I hope you are all having a great week, my blog generally comes out on a Thursday, but I am a bit busy from today onwards so I am publishing early.
It's a packed full week in the USA and up here in my part of Canada as it's Folk Alliance International week in Missouri, USA and also it's Toronto's Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival so I thought this week I'd leave a couple of links to those events and I also wanted to highlight some new releases and a brand new show which has been commissioned for Blues and Roots Radio from Australia that might have slipped ' Under The Radar '
With over 200 official showcases and 3000 unofficial showcases Folk Alliance International is the biggest event of it's kind in the world.
Here is a short video put together by FAI to give an overview.
Owners of Blues & Roots Radio Anne Connor, Neil Mitchell ( Australia ) and myself will be in attendance in 2019 in Montreal, Canada, it's been a couple of years since we have made the trip to the event. We are looking forward to that.
Instead of making the trip to Folk Alliance which has been held in Kansas City for the last couple of February's, we have instead stayed closer to home and been in attendance at the Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival which takes place from February 15th - 18th in Toronto.
It's always a fun weekend in a very cool part of the city, The weather outside can be cool as well at this time of the year, so wrap up well, one of the great things about this festival is that all the venues are indoors, it's a great line up again this year and well worth purchasing a weekend wristband to allow you to move from venue to venue along The Danforth.
Look out for Dirty Dishes who are a kick-in-the-pants harmony-driven roots trio. Fourth album to be released this spring.
Dirty Dishes are well known for their spirited music, tight three-part-harmonies, and entertaining live shows. Alongside strong poetic writing that celebrates a saucy female spirit, and often backed by their rhythm section “The Plate Rails” (Jay Boehmer and Henry Heillig), the Dishes have spent over ten years breaking hearts and soothing souls at theatres, fairs, festivals and events throughout Canada.
Ken Whiteley is a highly acclaimed Canadian folk, blues and gospel veteran, multi-instrumentalist, powerful vocalist and versatile songwriter.
His new CD, “Freedom Blues” was released in 2016 ( Ken’s 30th recording as an artist ).
His popular Sunday afternoon Gospel series at Hugh’s Room is currently in it’s 16th year.
His achievements are as follows : - Winner of Canadian Folk Music Award, Genie Award, Song From the Heart, Estelle Klein Lifetime Acheivement, as well as 7 Juno nom.inations and 16 Maple Blues awards nominations.
Kim Doolittle has released her 9th studio album, “ Into The Blue ”, produced and co-written by Ken Whiteley, it is the sum of 43 years. It comes straight from the heart and the songs reflect a deep desire to move forward in her musical life authentically, with an eye on looking back at where it all began.
There is enough there to whet your asppetite for a fantastic weekend of Blues & Roots music in Toronto, so hopefully we will see you there.
Here is a complete list of performers.
NEW SHOW TO BLUES & ROOTS RADIO
Big Island with Dave Walker is a show exclusively produced by Dave for Blues & Roots Radio. The very talented Dave Walker, founder of Green South Records will present a Roots, Folk and Celtic show each week playing predominantly Australian artists or artists who are resident on the ' Big Island '
Dave is a musician, songwriter and recording engineer from the Mornington Peninsula. He has played in the Celtic and Folk scene around Melbourne since 1996 and been lucky enough to play at most of the major festivals, he has done a fair amount of touring and recording over the years.
Dave has worked in the industry professionally since 1996, prior to that working as a journalist for six years. He has played in a variety of bands and styles over the years. He plays lead guitar in Melbourne hard rock band Destroy She Said, plays guitar, mandolin and shares vocals in Celtic country band Shanakee and performs and records with a variety of artists live and in the studio including the David Ricciuti Band, MWO and Walker Street.
Green South Records is the home for Celtic and Folk music in Australia. They are a collective of artists who have come together to support, promote and grow their music. Along with new releases, they are committed to reissuing previously undigitised Folk and Celtic records as part of their commitment to preserving the rich history of these songs in Australia.
We will be announcing airing times very soon. We are honoured to be able to present this show bringing the music to a wider audience around the world.
He will be bringing some amazing talent from the land down under to our ears, past and present.
The Whirling Furphies were at the vanguard of the contemporary folk scene in the early nineties, bringing their unique blend of whirling instruments to a thriving, creative scene.
Their hooky pop-style songs coupled with the band’s brilliant musicianship and captivating live shows won them a legion of fans.
