FEB 14 – 16, 2014


WHO: Ron Hynes, Jason Fowler, Mean Mary, Lynn Miles, Tony Quarrington, Rick Taylor, Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Marianne Girard, Brent Titcomb, Ginger St. James, Laura Fernandez, Mr. Rick, Noah Zacharin, Tony Quarrington, Julian Taylor, Brian Gladstone, HOTCHA!, Grainne, Random Order, Swamperella, Maneli Jamal, Sue & Dwight, Glen Hornblast and many more!

WHAT: Winterfolk XII Blues and Roots Festival

WHERE: Five stages:

Black Swan Tavern (two stages), 154 Danforth Ave. / (416) 469-0537

Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Ave. / (416) 778-1804

Terri O’s, 185 Danforth Ave. / (416) 462-0038

Globe Bistro (Upstairs Lounge), 124 Danforth Ave. / (416) 466-2000

WHEN: February 14-16, 2014

TICKETS: A combination of paid and free stages.

For ticket info visit



TORONTO – Monday, January 13, 2014 – The Winterfolk XII Blues & Roots Festival is proud to announce a stellar lineup for the 12th annual edition of the festival taking place February 14-16, 2014. A variety of music styles will fill five stages in various venues at Broadview and Danforth in Toronto, where the festival will present four paid events plus many free concerts, community stages and workshops. Featured artists include: roots and blues luminaries Ron Hynes, Jason Fowler, Lynn Miles, Tony Quarrington, Rick Taylor, Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer, Marianne Girard, and all the way from Nashville, Mean Mary. Local rising stars Ginger St. James, Grainne, Random Order and Maneli Jamal will perform along with many other fresh and familiar faces. For more information please visit


Winterfolk celebrates 12 years and will once again feature many of Canada’s top blues, roots and folk artists. Festival organizers are especially excited about six-time East Coast Music Award winner, Genie Award winner and a past JUNO, CCMA and Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee Ron Hynes and finger-picking guitar ace Jason Fowler, who will join more than 100 artists set to entertain the thousands of expected festival-goers. Many artists this year are returning acts from previous years. This includes: award-winning folk sweetheart Lynn Myles; dirty ‘30s finger-picker Mr. Rick (of Mr. Rick and the Biscuits); blues aficionados Danny Marks, Jack de Keyzer and Rick Taylor; powerhouse roots/pop artist Grainne; JAZZ FM radio personality and songstress Laura Fernandez, dynamic Cajun group Swamperella; ‘60s-inspired folk duo Sue & Dwight; and folk favourite Marianne Girard, among others.


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 Nashville-based artist, Mean Mary, who is new-to-the-festival and will showcase her multi-instrumental brilliance on banjo, mandolin and fiddle. Other emerging artists include: naughty but nice country singer Ginger St. James; guitar genius Maneli Jamal; clever and quirky songbird Sarah Beatty; indie space-pop darling JoJo Worthington; the heartrendingly real Dinah Thorpe; singer/storyteller Shawna Caspi; all alongside raucous bands like Whiskey Epiphany, fourth-wave ska-influenced Random Order and Spanish/Gypsy/Asian rock ‘n’ roll group Urban Gypsy.


Added to this incredible lineup are some very special ticketed events such as community presenter Pete Otis’ Honouring Our Own series, which will pay tribute to one of the unsung heroes of the Canadian music scene, Tony Quarrington. Guest players include TV star, poet and folkie Don Francks and veteran keys/accordion dynamo Denis Keldie.



