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Last updated..April 20, 2019

As Holmes Hooke said, "even if the road should end, the song will travel on." I'll drink to that!

In fact, in light of the nightmare government they've elected south of the border (we need a fence) and the incredible greed and short-sightedness evidence by voters in our own province, I may drink a lot.


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OPEN MIC AT THE GALLERY which will take place on the 4th Sunday of each month from 2 pm until 5 pm at the Georgina Art Gallery, 149 High St. Sutton On.

Organizers are asking each participant to toss in a toonie to help defray the cost of the room. There will be a small sound system with mics for vocals and instruments and a house guitar to borrow. Each set will be up to 15 minutes long.

Sign up starts at 1:30 pm so just find your genial host, Ed Winacott, ( and let him know you're interested in performing.

This stage is open to all skill levels and all styles of acoustic music or spoken word and aims to be a welcoming, listening venue for new talent to test the waters or for experienced performers to perhaps try out new material.

Come out early, view the art collection and stay on to either perform or just to listen and enjoy. Tea/coffee will be available.


The Tiffin Bay Folk Club presents The NEW Acoustic Open Stage Series; a free event at the Midland Cultural Centre.

This event will be held once per month (next one is May 13th) usually on the 2nd Monday from 7:00-9:30pm . This is a free event donated by the Midland Cultural Centre offering a more intimate, smaller professional stage configuration, ideal for a single or up to 3 acoustic performers. This evening is more centered toward the Folk/Blues/Jazz musician or even poetry. Kevin Firth is the host and there will be a featured performer each month.


They're baaaaack!

Cafe Roxy at the Midland Cultural Centre, King Street in Midland, is delighted to announce the return of the Saturday Open Mic starting October 27th from 1pm - 3:30pm. Bring your instrument and enjoy some live music and friendship. PA supplied.


Thanks to Bryan Sutton for letting me know that Sunday afternoons from 4:00-6:00pm there's an Open Mic at Kelly's Kitchen & Pub, 5 Manitoba Street in Bracebridge. Evidently the food's delicious and the Caesars are only $7.00.


Wednesday evenings for the forseeable future, Nonie Thompson invites you to join her (and friends) at The Queen's Quay Pub, 67 Juneau Road in Victoria Harbour, sharing talents either by singing on your own or joining in with each other.

There are always lots of harmonies and instruments and new talents are encouraged and welcome to perform.

Gathering runs between 6:00-9:00 pm in the 'big' room.


Open Mic evening, 1st and Third Fridays, at A Hui Hou (formerly Café and Things) on 280 Main Street in Newmarket! Music will be played from 7:00-9:00pm. (Maybe until a bit later…) Leona and David Brown, the new proprietors of the café have enthusiastically embraced the Open Mic, now that they are getting established, and would like to get it going again. The Newmarket Folk Society has loaned A Hui Hou a wonderful Bose sound system and a couple of microphones/stands to use for the evening. So, hopefully, you can make it out to perform a few songs or to sing along and/or enjoy the performers!


Open Stage every Thursday as GOOD VIBES Coffeehouse has a 7:00pm start (arrive early if you plan to sign up for your 15 minutes of fame) at Mt. St. Louis Parish Hall, 4th Con and Mt. St. Louis Road. Light refreshments are available. $5.00 donation for those who can afford to pay. For information contact John Vella 705-937-0611. website : Good Vibes



This Wednesday, and every Wednesday, you are invited to join the chorus at “Just Sing” at Donaleigh’s Pub in Barrie.

People who just enjoy singing are invited to belt it out with the others. 6:30-9 pm. $5 to join the fun. For information,


Patty McLaughlin has been hosting a Song Circle at the Innisfil Library (Lakeshore Branch) on the second(sometimes 3rd)Wednesday of each month. Patty's love for the music and sincere encouragement of performers of all ages and every stage of development is legendary. Check it out! 7-9pm


The Monday Night Song Circle meets at The Leacock Retirement Lodge Ltd., at 298 Forest Avenue in Orillia (on the corner of Forest Ave & Atherly Road (entrance on Forest Avenue) every Monday in The Rosetta Room (on the ground floor) from 7pm till 10pm.

