Feb 22 – 24, 2019

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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.     ...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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”....

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....

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...

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...

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...

Clela Errington

Clela Errington

Nov 30, 2015

Clela’s voice is timeless and true, effortlessly reaching beyond technique and trends to wrap you in a warm soul embrace. Released new album More Love and Happiness in 2014. Produced by Juno award winner Alec Fraser Songs From the Heart – Best Instrumental – Honourable Mention – Harmonica composition Lace Curtains 2008 Clela’s vibrant blend of folk and...

Shawna Caspi

Shawna Caspi

Nov 30, 2015

Shawna Caspi is a guitar-picking, classically-trained folkie with a sweet-tooth for a good story, a sly lyrical wit, and a rich, powerful voice. Toured across Canada, including performances on VIA Rail trains Two songs from latest album received awards in 2015 Songs from the Heart songwriting competition Creates landscape paintings of places seen on tour:...

Tia Brazda

Tia Brazda

Nov 30, 2015

  Tia Brazda’s sassy songs and pin-up girl style have made a startling impression on the music scene in Canada and beyond, performing from Montreal to Amsterdam with a sound that pays homage to the golden era while adding a modern twist. New album ‘Bandshell’ and EP ‘Cabin Fever’ both debuted at #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in Canada...

Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

Nov 23, 2015

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...

Winterfolk Preview and Fundraiser November 22, 2015

Winterfolk Preview and Fundraiser November 22, 2015

Nov 6, 2015

With Tony Quarrington, Mr. Rick, HOTCHA!, Brian Gladstone, Noah Zacharin, D’Arcy Wickham, Clela Errington, David Storey and Glen Hornblast will also MC.

New Winterfolk Video

New Winterfolk Video

Oct 21, 2015

WFXIV Artists will be posted in Dec 2015

WFXIV Artists will be posted in Dec 2015

Oct 21, 2015

Volunteer Sign Up Here

Volunteer Sign Up Here

Oct 21, 2015

Join the Winterfolk Team Email * Name * Phone * Phone 2 Have you volunteered at Winterfolk Previously? *YesNo List Prior Festival Experience (if Applicable) Max 150 Characters I Can Do * Let's Talk About itSocial MediaArtist RegistrationStage ManagerPhotographerVideographerStage Announcer (MC)Sound MixingMerchandise SalesEquipment Set Up / Tear DownWork at...

About Winterfolk

About Winterfolk

Oct 21, 2015

About Winterfolk Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth, Feb. 12-14, 2016. 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...

Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Oct 21, 2015

Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival, now celebrating our 16th year, is back on the Danforth Feb. 10-12, 2017. The festival is made possible for our loyal Toronto festival-goers and music-lovers due to the continuous hard work, energy, dedication and passion contributed year-after-year from our amazing team of staff. Dougal Bichan Site Manager,...

Winterfolk Directions, Maps, Parking

Winterfolk Directions, Maps, Parking

Oct 21, 2015

Directions to Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival   Directions to Danforth Ave. by subway: Wintferolk Festival is held at multiple Toronto music venues, all situated on the Danforth between Broadview Ave. and Chester Ave. The Danforth BIA (Business Improvement Area)  is accessible from two Toronto subway stations: Broadview or  and Chester. Both...

Venues and Times

Venues and Times

Oct 21, 2015

Winterfolk XIV Blues and Roots Music Festival will be held at the following times at the following Toronto clubs and concert stages on the Danforth: Winterfolk Hours Date Start Till Friday Feb 12, 2016 7:00 PM 1:30 AM Saturday Feb 13, 2016 1:00 PM 1:30 AM Sunday Feb 14, 2016 1:00 PM 11:00 PM Winterfolk Venues Black Swan Tavern 2 Stages154 Danforth Ave.(416)...

Working Within the Toronto Roots Music Community and More

Working Within the Toronto Roots Music Community and More

Oct 12, 2015

Winterfolk Works with Toronto Area Roots Music Community Partners Winterfolk works with various organizations and presenters within the Toronto music community, offering them stages at the festival. We aim to help increase their public visibility, attract larger audiences, encourage  new membership, offer exposure for their events, and generally assist in...

It takes a community to build a festival

It takes a community to build a festival

Oct 4, 2015

Support Winterfolk and the Roots Community It’s a simple formula. If you enjoy the music, then help to support the festival. Your contribution toWinterfolk willassist us to continue to present quality roots and blues music on an ongoing basis, and as well provide paid performance opportunities for artists. The majority of our budget goes to performing...

