Feb 13 2008

Winterfolk VI


Photo Gallery

Photos by Dougal Bichan

Winterfolk VI Artists

Al Lerman

Multi-instrumentalist AL LERMAN is a journeyman blues musician who plays with sizzle and a whole lot of soul. He is leader of the Juno Award winning band FATHEAD.

Alex Lukashevsky

Lukashevsky beholds an incomparably soulful, cigar-smoky voice, an amorphous approach to guitar playing and profound lyrical witticisms.

Andy Sheppard

"A mellifluous guitarist whose influences run the gamut from folk to blues to bluegrass, to sounds from Brazil, Africa, and the South Pacific" – John Kendle – Uptown Magazine

Ariana Gillis

ARIANA GILLIS, has just turned 16 and is creating quite a stir in the music community as an accomplished singer/songwriter.

Brian Blain

A modern-day griot, chronicling urban life with smart lyrics, unaffected vocals, an engaging personality, a laid-back groove, and a unique point of view.

Brian Gladstone

Brian Gladstone is finger-picking guitar master, an insightful lyricist, a colourful story-teller, and a dynamic performer. (Canada Music Week Magazine)

Brian Litvin Originally from South Africa, Brian Litvin combines his Zulu style guitar picking with the exotic rhythms of his homeland.
Dan McVeigh

Dan McVeigh is a country songwriter promoting his current CD “Drove” which has already garnered great reviews from Country Music News & others. Dan’s strong voice and his music has been compared to great artists such as Ronnie Milsap, Billy Joel, Eagles and Garth Brooks to name a few.


Danny Marks Lifetime Mapleblues Achievement Award winner, Toronto's own, Danny Marks has been a force on the scene since he started out as a kid with Dora Mavor Moore, and as a teen in Edward Bear.
Darrelle London Toronto-based singer/songwriter Darrelle London has been developing her own brand of contemporary piano-pop since she was thirteen.
David Gillis

With over 150 gigs filling his calendar David is delivering performances that live up to his a reputation as an Award-winning guitarist and prolific singer/songwriter.

David Leask

David Leask is a songwriting journeyman. His songs are shaped with folk, Celtic and country influences

Dwight and Sue The prairies, big city, and global village have provided strong influences for the roots based music of Sue and Dwight. Their lyrics are honest and insightful, weaving stories of life in small towns, city streets and African villages with themes of peace, courage and social justice.
Frank Patrick

Frank Patrick is a songwriter/poet/troubadour who mixes folk, world, blues and more into a unique, one-of-a-kind sound: "transglobal rhythm & song".

Good Lovelies Sporting a medley of instruments from guitar to piano and mandolin to banjo – this two-time award winning trio, The Good Lovelies, are not to be missed. A combination of clever song writing, solid musicianship, witty repartee and bang-on three-part harmony will leave you wanting more.
Harrison Kennedy

Winner – Hamilton Blues Award for Best Blues, 2007

Herb Dale

Herb Dale's passion is songwriting, but he lives to play country music. A seasoned musician, Herb is a regular performer in country and folk venues in Toronto.

Howard Gladstone

Howard Gladstone is a Canadian singer/songwriter creating songs that strive for an authentic voice – realistic and romantic. Think Leonard Cohen crossed with Jerry Garcia and John Lennon. Well crafted and meaningful lyrics, a fitting laid-back vocal style, plus strong acoustic guitar playing

Jack de Keyzer

Multi Juno and Maple Blues award winner going back to his roots at Winterfolk in an all acoustic setting.

James Gordon & Sons

Canadian Folk Fossil James Gordon gets together with his two Indie rock kids, Evan and Geordie. They play a bazillion instruments and they let their dad play some too. Their new CD "Nine Green Bottles" has given prominence to their hybrid sound, and has found the Gordon Boys a whole new audience.

Jay Linden

Based an hour west of Toronto, Canada, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jay Linden is a semi-reclusive lege nd who’s been making music for over 40 years. He writes and sings haunting, memorable slices of time and space firmly rooted in a folk sensibility. His debut CD is called Satchel.

