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3 X Juno Award Nominees! Sultans of String Special Guest Saskia Tompkins

Achievements

2022 Dr. Duke Redbird Lifetime Achievement Award – JAYU Arts For Human Rights
2022 FMO – Song of the Year, also nom. for Performer of the Year
2022 Cannes World Film Festival – Best Musical Film
• 2021 CFMA winner, Producer of the Year
• 2021 CFMA nominee, Ensemble of the Year

About

Over the past dozen years and eight albums BILLBOARD-charting Sultans of String have thrilled listeners with their genre-hopping fusion of flamenco, Django jazz, Arabic, Cuban, Celtic and South Asian rhythms, celebrating diversity and creativity with warmth and virtuosity.

And these 3x JUNO nominees often do it with artists such as Crystal Shawanda, Jesse Cook, Paddy Moloney and the hieftains, Alex Cuba, and the TSO.

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Isabel and the Uncommons

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David Celia Band One of Toronto's Best Guitar Players (CBC News)

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"One of Toronto's best guitar players” by CBC Radio
Once sideman guitarist to Ian & Sylvia Tyson, Emiliana Torrini, Andy Kim (The Archies) and more
Played England's biggest Festival "Glastonbury" several times
David's music consistently appears on the BBC, CBC and WNYC in New York.

About

David is an innovative singer/songwriter and astonishing guitar player, known for his spontaneously driven live performances. His songs are filled with warm sentiment and sometimes mixed with humour. He has an open alt/folk style that's also been described as "Beatlesque”

Paul Mills Inducted into the London (Ontario) Music Hall of Fame

In The News

Best known as a folk record producer - over 200 albums including Stan Rogers, Ron Hynes, Sharon Lois & Bram
In 2021 inducted into London (Ontario) Music Hall of Fame veteran performer (over 60 years)

About

Paul Mills is a veteran folkie! He’s an accomplished guitar player and singer with a repertoire consisting of a wide variety of folk and roots-based music – both original and covers. His songs range from side splitting funny to achingly poignant. On stage Paul is assured and always entertaining!

Noah Zacharin New album 'Points of Light' to be released in early 2023

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Acknowledged guitar master, songwriter, and poet, Noah Zacharin has recorded nine solo albums, and worked as producer and/or instrumentalist on some 65 recordings by artists across North America.

Noah Zacharin is a great perrormer, and a man of few words.New album 'Points of Light' to be released in early 2023

Robert Priest Canadian Treasure Best Selling Poet and Songwriter

Achievements

New Album going into production in Dec/Jan.
New Book of Poetry If I Didn't Love the River released in Sept 22. Getting rave reviews
Julian Taylor co-write Seeds currently at 213,000 hits on Spotify alone

About

Robert is one of the few Canadians to have achieved bestseller status as both a songwriter & a poet. The fiery rock ballad, Song Instead Of a Kiss, co-written with Alannah Myles spent two weeks at #1 in Canada and still receives airplay all around the world. His book of poetry, Reading The Bible Backwards, rose to #2 on the Globe and Mail’s poetry charts, its sales exceeded only by those of Leonard Cohen. Robert has released 5 CDs worth of his own songs & his co-write with indigenous balladeer Julian Taylor, They tried to Bury Us, has so far received over 200,000 plays on Spotify. Robert’s latest album, is Love is Hard.

David Laronde Nominee - Indigenous Songwriter of the Year 2022 at CFMA's

In The News

2022 - I Know I Can Fly - Indigenous Songwriter of the Year Canadian Folk Music Awards

About

DAVID LARONDE is a Canadian Indigenous singer-songwriter performing contemporary folk, rock and blues from three albums. With a full band, duo or solo he delivers an entertaining, energetic and soulful performance. With three full length albums out David’s storytelling is a fresh take on heartbreak, loneliness, love, hope and joy with a cool summer breeze in the background. His music is uplifting and refreshing as he transcends an urban influence and the mystery of ancestral magic of his homeland.He hails from the ancient Teme-Augama Anishnabai (Deep Water People) in beautiful Northern Ontario. His debut album Right City Wrong Town was nominated for Best Blues Album 2013 in the Indigenous Music Awards (formerly the Aboriginal People’s Choice Music Awards).