Their lyrics reflected the urban experience of Melbourne, and along with Paul Kelly and Mick Thomas, they helped establish a new and very contemporary Australian folk song style.
Perhaps their best-known song, My Brown Yarra, is claimed by many as their ‘Melbourne Anthem’ and is sung around campfires, at festivals and funerals, in bars by expats all over the world.
The Whirling Furphies released two seminal albums, Lizard Tree and Head Over Heels, along with the EPs Whirled Music and Don’t Stop.
For more information on the label visit their website
And lastly, a couple of new releases to look out for
Friends From A Distance have released ' Rhythm Is Your Gold ' , they are based out of Halton Hills ( Georgetown ) in Ontario, Canada. 15 fabulous tracks are what you get with this release, that's a whole lot of indie rock, psychedelic folk, blues and roots music on one album, Check it out.
READ FULL REVIEW
Songswarm Vol 1 is a brand new release on Puffbunny Records out of Texas, USA, and the brainchild of performing and recording veteran Taylor Pie.
Comprising six songwriters with two tracks each on the release. The album was recorded in a live setting at various venues, Taylor Pie ( Susan Taylor ) gathered some top class songwriters to perform on the project, Taylor has done a magnificent job of producing the recording in what must have been challenging environments, she has pulled it all together maintaining top quality mixes throughout. presenting music from Texan troubadours Michael O’Connor, Jeff Plankenhorn, George Ensle, Greg Whitfield, Jack Saunders and Taylor Pie herself contributes two tracks.
READ FULL REVIEW
There we go, hopefully you will find something that takes your fancy and helps you discover some great new music and artists.
Until next week.
Hello from me to you !
I guess the big news this week is that i have a new name for my show ! ... and then there are the JUNO nominations announced on Tuesday for the JUNO Awards on March 25th in Vancouver.
Seriously though, I have a new name for my show which I'll tell you about further into this weeks blog, I will be featuring on my playlist some of the artists that have been nominated for a JUNO in the Traditional Roots Album Of The Year Category and
The Contemporary Roots Album Of The Year Category, so that's where we will start.
I think there were some outstanding albums that did not make the nomination list, Dave Gunning & JP Cormier for one in the Traditional Roots Award list, but there are ten judges in each category, it's a hard task to pick a short list.
A big congratulations to all of the nominees in each category, it will certainly be a hard job to pick one album from the 5 here. An even bigger congratulations to all the artists who submitted an album, everyone is a winner and it has been an outstanding year past for releases.
The fact that each list is so strong demonstrates what great shape we are in for the future with many young artists making the cut.
The Blues category was also strong, but I also have to say there were some releases worthy of making the cut that were not on the list, and no female artist made this years final selection, I found that strange, but again, 10 judges and a hard task.
Congratulations to all.
Former JUNO winner, Hamilton's Steve Strongman released a fantastic album as did strong contenders Monkeyjunk from Ottawa.
A full list of the nominees can be found >>> HERE
Under The Radar Radio Show
I have a new name for my show ..... formerly Wee Dan's Hoose radio show now called
' Under The Radar '
The format remains the same, the name change is to more accurately represent the type of music played on the show. We play independent artists that are not mainstream and are under the radar of most people, we intend to continue supporting those artists in many genres by giving them a voice through the show.
We have been airing the show now for almost 6 years and what started out as a Celtic music show has morphed into a showcase for many genres that come under the Blues & Roots umbrella, from Americana, Folk, Blues, Roots, Alt Country, Celtic and everything in between.
We hope you continue to join us for the show on www.BluesandRootsRadio.com
Show airing times and days remain the same.
Sunday 9am EST, 2pm GMT
Thursday 10pm EST
Friday 3am GMT, 2pm AET
I will be featuring some of the JUNO nominees in the Tradional and Contemporary Roots Album category list along with some new releases from around the world this week.
The East Pointers - Party Wave
Buffy Sainte-Marie - It's My Way
Davy Lees - The Ballad Of St Anne's Reel ( With Freereelin' )
Mick Hanly - Patrick's Hill
Luke Plumb Music - Finger On The Trigger
Dave Gunning & J.P. Cormier - Lowlands
Còig - Down The Road
Cassie and Maggie - Seileach
Jayme Stone - That's All Right
The Dead South - Smoochin' In The Ditch
The Fugitives - Northern Lights
Jessica Pearson and the East Wind - Heave Away
Dione Taylor - Leave Me Alone
The East Pointers
February 14th is Valentines day, and of course being the romantic kinda guy that I am I have bought tickets to go and see the East Pointers at The Great Hall in Toronto ! ....