Honouring Our Own (Celebrating Tony Quarrington)

Love at Winterfolk (A special Valentine’s Day event)

Songwriters Stage and Master Songwriting Workshop

Winterfolk Roots and Blues (An evening beginning with roots music greats and ending with blues royalty)


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

Seb Agnello

Lorne Allan

Sarah Beatty

David Bradstreet

Don Campbell

Shawna Caspi

Jack de Keyzer Band

David DePoe

Laura Fernandez

Jason Fowler

Don Francks

Marianne Girard

Brian Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Andy Griffiths

Urban Gypsy

Joe Hall

Glen Hornblast



Ron Hynes

Maneli Jamal

Nicholas Jennings

Danny Marks

Cliff Kid Martin

Mean Mary

Mr. Rick

Lynn Miles

Tony Quarrington

Random Order

Judith Orban

Pete Otis

Pilot Light

Glen Reid

Chick Roberts

Beverlie Robertson

Mose Scarlett


Rick Speyer

Ginger St. James

Sue & Dwight


Julian Taylor

Rick Taylor

Dinah Thorpe

Brent Titcomb


Whiskey Epiphany

D’Arcy Wickham

JoJo Worthington

Noah Zacharin


PLUS Community Stages: Songwriters Unite, Pete Otis & Songtown Presents, The Moonshine Café Presents, SPEAK Music Presents, NSAI Toronto, Acoustic Harvest and more!


**Please stay tuned for more updates and info on the various stages, tribute concerts, awards ceremonies, community stages and workshops being held during the festival.

Program Schedule

Programming Notes

Winterfolk is a combination of paid and free stages. There are 102 free stages and four  paid stages


Community Music Presentation

Winterfolk opens its stages to music presenters to bring visibility and publicize their event.

Artist Workshops

Themed multi-artist presentations, conceived and presented by the artists involved


Open Stages

Winterfolk tries to find a spot for any artist who wants to play. Our open mic stage is free for all artists to bring their instruments and play some tunes. Sign up on arrival. We will do our best but cannot guarantee

Friday February 14, 2014

Black Swan Tavern 2nd Floor 154 Danforth Ave

Love at Winterfolk

Valentine’s Day Presentation

Tickets: $10 Advance, $12 Door

Doors open at 7 p.m.

8 p.m. HOTCHA!

9 p.m. Ginger St. James Band

10 p.m. Random Order

11 p.m. Swamperella

Friday February 14, 2014

Black Swan Tavern Main Floor 154 Danforth Ave

7 p.m. Sebastian Agnello

8 p.m. Stars of The Black Swan

Seb Agnello presents some of the great songwriters that have performed at this legendary venue. James Sloan, Steven David, Shawn Sage, Harpin’ Norm Lucien, Bruce Palait, Brian Jantzi, Pete Otis

10 p.m.           Where Have All the Folk Songs Gone

Sue and Dwight with Michelle Rumball and Tony Laviola – Audience participation1960’s sing-a-long tribute

Friday February 14, 2014

Terri O’s 185 Danforth Ave

7 p.m. Urban-Gypsy

8 p.m. Songs and Stories

Host Danny Marks is joined by Howard Gladstone and David Bradstreet to play their tunes and spin their tales.

9 p.m. Brian Gladstone

10 p.m. Grainne CD Release


Friday February 14, 2014

Dora Keogh’s 141 Danforth Ave

7 p.m. JoJo Worthington

8 p.m. Emerging Songwriters These three talented artists won their Winterfolk sets at an   audition. Give a hand to Sarah Beatty, Pilot Light, and Lorne Allen.

9 p.m. Whiskey Epiphany

10 p.m. Guitar Lightning

Maneli Jamal & Rick Taylor trade tunes at the speed of light.  At no time do their fingers leave their hands.

SATURday February 15, 2014

Black Swan Tavern 2nd Floor 154 Danforth Ave

1 p.m. NSAI Presents Nashville Songwriters Association of Canada

Opening set by Dan McVeigh

Hour 2: Paul Malysa, Chase Stevens, Krista Earle, Roger Beckett

Hour 3: Barb Doran, David McLachlan, Dan McVeigh, and Shaun Devlin

4 p.m. Rick Taylor

5 p.m. Dinah Thorpe

8 p.m. Winterfolk Roots and Blues

Tickets: $12.00 Advance $15.00 door

8 p.m. David Bradstreet

9 p.m. Lynn Miles

10 p.m. Ron Hynes

11 p.m. Jack de Keyser starts off with a rare acoustic set, then is joined by his electrifying blues band to close the night.


