Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor

Evolving creatively is a key goal for any artist, especially for songwriters. Being able to tap into the vein of shared experiences by way of a personalized point of view is a gift the best songwriters are able to build upon from song to song and album to album. Only...
Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

Acclaimed guitarist, singer, song writer, band leader and producer, Jack de Keyzer rarely sits still. For 46 years or roughly a couple million miles, de Keyzer has been hitting the road, air and studio to bring his brand of guitar driven blues around the globe. With 12 records, 1 DVD, 2 Junos and …

Ken Whiteley

Ken Whiteley

Ken Whiteley is one of Canada’s most respected “roots” musicians. Drawing on his incredibly rich background in blues, gospel and folk styles, this 7 time Juno award nominee is always a wonderful addition to any festival or concert series. He has played at virtually...
Donné Roberts

Donné Roberts

Donné Roberts is a 2 X Juno Award Winner! Donné Roberts is a guitarist, singer and songwriter from Toronto ON Canada. Donné Roberts is a passionate performer. When he hits the stage he carries with him an energy that immediately exhilarates the crowd even if...
Ariana Gillis

Ariana Gillis

Gillis displays a confidence and poise beyond her years.  Ariana Gillis is singer-songwriter who grew up in the heart of Niagara, Ontario. Her ability to tell intricate stories with her songs caught the attention of many heavy hitters in the music industry at a...
Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is the proud owner of a gorgeous voice, prodigious guitar and bass chops, and an engagingly candid performance style. Her career has seen triumph after triumph. Among her most recent...
Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Contemporary folk music with a few twists. Although Sue and Dwight were born too late to be part of the folk revival of the 1960’s their music embodies the spirit of that time. Both are songwriters whose work focuses on themes of peace, courage, and social justice. At...
Paige Rutledge

Paige Rutledge

Brand new single, Without Me, available now on all streaming platforms! Paige Rutledge is a young, energetic performer you don’t want to miss. Paige Rutledge is an up and coming Canadian Country artist to watch. Paige has been performing across Ontario for the...
Kate Mallen

Kate Mallen

2018 Taste of Country Riser Buffalo based singer songwriter and Taste of Country Riser. Kate Mallen is a singer songwriter from Buffalo, N.Y. and a member of NSAI’s Toronto. In 2018 she won Taste of Country’s ‘Riser’ competition and was featured on the Taste of...
Yan-Nick Michaud

Yan-Nick Michaud

Canadian barefoot multi-instrumentalist Yan-Nick Michaud spills his out to the stage with a strong sense of love, honesty a humility. With one bare foot rattling various homemade shakers and the other thumping upside the old, rickety, wooden Cajon upon which he sits,...
Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

Reprinted with Thanks from Live Music Ontario   Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on Brunswick Ave (Near Spadina and Bloor) in Toronto Feb. 21-24, 2020. It’s an  all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll...
Wristbands

Wristbands

Discount Valid to January 30, 2020 Advanced wristbands at $15.00! Avoid line ups in the cold. Order early to avoid disappointment – can sell out quickly! Avoid lineups at the door.  A wristband allows entry to over 90 Winterfolk performances to see more than 100...
Ken Whiteley

Ken Whiteley

7 Juno nominations for his own recordings in Blues, Roots, Traditional & Children’s categories 20+ Canadian Maple Blues Award nominations, Best Blues song for “Everybody has the Blues” (OCFF/FMO 2007) Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award (OCFF/FMO)...
FYI Music Digest

FYI Music Digest

Toronto’s annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival turns 18 in 2020, and has made a major change. Written by Kerry Doole, FYI Music Digest – Long based in a cluster of venues in the Danforth and Broadvew area, it is now moving to The Annex. Five stages...
Winterfolk Artists

Abigail Lapell

2017 Canadian Folk Music Award Winner for Contemporary Album of the Year; new album GETAWAY released 2019 Call it prairie noir, or Canadiana desert rock: Abigail Lapell sings haunting, gorgeous modern folk songs. The Toronto vocalist, guitarist and...
Collette Savard and the Savants

Collette Savard and the Savants

Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac go wandering through the backwoods playing songs you’ve never heard before With her palette of acoustic folk instruments, Collette whittles out of her imagination beautiful song gems. She brings them to you wrapped in the exciting...
Kevin Breit

Kevin Breit

Stony Plain Recording artist. Kevin Breit is a Canadian musician who has traveled the world making music. Kevin Breit has recorded with Norah Jones, Rosanne Cash, k.d. Lang, Hugh Laurie, Cassandra Wilson, Holly Cole, Jane Siberry, Serena Ryder, Taj Mahal, Irma Thomas...
Suzanne Jarvie

Suzanne Jarvie

New Sophomore CD In The Clear Released January 2019; Winner, 2019 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for All In Place Canadian Americana singer, songwriter and guitarist Suzanne Jarvie is about to embark on her second 2019 European tour supporting In The Clear and is...
Soozi Schlanger

Soozi Schlanger

Songs from the Heart Contest runner up You know her as Swamperella – Toronto’s Queen of Cajun…that little power house that can rock a room and can get anyone up dancing…anytime…anywhere! What happens to ‘Swamperella’ once the...
Sonic Peach Music

Sonic Peach Music

Sonic Peach Music is a Record Label focussing on great music in multiple genres, and released in high resolution audio format.   The founding SPM artists will perform in this showcase – Laura Fernandez, Q&A, and Howard Gladstone. Note to all musicians:...
Swamperella

Swamperella

Swamperella is not only Canada’s own Cajun/Zydeco band with 22 years under their shiny belts – Swamperella is an experience! What puts the swamp into Swamperella? Driving accordions – Gutsy fiddling- Sultry vocals and a Killer rhythm section that pumps out...
Brian Blain

Brian Blain

Slow-cooked, solid-groove story-telling blues from this year’s recipient of the Maple Blues “Blues Booster” lifetime achievement award Brian Blain, a mainstay of the Toronto blues scene since the early 90s and a well-respected “elder...
Ben Sures

Ben Sures

Past John Lennon and Isc songwriting contest winner, Irrelevant show cast member and touring artist. Super fun singer songwriter and storyteller.Great guitar player, fun to watch, memorable songs. Ben Sures is a Winnipeg folk festival raised singer songwriter known...
Donné Roberts

Donné Roberts

2 times Juno Award winner and 3 times Juno Award nominee. New release on Nov 2019 – Donné Roberts ONWARD Donné Roberts is a guitarist and a singer songwriter.  Donné Robert’s music makes winter feels like summer. African blues & jazz with joyful...
Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Steve’s CD was released in 2010 at Hugh’s Room and had extensive radio airplay across Canada. Steve Raiken has been playing guitar and singing for 50 years. As a student at the University of Buffalo in the late 1960s, Raiken immersed himself in the folk...
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 His unique style of electric slide guitar has even earned him...
Sue & Dwight

Sue & Dwight

Songwriters, singers, musicologists, authors, advocates, activists – Socially conscious Canadiana folk music with a few twists Born too late to be part of the 1960’s folk revival, Winnipeg born, Toronto based Sue and Dwight embody the musical spirit of that...
D’Arcy Wickham & Son

D’Arcy Wickham & Son

Winner -Songs from the heart 2008, Signal Hill CD release 2019 D’Arcy Wickham is a teacher and performer of multiple guitar genres and stringed instruments who delights with his musical prowess as shown on his new ‘Signal Hill’album In over 45 years...
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. A solo album by Rick is coming any minute now Rick’s 3rd CD “Songs about God and Booze” available at CD Baby. Now Magazine, 4...
Melanie Peterson

Melanie Peterson

New Single #1 from upcoming EP will be out in Jan/Feb/Mar 2020, Single #2, from album + full album Apr/May/Jun 2020! For over ten years, Melanie Peterson has been entertaining fans, near and far, with her cheerful, lively, original songs, and unique renditions of...
Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian Agnello