I know, what a guy eh ?!
Well ... I did check that it would be okay first, I might be daft, but I'm no' stupid... and it turns out my wife Anne is over the moon, we saw the band in Australia at The Port Fairy Festival when we were down under in Victoria and it will be an amazing thing to see them perform in Canada.
They have been featured as our album of the week for their current release only a couple of weeks ago, they are previous JUNO winners in the Traditional / Roots category.
Tickets for the performance can be purchased >>> HERE
Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival - Toronto, February 16 - 18
The Winterfolk Festival is almost upon us for anothe year being held at various venues on the Danforth area of Toronto.
• Black Swan Tavern (two stages), 154 Danforth Ave.
• Dora Keogh Irish Pub, 141 Danforth Ave
• Terri O’s, 185 Danforth Ave
• The Globe Bistro, upstairs 124 Danforth Ave
February 16-19, 2018
• Friday, February 17, 7:00 pm – 1:00 am
• Saturday, February 18, 1:00 pm – 1:00 am
• Sunday, February 19, 1:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Taking place in Toronto February 16-18, 2018, is set to present the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music, and will feature returning favourite artists as well as fresh new talent. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event that emulates a multi-stage rural summer festival. More than 100 artists will be performing at four venues and five stages over three days of the long Family Day weekend. For more information on the festival, schedule and for updates, please visit
Winterfolk XVI featured performers include Borealis Records artists MOSE SCARLETT, who’s been on the Canadian music scene for more than 40 years, fiddler ANNE LEDERMAN, highly acclaimed Canadian folk, blues and gospel singer and multi-instrumentalist KEN WHITELEY, and award-winning singer-songwriter JON BROOKS.
Toronto Blues Society teams up with Winterfolk this year for a special showcase featuring soulful belter KIM DOOLITTLE, master of the blues guitar DAVID ESSIG, JUNO award-winning harmonica player AL LERMAN and barrelhouse blues piano man JULIAN FAUTH.Others in the blues contingent include; 2016 CBC Sounds of the Season standout JEROME TUCKER BAND; BLUZ FM personality DANNY MARKS; and two-time JUNO and seven-time Maple Blues Award-winning artist JACK DE KEYZER.
Latin funk, soul bands THE ACHROMATICS – complete with a dynamic, all-female horn section, bring the groove – and SANTERIAS keep the Latin funk fire burning. MPONDA KALUNGA – finalist for North Canada CBC Searchlight 2016 and is also a two-time boxing champion – will bring his sweet voice and outstanding songs to the fest. Festival Director and finger-style guitar picker BRIAN GLADSTONE will also take the stage with long-time musical partner and guitar whiz TONY QUARRINGTON.
Thanks to FACTOR the fest brings English-speaking Quebec artists for a special event called Anglo-Folkies. Artists featured are (from Montreal), alt-country singer-songwriter and troubadour, BOBBY DOVE; and BLUESREEL, a harmonica-guitar duo inspired by the folk tradition from both sides of the Atlantic; plus the good-time, Canadian blues-charting band DURHAM COUNTY POETS.
Emerging and new-to-the-festival artists include: brilliant teen musicians Celtic fiddlerJESSICA WEDDEN and with harmonies like honey, the award-winning duo MOSCOW APARTMENT; banjo-pickin’ sweetheart MEREDITH MOON; and the dulcet voice and skillful guitar of MAGGIE & MR. ROGERS – where the music beautifully transcends any age gap.
Other newcomers include the DIRTY DISHES with their spirited, tight three-part-harmonies and covering folk, country and gospel; Toronto-based singer-songwriter KAT GOLDMAN; Celtic-influenced groups CLAN HANNIGAN – an intergenerational family band that takes traditional Irish music and blends it with elements of jazz, pop, and other folk traditions – and blowing in from the east, JESSICA PEARSON & THE EAST WIND who blend country roots, bluegrass and folk with an infusion of their newly acquired Celtic sound. Toronto-based bluegrass outfit SMOKEY FOLK will keep everyone hopping and they’ll join hillbilly swing duo HOTCHA! plus singer and fingerstyle acoustic guitarist MR. RICK for the annual and much-loved Americana Pie showcase.
