What’s New at Winterfolk

This page shows the archived library of recent Winterfolk posts, going back a few years. Listed in  reverse chronological order, descending order according to publication date. 

This page depicts the history of Winterfolk going back to 2012. Very interesting how the festival has changed and adapted over the years. 

Winterfolk was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage our community about various folk music styles including roots, blues, folk and more.

What’s New at Winterfolk

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick is a Singer and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist performing original arrangements of the Trad. American Roots and Blues Song book. A solo album by Rick is coming any minute now Rick’s 3rd CD “Songs about God and Booze” available at CD Baby. Now Magazine, 4...

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Melanie Peterson

Melanie Peterson

New Single #1 from upcoming EP will be out in Jan/Feb/Mar 2020, Single #2, from album + full album Apr/May/Jun 2020! For over ten years, Melanie Peterson has been entertaining fans, near and far, with her cheerful, lively, original songs, and unique renditions of...

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Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

A 52 year veteran of the Canadian music scene. Seb is a scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect but always entertaining performer. Since his band, “The Lords Of London”, topped the Canadian Charts when he was just 14 years old, Seb Agnello has performed with the...

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Gathering Sparks

Gathering Sparks

Winner, Folk Music Ontario 2019 “Songs From the Heart” Award, Singer-Songwriter; New CD "All That's Real" Released Sept 2019 Uplifting folk-roots music with divine harmonies. You will come to listen, and walk away singing. GATHERING SPARKS is the graceful collision of...

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Lynn Miles

Lynn Miles

Great Canadian Singer/songwriter with a Juno Award and 6 Canadian Folk Music awards Lynn is a Singer / songrwiter with 900 songs 14 albums and thousands of roads travelled.  Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With 14 solo albums...

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Laura Fernandez

Laura Fernandez

Born in Madrid, Laura Fernandez is a versatile singer songwriter pianist whose music merges the genres of pop, jazz and Latin music. Laura Fernandez was born in Madrid, Spain and immigrated to Canada as a young girl after also having spent a good part of her childhood...

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Sam Broverman

Sam Broverman

New CD Released November 2018 - A Jewish Boy's Christmas Toronto based jazz singer, former chorister on CBC's "Hymn Sing" Sam Broverman is a Winnipeg-born, Toronto based jazz singer and songwriter. He has performed in venues across Canada, the US, Europe and Asia. He...

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Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin is an acknowledged guitar master and literate songwriter with 7 CD’s of original music and countless appearances on stage and CD, supporting many of the best in town and beyond. Noah Zacharin is an exciting performer—a singer / songwriter / guitarist...

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Kyp Harness

Kyp Harness

Kyp Harness has released 15 albums of his songs. He has opened for Elvis Costello and has his songs covered by Ron Sexsmith and Mary Margaret O'Hara. Kyp Harness has released 15 albums of his songs and published two novels. Kyp Harness has been called a "great writer"...

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Saije

Saije

Folk Alliance Australia 'Young Artist of the Year 2019/20', New CD Released 2019 Saiji is a multi-instrumental folk duo whose soulful harmonies, dynamic guitar-lines and percussive breakdowns breathe life into heartfelt stories. Their song writing typically...

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Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Star of stage screen and radio, award winning musician, broadcaster singer songwriter. Danny Mark's roots go back to 1960's Capitol records band, Edward Bear. Danny Marks is a Toronto Blues Society's Blues with a Feeling Award winner for lifetime achievement. This...

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Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone unveils new songs on climate crisis, modern and ancient exiles, remembering Woodstock, and other urgent topics. Howard Gladstone asks: Are songs the front line in a world where beauty, truth and understanding are elusive? Howard Gladstone shares...

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David McLachlan

David McLachlan

New CD Released August 2019 An artist who sings songs In The Heart Of Now.  David is a prolific performing songwriter with 7 albums released, and one coming next Aug 2020-he has recorded 5 albums in Nashville with stellar A-list players. David has received a warm...

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Taylor Abrahamse

Taylor Abrahamse

Debut Album Produced With Eddie Kramer, Pre-Order Available Now. Taylor Abrahamse is a Toronto singer/songwriter. Co-founder of Silverthorn Studios, he has played across Ontario and wowed crowds with songs he wrote for his debut album, produced with the legendary...

