Feb 17–19, 2017

Performers

Acoustic Harvest Presents

Since 1997, the Acoustic Harvest Saturday Night Monthly Concert Series has showcased and nurtured the careers of many fine Canadian performers. The late, great, Rick Fielding had the vision to bring the finest in acoustic roots/folk music to Toronto’s east end communities. Thus began Acoustic Harvest. Since it’s inception, audiences have enjoyed superb performances and learned about the rich and storied history of roots/folk music. Regional, National and International Acoustic Roots Performers. Community Building and Cultural Arts for East End Toronto, Scarborough, Beach and Bluffs Communities. Read more ...

All Day Breakfast Stringband

All Day Breakfast Stringband The Montreal-based All Day Breakfast Stringband plays old time music from the southern and midwestern USA. Fiddle, guitar, double bass, banjo, and voices join forces to confirm that the old music is still exhilarating.     Traditional old time string band from Montréal.     Playing concerts and square dances throughout Canada since 2013.     Two time finalists of the Traditional Band contest at Clifftop, West Virginia.     The band formed gradually through bourbon fuelled jam sessions in Montreal’s many public nature reserves, and solidified with recording sessions, as well as actual concerts for people who don’t spend all of their free time in parks. This semi-serious monkeying around has done quite well by the All Day Breakfast Stringband, taking them to beautiful spots around Quebec and Ontario as well ... Read more ...

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths ANDY is an energetic and passionate rootsy folk rock singer/songwriter who will have you tapping your toes and singing along with the chorus!     ‘Mind On Other Things’ was nominated for ‘Roots Recording of the Year’ at the 2013 HAMILTON MUSIC AWARDS!     Andy is really looking forward to releasing 2 new albums in 2017. ‘Our Cat flash’ – original kid’s music and ‘Stella Started It’ – original folk rock.     Andy is thrilled to return to the stage at Winterfolk this year!     While Andy Griffiths studied architecture in his younger days, music always remained a keen passion for him. He’d study architecture, graduate, become an independent architectural designer (founding his own company Archimage Design), look after aging parents, raise a family, design and build a new ... Read more ...

Anne Walker

Anne Walker Anne Walker is a singer-songwriter based in Toronto who writes moving and deeply honest songs and delivers them in a strong, expressive voice.     New CD released 2016 “Down the Horseshoe Valley Road.”     Anne Walker is a singer-songwriter based in Toronto who writes moving and deeply honest songs and delivers them in a strong, expressive voice. As a songwriter, she writes with heart and soul and mind. Strong, well-crafted lyrics present vivid images and stories. There is an integrity and honesty that springs from deep feeling and spirituality in its broadest sense. As a singer–her haunting voice is strong, clear and expressive. Often drawing comparisons Kathy Mattea, Anne’s rich voice lends itself well to the variety of her material. And variety there is–a pleasing ... Read more ...

Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine show is a weekly open stage and jam every Saturday at the Freetimes Cafe at 1:00 in the Afternoon.      It’s a good listening room filled with creative energy to enjoy some great music.      All artists welcomed. Come in and put your name on the sign-up sheet to reserve your spot.      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. Come out to Meet Your Friends. Come Out to Play Some Tunes. It’s a good listening room filled with creative energy to enjoy some great music, and a place for artists to come out to ... Read more ...

Blair Packham

Blair Packham Tuneful Toronto-based singer/songwriter Blair Packham used to be in an 80s pop band but he’s spent the intervening years playing countless shows sharpening his solo performing skills.     Blair Packham is one of Canada’s best unsung pop writers. — Ron Sexsmith.     Tuneful, honest, sharp-witted, and performed with style and confidence. – The Toronto Star     Clever-clever, lyric-driven pop with a chip on its shoulder. — Now Magazine.     You never know what will come out of Blair Packham’s mouth. Could be a song, and maybe a story about where that song came from. Sometimes his stories are pretty funny, while the songs can be heartbreaking. Always looking for the human connection, Blair treasures his time on stage, whether solo or with his acoustic trio, the Good Bones. ... Read more ...

Brampton Folk Club

The Brampton Folk Club is a non-profit community organization whose purpose is to promote and encourage folk music in the Brampton area.     We hold monthly meetings, run a ticketed concert series, and perform at various local and community events.     We average about 50 members, with over 20 performing acts.     Visit our website at www.bramptonfolk.ca                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Read more ...

Brian Blain

Brian Blain At 70, Brian Blain is a well-respected elder of the Canadian roots music community, mostly working behind the scenes writing, publishing and hosting his legendary blues campfire jams but still writing and recording songs with smart lyrics, unaffected vocals and a relentless groove.     Bluesman Brian Blain brings his legendary Blues Campfire Jam to Winterfolk.     Brian Blain has guitar style that is as authentic and soulful as you will find in any blues – south, east, west or north – but his lyrics reveal a unique, contemporary point of view. His vocals do not sound like some old blues guy, yet he is an old blues guy, with 70 years of life experiences and 50 years writing and singing about them (on the ... Read more ...

Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone Brian Gladstone is a world class finger-style guitar player, a dynamic performer, and a prolific song writer not restrained by conventional boundaries.     Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five years.     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 over 100 live radio interviews including CBC ... Read more ...

Command Sisters

Command Sisters We may have played the Shanghai Int Music Fest, won the John Lennon songwriting contest, had our song Earthquake played on the Today Show, had four Guitar World features and conversed with Prince William at a private event, but we still can’t whip and nae nae #truestory.     Guests of the Canadian Consulate as performers from Canada for the Shanghai International Music Festival.     Chosen as Youth Ambassadors of Alberta to meet with Prince William and Princess Kate at a private function.     John Lennon contest winners who performed a medley of Chaka Khan’s songs to her and a sold-out crowd at LA’s She Rocks Awards.     Guitars, stunning sister harmonies, award-winning songwriting and an exhilarating live show; these are only a few reasons why the Command Sisters ... Read more ...

