Feb 22 – 24, 2019

Peter Verity

Peter Verity

Dec 3, 2016

Peter Verity plays an original brand of “charged folk” with honest heart and passion.      Winner, Best Folk at the T.I.M.A. awards. (Toronto Independent Music Awards).     Runner up in the folk/roots category of John Lennon Song Contest.     Released three cd’s and a four song ep.     While growing up in the Ottawa valley, Peter Verity was...

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Dec 2, 2016

Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter whose music is an intoxicating blend of folk, country, jazz and blues.     Winner “Songs From The Heart Contest” 2015.     Semi-FInalist International Song Competition 2014.     Semi-Finalist USA Songwriting Competition 2013.     Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter whose...

Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

Dec 2, 2016

We’ve been told we like ‘happy songs.’ These are lies.     The blurbs go here. They assure us the artist has been vetted by the right people from the right cultural institutions. If somebody at the Toronto Star felt the artist “stands among an exalted few in the enduring Canadian song tradition: Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young,...

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Dec 2, 2016

Harpin’ Norm Lucien emerged on the Folk scene with a pocketful of harmonicas and soon his signature style and versatility has become in demand in performance and recording studios. Harpin’ is now enjoying radio play of his songs and a new eleven song CD, ‘The World’s Strongest Man’!     Harpin’ Norm’s feature tonight exemplifies the Fat Albert...

Stuart Laughton

Stuart Laughton

Dec 1, 2016

Stuart cannot be categorized, but his multi-instrumental skills and infectious enthusiasms are winning him fans.     Stuart Laughton’s RADIO DIAL features Rebecca Campbell, Burke Carroll, Martin Worthy and Steve Lucas.     Stuart Laughton is at home on many stages, whether playing guitar, mandolin and harmonica at the Edmonton Folk, Ottawa Blues and Mariposa...

HOTCHA!

HOTCHA!

Dec 1, 2016

Award-winning, high-energy hillbilly swing duo blends old-time Western, bluegrass, early swing and country gospel delivered with the energy of a runaway train. Soaring vocals, lively accordion, gritty guitar, wailing harmonica and big-beat bodhran.      WINNER OF TWO 2012 TORONTO INDEPENDENT MUSIC AWARDS (BEST FOLK/ROOTS & HNSS LIVE ACOUSTIC)!!     Koerner...

David McLachlan

David McLachlan

Dec 1, 2016

David sings with conviction songs about life and its lessons.     Performing songwriter who has recorded four albums of original song.     Latest album “Traveling Truthfully” available Dec 1/2016.     Honourable Mention for Songwriting-Bandwars (Mike Pinder of Moody Blues).     David sings with a powerful conviction, heartfelt insightful songs that...

Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

Nov 30, 2016

Internationally respected for his guitar playing, Seb will tell you “the guitar’s just a prop…it gets me onstage where I can shoot my mouth off”. Above all else, Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always entertaining.     Seb has released nine solo albums and has performed on and/or produced over 200 other...

Winterfolk benefit supports festival’s artists

Winterfolk benefit supports festival’s artists

Nov 24, 2016

  Event will also include open mic for anyone who’d like to perform a tune or two The organizers of the 15th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival are hosting a benefit concert on Saturday, Nov. 26. The event, which will feature guitar aces Tony Quarrington and D’Arcy Wickham, hillbilly swing duo HOTCHA!, finger picker Brian Gladstone,...

Volunteer at Winterfolk

Volunteer at Winterfolk

Nov 13, 2016

We are always looking for volunteers to fill a variety of different roles at the festival. Volunteering is a great opportunity to gain experience in the industry, give back to the local roots music community, and be a part of something amazing.

Winterfolk Preview Nov 26, 2016

Winterfolk Preview Nov 26, 2016

Nov 11, 2016

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 will take the stage at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern on Saturday, November 26th. Doors open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm for this event to benefit Winterfolk. Presented...

T.O. musicians fête Tony Quarrington

T.O. musicians fête Tony Quarrington

Oct 23, 2016

Tony Quarrington, composer, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and producer, was honoured by his fellow musicians on August 10th at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern. “The Songs of Tony Quarrington” featured performances by 15 different artists, each of whom interpreted one of Quarrington’s many compositions. Performers included Laura Fernandez, Glen Hornblast, Brian...