Alfie Smith

Achievements

He has been nominated for a dozen Hamilton music awards including Best Male Vocalist and Best Guitarist, and has represented Toronto in the Memphis International Blues Challenge.

About

Alfie Smith is a prolific songwriter, an accomplished performer and talented multi-instrumentalist. Known best for his resophonic guitars, brazen slide licks and uncompromising vocals, Alfie is endorsed by several luthiers including Goodman Guitars (who have recently named a guitar model after him) and Goldtone Banjos. To date, Alfie has released six records, his most recent being Sometimes the Rain. He is currently signed and distributed through Busted Flat Records.

Brian Morgan and Wayne Neon

Accomplishments

2022/3 Release of Curve of the Earth (CD Baby), an album recorded in Chongqing and Toronto; reflections on a year living and working in the Peoples Republic of China

About

Brian Morgan is a fiddler, bassist and guitar player, whose musical experiences have included stints in a tuxedo-clad, lounge lizard quartet, a road weary duo ill-named Mac’n’Tosh, a retro rock band called Bage Gao Bizi (Eight High Noses), which performed regularly in Chongqing (1988), as well as the Motorgrass band Jughead, legendary matinee idols of the 90’s who recorded three CDs and performed at music festivals across Canada. Throughout, Brian has been writing original songs and performing them when permitted (or not).

Myke Mazzei and The Bad Apples

About

New single 'Late Night Radio' coming in 2023, backed by music video

Canadian acoustic slowcore & hummably melodic singer-songwriter Myke Mazzei is known in the Toronto scene as a weaver of harmony and a rhythm-guitar accompanist with a tendency to noodle. He performs both covers and originals with The Bad Apples.

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast's new CD, entitled "Once In A Blue Moon", is an eclectic mix of Glen's best songs written over the last 30 years. Mr. Hornblast, a well-knownToronto singer-songwriter, has finally released the CD his audience has been waiting for, for along time.

The songs range from folk to blues to country with a dash of jazz for good measure. Hornblast's sweet and mellow sound reminds one of James Taylor or Jack Johnson - his voice floats over the melodies, weaving a magic spell as insightful as it is soothing. Not a word is in there that's out of place or unnecessary.

Chris Birkett

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Black Suit Devil

Achievements

Black Suit Devil has toured all across Canada and has been a part of such festivals as

Coming Home Festival 2022 , Harvest Jazz & Blues , Living Roots Music Festival, TD Newmarket Music Festival, Winterfolk XVII, Gussapolooza Music Festival , and the World Record for Longest Concert by Multiple Artists.

About

Heart & soul. Passion & grit. Freedom of expression & the triumph of the human spirit.
Black Suit Devil represents all of these things.
With a tongue-in-cheek name meant to pique the curiosity and a tenacious DIY approach,
Black Suit Devil has been spreading inspiration and awareness through music since 2015.
A Solo project led by Singer/Songwriter Andy Du Rego of Hastings, Ontario whose style has been likened to that of Ray LaMontagne, Tom Waits, and Chris Cornell.With his melodic and thought provoking songwriting inspired by the Folk, Rock, Blues & Soul genres, Andy continues to impress audiences with his signature raspy self-harmonizing dual vocal and passionate presence.
His newest record "A Matter Of Time "mixed by Dan Hosh (City and Colour , Whitehorse) AND MASTERED BY Noah Mintz ( Arkells , Broken Social Scene , Billy Talent )
Andy Du Rego is hard at work on his third full length album "The Eternal Sleep" due out earley 2023

D'Arcy Wickham

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Joey O'Neil

In The News

Released video for "Maybe Tomorrow" (Littlest Hobo) filmed by dog
-NEXT Magazine: BreakOut West Festival Highlights
-Exclaim!: 9 Emerging Canadian Artists You Should Hear

About

Joey O’Neil has honed her nostalgic folk sound over a decade of Klondike winters. Bewitching intimate audiences across the country with songs from her critically-acclaimed sophomore album Ever Ahead, her storytelling-focused performance is “Absolutely touching, even a little heartbreaking” (NEXT).

