The Folkie Calendar

last updated

March 28, 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.


I find less shameless self-promotion here lately; 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 as your post-outdoor activity.

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.

March 29, 2018

BarrieFolk's Thursday night open stage is back! The new format is all-acoustic and encourages a more intimate space to share and enjoy music.

We have returned to the downtown Barrie library location (60 Worsley St.) on the last Thursday of every month. Sign up starts at 6:30 p.m. and performers will get to show their stuff from 7 to 8:30 p.m in the Maker Space at the back of the library. Donations are always appreciated!

March 31, 2018

Zachary Lucky plays a show at the Muskoka Place Gallery, 1182 Foreman Rd., Port Carling tonight.

ZACHARY LUCKY transcends the boundaries of folk and country, simply by seeking the truth. Everyone knows prairie boys are the salt of the earth, & Saskatoon-bred Zachary 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.

Admission: $10.00 at the door Refreshments: by donation in the jar

Details/Info: 705-765-0340

April 5, 2018

Tiffin Bay Folk Club presents 5 Guys with Guitars on at the MCC. This is a launch concert for the new acoustic open mic series which will be hosted by Kevin Firth.

5 Guys with Guitars will feature Kevin Firth, Jakob Pearce, Glenn Erwin, Jeff Shawcross and Jeremiah Hill.

Don't miss this local talent.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm Tickets $25 on sale at…

April 6, 2018

Open Mic evening, 1st and Third Fridays, at A Hui Hou (formerly Café and Things) on 280 Main Street in Newmarket! Music will be played from 7:00-9:00pm. (Maybe until a bit later…)

Leona and David Brown, the new proprietors of the café have enthusiastically embraced the Open Mic, now that they are getting established, and would like to get it going again. The Newmarket Folk Society has loaned A Hui Hou a wonderful Bose sound system and a couple of microphones/stands to use for the evening. So, hopefully, you can make it out to perform a few songs or to sing along and/or enjoy the performers!

April 6, 2018

Don't miss this opportunity to hear Angie Nussey turned loose on the grand piano at Grace United Church, Barrie 350 Grove Street when she performs, in concert, this evening at 7:30 pm.

This show is a benefit for the Rhythm and Pitch after school music programme which offers students a weekly opportunity to learn about and enjoy music.

If one could imagine an uncompromising union between Josh Groban, Sarah McLaughlin and The Barenaked Ladies, it would only begin to set the stage for this unique Canadian talent. Award winning recording artist, Angie Nussey grew up in the small town of Lively, Ontario where she learned to play piano at the age of 6. Although best known for her emotional, philosophical and at times autobiographical ballads, Nussey doesn’t miss an opportunity to poke fun at everyday situations, the human condition, not to mention herself. Her world-class performances never fail to take her audiences on an emotional journey from totally ridiculous to deeply intense, and her songwriting career has been very much the same.

Tickets are $20.00 if you pick them up at the church $21.50 online. Advance tickets are available at the church office 10am - 1pm Mon - Fri or at Rhythm & Pitch on Wednesdays, 3:30 - 5:30.

Online tickets at Eventbrite:

April 6, 2018

The Take Note! Music House presents three-time Music Nova Scotia Awards winner Ryan Cook in concert this evening at 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:30). Requested donation is $20, with all proceeds going directly to the artist. You may reserve your seat by calling (705) 305-1687 or emailing (address given upon reservation – downtown Barrie, near the courthouse).

Mixing classic country music with modern satire, Ryan Cook forges a sound between contemporary folk and dyed-in-the-wool country. With nuances of pop and western swing, Ryan’s songbook reminiscences of the early hillbilly and folk pioneers but stays very much in the current landscape.

On stage, Ryan has toured as a solo performer, opening for artists like Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, and Travis Tritt, receiving over 20 award nominations in Canada, including three Album of the Year awards. His acoustic live show combines thumb-picking guitar styles, original folk country ballads and vintage music from the 1940s and 1950s.

April 10, 2018

The Songwriters Series returns to Donaleigh’s this lovely Tuesday evening with the father/son team of Andrew and Sam Cash joining Megan Bonnell and perennial host, Brett Caswell on stage.

The songwriting genre is so personal. As beautiful as the music is, the stories of how these pieces come together, make these evenings magical.

For more information and tickets, go to

April 12, 2018

Hi Y'All...Come and join us at Good Vibes Coffeehouse, Mt. St Louis Road & the 4th of Oro-Medonte, as we celebrate sixteen years of the best little coffeehouse you could wish to find anywhere on the planet...let's make this anniversary a humdinger!!!! Everything is free that leave your wallets at home, pack up your instruments or just your best listening ears and come on along..... ?  Music begins at 7:00pm


April 15, 2018

Don't miss this rare opportunity to hear one of Canada's most talented and least famous treasures in concert as the Midland Cultural Centre hosts the amazing Laura Smith!

