The Folkie Calendar

last updated

January 19, 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.


The blanket of snow outside my window and extreme cold warning have created a moment of post turkey peace in which to update this website. 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.

January 19, 2018

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!

January 20, 2018

Betty and the Bobs @ Newmarket Folk Society

BETTY AND THE BOBS was formed as an extracurricular vehicle for a group of Toronto musicians and friends who had worked together in different combinations. The mandate is to do all the songs they have ever wanted to do, but would never get around to doing in their own bands. This includes a bunch of old tunes they grew up with — country, blues, R&B, Beatles, gospel, old jazz, as well as some wacky original songs. Tickets are $25.00 each. All concerts in the 2017-2018 season will be held at the Newmarket Canadian Legion Branch 426 at 707 Srigley Street and will begin at 8:00pm sharp.

January 27, 2018

Innisfil Live Music House Concerts welcomes Wendell and Wheat!

Katherine Wheatley's heartfelt lyrics and stunning voice and Wendell Ferguson's honest yet irreverent humor make their show both moving and hilarious. One presenter said "An absolutely transcendent concert". Another said "She didn't leave a dry eye in the house. He didn't leave a dry seat". Six time CCMA Guitar Player of the Year, Wendell Ferguson is one of the best loved and most respected guitar players in Canada. Katherine Wheatley is able to take minor observations in life and find their soul. On stage...she exudes sheer kindness and love. Blessedly, refreshingly, Katherine Wheatley is a truly Canadian original". We are so excited to have Katherine back again and this time with her musical pal, Wendell. Showtime is 8PM (Doors open at 7PM). To reserve your $25 seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182.

February 3, 2018

BarrieFolk is thrilled to bring Valdy; Folk’s longest still-standing troubadour, back to Barrie this evening at the MacLaren Arts Centre.

“I’ve been lucky,” Valdy suggests. When asked about his career’s longevity (38 years of recording and performing, with tours to every known corner of the planet) Valdy said, “I’ve worked with some amazing people.” and adds that he “married the right woman,” Kathleen Mary Fraser Horsdal, creative advisor and wife of 22 years.

Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit. Valdy’s recent CDs include Contenders, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, with whom he has an absolute blast touring, and a solo release, Viva Valdy: Live at Last, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet.

Tickets are $20. advance or $30 at the door. Don’t forget to bring your Repeat Attender card. Tickets can be purchased online now. They will be available at the MacLaren Arts Centre in September. If buying online, remember to print your tickets after purchasing. Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. 


February 4, 2018

Don't miss the opportunity to catch the Zachary Lucky Trio for a Sunday Matinee at The Brownstone Cafe, Orillia.

Doors at 1:30 PM, Music at 2:00 PM till 4:00 PM. $10 - $20 pay what you can donation.
Zachary Lucky is unapologetically old-school country, armed with a husky, baritone voice. Zachary sings of Canadian places and people as knowingly as he might Townes Van Zandt or the Rio Grande. Already hailed as a master storyteller by outlets ranging from No Depression to The Globe and Mail Zachary was recently nominated for solo artist of the year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards.
February 8-18, 2018

Kempenfelt Community Players presents the London and Broadway hit musical “OLIVER” , based on Charles Dickens’ novel Oliver Twist, at the Georgian College Theatre, February 8 to 18, 2018. Saturday and Sunday matinee performances at 2 p.m. All evening shows are at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and students, by phone or online. Box office information 705-739-4228.

February 9, 2018

Shake your bootie tonight at the Group Hug: A Sock Hop Doo Wop Dance Partyhosted by the Friends of Simcoe Forests at the Elmvale Community Centre, 33 Queen Street West, Elmvale from 8:00 pm to 12:00 am.

Put on your dancing shoes, Fonzie coats, Poodle skirts and dress to impress. This is going to be a night to remember. Prizes for best costumes. A Photo Booth. Raffles. Late night snacks. DJs spinning doo wop and soul. Wallflowers Welcome. There might even be a dance instructor at the beginning of the night..

A soda pop shoppe that sells more than just soda and so MUCH MORE.This is going to be GREAT!!!

Tickets on sale now. They're a steal at $10. Event is 19+

Friends of Simcoe Forests is an award winning not for profit organization with the longterm goal of informing and uniting all persons interested in the conservation of our County’s forests. Our current campaign is to protect Simcoe county's Freele forest tract from becoming a waste facility.

