Toronto’s Winterfolk X reaches milestone

It’s a winter’s day here in the big city. Slush is piled up beside the street car tracks, tiny flakes of snow are rapidly falling, and the sky has been the same shade of grey for what feels like weeks now.

It’s also a time to celebrate — there’s a folk festival going on this weekend, no tent required.

Winterfolk, the mid-winter celebration of music in downtown Toronto, has reached an important milestone: ten years running! Winterfolk X kicked off last night and runs through the weekend. Drop by any of the free, volunteer-run events taking place at the Delta Chelsea hotel, and enjoy a musical respite from winter.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday February 18, 2012
Monarch’s Pub 

Main Floor Lounge

Market Garden  

Main Floor Cafeteria Style Eatery

Community Club Easy ListeningMount Batten Room 2nd floor The Listening Room  

Located in Deck 27 – 27th Floor

Get up close and Personal with the artist

1 Brian Blain’s Campfire and Song Circle – Players wanted – drop by and sit in with Mr. Blain for some tunes by the light of his campfire. Jay Aymar Best of Sarah’s Cafe Open Stage Host is Dan McLean Jr., 

Hour 1 – Jo-Anne Park, Daniel McKenzie, Alan McKinlay, Mark Martyre

Hour 2 – Caitlin Gallagher, Chris Scian, Frank Patrick, Meghan Smith

Maneli Jamal 1
2 Same Latitude as Rome perform songs on the theme of The war of 1812. Marie Lynn Hammond 2
3 Songs that Tell StoriesHost Howard Gladstone, with with Jay Aymar, Ian Reid, and Grainne show the power of songs to tell anecdotes and spin their tales of history and imagination. Dan McVeigh Best of Acoustic Tuesdays Open Stage with host Steve Raiken

Hour 1 – Steve Raiken, Roger Zuraw, The McDales, Andy Griffiths

Hour 2 – Mark Denington, Darwin Bruce, Pete Otis, Glen Hornblast

The Cris Cuddy Acoustic unit 3
4 Lenka Lichtenberg & Fray The Lady Racers Greg Quill 4
5 David Gillis & Friends Sue & Dwight Speak Music Presents hosted by Beverly Kreller  


The Wanted

Whoa Nellie


Bob Ryder

Ryan McAlister

Sarah Green

Crabtree and Mills 5
6 Not Just Another Guitar Worksop – Alastair Artingstall, Margaret Stowe and Maneli Jamal play their songs while integrating progressive guitar techniques such as alternative tunings,  cut down capos, and  percussive elements as tapping, slapping,  some electronics, plus some  composing ideas. Tia McGraff Roger Scannura & Ritmo Flamenco 6
7 Porch Music – Host Lynne Hanson calls it porch music with a little ‘Texas Dirt’, and is  joined in the round by Tia McGraff, and HOTCHA! Arianna Gillis Band NSAI Nashville Songwriters Present  

Hour 1 – Host is Dan McVeigh, with Glen MacNeil, Clive Vanderburgh, Zac Wrixon
Hour 2 – Host is Shawn Devlin, with Patrick Ballantyne, John Cheesman, Peter Light

Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone’?
Hosts Sue and Dwight are joined by Ian Reid, Crabtree and Mills, performing folk songs of the 60’s.
8 The Alistair Christl Trio Rockabilly Band HOTCHA! The Acoustic Blues of Winterfolk  


8:00 Acoustic Blues Guitar

Host John Jackson with David Essig, and Mr. Rick Artists in song circle, share their tunes and show 6-sting techniques as slide, Finger style, different tunings, influences, and more.

9:00 Blues Songwriting Unplugged

Gary Kendall (Downchild) with Brian Blain play tunes and write a blues songs in real time with audience input.

