Feb 22 – 24, 2019

The Achromatics

A vibrant 9-pc band featuring a powerful female horn section, Motown-style vocals, a Latin-influenced rhythm section and a Top-40-calibre stage show.     Toronto Independent Music Award 2017 Nominees      Debut CD Give Me That Beat released November 24, 2017     Canada’s hottest Latin/Soul band     Earth, Wind & Fire meets Enrique Iglesias. The...

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup, Sunday November 19

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup, Sunday November 19

Nov 7, 2017

Sunday, November 19 at 1 PM – 3 PM Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave, Toronto, Ontario M4K1N1 Do you have questions about volunteering at Winterfolk? Would you like to meet other volunteers? Do you want to share your past experiences with others? This gathering is for anyone who is thinking about volunteering at the festival and for those who have done...

NASHVILLE BOUND

NASHVILLE BOUND

Nov 6, 2017

Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter who has run open mics and songwriter showcases for many years.      NASHVILLE BOUND has presented over 200 songwriters and given them opportunities to showcase their songs for a “listening audience”.     MOONLIGHT CABARET is another new songwriter showcase that Glen runs at various clubs that...

Tonight’s Winterfolk preview a good way to ease into cooler climes

Tonight’s Winterfolk preview a good way to ease into cooler climes

Nov 4, 2017

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine by Gary 17 – As the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival prepares to turn sweet sixteen this coming February it’s perhaps not too young to begin engaging in occasional bouts of nostalgia.  Certainly festival founder and executive director Brian Gladstone may feel some of that tonight as he takes part in a 2018 festival...

Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

Oct 30, 2017

The Brampton Folk Club has about 50 members, including 30 artists from all over the GTA and as far away as Barrie.     The Brampton Folk Club has monthly song circles, two monthly concert series, a bi-monthly open stage and participates in many community events.     This is the folk club’s third consecutive appearance at Winterfolk. We are grateful for...

Seneca College Independent Music Presents

Seneca College Independent Music Presents

Oct 28, 2017

John Switzer and Linda M host a songwriter showcase featuring the talented students and alumni of Seneca’s Independent Music Programs.     “Indie” is not a genre. “Indie” does not mean “unsigned”. Indie is an approach, a way of life, a DIY mindset. The Independent Music Programs at Seneca College offer an intensive, hands-on curriculum, taught by some of...

The Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

The Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

Oct 28, 2017

Dr. B’s is a weekly open stage and jam held at the Freetimes Cafe in Toronto.     Join us for an intimate afternoon of great acoustic music, every Saturday. We want to create a place for artists, friends, and fans to hang out.     Come Out to Hear The Great Music. It’s a good listening room filled with creative energy to enjoy some great music, and a...

WINTERFOLK 2018 Tribute & Benefit Concert Nov 4, 2017

WINTERFOLK 2018 Tribute & Benefit Concert Nov 4, 2017

Oct 24, 2017

Nashville Bound Presents: WINTERFOLK 2018 Tribute & Benefit Concert Nov 4, 2017    WHO: Maggie & Mr. Rogers, Meredith Moon, HOTCHA!, Glen Hornblast, Harpin’ Norm, D’Arcy Wickham, Brian Gladstone, Tony Quarrington (w/ Zoey Adams), Kim Doolittle WHAT: Nashville Bound Presents The 16th Annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Tribute and Benefit...

WF XV Meeting Notes Sept 12, 2017

Being aware of acoustic vs. electric performances for scheduling the Swan upstairs vs. downstairs. 2) More training for stage manager volunteers – one or more meetings 3) Explore new venues for expansion – Danforth Music Hall? Do they do matinées? Brian to contact venues by end of Sept. 4) To schedule in-person training for Jen and Kevin with volunteers 5)...

Winterfolk XVI Artist Submission Drop Box Now Open

Winterfolk XVI Artist Submission Drop Box Now Open

Sep 25, 2017

The Opportunity Presenting more than 150 artists in the span of three days in downtown Toronto, Winterfolk’s exciting and accessible programming makes the festival a haven for booking agents, promoters, and media. Every year more than 10,000 attendees. See ‘How Winterfolk Selects...

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

Mar 6, 2017

Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival celebrated their 15th Anniversary on the Danforth, on February 17th-19th. It was an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you found the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists showed off their chops at 5...

