The Folkie Calendar

last updated

October 8, 2018


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 almost gone and Winter's comin' on but, even though crabby fingers and a dotty old dog keep me close to home, luckily I am still able to enjoy LIVE music in all its combinations and permutations and hope you will hop off your couch or consider heading out to a live concert when you've satisfied your need for fresh air!

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.

October 12, 2018

“Open Mic Night” at A Hui Hou on 208 Main St., Newmarket. Music starts at 7:00pm and goes until 9:00pm. Come out early, sign up and perform a 15 minute set of your favourite songs or poems or come out to listen to interesting, enjoyable, entertaining performers. As well, A Hui Hou is a very hospitable venue and has a nice selection of food and beverages, (ice cream too….Mmmmm…It is still summer!!) to enjoy during the performances. Open Mic Nights are the first and third Friday of each month at A Hui Hou. We always have a fun, entertaining evening! I’ll be there! See you there?


October 12, 2018

Echoes of Mariposa is proud to present The Young'uns with special guest Tony McManus at St. Paul's Orillia Centre in Orillia.
The Young ‘Uns is an award-winning trio comprised of Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes, which hails from Hartlepool/Stockton-on-Tees in northeast England.
A Celtic music guitarist from Paisley, Scotland, Tony McManus, has released five solo albums, performed at festivals and concerts and accompanied many renowned Celtic and Classical musicians and groups.

Concert begins at 8:00 p.m. (Doors 7:15 p.m.) @ St Paul’s Centre, 62 Peter S N Orillia. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door (includes all fees and taxes) This is an all ages show

To purchase tickets online click the following link: Echoes Tickets are also available at the Mariposa Folk Festival office, located at 10 Peter St. South, in Orillia.

October 18, 2018

Guelph's folk duo Tragedy Ann brings songs from the new recording (and some favourites from previous years) out to play at the Brownstone, 178 Mississaga Street, Orillia tonight. Special guest paul court will also be in the house!

Liv Cazzola and Braden Phelan intertwine the storytelling power of Tom Waits with the musical nuance of Mandolin Orange, crafting something simultaneously familiar and fresh. Rooted in passionate vocal harmony, Tragedy Ann’s songs tackle topics from love-drunkenness to hospital visits with equal intimacy. Cazzola’s multi-instrumental menagerie and Phelan’s dynamic guitar flavours provide a lush backdrop to these powerful narratives, reminding you that you do indeed love the accordion—you just never heard it played this sweetly.

paul court: nascent artist, colour junkie, singer/songwriter/sideguy, husband, father, curler. How Canadian is that?!


October 19, 2018

Head over to The Brownstone,178 Mississaga Street East, Orillia, tonight for an intimate show with Joey Landreth.

With his one-of-a-kind guitar prowess, charming on and off-stage demeanour, the sincerity and authenticity of his words and music, every piece of music Landreth composes with carry with it his unmistakably evocative and melodic hallmarks.

Seeking new creative challenges, Landreth recently stepped out of the proverbial comfort of The Brothers Landreth, writing a great deal of music completely on his own, as well as alongside the precociously talented young songwriter/producer Roman Clarke.

You don't have to take my word for it, but it WORKS!

Tickets are $15.00 or $20.00 at the door plus fees.

October 20, 2018

Newmarket Folk Society brings Fred Eaglesmith & Tif Ginn to town for a show by Canada's most respected and well-travelled songwriters.

Eaglesmith is a veteran of the music industry and at the same time is about as far away from actually participating in today's music industry as one could be. Never operating within anyone's boundaries, he continues to set the standard for independent artists everywhere. Ginn is a gutsy, amazing singer and a transcendent songwriter who has spent most of her life touring and playing music. Her impressive, sultry vocals and glorious harmonies with Fred, along with her multiple instrument additions to the show will have you in awe.