Nashville Bound Winterfolk Preview Oct 30

Nashville Bound Winterfolk Preview Oct 30

Oct 20, 2016

Don’t miss the first Winterfolk Preview at the Free Times on Sunday Oct. 30th from 8:00 to 11:00 pm – we have a stellar cast that I’m sure you’ll all enjoy: with Tony Quarrington,Brian Gladstone, Mr. Rick, Melanie Peterson,Suzanne Jarvie, Laura Fernandez, HOTCHA! and Michael Costantini – and of course Glen Hornblast as Host!...

‘The Songs of Tony Quarrington’

‘The Songs of Tony Quarrington’

Aug 10, 2016

Purchase Tickets to the songs of Tony Quarrington live recording. Order early, as we expect these to be sold out! Be a Part of a New Tribute CD   Recorded Live off the Floor 15 Artists playing the music of Tony Quarrington Laura Fernandez – HOTCHA! – Stuart Laughton – Wayne Neon – Isabel Fryszberg – Soozi Schlanger – Wendell...

Winterfolk XIV Friday Feb 12, 2016 Highlights

Winterfolk XIV Friday Feb 12, 2016 Highlights

Feb 29, 2016

The View from the Corner Stool – Highlights from Friday Night at the annual festival. Includes parformances by Joey Landreth, Murder Murder, Annabelle Chvostek, D’ Arcy Wickham, Tia Brazda, and many...

Caledon based Corner Gas creator David Storey set to release debut album at Winterfolk

Caledon based Corner Gas creator David Storey set to release debut album at Winterfolk

Feb 10, 2016

Caledon Enterprise By Danielle Marr – David Storey is coming home. Caledon based David Storey, best known for developing, producing and directing the hit TV series Corner Gas is returning to his musical roots. The Inglewood resident is best known for developing, producing and directing the hit TV show Corner Gas, and now, after leaving music for over 20...

More than 150 artists to perform at Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival during Family Day weekend

More than 150 artists to perform at Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival during Family Day weekend

Feb 10, 2016

Reprinted from the East York Mirror – The 14th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is on tap for the first three days of this Family Day weekend, Feb. 12 to 14. More than 150 artists will perform on five stages in four venues on the west Danforth, between Broadview and Chester subway stations. Those venues include Black Swan Tavern (upstairs and...

Winterfolk music festival engages and inspires with themed performances

Winterfolk music festival engages and inspires with themed performances

Feb 10, 2016

Healing In Song and Audience Participation Songwriting are two of the many events at Danforth festival By Daniel McKenzie | Posted: Feb 10 2016 8:16 am – February can be a long month, despite what the calendar says. It’s cold, people are broke from holiday splurges and spring is still just a foggy futuristic dream. Cue the Winterfolk Blues and Roots music...

What’s On This Week in Toronto

What’s On This Week in Toronto

Feb 9, 2016

Reprinted from the Toronto Sun, Feb 6, 2016 – Get your fill of blues, roots and folk music while wandering around on the Danforth near Broadview, Feb. 12-14. This is an all-ages musical festival with some 150 artists at five venues — and yes, it’s weatherproof. Participating outlets include the Black Swan Tavern, Mambo Lounge, Terri O’s and Dora Keogh’s....

East York talents will be featured at Winterfolk Feb. 12-14

East York talents will be featured at Winterfolk Feb. 12-14

Feb 8, 2016

Reprinted from East York Chronicle by Gary17 – With over 100 artists appearing on five stages at four venues on Danforth Avenue, the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is set to hold its 14th annual edition in East York from February 12 through 14. Shows take place over three nights and two days at Dora Keogh (141 Danforth), Terri O’s (185 Danforth),...

Five acts to keep on your radar for Winterfolk XIV

Five acts to keep on your radar for Winterfolk XIV

Feb 6, 2016

Reprinted from the East York Examiner Feb 5 2016 – Toronto’s Winterfolk returns on the weekend of February 12-14. The festival, not limited to folk music, also happens to fall on the Valentine’s Day and Ontario’s Family Day Weekend. There’s lots to celebrate and a chance to bring out loved ones and family (all-ages shows available)...

Winterfolk 2016 – The Interview on Folk Roots Radio

Winterfolk 2016 – The Interview on Folk Roots Radio

Jan 26, 2016

The 14th Annnual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival takes place on The Danforth in Toronto from February 12-14 2016. Featuring some of the best blues and roots artists on the Canadian music scene, playing on five stages in four venues, it promises to be a fabulous weekend of live music.

Discount Winterfolk tickets available until end of January

Discount Winterfolk tickets available until end of January

Jan 24, 2016

East York Mirror By Norm Nelson The Winterfolk roots music festival is back, running through three days of February’s Family Day weekend on the western end of the Danforth. Discount tickets are available until Jan. 30. Not that tickets are expensive to begin with. First of all, a $15 wristband includes admission to the entire t hree-day festival except for five...