A 52 year veteran of the Canadian music scene. Seb is a scathing, hilarious, politically incorrect but always entertaining performer. Since his band, “The Lords Of London”, topped the Canadian Charts when he was just 14 years old, Seb Agnello has performed with the...
Gathering Sparks

Gathering Sparks

Winner, Folk Music Ontario 2019 “Songs From the Heart” Award, Singer-Songwriter; New CD “All That’s Real” Released Sept 2019 Uplifting folk-roots music with divine harmonies. You will come to listen, and walk away singing. GATHERING SPARKS is the...
Lynn Miles

Lynn Miles

Great Canadian Singer/songwriter with a Juno Award and 6 Canadian Folk Music awards Lynn is a Singer / songrwiter with 900 songs 14 albums and thousands of roads travelled.  Lynn Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With 14 solo albums...
Laura Fernandez

Laura Fernandez

Born in Madrid, Laura Fernandez is a versatile singer songwriter pianist whose music merges the genres of pop, jazz and Latin music. Laura Fernandez was born in Madrid, Spain and immigrated to Canada as a young girl after also having spent a good part of her childhood...
Sam Broverman

Sam Broverman

New CD Released November 2018 – A Jewish Boy’s Christmas Toronto based jazz singer, former chorister on CBC’s “Hymn Sing” Sam Broverman is a Winnipeg-born, Toronto based jazz singer and songwriter. He has performed in venues across...
Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin is an acknowledged guitar master and literate songwriter with 7 CD’s of original music and countless appearances on stage and CD, supporting many of the best in town and beyond. Noah Zacharin is an exciting performer—a singer / songwriter / guitarist...
Kyp Harness

Kyp Harness

Kyp Harness has released 15 albums of his songs. He has opened for Elvis Costello and has his songs covered by Ron Sexsmith and Mary Margaret O’Hara. Kyp Harness has released 15 albums of his songs and published two novels. Kyp Harness has been called a...
Saije

Saije

Folk Alliance Australia ‘Young Artist of the Year 2019/20’, New CD Released 2019 Saiji is a multi-instrumental folk duo whose soulful harmonies, dynamic guitar-lines and percussive breakdowns breathe life into heartfelt stories. Their song writing...
Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Star of stage screen and radio, award winning musician, broadcaster singer songwriter. Danny Mark’s roots go back to 1960’s Capitol records band, Edward Bear. Danny Marks is a Toronto Blues Society’s Blues with a Feeling Award winner for lifetime...
Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone unveils new songs on climate crisis, modern and ancient exiles, remembering Woodstock, and other urgent topics. Howard Gladstone asks: Are songs the front line in a world where beauty, truth and understanding are elusive? Howard Gladstone shares...
David McLachlan

David McLachlan

New CD Released August 2019 An artist who sings songs In The Heart Of Now.  David is a prolific performing songwriter with 7 albums released, and one coming next Aug 2020-he has recorded 5 albums in Nashville with stellar A-list players. David has received a warm...
Taylor Abrahamse

Taylor Abrahamse

Debut Album Produced With Eddie Kramer, Pre-Order Available Now. Taylor Abrahamse is a Toronto singer/songwriter. Co-founder of Silverthorn Studios, he has played across Ontario and wowed crowds with songs he wrote for his debut album, produced with the legendary...
Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson

Award winning guitarist, songwriter, instrumentalist, humorist and ‘all-round idiot’ joins the Winterfolk Cast! He’s won awards for his guitar playing, his films and his albums. And his shows are crazy, only one thing is guaranteed.. you’ll...
Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison returns with “Something More,” acclaimed new solo release. An inspiring artist with songs of uncommon beauty, integrity and spiritual insight, Lynn Harrison returns to Winterfolk following the release of her sixth recording “Something...
Bill Heffernan

Bill Heffernan

Latest CD Release 2016–The Horses Are Loose; Co-Founder Alive Poets Society (1987-2000 ) BILL HEFFERNAN is a Singer-Songwriter, Story Telling, Spoken Word Artist, MC, Auctioneer, and Social Activist Teacher. From the back-roads of Southern Ontario to the Pan...
Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Songs you’ve heard too many times, but not lately. 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,...
Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan

“Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” Silver Medal, Best Album, Global Music Awards ’17; “Sweetheart” Best Jazz Song American Songwriting Awards ’18 Award-winning   Award-winning jazz singer, songwriter and recording artist...
Clela Errington

Clela Errington

“Clela has it all and she showcases her talents effortlessly, beautiful, spiritual, and earthy.” Fatea Records UK Clela Errington has a voice that is timeless and true, effortlessly reaching beyond technique and trends to wrap you in a warm soul embrace. Clela’s...
Faith Nolan

Faith Nolan

Afro Scotian Music Award, Chalmers Award, Honored Dyke(Toronto Pride), Recipient, Ontario Federation Labour Cultural Activist Award Faith Nolan a Queer Afro Scotian singer-songwriter and self-taught musician,folk singer , banjo ,guitar bluesharp her career spans...
Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band

Winner Durham vocalist of the year 2011, CBC Song of the week Oct 2016, CBC sounds of the season 2016 JTB is a wickedly talented group of musicians delivering funk, soul and a blistering brand of rhythm and blues. Jerome Tucker Philadelphia area born, Co-wrote songs...
Vivienne Wilder

Vivienne Wilder

Vivienne Wilder is a Canadian singer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, and visual artist currently living in Toronto. Originally from sunny Saskatchewan, Wilder grew up in a musical family, the youngest daughter of an orchestra bassist father and torch-singer mother....
Dan McVeigh

Dan McVeigh

New CD release 2018 – Resolutions, 2001 Brampton Arts Acclaim Award, Multiple Song Contest Winner (NSAI, Billboard Magazine) Dynamic singer-songwriter with 3 CD releases featuring award winning songs for songwriting. Dan McVeigh is an award winning songwriter...
Barbara Lynch

Barbara Lynch

Will You Ever Care for Me, Last CD released in 2009 and gained attention of the Cowboy Junkies and a place with their label Latent Records.

New to Winterfolk
Barbara Lynch is a Toronto based singer songwriter. Her music has strong blues, old style jazz rhythms and boogie woogie piano influences.

Heather Luckhart

Heather Luckhart

Blues-infused music with a message Heather Luckhart brings her life experiences and endurance into every musical moment. Luckhart’s connection to the blues is one she has earned. Her passion for the music community connects her internationally, which is evident...
David Storey

David Storey

A SONG WRITER AS QUINTESSENTIALLY CANDIAN AS MAPLE SYRUP AND ICE STORMS BeatRoute magazine: “David Storey and the side Road Scholars effortlessly bring the boot stomping, sing along energy when the time is right, but also know how to settle into more pensive moments.”...
Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer, 2X Juno, 7X Maple Blues Winner, International blues guitarist, singer & song writer. Jack de Keyzer plays the blues world wide. One of Canada’s most awarded and in demand blues guitarists he has released 11 CD’s and 1 DVD. An exciting live...
Terry Jones

Terry Jones

Singer-songwriter, poet and performer, tempered by the 60s-a beatnic hippy radical imbued with lots of mirth apparently. (Image not available at time of posting) Singer-songwriter, poet and performer, tempered by the 60s-a beatnic hippy radical imbued with lots of...
The Layrite Boys

The Layrite Boys

The Layrite Boys, Self titled EP released, 2017. Stay tuned for the full length LP record! Toronto’s Old-time Country Duo. The new-old stock country sounds of The Layrite Boys hearken back to the Golden Age of country and bluegrass, but with feet firmly planted...
Isaak Bonk

