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