Feb 04 2011





WHAT: WINTERFOLK IX BLUES AND ROOTS FESTIVAL An all-ages indoor music festival w/150 artists at six venues on seven stages over four days


WHERE: See below

TICKETS: IT'S FREE! (with the exception of one ticketed stage – BIG BANDS FOR YOUR BUCK” w/ Jack Marks & The Lost Wages, The Warped 45s, Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party, The Minotaurs) SATURDAY, FEB. 19 which is $12 adv / $15 @ the door. Doors open 7:00 pm / 7:30 pm start Book online and get early bird $10 price till February 10

WEBSITE: www.winterfolk.com

TORONTO –- THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2011 -– The NINTH ANNUAL WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL is proud to announce the addition of veteran musician DAVID ESSIG to the lineup, along with the many community stages that will round out a great weekend of music. Presenters such as the SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA, SENECA COLLEGE, THE MOONSHINE CAFÉ and ARTSCAN CIRCLE will showcase some of Canada's finest established artists, as well as exciting new talent, as part of the WINTERFOLK PROGRAM OF BUILDING COMMUNITIES THROUGH PARTICIPATION.

Tickets are on sale now for the special Saturday, Feb 19th event at Eastminster Church, and the EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT is on until FEB 10th ONLY!

For more information on tickets, artists, venues and schedules please visit www.winterfolk.com    

Longtime Canadian folk hero DAVID ESSIG will be joining the cast of more than 150 artists and showcase performers this year at Winterfolk IX. Equally renowned as an instrumentalist and traditional performer, David is a master of the blues and slide guitar and has been considered one of Canada's finest interpreters of original, contemporary folk music since he first broke onto the music scene at the Mariposa Folk Festival more than 30 years ago. From traditional to bluegrass, folk to country blues, Essig is a thoughtful and intelligent songwriter, with Canadian folk standards like "Albert's Cove” and "High Ground"”to his credit.  

Other highlights of the festival include U.S. artist ERIN HILL AND HER PSYCHEDELIC HARP, plus a bevy of accomplished artists on the Borealis Records label. The former is a harpist, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, actor and sci-fi geek who's been seen as the "Pretty White Girl"” on Comedy Central's "Chappelle's Show,"”and has played with Kanye West, Enya, Cyndi Lauper, moby, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson. The "An Evening With Borealis Records"”showcase will present some of the label's finest, including EVE GOLDBERG, JAMES GORDON, MELWOOD CUTLERY w/ DAN WHITELEY,  MICHAEL JEROME BROWNE and THE LEGENDARY MOSE SCARLETT.  

WINTERFOLK PROGRAM OF BUILDING COMMUNITIES THROUGH PARTICIPATION: Key to the Winterfolk Festival each year is the impact and focus on community involvement. Winterfolk was originally formed to entertain, educate, enlighten, engage and encourage the community about various folk music styles including roots, blues, folk and more. The community spirit is enhanced and enriched through the collaborative efforts of organizations and open stage hosts presenting various performances and workshops throughout the weekend, including the much-loved ukulele speakeasy which returns again for more uke fun.  

FESTIVAL COMMUNITY STAGES: (For complete info visit www.winterfolk.com )  


Host Dan McVeigh with Debra Alexander, John Di Battista and Dean Stacey  

Host Shaun Devlin with Barbara Lynn Doran, Chase Stevens and David Lavkulik  

TORONTO FINGERSTYLE GUITAR: Host Dunstan Morey opens then presents guests Jo-Anne Park, Ron Bloor, Des McCann, Steve Shorter, Randy Finney. Pickers wanted –  drop by and sign up for last half hour.   

SPEAK MUSIC PRESENTS: Bev Kreller hosts, with guests Josh Wilkinson, The McDales, Abigail Lapell, William & Polly, Bram Cherun, Grainne Ryan, The Wanted  

SAC (SONGWRITERS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA) PRESENTS: Award-winning songwriters play and talk about their tunes -– David Leask, Jory Nash, D`Arcy Wickham, Melwood Cutlery  

SENECA COLLEGE INDEPENDENT MUSIC PROGRAM: Host and instructor  John Switzer presents Justice R.F., Nika Smith, Andrew Hyatt, Emma Sunstrum, Erin Bolton, Bram Cherun, Joey O'Neil & more.  

