The Folkie Calendar

last updated

January 22, 2019


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 days are growing longer as we vacuum needles out of carpets and vow to be better than today. Yesterday's gone. Yesterday's gone.

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.


January 23, 2019
Today, and on each Wednesday in the forseeable future, Nonie Thompson invites you to join her (and friends) at The Queen's Quay, 67 Juneau Road in Victoria Harbour, sharing talents either by singing on their own or joining in with each other. There is a featured performer each week sandwiched between Open Mic opportunities.
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.

January 26, 2019

Muskoka Place Gallery, 1182 Foreman Rd., Port Carling is happy to prove " The Thrill is not gone" as

they present an evening of blues featuring Alfie Smith.

Smith is a true modern day Blues Man, blending hard-edged Rock and Roll, Gospel, Folk and Jazz with Pure Primal Blues to create his own unique sound. He is adept at many instruments including 7 string slide guitar, banjo, guitar, 12 string and lap steel.

Alfie has been a featured performer at Mariposa, Festival of Friends, Home County, Eaglewood, Mill Race, Harbourfront Blues Festival, Niagara Blues Festival & others. He was nominated for Best Blues Album at the Hamilton Music Awards and also Best Guitarist. He was also selected to represent the Toronto Blues Society at the Blues International Challenge in Memphis.

Admission: $10.00 at the door Refreshments: by donation in the jar Details: 705-765-0340

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). 

February 1, 2019
It's “Open Mic Night” at A Hui Hou on 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 relax and listen to interesting, enjoyable, entertaining performers.
As well, A Hui Hou is a very comfortable, hospitable venue that has a nice selection of food and beverages (Mmmmm… Great ice cream and milkshakes!) 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. Check it out!


February 3, 2019

Join Canadian roots artist Zachary Lucky and his band this afternoon for the final installment of a three part matinee residency in Orillia, ON at The Brownstone Cafe.

Each monthly show will feature a different guest performer.

These afternoons are relaxed - and open to anyone and everyone who appreciates hearing good, quality music. Shows will begin around 1:30 PM and are pay what you can, with a suggested donation of $20.00 at the door.


February 3, 2019

The Take Note! Music House presents a CD Release concert for 2017 Songs From the Heart Award winner Kate Weekes this afternoon at 2:00 pm (doors open at 1:30).

The intrepid singer/songwriter and guitarist — now based in Eastern Ontario after more than a decade spent immersed in the Yukon’s vibrant music scene — draws on an astonishing array of experiences including (but not limited to) dog mushing-for-hire in Norway, touring China with a swing band, canoeing from Whitehorse to Dawson City and, notably, several intense personal relationships to write the songs she'll be sharing today.

Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. You may reserve your seat by emailing – address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse.

For up-to-date info, please visit this link


February 9, 2019

Join hosts Petra Ocian as they welcome performing songwriters Angie Nussey, Rick Charbonneau, and James Gray for an afternoon of music at Baysville's Lake Of Bays Brewery, Hwy 117, Baysville. Music from 1:00-4:30. $5.00 cover.

Delicious food and, I'm assuming, various and sundry libations are available for purchase and consumption.

February 22, 2019

Innisfil Live Music Club invites you to enjoy an evening with Big Little Lions.

Cincinnati, OH meets BC, Canada: a collaboration that won them a JUNO Award in 2014.

Ever since they have been cranking out infectious folk pop songs that are jam-packed with emotion along with tight harmonies that sound like the product of two people working closely and side-by-side instead of living in different countries. After winning Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for their 2015 debut album, their sophomore album was nominated for two WCMA's for Roots Group and Recording of the Year and two 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Contemporary Album and Vocal Group of the Year. Their live show is quite the spectacle with both Paul and Helen using every limb and then some to create a full band experience. You will love them as we do! 8PM (Doors open at 7PM) Suggested Donation $25.

To reserve your seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182.


March 23, 2019

Newmarket Folk Society is pleased to bring another talented performer to the Newmarket Legion today.

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 6, 2019

Head out to Innisfil and catch The Wanted in concert tonight.

This group fuses vintage North American folk, blues and country music with rockabilly and rock and roll in a distinctive roots music mash-up. “…full of contagious, hip swaying, raucous music…Simply irresistible!” The Wanted reconstruct an eclectic mix of classics, distilling each song then hijacking the arrangement. Their own material is infused with the spirit of the covers they are wired to—darkly haunting, incisively witty, or just plain fun.