D’Arcy Wickham

D'Arcy Wickham Veteran Toronto fingerstyle dazzler D’Arcy Wickham returns to Winterfolk with a bevy of new material from his upcoming new CD.     Winner, Songs from the heart 2009.     New CD release, 2017.     As a former guitarist for the Ian Thomas Band and Polydor recording artist D’Arcy’s musical career has spanned 4 decades and he now returns to Winterfolk 2017 as an award winning songwriter and well known guitarist.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Danny Marks

Danny Marks Danny Marks, star of stage, screen and radio.     BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT.     CASHBOX LEGACY AWARD.     NEW ALBUM in 2016, CITIES IN BLUE.     This iconic rocker’s roots go back to the sixties as a founding member of Capitol Records’ group, Edward Bear. After a span as a journey man session musician throughout the seventies, Danny settled in to the club scene, establishing a cult following as a genre bender in music and humor.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

David Essig

David Essig West-coast based David Essig is a guitarist’s guitarist and a helluva songwriter to boot who has been performing and recording in Canada for 45 years.     Award-winning Canadian roots musician.     Europeans call him one of Canada’s best roots musicians.     New CD Spring 2016.      David Essig is considered one of Canada’s finest roots/blues artists. A singer-songwriter with an international following, David has performed at every major festival in Canada and in concerts worldwide. He has released 20 albums and produced over 60 for other artists. In 2013 he published his first novel, “Dancing Hand,” to great critical aclaim.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

David McLachlan

David McLachlan David sings with conviction songs about life and its lessons.     Performing songwriter who has recorded four albums of original song.     Latest album “Traveling Truthfully” available Dec 1/2016.     Honourable Mention for Songwriting-Bandwars (Mike Pinder of Moody Blues).     David sings with a powerful conviction, heartfelt insightful songs that reflect life and its lesson’s. Early influences were artists Stan Rogers, Adam Mitchell, Raffi, David Bradstreet, Steve Goodman and Neil Young. David’s debut record “Can’t Close A Blind Eye” was released in 2003. David’s second full length album “Not A Through Street” was released in Dec 2015. David continues to write and perform, and recorded his 3rd album “Traveling Truthfully” in Nashville in June/July 2016, to be released fall 2016.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

David Storey

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. Twenty-five years of award-winning writing, directing and producing work in the field of television and movies had kept him away from his first love, music —until now. His debut full-length album is aptly named.     Coming Home album released in 2016.     Brampton Bravo Award solo concert performance.     Directing new Corner Gas spin off in Vancouver.     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 ... Read more ...

Denielle Bassels

Denielle Denielle is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Her original music and arrangements tell stories with whimsy and purpose, and draw inspiration from swing and jazz from 1920’s to 60’s.     Winner of Grand Prize in Jazz Category for John Lennon Song Competition – Cool Cool Water – 2014.     New Album Release Feb. 8, 2017.     Headlined the Twilight Jazz Festival in St. Catherines, ON for 5th Anniversary .     Denielle Bassels has been entertaining audiences in venues all over the GTA including Gate 403, The Rivoli, Lula Lounge, Revival with Electro-Swing Club Toronto, Cameron House, Poetry Jazz Cafe and countless others. Denielle Bassels presented a Tribute to Peggy Lee Concert at The Barrie Jazz Festival in summer 2015. Denielle released her EP “Gypsy Summer” in 2013 ... Read more ...

Dr. Tom Hamilton

Dr. Tom Hamilton Violinist/fiddler Dr. Tom is a perennial feature in festivals across Canada and abroad. He produces emerging Canadian singer/songwriters. He makes his home in Toronto.     Founder/curator/host of Toronto Urban Folk Art Salon, in partnership with Toronto Public Libraries.     Producer/arranger/performer, violin, voice, piano, percussion. Recording authentic Canadian musicians.     Poet, author of “Bellicose Veins” and “Deer Crossing” available on www.bookbaby.com Amazon Kindle Chapters Indigo.     Thomas Gannon Hamilton began his musical career at age 14 when he joined the 1st Violin Section of the Detroit International Youth Symphony. Two years later he became the youngest member of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra and began playing in night clubs as a set drummer and singer. In 1980 he helped to bring about the Calgary Jazz Festival. In 1989, he was ... Read more ...

End of the Road

Take more decades of performing than the guys like to admit; add born in the bone raw talent to instrumental virtuosity, stunning harmonies, endless on-stage energy and thoughtful, thought provoking lyrics and you have arrived at the “End of the Road”.     Perpetual entertainers for the Canada Day Boat Cruise for the Festival of the Sound in Parry Sound Ontario.     A diverse mix of traditional, maritime, folk and bluegrass is perhaps the most accurate description of the music of “End of the Road”. This trio of talented musicians has been entertaining enthusiastic audiences throughout Ontario and the Maritimes for many years both individually and as former members of “John Prince & a Piece of the Rock. The new project, “End of the Road” provides ... Read more ...

