Winterfolk X is now Located at the Delta Chelsea Hotel
All stages are indoors, under one roof, featuring quiet listening rooms
Winterfolk is a Free Family Festival
|Monarchs Pub||Main Floor Pub, Holds 200|
|Market Garden||Main Floor Cafeteria, Holds 200|
|Community Club Easy Listening Room||
2nd Floor, Mount Batten Room Capacity 100
|The Listening Room||Located on Deck 27, 27th Floor, Holds 50, Small Intimate Up Close With The Artist Some performances are ticketed.|
|Winterfolk X Times –|
|Thursday February 16||7:00 – 9:00 Private Launch Party for Volunteers, Artists and Media, by Invitation Only|
|Friday February 17||7:00 PM to 11:30 PM|
|Saturday February 18||1:00 PM to 11:30 PM|
|Sunday February 19||1:00 PM to 11:30 PM|
|Sunday February 19||1:00 PM to 11:30 PM|
- Al Lerman Considered to be one of the top harp players in the country, singer/songwriter Al Lerman is a journeyman musician who plays with sizzle and a whole lot of soul. His harmonica and saxophone playing have garnered him several Maple Blues Award nominations.
- Alastair Artingstall It has been said of Alastair ( even if mostly by himself ), that unrequited love, a total lack of regard for normal guitar technique and the joy that comes from the slippery nature of the English language, collide in a beautiful car crash.
- Ariana Gillis With Ariana, there is an intense, driving force behind her folk/pop sound, and a deeper story behind every song. A favourite of lyricist Bernie Taupin.
- A Yellow Field A fledgling band based out of Waterloo, Ontario, filled with harmonizing indie-grass songsters playing catchy tunes
- Brian Blain Originally from the hills of rural Quebec, now based in Toronto, Brian "Colorblind" Blain has been performing his unique brand of slow-cooked, solid-groove folk blues for more than 40 years – soulful, thoughtful, always entertaining.
- Brian Gladstone Brian’s particular way of seeing things through irony and old time approach reminds one of great artists as John Prine, Dave Van Ronk, and Mississippi John Hurt. He is their own true son and continues their great sounds. (Suso Ondo Radio, Italy)
- Crabtree & Mills Crabtree & Mills are a vibrant duo featuring great songwriting, passionate vocals, close harmonies and dazzling guitar work
- D'Arcy Wickham An exceptional facility with all styles of guitar picking has highlighted decades of performing experience, and was recognized by an OCFF "Songs From the Heart" award in 2007 for his song "Feather Fingers”
- Dan McVeigh Dan McVeigh is a country artist and songwriter promoting his current CD “Drove” which has garnered great reviews and Dan’s new CD “Resolutions” will be released later this year.
- Danny Marks "Toronto's Own" Danny Marks is an outstanding guitarist & bandleader whose musical abilities and on-stage sense of humour have made him a favourite with live audiences.
- David David Essig BC musician David Essig is a founding member of Canada's roots music scene, a great songwriter and guitarist who always enjoys coming back to perform in Ontario – especially at Winterfolk.
- David Gillis “He demonstrates many facets of his extraordinary talent as a guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer.” ~ Diane Wells (Radio Host, CFMU 93.3FM) Diane Wells
- Gary Kendall Gary Kendall is one Canada’s best known blues bassists, laying down a solid bottom end and providing a positive vibe to any musical journey he takes.
- Grainne Grainne (pronounced Grawn-ya) is a singer-songwriter "reminiscent of Lucinda Williams and a slightly rebellious Mary Chapin Carpenter", who puts a positive spin on her catchy "hook-laden" songs about life, loss, love and socio-political and environmental issues.
- Greg Quill Perplexing, provocative, and challenging original songs, combined with a deep respect for the origins of the traditional music of his native land, are trademarks of this pioneer of Australian roots music.
- HOTCHA! High-energy hillbilly swing duo blends old-time Western, bluegrass, early swing and country gospel delivered with the energy of a runaway train. Soaring vocals, lively accordion, gritty guitar, wailing harmonica and big-beat bodhran.
- Howard Gladstone "Howard Gladstone balances thoughtful and passionate lyrics with calming, soulful and diverse tunes that compel you to take a deep breath, and simply take the time to enjoy some good music" – CHRY Radio York
- Ian Reid Ian has a uniquely engaging and entertaining stage presence and an ability to connect with his audiences; he loves to augment his voice, guitar, and ukulele with quirky anecdotes from home and abroad.
- Jack De Keyzer A 2-time Juno and seven-time Maple Blues award-winning artist, blues guitarist, singer, song writer and producer, Jack is "the finest blues guitarist in Canada,” said the late Jeff Healey. "If Jack de Keyzer was from Chicago, New York or LA, he'd be famous" says Bob Dylan
- Jaron Freeman Fox & the Opposite of Everything The Opposite of Everything played seven folk and Jazz festivals across the country in their first year of touring, recently returned from they're first winter tour out to Montreal, and will be heading down to Showcase in Memphis, Tennessee in February 2012
- Jay Aymar With guitar in hand and his fifth indie CD to his name, touring folk troubadour Jay Aymar has been winning fans across Canada with his well crafted songs about everyday people living everyday lives.
- John Jackson John will set you up by belting out four comedy songs in a row and then break your heart with a tender ballad… his real forte. “Everything is just an excuse for a slide guitar solo.”
- Jory Nash Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound.
- Laura Fernandez Born in Madrid, Spain, and now based in Toronto, Laura is a singer, songwriter, pianist, music producer, painter, radio host/producer and award-winning illustrator and designer,.