Anne Lindsay Jazz Violinist of the Year

About

Anne Lindsay has established herself as one of the most engaging and versatile instrumentalists in Canada. She has four award winning CDs of her own compositions and has been named Jazz Violinist of the Year (National Jazz Awards) and Solo Instrumentalist and Producer of the Year (Canadian Folk Music Awards).

Anne has played on hundreds of recordings and is a featured performer with the Jim Cuddy Band, Oriana Quartet and Iona Passage. She was the resident fiddler for the Toronto Maple Leafs, the stage production of The Lord of the Rings and is an exuberant fireplug of a session-player-to-the-stars ( Led Zeppelin, The Chieftains, Blue Rodeo, James Taylor, Roger Daltrey, John McDermott ).

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Sarah Beatty

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Hilario Duran

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Laura Fernandez

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Brian Gladstone Band

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Toney Springer

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Toney aka Wild T took his name from his home town of Tunapuna Trinidad , though one may find simalarities to Jimi Hendrix , Lenny Kravitz & Eric Gales ironically it was Toney's exposure to Steve Howe (Yes) that inspired him to pick up guitar.

Moving to Toronto in his early teens Toney quickly gained a reputation in the mid 80's...after being in Toronto for a few years Toney was voted best guitarist at the Canadian Black Music awards and has not looked back since.

Jeff Healey wasn't the only one who noticed Toney's rapid assention through the ranks.
David Bowie chose Toney to be his guitarist on his Black Tie White Noise CD after seeing Toney's video for Midnite Blues on a tv show while in Montreal with Tin Machine , subsequently Toney appeared with Bowie on Jay Leno, David Letterman & Asenio Hall & on Bowie's making of Black Tie White Noise dvd prominently showcasing Toney....an absolute delight to work with said Bowie.

Tannis Slimmon Awarded 'Vocalist of the Year' by Folk Music Ontario 2008

In The News

2020 recipient of Folk Music Ontario's Estelle Klein Award
2008 Contemporary Vocalist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards
“Ernest, Charlie and Allen” (lead off song on 'Lucky Blue' album) garnered an Independent Music Award for Best Folk/Roots Song

About

Tannis Slimmon is "a breathtaking vocalist with a bright and angelic disposition" (Exclaim) with 3 solo albums and vocal appearances on numerous others, including those by Willie P. Bennett and David Francey. She'll be joined by her partner/producer/co-writer/multi-instrumentalist Lewis Melville.

Laura Hubert

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Camie

Accomplished

* 2022 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award winner (Folk Music Ontario, Ontario Arts Council)
* Nominated for 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards, playing at ceremony in March 2023
* 2016 Hamilton Music Award winner

About

Toronto-based singer/songwriter and multi-award-winning storyteller Camie has long enchanted audiences with her delicate queer-feminist croonings, rich vocal tones, and lush poetic imagination. Combining traditional folk stylings with contemporary experimental alternative/pop textures, Camie's original music bridges acoustic and electronic sonics, centring poetry and storytelling as its emotive vessels. Already a Folk Music Ontario and Hamilton Music Award winning songstress, Camie erupted onto the Canadian Folk Music scene with the release of her 2021 alternative folk concept EP, troubadour, which was most recently nominated for the New/Emerging Artist award at the 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Camie is also the recipient of the 2022 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, issued by Folk Music Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council. More at camilleintson.com or @thecamiliad.

Jessica Stuart

Achievements

World tours between 2013-2019 (Asia, Australia & Europe, incl. selection to represent CIMA's Canadian delegation to Tokyo & Berlin)
Subject & composer/songwriter for CBC's most viral documentary of all time, Finding Fukue (13 million + views)
5 songs in finals of the 2017/18 Canadian Songwriting Competition

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World-touring koto player, guitarist & vocalist JESSA made her career through musically adventurous, devastatingly honest folk-pop songs. What else? A Japanese Top 40 single, 5 songs in the Canadian Songwriting Competition finals snf subject/composer of CBC documentary Finding Fukue (13mill.+ views).