Freeman Dre

Freeman Dre Singer-Songwriter Freeman Dre is one of Toronto’s best. Backed by a cult following and a killer band.     New Vinyl in 2017.     Winner, NOW Magazine, Best Songwriter, 2011.     Freeman Dre may be the best songwriter you’ve never heard of. An extraordinary lyricist, his musical narratives are charming, dark, sensitive, and funny, and always command attention. Armed with an expert band, Dre and his Kitchen Party are renowned for their live shows.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter whose music is an intoxicating blend of folk, country, jazz and blues.     Winner “Songs From The Heart Contest” 2015.     Semi-FInalist International Song Competition 2014.     Semi-Finalist USA Songwriting Competition 2013.     Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter whose music is an intoxicating blend of folk, country, jazz and blues. His latest CD entitled “Once In A Blue Moon” has received rave reviews and has been played on radio stations around the world. He describes his songs as “sad little stories of love, loss and heartache.”     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien Harpin’ Norm Lucien emerged on the Folk scene with a pocketful of harmonicas and soon his signature style and versatility has become in demand in performance and recording studios. Harpin’ is now enjoying radio play of his songs and a new eleven song CD, ‘The World’s Strongest Man’!     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 …..www.pictaram.com/user/feastoftheages     Harpin’ emerged on the Folk scene five years ago with a few harmonicas in his pocket and soon began to play with many musicians and styles! Adding guitar and his poetry Harpin’ now writes his own songs as well as writing for others. ... Read more ...

HOTCHA!

HOTCHA! 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 ACOUSTIC)!!     Koerner Hall Free For All – Selected performers for 2016 event.     4 star (out of 5) review in SING OUT! Magazine.     Born in the swamp. Raised on the mountain. Work in the mines. Play on the porch. Well, that’s only true metaphorically. We don’t actually have a porch. HOTCHA! (Beverly Kreller and Howard Druckman) nonetheless feel as though their music fits the description: Rustic, rural songs of work and faith, delivered with a vintage vibe and the ... Read more ...

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone is a Toronto based singer/songwriter with 4 CD’s of original material.     Returning to music with renewed energy and purpose after a forced hiatus, Howard is working on a new release for 2017.     “Howard Gladstone used to write about music. Now he writes songs. More importantly, he pens the kind of topical tunes that were the province of singer-songwriters before navel-gazing became the norm. His music is a tribute to the great artists who inspired him.” Marc Rheaume, CBC Radio.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Isaak Bonk

Isaak Bonk Isaak Bonk is a young Toronto folk singer and poet, making his first appearance at WinterFolk.     Named in Brian Gladstone’s “top three discoveries of 2016.”     In the last year Isaak has become a frequent performer within and around the roots community in Toronto. In a short amount of time, although starting out singing the songs of classic songwriters (Townes van Bandit, Bob Dylan, Woody guthrie, as well as traditional folk songs), Isaak has composed a formidable repertoire of original music. At just 20 years old Isaak Bonk brings a fresh new local addition to the Winter Folk 2017 lineup.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Isabel Fryszberg

Isabel Fryszberg Isabel Fryszberg in the last year has won audiences, gained strong reviews and radio play from her debut album Hearts and Arrows. “Her tunes are like diner menus.” John Aspice, No Depression. She will be joined with the sublime Tony Quarrington at Winterfolk.     Winner of Newmarket Arts Council Songwriting Contest for song Something Sacred from 2014 debut album Hearts and Arrows by Isabel and the Uncommons.     Her jazz song “New Moon,” was chosen to be part of a city initiative, Toronto 311, playlist which brings local artists to the 311 phone system..      Will be releasing new album in March 2016 in collaboration with the members of the Creative Works Studio, a St. Michael’s Hospital art based program.      Isabel Fryszberg won audiences last ... Read more ...

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today.     2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy).     7X Maple Blues award winning artist.     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 artists including Etta James, Otis ... Read more ...

Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band Jerome Tucker is a bass player, singer, writer, and performer from the Philadelphia area, now currently performing with his own band, the Jerome Tucker Band, in the Toronto area.     CBC Sounds of the Season, House Band/Performer, 2016.     CBC Here and Now Song of the Week, Sept 2016.     CP24 Featured Artist on morning show, Sept/Oct 2016.     Jerome Tucker, born in the Philadelphia area, is a lead vocalist/bass player who joined the US Navy as an electronics instructor and ended up in the Gulf Coast moonlighting playing for various blues and Cajun artists. After the Navy and cowriting a couple of tunes with Ivan Neville, he moved to Chicago where the bulk of his career was formed, playing bass and singing for the likes of ... Read more ...

Joe Hall

Joe Hall led the unique canadian folk-rock ensemble THE CONTINENTAL DRIFT in the 1970s and continues to sing and songwrite thru the new millenium.     Has had a monthly residencey at the tranzac club since 2002.     Released an album, in c.d. format, with members of the silverhearts in 2014 entitled THE OMITTMENTS.     After leading the canadian folk -rock ensemble THE CONTINENTAL DRIFT to the edge of obscurity in the 1970s, Joe continues to sing and and songwrite in the very centre of obscurity…he remains a flaneur of the first water on the streets of his hometown…oatmeal, ont.     Read more ...

Johnson Crook

Johnson Crook Noel Johnson, Jared Craig and brothers Nathan and Trevor Crook are Johnson Crook, a four-piece roots rock/country band based in Toronto, ON.     Full length self-titled debut album produced by Bill Bell (Jason Mraz, Tom Cochrane, Justin Nozuka, Danko Jones), will be released in 2017.     With rich, four-part vocal harmonies, fiery guitar-driven performances, and a collection of songs spanning love, heartache, and self-discovery it is clear that Johnson Crook has grown out of the musical heritage established by artists such as The Eagles and The Band.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks We’ve been told we like ‘happy songs.’ These are lies.     The blurbs go here. They assure us the artist has been vetted by the right people from the right cultural institutions. If somebody at the Toronto Star felt the artist “stands among an exalted few in the enduring Canadian song tradition: Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Fred Eaglesmith, Bruce Cockburn…” then maybe you will, too. The bio goes here. The bio is written with an ‘aw, shucks’ likability that attests to the songwriter’s populist stage presence and professional credentials: his “soulful, honest voice,” his multiple awards and nominations; and, a list of outrageously famous people with whom the artist has thus far “shared the stage.” The new ... Read more ...

