Feb 22 – 24, 2019

Performers

Performers

Dec 9, 2014

Alana and Leigh Cline

Alana and Leigh ClineAlana & Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create their own sound. Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton Traditional Fiddle & Guitar Duo “I am listening to your CD and it’s BRILLIANT.” Bonnie Dobson Alana & Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create their own sound. They also include occasional Balkan tunes in their sets. Alana & Leigh have a self-titled CD released in October 2016. http://leighcline.com/alanaleigh.html ttps://www.facebook.com/Alana.Leigh.Cline/ https://twitter.com/alanaclinemusic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJk7G00zYmA  Read more ...

Alessia Cohle

Alessia CohleWith several tours across the country, being a part of the CCMA house band, and receiving numerous awards, Alessia Cohle’s love for all styles of music has helped her define and create her own unique sound, joining the next wave of artists who continue to push the future of country music. Winner, Mississauga Music Awards, 2018 Winner, MARTY Awards, 2018 Canadian Country Music Awards Since the release of her debut, FACTOR funded album ‘Talk To Me’ and her EP ‘Wild Eyed Wanderer’, Alessia Cohle has emerged as one of Canada’s brightest country stars. With several tours across the country, opening for Brett Kissel, being a part of the CCMA house band (2016, 2017, and 2018), and having shared the stage with artists such as Tim Hicks, Meghan Patrick, ...  Read more ...

Alfie Smith

Alfie Smith Representing Western new York Blues Society in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge Guitar Blues Slide singer songwriter “Hamilton is blessed with a wealth of great blues guitarists. None is better than Alfie Smith when it comes to the acoustic slide and he’s got a voice to match.” ~Graham Rockingham The SpecAlfie Smith is a prolific songwriter, an accomplished performer and talented multi-instrumentalist. Known best for his resophonic guitars, brazen slide licks and uncompromising vocals, Alfie is endorsed by several luthiers including Goodman Guitars (who have recently named a guitar model after him) and Goldtone Banjos. He has been nominated for a dozen Hamilton music awards including Best Male Vocalist and Best Guitarist, and has represented Toronto in the Memphis International Blues Challenge. To date, Alfie has released six records, his most recent ...  Read more ...

Black Suit Devil

Black Suit Devil 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 Suit Devil would represent the corporate big wigs behind the worlds figurative curtains, Du Rego uses music as his medium to give voice to social injustice, current political affairs, and shed light on the states of humanity, among other things.  Read more ...

Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk ClubThe 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 us!The Brampton Folk Club is a non profit community group dedicating to promoting folk music in the Brampton area. We have been around for 21 years and have over 50 members from all over the GTA.  Read more ...

Brian Blain

Brian Blain 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 like “I’m Not 50 Anymore,” “The Not Worried Blues,” and songs about dearly departed musical collaborators Kathi MacDonald and Scott Cushnie (Professor Piano) as well as one that is auto-biographical (and sung in French). A native Quebecer, Brian has always included some French material on his albums. Probably better known for his work behind the scenes as publisher/blogger, he has provided a launching pad for many young blues artists with his legendary “Campfire Jams” at Hwy 61, The Gladstone and currently The ...  Read more ...

Brian Gladstone

Brian GladstoneBrian Gladstone is an analogue techno-hippie trapped in a digital world.  Gladstone’s five albums have all gained worldwide acclaim and global airplay. Brian Gladstone is the founder and active festival director for Winterfolk, an annual blues and roots festival in Toronto Brian Gladstone is a world class fingerstyle guitar player, a an intuitive songwriter who not bound by conventions, a lyricist who can invoke a plethora of emotions in a single verse, and a dynamic performer who engages and entertains his audiences.  Gladstone’s 5 albums have all garnered world wide acclaim, and have received prime time rotation on 5 continents. Several of Brian’s tunes are licensed for a prime time BBC series, he has 2 record deals with US labels, and his second album ...  Read more ...

