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

David Essig

David Essig

West-coast based David Essig is a guitarist's guitarist and a helluva songwriter to boot who has been performing and recording in Canada for 45 years. Award-winning Canadian roots musician.      Europeans call him one of Canada's best roots...

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Laura Fernandez

Laura Fernandez

International artist Laura Fernandez is a bilingual singer songwriter pianist and visual artist whose heartfelt songs encompass a variety of influences including jazz, Latin, pop, folk and rhythm and blues.      Steinway artist....

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Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor

JT is an artist born and raised in Toronto. He first appeared on the scene as a teenager performing at Open Jams across the GTA.     “All eclectic and all-encompassing; well-crafted songs, resulting in highly energetic and incredibly entertaining...

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Joanne Crabtree

Joanne Crabtree

Singer/songwriter Joanne Crabtree is delighted to be reuniting with her Winterfolk peeps and bringing what she refers to as her "baritone" vocals back home to The Danforth … let’s get this party started! 1960's Chatelaine Magazine dubs Joanne "Canada's Answer to Bob...

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Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

Seb has released nine solo albums and has performed on and/or produced over 200 other albums. He has gained critical acclaim and wide-spread recognition for his song-writing, musicianship, and ability to entertain an audience. Seb also produced, wrote, directed and...

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Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harmonica player, Singer/Songwriter, Harpin' Norm Lucien writes original tunes for himself and for others internationally. Canada, Nashville, Turkey, Russia, Lithuania his harmonica accompanies them all. Song 'How Much Love' picked up by The Institute of International...

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Urban Highlanders

Urban Highlanders

The all new, all acoustic URBAN HIGHLANDERS play an inspired combination of original instrumentals and songs on a dazzling array of instruments, including Highland Bagpipes, African drums & percussion, 6-string violin, saxophones, whistles, piccolo, acoustic...

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Toronto Songwriting School

Toronto Songwriting School

Hosted by Murray Foster, Toronto Songwriting School presents a preview of our quarterly Muse or Monster Songwriter Showcase.     The showcase will feature artists Tory Cassis, Michelle Rumball, Matt Bentley, Ambur Bosi, Dan Bellchambers, and Blake...

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Kristine Schmitt with the Lonesome Ace Stringband

Kristine Schmitt with the Lonesome Ace Stringband

Kristine Schmitt's smart, gritty original songs plus the old-time fire of Lonesome Ace Stringband. Watch out, this means trouble! Kristine Schmitt and the Lonesome Ace Stringband will be releasing a new album of originals in Spring 2016. Lonesome Ace Stringband was...

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Nicole ‘Songbird’ Coward

Nicole ‘Songbird’ Coward

Songs that are simple but expressive, performances that are soft but powerful, Nicole Coward's music will leave you feeling inspired, moved and uplifted. Nicole Coward's latest album "Strong Enough For Love" was added to playlists in over 100 radio stations across...

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Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight’s music is honest and insightful with themes of peace, courage, and social justice. Rich harmonies are front and centre in their musical arrangements, supported by laid-back guitars and accordion.      Sue and Dwight have two CDs of...

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Murray Foster

Murray Foster

Best known as a songwriter and musician from the bands MOXY FRUVOUS and GREAT BIG SEA, Murray Foster has over twenty years of experience in the creative arts – bass player, writer, music producer, director, screenwriter, and film scorer. Best known for his role in the...

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Fraser & Girard

Fraser & Girard

"The best folk duo mix since Ian and Sylvia" Bob Mersereau, CBC arts critic. Fraser & Girard possess a special magic. Lyrics that matter, rustic Americana-Roots inspired melodies, rich with sound and scuffed with traditional tone, this is a delight. Allan Fraser's...

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Dan McVeigh

Dan McVeigh

Brampton artist Dan McVeigh is a one-of-a-kind keyboard player with a successful career as a country songwriter as well as a classic rock performer. 8 time Song contest winner with Billboard, NSAI.      2001 Arts Acclaim Award from City of...

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The Moonshine Cafe

The Moonshine Cafe

Hour 1. The Moonshine Stage this year will be Showcasing 13-17yr old up and coming local performers selected from our KidZ Are Alright Open Stage.      We will be showcasing individual's and groups chosen from our regular Open Stage & Jam...