Isaak Bonk

Isaak is the Subject of ‘Waiting in the Street’ – A documentary by Shane Pendergast  Isaak Bonk is a Toronto born musician, he plays a mixture of his his own compositions and pre-war/ folk revival era country blues and bluegrass. A TTC busker...
James Gordon

James Gordon

40th album “The Heritage Hall Sessions” released 2019. New one-man Show “James Gordon’s Emergency Climate” Musical touring now. Veteran Canadian Songworker and Poetician. James Gordon is a Canadian songwriter/playwright/musician/producer...
Meg Tennant

Meg Tennant

New CD Echoed Light released in Spring 2019 Folk roots songwriter Meg Tennant’s new CD Echoed Light offers up some hope, comfort and clarity.  Originally from Northern Ontario, songwriter Meg Tennant is currently based in Toronto after spending many years...
Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast is an award-winning Toronto songwriter, well-known to the Toronto folk community. 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...
VK Artist Promotion

VK Artist Promotion

Since 2013, VK Artist Promotion & Bookings has been working with talented artists across the GTA, supporting the live music scene in the city. VK offers live music entertainment, for any event or party, to help create an exciting and memorable experience. We are...
Seneca College Music Program

Seneca College Music Program

Seneca College’s music programs offer a unique educational opportunity to a select group of creative musicians. The intensive, hands-on curriculum, taught by some of Canada’s top music professionals, provides the students with the technical, musical and business...
Brampton Folk Club

Brampton Folk Club

The Brampton Folk Club is a nonprofit community group dedicated to promoting folk music in the Brampton area. We have been around for 22 years and have over 50 members from all over the GTA. We hold monthly song circles, present two concert series, hosts open mics and...
NSAI Toronto

NSAI Toronto

NSAI Toronto has been part of the local songwriting community since 1992. NSAI Toronto has supported songwriters through monthly seminars on the art of songwriting and music industry education. They also provide opportunities for their members to perform in showcases...
Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian

Alfie Smith & Nicole Christian

Award-winning slide guitar duo, 2018 IBC contestants, Hamilton-based songwriters and multi-instrumentalists Alfie Smith and Nicole Christian are old-style slide guitarists, multi-instrumentalists and a blues duo not to be missed. Featuring Alfie’s belting...
Ken Whiteley

Ken Whiteley

7 Juno nominations for his own recordings in Blues, Roots, Traditional & Children’s categories 20+ Canadian Maple Blues Award nominations, Best Blues song for “Everybody has the Blues” (OCFF/FMO 2007) Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award (OCFF/FMO)...
Gary Kendall Band

Gary Kendall Band

The 9th Annual Maple Blues Awards, Bassist Of The Year, Phoenix Concert Theatre, Toronto Everyone knows Gary Kendall as oft-elected Maple Blues’ Bassist of the Year, blues man about town and keeper of the bottom end for Downchild. But Gary’s alter ego is...
Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

No One Travels Alone (Borealis/2018), is first example in popular music of an album written and recorded in circular, ‘corona’ form. 4 x Nominee ‘Songwriter of the Year’ (2007/2009/2012/2014) @ The Canadian Folk Music Awards Jon Brooks writes...
Alfie Smith

Alfie Smith

Representing Western new York Blues Society in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge Guitar Blues Slide singer songwriter “Hamilton is blessed with a wealth of great blues guitarists. None is better than Alfie Smith when it comes to the acoustic...
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 who in has played...
For King & Country

For King & Country

Songs about Canadians in the First World War, by Tony Quarrington For King and Country will feature Toronto musician-composer Tony Quarrington’s new CD about Canadians and their contributions during the First World War. The roots-music songs will be performed by...
Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

2 X Juno Award Winner 7 X Maple Blues Award Winner Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today.   Jack de...
Alana and Leigh Cline

Alana and Leigh Cline

Alana & Leigh Cline are a Toronto based Celtic fiddle/guitar instrumental duo who combine Irish, Cape Breton and Scottish styles to create their own sound. Irish, Scottish and Cape Breton Traditional Fiddle & Guitar Duo “I am listening to your CD and...
Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Danny Marks is a genre bending stage performer who can blend music and humor seamlessly, with style and authenticity. star of stage screen and radio holder of the Maple Blues Award for Lifetime Achievement Celebrated Musician and Broadcaster Danny Marks began to play...
Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

One of the Toronto music scene’s enduring treasures, Lynn Harrison writes songs that speak to the heart and inspire audiences of all ages Also an ordained Unitarian minister Releasing her sixth recording in 2019 Host of “The Bridge” inspirational open stage A gifted...
Roger Clown

Roger Clown

Roger Clown has been performing for five decades successfully, in a variety of group and solo offerings, live and electronically, for audiences of all sizes, social standing, ages, genders, and abilities. happily. Roger Clown has been performing for five decades...
Chloe Watkinson

Chloe Watkinson

With a solid music education and a rich performance history (including at Preservation Hall and leading a brass band in New Orleans, and playing regional clubs and festivals in Canada and the US) Chloe launched her solo career in 2018, performing at Toronto venues...
Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone is an analogue techno-hippie trapped in a digital world.  Gladstone’s five albums have all gained worldwide acclaim and global airplay. Brian Gladstone is the founder and active festival director for Winterfolk, an annual blues and roots...
Alessia Cohle

Alessia Cohle

With several tours across the country, being a part of the CCMA house band, and receiving numerous awards, Alessia Cohle’s love for all styles of music has helped her define and create her own unique sound, joining the next wave of artists who continue to...
STAV

STAV

Winner, Folk Alliance Australia ‘Young Artist of the Year’ 2018 Debut Canada national tour February 2019 including official showcase at FAI ‘The Horizon Line’ CD released 2016, 2 singles released in 2018 The 2018 Folk Alliance Australia...
Q & A

Q & A

Their  first two gigs were in a bookstore and a barbershop. Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams They wrote 50 songs in our first year of co-composing. With a combined hundred years of professional work, they are poised to be an overnight success He was a veteran...
Lynda Kraar

Lynda Kraar

Original songs and songs inspired from the soundtrack of my life. Performer, Musicians on Call (NYC) Award-winning author of short stories and poetry Fronts the Palisades All-Star Revue: An American Music Experience Lynda Marks Kraar got her professional start in the...
Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Songwriters, singers, musicologists, authors, advocates, activists Socially conscious contemporary folk music with a few twists Creators of Canada’s only tribute to the 60’s folk revival, ‘Where Have All the Folk Songs Gone’ Born too late to be part of the...
Tony Quarrington

Tony Quarrington

Juno Award Winning Producer for  Willie P. Bennett’s HEARTSTRINGS (1998) Latest album is FOR KING AND COUNTRY, new songs about Canada in WW1. One of the most appreciated tributes to my work was Winterfolk’s album SONGS OF TONY QUARRINGTON I’ve...
Sammy Duke

Sammy Duke

New CD “Terminus” Released July 2018 Three time JUNO-nominated percussionist One-man-band and folk fusion songwriter – performing on eight instruments simultaneously! You would never be able to mistake one-man-band Sammy Duke for anyone else once he...
Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken is appreciated by audiences as a very talented singer/songwriter and acoustic guitarist Steve Raiken has been playing guitar and singing for 50 years. As a student at the University of Buffalo in the late 1960s, Raiken immersed himself in the folk...
Simone Morris

Simone Morris

New original jazz album “Settling Up” released November 2018 hit #1 on iTunes Canada Jazz Chart in its first week Toronto jazz vocalist SIMONE MORRIS exudes a rare blend of soulfulness and subtlety – a natural storyteller who artfully lures audiences...
The Barrel Boys

The Barrel Boys

New Album, Cold Spring, Released 2017 A 5-piece bluegrass powerhouse featuring rich vocal harmonies, killer picking, and a fun-loving, down-to-earth stage presence, The Barrel Boys are a unique staple of the Toronto music scene. Established in 2012, The Barrel Boys...
Doris Folkens

