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 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,...

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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...

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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,...

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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,...

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Cassie and Maggie

Cassie and Maggie

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...

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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...

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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...

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Dan McKinnon

Dan McKinnon

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...

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Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

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,...

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Margaret Stowe

Margaret Stowe

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...

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Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Guitar 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...

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The Lifers

The Lifers

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...

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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...

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D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Winterfolk Preview & Birthday Bash Dec 8

Winterfolk Preview & Birthday Bash Dec 8

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.

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Norm Lucien

Norm Lucien

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...

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Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit Dec 8, 2018

Winterfolk XVII Preview & Benefit Dec 8, 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...

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Join the Winterfolk Team

Join the Winterfolk Team

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...

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Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

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...

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Opportunity Available – Winterfolk XVIII Publicist

Opportunity Available – Winterfolk XVIII Publicist

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...

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

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

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...

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Winterfolk XVI by Cashbox Magazine

Winterfolk XVI by Cashbox Magazine

Submitted by Lenny Stoute  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...

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

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

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WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

WINTERFOLK XVI PREVIEW & BENEFIT

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...

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Jessica Wedden

Jessica Wedden

Jessica Wedden is a 15 year old fiddler, trick fiddler, step dancer, composer and 2016 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee with an upbeat Celtic and East Coast repertoire, who thoroughly enjoys any opportunity to share her music.     Nominated for...

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Sabrina Soares

Sabrina Soares

Girl-next-door with swag. Nerd-cool. Guitar prodigy with heart.     Debut EP 'Plan A', Released 2016.     "Best Vocalist" Winner at Emergenza Band Competition Grand Finals, 2014.     Top-10 Finalist in the...

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Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken is a highly regarded singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist.     Acclaimed singer/songwriter and guitarist with signficant radio airplay of 2010 CD.     Steve Raiken has been playing guitar and singing for nearly...

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Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan

Toronto jazz singer-songwriter Ori Dagan takes jazz to exciting new places.     Critically Acclaimed New Album: "Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole" (2017).     Winner, "Best Album" Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards...

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

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

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...

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Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 2018

Winterfolk Volunteer Meet Up Saturday Jan 20, 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...

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Anne Lederman

Anne Lederman

Fiddler, singer, composer, storyteller, multi-instrumentalist, Anne is known for her explorations into Canadian/World traditions, and for bringing them to life through tune, song and story.     Winner: Estelle Klein Award, FMO...

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Ken Whiteley

Ken Whiteley

Highly acclaimed Canadian folk, blues and gospel veteran, multi-instrumentalist, powerful vocalist, versatile songwriter.     New cd, "Freedom Blues" released 2016 (Ken's 30th recording as an artist).     Popular Sunday...

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FYI Music News Announces Winterfolk XVI

FYI Music News Announces Winterfolk XVI

by Kerry Doole - Reprinted in FYI Music News -  Now in its 16th year, Toronto's annual Winterfolk roots music fest continues to get better, and bigger. Staged in clubs on Danforth Ave, and the first round of performers include Jack de Keyzer,...

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Mose Scarlett

Mose Scarlett

Mose Scarlett is a Borealis Records recording artist.     A forty year veteran on the Canadian music scene, Mose Scarlett is a Borealis Records recording artist....

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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...

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Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 21 at Hugh’s Room Live

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...

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Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup Jan 6, 2018

Winterfolk Volunteer Meetup Jan 6, 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...

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SPEAK Music Presents

SPEAK Music Presents

This year’s SPEAK Music showcase is hosted by Beverly Kreller with Howard Druckman, as they feature emerging artists TBA.     Host of The infamous Groovy Mondays that ran for 8-years     Presenting and promoting all genres of...

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HOTCHA!

HOTCHA!

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....

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Al Lerman

Al Lerman

A 40+ year veteran of the Canadian blues scene and one of the top harmonica players in the country, Al is a an engaging and skilled performer whose often humorous anecdotes are interspersed between great blues numbers.     Nominated in 2016 for...

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