Feb 21 – 23, 2020

Mark the Dates Winterfolk XVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Mark the Dates Winterfolk XVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Dec 19, 2018

  Winterfolk XVII Festival News Dec 18, 2018       Winterfolk XVII Blues and Roots Festival Mark the Dates – Winterfolk XVII Feb 22-24, 2019 Be sure to mark your calendars for the 17th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival taking place February 22-24, 2019 in Toronto. Winterfolk is an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event,...

Sammy Duke

Sammy Duke

Dec 19, 2018

New CD “Terminus” Released July 2018 Three time JUNO-nominated percussionist One-man-band and folk fusion songwriter – performing on eight instruments simultaneously! You would never be able to mistake one-man-band Sammy Duke for anyone else once he starts performing on stage. A critically acclaimed head-turner, this shameless prog-folk rocker...

Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Dec 19, 2018

Steve Raiken is appreciated by audiences as a very talented singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Steve Raiken has been playing guitar and singing for 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...

Simone Morris

Simone Morris

Dec 19, 2018

New original jazz album “Settling Up” released November 2018 hit #1 on iTunes Canada Jazz Chart in its first week Toronto jazz vocalist SIMONE MORRIS exudes a rare blend of soulfulness and subtlety – a natural storyteller who artfully lures audiences into her craftily-spun musical stories. Simone Morris is reeling from the success of her...

The Barrel Boys

The Barrel Boys

Dec 19, 2018

New Album, Cold Spring, Released 2017 A 5-piece bluegrass powerhouse featuring rich vocal harmonies, killer picking, and a fun-loving, down-to-earth stage presence, The Barrel Boys are a unique staple of the Toronto music scene. Established in 2012, The Barrel Boys are a 5-piece string band based in Toronto, Ontario. The band’s sound is built around rich vocal...

Doris Folkens

Doris Folkens

Dec 19, 2018

Winner, Songs from the Heart Contest 2017 Debut Album Released 2018 Doris Folkens is developing a reputation in Canada’s music scene as a storyteller, reviving tales of past generations with old-time inspired folk and nostalgia. Doris Folkens turns stories into folk music – stories that might have disappeared if not for her songs. Her music is...

HOTCHA!

HOTCHA!

Dec 19, 2018

WINNER OF TWO 2012 TORONTO INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (BEST FOLK/ROOTS & HNSS LIVE ACOUSTIC)!! 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. High-energy...

Ken Yoshioka

Ken Yoshioka

Dec 19, 2018

2nd solo CD released in 2012 Featured in independent documentary film “Harmonica Man From Japan”2006 Ken Yoshioka sings blues, plays guitar and harmonica with soul. Ken Yoshioka is a Toronto based blues singer/songwriter, harmonica/guitar player, originally from Kamakura, Japan.His music is based on deep south delta, Chicago and modern electric...

Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan

Dec 19, 2018

Critically Acclaimed New Album: “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” Winner, “Best Album” Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards Award-winning 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...

David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

Dec 19, 2018

David Storey is excited to announce the release of his new album “made in Canada” which continues the pattern established on two previous releases of wry wit and penetrating insights about life’s challenges, characters and passions. With a dynamic career that over 40 years has zig-zagged between music and broadcasting production, for which he’s won...

James Gordon

James Gordon

Dec 19, 2018

About to release his 40th album “Heritage Sessions” Composer of “Frobisher Bay” which has become a Canadian classic with over 100 covers worldwide Co-founder of legendary folk trio Tamarack, Guelph-based James Gordon has gone on to a thriving solo career with more than 1500 songs, 40 albums, 12 years as CBC Radio songwriter-in-residence...

Mark The Dates WFXVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Mark The Dates WFXVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Dec 18, 2018

WINTERFOLK XVII BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019 WHO: Some of the best blues & roots artists on the Canadian music scene today WHAT: The 17th Annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival WHERE: Various venues on the Danforth, Toronto WHEN: February 22-24, 2019 TICKETS: Save $10 on 3-day pass –...