Doris Folkens

Winner, Songs from the Heart Contest 2017 Debut Album Released 2018 Doris Folkens is developing a reputation in Canada’s music scene as a storyteller, reviving tales of past generations with old-time inspired folk and nostalgia. Doris Folkens turns stories into...
Ken Yoshioka

Ken Yoshioka

2nd solo CD released in 2012 Featured in independent documentary film “Harmonica Man From Japan”2006 Ken Yoshioka sings blues, plays guitar and harmonica with soul. Ken Yoshioka is a Toronto based blues singer/songwriter, harmonica/guitar player,...
Ori Dagan

Ori Dagan

Critically Acclaimed New Album: “Nathaniel: A Tribute to Nat King Cole” Winner, “Best Album” Silver Medal at the Global Music Awards Award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist Ori Dagan is taking jazz to new and exciting places. His rich baritone voice and...
James Gordon

James Gordon

About to release his 40th album “Heritage Sessions” Composer of “Frobisher Bay” which has become a Canadian classic with over 100 covers worldwide Co-founder of legendary folk trio Tamarack, Guelph-based James Gordon has gone on to a thriving...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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’...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.    ...
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...
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...
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...
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).    ...
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....
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...
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...
Danny Marks

Danny Marks

A founding member of Edward Bear in the 1960’s, Danny spent many years in Toronto Clubs, from Alberts Hall to the Cadillac Lounge. He apprenticed at CBC radio with Arthur Black and Shelagh Rogers before landing his own program on JAZZ.FM.    ...
Santerias

Santerias

Toronto Urban Latin ensemble fires up funk fusion.     Santerias was just voted by people’s choice “Play The Parks 2017 Band of the Season”!     Santerias’ newest single release “Mundo Desigual” (Unequal World)...
Jessica Wedden

Jessica Wedden

Nominated for Young Performer of the Year at the 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards Opened for Ashley MacIsaac and Joined Him for a Couple Tunes for the 2017 Festival of Small Halls Ontario Advanced to the Semi-Final Round at the 2017 Canadian National...
Musically Yours

Musically Yours

We provide a platform for new artists to be heard on TV & on our website.     We provide free recording opportunities.     Our magazine showcases awesome Canadian independent talent.     We are proud to...
Laura Bird

Laura Bird

Known for her warm stage presence, finely honed guitar work, and distinctive, sultry voice, Guelph songstress Laura Bird draws musical influence from a mosaic of early folk roots, contemporary bluegrass and old jazz standards.     Winner Wellington...
Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band

We are a funky R&B soul band with a blistering groove.     CD released 2016 “Still on Fire”.     song of the week CBC Here and Now 99.1FM.     CBC Sounds of the Season Host band...
Jory Nash

Jory Nash

Winner, Songs From the Heart Contest 2000.     4 time CFMA nominee.     Winner, Penguin Eggs Album of the Year, 2010.     Jory Nash is a singer songwriter who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues and soul...
Sean Peever

Sean Peever

A roots music powerhouse who stirs a heady mixture of folk-rock-soul-RnB-Celtic-country-bluegrass-rocksteady.     CD release, The Eyes of Sarah Miles, 2015.     Played at the Eaglewood Folk Festival, 2007, and The Stewart Park...
Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child of Bob Dylan and Duke Ellington.     Folksinger humdinger!     Songs you’ve heard too many times, but not lately.     Wayne Neon is the illegitimate love child...
David McLachlan

David McLachlan

David sings with heartfelt conviction songs that reflect life and it’s lessons.     New cd released Sept 2017 called “out of love”.     No 4″ Bless This House”- European Country Music chart- March...
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...
Acoustic Harvest

Acoustic Harvest

Acoustic Harvest was started in 1997 by the late, great, multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, radio host, Rick Fielding.     AH features award winning local, regional, national and international acoustic roots artists.    ...
NSAI Toronto

NSAI Toronto

NSAI Toronto is celebrating it’s 25th anniversary as a songwriters chapter in 2018.     NSAI meetings are held at the Harris Institute once a month. New writers alway welcome.     NSAI puts on our 19th annual songwriters...
The Moonshine Cafe

The Moonshine Cafe

The Moonshine Cafe Stage at Winterfolk is a showcase of emerging talent chosen from our regular performers at the Open Mic’s and Jam’s in our venue.     The Moonshine Cafe is into it’s thirteenth year of presenting Live Music.. 7...
Q & A

Tony Quarrington and Zoey Adams

An institution at Winterfolk since Year One, singer/songwriter Tony Quarrington appears this year with his new duet partner Zoey Adams.     In our new incarnation as ‘Q. and A.’, singers and co-composers, we have already done concerts...
David Bradstreet

David Bradstreet

David Bradstreet: writer of hit, “Renaissance”; JUNO, “Best New Male Vocalist” 1977; extensive recording and touring for 45 years.     Gold and Platinum Albums.     JUNO Award Winner and...
Smokey Folk

Smokey Folk

Traditional bluegrass with a modern sound.     Toronto’s premiere bluegrass band.     Smokey folk has been playing around Toronto for over 10 years, delighting audiences with their distinctive bluegrass sound. Traditional and...
Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Socially conscious contemporary folk music with a few twists.     Songwriters, singers, musicologists, authors, advocates, activists.     3 CD releases including For A Moment (2016).     Creators of Canada’s...
Kim Doolittle

Kim Doolittle

Singer, Songwriter, Storyteller, Original Recording Artist, Humorist.     Into The Blue released April 2017!     Top 5 on Stingray Radio.     Programmed on CBC, Blues Radio Neetwork, Folk Routes and Stingray...
The Max Woolaver Band

The Max Woolaver Band

The Max Woolaver Band draws inspiration from the lyrical power and inspired musicianship of the deep well of North American roots tradition.     Factor New Talent; Pick of the Writer’s Nights, Bluebird Cafe, Nashville; Penguin Eggs – Highly...
Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes songs to calm those souls who’ve looked into and seen what is in their hearts; he also writes songs to terrify those who have not.     4 x nominee for English Songwriter of the Year at The Canadian Folk Music Awards...
Durham County Poets

Durham County Poets

The obvious joie de vivre expressed while performing together is reflected in the good-time feel that the band creates.     New CD Grimshaw Road 2017 riding high on Canadian Blues charts.     Durham County Poets’ groovy...
BluesReel

BluesReel

Songs & tunes, reeds & strings, rhythm & blues, jigs & reels, original & trad.     Debut CD “Riverfield” released in 2016, recorded in a 200-year-old log house in the Chateauguay Valley.    ...
Signe Miranda

Signe Miranda

Toronto-based lead singer/songwriter of Signe Miranda’s Veranda and author of #1 international best selling book, “The Song Creation Formula: 7 Easy Steps to Writing Your Song” recently released a new single, “It’s Been So Long (Spread...
Clan Hannigan

Clan Hannigan

Clan Hannigan is an Intergenerational family band that takes traditional Irish music and blends it with elements of Jazz, Pop, and other folk traditions, to create a unique high energy sonic soundscape.     Fab people and great to listen to. Great...
Bobby Dove

Bobby Dove

Bobby Dove is an alt-country singer-songwriter and troubadour from Montreal.     Bobby Dove’s Debut Album, Thunderchild, Released 2016.     Bobby Dove captured by aliens, forced to write best folksong of all time – or...
Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Harpin’ Norm Lucien

Versatile Harmonica player, singer-songwriter with radio play and songs covered by others!     Harpin’ Norm’s feature tonight exemplifies the Fat Albert mission/TorontoMoon.ca 160615We/Shows for Wed. June 15, 2016.     Feast...
Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