SATURday February 15, 2014

Black Swan Tavern Main Floor 154 Danforth Ave

1 p.m. Seneca College Independent Music Program Presents a showcase of their students Hosted by John Switzer

4 p.m. Speak Music Presents

Hosted by Beverly Kreller of Speak Music, with Howard Druckman as they showcase emerging artists Alexander Quail, Hana Bajric, Paul McInnis, JoJo Worthington, and Random Order

6 p.m. Best of Saturday Sessions at the Swan

Steve Raiken, Roger Zuraw, Mark Dennington, Sharon Katz, and more!

8 p.m. Maneli Jamal

9 p.m. Sue and Dwight

10 p.m. Julian Taylor Band


SATURday February 15, 2014

Globe Bistro Upstairs Lounge 124 Danforth Ave (The Listening Room)

1 p.m. Songwriters Showcase

Tickets: $10 Advance, $12 Door

1 – 2:30 p.m.  The Story Behind The Songs and Where They Came From

Hosted by Shawna Caspi with Brian Gladstone, Grainne, Glen Hornblast

2:30 – 4 p.m.  Master Songwriting Workshop

Lynn Miles, Brent Titcomb and Ron Hynes

Three of Canada’s top songwriters play tunes and reveal their songwriting    process and magic.

4 p.m. Acoustic Harvest Presents

Artists from their monthly concert series are featured

Host Lillian Wauthier presents Anne Walker, and others to be named

6 p.m. Pilot Light

7 p.m. Whiskey Epiphany

8 p.m. Shawna Caspi

9 p.m. Brian Gladstone

10 p.m. soozimusic

SATURday February 15, 2014

Terri O’s 185 Danforth Ave

1 p.m. Audience Participation Songwriting

Host Marianne Girard divides crowd into four groups, each with a mentor (Dinah Thorpe, JoJo Worthington, Julian Taylor) then writes and performs a song.

3 p.m. Songtown Presents

Host Pete Otis features artists who have recorded tracks on Songtown Albums. Pete Otis, John Romas, Trevor Jones, Steve Didunyk, Nicola Vaughan, Seb Agnello, Pat Little

5 p.m. Norm’s Living Room

Host Glen Hornblast re-enacts the late Norm Hacking’s sessions where roots artists came to gather and play their songs. With Mikel Miller, Kevin Bell, Brian Gladstone, Marianne Girard, Steve-Paul Simms, and John Jackson

7 p.m. Urban-Gypsy

10 p.m. The Smokin’ Guitars of Winterfolk

Flying Fingers Host D’Arcy Wickham with Jason Fowler, Brian Gladstone and Noah Zacharin demonstrate a variety of guitar techniques and styles.

SATURday February 15, 2014

Dora Keogh’s 141 Danforth Ave

1 p.m. Winterfolk Open Stage
Opening set by Host Nicola Vaughan

Artists are invited to bring their instruments and sign up to play a few tunes.

Sign up starts at 1:00 p.m.

4 p.m. Songwriters Unite

Host Russell Leon presents songwriters in the round.

7 p.m. Sebastian Agnello

8 p.m. Dinah Thorpe

10 p.m. HOTCHA! ‘s Americana Pie

With special guests Mr.Rick and Mean Mary. Chow down on a tasty slice of old time flavour accompanied by some skillet lickin’ pickin’. This Americana pie is sure to make your eyes light up and yer tummy say “Howdy!”


SUNday February 16, 2014

Black Swan Tavern 2nd Floor 154 Danforth Ave

1 p.m. Jack de Keyser Guitar Jamboree

Jack and the band are joined by six string guests Mike McKenna, Noah Zacharin, Jason Fowler, Danny Marks, D’Arcy Wickham, Mr. Rick, Tony Quarrington and more!

