Feb 04 2012







WHO: ALUMNI: Danny Marks, David Gillis, Jack DeKeyzer, Jory Nash, Laura Fernandez, Mr. Rick & The Biscuits, Noah Zacharin, Tony Quarrington, Brian Gladstone PLUS: Lynn Miles, Ariana Gillis, Lynne Hanson, Jay Aymar, Gary Kendall, David Essig, HOTCHA!, Grainne, Jaron Freeman Fox & the Opposite of Everything, The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, The Boxcar Boys, The Wanted, Roger Scannura & Ritmo Flamenco, Rick Taylor and many more!      

WHAT: Winterfolk X Blues and Roots Festival

WHERE: The Delta Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard St W  Toronto, ON / 416-595-1975

WHEN: February 17-19, 2012

TICKETS: Free! (Some ticketed events in the “Listening Room”)

WEBSITES: www.winterfolk.com  / www.deltachelsea.com



TORONTO – TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2012 – The Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival is proud to announce the stellar lineup for the upcoming TENTH ANNUAL WINTERFOLK FESTIVAL which will take place from February 17-19, 2012 at Toronto's entertainment hotel the Delta Chelsea. Performances will fill Monarchs Pub, the Market Garden Stage and various other stages, all within the hotel. In this 10th year, the festival will feature alumni from the first year including Danny Marks, David Gillis, Jack DeKeyzer, Jory Nash, Laura Fernandez, Mr. Rick & The Biscuits, Noah Zacharin, Tony Quarrington and founder Brian Gladstone. Returning artists and newcomers include Lynn Miles, Ariana Gillis, Lynne Hanson, Jay Aymar, Gary Kendall, David Essig and more! For more information and complete schedule please visit www.winterfolk.com


From its humble roots (initially the festival was staged at a few clubs in the Spadina and College area and drew about 500 people), it moved to the Danforth and grew in concept, scope, appeal and artistic value. It rapidly drew attention from artists, media, venues and audiences as well as all facets of the blues and roots communities in Toronto. Winterfolk’s success in part, came from providing much-needed commerce and revenue to area merchants during a typically slow retail time. Presented annually in February, Winterfolk fills a gap in the calendars of festival- goers, artists and the community.


Winterfolk, now celebrates its 10th year by featuring those artists that were there from its inception and those returning to join the festivities. Singer/storyteller Jory Nash was one of the first-year musicians along with sultry Latin singer Laura Fernandez, mesmerizing singer-songwriter Noah Zacharin, guitar genius Tony Quarrington, original alt-country power trio Mr. Rick & The Biscuits, award-winning fingerstyle guitar champ David Gillis and  outstanding blues faves Danny Marks and Jack DeKeyzer. Returning artists include “Bernie Taupin fave” Ariana Gillis, shoot from the hipster Jay Aymar, bluesmen Gary Kendall (Downchild), Al Lerman (Fathead), the legendary David Essig, and award-winning Rick Taylor.


Juno and Canadian Folk Music Award winner Lynn Miles will showcase on the Market Garden stage as well as present workshops in the special “Listening Room” on the 27th floor. Another award-winning Lynn (Lynn Hanson) will bring her ”porch music with a little Texas red dirt” to the festival stages.


Many of this year’s lineup have played the festival in previous years such as roots music pioneers Crabtree & Mills, “colour blind” Brian Blain, known for his successful campfire jam sessions at various festivals, powerhouse roots/pop songstress Grainne, John Jackson of Kensington Market and Perth County Conspiracy fame, dynamic vintage hillbilly swing duo HOTCHA!, five-piece veterans of Tommy Hunter fame Whiskey Jack, earnest folk duo Sue & Dwight, driving guitar-picker Phillip Brown, preacher to the choir, the Reverend Max Woolaver Band and roots/folk/country picking icons The Guitar Boys of Alderon.


Winterfolk prides itself on helping to boost the careers of newcomers and this year is no exception. Audiences will be stunned by the extreme talent and high energy of emerging bands like frenzied fiddler Jaron Freeman Fox & the Opposite of Everything, gypsy/Balkan/klezmer street-folk revolutionaries The Lemon Bucket Orkestra, wild gypsy, old-jazz, klezmer, folk troupe The Boxcar Boys, “Emmylou Harris meets unplugged vintage rock ‘n roll” band The Wanted, harmony queens from Kingston The Lady Racers and rockabilly sensation The Swinging Chandeliers.


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


Al Lerman

Alastai Artingstall

Ariana Gillis

A Yellow Field

Brian Blain

Brian Gladstone

Crabtree & Mills

D'Arcy Wickham

Dan McVeigh

Danny Marks

David Essig

David Gillis

Gary Kendall


Greg Quill


Howard Gladstone

Ian Reid

Jack DeKeyzer

Jaron Freeman Fox & the Opposite of Everything

Jay Aymar    

John Jackson

Jory Nash

Laura Fernandez

Lynn Miles

Lynne Hanson

Maneli Jamal

Marie Lynn Hammond

Max Woolaver Band

Michael Fitzpatrick

Moonshine Café

Mr. Rick

Mr. Rick & The Biscuits

Noah Zacharin

Phillip Brown


Richard Henderson

Rick Donaldson

Rick Taylor

Roger Scannura & Ritmo Flamenco

Russell Leon

Same Latidude as Rome

Steve Raiken

Sue and Dwight

The Boxcar Boys

The Guitar Boys of Alderon

The Lady Racers

The Lemon Bucket Orkestra

The Swinging Chandeliers

The Wanted

Tia McGraff

Tony Quarrington

Whiskey Jack


PLUS Community Stages: Best of Acoustic Tuesdays at the Delta, Pete Otis Presents, Sunday afternoons at Sarah’s Cafe & Bar, Moonshine Café, SPEAK Music Presents, Seneca College Independent Music Program, Songwriters Unite, Jim Priebe Presents Stouffville Artists and NSAI.


**Please stay tuned for more updates and info on the various stages and workshops being held during this special 10th anniversary event!




Toronto’s Winterfolk X festival will present a fun, jam-packed, free, all-ages, mid-winter, weatherproof urban blues and roots festival. The new venue will present all kinds of fresh opportunities and the hotel’s management and staff are thoroughly supportive and excited about the recent collaboration. The hotel’s involvement in Toronto’s music scene is ever-growing and they have regular music events scheduled every night of the week in Monarchs Pub, so many in the music community are already familiar with the great vibe happening there.



“I SUPPORT ROOTS MUSIC IN TORONTO” special 10th anniversary badges will also be available again at the festival by donation and they’ll be large enough for artists to autograph them!



We’re always looking for good volunteers to help out. For eight hours of service over the Winterfolk weekend, volunteers receive access to all shows and artist hospitality lounge, including an invitation to a private party with the artists and more! For more info and to sign up, please visit www.winterfolk.com   





For more information, photos, mp3s, interviews, please contact:


Beverly Kreller




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