Bywater

Bywater 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 TD Oakville Songs of Summer Festival. A 7-piece band drawing from the sounds of Southern Soul, Gospel and Blues, Bywater features powerful lead vocals and slide guitar, www.bywaterblues.com www.facebook.com/bywaterblues @bywaterblues  Read more ...

Cassie and Maggie

Cassie and Maggie2018 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 Performed over 250 shows across the UK, Germany, Scandinavia, North America and Mexico in 2018.   “From the deepest roots of Canada and its very earliest musical traditions come Nova Scotian sisters Cassie and Maggie, putting their own 21st Century stamp on the Celtic soundtrack of this nation. Exciting and innovative, their talent is surpassed only by the sheer joy they exude in performance. Alternating between Gaelic and English, traditional ...  Read more ...

Chloe Watkinson

Chloe WatkinsonWith a solid music education and a rich performance history (including at Preservation Hall and leading a brass band in New Orleans, and playing regional clubs and festivals in Canada and the US) Chloe launched her solo career in 2018, performing at Toronto venues such as Roy Thomson Hall for the Women’s Blues Revue, Yonge-Dundas Square, and two US/Canadian tours featuring shows at Toronto’s Opera House, Thorold’s Canal Bank Shuffle Festival, and dates in New York, Vermont and Quebec. Her current single “Stonewalling” (Aporia Records) is spinning on 200+ radio stations worldwide. www.chloelovesme.com http://facebook.com/chloelovesme https://twitter.com/_chloelovesme https://youtu.be/t_rwdaqugJ8  Read more ...

D’Arcy Wickham

D'Arcy WickhamWith 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 Toronto’s premier guitar and vocal instructor, and many of the Winterfolk performers this year have been students of D’Arcy. D’Arcy Wickham    Read more ...

Dan McKinnon

Dan McKinnon2017 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 Underground Network) and a year where he won the 2017 Toronto Blues Society’s Talent Search and the Amy Louie Grossman’s Music Scholarship, he is back with a brand new album The Cleaner, a ten-song collection of raucous, hard-hitting blues/rock that has pays homage to the music’s greats, all while keeping an eye on where blues can go in the years to come. Website  Read more ...

Danny Marks

Danny MarksDanny Marks is a genre bending stage performer who can blend music and humor seamlessly, with style and authenticity. star of stage screen and radio holder of the Maple Blues Award for Lifetime Achievement Celebrated Musician and Broadcaster Danny Marks began to play guitar at age eleven. He turned professional at seventeen and scored big with his first real band Edward Bear. After years of touring and session work Danny settled in to the club scene in Toronto while hosting TV and radio on CBC and Rogers Cable Ten. Danny is currently seen on HIFI TV hosting Cities in Blue and on JAZZ FM 91 with the juggernaut BLUZ FM, eight til midnight. His regular Toronto club dates include the Cadillac Lounge, Castro’s Hugh’s and the Dakota. www.dannym.com https://www.facebook.com/danny.marks3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LdiFLJ-vyK8  Read more ...

David McLachlan

David McLachlan 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 reflect life and its lesson’s. A prolific songwriter, his original compositions can be found on six albums, two recorded in Toronto, and four in Nashville. His latest album, In The Heart Of Now, will be released Sept 2019. Discography Can’t Close A Blind Eye…2003 Not A Through Street…2015 Traveling Truthfully…2016 out of love…2017 Reaching For The Sun…2018 In The Heart Of Now…2019 All albums are available at e-music sites or signed copies at his shows. For artist info, contact www.davidmclachlan.com e-mail: hi5@davidmclachlan.com  Artist’s links:    Read more ...

David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

David Storey and the Side Road ScholarsDavid 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 numerous awards, songwriter David Storey, recharged and refocused is now poised to win new laurels in the musical realm in which he began his journey. A new album, made in Canada, continues the pattern established on two previous releases of wry wit and penetrating insights about life’s challenges, characters and passions. Delivered with both humor and poignance, it includes expressions of the life lessons he has learned ...  Read more ...

Donné Roberts

Donné Roberts 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 dance and the melodies will make you sing along. The music is mainly in Malagasy the language of Madagascar. Website www.donneroberts.com   Read more ...