Copy of Maplepost email

Hi Folks, Wow, Winterfolk is almost here! Personally I’m really excited about appearances from The Polka Dogs, Linda McRae, Julian Taylor, Isabel & The Uncommons, The Heavyweights Brass Band, Ben Sures, Lynn Miles, The O’Pears, — oh geeez, the whole lineup is really amazing actually! — but I hope some of you will join us for some...

Folks Happily Brave the Winter for Winterfolk

Folks Happily Brave the Winter for Winterfolk

Feb 20, 2015

Submitted by Lee Fraser – This is a tale of bitter cold and welcoming warmth. Somehow, here in Toronto, the right light bulb went on over the right head.  Winterfolk is the creation of Brian Gladstone. Having spent most of his life in the corporate world, it seems that Brian chose to explore his creative side when others were embarking on mid-life...

WFXIII Bios for Program

WFXIII Bios for Program

Feb 18, 2015

Love at Winterfolk

Love at Winterfolk

Feb 15, 2015

Period costumes, good guitar times and triangle solos make for a fun Valentine’s Day – BY SARAH GREENE [Show slideshow] SWAMPERELLA, THE TRIO OF FUN, HOTCHA! and VIVIENNE WILDER BAND as part of WINTERFOLK XIII at Black Swan Tavern, Saturday, February 14. Rating: NNN The upstairs of Danforth’s Black Swan feels like an ancient place. A fitting locale,...

Julian Taylor revels in versatility

Julian Taylor revels in versatility

Feb 13, 2015

Toronto musician plays R&B at the Horseshoe one night, partakes in folk festival the next. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Thu Feb 12 2015 Julian Taylor is used to shaking it up. For example, those headed to the Horseshoe on Saturday night will experience the full electrifying and soulful R&B glory of the eight-piece Julian Taylor Band as they...

Winterfolk trumps other special events this weekend

Winterfolk trumps other special events this weekend

Feb 13, 2015

Reprinted from TorontoMoon.ca – Gary 17 – While lovers will be preparing for Valentines Day on Saturday, patriots for the 50th anniversary of Flag Day Sunday and parents for Family Day on Monday, many GTA fans of Roots and Blues music are probably a lot more excited about the 13th edition of the Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival taking place...

Preview: Winterfolk XIII Blues And Roots Festival

Preview: Winterfolk XIII Blues And Roots Festival

Feb 10, 2015

Reprinted from Hye’s Musings – The Winterfolk XIII Blues & Roots Festival brings us a stellar lineup of artists for its 13th annual edition; taking place February 13 – 15. A variety of music styles will fill five stages in various venues at Broadview and Danforth in Toronto. Venues include The Black Swan Tavern, The Globe Bistro, Dora...

Winterfolk on west Danforth Feb. 13 to 15

Winterfolk on west Danforth Feb. 13 to 15

Feb 9, 2015

East York Mirror – Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival will take place this weekend, Feb. 13 to 15. More than 150 artists will be performing on five stages in four venues, all between Broadview and Chester subway stops along Danforth Avenue, including the Black Swan Tavern (two stages), Dora Keogh Irish Pub, Terri O’s and Globe Bistro....

The top 5 shows to catch at Winterfolk 2015

The top 5 shows to catch at Winterfolk 2015

Feb 8, 2015

by Ryan Ayukawa Fraser & Girard – When Allan Fraser and Marianne Girard were in the process of coming up with a name for their duo, Marianne, was partial to “Girard and Fraser”. After a short time they changed it to Fraser & Girard for the vowel sound of it. Also, Allan Fraser had also been part of the popular 60’s-70’s duo...

WELCOME MEDIA

WELCOME MEDIA

Feb 6, 2015

WINTERFOLK XIII BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL www.winterfolk.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABetterWorldOrg Hashtag: #Winterfolk2015 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winterfolk-A-Better-World/115302915190784 Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/745770455515465/ We’ve worked with many of you with interviews and advance coverage – and we...

Julian Taylor Like Coming Home

Julian Taylor Like Coming Home

Jan 30, 2015

Reprinted from Cashbox Magazine by Don Graham – Toronto’s  annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is a combination of paid and free concert stages on the Danforth, February 13 – 15, 2015. 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...

