Artists

Artists shown below played at Wintefolk XX, last year.

Artists for Upcoming Winterfolk XXI will be posted in the near future

Lucy Kaplansky

Twice awarded Best Pop Album of the Year by Association for Independent Music, Bestselling album on Red House Records, new CD coming 2022

Lucy Kaplansky has released eight critically acclaimed solo albums, two of which won the AFIM award for “Best Pop Album,” and her album “Ten Year Night” is Red House’s best selling album of all time.
Lucy’s latest release Everyday Street (2018) is a stunning collection of songs weaving stories of joy, friendship, family, loss and discovery.

Lucy's version of Roxy Music's "More than This" has over 12 million streams on Spotify, and she has appeared on the CBS Morning Show, NPR’s Weekend and Morning Editions and All Things Considered, Mountain Stage, and West Coast Live.


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Mean Mary

2 new albums coming in 2022

Mean Mary is known internationally for her lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs.

Award-winning musician/writer and fan favorite (over 30 million views on her YouTube videos), Mean Mary, literally grew-up in music. She evolved from a child prodigy who played for tips on the streets of Nashville (“startling talent” said the Tennessean) to a seasoned performer and headliner of over 4000 festivals and concerts (“the voice of a ragged Angel combined with the banjo playing of the Devil” says No Depression).


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Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick is an Award Winning Canadian Roots & Blues Artist – 10 MapleBlues Awards, 1 Canadian Folk Music Award and 3X Juno Nominee

Suzie has a voice you've heard a thousand times and one you'll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show.

Suzie has toured nationally with Downchild, Stuart McLean's The Vinyl Café, the John McDermott Band and she performed for Canadian Peacekeepers in Bosnia and the Persian Gulf. She was also the voice of Tim Horton's for 5 years.

Suzie's latest album is a full band roots and blues extravaganza entitled Shake The Love Around.

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Ken Whiteley and The Beulah Band

Folk roots master, Ken Whiteley with allstar band of Rosalyn Dennett (fiddle), Rob McLaren(banjo), Gord Mowat(string bass)
Great songwriting, gorgeous harmonies and stellar musicianship and the perfect mixture of the old and the new.

Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band released their self titled first album in 2015 to critical acclaim and have toured across Canada and in the United States. The wonderfully versatile musicians are accomplished at swing, old timey, bluegrass, gospel, blues and folk styles. Ken has won numerous awards including a Canadian Folk Music Award and most recently the Blues With A Feeling LIfetime Achievement Award at the 2021 Maple Blues Awards.


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Rob Lutes

Nominated for four 2022 CFMAs and a Maple Blues Award for 2021's COME AROUND

A multiple CFMA and Maple Blues nominee, the Kerrville songwriting winner and soulful singer has over 20 years steadily built a collection of exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of folk, blues and Americana.

A masterful fingerstyle guitarist with an unmistakable, soulful voice, Rob Lutes has steadily built a reputation for writing exquisite songs that inhabit the intersection of folk, Americana, country, blues and the contemporary singer-songwriter genre.


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Joey O'Neil

Sophomore Album "Ever Ahead" Released in 2020

From Joey’s Klondike cabin wafts nostalgic folk-country and woodsmoke. Her sophomore LP, Ever Ahead (produced by pedal-steel legend Aaron Goldstein), is an undeniably classic road-trip album that Exclaim! deems is made up of “postcard-like, twanged-out folk tracks”, Canadian Beats dubs “an audiobook narrated behind bluesy, western melodies”, and CBC Arts declares "is rife with playful poetry and sees O'Neil casually bounce between tongue-in-cheek lyrics and a true sense of heartbreak.” Inspired by countless cross-country journeys with her trusty canine copilot named Oblio, she has shared stages with Julie Doiron, Basia Bulat, and Jennifer Castle.


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Sue Foley

Blues Music, Juno and Maple Blues Award winner Sue Foley is considered one of the most talented blues and roots guitarists around.

Sue Foley is a multi award winning musician, and one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. Foley spent her early childhood in Canada, mesmerized by her father's guitar and started her professional career at sixteen. By twenty-one, she was living in Austin, TX and recording for Antone's.

In 2020, she won "Traditional Blues Female" at the International Blues Music Awards in Memphis. She's also a Juno Award winner, holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards including "Best Guitar Player", and has earned three Trophées de Blues de France.


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Julian Taylor

Awarded in 2021 Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards

Julian Taylor is used to shaking it up over the course of 10 albums in the last two decades. Of West Indian and Mohawk descent, Taylor first made his name as frontman of Staggered Crossing in the early 2000s. These days, however, the soulful singer/guitarist might be on stage one night playing with his eponymous band, spilling out electrified rhythm and blues glory, and the next he is at a folk festival delivering a captivating solo singer-songwriter set. In everything he does, Taylor has carved his own path, creating genre-free music with a generosity of spirit and a strong belief in the healing powers of song.

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Shari Ulrich

Juno and CFMA Winning legendary

Multiple Juno and CFMA winner – legendary singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and recording artist based in BC.

Originally a California girl, Shari Ulrich settled on the west coast of Canada in 1970, and soon launched her life in music as a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist.

