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Posted by on Nov 9, 2018

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

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Winterfolk XVIII Blues and Roots Festival Confirms First Round of 2020 Artists

Posted by on Nov 29, 2019

Reprinted from Sax & Violins Magazine, November 29, 2019 – Toronto, Canada’s annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is back for its 18th instalment and has...

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Press Releases

Toronto Born Singer/Songwriter returns for Winterfolk

Posted by on Feb 16, 2019

Ruth Schweitzer – Special to The CJN – Lynda Marks Kraar’s parents, both Holocaust survivors, were distressed when they saw their artistic, only child,...

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Abigail Lapell

Posted by on Dec 10, 2019

2017 Canadian Folk Music Award Winner for Contemporary Album of the Year; new album GETAWAY released 2019 Call it prairie noir, or Canadiana desert rock: Abigail Lapell sings...

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Recent Posts

Ginger St. James at Winterfolk

Ginger St. James at Winterfolk

Feb 25, 2014

  by Kollin Lore • February 19, 2014   Raz Mataz Magazine had a chat with Ginger St. James, who was a pleasure to talk to, with her perky, friendly and fun personality. Ginger brought all of those qualities on stage along with a whole lot of sultriness. Her music features bluesy rock-n-roll melodies, and her vocals resembles a more throwback, country kind...

TONY QUARRINGTON – Honouring Our Own – A Film by Glen Hornblast

TONY QUARRINGTON – Honouring Our Own – A Film by Glen Hornblast

Feb 15, 2014

A short video celebrating the career of Canadian musician Tony Quarrington at an event sponsored by Winterfolk Festival and Songtown on February 16th, 2014 at the Black Swan in Toronto. Directed by Toronto Musician/Filmmaker, Glen Hornblast.

Winterfolk music festival on tap Friday to Sunday at Danforth Avenue venues

Winterfolk music festival on tap Friday to Sunday at Danforth Avenue venues

Feb 15, 2014

Reprinted from the East York Mirror, Feb 13, 2014 Folk-blues-roots festivals are usually held in the summer in rural areas. But Winterfolk, which runs in Toronto Friday, Feb. 14, to Sunday, Feb. 16, turns that on its head and does just the opposite: it’s a folk-blues-roots festival right in the heart of Toronto, right smack-dab in the middle of winter. It’s...

Winterfolk Roots and Blues

Winterfolk Roots and Blues

Feb 13, 2014

MUSIC MUSIC FEATURE Winterfolk XII By SARAH GREENE WINTERFOLK XII featuring JACK DE KEYZER, LYNN MILES, RON HYNES, TONY QUARRINGTON, SWAMPERELLA, DINAH THORPE and more, at various venues, Friday to Sunday (February 14-16). Free-$15. winterfolk.com. The Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival – tiding over Toronto folkies during that long, cold chasm between...

Ginger St. James drops the burlesque, but not the tease

Ginger St. James drops the burlesque, but not the tease

Feb 13, 2014

Reprinted from the Toronto Star, Feb 13, 2014 From bump ’n’ grind to bumps n’ bruises, Ginger St. James has experienced it all. And now the former Les Coquettes and Steeltown Sirens burlesque queen is bumping up her popularity as a sassy and dynamic rockabilly singer, songwriter and guitarist, creating a national buzz with some slightly cheeky music and a...

Brian Gladstone Interview, from James McGee

Brian Gladstone Interview, from James McGee

Feb 10, 2014

Brian Gladstone Interview Had a chance last week (on a snowy afternoon no less) to sit down with Brian Gladstone and discuss the upcoming Winterfolk Festival. Now in its 12th year the festival features a wide range of musical styles including Zydeco, cajun, blues, roots, and blue grass. Brian talks about the early days of the festival, the showcases, and some...

The 12th Annual Winterfolk Music Fest looks back and moves forward

The 12th Annual Winterfolk Music Fest looks back and moves forward

Feb 4, 2014

The 12th Annual Winterfolk Music Festival is right around the corner does any of you even know that it’s been around for 12 years? ​ With the JUNOS right around the corner, Winterfolk festival announced a few notables as part of their festival line up – Ron Hynes-Jazz FM host Laura Fernandez – Jason Fowler That’s to...

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival returns to west end of Danforth Avenue

Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival returns to west end of Danforth Avenue

Feb 3, 2014

The west Danforth is once again home to the 12th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, which will take place on five stages in four venues Feb. 14 to 16. The venues include the Black Swan Tavern (two stages), Globe Bistro, Terri O’s and Dora Keoghs; all walkable from Broadview or Chester subway stations. Featured artists include roots and blues...

Lori Cullen

Lori Cullen

Jan 27, 2014

With 7 recordings under her name this unique singer has an honest and heartfelt connection to the songs she performs. Juno Nominated Folk and Jazz Singer/Songwriter. This juno nominated singer never relies on clichés, never adheres to trends, and never emphasizes style over substance. Tying musical elements together is Cullen’s unique aesthetic, blurring the...

Mean Mary James ready to play at Toronto’s Winterfolk XII

Mean Mary James ready to play at Toronto’s Winterfolk XII

Jan 26, 2014

 StrynatkaToronto Performing Arts Examiner “Mean” Mary James is about as opposite from her nickname as a person can get: she’s sweet, kind, patient, easygoing, and upbeat. And in an interview from her home in Nashville, Tennessee on Jan. 22, 2014, the 33-year-old singer talked about her background, career, struggles and accomplishments, and...