Save 40% on Winterfolk Wristbands Extended Till Jan 30

Save 40% on Winterfolk Wristbands Extended Till Jan 30

Jan 15, 2016

Early wristband pricing is $15.00 will be $25.00 at the door.

Trent Severn

Trent Severn

Jan 14, 2016

Trent Severn is an acclaimed Ontario folk trio who sing original, contemporary songs easily described as “Canadian history in harmony”   

Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

Jan 12, 2016

Reprinted from Entertainment Beat Jan 12,2016 Acoustic Harvest presents a pre-Winterfolk showcase on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church. This sneak preview of the 14th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival will feature the finest in acoustic musicians. Sue and Dwight’s old school folk covers traditional themes such as peace,...

Jason LaPrade

Jason LaPrade

Jan 11, 2016

Jason LaPrade may be more well known as an in demand Toronto sound engineer, but he is equally adept as a dobro/guitar player who’s primary purpose is supporting and enhancing the artist’s he performs with.     Owner/Sound Engineer at Crystal Clear Sound.     Jason LaPrade’s uniquely clear, expressive style on dobro, guitar, and lapsteel has...

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Lotus Wight

Lotus Wight

Jan 7, 2016

As a result of his astonishing performances Lotus is rumoured to be the illegitimate offspring of Buster Keaton and Elizabeth Cotton.     Pricipal banjoist for Sheesham, Lotus and ‘Son.     Celebrated new cd -great reviews in the UK.”     Just produced Jenny Whiteley CD-The Original Jenny Whiteley.”     In the decades which book-ended the turn...

SPEAK Music Presents

SPEAK Music Presents

Jan 7, 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...

DRUMHAND

DRUMHAND

Jan 6, 2016

Fusing the energy of New Orleans parade bands with the circuitous rhythms of West Africa, Cuba, India and Brazil, Toronto’s DRUMHAND is becoming increasingly known for their innovative, dynamic performances and artistic accessibility for audiences of all ages.     4th album , Contretemps, released 2014     Currently recording 5th album (possible advance...

Brian Cober

Brian Cober

Jan 6, 2016

Brian and his Double Slide would be a pleasent gimmick were it not for his mastery and musicality. Two big things in Brian’s developement were going bare right-handed (without picks) and his trusty metronome.      “Austin Wired” released in 2014. Reached top 10 on many roots and blues charts. Glowing reviews.     Invented and plays Double...

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 16, 2016

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 16, 2016

Jan 5, 2016

Brian Gladstone, HOTCHA!, David Storey, and more! Winterfolk Showcase at Acoustic Harvest January 16, 2016, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm  St Nicholas Anglican Church Robinson Hall 1512 Kingston Rd., Toronto (one block east of Warden Ave.) Toronto, Ont M1N 1R7 Canada Map St Nicholas Anglican Church Brian Gladstone – Winterfolk’s Artistic Director is a free-spirited...

Winterfolk Tickets Now On Sale

Winterfolk Tickets Now On Sale

Jan 4, 2016

Get tickets to Winterfolk’s 5 paid stages. Order early to avoid disappointment!

Old Man Luedecke

Old Man Luedecke

Jan 4, 2016

Old Man Luedecke is the recording name of two-time Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and banjo player Chris Luedecke of Chester, Nova Scotia. His 2008 album, Proof of Love, won a 2009 JUNO Award for Traditional Folk Album of the Year. In 2011, Luedecke won the same JUNO award for My Hands are on Fire and Other Love Songs. In 2012 Tender is the Night...

Pete Otis

Pete Otis

Jan 3, 2016

Pete Otis is a multi faceted singer songwriter who has been in the music industry for over 40 years.     New CD release in April 2016 – “Mountains to Climb.”     Producer of “Honouring Our Own ” concert series.     Producer of “SongTown” concert series.     Pete Otis is a multi faceted singer songwriter who has been in the...

Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

Jan 3, 2016

Known largely for his slide guitar playing, McKenna began playing professionally in the early 1960s in Yorkville where he formed the group Luke & The Apostles.  He has since gone on to international fame. Toronto-born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who has played with Luke & the Apostles, Downchild, McKenna Mendelson Mainline, and more. His was...