- Lenka Lichtenberg The Prague-born, Toronto-based composer, singer and bandleader, performs with her latest project Fray. The band features Yiddish and English-based world music and they she has garnered several awards and nominations including one for a 2011 CFMA.
- Lynn Miles From Ottawa, ON, Lynn Miles is Canada's to Emmylou Harris, having written beautiful, straightforward folk-country songs for years, honing her craft over eight albums.
- Lynne Hanson Some call it country, some call it roots-and-blues, and others call it rough-around- the-edges folk. Lynne Hanson calls her musical style by her own name: "porch music with a little Texas red dirt."
- Maneli Jamal Maneli Jamal is a solo acoustic guitarist who's percussive / tapping style can make more music on its own than three other guitarists can produce in a collaborative effort. And after witnessing a performance, you’ll find yourself trying to figure out if all that sound is really being produced by two hands.
- Margaret Stowe Toronto guitarist Margaret Stowe has eclectic taste. Her original jazz-based music can better be categorized as “other”, as it encompasses a multi-genre world of influence. She embraces elements of world music, folk, blues, funk and beyond, but always with a jazz sensibility and perspective.
- Marie Lynn Hammond Marie-Lynn Hammond, bilingual co-founder of the seminal Canadian folk group Stringband, is a brilliant singer-songwriter known for dynamic live performances and intricate lyrics that range from wickedly funny to hauntingly personal.
- Max Woolaver Band Max Woolaver was born in a clamshell at low tide and has been searching for the ocean ever since.
- Mr. Rick Mr. Rick performs traditional style Americana with big honest vocals and fingerstyle guitar.
- Mr. Rick & The Biscuits Mr. Rick and The Biscuits, with their vintage but original sound
- Inspired by the classic eras of Western swing, country, Tin Pan Alley, folk and Blues have been performing clubs and festivals for over 15 years.
- Noah Zacharin "Like Bruce Cockburn, Ry Cooder, and Bonnie Raitt, Noah Zacharin possesses a virtuoso command of the guitar…world-wise songwriting." (Minor 7th) He performs frequently in Toronto. Though he prefers to stay home with his cat he occasionally performs out of town as well.
- Phillip Brown Former member of the Canadian Armed Forces and Afghanistan war vet, now a dynamic performer.
- Phonogarde Lean-ass folk blues, county fight in city shoes, Detroit sounds many joys, friends forever sweetest noise.
- Richard Henderson Richard Henderson is one of few solo lap steel guitarists. His music is forged in the gritty traditions of blues, country and rock ‘n roll. And it rocks!
- Rick Taylor Considered to be one of Canada finest finger-style guitarist, Rick Taylor has returned to his home province of Ontario after 23 years in Vancouver.
- Roger Scannura & Ritmo Flamenco Canada's premier flamenco guitarist. "…a gifted composer whose music is as beautiful as it is haunting."-The Globe and Mail "Rarely is Flamenco guitar played so eloquently with just the right amount of passion and grace."-20th Century Guitar Magazine
- Russell Leon Russell Leon is a based Toronto indie folk pop acoustic electronic rock musician who uses rhythm and rhyme to help the melodies sing stories.
- Same Latitude as Rome Same Latitude As Rome is a collective of multi talented musicians and songwriters based in Essex County, geographically, the same latitude as Rome, and hence the band's name!
- Steve Raiken Veteran Toronto singer/songwriter Steve Raiken is highly regarded for his superb guitar playing, beautiful songwriting and entertaining shows.
- Sue and Dwight Sue and Dwight are a folk roots duo with a vocal style rich in harmonies, and songs that weave stories of life in small towns, city streets and African villages with themes of peace, courage, and social justice.
- The Alistair Christl Trio The Alistair Christl Trio is a powerhouse rockabilly band that combines the energy of the genre with modern songwriting sensibilities.
- The Boxcar Boys A New Orleans street band featuring clarinet, sousaphone, fiddle, accordion, and trombone, The Boxcar Boys deliver a happy hodgepodge of vintage-jazz, klezmer, gypsy, and folk music and they are always a fun-time!
- The Guitar Boys of Alderon Superbly talented guitar player, s Roots/Folk/Country picking icons Brian Gladstone, Noah Zacharin and Rick Zolkower combine to perform as the new “power-Roots” trio The Guitar Boys of Alderon. At no time do their fingers leave their hands.
- The Lady Racers The Lady Racers are a Kingston-based trio who focus on songwriting and collaboration with their sometimes melancholy and always stunning harmonies.
- The Lemon Bucket Orkestra Toronto's only Balkan-klezmer-gypsy-party-punk super-band is quickly gaining a reputation as the city's most dynamic folk party band.
- The Wanted The Wanted blends early country music, rockabilly and blues into an eclectic, raucous, musical style that can best be described as "The Carter Family meets Chuck Berry".
- Tia McGraff Port Dover based, Tia McGraff is an international touring recording artist/songwriter who will be joined on stage by husband/guitarist Tommy Parham. T'n'T are a dynamic duo, bringing to the stage a collection of their handwritten, heart wrenching, songs.
- Tony Quarrington A veteran guitarist appearing on hundreds of albums, including the Juno-winning HEARTSTRINGS by Willie P. Bennett, has more recently emerged as a thoughtful and compelling songwriter.
- Whiskey Jack Now in their 34th year, the five-piece band play a hybrid of bluegrass, country, folk and swing seasoned with a sprinkle of their dynamic vocals and sizzling musicianship.