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick

Dec 18, 2018

Mr. Rick was one of the featured performers in “The Harry Smith Anthology, tribute to American Folk Music”   Singer, guitarist, and player of old time Roots Americana, Mr. Rick (aka Rick Zolkower) was born in post war Detroit. Rick learned his craft by watching, listening and hanging with the iconic Folk and Blues performers of the era at...

Bywater

Bywater

Dec 18, 2018

Winner, 2018 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search the TD Toronto Jazz Festival Winner, 2017 Merriam Emerging Artist at the TD Oakville Songs of Summer   Winner of the 2018 Toronto Blues Society Talent search at the TD Toronto Jazz Festival, Bywater Blues debuted in early 2017, shortly thereafter winning the Merriam Music Emerging Artist Award from the 2017...

Tragedy Ann

Tragedy Ann

Dec 18, 2018

Winner, Songs from the Heart 2018 (Blues Category) Winner, Songs from the Heart 2018 (Humorous Category) New Full Length, “Matches”, released September 2018       The award-winning music of Guelph folk duo Tragedy Ann inspires chills, provokes smiles, and reminds you to breathe. With the occasional nod to alt. blues...

Brian Blain

Brian Blain

Dec 18, 2018

Slow-cooked, solid-groove folk blues – soulful, thoughtful and always entertaining. His highly original blues-based repertoire earned him the coveted Porcupine “Golden Quill” Award in 2005 Brian Blain, a mainstay of the Toronto blues scene since the early 90s, will be playing tunes from his upcoming CD including some lighthearted fare...

Cassie and Maggie

Cassie and Maggie

Dec 18, 2018

2018 JUNO nominees, Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie have been lighting up the world with their blend of traditional and original Celtic roots music. 2018 JUNO nominees for Root/Trad album of the Year. 2017 Winners of Roots/Trad album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music awards, nominees for Ensemble, Vocal Group and Traditional singer of the Year...

Moscow Apartment

Moscow Apartment

Dec 18, 2018

Winner, Slaight Music It’s Your Shot Competition, 2018, Canadian Songwriting Competition (Under 18) Winner, Best Young Songwriter Independent Music Awards, 2017, Winner, Best Young Songwriter Canadian Folk Music Award 2017 Winners of a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Toronto Independent Music Award, the Canadian Songwriting Competition (Under 18 category)...

Donné Roberts

Donné Roberts

Dec 18, 2018

2 Time Juno Award Winner New CD Released in November 2018 Donné Roberts’ music make winter feels like summer. The rhythm will make you dance and the melodies will make you sing along. The music is mainly in Malagasy the language of Madagascar. Website www.donneroberts.com  Donné Roberts’ music make winter feels like summer. The rhythm will make you...

Dan McKinnon

Dan McKinnon

Dec 18, 2018

2017 Toronto Blues Society Talent Search Winner 2017 Amy Louie Grossman’s Scholarship Winner Toronto-based blues/rock guitarist Dan McKinnon has been working hard to establish himself as a Canadian Blues artist on the rise. Following the success of his debut full-length album As Sharp As Possible (2013 Canadian Blues Debut of the Year from the Blues...

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Dec 17, 2018

Toronto singer-songwriter Howard Gladstone released Hourglass—his fifth album of original contemporary folk/roots music in the U.S.A. on June 15, 2018 Howard Gladstone shares emotion and meaning in his songwriting and performance, exercising both sides of his brain, the rational and the poetic. His fifth album, Hourglass, is his most honest and accessible...

Margaret Stowe

Margaret Stowe

Dec 17, 2018

Guitarist Margaret Stowe will appear at Winterfolk! Guitarist Margaret Stowe has been playing jazz, jazz-blues and other styles for several decades, performing and recording with a variety of Canadian and international artists. During her career, she has performed with orchestras, in theatre, and at major concert halls, festivals, clubs and restaurants, in...

Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Dec 17, 2018

Guitar Master, Writer of Deeply-felt, Literate Songs, and Dynamic Performer Noah Zacharin is an acknowledged guitar master, writer of literate and deeply-felt songs, and dynamic and ever-evolving performer. He has released eight CD’s of original music, all of which have been met with critical and popular success. ‘Strange Rider’ (2016) made...

The Lifers

The Lifers

Dec 17, 2018

Nominee, Canadian Folk Music Awards: Emerging Artist of the Year, 2018 The Lifers, led by sisters Liv and Anita Cazzola, are an art-folk/rock collective from Guelph, Ontario. Their intertwined voices dynamically convey vulnerability and strength, confronting the fragility of our world and ourselves. Their latest release “Honey Suite” employs...

Evaristo Machado

Evaristo Machado

Dec 17, 2018

  Evaristo: Cuban Trovador Evaristo is a multi-talented singer, songwriter and guitarist. His CD, “Siempre Que Llueve… (After the Rain)” is available on iTunes, and features some of Toronto’s best Canadian and Cuban musicians. Born in Havana, Evaristo now makes Toronto home, where he performs with his trio, as well as in solo shows on his...

D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

Dec 14, 2018

With a career spanning over 4 decades and with credits that include …guitarist for the Ian Thomas Band , Polydor Recording and touring Artist, award winning songwriter D’Arcy Wickham looks forward to the release of his 3rd CD ‘Signal Hill’ which is all instrumental at Winterfolk 2019.  In addition to being an artist, D’Arcy is...

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Dec 14, 2018

Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington. 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. Wayne...

Black Suit Devil

Black Suit Devil

Dec 14, 2018

Black Suit Devil Singer/Songwriter Andy Du Rego took his years of experience in the Blues & Rock scenes as a guitarist and has fused it with his life experiences to breathe life into the Black Suit Devil project. An ever-evolving project best described currently as Acoustic Soul is a fusion of the Folk, Roots, Blues & Soul genres. While the name Black...

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Dec 11, 2018

Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter whose music is an intoxicating blend of folk, country, blues and jazz. His latest CD “Once In A Blue Moon” has been very well-received and has garnered great reviews and radio play around the world. He describes his songs as “sad little stories of love, loss and heartache.”

Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

Dec 10, 2018

Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb can turn the largest venue into an intimate and exciting place to be.     Since his band, “The Lords Of...

Winterfolk Preview & Birthday Bash Dec 8

Winterfolk Preview & Birthday Bash Dec 8

Nov 30, 2018

The 17th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, taking place in Toronto February 22-24, 2019, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent.

Norm Lucien

Norm Lucien

Nov 30, 2018

Harpin’ Norm Lucien  walked into a kitchen jam in a  pub in downtown Toronto, joined in on harmonica and quickly found himself in the embrace of the Toronto music community! Gradually playing just about every style backing  just about every musician he picked up the moniker ‘Harpin’ Norm! As friends often joke...

Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit Dec 8, 2018

Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit Dec 8, 2018

Nov 27, 2018

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Presents Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit WHO: David Storey, & The Side Road Scholars, HOTCHA!,Chloe Watkinson, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, and Glen Hornblast Band WHAT: Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit + Birthday Bash  WHERE: The Black Swan Tavern, 154...

Join the Winterfolk Team

Join the Winterfolk Team

Nov 27, 2018

We welcome your application. Join with other members of the community to help us make a difference. Though our annual showcase event is the Winterfolk festival in February, our work is ongoing. We appreciate the help of good volunteers year round. If you have any questions prior to submitting the form, please send an email , and we will try to respond...

Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

Nov 25, 2018

The Brampton Folk Club holds monthly song circles on the 1st Monday of every month, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Bring your instrument! We also present two concert series, hosts open mics and participate in a variety of community events. This is the 4th year we have been honoured to be included at Winterfolk. Many thanks to the Winterfolk committee for inviting...

Get a Winterfolk Gig!

Get a Winterfolk Gig!

Nov 9, 2018

How to play at Winterfolk. What we look for in artists and more exciting artist opportunities. 