Andy writes and performs fun / interesting folk rock music for children/families and adults alike!     Andy Griffiths has released a new folk rock children’s album! ‘OUR CAT FLASH’. See www.kidzent.com for...
Alfie Smith

Alfie Smith

“Hamilton is blessed with a wealth of great blues guitarists. None is better than Alfie Smith when it comes to the acoustic slide and he’s got a voice to match.” ~Graham Rockingham The Spec.     Representing Western new york Blues...
Linda Saslove

Linda Saslove

Linda Saslove truly lives up to her name. She is the perfect blend of Sas with a whole lot of love. Often compared to Carole King and Joni Mitchell.     her Debut Album, “Everything”. Available at Winterfolk with official CD Release in...
Brian Jantzi & The Lost Mariachis

Brian Jantzi & The Lost Mariachis

Singer/songwriter & multi-instrumentalist Brian Jantzi digs deep into folk, rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, western, latin, psychedelic, & world traditions with original songs that lay a lonesome hippie vibe over lyrics that make you want to hear every...
Piper Hayes

Piper Hayes

Born in New York, raised in Toronto, and now residing in Hamilton since 2015, critically acclaimed folk singer, songwriter and social activist Piper Hayes is truly authentic.     Debut full-length album ‘Piper & Carson’ released...
Glen Hornblast

Glen Hornblast

Toronto singer-songwriter Glen Hornblast is a popular performer in many of Toronto’s folk and jazz clubs. In 2014, he released his first CD entitled, “Once In A Blue Moon.” The twelve-track CD received a lot of airplay on folk internet radio stations...
Laura Fernandez

Laura Fernandez

SingerSongwriter pianist, spanish born and multilingual performer Laura Fernandez.     Winner New York international independent Music Festival, multilingual singer songwriter, new Cd Imagination coming 2018.     Born in Mafrid....
Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes

Dirty Dishes is a kick-in-the-pants harmony-driven roots trio.     Fourth album to be released this spring.     Dirty Dishes is well known for their spirited music, tight three-part-harmonies, and entertaining live shows....
Rob Lutes

Rob Lutes

As skilled delivering a Piedmont blues classic as he is performing his own award-winning original songs, Rob Lutes’s masterful fingerstyle guitar work and soulful voice bring an unmistakable intensity to his live performances.     Double...
D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy has been an established name in the Toronto music scene as an outstanding songwriter and guitarist with strong name recognition.     Winner songs from the heart contest 2009 , new CD to be released in 2018, guitarist Ian Thomas band , former...
Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone, Toronto-based performing songwriter has released his 5th and strongest album. (Hourglass, 2017).     Howard’ Gladstone (vocal/guitar) Trio features Laura Fernandez (vocal, piano) and Tony Quarrington (vocal,...
David Essig

David Essig

David Essig has performed at every major folk/roots festival in Canada, during a career that has now spanned nearly 50 years.     Veteran Canadian Roots Artist Celebrates 46 years of Performing at Canadian Festivals.     David...
Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today.     2 X Juno Award Winner.    ...
Tia McGraff

Tia McGraff

Grammy nominated, Tia McGraff and Tommy Parham are an international touring Americana/Folk duo who have been compared to Johnny and June!     Grammy nominated, Hamilton Music Award Winner, international touring singer/songwriters, written and...
Julian Fauth

Julian Fauth

Julian Fauth is a singer, piano player and songwriter in the tradition of barrelhouse blues with a touch of insanity.     Juno Award Winner Best Blues Album 2009     Maple Blues Award winner – Best piano...
Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

One of the Toronto music scene’s enduring treasures, Lynn Harrison writes songs that speak to the heart and inspire audiences of all ages.     Creator and host of “The Bridge” themed open stage.     Winner, Songs...
Melanie Peterson

Melanie Peterson

Melanie Peterson is a Toronto based, Saskatoon born singer-songwriter and actress.     New EP released summer 2017.     Mary Poppins with a broken heart, BBC Radio.    ...
Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five years.     Brian Gladstone is a world class finger-style guitar player, a dynamic performer, and a prolific song writer not restrained by conventional...
Kat Goldman

Kat Goldman

One of Canada’s most loved songwriters.     Kat Goldman Releases her Fourth Album “The Workingman’s Blues”.     Kat Goldman’s songs have been covered by notable artists Dar Williams, and The Duhks,...
The Bridge

The Bridge

Unique shared stage on a theme, hosted by Lynn Harrison.     Celebrating the connection between creativity and spirituality.     Monthly event at the Imperial Pub, now in its third year.     The Bridge is an...
Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Born in Montreal, living in Toronto, Noah Zacharin has earned his place as a musical hero. Plays many styles comfortably and authentically. 7 solo CD’s. Also plays well with others–producing and performing on many other folks’...
Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Maggie & Mr. Rogers

Scott Rogers, vocalist Maggie Keogh and lap steel guitarist Donald Rooke (of the Henrys) conjure up dreamy renditions of folk and jazz tunes.     First time performers at Winterfolk.     New recording ‘M&Mr.R’...
Moscow Apartment

Moscow Apartment

Moscow Apartment is a young indie folk duo based in Toronto who are taking the Canadian Music Scene by storm.     Debut EP released September 2017.     Winner, Best Young Songwriter, Toronto Independent Music Awards,...
Mponda Kalunga

Mponda Kalunga

Mponda Kalunga is a sensational singer/songwriter with a mission to promote unity and courage.     Finalist for North Canada CBC Searchlight 2016     Finalist for Toronto in The Great Canadian Song Search    ...
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.     A solo album by Rick is coming any minute now     Rick’s 3rd CD “Songs about God...
Jessica Pearson & The East Wind

Jessica Pearson & The East Wind

Jessica Pearson and the East Wind’s music is a blend of maritime kitchen parties, breathtaking Harmonies and intimate traditional melodies.     Recently signed to Willow Sound Records.     Toured Ireland & released their...
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.     New album to be...
Peter Verity

Peter Verity

Peter Verity sings and plays his original brand of “Charged Folk” with matchless heart and conviction.     Winner “best folk” T.I.M.A. (Toronto Independent Music Awards) for album “Sometimes A...
The Max Woolaver Band

The Max Woolaver Band

Formed in Toronto, The Max Woolaver Band brings together outstanding players with not be missed great songs.     Bluebird Cafe, Nashville, Pick of Songwriters Night     FACTOR New Talent Award     NXNE,...
Meredith Moon

Meredith Moon

Folk music played from the heart, including originals as well as traditional Appalachian folk tunes played on banjo and guitar.     Five time Mariposa Folk Festival performer     Multi-instrumentalist    ...
Sharron Katz

Sharron Katz

Sharron Katz -singer/songwriter living in Stratford Ontario- with a unique folk/ Jazz vibe.     CD Release at Winterfolk! Love Notes     First CD produced by Juno nominee Robbie Patterson featured on CBC...

