The Folkie Calendar

last updated

October 11, 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 gone but the time is right...!

The Festival season is wrapping up but the concert scene is ramping up for the Autumn!

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.

October 11, 2017

Please join host Patty McLaughlin and some other musicially inclined friends for a Song Circle at the Innisfil Public Library (Lakeshore Branch) 967 Innisfil Beach Road, this evening from 7:00 -9:00 pm. 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 :-)

October 12, 2017

Join singer-songwriter Cassandra Rutherford in a weekly drop in song circle (Thursdays 1:00 - 2:30pm) at the East Bayfield Recreation Centre, 80 Livingstone Street East, Barrie.

This group is geared towards songwriters and people that would like to test out any new material in a welcoming and supportive environment. Bring your own instrument.

It'll cost you $2.25 unless you have a Recreation Pass (The fee might be a bit more for those under 55 years of age)

October 14, 2017


Edward St Moritz's newest recording, Small Things Shining Bright, will will kick up its heels at its very own release party tonight between 7:00 - 9:00pm at 36 Maple Ave, the upper room of Nutrition Plus.

Suggested donation is $20.00. There will be munchies and light beverages.

Space is limited, so please find his facebook page or email to reserve your seat.

October 14, 2017

Ken Yates will be performing at Music up Close House Concerts in Innifil, ON this evening beginning at 8:00pm.

One of this country's finest singer song writers his sound offers the complete package; unforgettable melodies, emotionally charged storytelling, and top-notch guitar chops proving Yates is a rare example of someone who, from the beginning, had clear intentions when he embraced the troubadour life and the combined drive and talent to make it a reality.

Minimum sugested donation of $20.00 per seat. Go to the Music Up Close web site for more details or call Peter at 705-436-3927.

October 14, 2017

Patio Records and Acoustic Harvest are pleased to present the Seventh Annual Healing Garden Benefit concert featuring: TOM PAXTON & THE DON JUANS and THE GOOD BROTHERS this evening beginning at 8pm (doors open 7:30pm) in The Lyric Theatre space in the Toronto Center for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St. North York (just south of Mel Lastman Square on the west side). There is city lot and street Parking in the vicinity and the nearest subway is the North York Central station, on stop north of Sheppard.

Tickets are $50@the door/$45 in advance at the TCA Box Office: or call: 416-250-3708.

Please join us and help raise funds for a Healing Garden of solace and peace, for patients at the MacKenzie Health Foundation in Richmond Hill, Ontario. This endeavour began as the brain-child of Terry Eagan, Patio Records, Boston MA, and to date, healing gardens have been created at The Childrens' Hospital Boston, MA, the Renfrew Victoria Hospital, ON, and The Ottawa Regional Cancer Center. Another garden is currently under construction at the Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa.

October 15, 2017

Fred Penner's coming to play a 'cushion concert' at the Avening Community Centre (ACC North) in Avening this afternoon.

A gentle giant with kind eyes and an undeniable ability to make you feel good about yourself, this musical master brings 45 years of commitment, consistency and depth to a career that skillfully blends the many genres of performing and communication.

More than the music, the two-time Juno winner and eight-time nominee’s body of work is about energy and emotional connection. The guy who crawled magically out of that hollow log for 12 seasons in the hit CBC TV show Fred Penner’s Place, receives fan mail to this day. Always building on a common theme rooted in integrity and a “belief in what I can do” he has made a lasting impact that crosses the generations and continues to grow.

Doors open at 1:30 pm, Show starts at 2 pm. Tickets $20 (inc. Hst) + ticketing fees if applicable. Available online or at Cardboard Castles – Creemore and Orangeville locations. For more information contact Cardboard Castles at 705-466-9998

October 20-28, 2017

Clearview Community Theatre presents Anne of Green Gables: The Musical at the GNE Fairgrounds, 2220 Fairgrounds Road between Wasaga Beach and Collingwood.

Although Anne Shirley arrives in Avonlea by mistake, she ultimately charms the entire town into falling in love with her precocious and imaginative mind, her passion and her heart. Harron and Campbell’s musical originated at the Charlottetown Festival on Prince Edward Island, where it holds the record for the world’s longest running annual production.

Featuring beautiful ballads like “I Can’t Find the Words,” charming love songs like “Wondrin” and energetic dance numbers, Anne of Green Gables is a musical that will delight the whole family.

Complete schedule, pricing and online tickets are available at Call 705 428-2465 for more details.

October 26, 2017

BarrieFolk is pleased to announce that the Open Stage will take place tonight at the downtown branch of the Barrie Public Library (60 Worsley St).

We are now booked for the last Thursday of each month, including December and the summer months.

The Open Stage will be an acoustic, unplugged event, held during regular library hours so library patrons will be able to enjoy the performances as they browse.

Sign up for 15 minutes of fame begins at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start, running until 8:30pm. The library closes at 9:00pm.

October 28, 2017

Newmarket Folk Society kicks off the new season this evening with a star-studded cast and a Tribute to Neil Young concert.