Doris Folkens

Doris Folkens 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 rooted in people and the events that shaped them. Her own independent music career is no different. Even the piano she grew up playing in Ontario has a tale. It survived the bombing of her grandmother’s home in Hamburg, Germany during World War II. www.dorisfolkens.com https://www.facebook.com/dfolkmusic/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGzmuagN3T0  Read more ...

Emilyn Stam and John David Williams

Emilyn Stam and John David WilliamsEmilyn Stam and John David Williams merge the melodic voices of violin and clarinet, with a touch of accordion, creating a modern, playful sound steeped in traditions from regions of Europe and North America.   “Ingenious, witty…” – fROOTS Magazine (UK) This is creative, witty and beautiful music making.” – Alison Melville, WholeNote Magazine “Emilyn and John have a tremendous way of progressing folk music that is respectful but at the same time so freeing and playful.” – Tom Power   Emilyn Stam and John David Williams merge the melodic voices of violin and clarinet, creating a modern sound steeped in tradition. Their individual and collective interests in Klezmer, New Orleans Jazz, Old Time, Bluegrass, French and Scandinavian folk musics give insight to their playful and innovative duet compositions. Not limited to original ...  Read more ...

Evaristo Machado

Evaristo Machado  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 guitar, mixing his own material with more traditional sounds such as Cuban Son and songs from the Cuban ‘Trovador’ tradition. www.evaristomusic.com   Read more ...

For King & Country

For King & CountrySongs about Canadians in the First World War, by Tony Quarrington For King and Country will feature Toronto musician-composer Tony Quarrington’s new CD about Canadians and their contributions during the First World War. The roots-music songs will be performed by Quarrington and a dozen other performers from a wide range of genres who collaborated on the album. “… on the faces of brass plaques and gravestones, in thousands of stone chapels across Canada, the traces remain of lives lost and glories found on the battlefields of Europe. The faint echoes of those lives have regained vivid colour and antic force in a new two-act musical drama. Toronto guitarist Tony Quarrington`s For King and Country is a masterful resurrection of the presiding soldier ...  Read more ...

Gary Kendall Band

Gary Kendall Band The 9th Annual Maple Blues Awards, Bassist Of The Year, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto Everyone knows Gary Kendall as oft-elected Maple Blues’ Bassist of the Year, blues man about town and keeper of the bottom end for Downchild. But Gary’s alter ego is found in his much beloved Gary Kendall Band – a band in which each carefully selected player is equal and accountable. Formed in 2005, Gary reached out to some of Toronto’s best musicians to create a turn-on-a-dime squad of blues marauders to build a loyal following for their own brand of music –and for doing exactly what they like to on any given night – play the blues. The chemistry found between Gary Kendall (bass / lead vocals / songwriter), Tyler Burgess (drums/vocals/harmonica), Darran Poole (guitar ...  Read more ...

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast 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.”  Read more ...

HOTCHA!

HOTCHA! 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 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, big-beat bodhran. Debut CD DUST BOWL ROOTS: SONGS FOR THE NEW DEPRESSION, a true tonic for the times we live in. www.facebook.com/beverlykreller www.youtube.com/hotcha7#p/u  Read more ...

Howard Gladstone

Howard GladstoneToronto 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 album, recounting a harrowing journey to recovery from a serious spinal cord injury. New songs emerging in 2019 continue the quest for recovery… moving beyond the individual looking at the plight and hopes for the planet and a world where meaning and truth becomes ever more elusive.  Read more ...

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer 2 X Juno Award Winner 7 X Maple Blues Award Winner Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today.   Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today. The British born, Canadian resident’s career has spanned over three decades. De Keyzer has released 7 CD’s and 1 DVD as a leader and appeared as a session guitarist on hundreds of recordings. As a session guitarist he has appeared with many artists including Etta James, Otis Rush, John Hammond Jr., ...  Read more ...