Jory Nash

Jory Nash Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, country and soul into an original stew of sound.     4 time CFMA nominee.     Songs From The Heart winner, 2000.     Most recent CD released in 2015.     Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, country and soul into an original stew of sound. He has released 8 critically acclaimed CDs. He plays guitar, piano and banjo and his warm voice urges you to listen. He begins recording his 9th CD in Summer 2017.                                     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor “Beautiful songwriting that connects.” Pat Blythe, Cashbox Magazine.     CBC Radio 2 – Set Me Free #2 and Fever #9.     “In an era when music lovers seem to be required to like one thing, one style, one genre, we get the protean of the Julian Taylor Band – confident enough in their own abilities to delimit the genres and let the soulful beats resound from wider horizons.” – Robert Priest.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Juneyt

Juneyt Turkish Immigrant Juneyt is a Self-Thought Nuevo-Flamenco Guitarist from Waterloo, ON., Juneyt has built a large, dedicated following through his regular, electric performances throughout the World.     Multi-Award Winner and Nominated for Many Awards in his career.     He has Opened & Shared the stage with many well known musicians.     He has performed at numerous festivals representing Canada in Europe, Asia, South & North America.     Since moving to Canada from Turkey, Juneyt has built a large, dedicated following through his regular, electric performances throughout the Kitchener-Waterloo GTA area and beyond. Juneyt’s peers recognize him as a highly talented, professional musician whose passionate performances have earned him nominations for Toronto Independent Music Awards (2015 & 2016), Waterloo Region Arts Awards (2008, 2010, 2012, 2014), Record Readers Choice ... Read more ...

Kim Doolittle

Kim Doolittle Singer, Songwriter, Story Teller, Musician, Troubador, Humorist, all around music gal.     Into The Blue, Produced by Ken Whiteley, dropping in Spring of 2017.     A sound much like Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams.     Kim is in her 4th decade of singing and debuting her 9th Studio Recording Into The Blue in 2017.     Kim Doolittle has toured the world land and sea with her guitar in hand for 43 years. Her blues infused original music touching on her life and her Nova Scotian roots sets the back drop for some great stories and original songs. She is looking forward to releasing “Into The Blue”, produced by Ken Whiteley in the spring of 2017 and continuing her musical journey. She is very ... Read more ...

Laura Fernandez

Laura Fernandez Canada’s newest Steinway artist Laura Fernandez is a multifaceted artist- a multi lingual singer songwriter, pianist and composer who ‘s songs encompass the many aspects of life, inspiring and emotional lyrical content and storytelling are the hallmark of her performances.     Versatile singer song writer, Latin jazz vocalist, composer and Jazz.FM91 host and producer.     Laura Fernandez was born in Madrid, Spain. She is an award winning visual artist (16 published children’s books), pianist, singer songwriter and recording artist. Her first CD The Other Side led to a prestigious award at the New York International Independent Music Festival, and performances at Madison Square Garden, the Knitting Factory, and The Bitter End, as well as international festivals including TD Toronto Jazz Festival and the International ... Read more ...

Lily Frost

Lily Frost The style is a tasteful blend of old timey swing, 60s surf, spaghetti western and sultry torch fronted by Lily who draws on the aesthetics of Audrey Hepburn and Bettie Page.     Well known from song placements in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Charmed, Mistresses, Crazy Beautiful and Being Erica, or TV commercials for Chevy Cob.     Following a vibrant recording career spanning more than 12 original albums and over 20 years of international touring, Lily Frost​ has now transformed her natural loungey tones to a swingabilly Americana live performance. “One of the best performances I’ve ever seen. You would have liked her, Leonard. ” –Maclean’s Magazine (review of tribute concert in honour of Leonard Cohen’s 70th birthday) The style is a tasteful blend of old ... Read more ...

Louis Simão Duo

Louis Simao Duo Toronto-based musician, Louis Simão has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for over twenty years.      New CD “A Luz” released on October 30th, 2016.     “A solo debut well worth the anticipation, Simão breathes new life into traditional Brazilian and Portuguese music!” Howard Druckman, Editor, SOCAN.     It is not often that you come across a recording that is so ineffably brilliant that attempts to describe it, you feel, might only diminish its beauty.     Toronto-based musician, Louis Simão has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for twenty years. 2016 will mark his much-anticipated solo album, “A Luz” (The Light) – a collection of Simão’s own compositions and arrangements. Joined by the best ... Read more ...

Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison An inspiring presence on the Toronto folk music scene for many years, Lynn Harrison’s music bridges the boundary between “secular” and “spiritual,” uniting diverse audiences and acting as a powerful force for social good.     Also an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister (First Unitarian Toronto).     Released 5th CD “The Conversation” in 2016.     Also host of “The Bridge” themed spiritual open mic.     An inspiring presence on the Toronto folk music scene for many years, Lynn Harrison’s music bridges the boundary between “secular” and “spiritual,” uniting diverse audiences and acting as a powerful force for social good. Also an ordained Unitarian minister, Lynn is an award-winning songwriter (OCFF, Unisong and others) with five CDs to her credit, and the creator and host of “The Bridge” a unique ... Read more ...