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Mark the Dates! Winterfolk XIV – Feb 12,13,14, 2016

Mark the Dates! Winterfolk XIV – Feb 12,13,14, 2016

MARK THE DATES! WINTERFOLK XIV BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL  FEBRUARY 12-14, 2016 www.winterfolk.com WHO: Some of the best blues & roots artists on the Canadian music scene today WHAT: The Fourteenth Annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival WHERE: The Danforth:...

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Zeynep Ozbilen

Zeynep Ozbilen

Zeynep, a Turkish-Canadian songstress and composer, believes in the uniting power of music – connecting people across era and culture through rhythm, melody and interpretations. John Lennon Songwriting Award 2015 World Finalist. Over 500 performances in 4 continents....

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Isabel Fryszberg

Isabel Fryszberg

Isabel Fryszberg in the last year has won audiences, gained strong reviews and radio play from her debut album Hearts and Arrows. “Her tunes are like diner menus.” John Aspice, No Depression. She will be joined with the sublime Tony Quarrington at Winterfolk. Winner...

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Annie Sumi

Annie Sumi

Annie Sumi is a songwriter that gracefully captivates her listeners through the songs and stories of her life. 2015 April released Debut-Album "Reflections". Nominated for Songwriter of the Year 2015 TIMAs. 3 Successful Tours across Eastern Canada Summer 2015. Annie...

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Acoustic Harvest Presents

Acoustic Harvest Presents

Since 1997, the Acoustic Harvest Saturday Night Monthly Concert Series has showcased and nurtured the careers of many fine Canadian performers. The late, great, Rick Fielding had the vision to bring the finest in acoustic roots/folk music to Toronto's east end...

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D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

D'Arcy Wickham brings his exceptional songwriting and instrumental guitar talents to Winterfolk. 2007 Winner 'Songs from the heart' competition, for 'Feather Fingers'. Featured performer North by Northeast Music Festival 2008, 2010, 2012. 2009 Canadian Region finalist...

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Rick Taylor

Rick Taylor

London Ontario based finger style guitarist, singer songwriter and blues performer. Rick's dynamism on guitar in several genres has kept him busy as a sought after session player and Main Stage performer for well over 40 years. Jimmy Lewis Life Time Achievement of the...

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Peter Verity

Peter Verity

Peter Verity is a routes songwriter and performer who never fails to deliver a heart-felt performance laced with poignancy and humour. Winner of Best Folk Performer at the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) in 2005. 1st runner up in the folk category in The John...

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Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Danny Marks is a celebrated Canadian Musician and Media Host. Celebrated Musician Broadcaster. Host of BLUZ FM on JAZZ.FM91 and Cities in Blue on HIFI TV. Holder of Lifetime Achievement "Blues With a Feeling" award from Toronto Blues Society. A founding member of...

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Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

An inspirational presence on the Toronto singer-songwriter scene, Lynn Harrison captivates audiences of all ages with songs that are moving, powerful, life-affirming and just plain catchy. Also a Unitarian Universalist minister. Creator/host of "The Bridge" themed...

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Alana & Leigh Cline

Alana & Leigh Cline

Alana and Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create their own sound, while also including occasional Balkan tunes in their sets. Alana and Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic...

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Mean Mary

Mean Mary

Known internationally for lightning-fast fingers, haunting vocals, and intricate story songs, Mary travels the genres of folk-rock, bluegrass, and blues with banjo, fiddle, and guitar. New CD Release February 2016. New Novel Release February 2016. Iron Horse – IMA Vox...

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Annabelle Chvostek

Annabelle Chvostek

Annabelle Chvostek is a Juno-nominated singer songwriter, multi instrumentalist and once member of The Wailin' Jennys. She has just released her fifth studio album "Be the Media". New CD "Be the Media" released 2015. Juno nomination for the album "Rise", 2013....

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Sharron Katz

Sharron Katz

Soulful Singer/songwriter Sharron Katz will connect you to your heart with her deep passionate vocals and original music in alternate tunings. Sharron's CD Love's crime featured on CBC Radio. New CD released September 2015 Another Song About Love Featuring Myke Mazzei...