Like Joni Mitchell, Smith extends her traditions with such creative dynamism that the traditions will now be forced to keep up. The blues Smith sings about in “The Blues And I,” are not the blues Billie Holiday knew but the luminous deep sea cobalt blue painted by East Coast artists Alex Colville and Christopher Pratt: distinctly Canadian colour.  She has the gift of chosing other songwriters' perfect songs and giving herself passionately to their performance.

Doors open at 7:00 for a 7:30 show and tickets are a steal at $20.00 + hst & 'fees'.

April 18, 2018

Innisfil Live Music House Concerts presents The Travelling Mabels! Voted ACMA 2011 Group Of The Year, they are a folk/country female trio full of spirit, spunk and laughter. Collectively, their songs bring a wealth of life experience to the stage. Singularly, each woman can vocally stand alone, but once you hear the combined harmony blend, you will know why these three women came together. The beauty of the Mabels is that they represent three generations of women, Eva Levesque, Lana Floen and Suzanne Levesque. This has opened the door to a dynamic energy both musically and in the rapport with the audiences that most wouldn't experience every day. And their band leader and 2012 CCMA keyboard player of the year, Keith Floen is outstandlngly awesome too! This group was here 3 years ago and they are one of our very favourites! We're thrilled that they are able to come back again. You will love them too! Showtime is 7PM (Doors open at 6PM). To reserve your $25 seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182.




April 20 & 21, 2018

Roots North Music Festival brings some incredible talent to Orillia for the weekend.

Including high calibre bands (The Wooden Sky) and powerhouse solo acts (Irish Mythen) as well as Oh Suzanna, Joey Landreth, Scenic Route to Alaska and the infamous Many More...many of the concerts are all ages (good on the organizers for that)

Check out the full performer roster, concert venues and schedules etc on their website or other social media platforms (that I don't understand) ;0)

Tickets are $45 for a weekend pass or $27.50 for the day. Tickets can be purchased online at  



April 21, 2018


J.P. Cormier and Dave Gunning, both individually celebrated and critically acclaimed musicians, have recently finished a new recording and will be bringing it to Newmarket!

Over recent years they’ve been known to show up at one another’s shows and to share their stages while many days off at home in Pictou County are spent hanging out together. They have a performance harmony that very much parallels their brotherly bond and somehow the sum becomes greater than the parts. (and those are some pretty special parts!)

Tickets are $25.00 each. All concerts in the 2017-2018 season will be held at the Newmarket Canadian Legion Branch 426 at 707 Srigley Street and will begin at 8:00pm sharp. 

April 21, 2018

BarrieFolk reminds you to save the date for a a fantastic show with The LYNNeS.

For the past few years Lynne Hanson and Juno-award winning songwriter Lynn Miles have been collaborating: co-writing songs, playing on/producing each other's albums and touring internationally they have officially formed The LYNNeS!

Hanson is known for her hard-living style of music, mixing gritty ballads with driving roots-tinged guitar. Her deep bluesy croon is pure and full of fortitude and the songs are brimming over with imagery relecting next generation roots and blues music while still respecting traditions.

Miles is one of Canada’s most accomplished singer/songwriters. With 12 albums to her credit, the winner of multiple Canadian Folk Music awards and a 2003 Juno award has fought long and hard for a career that has seen her move from Watch for detials. to Los Angeles and back again with stops in Nashville and Austin: touring through the US, Europe and across Canada, and, always, creating and performing music with unbridled feeling and vulnerability. Concert will take place at the downtown branch of the Barrie Public Library.


April 22, 2018

Intimate Spaces Concert Series @ Midland Cultural Centre presents ARIKO. Ariko features the vocal harmonies and fiddle stylings of les soeurs Lefaive, Nicole, Jill and Kelly along with a driving and energetic rhythm section delivered by their parents Laura and Louis.

Ariko is touring this dynamic show through public venues and schools across the province during the 2018-2019 season. On the menu: the original repertoire of their album Portrait de famille, unique arrangements of traditional French-Canadian songs, traditional fiddle tunes and stepdance! Ariko’s performances engage audiences of all ages with interactive rhythm, song and dance activities. Rooted in traditional music, their dynamic repertoire is coloured by zydeco, jazz and popular genres. Let yourself be recharged by the positive energy of this family group!