James Gordon

James Gordon 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 and and relentless world-wide touring to his credit. With a handful of songs that have become part of the standard Canadian repertoire like “Frobisher Bay” and “Mining For Gold”, James continues to write songs with social justice, environmental and “Canadian Identity”themes. His newest album on Borealis Records, “The Heritage Hall Sessions”sees him collaborating with old musical compadres Ian Bell, Jeff Bird, Anne Lindsay, Tannis Slimmon, and Katherine Wheatley. He has another ...  Read more ...

Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band Cd released 2016 “Still on Fire” Winner song of the week CBC Here and Now 99.1FM CBC Sounds of the Season Host band 2016 We are a funky R&B soul band with a blistering groove. Jerome Tucker band is a blistering funky, rocky, exciting entity. Based out of Toronto they have etched their mark in the city through their live televised performances, much radio play and just plain baddassness! Jerome Tucker, Rich Greenspoon, Carl Harvey and Rob Neal Christian. don’t miss it! www.jerometuckerband.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnmJ6oWzENI&t=691s  Read more ...

Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks No One Travels Alone (Borealis/2018), is first example in popular music of an album written and recorded in circular, ‘corona’ form. 4 x Nominee ‘Songwriter of the Year’ (2007/2009/2012/2014) @ The Canadian Folk Music Awards Jon Brooks writes songs to calm those who’ve looked into and seen what is in their hearts; he also writes songs to terrify those who’ve not. Jon Brooks writes songs to calm those who’ve looked into and seen what is in their hearts; he also writes songs to terrify those who’ve not. His music defies genre classification; his words – rife with paradox, topicality, and layered with religious and literary allusion – defy elevator pitch. Like his undefinable progenitors – Cohen, Cave, Cash, Chekhov, The Clash, and George Carlin (to limit things ...  Read more ...

Ken Whiteley

7 Juno nominations for his own recordings in Blues, Roots, Traditional & Children’s categories 20+ Canadian Maple Blues Award nominations, Best Blues song for “Everybody has the Blues” (OCFF/FMO 2007) Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award (OCFF/FMO) & Canadian Hall of Fame Award (Mariposa Folk Festival) Ken Whiteley is a multi award winning songwriter, performer and producer whose musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children’s music. Ken Whiteley has won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement Awards from Folk Music Ontario and from the Mariposa Folk Festival and has been nominated for 7 JUNO Awards and 16 Maple Blues Awards. Called a “roots music master”, he’s performed ...  Read more ...

Ken Yoshioka

Ken Yoshioka 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 blues.He regularly performs with blues piano virtuoso Julian Fauth.You can hear Ken’s harmonica playing on a number of local Toroto CDs. www.reverbnation/kenyoshioka.com https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YwCp-IRNqjY    Read more ...

Lynda Kraar

Lynda KraarOriginal songs and songs inspired from the soundtrack of my life. Performer, Musicians on Call (NYC) Award-winning author of short stories and poetry Fronts the Palisades All-Star Revue: An American Music Experience Lynda Marks Kraar got her professional start in the Toronto music scene when she was 17. By the time she was 21 she was fronting Lynda Marks and the Marksmen, playing local clubs in Toronto. She has performed throughout the world. Lynda is also part of Musicians on Call, a network of musicians who perform in hospitals and other health care institutions. She’s been teaching guitar for 30 years. For six years she sang in the Jewish People’s Philharmonic Chorus (NYC). She also plays renaissance lute in the New York Continuo Collective. Whenever possible, Lynda can be ...  Read more ...

Lynn Harrison

Lynn HarrisonOne of the Toronto music scene’s enduring treasures, Lynn Harrison writes songs that speak to the heart and inspire audiences of all ages Also an ordained Unitarian minister Releasing her sixth recording in 2019 Host of “The Bridge” inspirational open stage A gifted performer and writer of songs full of passion and light, Lynn Harrison moves audiences wherever she travels, in Toronto and beyond. Lynn is an award-winning songwriter (OCFF, Unisong and others) with five CDs to her credit, currently working on a new recording (produced by Noah Zacharin). She is also the creator and host of “The Bridge” a unique spiritual open stage, monthly at the Tranzac Club. “Lynn sings of our happinesses and our sufferings with moral purpose, simplicity and courage” (Jon Brooks). www.lynnharrison.ca https://www.facebook.com/lynn.harrison https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h99iyDdHTyo  Read more ...

Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Maggie & Mr. RogersMaggie & Mr. Rogers put a fresh spin on Folk and Jazz standards, with a repertoire that spans decades.   “Maggie & Mr. Rogers Make Jazz and Folk Belong Together” — Gary 17 – Publisher, Toronto Moon Magazine About our first recording… “Soundscape and quality of the recording are beautiful! Guitars sound sumptuous – crisp, mellow, full real. Totally sold on the acoustic picking and acoustic slide combo – irresistible. ​Maggie’s voice is lovely in that it is seemingly effortless and conversational. It’s not trying to be anything other than what it is. And as such it tells the stories honestly and movingly.” — Hugh Dunford – Northumberland, England www.maggieandmrrogers.com https://www.facebook.com/maggieandmrrogers/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2bXvB5Vthc @maggieandmrr  Read more ...

Margaret Stowe

Margaret StoweGuitarist 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 Canada and Europe, as a sideperson, bandleader and musical director. Currently, Margaret can be found playing with the Max Woolaver Band, jazz vocalist Brenda Lewis, Tony Quarrington’s For King and Country, Big Rude Jake’s Blues for the Red Door, and the Missa Gaia Jazz Ensemble, as well as her own groups. Margaret has several CD recordings. www.margaretstowe.com   Read more ...

Mike McKenna

Mike McKennaToronto born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who in has played with Luke & the Apostles, Downchild, MeKenna Mendelson Mainline, and more. Opened for Jefferson Airplane & Grateful Dead Toronto born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who in has played with Luke & the Apostles, Downchild, MeKenna Mendelson Mainline, and more.  Opened for Jefferson Airplane & Grateful Dead.   His unique style of electric slide guitar has even earned him induction into the Canada South Blues Society Hall of Fame, an event scheduled for October of 2013. He is best known for his work in the much-lauded 1960’s band Luke and The Apostles, followed by the equally revered McKenna Mendelson Mainline. In addition, he has played with a number of noteable groups including The Ugly Ducklings, Downchild Blues ...  Read more ...

Moscow Apartment

Moscow Apartment 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) and the Slaight Music It’s Your Shot award, Moscow Apartment has rapidly become one of the most exciting emerging bands in Canadian folk and indie music. At just 15 and 16-years-old, Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla are multi-instrumentalist songwriters turning heads with their mature and unforgettable songs which are played regularly on CBC, getting used in the soundtracks for film and which have broken through on U.S radio, including NPR.  They have also made ...  Read more ...

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick 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 Detroit’s famed “Chessmate coffee house”. Rick has had a passion for music Americana for over 40 years. He started performing and touring in the 1960’s. He currently performs Blues, early Jazz, Country, Tin Pan Alley, and Gospel on finger style guitar with vocals – either solo or fronting his various ensembles in clubs and festivals. Regardless of the style he’s playing Rick is an ...  Read more ...

Noah Zacharin

Noah ZacharinGuitar Master, Writer of Deeply-felt, Literate Songs, and Dynamic Performer Noah Zacharin is an acknowledged guitar master, writer of literate and deeply-felt songs, and dynamic and ever-evolving performer. He has released eight CD’s of original music, all of which have been met with critical and popular success. ‘Strange Rider’ (2016) made several ‘Best-Of’ lists that year, and the more recent ‘A Startle of Wings’ has been receiving significant airplay internationally–including on the BBC–and reached #6 on the FolkDJ chart. In addition to writing and recording his own songs, Noah Zacharin is frequently called-upon for his production, instrumental, and vocal skills, and has appeared on some 60 recordings by other performers throughout North America. www.noahsong.com  Read more ...

Norm Lucien

Norm LucienHarpin’ 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                          “Harpin’ will play with anyone!!”  Harpin’ Norm Lucien picked up the harmonica after being given the ‘Best Christmas Gift Ever” when he was thirteen! He taught himself his way around the instrument eventually adding guitar and voice to accompany his ‘harp’! Harpin’ Norm Lucien can be found backing on an array of musicians recordings with his harps and distinctive style. Pete Otis, Sharon Katz, Alex Shain, ...  Read more ...

Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan 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 performance, he surrounds himself with Canada’s finest musicians, performing an engaging mix of material which is always fresh and in the moment. Dagan’s third recording and visual album, “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” won the Silver Medal for “Best Album” at the Global Music Awards and charted in the Top 50 on USA radio chart JazzWeek. www.oridagan.com www.facebook.com/oridaganjazz  Read more ...

Q & A

Q & ATheir  first two gigs were in a bookstore and a barbershop. Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams They wrote 50 songs in our first year of co-composing. With a combined hundred years of professional work, they are poised to be an overnight success He was a veteran guitarist player. She was an actress and writer with musical background. He looked exactly like a hitman : her hat had grapes and a banana. They have recently recorded 29 tunes in the studio, including a Christmas album. They share a brain (Zoey has it this weekend).  Read more ...

Roger Clown

Roger ClownRoger Clown has been performing for five decades successfully, in a variety of group and solo offerings, live and electronically, for audiences of all sizes, social standing, ages, genders, and abilities. happily. Roger Clown has been performing for five decades successfully, in a variety of group and solo offerings, live and electronically, for audiences of all sizes, social standing, ages, genders, and abilities. happily.  Read more ...

Sammy Duke

Sammy Duke New CD “Terminus” Released July 2018 Three time JUNO-nominated percussionist One-man-band and folk fusion songwriter – performing on eight instruments simultaneously! You would never be able to mistake one-man-band Sammy Duke for anyone else once he starts performing on stage. A critically acclaimed head-turner, this shameless prog-folk rocker plays up to eight instruments at the same time; all while entrancing audiences with his notorious self-deprecating charm, wit and infectious live energy. w.sammyduke.com www.facebook.com/sammydukemusic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3pN-_KguOM  Read more ...

Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello 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 London”, topped the Canadian Charts when he was just 14 years old, Seb Agnello has performed with the likes of Jimi Hendrix, The Mothers Of Invention, Marvin Gaye, Etta James, The Youngbloods , Booker T. and The M.G’s, and others; opening shows for The Flaming Lips, John Otway and Nashville legends Hank Snow, Charlie Pride and Hee Haw’s Gordie Tapp. Seb was music director for Texas musical satirist Kinky Friedman during his Canadian tour. Seb also produced, wrote, directed ...  Read more ...

Simone Morris

Simone Morris New original jazz album “Settling Up” released November 2018 hit #1 on iTunes Canada Jazz Chart in its first week Toronto jazz vocalist SIMONE MORRIS exudes a rare blend of soulfulness and subtlety – a natural storyteller who artfully lures audiences into her craftily-spun musical stories. Simone Morris is reeling from the success of her recently released, all-original, debut album SETTLING UP, co-written with longtime guitarist, Mike Freedman. The album hit #1 on the iTunes Jazz Chart in its very first week and has been receiving extensive radio airplay on CBC (Fresh Air and Big City Small World) and campus radio, along with in-depth interviews and reviews. Rooted in jazz, the album weaves a musical path that conveys Morris’ diverse musical experience ...  Read more ...

STAV

STAVWinner, Folk Alliance Australia ‘Young Artist of the Year’ 2018 Debut Canada national tour February 2019 including official showcase at FAI ‘The Horizon Line’ CD released 2016, 2 singles released in 2018 The 2018 Folk Alliance Australia ‘Young Artist of the Year’, soulful and honest, multilingual singer-songwriter STAV. (@soundofstav) shares her story of migration with bursts of rhythmic fire and soaring melodies. She released her debut album The Horizon Line in 2016 with an East-Coast tour from Melbourne to Bello Winter Music and shows in Barcelona and France. Her single ‘Weakening, Awakening’ was premiered on Triple J radio earlier this year, featuring lyrics in Hebrew and English. An expressive voice and a natural affinity for guitar, live performance brings this songwriter’s introspection, playfulness and raw passion to life. ...  Read more ...

