The Folkie Calendar

last updated

April 20, 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.

April 24, 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.


April 25,- May 4, 2019

Talk if Free Theatre presents the World Premiere performances of two deeply personal, intimate plays:
Music for the Changing Voice: My Grandfather's cello, and all the tiny pieces created by and starring Alyssa Wright directed by Rae Smith
" Performing her original songs, music she was raised with, and even some tunes by the late Don Wright himself, Alyssa weaves together a tale about growing up in a musical shadow under a silencing oppression - then eventually using the cello and the other tools she'd inherited to find her own voice, heal the past, and turn even the most shattered bits into art.."
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& Newfie Electra written by and starring Allison Basha
"We are in a small out-port fishing village in Newfoundland. The main character, Tanya, is grieving the death of her Fadder at the hand of her Mudder. She spends day in and day out submerged at the fish plant plotting her next step. She wants revenge. Between jigs and the reels, we explore the storytelling of this wacky character and what it’s like to live in her shoes. Will she honour her Fadder and avenge his death? Only time will tell. "

Five Points Theatre, 1 Dunlop Street West, Barrie ON

Tickets are $42.00 (matinee) and $48.00 (evening) fee included Here or at the Box Office


April 26, 2019
Dinner and Concert featuring Charlie & Beverlie Robertson with Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka at UTOPIA HALL, 8396 6th Line, Utopia, ONL0M 1T0

If you enjoy boogie-woogie, gospel, jazz or just great music, this is the place to be this evening. The food is delicious too!

Dinner Buffet at 7pm Concert starts at 8pm Advance Tickets $30 (until April 24th) After April 24th, Tickets $35
Call 1-877-499-HALL(4255) for more information.
April 27, 2019
Choir! Choir! Choir! is happening this afternoon in a rare matinee show at the ACC North in Avening, On (Airport Road near Creemore)
Toronto’s Choir! Choir! Choir! will bring together all us old hall lovers for a night of SONG - and by SONG we mean one song that we will all learn and sing together over the course of 90 minutes. We may not end up in perfect harmony but it will be a perfect night! Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, the founders of C!C!C!, will lead us in the fun. Everyone is welcome. Just show up and you are part of the gang - we will learn an original arrangement for a song we love. It’s interactive theatre. It’s stand up comedy. It’s is something you may never have seen before but harkens back to the good old days when Avening would come together to sing.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. for the show at 1 p.m. Tickets: contact The Creemore Echo, 3 Caroline St. West, Creemore, ON 705-466-9906, Tickets are $30.00 advance plus the usual irritating fees etc.

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 bandís 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.


April 28, 2019

Ed Winacott is going to be hosting OPEN MIC AT THE GALLERY which will take place on the 4th Sunday of each month from 2 pm until 5 pm at the Georgina Art Gallery, 149 High St. Sutton On.

Organizers are asking each participant to toss in a toonie to help defray the cost of the room.

There will be a small sound system with mics for vocals and instruments and a house guitar to borrow. Each set will be up to 15 minutes long. Sign up starts at 1:30 pm so just find your genial host or email ( and let him know you're interested in performing.

This stage is open to all skill levels and all styles of acoustic music or spoken word and aims to be a welcoming, listening venue for new talent to test the waters or for experienced performers to perhaps try out new material. Come out early, view the art collection and stay on to either perform or just to listen and enjoy. Tea/coffee will be available. For more details call 1 905 722 9587


April 28, 2019

Tiffen Bay Folk Club is pleased to present Ron Nigrini in concert this evening at the Midland Cultural Centre, King Street, Midland, ON

Rambling through his fifth decade on the music scene, Ron Nigrini still plays for the love of the music, and it shows. A singer, songwriter, guitarist, craftsman, poet and performer, he’s on a life long musical odyssey. He opened for The Mamas & The Papas in 1967, had a hit with I’m Easy in 1976, had the most played Canadian single with “Baby I’m A Lot Like You” in 1983 on his own Oasis Records, acted in movies and on TV and entertained in countless coffee houses, bars, auditoriums and music festivals across Canada, the United States and Europe. The sweet style of this “worker in song” is reminiscent of Jim Croce and Harry Chapin but, in the end, it’s his own beautiful melodies and poetic lyrics that create a unique artistic voice.

Tickets are $25.00 plus HST and fees which brings it to (choke) $33.69 via eventbrite.


May 7, 2019

The next Barrie Folk Society's monthly Open Stage is being held tonight at the downtown Barrie Public Library. Players and singers of all talents are welcome, as are audience members. 6:30 pm - 8:30pm. Event is held the 1st Tuesday of each month.


May 7, 2019

The Songwriter Series hosted by Brett Caswell at Donaleigh's Temple Lounge features Harrow Fair, John Muirhead and Angie Nussey.

The Songwriter Series is a monthly singer/songwriter showcase presented on Tuesday nights in the Temple Lounge at Donaleigh’s in downtown Barrie. Based on the Guitar Pull format, the series features three guest artists every month. These terrific artists represent a mix of various genres and each show is a unique night of great music!

