhythm, and ferocious showmanship. They have been dazzling audiences throughout Ontario on their 2017 Summer Heatwave Tour, including stops at The Beaches International ...  Read more ...

The Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

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 energy to enjoy some great music, and a place for artists to come out to meet their friends.                                 Artist’s links:  Read more ...

The Bridge

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 theme. A popular open mic event for almost three years (now at the Imperial Pub) The Bridge at Winterfolk has explored themes of The Earth (2016) and Space and Time (2017). At Winterfolk XVI, The Bridge promises even more uplifting music and inspiring ideas!     Artist’s links:  Read more ...

The Max Woolaver Band

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 crackerjack band, the Max Woolaver Band has had a devoted following for a long time now. Drawing spiritual grace from the roots tradition, Max’s songs and the band’s musicianship ( Michelle Josef, Marg Stowe, Rachel Melas) have been appreciated by discerning live, TV and radio audiences.      Artist’s links:  Read more ...

The Willows

This vocal trio uses their signature, nostalgic charm and refreshing harmonies to deliver a potent brew of caffeinated jazz and mellow, chamomile-infused balladry.     #2 on iTunes and Nielsen Soundscan Jazz Charts in Canada, September 2017     New CD ‘Tea For Three’ Released 2017     Toured across Canada in Fall of 2017      The Willows recently released their first full-length album ‘Tea For Three’, which debuted at #2 on both the iTunes and Nielsen Soundscan charts in Canada. This potent brew of caffeinated jazz and mellow and chamomile-infused balladry showcases a fresh take on the group’s signature, nostalgic style. The refreshing harmonies of sophisticated songstresses Krista Deady (contralto), Andrea Gregorio (soprano) and Lauren Pedersen (mezzo-soprano), transport audiences to a more quaint and refined, yet adventurous time in ...  Read more ...

Tia McGraff

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 releases,various film/television placements, and numerous nominations and awards – including Americana album of the year nomination for 2016 Grammy Awards – have earned Tia McGraff a respect in the music industry and a global fan base that continues to stretch beyond demographics.Tia’s latest release, ‘Crazy Beautiful’ – produced by Colorado native, husband and longtime collaborator, Tommy Parham – was released in 2015, and immediately impressed Americana and Country radio programmers in the USA, Canada and Europe, resulting in significant activity on ...  Read more ...