Only 50 tickets will be sold

Advance Recommended $8:00 Door $10.00

9 The Guitar Boys of Alderon They took up space in school, and now they are cadets – Noah Zacharin, Mr. Rick and  Brian Gladstone, and the newest cadet on percussion is Bev Kreller. Jaron Freeman Fox & the Opposite of Everything Showcase of Stouffville Artists hosted by Jim Priebe9:00 – The Cris Cuddy Acoustic unit
9:30 – Grainne
10:00 – Tom Pullin
10:30 – Erwin Schack
10 David Essig with Tony Quarrington Lynn Miles 10
11 11

Sunday February 19, 2012

Monarch’s Pub 

Main Floor Lounge

Market Garden  

Main Floor Cafeteria Style Eatery

Community Club Easy Listening – Mount Batten Room 2nd floor The Listening Room  

Located in Deck 27 – 27th Floor

Get up close and Personal with the artist

1 Old Time Gospel Songs  – Host Phonogarde is joined by  Max Woolaver and Richard Henderson for a Sunday good ol’ Gospel session. Russell Leon Band Pete Otis Presents Song Town  


Hour 1 – Joe Mavety

Steve Ambrose

Jack Tasse

Paul Polisano

Pete Otis


Hour 2 – Dellukka

Norm Lucien

John Layton

Glen Hornblast

Davybaby Hua

Songwriting Workshop with Lynn Miles and Lynne Hanson  

Lynn Miles will be offering a Songwriting workshop. Lynn is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With seven albums to her credit, she is the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music Awards, and a 2003 Juno Award for Roots & Traditional Solo Album of the Year. Her latest album Fall For Beauty was nominated for the 2011 Juno Roots Album of the year. Lynn’s Songwriting workshops are renown, in demand, usually oversold, and typically cost over $20.00.

Joining Lynn Miles, is Lynne Hanson, winner of the 2010 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award, and recent Kerrville New Folk Finalist.
Advance Recommended $8:00 Door $10.00

2 Play Guitar with Jack De Keyzer 


Join the Guitar Jam


Guitar players invited to drop in and play some guitar with Jack  and the band, including Rick Donaldson (drums), Brian Blain (bass) , and you.

Alastair Artingstall 2
3 Jory Nash The Moonshine Cafe Presents with host John Marlett Hour 1- Dave and Marg Taylor
Ricky Joe & Sandy
The Gardeners
Mike and & Lianne Gravitis
Hour 2 – Sandy Quial
Marty Rouleau
Crhis Roselle
Kelly McMurtry
The Music is the Message  

Songs of Protest, Change, and Social Justice Host Greg Quill with Crabtree and Mills, Howard Gladstone

4 John Jackson Grainne Phillip Brown 4
5 Max Woolaver Band A Yellow Field Songwriters Unite Presents host Russell Leon with  

Hour 1- Ben Veneer, Frank Prather, Blair Packham, Shawna Caspi

Hour  2 –Sam Turton, Debbie Flemming, Mark Bragg, Ania Soul


Ian Reid 5
6 Glen Hornblast CD Release Howard Gladstone and Friends Phonogarde 6
7 The Boxcar Boys Lynne Hanson Seneca College Independent Music Program 

Hosts Linda M and Sarah Burton present


Nika Smith

Rory Jordan-Stevens

Chris Blatchford

Adrian Hay Trio

Mae Janelle Berte

Angela Abrenica

The Smokin’ Guitars of Winterfolk  

At no time do their fingers leave their hands! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to get up close with so many six string masters all in one place!

7:00 Amazing Flying Fingers – D’Arcy Wickham, Noah Zacharin, Rick Taylor, Phillip Brown

7:50 Mr. Rick, Brian Gladstone, David Essig, David Gillis

8:40 Margaret Stowe and Tony Quarrington (repeat of one of Winterfolk’s most all time memorable performances)

9:30 Tony Quarrington’s Open Jam SessionTony starts in singer / songwriter mode, then players welcome to join in. Anything can happen – featuring many of the above players plus a few surprises.

Only 50 tickets will be sold

Advance Recommended $8:00 Door $10.00

8 Rick Taylor Laura Fernandez 8
9 Mr. Rick and the Biscuits Noah Zacharin & Danny Marks 9
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