Opportunity Available – Winterfolk XVIII Publicist

Opportunity Available – Winterfolk XVIII Publicist

Oct 1, 2018

Accepting Applications Now The 18th annual Winterfolk festival will take place on February 21, 22, 23, 2020. Below is a job description for the position of publicist. You would be working directly with the Festival Director, Brian Gladstone, and in cooperation with the entire Winterfolk team. Innovative and creative thinking are a big asset! Interested...

Casa Loma guitarist strikes a chord for Winterfolk festival

Casa Loma guitarist strikes a chord for Winterfolk festival

Mar 1, 2018

Rick Zolkower talks performing, coming to Canada and his future album  February 19, 2018 Brian Baker Americana, musician, Rick Zolkower, Winterfolk Reprinted from Streeter – The fallout from the Riverboat scene in Toronto’s 1960s Yorkville scene was when Detroit-born Americana musician Rick Zolkower arrived here. It was 1972...

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT @ HUGH’S ROOM, TORONTO

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT @ HUGH’S ROOM, TORONTO

Feb 26, 2018

January 21, 2018 – Reprinted from Spill Magazine  Last year, Hugh’s Room announced it was closing its doors. Like many fans, I waited with bated breath, sorry to see yet another beloved Toronto venue cease to exist. Thankfully, generous donations and copious support have allowed the Roncy music club to keep on delivering the goods. With its...

Winterfolk XVI by Cashbox Magazine

Winterfolk XVI by Cashbox Magazine

Feb 12, 2018

Submitted by Lenny Stoute  The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival,taking place in Toronto February 16-18, 2018, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a...

WINTERFOLK XVI ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP – FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

WINTERFOLK XVI ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP – FEBRUARY 16-18, 2018

Feb 1, 2018

Reprinted from Spill Magazine – The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, taking place in Toronto February 16-18, 2018, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a...

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

Jan 30, 2018

Reprinted from Spill Magazine – by Elizabeth Andrews Jan 29, 2018 – Last year, Hugh’s Room announced it was closing its doors. Like many fans, I waited with bated breath, sorry to see yet another beloved Toronto venue cease to exist. Thankfully, generous donations and copious support have allowed the Roncy music club to keep on delivering the...

Jessica Wedden

Jessica Wedden

Jan 26, 2018

Jessica Wedden is a 15 year old fiddler, trick fiddler, step dancer, composer and 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee with an upbeat Celtic and East Coast repertoire, who thoroughly enjoys any opportunity to share her music.     Nominated for Young Performer of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards.    ...

Sabrina Soares

Sabrina Soares

Jan 26, 2018

Girl-next-door with swag. Nerd-cool. Guitar prodigy with heart.     Debut EP ‘Plan A’, Released 2016.     “Best Vocalist” Winner at Emergenza Band Competition Grand Finals, 2014.     Top-10 Finalist in the Australian Songwriting Contest, 2014.     Blending...

Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Jan 26, 2018

Steve Raiken is a highly regarded singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist.     Acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist with signficant radio airplay of 2010 CD.     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...

Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan

Jan 24, 2018

Toronto jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan takes jazz to exciting new places.     Critically Acclaimed New Album: “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” (2017).     Winner, “Best Album” Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards (2017).     “One of the Best Vocal Jazz Albums...

It’s closer than you think: Winterfolk preview tonight at Hugh’s

It’s closer than you think: Winterfolk preview tonight at Hugh’s

Jan 23, 2018

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine – We referred the other day to the spectacular success of the annual Winterfolk Festival started by Brian Gladstone fifteen years ago next month and as always this year’s 16th edition of the now seminal event promises another great weekend of live Roots, Blues and Jazz music when it takes...

Get a sneak peek of what’s coming at Toronto’s Winterfolk

Get a sneak peek of what’s coming at Toronto’s Winterfolk

Jan 17, 2018

Annual roots and blues festival held at several east Toronto venues Reprinted from Inside Toronto East York Mirror – Fans of folk, roots, and blues music can get a glimpse of what’s to come at this year’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival on Sunday, Jan. 21. The Winterfolk XVI Preview will be held at Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas St. W., just south of...