There'll be a couiple CD release concerts at the fest this year too. Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist BRIAN JANTZI & THE LOST MARIACHIS digs deep into folk, rock, jazz, blues, bluegrass, Celtic, western, Latin, psychedelic, and world traditions with their new CD release Junkie for Emotion. Based in Stratford, Ontario singer/songwriter SHARRON KATZ releases Love Notes with a unique folk/jazz vibe.
The festival will also include special community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy. Winterfolk is a combination of general admission wristbands and separate ticketed concert stages on the Danforth, and is the ideal event for music-lovers seeking new and exciting things to do in Toront
MORE ABOUT WINTERFOLK - Winterfolk was formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage the community about various folk music styles including roots, blues, folk and more. Founded by Festival Director Brian Gladstone, it is run as a division of The Association of Artists for a Better World, a registered non-profit organization in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Four Chords & The Truth February 22nd
The line up will be announced very soon for the next Four Chords and The Truth event at the Dakota Tavern in Toronto, this event is sold out, having done so within 24hrs of the tickets going on sale, but tickets are still available for the next three events later in the year, don't be disappointed and get your tickets as soon as you can.
The reason the event sells out quickly is because the line ups are guaranteed to be amazing, they have class stamped all over them.
Check out previous performers
If you want to get a taste of what it's all about visit our archive page here on Blues & Roots Radio, we do a behind the scenes chat with the artists and it's broadcast on the station as a one hour special each quarter. We play tracks from the artists and talk to them about their songwriting and the songs they sing on the night.
Look out for the announcement of who is playing coming in February
Michael Wrycraft Celebration and Fundraiser - Sunday Feb 25th 7.30pm
Michael is all things to everyone, to us at the station he is the host of Radio Wrycraft and From Cover To Cover going out on Sunday's and Wedneday's each week and he is a huge supporter of Blues and Roots Radio and what we do.
He's been through a lot, but even so, he produced two special shows from hospital whilst recovering from a double amputation, quite remarkable.
The recovery road is long and expensive so the organizing team George Koller, Grit and Judith Laskin with the assistance of the good folks at Hugh's Room and the generous support of the community of musicians are going to celebrate all things Michael Robert Wrycraft .... his humour, bravery and expertise.
Michael will be in attendance !!!
The Art of Music
You'd be mad not to come along with a line up like this !!
That's my month mapped out then !
Until next week
What A Week That Was - Miss Emily, Borealis Records, Grit Laskin, Lisa MacIntosh, Carolyn Fe, Andy Griffiths....
It just got crazy busy with lots to do.... do you feel that too ?
This week I had the fabulous honour of meeting a wonderful array of very talented people in the Canadian music and arts scene .... I love being able to connect with the arts world .... music, visual art, instrument building .... I got to chat to some of the most amazingly gifted and passionate people this week.
Andy & Helen Griffiths
I've known Andy for a number of years now through his passion for music, and his connections stretch the breadth of Canada, he and his wife Helen - who is a wonderful artist - are heading to Scotland in the summer and we talked about some of the places they could visit, hopefully they have a few ideas, I tried to steer them away from the usual tourist traps, I even tried to talk them into letting me go to be their tour guide, but they were having none of that !
Andy has just released his latest album called ' Our Cat Flash ' which contains songs for children, and the wonderful album design was done by his talented wife Helen, his plan is to tour in Canada and also try and schedule some dates in Scotland when he is there.
I got my personal copy of the album when they dropped by HQ
It's not just children's songs Andy performs, he has released a couple of pretty cool solo albums that we have played on the station in the past few years.
So look out for him at the festivals in Canada over the summer and look out Scotland... he'll be coming to a child friendly distillery near you !
Music Makers: Portrait Of The Great Hall
Lisa MacIntosh - The ' Music Makers ' Photographer
I have to thank Stephen Fearing for the wonderful gift of being introduced to Lisa MacIntosh, an amazing photographer and amazing human being.
Lisa embarked on a journey over two years ago, she would photograph over two hundred musicians including Jake Clemons, Sylvia Tyson, Gowan, Fred Penner, Tom Wilson, The Trews, Albert Lee, John Mann from Spirit Of The West and many more.
Many artists in the book are friends and acquaintances of mine, it's an amazing body of work that she should be truly proud of.
Lisa is a Toronto-based portrait photographer.
Published: Music Makers: Portraits at The Great Hall, PhotoLife Magazine, Digital Photography Magazine, Toronto Star, National Post, Globe and Mail, Toronto Sun, Backstreets Magazine, SOCAN Magazine, People Magazine, Hello! Canada
We were so very honoured when Lisa contacted us to say she wanted to present a copy to Blues & Roots Radio
Thank you to Stephen Fearing for the introduction, and thank you to Lisa for the book and ongoing friendship.