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Glenn Marais

Glenn Marais

Glenn Marais is a bluesy folk artist, with an intense and passionate performance style, creating original songs of hope, inspiration and true life. JUNO NOMINEE BEST SONGWRITING CATEGORY-"EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE LIKE YOU". Architect of the Say My Name Canada Kindness...

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Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson is a hilarious songwriter, a great MC/Host, a stand up comic and can also play the guitar… a bit. 10 time CCMA award winner! 6 for Guitarist of the year. CFMA Winner for Instrumental Album of the Year "Menage A Moi". Inducted into the Canadian Country...

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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. Rick has just finished his 3rd CD "Songs about God and Booze" available at CD Baby. Now Magazine, 4 stars. Singer, guitarist, and...

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Moo’d Swing

Moo’d Swing

Moo'd Swing plays 1930s classic & obscure jazz tunes totally twisted into a roots style and piles of great 3 part vocal harmonies. Third cd just released titled Singin' In the Bathtub. Celebrating our 20th year together. Moo'd Swing plays vintage music (early 20th...

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Whiskey Epiphany

Whiskey Epiphany

Whiskey Epiphany is a high energy, Celtic acoustic rock band based out of Oakville, Ontario and are excited to be making their return to the Winterfolk stage! Opened for the Barra MacNeils this year at Carrousel by the River Festival in Windsor, 2015. Released first...

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Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

"stunning guitar player": Holger Peterson, Stony Plains Records, CBC; "like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar…world-wise songwriting": Minor 7th; "wonderful songwriter and performer and a stunning...

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David Storey

David Storey

David Storey is Comin’ Home. Back on stage since 2011, he has enthralled fans with his simple but powerful and literate Folk-Rock ballads describing characters, situations and emotions that are delivered with wit and honesty. Twenty-five years of award-winning...

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Onion Honey

Onion Honey

Onion Honey plays a heartwarming, foot stomping mix of traditional and original folk music with classic instruments like banjo, Mandolin, guitar, washboard and more! Onion Honey has played a number of festivals across the country from Cambridge's Mill Race Festival to...

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Successful Winterfolk XIV Sneak Preview and Fundraiser!

Successful Winterfolk XIV Sneak Preview and Fundraiser!

Full House at the Winterfolk XIV Sneak Preview Showcase and Fundraiser Sunday, Nov 22nd @ The Freetimes Café. The Free Times Cafe audience enjoyed a sneak preview of what they can look forward to at the 14TH ANNUAL WINTERFOLK BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL in February 2016....

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Jory Nash

Jory Nash

Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, country and soul into an original stew of sound. 4 time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee. 8 CDs released. Producer/Artistic Director of THE WAY WE FEEL, a continuing multi...

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Clela Errington

Clela Errington

Clela’s voice is timeless and true, effortlessly reaching beyond technique and trends to wrap you in a warm soul embrace. Released new album More Love and Happiness in 2014. Produced by Juno award winner Alec Fraser Songs From the Heart – Best Instrumental –...

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Shawna Caspi

Shawna Caspi

Shawna Caspi is a guitar-picking, classically-trained folkie with a sweet-tooth for a good story, a sly lyrical wit, and a rich, powerful voice. Toured across Canada, including performances on VIA Rail trains Two songs from latest album received awards in 2015 Songs...

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Tia Brazda

Tia Brazda

  Tia Brazda’s sassy songs and pin-up girl style have made a startling impression on the music scene in Canada and beyond, performing from Montreal to Amsterdam with a sound that pays homage to the golden era while adding a modern twist. New album 'Bandshell' and...

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About Winterfolk

About Winterfolk

About Winterfolk Toronto's Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth, Feb. 12-14, 2016. It's an  all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you'll find the best of urban, blues, rock,  jazz, country, folk and roots music , emulating a...

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Working Within the Toronto Roots Music Community and More

Working Within the Toronto Roots Music Community and More

Winterfolk Works with Toronto Area Roots Music Community Partners Winterfolk works with various organizations and presenters within the Toronto music community, offering them stages at the festival. We aim to help increase their public visibility, attract larger...

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