Ben Sures

Ben Sures

Jan 3, 2016

Ben Sures is a masterful guitar player and songwriter, if you like Paul Simon and Richard Thompson you will probably like him too!     Ben Sures is the bravest songwriter in Canada – James Keelaghan.     “No wonder the songwriting prize juries love Ben Sures. In each guileless tune – touching on different styles and moods- there is a pure heart.    ...

Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone

Jan 2, 2016

Brian Gladstone is a world class finger-style guitar player, a dynamic performer, and a prolific song writer not restrained by conventional boundaries.     PSYCHEDELIC PHOLK PSONGS was rated as FIVE STARS by the International Country Music Association.     BBC TV prime time TV series ‘ITS NOT EASY BEING GREEN’ used the music of Brian Gladstone in this...

SongTown

SongTown

Jan 2, 2016

Produced 4 compilation CD’s with over 40 artists and working on the 5th in 2016.     Produced numerous artist showcase concerts and working on a 10th anniversary concert in 2016.     Since 2006 SongTown has supported artists through compilation CD’s , concerts , recording and promotion . Empowering unsigned and independent artists to distribute...

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Jan 2, 2016

Howard Gladstone is a Toronto based singer/songwriter, who has released 4 CDs of original material, and returns to Winterfolk after 2 year recovery from a spinal cord injury.     Returning to performing at Winterfolk after 2 years, recovering from spinal cord injury (SCI).     Introducing new songs, and new playing style (Open D tunings)     New CD planned for...

Joey Landreth

Joey Landreth

Jan 1, 2016

Winnipeg artist Joey Landreth is best known as the lead singer and guitarist with JUNO Award winners, The Bros. Landreth.     JUNO Award winner with his band The Bros. Landreth.     Has been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard, Paste, Pollstar, and Exclaim, amongst others.     Currently nominated for Americana Artist Of The Year in the UK.     Joey Landreth is...

Evaristo

Evaristo

Dec 28, 2015

Evaristo’s career has taken him from performing solo guitar in underground clubs in Havana to traveling the world as a lead singer of Havana’s world famous Tropicana show. Now in Toronto, he is a singer/songwriter whose songs mix Cuban folk rhythms with rock and urban to create a brand new sound. Evaristo’s original tune, “Tumbao Con Fe...

Murder Murder

Murder Murder

Dec 24, 2015

Murder Murder is a Bloodgrass band (Bluegrass + Outlaw Country + Exclusively Murder Ballads) hailing from the frozen forests of the Ontario Northland. Their tales of death are filled with life by the kick of the suitcase, saw of the fiddle, and roll of the banjo.     2015 Regional Champion for Northern Ontario – CBC Searchlight Competition.     Nominated for...

Jane Lewis

Jane Lewis

Dec 24, 2015

Canadian singer-songwriter Jane Lewis will showcase her piano-based folk-pop-roots style of music at Winterfolk this year, supported by Toronto dobro player Jason LaPrade. Finalist for the 2015 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award. 2015 Independent Music Award for Best Cover Song. Member of Gathering Sparks, 2014 CFMA Nominees for Vocal Group of the Year. Guelph...

Grit Laskin

Grit Laskin

Dec 24, 2015

William ‘Grit’ Laskin has been building guitars since 1971, recorded on Stan Rogers label Fogarty’s Cove, co-founded Borealis Records, co-founded the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Member of the Order of Canada. Winner of the Saidye Bronfman Award of Excellence. Winner of the Estelle Klien lifetime achievement award. William “Grit” Laskin – since...

Lynn Mantle

Lynn Mantle

Dec 24, 2015

Toronto based singer, songwriter, musician, activist and mother, Lynn Mantle is just returning to music full time as a solo artist, blending genres of blues, folk, R&B and jazz with thoughtful lyrics to create a sound all her own. Winner of Finish Joe Hill’s last song contest. Daughter of the late Arlene Mantle, noted singer, songwriter, social...

Katherine Wheatley

Katherine Wheatley

Dec 24, 2015

Acoustic roots, catchy melodies, arresting vocals, great guitar playing, smart and moving lyrics that get you and that you get – these things are written over and over again about Katherine Wheatley. Her song “Hallelujah” won a Golden Quill award and was selected, along with “Some Sweet Country” for the new (2015) Rise Again songbook....

Rosalee Peppard

Rosalee Peppard

Dec 24, 2015

Up for a great story? Effervescent raconteur Rosalee Peppard, with soaring vocals above her guitar and dulcimer, is delighted to regale her internationally acclaimed Canadian women’s musical oral history and more, at Winterfolk’s Acoustic Harvest Showcase. Rosalee was invited to perform her musicale: “Living Titanic” at the 2015 International...