Margaret Stowe

Margaret Stowe Margaret Stowe is an eclectic jazz-based electric and acoustic guitarist.     Guitarist Margaret Stowe has recorded and performed with a host of Canadian/International artists. “Stowe’s departure point is jazz, but her style ranges from folk to blues to world beats, propelled by her trademark high energy and eclectic tastes.” Prague Post. These days she appears with Brenda Lewis, ad hoc groups and shows, and rare appearances by Max Woolaver, Priscilla Wright, and the Missa Gaia Jazz Ensemble. She currently works as an engineer and producer in her recording studio Ozworld on a variety of projects including the Tribute to Tony Quarrington CD, released at this year’s Winterfolk. Tony and Margaret are also working on a CD of Tony’s original songs, Canadian WW1 ... Read more ...

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly Mary is a singer, actor, writer, and teacher who comes from a long line of storytellers and believes no story is too big or too fantastic – especially if it’s told with grace and wit.     Mary Kelly     Mary was delighted when she moved to Toronto from Nova Scotia to find a rich, vibrant folk music community full of talent, big generous personalities and magical stories. People reveal themselves to us through their life histories – inspiring and exhausting, beautiful and ugly, hilarious and terrifying, often all at the same time! Finding enough clarity to share those stories is endlessly fascinating – from open mikes to concert stages, from book musicals to alternative plays, from solo gigs to Broadway (ok, off-Broadway), the aim ... Read more ...

Melanie Peterson

Melanie Peterson Blessed with an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top, Melanie Peterson, a Saskatoon born, Toronto based, singer-songwriter and actress has quietly become a bright light on the Toronto folk music scene.     Toronto based, Saskatoon born singer-songwriter-actress.     Deemed “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” by the BBC.     Sophomore Album “Anywhere From Here” released 2016.     Melanie Peterson has been referred to as “Mary Poppins with a broken heart” by BBC Radio and has been recognized as having “a beautiful voice” and being a “terrific songwriter” by Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun. Melanie initially moved to Toronto to pursue a career in acting. Between acting jobs she often picked up the Gibson guitar her father had given her as ... Read more ...

Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna Mike McKenna has enjoyed 50 years as one of Canada’s most respected guitarists.     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.     His unique style of electric slide guitar has even earned him induction into the Canada South Blues Society Hall of Fame, an event scheduled for October of 2013. He is best known for his work in the much-lauded 1960’s band Luke and The Apostles, followed by the equally revered McKenna Mendelson Mainline. In addition, he has played with a number of noteable groups including The Ugly Ducklings, Downchild Blues Band, and The Guess Who. Today, McKenna’s career has come ... Read more ...

Missy Burgess

Missy Burgess “You can hear the weight of experience Missy brings to her strong original material and to the interpretive voice she brings to standards and the gems from other writers she chooses to cover.” (Mike Regenstreif)!     The only Canadian to perform at The Angola Prison for Women in Louisiana. Won spots on numerous compilation CD’s. Last CD Play Me Sweet 2011.     Missy has performed on stages from The National Arts Centre in Ottawa, Canada to The Angola Prison for Women in Louisiana. She also sang with a Tom Waits Tribute group.! Wherever Burgess is playing, fans come to hear her powerful and moving voice.! She has recorded 3 albums, Pour Me A Song, Lemon Pie and Play Me Sweet. (missyburgess.com)!     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.     Rick has just finished his 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 style guitar with vocals – ... Read more ...

Nashville Bound

Nashville Bound Nashville Bound is a Nashville-style Songwriters Showcase created by Toronto singer-songwriter Glen Hornblast, who has run this Songwriter Series since 2014, and showcased over 200 Canadian songwriters. Inspired by Glen’s many trips to Nashville, and his performance at the famous Bluebird Cafe, Glen wanted to create a Songwriter Series in Toronto that would give a proper stage for songwriters to showcase their songs. The Series has been a great success, and Glen is excited about being able to take Nashville Bound to the Winterfolk Stage.      The Nashville Bound Songwriter Series had been able to showcase over 200 Canadian singer-songwriters.     Nashville Bound has conducted many fundraisers for worthy causes, including musicians suffering from Cancer.     Nashville Bound has inspired other songwriter ... Read more ...

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) – Toronto Chapter

NSAI Toronto exists to meet the educational and awareness needs of Toronto-area songwriters and to further the craft of songwriting in the GTA.     The Toronto Chapter holds monthly meetings on the First Tuesday of every month at Harris Institute in Toronto.     NSAI Toronto presents Ontario’s largest 3-day songwriter’s festival, Tin Pan North every year in May.     Established in 1967, NSAI is a not-for-profit trade association that offers a variety of services to professional and aspiring songwriters. NSAI teaches writers about the craft of writing, providing education and guidance on the songwriting process. We listen to your songs! We also aim to nurture aspiring writers, navigating them through the music industry and how it works, all while providing opportunities to network with and ... Read more ...

Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin Noah Zacharin is an acknowledged guitar master and literate songwriter with 7 CD’s of original music and countless appearances on stage and CD, supporting many of the best in town and beyond.     Noah Zacharin is an exciting performer—a singer/songwriter/guitarist with 7 solo CD’s of multi-genre music, several collaborative efforts, and production and performance credits on nearly 50 recordings by other writers throughout North America. He has been called “a wonderful songwriter and performer, and stunning guitarist” (Paul Mills, Borealis Records), a “wonderful, adventurous guitarist” (Blues Bytes), and “deserving to be mentioned in the same breath with names such as James Taylor and David Wilcox” (Minor 7th). His recordings have consistently garnered praise from critics and peers alike, and received national airplay on the ... Read more ...

