The Folkie Calendar

last updated on

July 19, 2017



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 here and the time is right...!

There's not much happening on the concert scene but Summer Festival season is upon us! Drag yourself out to hear some great live music.

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.




August ?, 2017

(Watch for details since Patty will be on the North Shore of Superior playing at Live From the Rock )

The second Wednesday of the month you are invited to join the 'hostess with the mostest' Patty McLaughlin at the Innisfil Public Library (Lakeshore Branch) from 7-9pm as the Innisfil Song Circle gathers music enthusiasts together once more.

Bring your acoustic instruments or just your voice or just your ears. Bring your love of sharing music with like-minded people of all ages and abilities! Everyone is welcome :-)

July 29, 2017

Briar Summers entertains at Orillia Downtown Farmers' Market located at 36 Mississaga Street West in Orillia.

Rob Talaska entertains in the courtyard behind Orillia Museum, for the Art of Orillia display, Orillia Cartoonists (we have two! 'Bickerstaff' and Doug Sneyd). Display runs from 10 a.m. Hosted by Tiffins Creative Centre.

August 6, 2017

Join Wayne Buttery and the Groove Project for some Dockside Blues aboard the Georgian Queen. Although she's a stationary venue, the music is still fabulous. Tickets are only $10.00. The Queen is docked at the Penetanguishene dock. Tickets are only $10.00 each and available online now!!! To preview the incredible musicians who will be on board this evening please visit

August 24, 2017

Please come out and welcome Tragedy Ann back to Barrie. On the heels of laying down tracks for their latest recording Liv and Braden will be performing a couple of sets of tunes new and old beginning at 7:00 pm at the Dillard residence in the north end of Barrie. Suggested donation is $20.00 and your seat may be reserved by emailing A more specific address will be given upon reservation. There are only 35 seats up for grabs...make that 34 since one has my name on it.

If you don't know about Tragedy Ann: When grit and groove meets softly swaying silk, the thrift-folk* of Liv Cazzola & Braden Phelan comes to life. With an electric chemistry and quick-witted sense of humour, they’ve threaded their colours and textures together to create the terrifying two-headed kitten that is Tragedy Ann. Playing with folk and alt. blues yarns, Cazzola and Phelan are a pair of accomplished mood-setters, storytellers, and chill-givers. Having toured across Canada, performed at prominent folk festivals and released their debut EP Stumbling in 2016, the pair is excited for another action-packed summer. Tragedy Ann is known to make audiences laugh, cry, hug complete strangers, and is the only cure for the common cold. Bring the purr.

You'll have to come to the show to find out what constitutes *thrift-folk. I highly recommend this talented young duo. You'll want to be able to say "I saw them when...."


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I am such a terrible 'blogger'! Life seems to scream by for weeks at a time leaving no time to update anything but the facts...then grinds to a halt - leaving nothing to say! I should just leave this part out all together, as I'm sure no one reads it anyway. In fact, if you use this website please drop me a line. I'm beginning to think no one is interested!

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.


This is a photo of my charming and clever daughter Megan, who set up

Please feel free to change your links to the new site.

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"