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Danny Marks Winner of Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement Award

Achievements

Man on the Radio the lates single release is hi autographic ode to the medium which has held us together through music and humanity

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Danny Marks is the guitar playing man on the radio. Toronto Roots go back to 1960's Canadian Rockers Edward Bear. TV host of BBC First Cities in Blue. and Saturday Nights on JAZZ FM91. Celebrated career in Night Clubs over many decades as a must see act. Star of stage and screen.

Tania Joy Winner - Songwriter of The Year, Ontario Music Awards 2021

Achievements

I Will Stand feat. on SiriusXM North Americana
Songwriter of The Year, OMAs (2021)
Nominee, Durham Song of The Year, OMAs (2021)

About

In 2021 Folk-roots artist Tania Joy released her EP “I Will Stand,”produced by 2022 Juno Award winner Hill Kourkoutis (SATE, Digging Roots, Leela Gilday, Madison Violet) This pure, heartfelt, release has garnered attention across the country, and overseas with features on CBC, The Bluegrass Situation, American Songwriter, Americana UK, Sirius XM and her first showcase in the US.

Joy’s stories, so far, have been about relationships, in all their complicated forms. However, in 2020, she found herself taking on a more complex narrative and bringing increased attention to Black Lives Matter with “Planks and Marietta,” which won her Songwriter of The Year and was nominated for Durham Song of the Year at the 2021 OMAs (Oshawa Music Awards). “I Will Stand” has since been nominated for a 2022 OMA Award for Album of The Year.

Mandy Goodhandy

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Brian Blain Winner of Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement Award

Achievements

Last Year's recipient of the "Blues Booster of the Year" Maple Blues Lifetime Achievement Award

About

Brian Blain is one of the “elder statesmen” of the Toronto blues community and has been a great "connector" of musicians through his legendary “Campfire Jams” and his work behind the scenes for which he received the 2020 Maple Blues “Blues Booster” lifetime achievement award.

His new CD features an array of Canadian blues stars and he's even played with such pioneers Hubert Sumlin and Long John Baldry. He's played all the major blues and jazz festivals in Ontario, and toured Europe three times, the last time backing Baldry’s long time collaborator, Kathi MacDonald.

Bonnie Gladstone Band

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David Essig Fifty Years on the Road, David is a Canadian Treasure

In The News

2022: Release of "Fair Days," a volume of short stories all based on David's original songs, including an album of new recordings of all 13 of the songs
1989: Awarded Blue Ribbon at Paris Fair for growing largest kohlrabi in Brant County, ON

About

David Essig may have started out fifty years ago as a hired-gun blues guitarist, but today he’s best known as one of Canada’s most enduring and literate singer-songwriters. On festival stages and in intimate solo concert settings, David is a songwriter and storyteller with a difference.

Rockin' the Blues The Swingin' Blackjacks with Gary Kendall

In The News

2022 Southside Shuffle Appearance
2021 Kitchener Blues Festival Crossroads 2021
2018 Recipients of the Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship
2016 Durham West Blues Festival

About

Rockin’ It Right for over 20 years, The Swingin’ Blackjacks deliver a satisfying blend of Rockabilly and Jumpin’ Blues. Their musical recipe contains a growing number of originals with carefully selected cover tunes, Hi-Octane performances and a love of the music they play.

The trio has appeared throughout Ontario at roots/blues havens including Toronto’s Cadillac Lounge, The Silver Dollar Room, Grossman’s Tavern, and the Dora Keogh Irish Pub. Out of town audiences have enjoyed The Swingin’ Blackjacks at the Lavigne Tavern, Waterloo’s Ethel’s Lounge and Crow Variety & Grill in Collingwood, to name a few.
The Swingin’ Blackjacks play hard at every show, committed to their music and their audience. They conjure up memories as varied as a rockin’ juke - joint on a Saturday night, a chill breeze off the bayou, or a lonesome train whistle in the distance…

Melanie Peterson Finished in 2nd place in Colleen Peterson Song Writing Wward

In The News

2022 Opened for Pursuit of Happiness at The Sound of Music Festival in Burlington, ON
2019 Holiday Single - "Christmas Breaks My Heart", produced by multiple Juno Award and Polaris Prize-winning Canadian producer Michael Wojewoda
2017 "Been So Long", runner up for Colleen Peterson Award, Folk Music Ontario

About

With her effortless blend of smart folk and pop, Saskatoon born/Toronto based singer-songwriter Melanie Peterson is fresh off the heels of a successful performance at the Sound Of Music Festival in Burlington, where she opened for The Pursuit of Happiness. Awarded the outstanding achievement in song writing award, from The Great American Song writing Competition. Melanie has also played some of Toronto's most coveted music festivals including NXNE, Canadian Music Week and Winterfolk.