CD Release at Winterfolk – Coming Home by David Storey

CD Release at Winterfolk – Coming Home by David Storey

Dec 22, 2015

If you had walked into any of Toronto’s music clubs or coffee houses 25 years ago – places like the Horseshoe, Sneaky Dee’s, Free Times Cafe or Lee’s Palace – chances are you may have seen David Storey on the stage. Back then, music was his life. And it was a good life, bringing him critical raves, radio airplay, award nominations and comparisons to...

Winterfolk Lineup – Check Out the Talent at This Year’s Festival

Winterfolk Lineup – Check Out the Talent at This Year’s Festival

Dec 22, 2015

Andy Griffiths Blair Packham Brian Gladstone D’Arcy Wickham David Essig David McLachlan Freeman Dre Glen Hornblast Harpin’ Norm Lucien HOTCHA! Jerome Tucker Band Jon Brooks Jory Nash Laura Fernandez Melanie Peterson Mr. Rick Noah Zacharin Peter Verity Sebastian Agnello Stuart Laughton Suzanne Jarvie Wayne Neon Wendell...

Tony Quarrington

Tony Quarrington

Dec 22, 2015

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...

Turbo Street Funk

Turbo Street Funk

Dec 21, 2015

With an infectious combination of Top 40 hits and top notch originals, Turbo Street Funk get people moving and grooving. Discovered on the streets of Toronto by jazz legend Richard Underhill. From professional busking band to festival favourite. Released debut album “To The Street” in 2014. Turbo Street Funk defy convention; whether they’re playing...

Hi Resolution Images

Hi Resolution Images

Dec 20, 2015

Hover over image for Title. Click to enlarge. Click on Arrows < > left and right for horizontal scroll. Right Click to Download, Save, Copy, Copy URL, etc. [Show slideshow] Alana & Leigh Cline Clela Errington Isabel Fryszberg Hotcha! Jack de Keyzer Joanne Crabtree Jory Nash Kristine Schmitt Lynn Harrison Mean Mary Murray Foster Noah Zacharin Nicole Songbird...

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Dec 20, 2015

Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter whose music is an intoxicating blend of folk, country, blues and jazz. Featured performer at Free Times Cafe 35th Anniversary 2015.      Nashville Bound – a monthly songwriter series at Free Times Cafe.      Frequent trips to Nashville to perform at open mics.      Toronto singer-songwriter Glen...

The O’Pears

The O’Pears

Dec 18, 2015

The O’Pears are a female folk trio based in Toronto. With their homegrown musicality, sibling-like blend, and lyrical sensibility, The O’Pears, with their signature jaw-dropping harmonies, hold listeners captive. They are excited to release their new album “Like Those Nights” in May 2016. New album “Like Those Nights” to be Released May...

David Essig

David Essig

Dec 18, 2015

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 coming Spring 2016.      David Essig is considered one of Canada’s finest...

Laura Fernandez

Laura Fernandez

Dec 18, 2015

International artist Laura Fernandez is a bilingual singer songwriter pianist and visual artist whose heartfelt songs encompass a variety of influences including jazz, Latin, pop, folk and rhythm and blues.      Steinway artist.      International independent music festival NYC 2003.      Top 10 most influential Hispanics in Canada 2014, top 100 influential...

Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor

Dec 15, 2015

JT is an artist born and raised in Toronto. He first appeared on the scene as a teenager performing at Open Jams across the GTA.     “All eclectic and all-encompassing; well-crafted songs, resulting in highly energetic and incredibly entertaining performances.” – CBC Radio.      “Taylor revels in versatility” – The Toronto Star.      “The consistency of his...

Joanne Crabtree

Joanne Crabtree

Dec 14, 2015

Singer/songwriter Joanne Crabtree is delighted to be reuniting with her Winterfolk peeps and bringing what she refers to as her “baritone” vocals back home to The Danforth … let’s get this party started! 1960’s Chatelaine Magazine dubs Joanne “Canada’s Answer to Bob Dylan”.      2009 Co-wrote most played song on US Folk Radio...

Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

Dec 14, 2015

Seb has released nine solo albums and has performed on and/or produced over 200 other albums. He has gained critical acclaim and wide-spread recognition for his song-writing, musicianship, and ability to entertain an audience. Seb also produced, wrote, directed and starred in the television specials “An Evening Of Phil Ochs” and “Three Faces...

