The Folkie Calendar

last updated

May 3, 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.


I find less shameless self-promotion here lately; 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 as your post-outdoor activity.

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.

May 6, 2018
Harry Manx returns to the Midland Cultural Centre today for a show beginning at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:30.
Manx is a deeply original multi-instrumentalist who has entertained audiences for the past 30 years in over 40 countries around the globe.
Tickets $35/45.00 & hst and fees are available at…
May 11, 2018

Make plans to head out for Dinner and a Concert featuring The John Wayne Swingtet with special guest violinist from France, Amoury Suchon today at the Utopia Hall 8396 6th Line, Utopia ON.

Dinner Buffet at 7pm Concert starts at 8pm

Advance tickets are $25 (until May 9th) then up they go to $30.00 Call 1-877-499-HALL(4255) or visit for more information.

The John Wayne Swingtet is a group of acoustic jazz musicians (and guest artists) who use the music of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France as an inspirational starting point. From there they branch out into modern jazz, some country, a little Latin and even vintage television show themes. This mixture is then brought to a boil with a generous helping of swing and a dash of humour, resulting in a musical smorgasbord which will leave you tapping your toes and smiling with satisfaction. 


May 18, 19 & 20, 2018
Grab your ukulele and head on over to UKE FEST 2018 happening at the Midland Cultural Centre. Each year the MCC hosts our annual ukulele festival in beautiful downtown Midland.
This 3 day festival allows ukulele players of all ages to participate in workshops, jam sessions, concerts and all things ukulele-based. Headlining our Saturday night concert this year will be LUCKY UKE. Tickets on sale now at


May 26, 2018 

END of the Road will be returning to the stage at Music Up Close concert series in Innisfil this evening @ 8pm.

To describe John, Bruce and Donnie's diverse mix of traditional, maritime, folk and blue grass is almost impossible. This trio of talented musicians has been entertaining enthusiastic audiences throughout Ontario and the Maritimes for many years both individually and as former members of “John Prince & A Piece of the Rock”. The new project, “End of the Road” provides the perfect stage to showcase their talents as they perform old favourites and a large and growing repertoire of original compositions written by John Prince. Their strong vocal harmonies and lyrical melodies present a memorable musical experience that leaves audiences yearning for more. They are one of my personal favourite LIVE acts.

Visit the web site or call Peter at 705-436-3927 for more details. Seats are $25.00 each.

May 31, 2018

BarrieFolk's Thursday night open stage is back! The new format is all-acoustic and encourages a more intimate space to share and enjoy music.

We have returned to the downtown Barrie library location (60 Worsley St.) on the last Thursday of every month. Sign up starts at 6:30 p.m. and performers will get to show their stuff from 7 to 8:30 p.m in the Maker Space at the back of the library. Donations are always appreciated!

May 31, 2018

To suggest that Steve Poltz isn’t normal is about as safe a statement as one could make. You would basically require the powers of the Hubble space telescope to locate Steve Poltz from any region of normalcy. For music fans on both sides of the equator, this is a very good thing.
His live shows have captivated audiences far and wide with a mix of singing, storytelling, shredding, and the occasional spoken word rants which have been known to incite riots. He can take an audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of the same song.
Steve Poltz transcends the word “talented.” He is unforgettable in all the right ways !
Doors of the Heartwood, 939 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON open at 7:30pm for an 8:30show. Advance tickets $33+s/c available at Heartwood Home or online at, $40 at the door

June 3, 2018

The Lifers, a band which contains several of my favourite young musicians, will be launching their new recording Honey Suite into the world in a string of North American and European tour dates - one of which will be at Simcoe Street Theatre in Collingwood today!
The Lifers will be playing as a 6-piece band, and will be joined by opening act Benjamin Dakota Rogers.
This new endeavour shows Honey Suite's development from folk singer-songwriters to being a collective of art-folk/rock powerhouses. The music covers a range of emotional and sonic characteristics, from cinematic, intricate dynamics to incredibly raw and bare arrangements, touching on themes of place, sisterhood, mental health, and environment.
Advance tickets are $15.00/20.00 at the door. Show begins at 7:00pm in Studio 7 at the Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe St., Collingwood, ON
June 9, 2018
Mark this date on your calendar and head down to the Barrie Public Library for an evening of fabulous original songs from eight of Canada's next generation of talented songwriters as BarrieFolk Presents: Youth Songwriters' Showcase Concert 2018. Music begins at 7:30 with doors open at 7:00pm. Donations are gladly accepted at the door.
There will be two sets of 'songs in the round' separated by a short intermission. This is a talented bunch who will keep music lovers of all ages entertained and amazed!
June 15-17, 2018
The Tottenham Bluegrass Festival is three days of Bluegrass Music being held this weekend in the natural amphitheater of the Tottenham Conservation Area, by the waters of the village pond. This year’s lineup draws popular and award winning bands from the United States and across Canada.
For complete information, scheduling and tickets visit
As always if you purchase a weekend ticket the camping and campfire picking are free.
July 6-8, 2018
Head over to Tudhope Park in Orillia for the Mariposa Folk Festival - as the grand old lady of Ontario music festivals brings an amazing line-up of talent to town for the weekend. Artistic Director Liz Scott has pulled out all the stops for her rookie season!
Mariposa is a celebration of music, dance, story and craft, and so much more. Taking place in a beautiful lakeside setting, Mariposa features some of the most renowned folk-roots artists on the North American and international scenes, as well as emerging artists for you to discover. It is a 3-day music get away with 150+ performances on 12 stages.
The Mariposa Folk Festival Facebook page has some wonderful performer biographies if you'd like more details about who's playing.
For campers, the fun starts the day before the festival opens and finishes the day after it closes.
Purchase your 2018 festival passes now at:


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 



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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"