Onion Honey

Onion Honey plays original and traditional old-time folk music that sounds like good home cooking with instruments in the kitchen.     Home cookin’ hillbilly folk darlings from Kitchener.     Onion Honey makes folk music, sharp and sweet and mixed in with banjo and mandolin, washboard and guitar, double bass and stomping feet, banjolele and warm three-part harmonies. It’s a recipe for a great time and good for what ails, home-cooked comfort food for the ears.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Pat Temple and the Hi Lo Players

Pat Temple Singer, songwriter Pat Temple brings his impressive, swinging body of work to “Winterfolk” with Canadian, folk legend Pineapple Frank on steel guitar, and the new talent of Kyler Tapscott on lead Guitar and Rob Foreman on standup bass.     “Day for Day”, CD released 2014, featuring 14 different musicians from the Ontario Roots Music community.     Releasing vinyl record in 2017.     With thirty years of songwriting and performing under his belt, Pat Temple has developed an impressive and unique body of work. Pat’s music is informed by Western Swing, Jump Blues, Rockabilly and Roadhouse Soul. Having performed many of Canada’s Music Festivals, Pat Temple has become a mainstay in the Canadian scene. He has performed in venues such as: Massey Hall and The National Art ... Read more ...

Peter Verity

Peter Verity Peter Verity plays an original brand of “charged folk” with honest heart and passion.      Winner, Best Folk at the T.I.M.A. awards. (Toronto Independent Music Awards).     Runner up in the folk/roots category of John Lennon Song Contest.     Released three cd’s and a four song ep.     While growing up in the Ottawa valley, Peter Verity was inspired by the country and early rock”n”roll played live and broadcast on the local radio. While in his teens Peter played in “Nebula” performing in local high schools, dances and after hours at Le Hibou coffee house, the famous performance space for folk, blues, and rock. On relocating to Toronto, Peter toured with travelling rock band “Pett Rock” and later “The Petts” through Ontario, Eastern Canada and the north eastern ... Read more ...

Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello Internationally respected for his guitar playing, Seb will tell you “the guitar’s just a prop…it gets me onstage where I can shoot my mouth off”. Above all else, Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb has released nine solo albums and has performed on and/or produced over 200 other albums. He has gained critical acclaim and wide-spread recognition.     Since his band, “The Lords Of London”, topped the Canadian Charts when he was just 14 years old, Seb Agnello has performed with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Mothers Of Invention, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, The Youngbloods , Booker T. and The M.G’s, and others; opening shows for The Flaming Lips, John Otway and Nashville legends Hank ... Read more ...

Seneca College Independent Music Presents

If you’ve seen ‘Seneca College Independent Music presents’ at earlier Winterfolks you’ll know how much talent there is in that programme. If you haven’t, you’re in for a treat. The Independent Music Production Program at Seneca College offers creative musicians and songwriters an intensive, hands-on curriculum, taught by some of Canada’s top music professionals, providing the technical, musical and business skills to create, produce and market their own unique vision.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           Read more ...

SongTown Presents

Produced 4 compilation CD’s with over 40 artists and working on the 5th in 2017.     Produced numerous artist showcase concerts and working on a 10th anniversary concert in 2017.     Since 2006 SongTown has supported artists through compilation CD’s , concerts , recording and promotion . Empowering unsigned and independent artists to distribute their music without the backing of a major or independent label, holding on to creative control and receiving 100% of earnings.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Soozi Schlanger

Soozi Schlanger You know her as Swamperella – Toronto’s Queen of Cajun…that little power house that can rock a room and can get anyone up dancing … anytime … anywhere!     New CD solo works Released 2013.     Songs from the Heart Contest runner up.     What happens to ‘Swamperella’ once the party is over and everyone has gone home? Soozi Schlanger’s solo project soozimusic, paints a personal portrait that exposes the private world of the artist behind the scenes…her internal world…the motels and hotels, the long drives, the one night stands…witty, gutsy, vulnerable and true…and as one old southerner said while patting his breast pocket…’she gots a voice that hits you right below the cigarettes!’.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Soul Maître Ds

Soul Maître Ds We may not be your soul mates but we want to be your Soul Maître Ds.     The Soul Maître’D’s are Lawrie Ingles and Henry Lees… We want to star in your Freak Show!     When two seasoned singer/songwriters like Henry Lees and Lawrie Ingles combine efforts, the results are bound to be as tasty and satisfying as your favourite old mixtape or new playlist. They singularly shine, but Lawrie and Henry are uniquely and brilliantly entertaining together as Soul Maître Ds.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

SPEAK Music Presents

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 Folk Music Ontario since 2006.     SPEAK Music is a publicity and promotions company that encourages and assists outstanding artists to get the recognition they deserve. With over 20 years of music industry and media experience, Owner/Director Beverly Kreller strives to bring the best of our wide talent pool to the forefront.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Stephanie Braganza

Stephanie Braganza Stephanie Braganza is a Canadian powerhouse singer and an animal activist, who after receiving her degree in the performing arts with her co-writer, Kolin Stewart, has worked dilligently on creating music with a message and participates in animal activism, speaking for the rights of animals.     Winner: Best Live Artist in 2012’s Toronto Independent Music Awards.     New Animal Rights Single/Music Video released October 2016.     Stephanie Braganza is a powerhouse vocalist who weaves a sonic tapestry that blends elements of pop, and rock styles to create her exciting sound. She has performed at the MuchMusic Video Awards, and for an event at which former United States president George Bush attended. Stephanie has performed at many notable venues and festivals across the Greater Toronto Area, such ... Read more ...

Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken Toronto artist Steve Raiken is a very skilled guitarist and talented singer/songwriter who has been performing and writing songs for nearly 50 years in Canada and the U.S.     New CD Released in 2010 at Hugh’s Room. Significant radio airplay across Canada.     Played lead-in to a well-known Rolling Stones tribute band, Blushing Brides, at the Rockpile in October 2016.     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 in the folk music scene. Raiken began performing with a fellow student, Marc Cashman. They performed as headliners and as the opening act for Tom Rush, Hall & Oates, and George Carlin. The duo split up in 1973. ... Read more ...

Stuart Laughton

Stuart Laughton Stuart cannot be categorized, but his multi-instrumental skills and infectious enthusiasms are winning him fans.     Stuart Laughton’s RADIO DIAL features Rebecca Campbell, Burke Carroll, Martin Worthy and Steve Lucas.     Stuart Laughton is at home on many stages, whether playing guitar, mandolin and harmonica at the Edmonton Folk, Ottawa Blues and Mariposa festivals with the Porkbelly Futures band he founded, at New York’s Lincoln Centre or Vienna’s Konzerthaus with Canadian Brass, at Milan’s legendary La Scala Opera (where he was principal trumpet at age 23), or most recently at his “home stage” in the Dora Keogh Irish Pub on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue, where RADIO DIAL was born.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight Sue and Dwight’s unique Canadiana sound embodies the musical spirit of the 1960’s folk revival featuring passionate vocals and warm harmonies to convey human stories of peace, courage, and social justice.     New CD Released 2016, For A Moment.     Contemporary folk music with a few twists. Born too late to be part of the 1960’s folk revival, Winnipeg born, Toronto based Sue and Dwight embody the musical spirit of that time. Their songs about the prairies, life in the big city, and travels in East Africa impart human stories of peace, courage, and social justice. The duo’s 3rd CD, For A Moment, reflects on the multitude and diversity of moments that touch our everyday lives. Fixtures on the Ontario music scene and subway ... Read more ...

Suzanne Jarvie

Suzanne Jarvie Toronto singer songwriter Suzanne Jarvie sings with “lonely, lovely yearn”, has just completed her third European tour of her beautiful Americana debut record, Spiral Road and 2016 EP One Take Only. Suzanne is thrilled to be home playing Winterfolk 2017.     Nominee Best Concept Album, Spiral Road, Independent Music Awards 2015.     “Comparisons with Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams are certainly justified for Suzanne Jarvie.” Rootstime, Belgium.     FIVE STARS (out of 5)! Roots Music Report.     Since its release in November 2014, Toronto songwriter Suzanne Jarvie’s debut record Spiral Road garnered international raves from the US to the Netherlands and was nominated for best Concept Album by the 14th Annual Independent Music Awards. Inspired by and written in the wake of her eldest son’s near fatal ... Read more ...

The Bridge with Lynn Harrison

Unique shared stage on a spiritual theme.     Hosted by Lynn Harrison, singer-songwriter and Unitarian minister.     Long-running monthly event in downtown Toronto.     The Bridge combines songs (and spoken word and more) on a monthly theme with inspiration from a wide range of spiritual sources. The result is a magical, shared-stage event that is uplifting, inspiring and new each time! At Winterfolk XV the theme is “Time and Space.” A stellar group of Winterfolk artists will present songs on this cosmic theme, followed by an open mic hosted by Rev. Lynn.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

The McDales

The McDales The McDales, Country songwriter Herb Dale and his partner Fran McCann have been performing in Toronto venues, and co-hosting open mics since 2009. Herb Dale hs been very active in the Toronto music scene for over 40 years, and many young artists refer to him fondly as “uncle” Herb.     CD release 2009 “It Was About Time” Original country with a twist.     Hosted a very popular open mic at Dave’s on St. Clair for over 7 years.     Winterfolk in 2010, 2011.     Herb Dale’s passion is songwriting, but he lives to play country music. A seasoned musician, Herb is a regular performer in country and folk venues in Toronto. In 2007 he was joined by backup singer, Fran McCann. and they perform mostly as a duo, ... Read more ...

The Moonshine Cafe

Moonshine Cafe The Moonshine Cafe continues to evolve as one of the premier Music Venues in the country.     Our challenge is to keep abreast of changes on the music scene and to entice a broad demographic to our venue.     We run events that are targeted to everyone from pre-teen up. Importantly, we love every minute of it.     We have just celebrated our eleventh year of presenting Live Music Nightly. The focus has always been.. and always will be on independent artists and original material. Whether it’s emerging artists, beginners or consummate professionals, they all play on The Moonshine Stage.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

The Redhill Valleys

The Redhill Valleys Folk Rock Trio from Hamilton, The Redhill Valleys are devoted songwriters, blending timeless harmonies and unforgettable melodies into a unique sound all their own.     Debut Album Released 2016.     The Redhill Valleys are an original 3-piece Folk Rock group from Hamilton, Ontario. Rooted by their influences in southern rock, acoustic Americana and soul, the newly formed trio are forging a musical path all their own. The collaboration of guitarist Danielle Beaudin, bassist Chelsea McWilliams and drummer Tim Allard is built upon a common dedication to the craft of songwriting, unifying the poetic ease of their lyrics with unforgettable melodies, harmonies and guitar riffs.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

The Small Glories

The Small Glories Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies.     Two veteran singer/songwriters have teamed up and are building a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and visceral performances.     Thrown together purely by accident for an anniversary show at Winnipeg’s West End Cultural Centre, The Small Glories is a partnership that could almost make you believe in fate. The Winnipeg Free Press asks, “can two singer-songwriters be better than one? Yes, emphatically, yes, if the two in question are Cara Luft and JD Edwards… It’s our loss they didn’t sooner… It’s magic.” Together as The Small Glories, Luft and Edwards are a tour de force, a case of 1 + ... Read more ...