Jerome Goodboo Jerome Godboo is a singer, songwriter and harp player extraordinaire. He has released twelve albums over twenty years.
Jon Brooks

Award winning folk singer-songwriter, Jon Brooks is an unrepentant idealist. His songs aim to reflect the truth about Canada past and present.

Jory Nash

Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter from Toronto. He has recorded 5 CDs and sold over 10,000 CDs, all independently. His latest CD FolkJazzBlues&Soul showcases a variety of styles and influences.

Julian Fauth

Julian Fauth is a soulful singer, songwriter and barrelhouse piano player working in the tradition of pre-war acoustic blues.

Laura Fernandez

Born in Madrid, Spain, singer songwriter Laura Fernandez is a classically trained pianist who writes musical life-portraits in English and Spanish.

Les Tireux d’Roches

Nominated at l'ADISQ and Folk Alliance Awards, they have developed a repertoire of traditional stories and songs called 'modern future', they take you on a fantastic musicial voyage into an New-World-of-old.

looweeze de'Ath

Captivating and acclaimed performer looweeze de'Ath is one of Western Australia's most unique acts.

Lynne Hanson

Singer-songwriter from Ottawa with a soulful voice and real stories to tell. Porch music that merges universal themes with Texas soul-country

Marg Stowe

A versatile guitarist, Margaret Stowe had performed and recorded with a host of Canadian/International artists. Her departure point is jazz, but her style ranges from folk to blues to world beats, propelled by her trademark high energy and eclectic tastes

Marianne Girard

Marianne Girard has moved back into the heart and pulse of Toronto, and is busy thrilling new audiences here with her spectacular voice and songs to cry for.

Maureen Brown

Born of the cosmics, while squeeging her third eye, this eclectic drummer, sings while spinning plates and balancing on a ball…all while cooking dinner and cleaning the floor.

Max Cann

Max Cann has a reputation as one of the finest singer songwriters in the south west of England, making music based on 35 years of rich experience.

Meredith Luce

Meredith Luce beguiles her audiences with her unique vocals, her funny, fearless banter, her award-winning songs and her infectious guitar riffs.

Michael Jerome Browne

You name it – he plays it. Acoustic or electric blues, old-time country or cajun, swing or R&B, Michael performs and writes in all these styles. He is a virtuoso on guitar, fretless gourd banjo, fiddle, harmonica, and mandolin.

Mike Branton
Mike is an Oakville ON based, well traveled blues guitarist. Although he has been performing regularly, his focus over the last few years has been on his craft.


Mike Brennan Michael Brennan is considered the voice of REAL country music in Toronto.
Mike Goudreau Band

Born in 1965 in Newport, Vermont into a musical family with an English mother and a French-Canadian father, Mike Goudreau picked up his first guitar at age 14 and hasn't stopped playing since

Moonshine Café

Presents an array of Oakville based selected singer / songwriters.

Mose Scarlet

MOSE SCARLETT is, unarguably, one of a kind. While he draws on a wide range of musical sources from the early 1900's through the 40's, his style defies categorization or comparison – the blend is unique

Michael Brennan

Michael Brennan is considered the voice of REAL country music in Toronto.

Mr. Rick & The Biscuits

"The Original Alt Country Power Trio"! 3 piece acoustic stringband performing: "Skillet Fried Roots Music". A tasty Gumbo of Folk, Country, Swing, Early Jazz, Bluegrass, Blues & Gospel performed with "greasy" rhythm…

Nabi Lonie

Nabi Loney's music is an original brew of jazz, rock, and experimental, with strong folk undertones. Her poetic lyrics paint an emotional blend of world views, life experiences, and are cathartic for the listener.

Nancy Dutra

Nancy Dutra’s beautiful voice perfectly compliments her songs about heartbreak and personal experiences.

Nashville Songwriter's Assoc

Dan McVeigh hosts singer / songwriters

Laura Ranieri, Elana Harte and Joe Hash


Neema is a Montreal-based singer songwriter / spoken word poet and a world traveler. Her style is mainly folk with spoken word, pop, world and aboriginal influences.