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Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson

Award winning guitarist, songwriter, instrumentalist, humorist and 'all-round idiot' joins the Winterfolk Cast! He's won awards for his guitar playing, his films and his albums. And his shows are crazy, only one thing is guaranteed.. you'll laugh! Wendell Ferguson is...

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Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison returns with "Something More," acclaimed new solo release. An inspiring artist with songs of uncommon beauty, integrity and spiritual insight, Lynn Harrison returns to Winterfolk following the release of her sixth recording “Something More". One of the...

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Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley

Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley

9 time Maple Blues Award winners , New CD released 2019 Hot blues and cool jazz with Diana's memorable voice and Chris' multi-instrumental virtuosity.  Multi award winning duo, Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley have toured extensively throughout North America...

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Bill Heffernan

Bill Heffernan

Latest CD Release 2016--The Horses Are Loose; Co-Founder Alive Poets Society (1987-2000 ) BILL HEFFERNAN is a Singer-Songwriter, Story Telling, Spoken Word Artist, MC, Auctioneer, and Social Activist Teacher. From the back-roads of Southern Ontario to the Pan American...

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Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Songs you've heard too many times, but not lately. 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,...

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Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan

"Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole" Silver Medal, Best Album, Global Music Awards '17; "Sweetheart" Best Jazz Song American Songwriting Awards '18 Award-winning   Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and...

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Clela Errington

Clela Errington

“Clela has it all and she showcases her talents effortlessly, beautiful, spiritual, and earthy.” Fatea Records UK Clela Errington has a voice that is timeless and true, effortlessly reaching beyond technique and trends to wrap you in a warm soul embrace. Clela’s...

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Faith Nolan

Faith Nolan

Afro Scotian Music Award, Chalmers Award, Honored Dyke(Toronto Pride), Recipient, Ontario Federation Labour Cultural Activist Award Faith Nolan a Queer Afro Scotian singer-songwriter and self-taught musician,folk singer , banjo ,guitar bluesharp her career spans...

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Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band

Winner Durham vocalist of the year 2011, CBC Song of the week Oct 2016, CBC sounds of the season 2016 JTB is a wickedly talented group of musicians delivering funk, soul and a blistering brand of rhythm and blues. Jerome Tucker Philadelphia area born, Co-wrote songs...

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Vivienne Wilder

Vivienne Wilder

Vivienne Wilder is a Canadian singer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and visual artist currently living in Toronto. Originally from sunny Saskatchewan, Wilder grew up in a musical family, the youngest daughter of an orchestra bassist father and torch-singer mother....

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Dan McVeigh

Dan McVeigh

New CD release 2018 - Resolutions, 2001 Brampton Arts Acclaim Award, Multiple Song Contest Winner (NSAI, Billboard Magazine) Dynamic singer-songwriter with 3 CD releases featuring award winning songs for songwriting. Dan McVeigh is an award winning songwriter with 3...

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Q & A – Zoey Adams and Tony Quarrington

Q & A – Zoey Adams and Tony Quarrington

Cowriter, coproducer,performer - two original CDs: Q&A "Christmas Dream", Q&A "One More Thing". Writer/performer, 2 original CDs for Children:" ROWAN!" Seasoned actress, comedienne, director, singer, songwriter. Zoey Adams’ performance career has spanned many...

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Barbara Lynch

Barbara Lynch

Will You Ever Care for Me, Last CD released in 2009 and gained attention of the Cowboy Junkies and a place with their label Latent Records.

New to Winterfolk
Barbara Lynch is a Toronto based singer songwriter. Her music has strong blues, old style jazz rhythms and boogie woogie piano influences.

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Heather Luckhart

Heather Luckhart

Blues-infused music with a message Heather Luckhart brings her life experiences and endurance into every musical moment. Luckhart’s connection to the blues is one she has earned. Her passion for the music community connects her internationally, which is evident...

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David Storey

David Storey

A SONG WRITER AS QUINTESSENTIALLY CANDIAN AS MAPLE SYRUP AND ICE STORMS BeatRoute magazine: “David Storey and the side Road Scholars effortlessly bring the boot stomping, sing along energy when the time is right, but also know how to settle into more pensive moments.”...

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Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer, 2X Juno, 7X Maple Blues Winner, International blues guitarist, singer & song writer. Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand blues guitarists he has released 11 CD’s and 1 DVD. An exciting live...

