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

Peter Verity

Peter Verity

Peter Verity plays an original brand of "charged folk" with honest heart and passion.      Winner, Best Folk at the T.I.M.A. awards. (Toronto Independent Music Awards).     Runner up in the folk/roots category of John Lennon...

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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, jazz and blues.     Winner "Songs From The Heart Contest" 2015.     Semi-FInalist International Song Competition...

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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

We've been told we like 'happy songs.' These are lies.     The blurbs go here. They assure us the artist has been vetted by the right people from the right cultural institutions. If somebody at the Toronto Star felt the artist "stands among an...

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Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien emerged on the Folk scene with a pocketful of harmonicas and soon his signature style and versatility has become in demand in performance and recording studios. Harpin’ is now enjoying radio play of his songs and a new eleven song CD, ‘The World’s...

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Stuart Laughton

Stuart Laughton

Stuart cannot be categorized, but his multi-instrumental skills and infectious enthusiasms are winning him fans.     Stuart Laughton’s RADIO DIAL features Rebecca Campbell, Burke Carroll, Martin Worthy and Steve Lucas.    ...

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David McLachlan

David McLachlan

David sings with conviction songs about life and its lessons.     Performing songwriter who has recorded four albums of original song.     Latest album "Traveling Truthfully" available Dec 1/2016.    ...

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Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

Internationally respected for his guitar playing, Seb will tell you "the guitar's just a prop…it gets me onstage where I can shoot my mouth off”. Above all else, Seb is a protest singer. Scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect and always...

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Winterfolk benefit supports festival’s artists

Winterfolk benefit supports festival’s artists

  Event will also include open mic for anyone who'd like to perform a tune or two The organizers of the 15th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival are hosting a benefit concert on Saturday, Nov. 26. The event, which will feature guitar aces Tony Quarrington...

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Winterfolk Preview Nov 26, 2016

Winterfolk Preview Nov 26, 2016

Festival-goers will have a chance to get a sneak preview of what’s in store at the 15th ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL when some of the finest folk, roots and blues artists will take the stage at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern on Saturday, November 26th....

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T.O. musicians fête Tony Quarrington

T.O. musicians fête Tony Quarrington

Tony Quarrington, composer, guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and producer, was honoured by his fellow musicians on August 10th at Toronto’s Black Swan Tavern. “The Songs of Tony Quarrington” featured performances by 15 different artists, each of whom interpreted one...

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Nashville Bound Winterfolk Preview Oct 30

Nashville Bound Winterfolk Preview Oct 30

Don't miss the first Winterfolk Preview at the Free Times on Sunday Oct. 30th from 8:00 to 11:00 pm - we have a stellar cast that I'm sure you'll all enjoy: with Tony Quarrington,Brian Gladstone, Mr. Rick, Melanie Peterson,Suzanne Jarvie, Laura Fernandez, HOTCHA!...

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‘The Songs of Tony Quarrington’

‘The Songs of Tony Quarrington’

Purchase Tickets to the songs of Tony Quarrington live recording. Order early, as we expect these to be sold out! Be a Part of a New Tribute CD   Recorded Live off the Floor 15 Artists playing the music of Tony Quarrington Laura Fernandez - HOTCHA! - Stuart...

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Winterfolk XIV Friday Feb 12, 2016 Highlights

Winterfolk XIV Friday Feb 12, 2016 Highlights

The View from the Corner Stool - Highlights from Friday Night at the annual festival. Includes parformances by Joey Landreth, Murder Murder, Annabelle Chvostek, D' Arcy Wickham, Tia Brazda, and many others!

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What’s On This Week in Toronto

What’s On This Week in Toronto

Reprinted from the Toronto Sun, Feb 6, 2016 - Get your fill of blues, roots and folk music while wandering around on the Danforth near Broadview, Feb. 12-14. This is an all-ages musical festival with some 150 artists at five venues — and yes, it’s weatherproof....

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East York talents will be featured at Winterfolk Feb. 12-14

East York talents will be featured at Winterfolk Feb. 12-14

Reprinted from East York Chronicle by Gary17 - With over 100 artists appearing on five stages at four venues on Danforth Avenue, the Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival is set to hold its 14th annual edition in East York from February 12 through 14. Shows take place...