Their show will transport you to another era, so hop on board for a great ride! 8PM (Doors open at 7PM) Suggested Donation $25.00 To reserve your seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182.


April 6, 2019

Music Up Close House Concerts is proud to bring The Andrew Collins Trio to Innisfil for a show tonight beginning at 8pm. Showcasing a popular collision of trailblazing roots, folk, chambergrass and jazz, not to mention a dizzying number and energetic interplay of instruments on stage. Tickets are $25.00 per seat (in advance). Contact: Peter Chitty 705-436-3927 or email


April 8, 2019

The Innisfil Arts, Culture & Heritage Council ( and Innisfil ideaLAB & Library present The Ennis Sisters in Concert!

Newfoundland’s Juno Award winning trio, The Ennis Sisters, deliver one of the finest shows in the country. Maureen, Karen and Teresa combine original songs, humorous recitations and Irish step-dancing to create an exciting evening that’s sure to ignite your spirit. Their tightly-woven harmonies produce a sound that only siblings can achieve. The multi-award winning sisters move audiences to tears with their hilarious sisterly banter and their poignant sentiments. This is a show you won’t want to miss!

Showtime: 7:30PM (Doors open at 7PM) Tickets: $30 (10% discount for active IACHC members). Tickets? Click here.

Concert Series Discount also available until April 8 (This is the first show in a 4 concert series).



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.


June 10, 2019

The Innisfil Arts, Culture & Heritage Council and Innisfil ideaLAB & Library present Suzie Vinnick & Rick Fines in Concert tonight!

A Saskatoon native transplanted to the Niagara Region of Ontario, Suzie Vinnick is a 3X Juno Nominee, CFMA Award winner, and a 10-time winner of the Maple Blues Award for songwriting, female vocalist, acoustic act and more. Suzie has a voice youve heard a thousand times and one youll never forget. It soars, it growls, it whispers and it shouts from a deep, deep well of emotion. The pure joy she exudes when she picks up that guitar is so worth the show.

Steeped in roots music, Rick Fines crafts a unique blend of warm-hearted blues, juke joint folk, and dockside soul that both embraces and defies the genres that influence him. As a veteran of the North American blues and folk circuits, he engages audiences with captivating songs, diverse guitar styling and his signature vocal growl. His partnership with Suzie garnered a Maple Blues Songwriter of the Year Award. On his own, hes pulled in two more Maple Blues Awards (for Solo Act of the Year), as well as an astonishing eight other nominations.

Please join us for another fabulous night of music at the ideaLAB :) Showtime: 7:30PM (Doors open at 7PM) Tickets: $30 (10% discount for active IACHC members). Tickets? Click here.


September 23, 2019

John Prince & The End of the Road will be in Concert tonight thanks to The Innisfil Arts, Culture & Heritage Council ( and Innisfil ideaLAB & Library! Showtime: 7:30PM (Doors open at 7PM) Tickets: $30 (10% discount for active IACHC members).

John Prince and The End of the Road deliver a diverse mix of traditional, maritime, folk and blue grass music.This trio of extremely 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.

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. Their strong vocal harmonies and lyrical melodies present a memorable musical experience that leaves audiences yearning for more. Please join us for another great evening of music at the ideaLAB!


November 18, 2019

The Innisfil Arts, Culture & Heritage Council ( and Innisfil ideaLAB & Library present The Travelling Mabels in Concert!

Voted 2011 ACMA group of the year, the Travelling Mabels (Eva Levesque, Lana Floen, Therry Lawson and Keith Floen) are a folk/country group from southern Alberta, Canada. Singularly, each woman can vocally stand alone, but once you hear the combined harmony blend, you will know why these three women came together.

Over the last decade, the group has brought their own unique brand of three part harmony, humour and musicianship to Canadian audiences from coast to coast. In addition, they have shared the stage with many notable artists such as Ian Tyson, Tom Jackson, The Elvis Imperials and Gene Watson.

Together with Keith Floen (nominated CCMA 2012 Keyboard player of the year) the group magically weaves in and out of well known favourite cover songs and original music. Please join us for another great evening of music at the ideaLAB!

Showtime: 7:30PM (Doors open at 7PM) Tickets: $30 (10% discount for active IACHC members).







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