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

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...

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Winterfolk Festival Comes to Danforth

Winterfolk Festival Comes to Danforth

Reprinted from Danforth BIA Website ANNOUNCES FULL LINEUP FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019 www.winterfolk.com WHO: Donné Roberts, Jack de Keyzer, Gary Kendall Band, Mose Scarlett,Cassie & Maggie, Moscow Apartment, James Gordon, Ken Whiteley, Danny...

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Chloe Watkinson – This Is Our Time

Chloe Watkinson – This Is Our Time

Reprinted from FYI Jan 25, 2019 - Chloe Watkinson: "This Is Our Time" (Aporia): This Toronto singer is gradually making inroads with the tracks she has been releasing over the past year, now spinning on 200+ radio stations in 26 countries, and this new cut, released...

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Winterfolk XVII Announces Full Artist Line Up

Winterfolk XVII Announces Full Artist Line Up

FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019 www.winterfolk.com WHO: Donné Roberts, Mose Scarlett, Cassie & Maggie,Moscow Apartment, James Gordon, Ken Whiteley, Danny Marks, The Lifers, Tragedy Ann, David Storey, Ori Dagan,Chloe Watkinson, Sammy Duke, Ken Yoshioka, Jon...

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Scarborough teaser show a taste of Winterfolk tonight

Scarborough teaser show a taste of Winterfolk tonight

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine Jan 19, 2019, by Beverly Kreller - Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 17th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues...

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Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Jan 19

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Jan 19

The Winterfolk Blues an Roots Music Festival will be back at Danforth and Broadview February 22- 24, 2019. We are looking for volunteers to help out over the weekend so if you want to get involved and hear some great live music please consider signing...

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Ken Whiteley

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) &...

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Winterfolk XVII Preview Jan 19

Winterfolk XVII Preview Jan 19

Reprinted From Music News Digest - Acoustic Harvest hosts a Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival preview concert in Scarborough on Jan. 19 at St. Paul’s United Church, 200 McIntosh St. The event showcases some of the artists who'll play Winterfolk...

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Winterfolk XVII Blues & Roots Festial

Winterfolk XVII Blues & Roots Festial

Reprinted from NOW Magazine - The 17th annual festival takes place at three venues and four stages in the Danforth area. This all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event features urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music. Performers...

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Winterfolk Preview at Acoustic Harvest Jan 19

Winterfolk Preview at Acoustic Harvest Jan 19

Acoustic Harvest + Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Present: Winterfolk XVII Preview - Saturday, January 19 - St. Paul's United Church, 200 McIntosh St. Scarborough, ON - Doors 7:30pm | Music 8:   For Immediate Release / Please Retain For Listings Acoustic...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

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 Toronto born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who in has played...

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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...

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For King & Country

For King & Country

Songs 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...

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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...

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Alana and Leigh Cline

Alana and Leigh Cline

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. Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton Traditional Fiddle & Guitar Duo "I am listening to your CD and it's...

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Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Danny 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...

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Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

One 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...

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Roger Clown

Roger Clown

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. Roger Clown has been performing for five decades...

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Chloe Watkinson

Chloe Watkinson

With 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...

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Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone

Brian 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...

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Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Maggie & 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...

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Emilyn Stam and John David Williams

Emilyn Stam and John David Williams

Emilyn 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)...

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Alessia Cohle

Alessia Cohle

With 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...

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STAV

STAV

Winner, 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...

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Q & A

Q & A

Their  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...

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Lynda Kraar

Lynda Kraar

Original 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...

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Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Songwriters, 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...

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Tony Quarrington

Tony Quarrington

Juno 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...

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Mark the Dates Winterfolk XVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Mark the Dates Winterfolk XVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

  Winterfolk XVII Festival News Dec 18, 2018       Winterfolk XVII Blues and Roots Festival Mark the Dates - Winterfolk XVII Feb 22-24, 2019 Be sure to mark your calendars for the 17th Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival taking place...

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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...

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Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Steve 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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

David Storey and the Side Road Scholars

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...

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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...

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Mark The Dates WFXVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

Mark The Dates WFXVII – Feb 22-24, 2019

WINTERFOLK XVII BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 22-24, 2019 WHO: Some of the best blues & roots artists on the Canadian music scene today WHAT: The 17th Annual Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival WHERE: Various venues...

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