WHO: Sonny Ochs, The Whiteleys, Brent Titcomb, Liam Titcomb, Maria Dunn, Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Al Lerman, Fraser/Daley, Wendell Ferguson, Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils, Jeffery Straker, Jon Brooks, Julian Fauth, Jory Nash, Laura Fernandez, Mr. Rick, Noah Zacharin, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone, Gary Kendall, David Essig, Rev. Max Woolaver, HOTCHA!, Grainne, The Wanted, Crabtree & Mills, Rick Taylor, David Celia, David Newland,  Dan Livingstone & the Griffintown Jug Addicts, Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party and many more!    

WHAT: Winterfolk XI Blues and Roots Festival

WHERE: The Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street West,  Toronto, ON / 416-595-1975

WHEN: February 14-17, 2013 (the 14th is the launch party from 6-9 pm at MonarchsPub

TICKETS: Free! (Some ticketed events in the “Listening Room”)


TORONTO – THURSDAY, JANUARY 24, 2013 – The Winterfolk XI Blues & Roots Festival is proud to announce the stellar lineup for the upcoming ELEVENTH ANNUAL WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL which will take place from February 14-17, 2013 at the Delta Chelsea, Toronto's Entertainment Hotel. A variety of music styles will fill four stages – Monarchs Pub, the Market Garden Stage, the Mount Batten Room and the favourite “Listening Room” – all within the hotel.  Featured artists include Sonny Ochs (sister of ‘60s legend Phil Ochs), The Whiteleys (Ken, Chris, Ben, Dan & Jesse) who will perform in this configuration for the very first time, Brent Titcomb, Liam Titcomb, Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Al Lerman, Fraser/Daley, Wendell Ferguson, QuiQue Escamila, Julian Taylor, new rising stars Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils, Gary Kendall, David Essig plus founder Brian Gladstone. and more! For more information and complete schedule please visit

Winterfolk, now celebrates 11 years and will once again feature many of Canada’s top blues/roots and folk artists. For the first time ever, we have brought together all the male players from the infamous Whiteley clan! Ken, Ben, Chris, Dan & Jesse Whiteley will all perform as the Fabulous Whiteleys, on the Friday night. We have a fantastic lineup of singer-songwriters joining Sonny Ochs, the sister of the late, legendary musician/activist Phil Ochs. Singer/storyteller Jory Nash, mesmerizing singer-songwriter Noah Zacharin, Jon Brooks, Eve Goldberg, guitar genius Tony Quarrington and more, will pay tribute to Ochs. Rising star Maria Dunn will be on hand with her sweet and salty originals and Latin star QuiQue Escamila will bring a little spice to the fest. Danny Marks and Jack DeKeyzer return to  continue captivating the Winterfolk audiences, along with fellow bluesmen Gary Kendall (Downchild), Al Lerman (Fathead), the legendary David Essig, and award-winning Rick Taylor.

Many of this year’s lineup have played the festival in previous years such as roots music pioneers Crabtree & Mills; wailing guitar guru Wendell Ferguson (who will reprise the “Trio of Fun” with Tony Quarrington & Paul Mills); “colour blind” Brian Blain, known for his successful campfire jam sessions at various festivals; powerhouse roots/pop songstress Grainne; John Jackson of Kensington Market and Perth County Conspiracy fame; dynamic and award-winning vintage hillbilly swing duo HOTCHA!; feel good folk duo Sue & Dwight; preacher to the choir, the Reverend Max Woolaver Band; poet laureate of Parkdale Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party; and “Emmylou Harris meets unplugged vintage rock ‘n roll” band The Wanted.

Winterfolk prides itself on helping to boost the careers of newcomers and this year is no exception. Audiences will be stunned by the extreme talent and high energy of emerging bands like, Irene Torres & the Sugar Devils, sizzling fiddle & mandolin duo Rye & Fairy Tales, Old timey duo The Blackwood Two and singer songwriter Jeffery Straker.

ARTIST LINEUP : (For complete bios & websites please visit )

Aaron Garner

Al Lerman

Allison Brown

Ambre Mclean

Andy Griffith

Andy White

Brent Titcomb

Brian Blain

Brian Gladstone

Carol Teal & David Joyce

Crabtree & Mills

Cris Cuddy Acoustic Unit

Dan Livingstone & The Griffintown Jug Addicts

Danny Marks

D'Arcy Wickham

David Bradstreet

David Celia

David Essig

David Newland

David Woodhead

Erwin Schack

Eve Goldberg

Fraser Daley

Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party

Gary Kendell

Glenn Marais

Glen Hornblast



Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils

Jack de Keyzer

Jeffery Straker

John Jackson

Jon Brooks

Jory Nash

Josh Elkes

Julian Fauth

Julian Taylor

Karen Morand and BOSCO

Kate Todd

Kim Doolittle

Laura Fernandez

Liam Titcomb

Maneli Jamal

Manitoba Hal

Margaret Stowe

Maria Dunn

Michael Jerome Browne

Mike Dankert

Mr. Rick

Noah Zacharin

Norm Lucien

Peter Verity

Poor Tom

QuiQue Escamila

Reverend Max Woolaver

Rick Taylor

Russel Leon Band

Rye & Fairy Tales

Sarah Beatty

Sebastian Agnello

Shawn Brush


Sonny Ochs

Sue and Dwight

The Blackwood Two

The Fires of

The Schotts

The Wanted

The Whiteleys (Ken, Chris, Ben, Dan & Jesse)

Tia McGraff

Tony Quarrington

Tony Springer

Wendell Ferguson

Whoa Nellie


PLUS Community Stages: Benefit for ArtsCan Circle, Songwriters Unite, Best of the Freetimes Cafe, Best of Brian Gladstone’s Open Stage, Best of Whistle Radio’s Nite Out, Pete Otis & Songtown Presents, Moonshine Café Presents, SPEAK Music Presents, Seneca College Independent Music Program, Honouring Our Own and more!


**Please stay tuned for more updates and info on the various stages and workshops being held during the festival.



Toronto’s Winterfolk X festival will present a fun, jam-packed, free, all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof urban blues and roots festival. The new venue proved to be a huge success last year and will continue to present all kinds of fresh opportunities. The Delta’s management and staff are thoroughly supportive and excited about the recent collaboration. The hotel’s involvement in Toronto’s music scene is ever-growing and they have regular music events scheduled every night of the week in Monarchs Pub, so many in the music community are already familiar with the great vibe happening there.


Winterfolk gratefully acknowledges the generous support of The Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, The Ontario Trillium Foundation, The SOCAN Foundation, The Toronto Arts Council, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, The Delta Chelsea Hotel, and media sponsor, Toronto Community News.


Winterfolk was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage the community about various folk music styles including roots, blues, folk and more. Founded by Festival Director Brian Gladstone, it is run as a division of The Association of Artists for a Better World, a registered non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario, Canada.



We’re always looking for good volunteers to help out. For eight hours of service over the Winterfolk weekend, volunteers receive access to all shows and artist hospitality lounge, including an invitation to a private party with the artists and more! For more info and to sign up, please visit





For more information, photos, mp3s, interviews, please contact:


Beverly Kreller





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