The show will feature popular local artists: John Prince, Angie Nussey, Lawrence Christopher, John Lemme, Mary Bennet and Rosanne Speckert and will take place at the Royal Canadian Legion, 707 Srigley St., Newmarket ON

Showtime is 8:00pm but the doors open at 7:15 so you can chat with your friends. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available at: Books, Cafe & Things, 208 Main St. S, Newmarket ON: by E-Transfer to and/or by phoning Randy at (905) 473-3175 (Major credit cards accepted)

As usual, we plan to have beverages and goodies from the Maid’s Cottage for sale. Bring your own coffee mug for a less expensive coffee or tea price. Other libations available at the Legion bar.

October 29, 2017

Canadian super group Blackie and the Rodeo Kings featuring Colin Linden, Tom Wilson and Stephen Fearing take to the stage of the ACC north (Avening Community Centre) with their rocking blues. (bring ear plugs)

The band, created in the 90s, to honour Wilie P Bennett, will hopefully wash their dishes just like Willie did when he came to the hall a decade or so ago.

Tickets are $60 (plus applicable ticketing fees) and go on sale June 26 online and at The Creemore Echo. Avening is located just south of Creemore on Airport Road.

November 3-5, 2017

Orillia celebrates its home-grown hero with an entire weekend dedicated to all things Lightfoot as Lightfoot Days takes over the town.

Check out updated schedule at

November 10, 2017

The DRKRM Studio & Gallery is pleased to invite you to what they hope will be the first of many singer-songwriter evenings in this acoustically sound and visually stunning setting.

This 'in the round' event will feature three musicians performing original material while also discussing the writing process. Orillia's own multi talented Aaron Mangoff and Tyler Knight will host these all ages shows.

Up close and personal on stage tonight will be singer-songwriters Erin Bolton, Dave Allen and Courtney Dubois.

Tickets for the inaugural show will cost $15 in advance and $20 at the door, which will open at 8 p.m. 10 Mississaga Street East, Orillia (rear entrance- upstairs) There will also be food and light refreshments available. For more information, email

November 10, 2017

BarrieFolk is thrilled to present Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman in concert this evening at the MacLaren Arts Centre, Mulcaster Street, Barrie.

Born in northern NJ, daughter of a big band singer, her mother was not at all surprised to find her constantly dancing and singing. Karen studied piano at the age of eight, and at thirteen cracked her piggy bank to buy a guitar. She started writing songs in her early teens, was a soloist in choirs, played in many bands, and has always had a deep love of performing. Acoustic Guitar magazine calls Pete Heitzman “A true virtuoso of groove, with a sly touch that, combined with Savoca’s in-the-pocket drumming and spectacularly soulful vocals, gives the duo the impact of a four-piece band.” Having performed together for decades, Savoca and Heitzman’s chemistry leaves audiences uplifted, wowing 10,000 from a festival main stage as effortlessly as they charm an intimate black box theatre.

Advance tickets are $25 ($30 at the door). They will be available shortly.

Repeat attender? Don’t forget to print your ticket after purchasing. And remember: tickets are non-refundable but are transferable.

December 1, 2017

BarrieFolks is pleased to welcome the charming ladies from The Good Lovelies back to Barrie tonight at the MacLaren Arts Centre. The last time they played Barrie, the show sold out, so buy your tickets early!

With Burn The Plan a long-awaited new album, Good Lovelies are both fulfilling and defying their so-called musical destiny as a “folk trio.” What makes this Burn The Plan special is that the band’s considerable strengths – winsome songwriting, impeccable vocals, and triangulated charisma – don’t tell the full story.

The band’s profile has continued to grow with awards, steady touring and a live album which proves you can do a whole lotta living, loving and letting go in four years.

For Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, four years has been the exact number of hours, moments and experiences needed to take the next step, to burn the plan.

Tickets are $25 or $30 at the door. Make sure to bring your Repeat Attender card. Tickets are available online and will be available in hard copy at The MacLaren in September. If purchasing online, don’t forget to print your tickets. Remember, tickets are non-refundable, but they are transferable.

February 3, 2018

BarrieFolk is thrilled to bring Valdy; Folk’s longest still-standing troubadour, back to Barrie this evening at the MacLaren Arts Centre.

“I’ve been lucky,” Valdy suggests. When asked about his career’s longevity (38 years of recording and performing, with tours to every known corner of the planet) Valdy said, “I’ve worked with some amazing people.” and adds that he “married the right woman,” Kathleen Mary Fraser Horsdal, creative advisor and wife of 22 years.

Valdy has sold almost half a million copies of his 13 albums, has two Juno Awards (Folk Singer of the Year and Folk Entertainer of the Year), a total of seven Juno nominations and four Gold albums to his credit. Valdy’s recent CDs include Contenders, a collaboration with friend and fellow singer/songwriter, Gary Fjellgaard, with whom he has an absolute blast touring, and a solo release, Viva Valdy: Live at Last, a two-CD package, one live, one studio, with a total of 25 tunes, and a lyric booklet.

Tickets are $20. advance or $30 at the door. Don’t forget to bring your Repeat Attender card. Tickets can be purchased online now. They will be available at the MacLaren Arts Centre in September. If buying online, remember to print your tickets after purchasing. Tickets are non-refundable but are transferable. 

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