The Folkie Calendar

last updated on

August 2, 2017



I've moved all the regular Open Stage, Jams, Song Circles and drumming events to

The Regulars

page to make it less time consuming to find your favourites.


Summer's here and the time is right...!

There's not much happening on the concert scene but Summer Festival season is upon us! Drag yourself out to hear some great live music.

The Orillia Monday Night Song Circle happens at The Leacock Retirement Lodge Ltd., at 298 Forest Avenue in Orillia (on the corner of Forest Ave & Atherly Road (entrance on Forest Avenue). The Circle will meet 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. Contact Peter - for more complete details. Performers of all ages, experience and musical genres are WELCOME.



Bryan McPherson, along with very special guests Nicholas Keays, Sarah Stinson, Jade Snache and Thomas Harrigan, will share their substantial gifts with the audience at The MASK, 6147 Rama Road, Rama First Nation in support of Rama First Nation Youth Circle.

Given the dynamic, folk-punk delivery of his songs about the labor movement, race relations, income inequality, women’s rights, gay rights and other causes of the oppressed and marginalized, it is nearly impossible to not be moved byMcPherson's message. His agile and shouted tenor, uptempo guitar playing and frenetic harmonica accompaniment are reminiscent of an amped up Woody Guthrie - or maybe Dylan on speed - and McPherson is fearless about taking his message to the people. One criticism of modern activism it is that it lacks heart and focus, but Bryan McPherson has both of these things in spades - because it’s when he slows down his tempos, dials down his rage and delivers stark, first-person songs about love and the loss of loved ones that his strong, vulnerable and indelible heart shines through.

Doors open at 5:00pm. Welcoming@ 6:00pm Admission is by free will donation. There will be vendors, crafts and food available. This event is drug and alcohol free.

August 5, 2017

The Creemore Children’s Festival is designed to empower children by inspiring their imaginations and broadening their creative minds through exciting, interactive play.

Geared to children of all ages, our volunteer driven activities, demonstrations and sponsored performances are grass-roots and all about getting back to the basics of family fun. We love to showcase the interests, enthusiasm and talents of today’s child with emphasis on timeless means of play.

In addition to myriad hands-on activities the Main Stage entertainment will include the Neema Children's Choir, Clive VanderBurgh, Madison Galloway, The Bubbleology Show, magician Sawyer Bullock, ventriloquist Tim Holland and many more exciting acts. Visit for times and additional details.

The whole experience is free.

August 6, 2017

Join Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project for some Dockside Blues aboard the Georgian Queen. Although she's a stationary venue, the music is still fabulous. Tickets are only $10.00. The Queen is docked at the Penetanguishene dock. Tickets are only $10.00 each and available online now!!! To preview the incredible musicians who will be on board this evening please visit

August 7, 2017

The Midland Cultural Centre, King Street, Midland welcomes Mary Black to the stage tonight. Doors open at 7:30 and the show will begin at 8:00 pm
For over 25 years, Mary Black has been a dominant presence in Irish music. She has played a frontline role in bringing Irish music to an ever-growing global audience. At a time when less adventurous performers preferred to stick to the well-worn ballads from Ireland's rich music heritage, Mary explored the best work available from new composers. This fresh material combined with her unique interpretation, saw her release numerous award-winning albums that spawned countless hits.
Black's impressive career includes seven platinum solo albums and collaborations with artists such as Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Joan Baez ,Van Morrison and a host of traditional Irish musicians and singers. The San Francisco Chronicle has described her as "One of the best interpretative singers around".
More at: Tickets are $60 - $65 & taxes and fees. Order Online at: or call 705-527-4420

August 9, 2017

The amazing Steve Poltz returns to Georgian Bay for a show at the Simcoe Street Theatre in Collingwood this evening. I was going to spend a few hours telling you why you should not miss this show but this was up on the website so I stole it.

" Quite possibly the single most entertaining artist i've ever seen. His songwriting, story telling and stage antics make for an experience second to none. Otherwise its very hard to describe. You're just going to have to see it for yourself!"

And then I found this: "Steve Poltz is not normal. He’s interested in it all – the big and the small, the sublime and the ridiculous, the terrestrial and the cosmic. He doesn’t just love life, he rides it bareback, naked, at a full gallop with one hand clenched deep in its mane and the other waving to anyone watching as he flies by." Now that's an endorsement.

Advance tickets are 39.50 + 4.50 fees: at the door are 45.00 plus hst. (I can't believe there are any left so hurry!)

Venue is licensed


August 11, 2017

Come out to the Wasaga Main Street Market, Main Street, Wasaga Beach this evening 7:00-9:00pm where Madison Galloway and The Mud Guppies will delight you with their unique blend of folk, rock, and blues combining their catchy originals with your favourite contemporary and classic covers. They will get your toes tappin’ and keep you captivated while switching it up between guitar, harmonica, ukulele, slide-guitar, bass, keys, and banjo. Their vocals create a harmonious groove while drums bring it all together giving a performance full of fun, energy and positive vibes.
It's family friendly and FREE!


August ?, 2017

(Watch for details since Patty will be on the North Shore of Superior playing at Live From the Rock on the usual date)

The second Wednesday of the month you are invited to join the 'hostess with the mostest' Patty McLaughlin at the Innisfil Public Library (Lakeshore Branch) from 7-9pm as the Innisfil Song Circle gathers music enthusiasts together once more.

Bring your acoustic instruments or just your voice or just your ears. Bring your love of sharing music with like-minded people of all ages and abilities! Everyone is welcome :-)

August 14, 2017

The Coldwater Mill Heritage Foundation presents a series of concerts entitled Monday Nights Under the Musical Barn. These family friendly shows begain at 7:00pm and wrap up by 9:00pm so the kids don't get cranky.

Tonight's show features Canadian born, Midland based keyboard virtuoso Marlon Gibbons. Marlon's original compositions may be heard on many television shows as well live at various venues in and around Simcoe County.
There is no admission charge but donations are accepted gladly. The barn/gazebo is located at 1 Mill Street, Coldwater, ON.

Coming up: August 21- Eric Kidd

August 24, 2017

Please come out and welcome Tragedy Ann back to Barrie. On the heels of laying down tracks for their latest recording Liv and Braden will be performing a couple of sets of tunes new and old beginning at 7:00 pm at the Dillard residence in the north end of Barrie. Suggested donation is $20.00 and your seat may be reserved by emailing A more specific address will be given upon reservation. There are only 35 seats up for grabs...make that 34 since one has my name on it.

If you don't know about Tragedy Ann: When grit and groove meets softly swaying silk, the thrift-folk* of Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan comes to life. With an electric chemistry and quick-witted sense of humour, they’ve threaded their colours and textures together to create the terrifying two-headed kitten that is Tragedy Ann. Playing with folk and alt. blues yarns, Cazzola and Phelan are a pair of accomplished mood-setters, storytellers, and chill-givers. Having toured across Canada, performed at prominent folk festivals and released their debut EP Stumbling in 2016, the pair is excited for another action-packed summer. Tragedy Ann is known to make audiences laugh, cry, hug complete strangers, and is the only cure for the common cold. Bring the purr.

You'll have to come to the show to find out what constitutes *thrift-folk. I highly recommend this talented young duo. You'll want to be able to say "I saw them when...."


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OFS Song Circle continue through the year as well as a good variety of Open Mics, jams for all genres and coffeehouses galore. Have a look at the REGULARS page.


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From home grown to exotic, there is something to please every palate! Have a look and see what appeals to you!

Please note: check out Sean McGaughey's podcast site where you can listen to his conversations with some fine Ontario songwriters (including #3 - that's Me). For the Sake of the Song"