The Achromatics

A vibrant 9-pc band featuring a powerful female horn section, Motown-style vocals, a Latin-influenced rhythm section and a Top-40-calibre stage show.     Toronto Independent Music Award 2017 Nominees      Debut CD Give Me That...
NASHVILLE BOUND

NASHVILLE BOUND

Glen Hornblast is a well-known Toronto singer-songwriter who has run open mics and songwriter showcases for many years.      NASHVILLE BOUND has presented over 200 songwriters and given them opportunities to showcase their songs for a...
Winterfolk Hour on BLUZ FM

Winterfolk Hour on BLUZ FM

Don’t miss the Winterfolk hour on Bluz Fm on JAZZ.FM91 with Danny Marks which will air this Saturday Feb 11 from 10 to 11 PM. We will be talking about a variety of topics including local music scene, the role of music in society, and of course highlights of the...
Soul Maître Ds

Soul Maître Ds

We may not be your soul mates but we want to be your Soul Maître Ds.     The Soul Maître’D’s are Lawrie Ingles and Henry Lees… We want to star in your Freak Show!     When two seasoned singer/songwriters like Henry...
The McDales

The McDales

The McDales, Country songwriter Herb Dale and his partner Fran McCann have been performing in Toronto venues, and co-hosting open mics since 2009. Herb Dale hs been very active in the Toronto music scene for over 40 years, and many young artists refer to him fondly as...
All Day Breakfast Stringband

All Day Breakfast Stringband

The Montreal-based All Day Breakfast Stringband plays old time music from the southern and midwestern USA. Fiddle, guitar, double bass, banjo, and voices join forces to confirm that the old music is still exhilarating.     Traditional old time...
The Redhill Valleys

The Redhill Valleys

Folk Rock Trio from Hamilton, The Redhill Valleys are devoted songwriters, blending timeless harmonies and unforgettable melodies into a unique sound all their own.     Debut Album Released 2016.     The Redhill Valleys are an...
Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

Toronto artist Steve Raiken is a very skilled guitarist and talented singer/songwriter who has been performing and writing songs for nearly 50 years in Canada and the U.S.     New CD Released in 2010 at Hugh’s Room. Significant radio airplay...
Juneyt

Juneyt

Turkish Immigrant Juneyt is a Self-Thought Nuevo-Flamenco Guitarist from Waterloo, ON., Juneyt has built a large, dedicated following through his regular, electric performances throughout the World.     Multi-Award Winner and Nominated for Many...
Command Sisters

Command Sisters

We may have played the Shanghai Int Music Fest, won the John Lennon songwriting contest, had our song Earthquake played on the Today Show, had four Guitar World features and conversed with Prince William at a private event, but we still can’t whip and nae nae...
Tom Leighton

Tom Leighton

Multi instrumentalist Tom Leighton brings sophisticated colours and novel arrangements to his music that few musicians can match.     He plays piano, accordion, accordion bass, bouzouki, bodhran, whistles, jaw harps, mandolin and trombone—...
Onion Honey

Onion Honey

Onion Honey plays original and traditional old-time folk music that sounds like good home cooking with instruments in the kitchen.     Home cookin’ hillbilly folk darlings from Kitchener.     Onion Honey makes folk music,...
Lily Frost

Lily Frost

The style is a tasteful blend of old timey swing, 60s surf, spaghetti western and sultry torch fronted by Lily who draws on the aesthetics of Audrey Hepburn and Bettie Page.     Well known from song placements in TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy,...
Isaak Bonk

Isaak Bonk

Isaak Bonk is a young Toronto folk singer and poet, making his first appearance at WinterFolk.     Named in Brian Gladstone’s “top three discoveries of 2016.”     In the last year Isaak has become a frequent...

End of the Road

Take more decades of performing than the guys like to admit; add born in the bone raw talent to instrumental virtuosity, stunning harmonies, endless on-stage energy and thoughtful, thought provoking lyrics and you have arrived at the “End of the...
Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly

Mary is a singer, actor, writer, and teacher who comes from a long line of storytellers and believes no story is too big or too fantastic – especially if it’s told with grace and wit.     Mary Kelly     Mary was delighted when...
Missy Burgess

Missy Burgess

“You can hear the weight of experience Missy brings to her strong original material and to the interpretive voice she brings to standards and the gems from other writers she chooses to cover.” (Mike Regenstreif)!     The only Canadian to perform at...
Anne Walker

Anne Walker

Anne Walker is a singer-songwriter based in Toronto who writes moving and deeply honest songs and delivers them in a strong, expressive voice.     New CD released 2016 “Down the Horseshoe Valley Road.”     Anne...
Nashville Bound

Nashville Bound

Nashville Bound is a Nashville-style Songwriters Showcase created by Toronto singer-songwriter Glen Hornblast, who has run this Songwriter Series since 2014, and showcased over 200 Canadian songwriters. Inspired by Glen’s many trips to Nashville, and his...
Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna

Mike McKenna has enjoyed 50 years as one of Canada’s most respected guitarists.     Toronto born Mike McKenna is a blues guitar player who in has played with Luke & the Apostles, Downchild, MeKenna Mendelson Mainline, and...
Joe Hall

Joe Hall

Joe Hall led the unique canadian folk-rock ensemble THE CONTINENTAL DRIFT in the 1970s and continues to sing and songwrite thru the new millenium.     Has had a monthly residencey at the tranzac club since 2002.     Released an...
Louis Simão Duo

Louis Simão Duo

Toronto-based musician, Louis Simão has been composing, performing and recording as a multi-instrumentalist in a variety of genres for over twenty years.      New CD “A Luz” released on October 30th, 2016.    ...
Dr. Tom Hamilton

Dr. Tom Hamilton

Violinist/fiddler Dr. Tom is a perennial feature in festivals across Canada and abroad. He produces emerging Canadian singer/songwriters. He makes his home in Toronto.     Founder/curator/host of Toronto Urban Folk Art Salon, in partnership with...
Pat Temple and the Hi Lo Players

Pat Temple and the Hi Lo Players

Singer, songwriter Pat Temple brings his impressive, swinging body of work to “Winterfolk” with Canadian, folk legend Pineapple Frank on steel guitar, and the new talent of Kyler Tapscott on lead Guitar and Rob Foreman on standup...
Julian Taylor

Julian Taylor

“Beautiful songwriting that connects.” Pat Blythe, Cashbox Magazine.     CBC Radio 2 – Set Me Free #2 and Fever #9.     “In an era when music lovers seem to be required to like one thing, one style, one genre, we get...
Danny Marks

Danny Marks

Danny Marks, star of stage, screen and radio.     BLUES WITH A FEELING AWARD FOR LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT.     CASHBOX LEGACY AWARD.     NEW ALBUM in 2016, CITIES IN BLUE.     This iconic...
Trent Severn

Trent Severn

Trent Severn is an acclaimed Ontario folk trio who sing original, contemporary songs easily described as “Canadian history in harmony”     We want to honour a particular legacy left behind by the great songwriters of...
The Small Glories

The Small Glories

Folk powerhouse pair The Small Glories are Cara Luft & JD Edwards, a dynamic duo planted on the Canadian Prairies.     Two veteran singer/songwriters have teamed up and are building a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity and...
Johnson Crook

Johnson Crook

Noel Johnson, Jared Craig and brothers Nathan and Trevor Crook are Johnson Crook, a four-piece roots rock/country band based in Toronto, ON.     Full length self-titled debut album produced by Bill Bell (Jason Mraz, Tom Cochrane, Justin Nozuka,...
The Moonshine Cafe

The Moonshine Cafe

The Moonshine Cafe continues to evolve as one of the premier Music Venues in the country.     Our challenge is to keep abreast of changes on the music scene and to entice a broad demographic to our venue.     We run events that...
Margaret Stowe

Margaret Stowe

Margaret Stowe is an eclectic jazz-based electric and acoustic guitarist.     Guitarist Margaret Stowe has recorded and performed with a host of Canadian/International artists. “Stowe’s departure point is jazz, but her style ranges from...
Denielle Bassels

Denielle Bassels

Denielle is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Her original music and arrangements tell stories with whimsy and purpose, and draw inspiration from swing and jazz from 1920’s to 60’s.     Winner of Grand Prize in Jazz...
Brian Blain

Brian Blain

At 70, Brian Blain is a well-respected elder of the Canadian roots music community, mostly working behind the scenes writing, publishing and hosting his legendary blues campfire jams but still writing and recording songs with smart lyrics, unaffected vocals and a...
Turbo Street Funk

Turbo Street Funk

Turbo Street Funk is Toronto’s hottest New Orleans-inspired brass-rock quintet. With over 100 performances across Ontario, Quebec and New York State, Turbo Street Funk has gained a reputation for explosive live shows.     Earshot Top 10 Jazz...
The Bridge with Lynn Harrison