3 p.m. Winterfolk Open Stage
Hosted by Howard Druckman

Artists are invited to bring their instruments and sign up to play a few tunes.

Sign up starts at 3:00 p.m.

7 p.m. Honouring Our Own Celebrates Tony Quarrington

Tickets: $15.00

Jaymz Bee, Brent Titcomb, Joe Hall, Zoey Adams, Margaret Stowe, Soozi Schlanger, Noah Zacharin, Laura Fernandez, Don Francks, Brian Gladstone, Howard Gladstone, Fergus Marsh, Stuart Laughton, Denis Keldie and more


SUNday February 16, 2014

Black Swan Tavern Main Floor 154 Danforth Ave

2 p.m. Best of the Moonshine Cafe

A Winterfolk Award will be presented to John Marlett of the Moonshine Café in recognition to his contribution to the roots community. Then Best of the Moonshine Café Players take the stage

4 p.m. Spotlight on Emerging Talent
Host John Marlett presents youth talent Bob Ryder, Megan Boni, and Mira Miekle

5 p.m. Andy Griffiths

8 p.m. D’Arcy Wickham

9 p.m. Mean Mary – Unleashed!

10 p.m. Danny Marks



Globe Bistro Upstairs Lounge 124 Danforth Ave The Quiet Room


The Spirit of Yorkville

Voice of a Generation, featuring some of the iconic talents from the area’s halcyon days in the ‘60s and early ‘70s.

1 p.m. David Depoe, Beverly Robertson, Judith Orban, Klaas van Graft

2 p.m. Joanne Crabtree, Keith McKie, Cliff Kid Martin, Chick Roberts

3 p.m. Before the Goldrush

Author of ‘Before the Goldrush’ Nicholas Jennings, one of Canada’s foremost music journalists and historians will talk about the history of the local roots scene and show rare slides and images of Canada’s emerging roots scene in the ‘60s.

4 p.m. Where Have All the Folk Songs Gone

Hosts Sue and Dwight with Michelle Rumball and Tony Laviola – An audience participation, 1960’s sing-a-long tribute.

8 p.m. Howard Gladstone

9 p.m. Noah Zacharin

10 p.m. Jason Fowler



Terry O’s 185 Danforth Ave

1 p.m.  Remembering Rick Fielding

Ten years after his passing, friends and fans of the late Rick Fielding gather to remember the life of this great Canadian artist, through songs and stories.

1 p.m. Eve Goldberg, Joe Hall, Tony Quarrington, Chris Coole

2 p.m. Joanne Crabtree, Glen Reid, D’arcy Wickham, Rick Speye

3 p.m. Mose Scarlett, Glen Hornblast, Lynne Mantle

4 p.m. Slide Guitar and Other Cool Sounds

With Mike McKenna and Jason Fowler

5 p.m. Noah Zacharin

6 p.m. Dinah Thorpe

8 p.m. Mr. Rick

9 p.m. David Bradstreet

10 p.m. Marianne Girard


Dora Keogh’s 141 Danforth Ave

1 p.m. Winterfolk Open Stage
Opening set by Host Andy Griffith. Artists are invited to bring their instruments and sign up to play a few tunes. Sign up starts at 1:00 p.m.

4 p.m. Don Campbell

5 p.m. Lorne Allen

6 p.m. Glen Hornblast

7 p.m. Sarah Beatty

8 p.m. Glen Hornblast

9 p.m. Julian Taylor Solo

10 p.m. HOTCHA!



Winterfolk gratefully acknowledges the generous support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Toronto Arts Council, the SOCAN Foundation, FACTOR, Long & McQuade Musical Instruments, Metroland Media, and JAZZ FM.



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 volunteers to help out. For eight hours of service over the Winterfolk weekend, volunteers receive access to all shows, artist hospitality lounge and more! For more info and to sign up, please visit




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