Editor’s Corner March 2017

Editor’s Corner March 2017

Feb 28, 2017

Written by David Olds Category: Editors Corner – Sticking with my Pot Pourri theme, I had the pleasure of meeting up with a friend from my early childhood at Winterfolk on the Family Day Weekend. David Storey and I knew each other back in our pre-school days, attending the same Anglican church and each other’s birthday parties. Somewhere around our...

Winterfolk Roundup Various Clubs Toronto

Winterfolk Roundup Various Clubs Toronto

Feb 27, 2017

Winterfolk XV was busier, punchier and way warmer than usual, all good things for the folk that swarmed over the bridge to check the annual feast of blues and roots musics of all kinds. Folkie Peter Verity opened the launch party at The Black Swan with an engrossing set largely drawn from recent album Sometimes A Journey. Accompanied by fiddle virtuoso Thomas...

Americana Media Pro: Fred Boenig reviews Winterfolk

Americana Media Pro: Fred Boenig reviews Winterfolk

Feb 19, 2017

From American Media Pro Winterfolk XV Roots and Blues Fest Underway One of the great mid-winter music festivals is underway in Toronto this weekend with the 15th edition of the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival. This 3 day festival showcases the finest in local and national touring musicians, with some artists just beginning their musical journey and others...

Tony Quarrington tribute album shows Winterfolk’s stature

Tony Quarrington tribute album shows Winterfolk’s stature

Feb 14, 2017

\ TO EAST \ Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine There was a time when there was really only one Roots festival that artists of that genre talked about in TO.  Back when I started this publication —25 years ago this coming April, as Open Season (which gave birth to to-nite before evolving into TorontoMoon.ca) — the Mariposa Festival had a very strong presence...

Winterfolk is back for its 15th year on The Danforth

Winterfolk is back for its 15th year on The Danforth

Feb 13, 2017

All-ages, mid-winter festival to feature some of the best Canadian blues and roots artists East York Mirror – The 2017 edition of the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is coming to The Danforth. The 15th annual event, which features some of the best Canadian blues and roots artists, will run from Feb. 15 to Feb. 17. Organizers describe Winterfolk as an...

Entertainment Beat – Its that time of year again

Entertainment Beat – Its that time of year again

Feb 10, 2017

February 9, 2017February 8, 2017 Anna Killen and Lara O’Keefe Reprinted from Beaches Metro It’s that time of year again. Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth Feb. 17-19, 2017 and Acoustic Harvest will be there with bells, and guitars, and dancing shoes. Its showcase is Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Globe Bistro at...

Winterfolk Hour on BLUZ FM

Winterfolk Hour on BLUZ FM

Feb 9, 2017

Don’t miss the Winterfolk hour on Bluz Fm on JAZZ.FM91 with Danny Marks which will air this Saturday Feb 11 from 10 to 11 PM. We will be talking about a variety of topics including local music scene, the role of music in society, and of course highlights of the upcoming Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival. We will be spinning tracks from Winterfolk...

WINTERFOLK XV ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP

WINTERFOLK XV ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP

Feb 8, 2017

WHO: Trent Severn, Johnson Crook, The Small Glories, Command Sisters, Julian Taylor, The Jerome Tucker Band, Jon Brooks, Lily Frost, Louis Simão, Denielle Bassels, Blair Packham + more! WHAT: Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival TICKETS: Advance tickets for the four ticketed events are separate from wristband admission. Purchase here:...

A Musical Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

A Musical Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

Feb 8, 2017

By: Thomas Schultz posted Mon, Feb 6, 2017 in SPECIALINTEREST Toronto serves as Canada’s hub for art, commerce, and entertainment, making it an ideal destination for travelers. The city won’t disappoint thanks to a wide range of world class restaurants like Canoe, Carisma, and VOLOS. Another major attraction you won’t want to miss is Canada’s...

A Music Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

A Music Extravaganza for All Ages on the Danforth Strip

Feb 7, 2017

By: Thomas Schultz posted Mon, Feb 6, 2017 in SPECIALINTEREST Toronto serves as Canada’s hub for art, commerce, and entertainment, making it an ideal destination for travelers. The city won’t disappoint thanks to a wide range of world class restaurants like Canoe, Carisma, and VOLOS. Another major attraction you won’t want to miss is Canada’s...