William ' Grit ' Laskin
I've known Grit for a long time now through meeting at conferences and performances of many of the artists that he is involved with, a musician, world renowned luthier, founder of Borealis Records and founder of The Canadian Folk Music Awards, he is such a passionate man with everything he is involved with., very inspirational.
I was honoured Grit agreed to an interview about The Group Of Seven Guitar Project at The McMichael Canadian Art Collection for which he was one of the luthiers commissioned to build a guitar for and take part in the film documentary produced for the gallery.
The interview started with a tour of his workshop, my father was a bagpipe maker, so it was interesting to see the similarities in the build process.
We sat down for a chat and what was originally supposed to be an interview about the McMichael exhibition turned out to be a three part fascinating insight into the exhibition, Borealis Records and The Canadian Folk Music Awards.
I'll be featuring parts of the interviews on various upcoming radio shows for Blues & Roots Radio. I'll let you know the airing dates as soon as they are scheduled.
A couple of artists you might know that are on the Borealis Records label are
and .... James Keelaghan .... just to name a few ...
I could have spent all day listening to Grit and the amazing stories he related about Stan Rogers, Ken Whitely, Jesse Cook, guitar inlays .... it's all recorded for future shows !
Thanks to Grit for his valuable time.
Where do I start with our wonderful friend from Montreal, singer, lyricist, actor, radio host, she has it all going on.
Carolyn is one of Montreal’s original Renaissance women. She started her career as a contemporary dancer and began acting in a variety of theatrical productions, TV and movie spots. She found her true voice singing the blues and jazz and has been performing around the country with her band the Carolyn Fe Blues Collective releasing a number of albums.
Carolyn has a fabulous radio show on Blues & Roots Radio called ' Unsung And On The Side ' where she showcases artists who don't fit in to the mainstream music genres, playing music from all around the world, from Blues to Jazz and all their derivatives.
The reason she is in Toronto, and has been since mid December, is because she is appearing in a very successful run of a play called ' Calpurnia ', it's receiving rave reviews all over the place, almost all of the remaining performances are sold out, get your ticket to see it before they all go,
Onstage now at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre - must close February 4th! Get your tickets: http://buddiesinbadtimes.com/show/calpurnia/
I had met Carolyn a couple of years ago in Ottawa and we talked about having her radio show on Blues & Roots Radio's schedule, she has been with us ever since and it was so good to reconnect in person in Toronto and talk about the future. We are going to see the play and meet before she heads back to Montreal, if you get a chance and are in Toronto, go see her perform, if not check out her website for performaces with her band and the schedule for her radio shows. www.carolyn-fe.com
Thank you Carolyn.
I was honoured to be a guest of Miss Emily at the iconic Cadillac Lounge in Toronto just a few nights ago, it was in support of her album release ' Between '
I am from Scotland, as some of you may know, I was very familiar with the sounds of The Tragically Hip when at school and college, they broke into the charts back then creating some of the soundscapes of my youth, and so I was delighted to be able to say hello to Rob Baker at this event, he was a member of the band and co-writes with Emily.
For 15 years Miss Emily has captivated listeners across Canada, the US and the United Kingdom with her unique combination of passion and talent.
That passion and talent was cultivated by an unparalleled work ethic. It began with playing night after night after night in bars and nightclubs where she learned her trade and gained a loyal following. Later, she graduated to regional theatres and starred in several Broadway-style shows. This willingness to step outside her comfort zone and learn new techniques paid off by giving her opportunities to become a regular at large outdoor venues like Ottawa Bluesfest. Then, in 2011 in front of 25,000 people outside the tiny town of Bobcaygeon she opened for The Tragically Hip and began a relationship that would change the direction of her career.
Miss Emily’s new record takes the listener on a tour of her experiences and musical influences under the guidance of The Hip’s Gord Sinclair as producer/co-writer/bass player and bandmate Rob Baker as lead guitarist/co-writer.
Between featuring Gord Sinclair and Rob Baker is the fifth album from Miss Emily.
Thanks to Emily for an amazing evening.
The Cadillac Lounge specializes in Roots Music and its related genres, rock, rockabilly, blues, country, bluegrass, soul, r&b, reggae, zydeco, cajun... a very cool venue indeed and one we will continue to support for playing Live music. Great staff, fantastic sound and brilliant atmosphere.