Melanie has performed and showcased her music across Canada more than once, thanks to the VIA Rail Artist On Board Program, performing at the likes of Black Sheep (Quebec), Blackbird Cafe (Edmonton) Tree Organic Cafe (Vancouver), Avant-Garde (Ottawa) and Petite Riviere Vineyards, Crousetown, Nova Scotia.

Ori Dagan Winner of Great American Song Contest - 2022

In The News

Winner of Great American Song Contest 2022
FACTOR-funded new collection of original songs "Click Right Here" bring jazz into the 21st century
Click Right Here debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Charts in Canada in May 2022

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Jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan has attracted a dedicated audience, both in his native Toronto and internationally. The entertaining bass-baritone brings a sweet sense of swing to everything he does, whether interpreting a standard, spinning a pop tune on its head or introducing his own originals.

Kevin Breit

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Taylor Abrahamse

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Tyler Ellis

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Lynn Harrison

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The Vaudvillian

Accomplishments

They host interactive Washboard Workshops and interactive Musical Spoon Workshops all across the country and to date have taught over 1400+ participants in this past year alone! Get ready to shine your shoes to do the skoodle um skoo!”

About

1930’s Jugband Ragtime Blues
“The jugband tunes from the award winning 1930’s band, The Vaudevillian make you get off your doggone caboose & do the lindy hop!
The old fashioned gentleman, Jitterbug James & sweet Norah Spades bring you dancing numbers from the prohibition period!
Thank goodness PROHIBITION IS OVER!
Currently on their “Ramblin’ Riggy RV” Canada Wide Tour, you’ll find The Vaudevillian at Festivals & Theaters making the audience blush and dance the night away!

Graham Lindsey

About

Compositions have been played on the Peace Tower carillon on Parliament Hill
Nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award (2020, Instrumental Performer of the Year)
In December 2022 he held his album release, for a 2020 album created when we were all in isolation

 

Graham Lindsey brings a deep respect to the traditions that inform his inventive Celtic tunes. His energetic playing of mandolin, tenor banjo, guitar and more attract audiences and session players alike.

His dynamic stage presence as a solo artist is only amplified when playing with other fine musicians. His tunes are catchy and will be stuck in your ears for days.

Graham's debut album “TradHead” (2019) was nominated in the Instrumental Solo Artist category at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (2020), and the first single, “Fractions” from his second album received the 2021 Songs From the Heart Instrumental Award from Folk Music Ontario.

Howard Gladstone

What's New

New album coming 2023 - The GladTones - songs for kids of all ages and adults who were so much older then, but younger than that now.
Monthly residency at Tranzac continuing

About

Howard Gladstone is Toronto-based singer/songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist, with an ongoing quest to craft artful songs combining emotion and intellect in the folk/roots tradition. He has recorded seven albums of original music, in a variety of genres and styles that resonate with audiences. His latest project, The GladTones, is a suite of original songs for children of all ages, performed with beautiful harmonies by members of the Gladstone family. These are songs described by listeners as “in the tradition of Woody Guthrie with harmonies by the McGarrigle Sisters.” These are songs to appeal to listeners of all ages, honour children’s innate imagination and nurture a natural moral and social sensibility.

Carmen Toth

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Shawn Lawrie

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Harpin' Norm Lucien

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Painter, poet, musician, singer-songwriter 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. In the style of '60s Folk, Harpin' Norm's heartfelt, toe tapping tunes look at love and societal issues.

Harpin' is now enjoying having his songs covered by others, and radio play of his original songs from his 2 CD's. His 3rd CD is planned for the spring of '23.

The Further Adventures of Mike and Dan Mike McKenna and Danny Marks

Songs and stories by veteran performers and guitar aces Danny Marks and Mike McKena.

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