For more info and to purchase your tickets contact

March 2, 2018

Once again, Innisfil Live Music House Concerts presents their EyeTunes Concert in Support of CNIB, a yearly tradition of gathering great local musicians together to donate their time and talent to raising funds to support CNIB in their efforts to provide programs for people with vision loss in our community. Your hostess with the mostest, Patty McLaughlin and friends, Brian Colborne, Paul Snelgrove, Ginny Clements, John Savage and Ken Allen will perform.
Angie Nussey (one of my all time favourites) will return for her fourth kick at the can as well. She's funny, inspirational and a great singer-songwriter as you already know if you've ever seen her. If you haven't, you're in for a treat!
Showtime is 8PM (Doors open at 7PM).
To reserve your $25 seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182.

March 3, 2018

Lance Anderson presents An Evening of Blues and Gospel @ Newmarket Folk Society featuring Michael Dunston who recorded for the legendary soul label Atlantic Records, played Bo Diddley in the film Mr. Rock n’ Roll: The Allan Freed Story and grew up singing in the churches of North Carolina: Quisha Wint – Gospel singer with Anderson's ‘Last Waltz’ and ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ Shows and one of Toronto’s sought-after session vocalists, Quisha is a rising star in the tight-knit music community who was asked to sing with Jane Siberry on her hit song ‘Calling All Angels’ in the 2000 film ‘Pay it Forward’ : Spencer MacKenzie 18 year old ‘New Artist of the Year’ Maple Blues Award winner who proves the point that musicians should be judged by ability and not by age: Ben Riley, who has played alongside many luminaries such as Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole, Michael Burgess, Molly Johnson, Moe Koffman, Domenic Troiano, Wynton Marsalis and Gary Burton among others to name a few, and musical director Lance Anderson, a Juno award winning producer (Leahy) and the 2014 national Maple Blues Award winner for Keyboardist of the Year. Lance is currently the executive producer of the Boquete Panama Jazz & Blues Festival and music artistic director of GATHERING: Music and Dance Festival in Orillia ON.

Tickets are $25.00 each. All concerts in the 2017-2018 season will be held at the Newmarket Canadian Legion Branch 426 at 707 Srigley Street and will begin at 8:00pm sharp. 


April 18, 2018

Innisfil Live Music House Concerts presents The Travelling Mabels! Voted ACMA 2011 Group Of The Year, they are a folk/country female trio full of spirit, spunk and laughter. Collectively, their songs bring a wealth of life experience to the stage. Singularly, each woman can vocally stand alone, but once you hear the combined harmony blend, you will know why these three women came together. The beauty of the Mabels is that they represent three generations of women, Eva Levesque, Lana Floen and Suzanne Levesque. This has opened the door to a dynamic energy both musically and in the rapport with the audiences that most wouldn't experience every day. And their band leader and 2012 CCMA keyboard player of the year, Keith Floen is outstandlngly awesome too! This group was here 3 years ago and they are one of our very favourites! We're thrilled that they are able to come back again. You will love them too! Showtime is 7PM (Doors open at 6PM). To reserve your $25 seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182.



April 21, 2018


J.P. Cormier and Dave Gunning, both individually celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians, have recently finished a new recording and will be bringing it to Newmarket!

Over recent years they’ve been known to show up at one another’s shows and to share their stages while many days off at home in Pictou County are spent hanging out together. They have a performance harmony that very much parallels their brotherly bond and somehow the sum becomes greater than the parts. (and those are some pretty special parts!)

Tickets are $25.00 each. All concerts in the 2017-2018 season will be held at the Newmarket Canadian Legion Branch 426 at 707 Srigley Street and will begin at 8:00pm sharp. 

April 2, 2018

BarrieFolk reminds you to save the date for a a fantastic show with The LYNNeS.

For the past few years Lynne Hanson and Juno-award winning songwriter Lynn Miles have been collaborating: co-writing songs, playing on/producing each other's albums and touring internationally they have officially formed The LYNNeS!

Hanson is known for her hard-living style of music, mixing gritty ballads with driving roots-tinged guitar. Her deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude and the songs are brimming over with imagery relecting next generation roots and blues music while still respecting traditions.

Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With 12 albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards and a 2003 Juno award has fought long and hard for a career that has seen her move from Watch for detials. to Los Angeles and back again with stops in Nashville and Austin: touring through the US, Europe and across Canada, and, always, creating and performing music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability. Venue is TBA at the moment.


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