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Dec 14, 2015

Harmonica player, Singer/Songwriter, Harpin’ Norm Lucien writes original tunes for himself and for others internationally. Canada, Nashville, Turkey, Russia, Lithuania his harmonica accompanies them all. Song ‘How Much Love’ picked up by The Institute of International Relations, Dhanji Foundation for fundraiser “Children Deserve...

Urban Highlanders

Urban Highlanders

Dec 12, 2015

The all new, all acoustic URBAN HIGHLANDERS play an inspired combination of original instrumentals and songs on a dazzling array of instruments, including Highland Bagpipes, African drums & percussion, 6-string violin, saxophones, whistles, piccolo, acoustic guitar and mandolin. Grier Coppins, ‘The Prince that Nobody Knows’. CD & digital...

Toronto Songwriting School

Toronto Songwriting School

Dec 12, 2015

Hosted by Murray Foster, Toronto Songwriting School presents a preview of our quarterly Muse or Monster Songwriter Showcase.     The showcase will feature artists Tory Cassis, Michelle Rumball, Matt Bentley, Ambur Bosi, Dan Bellchambers, and Blake LeVon.     Toronto Songwriting School hosts weekly songwriting classes, weekend getaways, and the quarterly Muse or...

Kristine Schmitt with the Lonesome Ace Stringband

Kristine Schmitt with the Lonesome Ace Stringband

Dec 12, 2015

Kristine Schmitt’s smart, gritty original songs plus the old-time fire of Lonesome Ace Stringband. Watch out, this means trouble! Kristine Schmitt and the Lonesome Ace Stringband will be releasing a new album of originals in Spring 2016. Lonesome Ace Stringband was chosen this year to showcase for both Folk Music Ontario and the IBMA World of Bluegrass...

Nicole ‘Songbird’ Coward

Nicole ‘Songbird’ Coward

Dec 12, 2015

Songs that are simple but expressive, performances that are soft but powerful, Nicole Coward’s music will leave you feeling inspired, moved and uplifted. Nicole Coward’s latest album “Strong Enough For Love” was added to playlists in over 100 radio stations across Canada, the US and the UK.      Nicole Coward’s latest single...

Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Dec 12, 2015

Sue and Dwight’s music is honest and insightful with themes of peace, courage, and social justice. Rich harmonies are front and centre in their musical arrangements, supported by laid-back guitars and accordion.      Sue and Dwight have two CDs of original music, ‘Darling of The Open Stage’ and ‘Little Child Big World’, and a third to be...

Murray Foster

Murray Foster

Dec 10, 2015

Best known as a songwriter and musician from the bands MOXY FRUVOUS and GREAT BIG SEA, Murray Foster has over twenty years of experience in the creative arts – bass player, writer, music producer, director, screenwriter, and film scorer. Best known for his role in the bands Great Big Sea and Moxy Fruvous.      Wrote the song “Lay Me Down” which the...

Fraser & Girard

Fraser & Girard

Dec 10, 2015

“The best folk duo mix since Ian and Sylvia” Bob Mersereau, CBC arts critic. Fraser & Girard possess a special magic. Lyrics that matter, rustic Americana-Roots inspired melodies, rich with sound and scuffed with traditional tone, this is a delight. Allan Fraser’s signature song, “Dance Hall Girls” voted Top Ten Favourite...

Dan McVeigh

Dan McVeigh

Dec 10, 2015

Brampton artist Dan McVeigh is a one-of-a-kind keyboard player with a successful career as a country songwriter as well as a classic rock performer. 8 time Song contest winner with Billboard, NSAI.      2001 Arts Acclaim Award from City of Brampton.      2 CD Releases including current CD “Drove”.      Dan McVeigh is a country artist and songwriter...

Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

Best of Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine Show

Dec 10, 2015

Dr. B’s Acoustic Medicine show is a weekly open stage and jam every Saturday at the Freetimes Cafe at 2:00 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...

The Moonshine Cafe

The Moonshine Cafe

Dec 10, 2015

Hour 1. The Moonshine Stage this year will be Showcasing 13-17yr old up and coming local performers selected from our KidZ Are Alright Open Stage.      We will be showcasing individual’s and groups chosen from our regular Open Stage & Jam attendees. Always a Fun Event.      The Moonshine Cafe has just (Jan 2016) celebrated it’s 10 Year...

Mark the Dates! Winterfolk XIV – Feb 12,13,14, 2016

Mark the Dates! Winterfolk XIV – Feb 12,13,14, 2016

Dec 9, 2015

MARK THE DATES! WINTERFOLK XIV BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL  FEBRUARY 12-14, 2016 www.winterfolk.com WHO: Some of the best blues & roots artists on the Canadian music scene today WHAT: The Fourteenth Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival WHERE: The Danforth: Black Swan Tavern (two stages), 154 Danforth Ave., 416-469-0537 Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141...