Noah Zacharin

Montreal-born Noah Zacharin lives in Toronto. Six CD's of original music, production and performance credits on over a dozen others.

Notre Dame de Grass

Notre Dame de Grass is a five-piece Canadian bluegrass band specializing in original songs and instrumental material.

Peter Verity

Peter Verity is a Toronto-based singer/songwriter/performer and multi-instrumentalist who shares his award-winning poetic story-telling songs with the audience and has them leaving with an AH-HA gotten from recognizing the truth and emotions in his songs that resonate with what is happening in everyone's real lives.

Russell Leon

Toronto based singer/songwriter Russell Leon is a dynamic performer; his engaging rock/folk music spans genres from blues to reggae to celtic and more.

Sebastian Agnello

Sebastian ‘Seb’ Agnello is a musical, political gadfly with acerbic wit.

Seneca College


Shawn Brush

Shawn Brush is one of the finest performers of bluegrass, folk, and country music you will ever have the good fortune to hear.

Sisters of Sheynville

All-female 6-piece band. Yiddish swing and klezmer tunes of from the 30s and 40s as well as original music.

Steve Briggs

In-demand guitarist Steve Briggs is bandleader for the Bebop Cowboys, and has also played with such prominent Canadian artists as Russell deCarle, Carroll Baker and Quartette with Sylvia Tyson among others.

Steve Payne

Steve Payne delivers a mix of folk, blues and country via exquisite acoustic guitar work and sensual vocals, working on both sides of the Atlantic.

Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick is the owner of a gorgeous, powerful voice. Her music is roots-based branching out into blues, folk and pop.

Tanja Rice

Tanja Rice is an American musician currently based in the UK, self-taught and influenced by the timeless traditions of old-time country/ Americana and folk.

The Big Schmooze

Ellen Drake presents an artists seminar and features performances by Winterfolk showcase winners.

The River Pilots

Based in Toronto, The River Pilots are an instrumental quartet with an eclectic sound that'll take you imagination on a journey across the globe and beyond.

The Alex Tintinalli Band Since first picking up the guitar only four short years ago, 15 year old Alex Tintinalli has blossomed into a solid front-man performer leaving his audiences on their feet with jaws wide-open.
The Guitar Boys of Alderon

Toronto's own, Brian Gladstone, Noah Zacharin and Rick Zolkower combine to perform as the new “power-Roots” trio The Guitar Boys Of Alderon. They took up space in school, and now they are cadets.

Tia McGraff

TiaMcGraff (from Port Dover, Ont.), is an Americana/Folk singer/songwriter who's credits include:4 internationally releasedalbums, videos on CMT Canada and World, and more.

Tim Harrison

Tim Harrison has been on the folk music scene in Canada for over 35 years. He has been described as "cinematic Canadian songwriter" by the Boston Globe "poetic [and] a true standout" by SINGOUT! magazine.

Tony Quarrington

Veteran guitarist/producer TONY QUARRINGTON is very busy in the jazz,folk, and klezmer communities. He has 10 albums out as a jazz leader, and won a Juno in 1998 for Willie P. Bennett's HEARTSTRINGS.

Toronto City Roots Presents A preview of the Toronto City Roots Festival at Winterfolk. Toronto City Roots Festival – this year will be held June 27 to 29 at Hugh's Room, and the Distillery District. More than 35 acts on 3 stages, all free. www.torontocityroots.com
Wendell Ferguson

Wendell Ferguson is an idiot! But, a very talented idiot.

Winterfolk Venues

The Willow Restaurant , 193 Danforth Ave, 416 469 5315The Black Swan Tavern , 154 Danforth Ave, 416 469-0537 Dora Keogh , 141 Danforth Ave., 416 778 1804 Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth Ave

Congratulations to this year's showcase winners


Darrelle London, Ontario, Canada


Alex Tintinalli Band, Ontario, Canada


Joe Dolce , Carlton, Australia


Andy Sheppard , Ontario, Canada


Matt Minglweood , Nova Scotia, Canada


Jon Brooks, Ontario, Canada


The Good Lovelies, Ontario, Canada


The River Pilots , Ontario, Canada



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