There is plenty of parking and tasty beverages of various kinds are available.

Performers of all ages, experience and musical genres are WELCOME. For information contact Peter:


Check out Midland Jams... held every other Monday night (next one is May 6th) with full lights and sound on the main stage Rotary Hall at the Midland Cultural Centre, King Street in Midland. The Jam is mostly an open mic although folks play with each other and accompany singers. Technically it’s an electric open mic but acoustic players are welcome as well . In fact, everyone is welcome and all genres are represented but it does lean towards rock as opposed to folk. It's a real cross-section of people from Midland, Barrie and surrounding areas who are a responsive and friendly bunch.

Load in, doors open@ 6:30 for a 7:00pm start. For more information contact Colleen:




The Barrie Folk Society, in conjunction with the Barrie Public Library, hosts An Unplugged Thursday Night Open Stage on the last Thursday of the month at the downtown library. Watch the BarrieFolk website for details. Door opens at 6:30 for performers to sign up. Music plays from 7:00-8:30ish. Donations are welcome.

All ages are encouraged to attend and share their musical talents.




Patty McLaughlin hosts a Song Circle every Tuesday from 7 - 10pm in Aurora. On the first, third (and sometimes fifth) Tuesday of the month, it is held at "Aw, Shucks! Oyster Bar & Bistro" at 15230 Yonge St., Aurora ON. And on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, it is held at the Royal Canadian Legion at 105 Industrial Parkway North, Aurora, ON. Contact:  




The Sunshine Ukelele Network will meet on the second Tuesday of each month at the Orillia Public Library - meeting room # 2 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. All uke lovers are welcome. No expertise required. You can check out the facebook page or email






The Brownstone, 178 Mississaga Street, Orillia has an Open Mic beginning at 9:00pm on Tuesday evenings and Live Music many other nights of the week as well.

For more info contact: . 705-330-5708


Larry Christopher & crew invite you out to a 10:00am-10:00pm Open Mic every Thursday at TLC Bistro & Cafe,

41 Maple Street, Barrie. 705-730-1712. You can drop by any day TLC is open and play a few tunes. What a great oppotunity...and the food's delicious! http://www.tlcbistroandcafe


Washago Jam takes place the third Wednesday of every month (from September till June) at the Lions Hall in Washago. It is mostly rock and blues and plugged in!  Lots of fun I am told! 7 pm till 11 pm.


Blues Jam happens every Wednesday evening at The Beacon Restaurant, 146 - 45th Street North, (Mosley Street at 45th Street in Wasaga Beach). 7:00-11:00pm. Phone # 705.429.4050.  Musicians are encouraged to bring their own Instrument (voice,guitar, bass, sticks, etc). Sit in, or just sit back and listen to some blues while enjoying some great food and a beverage. Wednesday evenings in Wasaga Beach will never be the same!


Circle Jam on Thursday nights at The Surf in Balm Beach begins at 7pm hosted by Cathryn and Tom. In this format each person introduces a song, inviting others to play along, or add a break, or harmonies.
It will be strictly acoustic. The point of the jam is to share music with other musicians, much like an old fashioned céilidh (kitchen party). Bring an instrument, your enthusiasm (or restraint) and enjoy an evening of DIY music. Contact Cathryn at for more information and directions.



Truly Bluegrass is hosting a "stage jam" at Salvatore's, 263 Queen St., Port Perry, on the first Thursday of every month. Come to listen, or bring your bluegrass instrument to have some stage time. We had a great turn out in February, with lots of audience, Rosewood, and numerous individual pickers and singers. Great food, beverages of your choice, and bluegrass music .......... who could ask for anything more? Did I mention the scrumptious pastries? Mmmmm!


Traditional Music Sessions at The Dam Pub, Thornbury from 8 to 10 p.m., every second and fourth Wednesday. For traditional tune players (Irish, Scottish, Canadian, Quebecois etc. with traditional singers welcome). Suitable for all levels.