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

Jan 16, 2018

More Info Do you want to know more about volunteering at Winterfolk? Would you like to meet other volunteers? Do you have past experiences you’d like to share with others? This is an informational gathering for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. I’ll be there to answer your questions...

Anne Lederman

Anne Lederman

Jan 16, 2018

Fiddler, singer, composer, storyteller, multi-instrumentalist, Anne is known for her explorations into Canadian/World traditions, and for bringing them to life through tune, song and story.     Winner: Estelle Klein Award, FMO 2016.     FMO Showcase Artist 2017.     Spirit of the Narrows, Anne...

Acoustic Harvest & Winterfolk: WF Preview Jan 21@Hugh’s Room Live

Acoustic Harvest & Winterfolk: WF Preview Jan 21@Hugh’s Room Live

Jan 15, 2018

Greetings of the new year with hope for a better future for the World. As we have done for the past four years, prior to the Winterfolk Festival, we have a sneak-peak at a few of the 150 or so artists who will be performing at the festival. Here’s the lineup: WHO: Dirty Dishes, Julian Fauth, Mr. Rick, Brian Gladstone w/Tony Quarrington, HOTCHA!, and...

Ken Whiteley

Ken Whiteley

Jan 14, 2018

Highly acclaimed Canadian folk, blues and gospel veteran, multi-instrumentalist, powerful vocalist, versatile songwriter.     New cd, “Freedom Blues” released 2016 (Ken’s 30th recording as an artist).     Popular Sunday afternoon Gospel series at Hugh’s Room is currently in it’s 16th...

FYI Music News Announces Winterfolk XVI

FYI Music News Announces Winterfolk XVI

Jan 10, 2018

by Kerry Doole – Reprinted in FYI Music News –  Now in its 16th year, Toronto’s annual Winterfolk roots music fest continues to get better, and bigger. Staged in clubs on Danforth Ave, and the first round of performers include Jack de Keyzer, D’Arcy Wickham, Brian Gladstone, Juno-winners David Bradstreet and Julian Fauth,...

Mose Scarlett

Mose Scarlett

Jan 8, 2018

Mose Scarlett is a Borealis Records recording artist.     A forty year veteran on the Canadian music scene, Mose Scarlett is a Borealis Records recording artist.                     ...

Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

Jan 8, 2018

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.     Toronto born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who in has played with Luke & the Apostles, Downchild, MeKenna Mendelson Mainline,...

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Jan 4, 2018

Winterfolk XVI Preview SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST Doors 6:00 pm | Music 7:30 PM @ Hugh’s Room Live 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON Festival wristbands only $10 at the preview!

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Jan 4, 2018

Winterfolk XVI Blues & Roots Festival and Acoustic Harvest Present… Dirty Dishes will be performing at the Winterfolk XVI preview at Hugh’s Room Live on January 21, 2018 Winterfolk XVI Preview SUNDAY, JANUARY 21ST Doors 6:00 pm | Music 7:30 PM @ Hugh’s Room Live 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON Festival wristbands only $10 at...

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup Jan 6, 2018

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup Jan 6, 2018

Jan 2, 2018

More Info Do you want to know more about volunteering at Winterfolk? Would you like to meet other volunteers? Do you have past experiences you’d like to share with others? This is an informational gathering for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. I’ll be there to answer your questions...

SPEAK Music Presents

SPEAK Music Presents

Jan 2, 2018

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...

HOTCHA!

HOTCHA!

Jan 2, 2018

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...

Al Lerman

Al Lerman

Jan 2, 2018

A 40+ year veteran of the Canadian blues scene and one of the top harmonica players in the country, Al is a an engaging and skilled performer whose often humorous anecdotes are interspersed between great blues numbers.     Nominated in 2016 for Maple Blues Award as “Acoustic Act Of The year”.     Won two Juno...

Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Jan 2, 2018

A founding member of Edward Bear in the 1960’s, Danny spent many years in Toronto Clubs, from Alberts Hall to the Cadillac Lounge. He apprenticed at CBC radio with Arthur Black and Shelagh Rogers before landing his own program on JAZZ.FM.     Blues with a Feeling Lifetime Achievement Award.     Cashbox Legacy...

Santerias

Santerias

Jan 2, 2018

Toronto Urban Latin ensemble fires up funk fusion.     Santerias was just voted by people’s choice “Play The Parks 2017 Band of the Season”!     Santerias’ newest single release “Mundo Desigual” (Unequal World) has been well received by the media and highly supported by CBC radio.    ...

Jessica Wedden

Jessica Wedden

Dec 25, 2017

Nominated for Young Performer of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards Opened for Ashley MacIsaac and Joined Him for a Couple Tunes for the 2017 Festival of Small Halls Ontario Advanced to the Semi-Final Round at the 2017 Canadian National Exhibition Rising Star Talent Competition; Performed at the 2016 Havelock Jamboree Jessica Wedden...

Jack de Keyzer presents ‘Evolution of Blues Guitar’ – From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

Jack de Keyzer presents ‘Evolution of Blues Guitar’ – From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

Dec 21, 2017

From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

Musically Yours

Musically Yours

Dec 21, 2017

We provide a platform for new artists to be heard on TV & on our website.     We provide free recording opportunities.     Our magazine showcases awesome Canadian independent talent.     We are proud to help Canadian independent artists pursue positive and creative ventures through music on our TV...

Laura Bird

Laura Bird

Dec 21, 2017

Known for her warm stage presence, finely honed guitar work, and distinctive, sultry voice, Guelph songstress Laura Bird draws musical influence from a mosaic of early folk roots, contemporary bluegrass and old jazz standards.     Winner Wellington County Regional Songwriting Competition 2012.     Guelph ON songstress...

Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band

Dec 21, 2017

We are a funky R&B soul band with a blistering groove.     CD released 2016 “Still on Fire”.     song of the week CBC Here and Now 99.1FM.     CBC Sounds of the Season Host band 2016.     Jerome Tucker band is a blistering funky, rocky, exciting entity. Based out of...

Jory Nash

Jory Nash

Dec 21, 2017

Winner, Songs From the Heart Contest 2000.     4 time CFMA nominee.     Winner, Penguin Eggs Album of the Year, 2010.     Jory Nash is a singer songwriter who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues and soul into an original stew of sound.    ...

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Dec 16

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Dec 16

Dec 13, 2017

Do you want to know more about volunteering at Winterfolk?  Would you like to meet other volunteers?  Do you have past experiences you’d like to share with others? This is an informational gathering for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done so in the past. I’ll be there to answer your...

Sean Peever

Sean Peever

Dec 12, 2017

A roots music powerhouse who stirs a heady mixture of folk-rock-soul-RnB-Celtic-country-bluegrass-rocksteady.     CD release, The Eyes of Sarah Miles, 2015.     Played at the Eaglewood Folk Festival, 2007, and The Stewart Park Festival, 2005.     Debut CD, Love On The Transitway,...

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Dec 12, 2017

Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington.     Folksinger humdinger!     Songs you’ve heard too many times, but not lately.     Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington. Memorable melodies, clever lyrics, rich voices, and solid...

David McLachlan

David McLachlan

Dec 12, 2017

David sings with heartfelt conviction songs that reflect life and it’s lessons.     New cd released Sept 2017 called “out of love”.     No 4″ Bless This House”- European Country Music chart- March 2017.     No 11 “Fountain Of Love” – European Country Music...

Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

Dec 12, 2017

Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb can turn the largest venue into an intimate and exciting place to be.     Since his band, “The Lords Of...