BEST OF ACOUSTIC AFTERNOONS OPEN STAGE: Dan MacLean Jr. Opens, with Katie Regan, Mark Denington, Steven Morrison, Carlin Belof, Trevor Jones, Tyler Ellis  

BEST OF TEN FEET TALL OPEN STAGE: Host Gary 17 presents Roger Zuraw, Chris Casserly, Steve Raiken, John Layton, Steve Morrison, Trevor Jones, Peter Solmes, Paul Cross, Murray Powell

STOUFFVILLE ARTISTS SHOWCASE: Host Jim Priebe presents  Marie-Lynn Hammond with D`Arcy Wickham,  Erwin Shack, Glen Marias, Ewan Dobson

MOONSHINE CAFE PRESENTS: Best of the open stage at the popular Oakville Café with host John Marlett

ARTS CAN CIRCLE: Host Carol Teal opens then presents  HOTCHA!, Noah Zacharin, Joanne Crabtree, Jason LaPrade & Rosemary Phelan

THE DANFORTH SOUND: Pete Otis hosts with guests Peter Verity, Pat Little, Chris Casserly, Herb Dale, Jace, John Romas, Dellukka, Paul Cross

UKULELE SPEAKEASY: Hosted by Bob Cutler with members of the Corktown Ukulele Jam including Sue Cutler, Michael Griffin, Heather Katz, Tony Burns, Eve Goldberg, Debbie Fleming, David Olsen, Pete LeBlanc, Frank Paldino & more.


Black Swan Tavern -– 2 Stages 154 Danforth Ave, Toronto,  -– (416) 469-0537 Mambo Lounge -– 120 Danforth Ave, Toronto,  -– (416) 778-7004 Eastminster United Church -– 310 Danforth Avenue, Toronto, Ontario Danforth Café (Danforth Baptist Church)-–60 Bowden Street, Toronto Dora Keogh – 141 Danforth Ave Toronto,  – (416) 778-1804 Terry O's Sports Bar – 185 Danforth Ave, Toronto  – (416) 462-0038

ARTIST LINEUP: (For complete bios & websites please visit www.winterfolk.com

Aaron McGill * Dan Shantz (Miliitis Rue) * Andrew Queen * Beth Anne Cole (with Tony Quarrington) * Best of Ten Feet Tall Acoustic Open Stage * Betty Supple * Big Rude Jake * Brian Gladstone * Brock Zeman * Caroll Teal & David Joyce * Dan MacLean Jr. *  Dan McVeigh * Danny Marks * D'Arcy Wickham * David Celia & Joan Besen * David Essig * David Hein * David Leask * David Lum * David Nigel Lloyd * Erin Hill and Her Psychedelic Harp * Eve Goldberg

* Fingerstyle Guitar of Toronto * Freeman Dre & The Kitchen Party * Gary Kendall Band * GCDC * Glen Hornblast * HOTCHA! * Howard Gladstone * Jack Marks & the Lost Wages * James Gordon * Jimmy Bowskill * Joanne Crabtree & Margaret Stowe * John DiBatista * Jon Davis * Jory Nash * Ken Yoshioka * Kristin Sweetland * Laura Fernandez * Louise Ford * Margaret Stowe * Matthew DeZoete * Melwood Cutlery & Dan Whiteley * Michael Brennan * Michael Jerome Browne * Mike Masse * Mikel Miller * Mose Scarlett * Mr. Rick * Noah Zacharin * Nonie Crete * Paul Langille * Pete Otis * Peter Verity * Peter Wildman * Porkbelly Futures *Rosemary Phelan w/ Jason LaPrade * Saturday Saints * Shawn Brush * Steve Paul Simms & John Jackson * Steve Payne * Sue & Dwight * Tannis Slimmon * The Blackest Crow * The Blackwood Two * The Donefors * The Horables * The Minotaurs * The Warped 45s * Tony Quarrington


For more information, photos, mps, interviews, please contact:

Beverly Kreller




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