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Jon Brooks & The Outskirts Of Approval

Jon Brooks & The Outskirts Of Approval

“Brooks’ massive declamatory vibe and hypnotic, inimitable guitar playing gives an audience goosebumps you could grate cheese on.” - Paul Corby, 2019. A machine gun of sincerity saving us from the healers of sadness and unknowing.  Jon Brooks’ music is polyphonic...

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Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Singer-songwriter, poet and performer, tempered by the 60s-a beatnic hippy radical imbued with lots of mirth apparently. (Image not available at time of posting) Singer-songwriter, poet and performer, tempered by the 60s-a beatnic hippy radical imbued with lots of...

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The Layrite Boys

The Layrite Boys

The Layrite Boys, Self titled EP released, 2017. Stay tuned for the full length LP record! Toronto's Old-time Country Duo. The new-old stock country sounds of The Layrite Boys hearken back to the Golden Age of country and bluegrass, but with feet firmly planted in the...

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Isaak Bonk

Isaak Bonk

Isaak is the Subject of 'Waiting in the Street' - A documentary by Shane Pendergast  Isaak Bonk is a Toronto born musician, he plays a mixture of his his own compositions and pre-war/ folk revival era country blues and bluegrass. A TTC busker and musician about...

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James Gordon

James Gordon

40th album "The Heritage Hall Sessions" released 2019. New one-man Show "James Gordon's Emergency Climate" Musical touring now. Veteran Canadian Songworker and Poetician. James Gordon is a Canadian songwriter/playwright/musician/producer and community activist....

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Meg Tennant

Meg Tennant

New CD Echoed Light released in Spring 2019 Folk roots songwriter Meg Tennant's new CD Echoed Light offers up some hope, comfort and clarity.  Originally from Northern Ontario, songwriter Meg Tennant is currently based in Toronto after spending many years on the...

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Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast is an award-winning Toronto songwriter, well-known to the Toronto folk community. 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...

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VK Artist Promotion

VK Artist Promotion

Since 2013, VK Artist Promotion & Bookings has been working with talented artists across the GTA, supporting the live music scene in the city. VK offers live music entertainment, for any event or party, to help create an exciting and memorable experience. We are...

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Seneca College Music Program

Seneca College Music Program

Seneca College’s music programs offer a unique educational opportunity to a select group of creative musicians. The intensive, hands-on curriculum, taught by some of Canada’s top music professionals, provides the students with the technical, musical and business...

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Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

The Brampton Folk Club is a nonprofit community group dedicated to promoting folk music in the Brampton area. We have been around for 22 years and have over 50 members from all over the GTA. We hold monthly song circles, present two concert series, hosts open mics and...

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NSAI Toronto

NSAI Toronto

NSAI Toronto has been part of the local songwriting community since 1992. NSAI Toronto has supported songwriters through monthly seminars on the art of songwriting and music industry education. They also provide opportunities for their members to perform in showcases...

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Winterfolk Ticketed Shows

Winterfolk Ticketed Shows

Wristbands Are Available on Entry to Winterfolk VenuesAdvance wristband sales ended on February 1, 2020. Winterfolk Wristbands are available on entry to Winterfolk venues. $20.00 recommended price. A wristband allows admittance to about 90 performances shown on a...

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Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian

Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian

Award-winning slide guitar duo, 2018 IBC contestants, Hamilton-based songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Alfie Smith and Nicole Christian are old-style slide guitarists, multi-instrumentalists and a blues duo not to be missed. Featuring Alfie's belting baritone...

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Winterfolk Accommodation at Reduced Rate

Winterfolk Accommodation at Reduced Rate

Reduced Accommodation Rate with Promo Code Hotel Discounts are available to Winterfolk guests at The Annex Hotel, which is one of our venues. Attentive design and unparalleled comfort is what you can expect at the Annex. Save 15% on room rate with Promo Code...

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Blues and Roots Radio on Winterfolk XVII

Blues and Roots Radio on Winterfolk XVII

Reprinted from Roots and Blues Radio - I have been attending this event since I came to Canada ten years ago, In the past I have been a volunteer running the stage at the Black Swan Pub ( Upstairs ) and in recent years have covered the event for Blues & Roots...

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Toronto Born Singer/Songwriter returns for Winterfolk

Toronto Born Singer/Songwriter returns for Winterfolk

Ruth Schweitzer - Special to The CJN - Lynda Marks Kraar’s parents, both Holocaust survivors, were distressed when they saw their artistic, only child, now an ace guitarist, was preoccupied with music rather than concentrating on academics. “I think as...

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