Doors at the Newmarket Canadian Legion Branch 426 at 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket ON open at 7:15 for the 8:00pm show. Tickets are $30.00+ fees and are available online here , by ETransfer to or in person at “A Hui Hou” (formerly known as Books, Cafe and Things) at 208 Main St. South, Newmarket ON L3Y 3Z3 (cash only).


October 27, 2018

Jayden Grahlman and his band bring the party to CROW. Bar and Variety, 18 Huron Street, Collingwood ON tonight for an ecstatic night of funky-soulful-roots music.

Grahlman just released his debut album "Diving In", and this night is dedicated to celebrating this release, community, and the pure joy of gettin' down to this amazing band - at an amazing venue.

Prepare yourselves mentally and physically, put it on the calendar, and tell your friends, this night is going to be huge fun! ***NO COVER - Just the Jar!!!!!!!!***

November 3, 2018

Innisfil Live Music House Concerts presents The Marigolds. Charismatic!

Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick and Caitlin Hanford, three of Canada's top singer/songwriters, have combined their talents to form The Marigolds. Accompanied by drummer Randall Coryell, the Marigolds are part bluesy, part jazzy, and part traditional country and bluegrass, specializing in angelic harmonies and gutsy playing. Delivering with skill and grace, the Marigolds are a roots-music supergroup in full bloom.

You won't want to miss this! Showtime is 8PM (Doors open at 7PM). To reserve your $25 seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182 



November 22, 2018

Mark your calendar for tonight when The Midland Cultural Centre, 333 King Street, Midland plays host to The Jerry Cans! And now for something completely different!

This eclectic group creates music inspired by the members' hometown of Iqaluit, Nunavut and life in the high Arctic. The unique mix of indie folk-rock and traditional Inuit throat singing is sung primarily in the Indigenous language of Inuktitut.

The Jerry Cans are passionate about helping to preserve the Inuktitut language, especially as the north evolves, and are committed to challenging common misconceptions about life in the north. Their unique tunes and reputation for getting elders and young people dancing has forced people to notice this high-energy group! Come take a stroll through the streets of Iqaluit and catch a glimpse of life in Arctic.

Doors open at 7:30 for an 8:00pm show. Tickets are $30-33.00 + fees. Here's the link for online purchase: Jerry Cans



November 24, 2018

Newmarket Folk Society is pleased to present Newfoundland's latest export: The Once!

Newfoundland has a storied history of stunning songwriters, poets and players. Over the course of the last decade The Once have writ and knit themselves into that story. 

Geraldine Hollett’s voice is a large part of the band’s ethereal sound, and there is nowhere it would sit better than in between the rhythmic and supportive voices of Phil Churchill and Andrew Dale, and the lush soundscapes they build. The trio’s instrumentation and vocals meld together like gold, building something stronger together than any one songwriter could muster alone. Their harmonies grab you by the heart, and their music melts what’s left of it. 

Opening the show will be two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Megan Bonnell.

Doors at the Newmarket Canadian Legion Branch 426 at 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket ON open at 7:15 for the 8:00pm show. Tickets are $25.00+ fees and are available online here, by ETransfer to or in person at “A Hui Hou” at 208 Main St. South, Newmarket ON L3Y 3Z3 (cash only).

November 29, 2018

BarrieFolk is thrilled to bring the ladies of Boreal back to Barrie to kick off the holiday season. The show will take place at the MacLaren Arts Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street, Barrie, with doors open at 7 p.m. and the show at 7:30 p.m.

Boreal (Jude Vadala, Tannis Slimmon and Katherine Wheatley) started in Jude’s kitchen when the three talented solo players decided to join forces to do a show of winter songs.

After many pots of tea and hours of meticulously working out harmonies and arrangements of winter-themed original songs and holiday classics, Boreal did its first show: over ten years ago. Each November and December since then, they’ve toured their snowy-season project through community halls and concert series across Ontario.