Tickets are $15.00. Doors open @ 6:30pm, Show begins @ 8pm

Harrow Fair -

John Muirhead -

Angie Nussey -


May 9, 2019

Matt Anderson and the Mellotones are onstage at the Orilla Opera House tonight!

A powerhouse performer, Matt Andersen’s “fingers sail over his acoustic guitar strings with the speed and grace of a hummingbird.” With his commanding stage presence and soul-filled, passionate voice, Andersen has garnered worldwide acclaim, headlining major festivals, clubs and theatres throughout North America, Europe and Australia, as well as amassing over 18 million views on YouTube. In a word, he is awesome!

Reserved seating tickets for Matt Andersen—Halfway Home by Morning, are $47.50-$49.50 (depending on facility fees, tax included; handling charges may apply), Tickets on sale NOW! Call the box office: (705) 326-8011 Or buy online:


May 10, 2019

Join The Lifers and Annie Sumi for a concert in celebration of This is Love: A retrospective of Andrea Bird's art.

Emerging Artist of the Year nominees (2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards), these three songwriters have created a collective performance rooted in an arrangement of softly plucked guitar, accordion drones and melodies, harp-inspired ukulele, and delicately intertwined vocals.

With support from the Ontario Arts Council amd FACTOR, this collective has toured their original material in communities around the world. Their "Sisterhood of Sound" tour (2018) carried their intricate arrangements and soaring vocal harmonies through the Northeastern States, Eastern Canada, and Continental Europe, supporting their latest albums Honey Suite (The Lifers, May 2018) and In the Unknown (Annie Sumi, October 2017).

Doors open at 6pm. Concert starts at 7pm. Tickets: $20.00 on eventbrite or at the door (cash)

The gallery is unfortunately not wheelchair accessible.



May 11, 2019

Innisfill Live Music invites everyone to step up to the bar for a triple shot of young talent with Cassidy Jane, Jakob Pearce & The Beresfords!

Throughout our musical travels, we have seen a lot of great young performers, but these 4 performers really stood out and we wanted to feature them here! Tonight you'll get a triple shot of talent right here in our "subterranean concert hall" as the Good Lovelies dubbed it.

Cassidy Jane is a wonderful singer/songwriter/guitarist currently working on her first album. She incorporates blues and rock into her sound and her main influences are Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and Bob Dylan.

We first heard Jakob Pearce at the Mariposa Open Stage and were blown away by his great voice and amazing guitar playing. Jakob is a young acoustic guitarist, singer, and songwriter based out of Orillia, who is building a solid reputation as an amazing performer and fill-in guitarist for various local groups. He has performed his folk-blues originals and technical finger-style covers in many venues in Simcoe County as well as in Toronto and cities and towns to the north.

Hailing from Aurora, ON, brother-sister duo Brendan and Shannon Beresford have been surrounded by music their entire lives. Since the beginning of their professional music career, The Beresfords have drawn respective comparisons to many of their idols, including: Stevie Nicks, Dixie Chicks and Brad Paisley.

Please join us in supporting all of these great young artists before we wrap up for the summer festival season! You'll be able to say you 'saw them when......'!!!

Show starts at 8PM (Doors open at 7PM). Suggested Donation: $25.00 @ Innisfil Live Music, 2208 25 Sideroad, Innisfil ON Canada L9S 2C9

For more information phone: (705) 431-7182



May 12, 2019

It's Mothers' Day and, to celebrate the insane nature of parenthood, Crow Bar and Variety, 18 Huron Street, Collingwood ON is hosting a brunch with Steve Poltz to shake things up for you and your Mom. If you don't know Steve Poltz what can I say....if you do...what can I say?

Steve Poltz continues his whirlwind adventure: nay, quest to bring his madcap antics and glorious songwriting to the masses and leaving them crying for more.

The boys will be cranking out some delicious food and Cave Spring will be there making sure the Mimosas are perfect!

For a more complete idea of the insanity to be expected visit Poltz @ Crow

Doors open at 11 for Brunch. Show time is 1pm. First come first seated.


May 17, 2019

Tiffin Bay Folk Club is overjoyed to present the incomparable Judy Collins in concert at the Midland Cultural Centre this evening.

In case you've been in a coma for 50 years, Judy Collins has inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a generation united against social and environmental injustices. Five decades later, her luminescent presence shines brightly as new generations bask in the glow of her iconic 50-album body of work, and heed inspiration from her spiritual discipline to thrive in the music industry for half a century.

Tickets $75.00- 90.00 + fees and Hst ( $93.14 for a $75.00 ticket to prepare you for the shock)


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!

The Royal Canadian Legion Br. 426 Newmarket 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket, Ontario is a large licensed facility which will hold 200+ in a cabaret seating arrangement. There is limited parking available at the legion but parking is also available just across the road at Prince Charles Public School.

Refreshments are provided before the show and during the intermission by The Maids' Cottage. With doors opening at 7:15pm, come early and enjoy a coffee or tea and a butter tart and/or brownie.

Tickets are $26.87 inclusive and are available Here


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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