Zeynep Ozbilen

Zeynep Ozbilen

Dec 9, 2015

Zeynep, a Turkish-Canadian songstress and composer, believes in the uniting power of music – connecting people across era and culture through rhythm, melody and interpretations. John Lennon Songwriting Award 2015 World Finalist. Over 500 performances in 4 continents. Zeynep’s World Blend Music project combines Anatolian, Balkan, Mediterranean, Latin American...

Isabel Fryszberg

Isabel Fryszberg

Dec 9, 2015

Isabel Fryszberg in the last year has won audiences, gained strong reviews and radio play from her debut album Hearts and Arrows. “Her tunes are like diner menus.” John Aspice, No Depression. She will be joined with the sublime Tony Quarrington at Winterfolk. Winner of Newmarket Arts Council Songwriting Contest for song Something Sacred from 2014 debut album...

Mark Yan & Barry Mulcahy

Mark Yan & Barry Mulcahy

Dec 8, 2015

Mark and Barry are singer/songwriters who use soaring harmonies and crisp complementary guitars to showcase their energetic but folksy style. Cd release October 2015. Sponsored showcase FMO 2013. CD 2003 “Greetings”. Mark & Barry are accomplished solo songwriters who formed a duo in 2012. Their strong vocal harmonies and crisp guitars in the...

Annie Sumi

Annie Sumi

Dec 8, 2015

Annie Sumi is a songwriter that gracefully captivates her listeners through the songs and stories of her life. 2015 April released Debut-Album “Reflections”. Nominated for Songwriter of the Year 2015 TIMAs. 3 Successful Tours across Eastern Canada Summer 2015. Annie Sumi has taken her sweet, soulful voice to stages big and small, sharing glimpses of...

Acoustic Harvest Presents

Acoustic Harvest Presents

Dec 5, 2015

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...

D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

Dec 4, 2015

D’Arcy Wickham brings his exceptional songwriting and instrumental guitar talents to Winterfolk. 2007 Winner ‘Songs from the heart’ competition, for ‘Feather Fingers’. Featured performer North by Northeast Music Festival 2008, 2010, 2012. 2009 Canadian Region finalist Mountain Stage new song contest. With a professional musical...

Rick Taylor

Rick Taylor

Dec 3, 2015

London Ontario based finger style guitarist, singer songwriter and blues performer. Rick’s dynamism on guitar in several genres has kept him busy as a sought after session player and Main Stage performer for well over 40 years. Jimmy Lewis Life Time Achievement of the Blues Award 2011. Road To Memphis Winner 2012. Road To Memphis Winner 2013. Rick Taylor...

Peter Verity

Peter Verity

Dec 3, 2015

Peter Verity is a routes songwriter and performer who never fails to deliver a heart-felt performance laced with poignancy and humour. Winner of Best Folk Performer at the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) in 2005. 1st runner up in the folk category in The John Lennon Songwriting Contest 2003. Peter’s brand of original Canadian roots music wherein...

Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Dec 3, 2015

Danny Marks is a celebrated Canadian Musician and Media Host. Celebrated Musician Broadcaster. Host of BLUZ FM on JAZZ.FM91 and Cities in Blue on HIFI TV. Holder of Lifetime Achievement “Blues With a Feeling” award from Toronto Blues Society. A founding member of Edward Bear in the 1960’s, Danny spent many years in Toronto Clubs, from Alberts...

Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

Dec 3, 2015

An inspirational presence on the Toronto singer-songwriter scene, Lynn Harrison captivates audiences of all ages with songs that are moving, powerful, life-affirming and just plain catchy. Also a Unitarian Universalist minister. Creator/host of “The Bridge” themed open mic. Fifth CD to be released in 2016. A gifted singer, guitarist, composer and...

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) – Toronto Chapter

Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) – Toronto Chapter

Dec 3, 2015

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...

Alana & Leigh Cline

Alana & Leigh Cline

Dec 2, 2015

Alana and Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create their own sound, while also including occasional Balkan tunes in their sets. Alana and Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create...

Mean Mary

Mean Mary

Dec 2, 2015

Known internationally for lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs, Mary travels the genres of folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues with banjo, fiddle, and guitar. New CD Release February 2016. New Novel Release February 2016. Iron Horse – IMA Vox Populi Winner Americana Song 2014. Mean Mary (Mary James), a Florida native now based in...

