Feb 21 – 23, 2020

Doris Folkens

Doris Folkens

Dec 19, 2018

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

HOTCHA!

HOTCHA!

Dec 19, 2018

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

Ken Yoshioka

Ken Yoshioka

Dec 19, 2018

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

Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan

Dec 19, 2018

Critically Acclaimed New Album: “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” Winner, “Best Album” Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards Award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. His rich baritone voice and impressive abilities as an improviser produce an instantly recognizable sound. In live...

David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

Dec 19, 2018

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

James Gordon

James Gordon

Dec 19, 2018

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

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick

Dec 18, 2018

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

Bywater

Bywater

Dec 18, 2018

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

Tragedy Ann

Tragedy Ann

Dec 18, 2018

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

Brian Blain

Brian Blain

Dec 18, 2018

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

Cassie and Maggie

Cassie and Maggie

Dec 18, 2018

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

Moscow Apartment

Moscow Apartment

Dec 18, 2018

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

Donné Roberts

Donné Roberts

Dec 18, 2018

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

Dan McKinnon

Dan McKinnon

Dec 18, 2018

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

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Dec 17, 2018

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

Margaret Stowe

Margaret Stowe

Dec 17, 2018

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

The Lifers

The Lifers

Dec 17, 2018

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

Evaristo Machado

Evaristo Machado

Dec 17, 2018

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

D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

Dec 14, 2018

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

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Dec 14, 2018

Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington. Memorable melodies, clever lyrics, rich voices, and solid rhythms are his hang-ups. His laser focused folk, jazz, blues, rock, skiffle, country, mariachi, English Beat, Motown, Dixieland, Honky Tonk, shuffle, pop, beach party, lounge music gives new meaning to the word eclectic. Wayne...

Black Suit Devil

Black Suit Devil

Dec 14, 2018

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

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Dec 11, 2018

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

Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

Dec 10, 2018

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

Winterfolk Preview & Birthday Bash Dec 8

Winterfolk Preview & Birthday Bash Dec 8

Nov 30, 2018

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

Norm Lucien

Norm Lucien

Nov 30, 2018

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

Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit Dec 8, 2018

Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit Dec 8, 2018

Nov 27, 2018

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

Join the Winterfolk Team

Join the Winterfolk Team

Nov 27, 2018

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

Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

Nov 25, 2018

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

Get a Winterfolk Gig!

Get a Winterfolk Gig!

Nov 9, 2018

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

Opportunity Available – Winterfolk XVIII Publicist

Opportunity Available – Winterfolk XVIII Publicist

Oct 1, 2018

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

Casa Loma guitarist strikes a chord for Winterfolk festival

Casa Loma guitarist strikes a chord for Winterfolk festival

Mar 1, 2018

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

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

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

Feb 26, 2018

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

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

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

Feb 1, 2018

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

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

Jan 30, 2018

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

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

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

Jan 23, 2018

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

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

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

Jan 17, 2018

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

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

Jan 16, 2018

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

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Jan 4, 2018

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

Jessica Wedden

Jessica Wedden

Dec 25, 2017

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

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

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

Dec 21, 2017

From Robert Johnson to Jimi Hendrix

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Dec 16

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Dec 16

Dec 13, 2017

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

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

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

Dec 11, 2017

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

Winterfolk XVI Preview and Fundraiser Dec 9, 2017

Winterfolk XVI Preview and Fundraiser Dec 9, 2017

Nov 28, 2017

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

Announcing Winterfolk XVI

Announcing Winterfolk XVI

Nov 27, 2017

The Max Woolaver Band

The Max Woolaver Band

Nov 14, 2017

Formed in Toronto, The Max Woolaver Band brings together outstanding players with not be missed great songs.     Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Pick of Songwriters Night     FACTOR New Talent Award     NXNE, Canada Music Week, CBC Toronto & Ottawa     Outstanding songwriter with a...

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...

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...

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...

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 Talent 

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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,...

Hi Res Artist Images

Hi Res Artist Images

Jan 26, 2017

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...

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...

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...

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 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.    

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,...

Stephanie Braganza

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 –...

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 others!

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 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...

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...

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...

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...

Evolution of Blues Guitar: Jack de Keyzer

Evolution of Blues Guitar: Jack de Keyzer

Dec 2, 2015

The two times Juno Award winner and seven times Maple Blues Award winner Jack de Keyzer performs and explores the history of Blues Guitar from the 1930s …