Get a sneak peek of what’s to come at 16th annual Winterfolk Festival

Get a sneak peek of what’s to come at 16th annual Winterfolk Festival

Dec 11, 2017

Reprinted from ‘Inside Toronto’ –  The organizers of the 16th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival are hosting a preview/benefit and birthday bash on Saturday, Dec. 9. The special sneak peek event, which will feature The Achromatics, David Storey, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, Piper Hayes with Carson Ritcey-Thorpe, The...

Acoustic Harvest

Acoustic Harvest

Dec 8, 2017

Acoustic Harvest was started in 1997 by the late, great, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, radio host, Rick Fielding.     AH features award winning local, regional, national and international acoustic roots artists.     AH provides a vegetarian dinner for all their performers and volunteers and vegan baked goods...

NSAI Toronto

NSAI Toronto

Dec 8, 2017

NSAI Toronto is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary as a songwriters chapter in 2018.     NSAI meetings are held at the Harris Institute once a month. New writers alway welcome.     NSAI puts on our 19th annual songwriters festival, Tin Pan North, on May 24-26, 2018.     NSAI Toronto exists to...

The Moonshine Cafe

The Moonshine Cafe

Dec 8, 2017

The Moonshine Cafe Stage at Winterfolk is a showcase of emerging talent chosen from our regular performers at the Open Mic’s and Jam’s in our venue.     The Moonshine Cafe is into it’s thirteenth year of presenting Live Music.. 7 Nights a week. The focus always has been, and continues to be on independent, emerging and...

Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams

Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams

Dec 8, 2017

An institution at Winterfolk since Year One, singer/songwriter Tony Quarrington appears this year with his new duet partner Zoey Adams.     In our new incarnation as ‘Q. and A.’, singers and co-composers, we have already done concerts in a bookstore and a barbershop!     Tony and Zoey will be appearing...

David Bradstreet

David Bradstreet

Dec 8, 2017

David Bradstreet: writer of hit, “Renaissance”; JUNO, “Best New Male Vocalist” 1977; extensive recording and touring for 45 years.     Gold and Platinum Albums.     JUNO Award Winner and Nominee.     A&M Records, Universal Records.     DAVID BRADSTREET...

Smokey Folk

Smokey Folk

Dec 8, 2017

Traditional bluegrass with a modern sound.     Toronto’s premiere bluegrass band.     Smokey folk has been playing around Toronto for over 10 years, delighting audiences with their distinctive bluegrass sound. Traditional and mashing, but with a modern and sometimes humorous style, Smokey folk never fails to disappoint ....

Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Dec 2, 2017

Socially conscious contemporary folk music with a few twists.     Songwriters, singers, musicologists, authors, advocates, activists.     3 CD releases including For A Moment (2016).     Creators of Canada’s only tribute to the 60’s folk revival,‘Where Have All the Folk Songs...

Kim Doolittle

Kim Doolittle

Dec 2, 2017

Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller, Original Recording Artist, Humorist.     Into The Blue released April 2017!     Top 5 on Stingray Radio.     Programmed on CBC, Blues Radio Neetwork, Folk Routes and Stingray Music.     I love to sing, write, play and tell stories. My 9th studio...

The Max Woolaver Band

The Max Woolaver Band

Dec 2, 2017

The Max Woolaver Band draws inspiration from the lyrical power and inspired musicianship of the deep well of North American roots tradition.     Factor New Talent; Pick of the Writer’s Nights, Bluebird Cafe, Nashville; Penguin Eggs – Highly recommended.     NXNE; Canada Music Week; CBC Toronto 7 Ottawa; CTV; U of T...

Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

Dec 2, 2017

Jon Brooks writes songs to calm those souls who’ve looked into and seen what is in their hearts; he also writes songs to terrify those who have not.     4 x nominee for English Songwriter of the Year at The Canadian Folk Music Awards (2007/2009/2012/2014).     4th Canadian since 1975 to win the prestigious Kerrville...

Durham County Poets

Durham County Poets

Nov 29, 2017

The obvious joie de vivre expressed while performing together is reflected in the good-time feel that the band creates.     New CD Grimshaw Road 2017 riding high on Canadian Blues charts.     Durham County Poets’ groovy roots sound capturing hearts everywhere they play.     Penguin Eggs calls...