Annabelle Chvostek

Annabelle Chvostek

Dec 2, 2015

Annabelle Chvostek is a Juno-nominated singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist and once member of The Wailin’ Jennys. She has just released her fifth studio album “Be the Media”. New CD “Be the Media” released 2015. Juno nomination for the album “Rise”, 2013. Co-wrote two songs with Bruce Cockburn on his Juno winning...

Sharron Katz

Sharron Katz

Dec 2, 2015

Soulful Singer/songwriter Sharron Katz will connect you to your heart with her deep passionate vocals and original music in alternate tunings. Sharron’s CD Love’s crime featured on CBC Radio. New CD released September 2015 Another Song About Love Featuring Myke Mazzei David Barrett and Paul DeLong. Sharron Just moved to Stratford and is already...

Glenn Marais

Glenn Marais

Dec 1, 2015

Glenn Marais is a bluesy folk artist, with an intense and passionate performance style, creating original songs of hope, inspiration and true life. JUNO NOMINEE BEST SONGWRITING CATEGORY-“EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE LIKE YOU”. Architect of the Say My Name Canada Kindness Campaign featured Nationally on Global TV and The Toronto Star. Travelled several...

Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson

Dec 1, 2015

Wendell Ferguson is a hilarious songwriter, a great MC/Host, a stand up comic and can also play the guitar… a bit. 10 time CCMA award winner! 6 for Guitarist of the year. CFMA Winner for Instrumental Album of the Year “Menage A Moi”. Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014. Wendell Ferguson’s never worked a day in his life. He...

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick

Dec 1, 2015

Mr. Rick is a Singer and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist performing original arrangements of the Trad. American Roots and Blues Song book. Rick has just finished his 3rd CD “Songs about God and Booze” available at CD Baby. Now Magazine, 4 stars. Singer, guitarist, and player of old time Roots Americana, Mr. Rick (aka Rick Zolkower) was born in post...

Moo’d Swing

Moo’d Swing

Dec 1, 2015

Moo’d Swing plays 1930s classic & obscure jazz tunes totally twisted into a roots style and piles of great 3 part vocal harmonies. Third cd just released titled Singin’ In the Bathtub. Celebrating our 20th year together. Moo’d Swing plays vintage music (early 20th century) with whacky vocal arrangements (essential to our sound) on...

Whiskey Epiphany

Whiskey Epiphany

Dec 1, 2015

Whiskey Epiphany is a high energy, Celtic acoustic rock band based out of Oakville, Ontario and are excited to be making their return to the Winterfolk stage! Opened for the Barra MacNeils this year at Carrousel by the River Festival in Windsor, 2015. Released first full length album, Old Story, 2012. Nominated for Best Arts Organization at the Stars Among Us...

Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Dec 1, 2015

“stunning guitar player”: Holger Peterson, Stony Plains Records, CBC; “like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar…world-wise songwriting”: Minor 7th; “wonderful songwriter and performer and a stunning guitarist”: Paul Mills, producer. Acknowledged guitar master...

David Storey

David Storey

Dec 1, 2015

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. 2015 release cd Coming Home-“a collection of original musical...

Onion Honey

Onion Honey

Dec 1, 2015

Onion Honey plays a heartwarming, foot stomping mix of traditional and original folk music with classic instruments like banjo, Mandolin, guitar, washboard and more! Onion Honey has played a number of festivals across the country from Cambridge’s Mill Race Festival to a bit air balloon festival in the Maritimes. Onion Honey play a deliciously stellar...

Media Contact

Media Contact

Dec 1, 2015

MEDIA CONTACT: Beverly Kreller | SPEAK Music Email: bev@speak-music.com | Telephone: 416.922.3620 Facebook: /beverly.kreller Twitter: @SPEAKMusicPR...

Jory Nash

Jory Nash

Nov 30, 2015

Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, country and soul into an original stew of sound. 4 time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee. 8 CDs released. Producer/Artistic Director of THE WAY WE FEEL, a continuing multi artist show celebrating the music of Gordon Lightfoot. Jory Nash is an award-winning...

HOTCHA!

HOTCHA!

Nov 30, 2015

“Dust Bowl Roots with a Big Bad Beat” and vintage hillbilly swing, played with the energy of a runaway train. Winner, Toronto Independent Music Association Award, 2012 CD Dust Bowl Roots: Songs for the New Depression Home Routes Western Canada house concert tour, 2010 HOTCHA! (Beverly Kreller and Howard Druckman) plays rustic, rural songs of work...