The Bridge with Lynn Harrison

Unique shared stage on a spiritual theme.     Hosted by Lynn Harrison, singer-songwriter and Unitarian minister.     Long-running monthly event in downtown Toronto.     The Bridge combines songs (and spoken...
Tragedy Ann

Tragedy Ann

When grit and groove meets softly swaying silk, the thrift-folk of Braden Phelan and Liv Cazzola comes to life.     Recipient, Taylor Mitchell Bursary, 2015.     Debut EP Released August 2016.     Western...
Stephanie Braganza

Stephanie Braganza

Stephanie Braganza is a Canadian powerhouse singer and an animal activist, who after receiving her degree in the performing arts with her co-writer, Kolin Stewart, has worked dilligently on creating music with a message and participates in animal activism, speaking...
SongTown Presents

SongTown Presents

Produced 4 compilation CD’s with over 40 artists and working on the 5th in 2017.     Produced numerous artist showcase concerts and working on a 10th anniversary concert in 2017.     Since 2006 SongTown has supported...
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...
Lynn Harrison

Lynn Harrison

An inspiring presence on the Toronto folk music scene for many years, Lynn Harrison’s music bridges the boundary between “secular” and “spiritual,” uniting diverse audiences and acting as a powerful force for social good.     Also an ordained...
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...
Soozi Schlanger

Soozi Schlanger

You know her as Swamperella – Toronto’s Queen of Cajun…that little power house that can rock a room and can get anyone up dancing … anytime … anywhere!     New CD solo works Released 2013.     Songs from the Heart Contest...
Sue & Dwight

Sue and Dwight

Sue and Dwight’s unique Canadiana sound embodies the musical spirit of the 1960’s folk revival featuring passionate vocals and warm harmonies to convey human stories of peace, courage, and social justice.     New CD Released 2016, For A...
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...
Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene today.     2 X Juno (Canada’s...
Kim Doolittle

Kim Doolittle

Singer, Songwriter, Story Teller, Musician, Troubador, Humorist, all around music gal.     Into The Blue, Produced by Ken Whiteley, dropping in Spring of 2017.     A sound much like Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda...
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...
Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone is a Toronto based singer/songwriter with 4 CD’s of original material.     Returning to music with renewed energy and purpose after a forced hiatus, Howard is working on a new release for 2017.     “Howard...
Freeman Dre

Freeman Dre

Singer-Songwriter Freeman Dre is one of Toronto’s best. Backed by a cult following and a killer band.     New Vinyl in 2017.     Winner, NOW Magazine, Best Songwriter, 2011.     Freeman Dre may be the...
Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon

Wayne Neon is a singer/songwriter, composer, arranger and bandleader, a multi-instrumentalist who sings lead and harmony and plays guitar, flute, saxophones, and hand percussion.     Folksinger Humdinger.     World’s...
Melanie Peterson

Melanie Peterson

Blessed with an ability to imbue her vocals with palpable emotion without going over the top, Melanie Peterson, a Saskatoon born, Toronto based, singer-songwriter and actress has quietly become a bright light on the Toronto folk music scene.    ...
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.     Brian Gladstone has been involved in the Canadian roots music scene for almost thirty-five...
D’Arcy Wickham

D’Arcy Wickham

Veteran Toronto fingerstyle dazzler D’Arcy Wickham returns to Winterfolk with a bevy of new material from his upcoming new CD.     Winner, Songs from the heart 2009.     New CD release, 2017.     As a...
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 CFMA nominee.     Songs From The Heart winner, 2000.    ...
Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin

Noah Zacharin is an acknowledged guitar master and literate songwriter with 7 CD’s of original music and countless appearances on stage and CD, supporting many of the best in town and beyond.     Noah Zacharin is an exciting performer—a...
Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths

ANDY is an energetic and passionate rootsy folk rock singer/songwriter who will have you tapping your toes and singing along with the chorus!     ‘Mind On Other Things’ was nominated for ‘Roots Recording of the Year’ at the...
Suzanne Jarvie

Suzanne Jarvie

Toronto singer songwriter Suzanne Jarvie sings with “lonely, lovely yearn”, has just completed her third European tour of her beautiful Americana debut record, Spiral Road and 2016 EP One Take Only. Suzanne is thrilled to be home playing 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...
Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker Band

Jerome Tucker is a bass player, singer, writer, and performer from the Philadelphia area, now currently performing with his own band, the Jerome Tucker Band, in the Toronto area.     CBC Sounds of the Season, House Band/Performer,...
Laura Fernandez

Laura Fernandez

Canada’s newest Steinway artist Laura Fernandez is a multifaceted artist- a multi lingual singer songwriter, pianist and composer who ‘s songs encompass the many aspects of life, inspiring and emotional lyrical content and storytelling are the hallmark of...
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...
Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson. The songs are slick, the jokes are sick but the fingers and wits are quick. He won’t leave a dry seat in the house.     Inducted as the artist inductee into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.    ...
Blair Packham

Blair Packham

Tuneful Toronto-based singer/songwriter Blair Packham used to be in an 80s pop band but he’s spent the intervening years playing countless shows sharpening his solo performing skills.     Blair Packham is one of Canada’s best unsung pop...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.    ...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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”...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
SongTown Presents

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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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 &...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 –...
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...
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...
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 ,...
Love at Winterfolk

Love at Winterfolk

Period costumes, good guitar times and triangle solos make for a fun Valentine’s Day – BY SARAH GREENE [Show slideshow] SWAMPERELLA, THE TRIO OF FUN, HOTCHA! and VIVIENNE WILDER BAND as part of WINTERFOLK XIII at Black Swan Tavern, Saturday, February 14....
Julian Taylor revels in versatility

Julian Taylor revels in versatility

Toronto musician plays R&B at the Horseshoe one night, partakes in folk festival the next. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Thu Feb 12 2015 Julian Taylor is used to shaking it up. For example, those headed to the Horseshoe on Saturday night will experience the...
WELCOME MEDIA

WELCOME MEDIA

WINTERFOLK XIII BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL www.winterfolk.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABetterWorldOrg Hashtag: #Winterfolk2015 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Winterfolk-A-Better-World/115302915190784 Facebook Event Page:...
Folks Happily Brave the Winter for Winterfolk

Julian Taylor Like Coming Home

Reprinted from Cashbox Magazine by Don Graham – Toronto’s  annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is a combination of paid and free concert stages on the Danforth, February 13 – 15, 2015. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll...
Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival

Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival

TICKETS: www.winterfolk.com/winterfolk-advance-ticket-sales/ Winterfolk’s 13th annual edition of the festival will host a variety of music styles, filling five stages in various venues at Broadview and Danforth in Toronto, where the festival will present four ticketed...
Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks

I do not wear hats; I cannot grow a beard; I haven’t worn plaid in years; I am sincere and never cool; and no looping pedal or ukelele sits safely within 50 feet of my show. 5 time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee (2007/2009/2012/2015); 4 x for Songwriter of...
Meg Tennant

Meg Tennant

Meg Tennant’s warm, bright blend of rootsy country and a capella songs will stir, challenge, uplift and comfort. Meg Tennant’s songs are “beguilingly beautiful” according to Steve Edge, artistic director of BC’s Rogue Folk Club, where Meg opened shows for the likes of...
Kelli Trottier

Kelli Trottier

Kelli Trottier is a triple threat with her angelic voice and crisp fiddling enhanced by her own songs and fiery step dance. Performed for Sir Sean Connery’s private 80th birthday celebration. Toured with sensation string Entourage “Bowfire” for nine...
Clela Errington & Jocelyn Barth

Clela Errington & Jocelyn Barth

Clela is a singer, instrumentalist and songwriter with a unique blend of folk and jazz influences that create the perfect vehicle for her intimate and dynamic vocal delivery. In 2014, Clela released her fourth indie album, More Love and Happiness, produced by Juno...
Laura Bird

Laura Bird

Orangeville songstress Laura Bird draws inspiration from colorful palettes of folk roots, bluegrass and jazz standards. Writing with the keen eye of the observer and painters’ eye for lush images, she delivers her beautifully crafted songs through finely honed guitar...
Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick

Roots and Blues Niagara-based musician Suzie Vinnick is a force of nature with a six-string guitar. 10x Canadian Maple Blues Winner. Canadian Folk Music Award for Contemporary Vocalist of the Year. 3x Juno Nominee. “She can belt out blues or croon a ballad with equal...
Cure Those Winter Blues

Cure Those Winter Blues

The Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival, by Jeremy Finkelstein Reprinted from Collections Magazine, Dec 19 2014 insert to Toronto Globe and Mail – As a socially conscious brand of popular folk music exploded in the 1960s, with icons like Bob Dylan and Joan Baez...