It's the perfect antidote to a cold winter’s night. Songs that conjure up vivid sights and sounds that every Canadian would fondly recognize: pine branches bending low, squirrels’ footprints in the snow, winter’s hush, shoveling, the sound of slap shots off the boards. Their rapport, both with each other and with the audience, is warm, friendly, and genuine. Tannis, Jude and Katherine play all the instruments – guitars, mandolin, banjo, bass, keyboards, percussion – bringing variety, atmosphere and originality to the music and just the right amount of space to showcase the soaring vocals of three of Canada’s finest harmony voices.

Tickets are $25.00 or $30.00 at the door. Ticket link

December 18, 2018

The Good Lovelies return to the Midland Cultural Centre's Rotary Hall with their 12th annual Christmas show!

What better way to celebrate the season than with classic holiday and winter selections: timeless and original material polished to a warm and welcoming glow?

Accompanying The Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Susan Passmore) is their band of merry men, Steve Zsirai on upright bass, Robbie Grunwald on keys and Mark Mariash on drums. This six-piece will have you humming along, laughing and full of mirth by the show's end.

Good Lovelies first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and have since compiled a catalogue of studio albums, EPs, a live album and a Christmas collection. They have toured extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, UK, and Australia and have earned a Juno Award (2010), a Juno Nomination (2012) and four Canadian Folk Music Awards along the way.

Tickets are $34-39.00 + hst and fees. Online tickets here

January 18, 2019

BarrieFolk is thrilled to bring the boys of Union Duke to Barrie this evening for a show at the MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Show starts at 8 p.m.

Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park.

These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll.

The songs will take you back to your warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs. It also looks forward, reaching for those long, lazy summer days that will keep you going through the winter.

The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals including Live From the Rock, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren’t so distant after all. Advance tickets are $30, $35 at the door. Ticket link

January 26, 2019

Newmarket Folk Society is pleased to present Russell deCarle in concert!

You’ll probably remember deCarle as the lead vocalist and bassist of the iconic Canadian country roots band, Prairie Oyster. The truth is, though, that Prairie Oyster was always more than a “country” band, and deCarle’s warm, burnished and intimate voice has always honoured an eclectic range of songs that mix southern soul and restrained balladry, with obvious touches of jazz, blues, old-school country, and western swing. Russell will be joined by guitarist, Steve Briggs who has performed, arranged and recorded with a wealth of artists including Sylvia Tyson, Murray McLauchlan, Leon Redbone and many others. His own western swing orchestra, the Bebop Cowboys, has garnered many glowing reviews and accolades across the country. 

Doors at the Newmarket Canadian Legion Branch 426 at 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket ON open at 7:15 for the 8:00pm show. Tickets are $25.00+ fees and are available online here, by ETransfer to or in person at “A Hui Hou” at 208 Main St. South, Newmarket ON L3Y 3Z3 (cash only). 


March 23, 2019

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. Her career has been decorated with many accolades including three GRAMMY nominations, seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. 

More details will be posted on the NFS website as they become available.


April 27, 2019
Newmarket Folk Society is excited to be able to bring Rant Maggie Rant to Newmarket tonight.
Rant Maggie Rant brings an arsenal of instruments, styles and substance to their shows with versatility and virtuosity. The Stratford, Ontario band’s personality shines through as a collective of six very unique and different artists in their own right, the sum of which create unforgettable moments on stage. For the past 10 years this multi-award winning band has consistently roused audiences from coast to coast.
Traditionalists love their approach as they perform time honoured tunes, but in a new and fresh way with an energy that will make you want to dance and rediscover your roots. Traditional melodies, Latin and Mediterranean rhythms, heartfelt shanties, revved up tempos and unexpected time changes all collide in original and contemporary compositions, often blending together to deliver an intoxicating performance. Don’t miss this band.


May 25, 2019

Join the good folks of the Newmarket Folk Society in celebration of the music of Canadian music icon, Joni Mitchell with performances by Katherine Wheatley, Tannis Slimmon, Beverlie Robertson, Dayna Manning, Mary Bennet, Patty McLaughlin, Ginny Clements and personal stories from Cheryl Prashker!

Check for additional information on the NFS website.












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