Queen's Bush Bluegrass Jam at Joe Tomato's Restaurant, 640 10 Street West, Owen Sound, ON N4K 3R8
(519) 371-5637 on the first Sunday of the month 1:00-5:00PM


Also a weekly Bluegrass Jam at the Owen Sound Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. Thursday nights at 7:00 pm


The Orillia Folk Society, in co-operation with the Orillia Farmer's Market, is pleased to present Music in the Marketplace. (9:00-noon every Saturday May through September at the Orillia Opera House), West & Mississauga Streets, Orillia. Toss a few bucks in the case to help support the OFS's community outreach programme.


The Haliburton County Folk Society
presents an *OPEN STAGE* on the third Saturday of each month at the Haliburton Highlands Museum (see map) 66 Museum Road, Haliburton, Ontario ... 705-457-8902 Host: Kris Kadwell . For more information, contact or call(705) 754-FOLK (3655).


Open Mike Old Courthouse Theatre, 1235 3rd Ave East, Owen Sound (above the GBFS office) the second Friday each month at 7 pm for our Open Mike series. Players are invited to perform 3 or 4 previously rehearsed tunes, original or covers. All ages are welcome, sign up at the door. We have a comfortable 55 seat hall, professional sound system and lighting. This is great for anyone who is polishing their act, pro's wanting to try out some new material or anyone who is a basement player and just wanted to see what it feels like to get 'up on stage'. We especially welcome young performers to come out and develop their musical talent. This is a casual evening for all. A guest host will open and close each one. $5 admission at the door, players and GBFS members admitted free.


Fiddlers and music lovers...First Friday Fiddle Jams in Orangeville. Please come if you can, and tell your friends as well. We will be in the Friendship Room at Westminster United Church on Broadway (you can honestly say you have played on Broadway!!) from 7 pm to 11 pm. Bring a pop or a coffee if you wish, and be prepared to enjoy some great music. FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH- mark it on your calendars. For more information contact


Juice & Java House located at 20 Main St. S, Brampton, Ontario will be hosting Acoustic Musician’s Night on Friday nights between 7:30 and 9:00. Come out with your instrument and your songs and share your talent with all the Folks over a cup o’coffee. The microphone will be turned on and will be waiting. The Juice & Java House is located in the heart of the old town of Brampton on Main Street (Hwy 10) right across from the City Hall. For more information toss us an email at ...JuiceJavaHouse[spamblocker]


BARRIE EARTHDRUM ... Intuitive drumming/sound circle. Membership of over 50 people. Anyone is welcome; extra drums and lots of percussion toys available. Bring a chair. Contact: Rachel Strauss at


There is a community drum circle held the 2nd Wednesday evening of each month at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Community Care Centre, 70 Wellington Street West, Barrie.  Times are 6:30 to 8:00 pm.  Refreshments and percussion instruments provided.  Contact person is Anne Marie Ireland at  For persons 16years of age and older.

There is a community drum circle held on the 4th Wednesday evening of each month at the Canadian Mental Health Association, 39 High Street, Barrie.  Times are 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Contact person is Anne Marie Ireland at   For persons 16 years of age and older.  

The BRACEBRIDGE COMMUNITY DRUM CIRCLE meets at 7:30 Tuesday nights. Free. Everyone is welcome, from the beginner to the well experienced. Drummers and dancers most welcome. As well, instruments which compliment drumming such as australian didgeridoos, Tibetan Buddhist's horns and bowls, native flutes, etc...are more than welcome. Please feel free to bring shakers, rattles, shakeres, agogo bells, cow bells, and any other hand percussion instruments. For more information please contact Leslee Tassie at or Mi-Shell Jessen at

Willie P. Bennett

My favourite Willie P. story involves a sunny afternoon, a shady hillside, a perfect landscape featuring the Superior shoreline and Willie playing a harmonica duet with a train. You really had to be there to feel the magic as he played the harp into the sound hole of his mandolin and listened to the sweet music echo off the Paju.