Winterfolk XIII Posting Brief Summary

WHAT: Winterfolk XIII Blues and Roots Festival WHERE:The Danforth: Black Swan Tavern (two stages), 154 Danforth Ave. 416-469-0537, http://www.torontopubs.com/pub/blackswan Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Ave. 416-778-1804, www.allens.to/dora/ Terri O’s, 185...
Love at Winterfolk

Winterfolk Roots and Blues

MUSIC MUSIC FEATURE Winterfolk XII By SARAH GREENE WINTERFOLK XII featuring JACK DE KEYZER, LYNN MILES, RON HYNES, TONY QUARRINGTON, SWAMPERELLA, DINAH THORPE and more, at various venues, Friday to Sunday (February 14-16). Free-$15. winterfolk.com. The Winterfolk...
Copy of Meeting Notes

Copy of Meeting Notes

Winterfolk Meeting Notes Feb 2, 2014 TO DO PERSON RESPONSIBLE Brian to contact John at Black Swan and ensure he is OK with Lindsey using 3rd floor room for counts, and storing cash in his safe. Brian Get $150 float for cash boxes – $10, $5, $2, $1 and bring to...
MC NOTES

MC NOTES

READ THE FOLLOWING at About 8 MINUTES BEFORE THE HOUR, BETWEEN ARTISTS DURING SET UP. WHEN THE ARTIST IS SET UP AND READY TO GO, THEN INTRODUCE THE ARTIST / AND READ THEIR BIO. MC SCRIPT Good afternoon/evening. Welcome to the 12th Annual Winterfolk Festival, where...

WF XII Artist Quick Bios

  Andy Griffiths is a passionate folkin’-rock singer/songwriter known for his fun energetic performances and catchy tunes.  He is thrilled to be part of the WINTERFOLK family again this year!   Anne Walker, singer-songwriter based in Toronto writes moving...
Lori Cullen

Lori Cullen

With 7 recordings under her name this unique singer has an honest and heartfelt connection to the songs she performs. Juno Nominated Folk and Jazz Singer/Songwriter. This juno nominated singer never relies on clichés, never adheres to trends, and never emphasizes...
Video Clips

Video Clips

Videos courtesy of Glen Hornblast            Download Video Clips (Dropbox) Julian Taylor 15 Seconds    Julian Taylor 30 Seconds      Mr. Rick 15 Seconds    Mr. Rick 30 Seconds Sample View Video Clips (files are HD high definiation, allow...
JoJo Worthington

JoJo Worthington

This pink headed chick is going to blow your brains to smithereens with her infectiously catchy tunes and whimsical loops! Winner of Best Folk and Best Song at Toronto Independent Music Awards New CD Released January 15th 2015 New Music Video release for...

TONY QUARRINGTON

Veteran musician Tony Quarrington has been a formidable and thriving presence on the Toronto music scene for more than 40 years. He first appeared at the Mariposa Folk Festival in 1966, and played at many renowned Yorkville nightclubs and coffee houses in the late...

The Spirit of Yorkville

The Spirit of Yorkville: The voice of a generation This stage will honour some of the legends of the Yorkville era of music in Toronto. Presented by The Spirit Of Yorkville, a loose coalition of former “Yorkville village” denizens and habitu鳬 the show will feature...
Where Have All the Folk Songs Gone?

Where Have All the Folk Songs Gone?

An audience sing-a-long hosted by Sue and Dwight The legendary folk revival of the ’60s happened 50 years ago, but the songs of hope and social justice that defined the era still resonate today. Sue and Dwight, Michelle Rumball, and Tony Laviola bring their...
The Spirit of Yorkville

The Spirit of Yorkville

The Voice of a Generation Honouring some of the legends of the Yorkville era of music in Toronto. Presented by The Spirit Of Yorkville, a loose coalition of former “village” denizens and habituées, the show will feature some of the iconic talents from the area’s...
Short Code for Artist Listings

Short Code for Artist Listings

f Headlines [/tabtext] About More Video [/tabcontainer] Content goes here Content goes here Content goes here Content goes here [/tabs] f f f Consummate live performer AARON GARNER had his musical career begin nearly 20 years ago, and his travels have led him to all...
Jack de Keyzer

Jack de Keyzer

  Jack de Keyzer is a 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) and 7X Maple Blues award winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer and one of the finest blues guitarists on the scene  today. 2 X Juno (Canada’s Grammy) 7X Maple...
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Early-Bird Tickets Now On Sale

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE EARLY-BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW! WINTERFOLK XII BLUES & ROOTS FESTIVAL FEBRUARY 14-16, 2014 SPECIAL PRICING UNTIL CHRISTMAS! VENUES ANNOUNCED www.winterfolk.com TORONTO – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2013 – Tickets are on sale now for the 12th...
Song Town Presents

Song Town Presents

SongTown is a multi-faceted music company involved in the discovery and promotion of artists, event co-ordination, CD production and music publishing Produced 4 songwriter compilation CD’s with #5 slated for the fall 2014 Produced 2 SongTown Music...
Interview Request

Interview Request

Speak Music Beverly Kreller 416-258-5683 bev@speak-music.com Interview Requested With * Select Artist Name From ListAcoustic Harvest PresentsAlana & Leigh ClineAnnabelle ChvostekAnnie SumiBen SuresBrampton Folk ClubBrian GladstoneClela ErringtonDan McVeighDanny...
WFXIV Artists will be posted in Dec 2015

WF Sneak Preview Shows

TICKETS ON SALE NOW!! Winterfolk XII Sneak Preview Showcases – Nov 30TH @ The Moonshine Café, Oakville  / Dec 7TH @ The Freetimes Café, Toronto   WHO: FEATURING: Rick Taylor, Soozi Schlanger, Ginger St. James, Tony Quarrington, Mr. Rick, HOTCHA!, Brian Gladstone, Noah...

About Winterfolk

About Winterfolk Winterfolk is an all-ages, urban blues and roots festival held annually in February and is situated in downtown Toronto. This winter festival emulates multi-stage rural summer festivals and has more than 150 artists performing on 5 stages for 3 days....
The Organization

The Organization

Winterfolk Festival Winterfolk XII is returning to the Danforth & Broadview Area. All stages are indoors, under one roof, featuring quiet listening rooms. Mission Winterfolk was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage our community about...
The Songs of Phil Ochs

The Songs of Phil Ochs

The Songs Of Phil Ochs to be resurrected at Winterfolk XI Ochs’ sister and a panoply of fine artists pays tribute to the late master In his “When I’m Gone” song the late Phil Ochs stated that “you won’t find me singin’ on this song” nor “singing louder than the guns”...
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WF XIII Volunteer Master List

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