Thanks for following my journey through the awesome musical landscape here in Canada.
Until next time.
Festival time is upon us..... what ?!
Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival
Coming up in February is one of my favourite festivals in the Toronto area, a little known fact is that when I moved to Canada this was one of the first festivals I attended, I volunteered, and was given the job of managing the stage at The Black Swan which is still the hub and main venue for the festival.
It has grown quite a bit in stature in the eight or so years since then and I have attended almost every year to date. Since establishing Blues & Roots Radio the festival has been great in giving us access to chat with artists performing and allowing us to take photographs for our reviews and blogs. A big thank you to the founder Brian Gladstone and his team, to Beverly Kreller of Speak Music Publicity for all your help in accommodating Blues & Roots Radio.
If you have never attended it is well worth a visit, I'll give you some insight a bit further down this blog, but first, I wanted to tell you about the preview which happens at Hugh's Room Live in Toronto this coming weekend January 21st.
It's a showcase and fundraiser to help with the festival in one of Toronto's best and much loved listening rooms.
The Festival Preview
Acoustic Harvest + Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival Present: Winterfolk XVI
Artists performing include HOTCHA!, Dirty Dishes, Mr. Rick, Brian Gladstone with Tony Quarrington, Julian Fauth and Brighid Fry.
Hugh’s Room Live, 2261 Dundas Street West, Toronto, ON
Sunday, January 21st - Doors 6:00 pm / Music 7:30 pm
TICKETS: $20.00 Advance / $25.00 at Door | Call 416-533-5483 to reserve.
Dinner reservations guarantee seating.
This years line up for the main festival is a wonderful mix of established and up and coming artists.
It takes place in the Danforth area of the city, a number of indoor venues play host over three days. The atmosphere is always fantastic and we thoroughly enjoy the intimate venues and the fact you can chat with the artists after the shows in the bars or restaurants that play host.
Showcases take place at various times hosted by organizations like Acoustic Harvest, Speak Music Publicity, the Moonshine Cafe and others.
Some of this years performers include 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 Maple Blues Award as ' Acoustic Act Of The year ' he has won two Juno Awards with his former band FATHEAD.
Alfie Smith is a prolific songwriter, an accomplished performer and talented multi-instrumentalist.
Known best for his resophonic guitars, brazen slide licks and uncompromising vocals
Durham County Poets’ groovy roots sound capturing hearts everywhere they play. The five seasoned musicians, all of whom are songwriters, work together individually and collaboratively in composing their music.
Delving into a variety of styles and genres, their musical influences include a broad range of artists. From The Band to Dire Straits, Leon Redbone to James Taylor and Neil Young, they have managed to put it all together to create their own musical style.
There are amazing performers everywhere at this years events, and most are good friends and appear on our playlists regularly .... Clan Hannigan .... Andy Griffiths ... Jon Brooks ... Jory Nash .... Jack De Keyzer .... Kat Goldman.... Kim Doolittle ... Laura Bird... Moscow Apartment .... Jessica Pearson & The East Wind .... and that barely scratches the surface.
Moscow Apartment is a young indie folk duo based in Toronto who are taking the Canadian Music Scene by storm. an acoustic duo whose close, sweet harmonies and exquisite song craft defy their young age, they are both just 15 years old. Influenced by Big Thief, Feist, Joni Mitchell, among others, Brighid & Pascale, skilled multi instrumentalists (guitar, piano, violin, ukulele, mandolin, banjo and bass) and grads of Girls Rock Camp Toronto.
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.
Kim Doolittle's 9th studio album, ' Into The Blue ', produced and co-written by Ken Whiteley is the sum of 43 years. It comes straight from the heart and the songs reflect a deep desire to move forward in her musical life authentically, with an eye on looking back at where it all began.
Toronto’s Winterfolk Blues and Roots Music Festival is on the Danforth, Feb. 16-18, 2018. It’s an all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof event, where you’ll find the best of urban, blues, rock, jazz, country, folk and roots music , emulating a multi-stage rural summer festival.
More than 150 artists will be performing at 5 venues over 3 days. The festival will also include special tribute events, an awards ceremony, community stages and various themed musical workshops with something for everyone to enjoy.
I'll bring some more news as we get closer to the festival, but it will be worth a visit on Sunday January 21st to Hugh's Room to take in the preview first of all.
Until next week