BluesReel

BluesReel

Nov 29, 2017

Songs & tunes, reeds & strings, rhythm & blues, jigs & reels, original & trad.     Debut CD “Riverfield” released in 2016, recorded in a 200-year-old log house in the Chateauguay Valley.     BluesReel is a harmonica and guitar duo unlike any you have heard.     John...

Signe Miranda

Signe Miranda

Nov 29, 2017

Toronto-based lead singer/songwriter of Signe Miranda’s Veranda and author of #1 international best selling book, “The Song Creation Formula: 7 Easy Steps to Writing Your Song” recently released a new single, “It’s Been So Long (Spread Out Our Wings),” produced by Greg Godovitz (Goddo).     New Single...

Clan Hannigan

Clan Hannigan

Nov 29, 2017

Clan Hannigan is an Intergenerational family band that takes traditional Irish music and blends it with elements of Jazz, Pop, and other folk traditions, to create a unique high energy sonic soundscape.     Fab people and great to listen to. Great gig in Northampton. Loved it. Al-Pha-X (Declan Flynn), Northampton, UK.    ...

Bobby Dove

Bobby Dove

Nov 29, 2017

Bobby Dove is an alt-country singer-songwriter and troubadour from Montreal.     Bobby Dove’s Debut Album, Thunderchild, Released 2016.     Bobby Dove captured by aliens, forced to write best folksong of all time – or earth will be destroyed.     Bobby Dove is an alt-country singer-songwriter and...

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Nov 29, 2017

Versatile Harmonica player, singer-songwriter with radio play and songs covered by others!     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...

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

Nov 29, 2017

Andy writes and performs fun / interesting folk rock music for children/families and adults alike!     Andy Griffiths has released a new folk rock children’s album! ‘OUR CAT FLASH’. See www.kidzent.com for info.     Andy was nominated for a Roots Recording of the Year award at the 2013 Hamilton Music...

Winterfolk XVI Preview and Fundraiser Dec 9, 2017

Winterfolk XVI Preview and Fundraiser Dec 9, 2017

Nov 28, 2017

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Presents Winterfolk XVI Preview & Fundraiser WHO: The Achromatics, David Storey, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, Piper Hayes w/ Carson Ritcey-Thorpe, The Mini-Clan Hannigan and more WHAT: Winterfolk XVI Preview & Benefit WHERE: The Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, ON...

Announcing Winterfolk XVI

Announcing Winterfolk XVI

Nov 27, 2017

Alfie Smith

Alfie Smith

Nov 24, 2017

“Hamilton is blessed with a wealth of great blues guitarists. None is better than Alfie Smith when it comes to the acoustic slide and he’s got a voice to match.” ~Graham Rockingham The Spec.     Representing Western new york Blues Society in Memphis at the International Blues Challage.     Alfie Smith is...

Linda Saslove

Linda Saslove

Nov 24, 2017

Linda Saslove truly lives up to her name. She is the perfect blend of Sas with a whole lot of love. Often compared to Carole King and Joni Mitchell.     her Debut Album, “Everything”. Available at Winterfolk with official CD Release in the Spring of 2018.     Awarding-winning Songwriting Finalist (Unisong,...

Brian Jantzi & The Lost Mariachis

Brian Jantzi & The Lost Mariachis

Nov 22, 2017

Singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Brian Jantzi digs deep into folk, rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, western, latin, psychedelic, & world traditions with original songs that lay a lonesome hippie vibe over lyrics that make you want to hear every word.     New CD Released 2017 – “Junkie for Emotion” – 14...

Piper Hayes

Piper Hayes

Nov 22, 2017

Born in New York, raised in Toronto, and now residing in Hamilton since 2015, critically acclaimed folk singer, songwriter and social activist Piper Hayes is truly authentic.     Debut full-length album ‘Piper & Carson’ released December 8, 2017.     Two-time nominee for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting...

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Nov 22, 2017

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.     Winner Songs from...