A WAVE OF FRESH TALENT AT WINTERFOLK XIII BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL – FEB 13-15, 2015

A WAVE OF FRESH TALENT AT WINTERFOLK XIII BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL  – FEB 13-15, 2015

Jan 28, 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / PLEASE RETAIN FOR LISTINGS A WAVE OF FRESH TALENT AT WINTERFOLK XIII BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL – FEB 13-15, 2015  WHO: ARTISTS NEW TO THE FESTIVAL INCLUDE ALFIE SMITH, THE ANDREW COLLINS TRIO VIVIENNE WILDER BAND, THE POLKA DOGS, THE HEAVYWEIGHTS BRASS BAND, LINDA MCRAE AND MORE!  WHAT: Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival WHERE: Five...

Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival

Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival

Jan 24, 2015

TICKETS: www.winterfolk.com/winterfolk-advance-ticket-sales/ Winterfolk’s 13th annual edition of the festival will host a variety of music styles, filling five stages in various venues at Broadview and Danforth in Toronto, where the festival will present four ticketed events along with many other affordable concerts, community stages and workshops. PROGRAM...

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Line-Up Announced

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival Line-Up Announced

Jan 23, 2015

The artist line-up has been announced for the Winterfolk Festival XIII and it sure to be a time for them to shine at this great event. TORONTO – The Winterfolk XIII Blues & Roots Festival is proud to announce a stellar lineup for the 13th annual edition of the festival taking place February 13-15, 2015. A variety of music styles will fill five stages in...

Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

Jan 21, 2015

I do not wear hats; I cannot grow a beard; I haven’t worn plaid in years; I am sincere and never cool; and no looping pedal or ukelele sits safely within 50 feet of my show. 5 time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee (2007/2009/2012/2015); 4 x for Songwriter of the Year. I’m not interested in ‘happy songs.’ I’m interested in getting...

Meg Tennant

Meg Tennant

Jan 21, 2015

Meg Tennant’s warm, bright blend of rootsy country and a capella songs will stir, challenge, uplift and comfort. Meg Tennant’s songs are “beguilingly beautiful” according to Steve Edge, artistic director of BC’s Rogue Folk Club, where Meg opened shows for the likes of Tom Russell and Eliza Gilkyson. Meg has returned to her home province of Ontario after many...

Kelli Trottier

Kelli Trottier

Jan 20, 2015

Kelli Trottier is a triple threat with her angelic voice and crisp fiddling enhanced by her own songs and fiery step dance. Performed for Sir Sean Connery’s private 80th birthday celebration. Toured with sensation string Entourage “Bowfire” for nine years. Nominated 3 times for fiddle player of the year with the CCMA. Kelli Trottier is a...

Clela Errington & Jocelyn Barth

Clela Errington & Jocelyn Barth

Jan 20, 2015

Clela is a singer, instrumentalist and songwriter with a unique blend of folk and jazz influences that create the perfect vehicle for her intimate and dynamic vocal delivery. In 2014, Clela released her fourth indie album, More Love and Happiness, produced by Juno award winner Alec Fraser. Clela and Jocelyn offer up original songs that highlight their shared...

Laura Bird

Laura Bird

Jan 20, 2015

Orangeville songstress Laura Bird draws inspiration from colorful palettes of folk roots, bluegrass and jazz standards. Writing with the keen eye of the observer and painters’ eye for lush images, she delivers her beautifully crafted songs through finely honed guitar work and her sultry smoky voice. Co-founded the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award 2002; Served...

Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick

Jan 20, 2015

Roots and Blues Niagara-based musician Suzie Vinnick is a force of nature with a six-string guitar. 10x Canadian Maple Blues Winner. Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year. 3x Juno Nominee. “She can belt out blues or croon a ballad with equal deftness. Her guitar work is effortlessly commanding and supremely tasteful. But it is her...

BRILLIANT TALENT TO SHINE AT WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL XIII

BRILLIANT TALENT TO SHINE AT WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL XIII

Jan 15, 2015

January 15, 2015 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / PLEASE RETAIN FOR LISTINGS BRILLIANT TALENT TO SHINE AT WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL XIII FEBRUARY 13 – 15, 2015 ARTIST LINEUP ANNOUNCED! WHO: Danny Marks, David Essig, Gary Kendall, Jack de Keyzer, Polka Dogs, Jory Nash, Julian Taylor, Ken Whiteley, Linda McRae, Lynn Miles, Swamperella, The Heavyweights Brass Band,...