The Folkie Calendar

last updated

November 13, 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.

November 13, 2018

Today, and on each Tuesday 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 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.

November 16, 2018
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. Dave Joyce'll be there! Will YOU?

November 16, 2018

The Take Note! Music House is happy to be welcoming Sarah Jane Scouten and her Honkey Tonk Wingmen back to Barrie for a show tonight beginning at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30).

At age 5, Sarah Jane Scouten was sitting on the dining room table, singing “Lace and Pretty Flowers,” by Canadian country-folk musician, Willie P. Bennett. Hank Williams and Stan Rogers were her greatest inspirations, both a staple at Sunday morning pancake breakfast and afterward, while singing bluegrass and gospel music with her father.

With flavours of Lucinda Williams, Nanci Griffiths and Iris Dement and a wealth of early country music, the three-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and Western Canadian Music Award nominee's songs are faithful to a long-standing folk music tradition. Often spilling over into modern themes that are outspoken and edgy, her songwriting tackles issues from poverty and midwifery to tongue-in-cheek heartache songs and unabashed Canadiana.

Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. You may reserve your seat by emailing or calling 705-305-1687 (address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse).

November 16, 2018

Side Launch Brewing Company, Huron Club Restaurant & Bar and Crow. Bar. are sponsoring an evening of music featuring the Devin Cuddy Band with special guests Chuck Baker and Sarah Lichti this evening at The Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe Street, Collingwood ON.

Devin Cuddy has always made music his way, and some might argue, the hard way. As the son of one of Canada’s most beloved singer/songwriters, country rock has been the soundtrack to Devin’s entire life: one he's added a pinch of Southern soul. Years of playing live have honed his warm vocals and instrumental skills while feeding the songwriting mill with thousands of stories.

Chuck Baker and Sarah Lichti's unique sound dissolves the traditional boundaries between blues, rock, jazz and trad foot stomp. They fracture the iconic mold of folk, delivering a complex blend of exciting composition, beautiful harmony, erudite songwriting and an arrestingly percussive style of guitar.

This concert is a benefit to help bring Karen Witt home. Here's the background. Karen's story

Doors open at 7:00pm. Show begins at 7:30. The venue is licensed.

Seating is limited so get your tickets ($45.00) early at


November 17, 2018

Drop into Ciboulette et Cie, 290 King Street, Midland, tonight for some of their delicious food and tasty beverages. As a bonus you will have the pleasure of listening to Nonie Thompson play between 7:00 and 9:00pm.

From heady blues, Irish balladry, to Cajun and French Canadian hues, Nonie seamlessly traverses genre with an execution only matched by her uncanny ability to explore equally diverse lyrical themes. Whether upbeat, sorrowful, poignant or whimsical, Nonie's songs reach into the landscape of the heart - family, community, memory, discovery, love and loss - woven together by her stunningly beautiful voice.

C & C is a huge supporter of live music in the area. Check it out.


November 20, 2018

Lead Pipe Cinch returns to the stage in a long-time-coming feature set (7:00-8:00pm) at the Queen's Quay Open Mic in Victoria Harbour tonight.

Partners in LPC, Jennifer Ives & Ken Allen enjoy (and like to share) a harmonious and energetic blend of blues, folk, celtic, country and everything in between. There's rarely a dull moment in this eclectic repertoire of original material, sprinkled with some of their favourite cover tunes from EmmyLou to Earle, Hiatt to Hank.

Hosted by Nonie Thompson, this event happens each Tuesday evening between 6:30 and 9:00pm. It's a cosy room with good acoustics and tasty beverages on tap (and bottle). Have your gps ready 'cause it's not the easiest place in the world to find the first time! It's located at 67 Juneau Road L0K 2A0 Victoria Harbour, ON



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!

Shows are held 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 24, 2018

You are invited to this month's Brandy Creek Coffeehouse featuring Zachary Lucky at the Muskoka Place Gallery, 1182 Foreman Rd., Port Carling, ON.

Zachary transcends the boundaries of folk and country, simply by seeking the truth. Everyone knows prairie boys are the salt of the earth, & Saskatoon-bred Lucky is a prime example. Hard-working, long-touring, and fine-crafting, he creates beautiful music with a deeply intimate and emotive quality. But for all that Lucky shares in common with the great singer/songwriters, both past and current, his style is all his own.

Though quite young, Lucky has been making music for well over a decade and has toured widely in this country & the USA. His CDs have received rave reviews & he is much loved by the music press who are his best spokesmen: “Silky smooth vocals full and warm laced with a contrasting edge…paired with the gentle yet full sound of his acoustic guitar. The combination pulls you in and takes you along on the journey.

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

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

November 30, 2018

Tonight at the Orillia Opera House, 20 Mississaga Street; Orillia:

The Slocan Ramblers are Canada's bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocan's have become a leading light of today's acoustic music scene. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, this young Toronto band has been winning over audiences from Merlefest to RockyGrass and everywhere in between. Show begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are $35.00 and are available at the Box Office or by visiting This Site.

December 7, 2018

Here's something unprecedented in my experience: a chance to share some songs and suds while sitting in the stacks!

Join host Darrin Davis at the Orillia Public Library's Acoustic Open Mic Night tonight! Bring your friends and family plus your acoustic instrument of choice, perform using a professional sound system, and enjoy delicious local craft beers and ciders.

Doors open and sign-up begins in person at 6:30 p.m., performances begin at 7:00 p.m. (Sign-up will be limited to the first fifteen people.) We hope to see (and hear!) you there. (Ages 19+, ID required). Call 705-325-2556 or email us at for more information.

December 9, 2018

The Midland Cultural Centre invites you to enjoy A Reely Celtic Christmas featuring The Reel Celts.

Led by multi-instrumentalist Eugene Rea with Nonie Thompson on guitar and vocals, Anne Lederman on fiddle and vocals, Tom Leighton on accordion and keys, and Paul Gribbon on Uillean pipes and whistles, this Celtic 'supergroup' have assembled a wonderful collection of seasonal music, both traditional and contemporary.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm Tickets $25.00 + hst and fees

December 11, 2018

The Songwriter Series is a monthly singer/songwriter showcase presented on Tuesday nights at 8 pm, in the Temple Lounge at Donaleigh’s in downtown Barrie co-hosted by Chas. Hay and singer/ songwriter Brett Caswell.

Tonight's gathering features three of my personal favourite performing songwriters Wendell Ferguson, Amanda Rheaume and Cassie Da Silva.

This evening offers a rare opportunity to witness veteran and newer singer-songwriters as they share a stage and interact in a ‘songwriter’s circle’ , taking turns to swap songs, stories, and personal recollections.

Donaleigh's Irish Public House is located at 28 Dunlop Street East Barrie, ON . Tickets are $12.00 and are available HERE or, I assume, at Donaleigh's.

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 19, 2019

Innisfil Live Music Club welcomes local hero Larry Christopher and his Neil Young: Comes A Time show to the living room at 2208 25 Sideroad, Innisfil, ON between 8:00 and 11:00 pm tonight.

This show will feature the music from the Comes A Time period of Neil's career. Joining Larry will be Patty McLaughlin, Ginny Clements and Vince Therrien as the "Comes A Time Band". Hope you can join us for a great evening of music and friendship with Larry Christopher!

Suggested donation: $25.00. To reserve your seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182. act

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 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

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 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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