Tom Leighton

Tom Leighton Multi instrumentalist Tom Leighton brings sophisticated colours and novel arrangements to his music that few musicians can match.     He plays piano, accordion, accordion bass, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, jaw harps, mandolin and trombone— sometimes three of them at the same time!     Multi instrumentalist, and indefatigable, Tom Leighton brings sophisticated colours and novel arrangements to his music that few musicians can match. He plays piano, accordion, accordion bass, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, jaw harps, mandolin and trombone— sometimes three of them at the same time!As a solo recording artist, Tom’s “Leighton Tendencies”, and “Leighton Life”, are projects starring his own compositions and arrangements and “…. featuring the writing skills and musical dexterity of this wonderful musician.” Whole Note Magazine. As half of the celebrated Canadian ... Read more ...

Tony Quarrington

Tony Quarrington Veteran guitarist of all styles TONY QUARRINGTON has lately emerged as a songwriter with his own very individual style. Won Juno as producer Willie P. Bennett’s HEARTSTRINGS 1998. Commemorated in HONORING OUR OWN concert at Winterfolk XII 2014. Working on album of original First World War songs. Veteran guitarist and songwriter TONY QUARRINGTON has been gigging for fifty years with a vast array of artists and bands. Long a busy roots sideman and active jazz artist, he has come into his own lately as a passionate and intelligent songwriter. And he has a ukulele album!   Artist’s links: Read more ...

Tragedy Ann

Tragedy Ann When grit and groove meets softly swaying silk, the thrift-folk of Braden Phelan and Liv Cazzola comes to life.     Recipient, Taylor Mitchell Bursary, 2015.     Debut EP Released August 2016.     Western Canada Tour Completed Summer 2016 .     With an electric chemistry and quick-witted sense of humour, they’ve threaded their colours and textures together to create the terrifying two-headed kitten that is Tragedy Ann. Playing with folk and alt. blues yarns, Cazzola and Phelan draw from personal experiences to filter narrative stories of the past and present into their own songwriting. Having performed in 2015 at Summerfolk 40, and toured Western Canada this past summer, Tragedy Ann is known to make audiences laugh, cry, hug complete strangers, and is the only cure for the common ... Read more ...

Trent Severn

Trent Severn Trent Severn is an acclaimed Ontario folk trio who sing original, contemporary songs easily described as “Canadian history in harmony”     We want to honour a particular legacy left behind by the great songwriters of Canadiana.     Trent Severn is an acclaimed Ontario folk trio who sing original, contemporary songs easily described as “Canadian history in harmony”. Topically modern with a humorous twist, Trent Severn have inspired audiences all over Canada to share a patriotic laugh and let their glowing hearts melt away. Comprised of talented multi-instrumentalists, singers and songwriters Dayna Manning, Emm Gryner and Lindsay Schindler, Trent Severn is a truly DIY band that showcases beautifully-crafted, evocative songs that continue the deeply poetic legacy of true ‘red and white’ pioneering troubadours.     Artist’s links: Read more ...

Turbo Street Funk

Turbo Street Funk Turbo Street Funk is Toronto’s hottest New Orleans-inspired brass-rock quintet. With over 100 performances across Ontario, Quebec and New York State, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for explosive live shows.     Earshot Top 10 Jazz Album Charting Artist.     Toronto Independent Music Awards Nominee.     They’re having so much damn fun it’s impossible NOT to listen…they combine top 40 hits with savvy originals for an entertaining mix.     Turbo Street Funk defy convention; whether they’re playing a festival, pub, concert hall, or even on a busy street corner, the infectious sounds of Turbo Street Funk always sound at home. With a performance style rooted in the New Orleans horn band tradition, Turbo Street Funk combine Top 40 hits with top notch originals in an incendiary show ... Read more ...

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon Wayne Neon is a singer/songwriter, composer, arranger and bandleader, a multi-instrumentalist who sings lead and harmony and plays guitar, flute, saxophones, and hand percussion.     Folksinger Humdinger.     World’s Oldest Rookie.     Still Waiting To Be Discovered.     Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington. Based in Toronto, his evil plan is to conquer the universe. Memorable melodies, clever lyrics, rich voices, and solid rhythms are his hang-ups. His laser focused folk, jazz, blues, rock, skiffle, country, mariachi, English Beat, Motown, Dixieland, Honky Tonk, shuffle, pop, beach party, lounge music gives new meaning to the word eclectic. What they all have in common is a damn good time. Except for the miserable, depressing songs, which is most of them. Wayne Neon is a ... Read more ...

Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson Wendell Ferguson. The songs are slick, the jokes are sick but the fingers and wits are quick. He won’t leave a dry seat in the house.     Inducted as the artist inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.     10 CCMA Awards for Guitar Player and Back Up Band. Plus two JUNO nominations.     2010 Folk Music Award for Best Instrumental Album of the year.     Wendell Ferguson is a goof, a buffoon and a charlatan. But he can play the guitar. Don’t look for his sensitive side, he’s sitting on it. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss your money goodbye. But it will be worth it. He is one serious finger-style guitar player. The darkness of his humor is lit by the brilliance ... Read more ...