I remember someone asking him later how much he had paid the engineer.

He has more great songs out of print than most Canadian songwriters have ever written. He will be sorely missed!



FridayFolk 06/07 began with a wonderful show at True North with one of my favourite people; Katherine Wheatley! An eclectic blending of sorrow, joy and hope into an evening of comraderie, this was a great way to christen the remarkable space Troy has created upstairs. Tranby Croft, Mose Scarlett, Angie Nussey, Chuck Baker, Frida's Brow and Dean McTaggart also graced the FridayFolk stage. At the end of the 2007 season I handed over the reins of power to Alyssa Wright. Latest updates always on Live@Jives's Folkie Calendar.

Fall 2005 saw outside the lines on September 30, Wendell Ferguson and the Smoking Section on October 21 and Lynn Miles on November 25th 2005. In the New Year we presented a series of House Concerts in locations in and around Orillia - exposing lesser known talents to the Live Music audience. Ian North & Likewater on February 24th, 2006 at the Friends' Meeting House and Rob Ritchie on March 31 at the Webers. Juno award winning Jenny Whiteley took the series back to Swanmore Hall on May 5th. Support Live Music...check some of these shows out

2005 kicked off with a FridayFolk Goes Home show in January featuring Geoff Somers at Susan and Ron's charming domicile in the Oro Medonte hills. February 25th saw Canadian legend Willie P. Bennett in concert at Swanmore Hall in Orillia. Rodney Brown told his tales of the north at the Zen Waffle Inn in April. A wonderful time was had by all at the Spring Fling at the Eady Hall and an incredible acoustic show with Rita Chiarelli wrapped up our spring shows at the end of May.

Some FridayFolk history....The 2003/4 season kicked off with the Shards, an incredibly energetic celtic band with serious attitude and talent who rocked the Sundial Inn(Travelodge) on the last Friday in September. The autumn line up included ( songer/songwriter extraordinare) Norm Hacking and Suzie Vinnick (the Queen of the Blues). Mose Scarlett started the New Year off right in January..once again at the Sundial...followed by February's Diamonds in the Rough doubleheader of Chuck Baker and brilliant songwriter/spoken word artist/ social activist Evalyn Parry. Manitoba Hal Brolund blew everyone away with his incredible original blues material in March and the Spring Fling, celtic country dance in April at the brand newly refurbished Eady Hall was a riot!

EILEEN LAVERTY KICKED OFF THE 02/03 FRIDAYFOLK CONCERTS, followed by TERRY TUFTS in October and a wonderful show from BOB SNIDER in November. The New Year brought Nancy White , Clay Tyson & Suzanne deBussac, Tamarack, James Gordon and don't forget the Spring Fling with Heartwood and caller Lorraine Sutton.

Thank you for supporting all the wonderful talent The Orillia Folk Society has been able to bring to Orillia! The Millenium Turning year saw performance from artists as varied as Rick Fielding and Erin Benjamin....Vox Violins to David Francey...John Prince and a Piece of the Rock to Nancy White...Swanmore Hall was filled to capacity with knowledgeable, attentive and appreciative audiences. Thanks for coming out to hear great Canadian talent!

For your information and enjoyment check out the photo archives of A Fifth of Donstock (2000) There are lots of thumbnails. A Fifth of Donstock Grab a coffee!

Photos of Donstock Goes Fourth are available for you to peruse! Enjoy!

The A Fifth of Donstock memory site is up and running. George Coventry, Ken Dunn,Don Bray, Lu Robitaille and the Sound Waves, John Francis, Dave MacMillan, Dave Joyce & Carol Teal, Ron Bobbette, The Velcrows and Ernie's Cookie Jar, Suzanne deBussac and Free Radicals are some of the stars you can admire.

Contact Jives If you have any pictures of your own you think would add your own memories to ours...please send them along to jives!

Winterfolk 2002... at Blackberry Hill Farm!

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