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Five acts to keep on your radar for Winterfolk XIV

Five acts to keep on your radar for Winterfolk XIV

Reprinted from the East York Examiner Feb 5 2016 - Toronto's Winterfolk returns on the weekend of February 12-14. The festival, not limited to folk music, also happens to fall on the Valentine's Day and Ontario's Family Day Weekend. There's lots to celebrate and a...

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Winterfolk 2016 – The Interview on Folk Roots Radio

Winterfolk 2016 – The Interview on Folk Roots Radio

The 14th Annnual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival takes place on The Danforth in Toronto from February 12-14 2016. Featuring some of the best blues and roots artists on the Canadian music scene, playing on five stages in four venues, it promises to be a fabulous...

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Trent Severn

Trent Severn

Trent Severn is an acclaimed Ontario folk trio who sing original, contemporary songs easily described as “Canadian history in harmony”   

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Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

Reprinted from Entertainment Beat Jan 12,2016 Acoustic Harvest presents a pre-Winterfolk showcase on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church. This sneak preview of the 14th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival will feature the finest in...

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Jason LaPrade

Jason LaPrade

Jason LaPrade may be more well known as an in demand Toronto sound engineer, but he is equally adept as a dobro/guitar player who's primary purpose is supporting and enhancing the artist's he performs with.     Owner/Sound Engineer at Crystal Clear...

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Lotus Wight

Lotus Wight

As a result of his astonishing performances Lotus is rumoured to be the illegitimate offspring of Buster Keaton and Elizabeth Cotton.     Pricipal banjoist for Sheesham, Lotus and 'Son.     Celebrated new cd -great reviews in...

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DRUMHAND

DRUMHAND

Fusing the energy of New Orleans parade bands with the circuitous rhythms of West Africa, Cuba, India and Brazil, Toronto's DRUMHAND is becoming increasingly known for their innovative, dynamic performances and artistic accessibility for audiences of all...

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Brian Cober

Brian Cober

Brian and his Double Slide would be a pleasent gimmick were it not for his mastery and musicality. Two big things in Brian's developement were going bare right-handed (without picks) and his trusty metronome.      "Austin Wired" released in 2014....

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Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 16, 2016

Winterfolk Preview Show Jan 16, 2016

Brian Gladstone, HOTCHA!, David Storey, and more! Winterfolk Showcase at Acoustic Harvest January 16, 2016, 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm  St Nicholas Anglican Church Robinson Hall 1512 Kingston Rd., Toronto (one block east of Warden Ave.) Toronto, Ont M1N 1R7 Canada Map St...

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Old Man Luedecke

Old Man Luedecke

Old Man Luedecke is the recording name of two-time Juno Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and banjo player Chris Luedecke of Chester, Nova Scotia. His 2008 album, Proof of Love, won a 2009 JUNO Award for Traditional Folk Album of the Year. In 2011, Luedecke won...

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Pete Otis

Pete Otis

Pete Otis is a multi faceted singer songwriter who has been in the music industry for over 40 years.     New CD release in April 2016 – "Mountains to Climb."     Producer of "Honouring Our Own " concert...

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Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

Known largely for his slide guitar playing, McKenna began playing professionally in the early 1960s in Yorkville where he formed the group Luke & The Apostles.  He has since gone on to international fame. Toronto-born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who has...

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Ben Sures

Ben Sures

Ben Sures is a masterful guitar player and songwriter, if you like Paul Simon and Richard Thompson you will probably like him too!     Ben Sures is the bravest songwriter in Canada - James Keelaghan.     “No wonder the...

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Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone is a world class finger-style guitar player, a dynamic performer, and a prolific song writer not restrained by conventional boundaries.     PSYCHEDELIC PHOLK PSONGS was rated as FIVE STARS by the International Country Music...

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SongTown

SongTown

Produced 4 compilation CD's with over 40 artists and working on the 5th in 2016.     Produced numerous artist showcase concerts and working on a 10th anniversary concert in 2016.     Since 2006 SongTown has supported artists...

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Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone is a Toronto based singer/songwriter, who has released 4 CDs of original material, and returns to Winterfolk after 2 year recovery from a spinal cord injury.     Returning to performing at Winterfolk after 2 years, recovering from...