Get your tickets at… 


April 27, 2018
Come out and enjoy Dinner and Concert featuring Po Cholly & Beverlie Robertson with Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka this evening at the Utopia Hall, 8396 6th Line, Utopia, ON L0M 1T0
All the info can be found at
Dinner Buffet at 7pm... Concert starts at 8pm
Advance Tickets $25 (until April 25th) After April 25th, Tickets $30 Order Tickets here:…
May 6, 2018
Harry Manx returns to the Midland Cultural Centre today for a show beginning at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:30.
Manx is a deeply original multi-instrumentalist who has entertained audiences for the past 30 years in over 40 countries around the globe.
Tickets $35/45.00 & hst and fees are available at…
May 11, 2018

Make plans to head out for Dinner and a Concert featuring The John Wayne Swingtet with special guest violinist from France, Amoury Suchon today at the Utopia Hall 8396 6th Line, Utopia ON.

Dinner Buffet at 7pm Concert starts at 8pm

Advance tickets are $25 (until May 9th) then up they go to $30.00 Call 1-877-499-HALL(4255) or visit for more information.

The John Wayne Swingtet is a group of acoustic jazz musicians (and guest artists) who use the music of Django Reinhardt and The Hot Club of France as an inspirational starting point. From there they branch out into modern jazz, some country, a little Latin and even vintage television show themes. This mixture is then brought to a boil with a generous helping of swing and a dash of humour, resulting in a musical smorgasbord which will leave you tapping your toes and smiling with satisfaction. 


May 18, 19 & 20, 2018
Grab your ukulele and head on over to UKE FEST 2018 happening at the Midland Cultural Centre. Each year the MCC hosts our annual ukulele festival in beautiful downtown Midland.
This 3 day festival allows ukulele players of all ages to participate in workshops, jam sessions, concerts and all things ukulele-based. Headlining our Saturday night concert this year will be LUCKY UKE. Tickets on sale now at


May 26, 2018 

END of the Road will be returning to the stage at Music Up Close concert series in Innisfil this evening @ 8pm.

To describe John, Bruce and Donnie's diverse mix of traditional, maritime, folk and blue grass is almost impossible. This trio of 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”. The new project, “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 written by John Prince. Their strong vocal harmonies and lyrical melodies present a memorable musical experience that leaves audiences yearning for more. They are one of my personal favourite LIVE acts.

Visit the web site or call Peter at 705-436-3927 for more details. Seats are $25.00 each.

May 31, 2018

To suggest that Steve Poltz isn’t normal is about as safe a statement as one could make. You would basically require the powers of the Hubble space telescope to locate Steve Poltz from any region of normalcy. For music fans on both sides of the equator, this is a very good thing.
His live shows have captivated audiences far and wide with a mix of singing, storytelling, shredding, and the occasional spoken word rants which have been known to incite riots. He can take an audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of the same song.
Steve Poltz transcends the word “talented.” He is unforgettable in all the right ways !
Doors of the Heartwood, 939 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON open at 7:30pm for an 8:30show. Advance tickets $33+s/c available at Heartwood Home or online at, $40 at the door

June 3, 2018

The Lifers, a band which contains several of my favourite young musicians, will be launching their new recording Honey Suite into the world in a string of North American and European tour dates - one of which will be at Simcoe Street Theatre in Collingwood today!
The Lifers will be playing as a 6-piece band, and will be joined by opening act Benjamin Dakota Rogers.
This new endeavour shows Honey Suite's development from folk singer-songwriters to being a collective of art-folk/rock powerhouses. The music covers a range of emotional and sonic characteristics, from cinematic, intricate dynamics to incredibly raw and bare arrangements, touching on themes of place, sisterhood, mental health, and environment.
Advance tickets are $15.00/20.00 at the door. Show begins at 7:00pm in Studio 7 at the Simcoe Street Theatre, 65 Simcoe St., Collingwood, ON
June 15-17, 2018
The Tottenham Bluegrass Festival is three days of Bluegrass Music being held this weekend in the natural amphitheater of the Tottenham Conservation Area, by the waters of the village pond. This year’s lineup draws popular and award winning bands from the United States and across Canada.
For complete information, scheduling and tickets visit
As always if you purchase a weekend ticket the camping and campfire picking are free.


November 3, 2018

Innisfil Live Music House Concerts presents The Marigolds. Charismatic!

Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick and Caitlin Hanford, three of Canada's top singer/songwriters, have combined their talents to form The Marigolds. Accompanied by drummer Randall Coryell, the Marigolds are part bluesy, part jazzy, and part traditional country and bluegrass, specializing in angelic harmonies and gutsy playing. Delivering with skill and grace, the Marigolds are a roots-music supergroup in full bloom.

You won't want to miss this! Showtime is 8PM (Doors open at 7PM). To reserve your $25 seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182 



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