From her time with the legendary Pied Pumkin to The Hometown Band, and on as a solo artist, her career has resulted in 25 albums to date Along the way, she has garnered 2 JUNO awards and several nominations, an induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, and a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for English Songwriter of the Year.


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Robert Priest

People's Poet Winner. New Bob-Wiseman-produced album, Love is Hard, released Jan 1st 2022. Robert Priest is a beloved poet and singer/songwriter with works for adults and children.

SOCAN award-winning singer/songwriter Robert Priest is one of the few Canadians to have achieved bestseller status as both a songwriter and a poet. The fiery rock ballad, Song Instead Of A Kiss, which he co-authored with Alannah Myles and Nancy Simmonds spent two weeks at the top of the charts in Canada and still receives airplay all around the world. His book of poetry, Reading The Bible Backwards, rose to number two on the Canadian poetry charts, its sales exceeded only by those of Leonard Cohen. His new album, Love is Hard has just been released.


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Graham Lindsey

Winner of 'Songs From the Heart' 2021 FMO Instrumental Award

Graham is a composer who won the 2021 Songs from the Heart Instrumental Award, Anna is an award winning East Coast fiddler playing with Come From Away
Anna Ludlow and Graham Lindsey captivate audiences with lively Celtic instrumentals and songs from the East Coast and Ontario traditions.

Graham Lindsey brings a deep respect to the traditions that inform his inventive Celtic tunes. His dynamic stage presence as a solo artist is only amplified when playing with other fine musicians.

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Taylor Abrahamse

Taylor Abrahamse

Newfolk Winner Kerrville Folk Festival 2021 - Debut album out now produced with Eddie Kramer.

Like a maple leaf caught in a gust above the Ontario prairies, Taylor blissfully floats between the borders of songwriting with hook-laden hammerclaw pop.
With little more than a mahogany Martin, his playfulness, stunning songcraft & honesty leave audiences teary-eyed, electrified, and at ease with their inner-kid. Electri-eased? Easified? Whatever! His roots were born from a Paul Simon/Jim Carrey crossbreed, ready to break the rules with a glint in his eye, a tip of his Grandpa’s old cap.

Lynn Miles

Juno Award winning singer/songwriter/producer/writer

Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters.

Lynn’s 15th album We’ll Look For Stars” was released on July 3 2020 and climbed to the #1 position on the Euro Americana Chart for the month of August 2020 and earned numerous 5 star reviews in Europe and North America.


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Jack de Keyzer Band

2 X Juno Award Winner and 7 X Maple Blues Award Winner

Acclaimed guitarist, singer, song writer, band leader and producer, Jack de Keyzer rarely sits still. For 46 years or roughly a couple million miles , de Keyzer has been hitting the road , air and studio to bring his brand of guitar driven blues around the globe.

Playing over 100 shows a year, de Keyzer’s music is steeped in Chicago blues, London England’s (de Keyzer’s birth place) blues rock, Detroit’s Motown, Muscle Shoals deep soul, Memphis’ rock and roll, and Philadelphia’s funky soul jazz

With 12 records, 1 DVD , 2 Junos and 7 Maple Blues Awards, de Keyzer delivers the goods wherever, whenever he performs.


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Ori Dagan

Winner: Best Local Musician or Group, NOW Magazine Reader's Poll, 2021; New Album "Click Right Here" coming out in spring, 2022!

Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places.

His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment.
Look for Dagan's upcoming 4th album: an all-original release, "Click Right Here," due out in the spring of 2022.


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Donne Roberts Band

Donne Roberts

2 X times Juno Award Winner, 3 times nominated. New CD Released in October 2021

Donné Roberts is a singer songwriter and guitarist.

Donné Roberts is a passionate performer. When he hits the stage he carries with him an energy that immediately exhilarates the crowd even if they've never heard his music before. Donné performs mainly in Malagasy his mother tongue from his birthplace of Madagascar. Yet this never proves to be a barrier to the audience, providing living proof that music truly does transcend languages.


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Josh Ritchie

New album "Love at the End of the World" released in Sept. 2021

Josh Ritchie, a born performer with a unique brand of story driven art-rock.

Josh Ritchie is a born performer. Ever since he could stand he's had a guitar in his hands and songs in his bones. As a performer he's eclectic, charming and captivating. As a songwriter he's poignant, elegant and shows a wisdom beyond his humble years. This combined with Ritchie's infectious charisma and significant musical chops make him a complex artistic entity that will leave you wanting more. His unique brand of story driven art-rock will move you, inspire you and, most importantly, have you dancing and singing along.


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David Storey

New original tunes to be debuted at Winterfolk XX

Like his previously acclaimed releases, David Storey’s latest recording, Made In Canada reflects on his life and those of people he’s known with a mixture of wistfulness, his characteristic wry humour and dazzlingly poignant insights.
With a dynamic, 40 year career that has zig-zagged between music and broadcast production, for which he’s won numerous awards, songwriter DavidWith a dynamic, 40 year career that has zig-zagged between music and broadcast production, for which he’s won numerous awards, songwriter David Storey, recharged and refocused is now poised to win new laurels in the musical realm where he began his journey.


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