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Joey Landreth

Joey Landreth

Winnipeg artist Joey Landreth is best known as the lead singer and guitarist with JUNO Award winners, The Bros. Landreth.     JUNO Award winner with his band The Bros. Landreth.     Has been featured in Rolling Stone, Billboard,...

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Evaristo

Evaristo

Evaristo's career has taken him from performing solo guitar in underground clubs in Havana to traveling the world as a lead singer of Havana’s world famous Tropicana show. Now in Toronto, he is a singer/songwriter whose songs mix Cuban folk rhythms with rock and urban...

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Murder Murder

Murder Murder

Murder Murder is a Bloodgrass band (Bluegrass + Outlaw Country + Exclusively Murder Ballads) hailing from the frozen forests of the Ontario Northland. Their tales of death are filled with life by the kick of the suitcase, saw of the fiddle, and roll of the...

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Jane Lewis

Jane Lewis

Canadian singer-songwriter Jane Lewis will showcase her piano-based folk-pop-roots style of music at Winterfolk this year, supported by Toronto dobro player Jason LaPrade. Finalist for the 2015 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award. 2015 Independent Music Award for Best...

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Grit Laskin

Grit Laskin

William 'Grit' Laskin has been building guitars since 1971, recorded on Stan Rogers label Fogarty's Cove, co-founded Borealis Records, co-founded the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Member of the Order of Canada. Winner of the Saidye Bronfman Award of Excellence. Winner...

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Lynn Mantle

Lynn Mantle

Toronto based singer, songwriter, musician, activist and mother, Lynn Mantle is just returning to music full time as a solo artist, blending genres of blues, folk, R&B and jazz with thoughtful lyrics to create a sound all her own. Winner of Finish Joe Hill's last...

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Katherine Wheatley

Katherine Wheatley

Acoustic roots, catchy melodies, arresting vocals, great guitar playing, smart and moving lyrics that get you and that you get – these things are written over and over again about Katherine Wheatley. Her song "Hallelujah" won a Golden Quill award and was selected,...

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Rosalee Peppard

Rosalee Peppard

Up for a great story? Effervescent raconteur Rosalee Peppard, with soaring vocals above her guitar and dulcimer, is delighted to regale her internationally acclaimed Canadian women’s musical oral history and more, at Winterfolk’s Acoustic Harvest Showcase. Rosalee was...

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CD Release at Winterfolk – Coming Home by David Storey

CD Release at Winterfolk – Coming Home by David Storey

If you had walked into any of Toronto’s music clubs or coffee houses 25 years ago – places like the Horseshoe, Sneaky Dee’s, Free Times Cafe or Lee’s Palace – chances are you may have seen David Storey on the stage. Back then, music was his life. And it was a good...

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Winterfolk Lineup – Check Out the Talent at This Year’s Festival

Winterfolk Lineup – Check Out the Talent at This Year’s Festival

Abigail Lapell – Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian – Barbara Lynch – Ben Sures – Bill Heffernan – Brampton Folk Club – Brian Blain – Clela Errington – Collette Savard and the Savants – D’Arcy Wickham & Son – Dan McVeigh
– Danny Marks – David McLachlan – David Storey – Diana Braithwaite & Chris Whiteley – Donné Roberts – Faith Nolan – Gathering Sparks – Glen Hornblast – Heather Luckhart – Howard Gladstone – Isaak Bonk – Jack de Keyzer

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Tony Quarrington

Tony Quarrington

Veteran guitarist of all styles TONY QUARRINGTON has lately emerged as a songwriter with his own very individual style. Won Juno as producer Willie P. Bennett's HEARTSTRINGS 1998. Commemorated in HONORING OUR OWN concert at Winterfolk XII 2014. Working on album of...

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Turbo Street Funk

Turbo Street Funk

With an infectious combination of Top 40 hits and top notch originals, Turbo Street Funk get people moving and grooving. Discovered on the streets of Toronto by jazz legend Richard Underhill. From professional busking band to festival favourite. Released debut album...

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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. Featured performer at Free Times Cafe 35th Anniversary 2015.      Nashville Bound - a monthly songwriter series at Free...

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The O’Pears

The O’Pears

The O’Pears are a female folk trio based in Toronto. With their homegrown musicality, sibling-like blend, and lyrical sensibility, The O’Pears, with their signature jaw-dropping harmonies, hold listeners captive. They are excited to release their new album "Like Those...

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