Blog Toronto on Winterfolk

Blog Toronto on Winterfolk

Feb 6, 2017

Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth, Feb. 17-19, 2017. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music , emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 150 artists will be performing at 5 venues over 3 days. The festival will also...

Entertainment Beat

Entertainment Beat

Feb 6, 2017

February 9, 2017February 8, 2017  Anna Killen and Lara O’Keefe – It’s that time of year again. Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth Feb. 17-19, 2017 and Acoustic Harvest will be there with bells, and guitars, and dancing shoes. Its showcase is Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. at the Globe Bistro at 124 Danforth Ave....

Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival announce full lineup

Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival announce full lineup

Feb 5, 2017

From February 17-February 19th, the Winterfolk XV Blues & Roots Festival will be held in full force. The festival will be held in five venues with six stages in total in Danforth, Toronto.  On February 17, the hours will be 7:00pm-1:30am.  On February 18, the hours will be 1:00pm-1:30am.  Finally, on February 19, the festival hours will be 1:00pm-11:00pm. ...

Live Album Release The Songs of Tony Quarrington

Live Album Release The Songs of Tony Quarrington

Feb 1, 2017

Tickets are Limited – Order Early to avoid disappointment  Sunday Feb 19, Black Swan Tavern, 154 Danforth Ave.  The Songs of Tony Quarrington Live CD Release– featuring Heather Fielding, Glen Hornblast, David Storey, HOTCHA!, Wendell Ferguson, Seb Agnello, Brian Gladstone, Wayne Neon, Isabelle Frysberg, Laura Fernandez, Noah Zacharin, Soozi Schlanger,...

Winterfolk’s 15th anniversary Feb. 17-19 will include many East York talents

Winterfolk’s 15th anniversary Feb. 17-19 will include many East York talents

Feb 1, 2017

Reprinted from East York Chronicle, by /Gary 17/ Although it was not born in east TO, the annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival has made its home here for most of what will be 15 years of existence February 17-19. From its beginnings the event, held at five bar/restaurant venues on Danforth Ave. near Broadview, has drawn on talents from the area,...

Soul Maître Ds

Soul Maître Ds

Jan 31, 2017

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...

Hi Res Artist Images

Click on any image to enlarge. Click on Arrows < > left and right for horizontal scroll. Right Click to Download, Save, Copy, Copy URL, etc. [Show slideshow] The Redhill Valleys Tom Leighton Turbo Street Funk All Day Breakfast Stringband Anne Walker Brian Blain Brian Gladstone Command Sisters David McLachlan Denielle Dr. Tom Hamilton HOTCHA! Isaak Bonk Julian...

The McDales

The McDales

Jan 26, 2017

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...

All Day Breakfast Stringband

All Day Breakfast Stringband

Jan 23, 2017

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...

The Redhill Valleys

The Redhill Valleys

Jan 21, 2017

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...

Winterfolk Preview Jan 21

Winterfolk Preview Jan 21

Jan 16, 2017

BITS’N’PIECES – Reprinted from Cashbox  TORONTO – Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 15th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists take the stage at Toronto’s Acoustic Harvest on Saturday, January 21st. Doors open at 7:30...

Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Jan 16, 2017

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...

Juneyt

Juneyt

Jan 14, 2017

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...

Command Sisters

Command Sisters

Jan 14, 2017

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...

View Winterfolk Schedule Now Online

View Winterfolk Schedule Now Online

Jan 13, 2017

Tom Leighton

Tom Leighton

Jan 12, 2017

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...

Onion Honey

Onion Honey

Jan 10, 2017

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...

Lily Frost

Lily Frost

Jan 10, 2017

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...

Jan 21 Winterfolk Preview at Acoustic Harvest

Jan 21 Winterfolk Preview at Acoustic Harvest

Jan 9, 2017

Winterfolk XV Preview & Benefit Saturday, January 21st Acoustic Harvest, Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church 1512 Kingston Rd., Toronto | 416.729.7564 Doors 7:30 pm / Music 8:00 pm      WHO: Blair Packham, Tony Quarrington, Lynn Harrison, Brian Gladstone, HOTCHA!, Kim Doolittle, Glen Hornblast, Tragedy Ann and Lillian Wauthier as Host....