Steve Raiken

Steve RaikenSteve Raiken is appreciated by audiences as a very talented singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Steve Raiken has been playing guitar and singing for 50 years. As a student at the University of Buffalo in the late 1960s, Raiken immersed himself in the folk music scene. Raiken began performing with a fellow student, Marc Cashman. They performed as headliners and as the opening act for Tom Rush, Hall & Oates, and George Carlin. The duo split up in 1973. Raiken spent the next 35 years in management consulting and the public sector in Toronto. About 20 years ago, Raiken realized how much he missed performing. On his latest CD, Stages, released at Hugh’s Room in Toronto in 2010, Raiken realized his dreams. From ...  Read more ...

Sue and Dwight

Sue and DwightSongwriters, singers, musicologists, authors, advocates, activists Socially conscious contemporary folk music with a few twists Creators of Canada’s only tribute to the 60’s folk revival, ‘Where Have All the Folk Songs Gone’ Born too late to be part of the 1960’s folk revival, Winnipeg born, Toronto based Sue and Dwight embody the musical spirit of that time. Their songs about the prairies, life in the big city, and travels in East Africa impart human stories of peace, courage, and social justice. The duo have released 3 CDs including 2016‘s “For A Moment” and numerous singles. “When They Came for the Others” (2017) calls out the current xenophobia festering in our society while “A Good Life” (2018) comments on the compassion of assisted dying. Fixtures on the Ontario music scene and subway ...  Read more ...

The Barrel Boys

The Barrel Boys New Album, Cold Spring, Released 2017 A 5-piece bluegrass powerhouse featuring rich vocal harmonies, killer picking, and a fun-loving, down-to-earth stage presence, The Barrel Boys are a unique staple of the Toronto music scene. Established in 2012, The Barrel Boys are a 5-piece string band based in Toronto, Ontario. The band’s sound is built around rich vocal harmonies and virtuosic instrumentals, and their repertoire finely balances standard tunes with their own original writing. Their instrumentation lends itself to classic bluegrass, but they are also fluent in old time, classic country, and Americana, and their original material is informed by all of these styles. Each of the 5 members writes and sings their own tunes, making for a wide stylistic range within the ...  Read more ...

The Lifers

The LifersNominee, 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 conventional instruments in unconventional ways, garnering them a nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year through the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Harp-inspired ukulele, accordion swells, and lush vocal arrangements give way to rip-roaring, soaring melodies and overdriven frenetic strums. Folk music has never sounded so immediate. www.thelifers.com                Read more ...

Tony Quarrington

Tony QuarringtonJuno Award Winning Producer for  Willie P. Bennett’s HEARTSTRINGS (1998) Latest album is FOR KING AND COUNTRY, new songs about Canada in WW1. One of the most appreciated tributes to my work was Winterfolk’s album SONGS OF TONY QUARRINGTON I’ve been around the scene playing guitar for fifty-plus years, and I still enjoy it a lot! Tony has many years professional experience in many types of music : folk, jazz, klezmer, rock,country, Hawaiian, blues, bluegrass and more. He will soon have released six albums of my original songs, the two latest with the wonderful Zoey Adams, as ‘Q and A’. This is my 16th Winterfolk! www.tonyquarringtonmusic.com     Read more ...

Tragedy Ann

Tragedy Ann 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 and handshake with contemporary folk-rock, Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan intertwine the storytelling power of Tom Waits with the musical nuance of Mandolin Orange, crafting something simultaneously familiar and fresh. Rooted in passionate vocal harmony, Tragedy Ann’s songs tackle topics from love-drunkenness to hospital visits with equal intimacy. Cazzola’s multi-instrumental menagerie and Phelan’s dynamic guitar flavours provide a lush backdrop to these powerful narratives, reminding you that you do indeed love the accordion—you just never heard it played this sweetly.https://tragedyannmusic.com/ https://www.facebook.com/tragedyannmusic    Read more ...

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon 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 Neon  Read more ...