Draft – Meeting Notes Jan 5, 2017

Winterfolk Meeting Notes Jan. 5, 2017 Send email to all volunteers from prior years (Brian) Lindsey to reach out to GBC to appeal for volunteers Brian to call Paul Cross – run radio program at Humber, to supply MC volunteers Volunteers cannot see paid shows Terri O’s is a good venue for community stages Instrument lockup- Dora Dougal will check with John...

Isaak Bonk

Isaak Bonk

Jan 6, 2017

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...

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...

Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly

Jan 3, 2017

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...

Missy Burgess

Missy Burgess

Jan 3, 2017

“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...

Anne Walker

Anne Walker

Jan 3, 2017

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...

The Small Glories – Nominated for 2 Canadian Folk Awards!

The Small Glories – Nominated for 2 Canadian Folk Awards!

Jan 1, 2017

Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies.    

Nashville Bound

Nashville Bound

Dec 30, 2016

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...

Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

Dec 30, 2016

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...

Joe Hall

Joe Hall

Dec 27, 2016

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...

Louis Simão Duo

Louis Simão Duo

Dec 24, 2016

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,...

Dr. Tom Hamilton

Dr. Tom Hamilton

Dec 23, 2016

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...

Pat Temple and the Hi Lo Players

Pat Temple and the Hi Lo Players

Dec 22, 2016

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...

Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor

Dec 22, 2016

“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...

SPEAK Music Presents

SPEAK Music Presents

Dec 22, 2016

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...

Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Dec 22, 2016

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...

Trent Severn

Trent Severn

Dec 21, 2016

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...

The Small Glories

The Small Glories

Dec 21, 2016

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...

Johnson Crook

Johnson Crook

Dec 21, 2016

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,...

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival

Dec 21, 2016

Reprinted from `India News Calling` – TORONTO – MONDAY, DECEMBER 13, 2016 – Be sure to mark your calendars for the 15th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival taking place February 17-19, 2017 in Toronto. Winterfolk is an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music,...

The Moonshine Cafe

The Moonshine Cafe

Dec 21, 2016

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...

Margaret Stowe

Margaret Stowe

Dec 19, 2016

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....

Denielle Bassels

Denielle Bassels

Dec 19, 2016

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...

Brian Blain

Brian Blain

Dec 15, 2016

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...

Turbo Street Funk

Turbo Street Funk

Dec 15, 2016

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...

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,...

Tragedy Ann

Tragedy Ann

Dec 15, 2016

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...

Stephanie Braganza

Stephanie Braganza

Dec 14, 2016

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...

Stephanie Braganza

SongTown Presents

SongTown Presents

Dec 12, 2016

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...

Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

Dec 12, 2016

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    ...

Seneca College Independent Music Presents

Seneca College Independent Music Presents

Dec 12, 2016

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...

Acoustic Harvest Presents

Acoustic Harvest Presents

Dec 12, 2016

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...

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) – Toronto Chapter

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) – Toronto Chapter

Dec 12, 2016

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...

Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

Dec 12, 2016

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...

Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

Dec 12, 2016

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...

David Storey

David Storey

Dec 9, 2016

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...

Soozi Schlanger

Soozi Schlanger

Dec 9, 2016

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...

Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Dec 9, 2016

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,...

Tony Quarrington

Tony Quarrington

Dec 9, 2016

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...

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

Dec 9, 2016

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...

Kim Doolittle

Kim Doolittle

Dec 9, 2016

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...

Isabel Fryszberg

Isabel Fryszberg

Dec 9, 2016

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...

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Dec 7, 2016

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...

Freeman Dre

Freeman Dre

Dec 7, 2016

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...

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Dec 7, 2016

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...

Melanie Peterson

Melanie Peterson

Dec 7, 2016

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...

Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone

Dec 7, 2016

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...

D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

Dec 7, 2016

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...

Jory Nash

Jory Nash

Dec 7, 2016

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...

Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Dec 7, 2016

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...

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

Dec 7, 2016

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...

Suzanne Jarvie

Suzanne Jarvie

Dec 7, 2016

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...

David Essig

David Essig

Dec 7, 2016

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...

Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band

Dec 7, 2016

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,...

Laura Fernandez

Laura Fernandez

Dec 3, 2016

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...

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick

Dec 3, 2016

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...

Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson

Dec 3, 2016

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...

Blair Packham

Blair Packham

Dec 3, 2016

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...