The Folkie Calendar

last updated

December 5, 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.


Summer's almost gone and Winter's comin' on but, even 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.

December 11, 2018

Today, and on each Tuesday 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.


December 7, 2018

Here's something unprecedented in my experience: a chance to share some songs and suds while sitting in the stacks!

Join host Darrin Davis at the Orillia Public Library's Acoustic Open Mic Night tonight! Bring your friends and family plus your acoustic instrument of choice, perform using a professional sound system, and enjoy delicious local craft beers and ciders.

Doors open and sign-up begins in person at 6:30 p.m., performances begin at 7:00 p.m. (Sign-up will be limited to the first fifteen people.) We hope to see (and hear!) you there. (Ages 19+, ID required). Call 705-325-2556 or email us at for more information.

December 7, 2018

Musical fusion duo Frizzen Spring presents "Not a Christmas Concert" today at Coaching House Music & Arts, Barrie

No jingles, no jangles, no sliding of sleds

No plump sugar fairies abuzz 'round your beds

No Donner or Conner or Fritzen and Blitzen

Or some guy trying to get into your chimney, Like, what's up with that?

Led by pianist/organist Marilyn Reesor and cellist Alyssa Wright, Frizzen Spring is an ever-changing ensemble of performance artists, presenting eclectic and engaging music from the world of classical and beyond. The comedic, casual banter between these musical friends belies the intensity of their performance as a virtuosic ensemble.

$20 limited seating – please reserve by contacting or (705) 727-1962

December 7, 2018
It's “Open Mic Night” at A Hui Hou on Main St., Newmarket. Music starts at 7:00pm and goes until 9:00pm. Come out early, sign up and perform a 15 minute set of your favourite songs or poems or come out to relax and listen to interesting, enjoyable, entertaining performers.
As well, A Hui Hou is a very comfortable, hospitable venue that has a nice selection of food and beverages (Mmmmm… Great ice cream and milkshakes!) to enjoy during the performances.
Open Mic Nights are the first and third Friday of each month at A Hui Hou. We always have a fun, entertaining evening. Dave Joyce'll be there! Will YOU?

December 9, 2018

The Midland Cultural Centre invites you to enjoy A Reely Celtic Christmas featuring The Reel Celts.

Led by multi-instrumentalist Eugene Rea with Nonie Thompson on guitar and vocals, Anne Lederman on fiddle and vocals, Tom Leighton on accordion and keys, and Paul Gribbon on Uillean pipes and whistles, this Celtic 'supergroup' have assembled a wonderful collection of seasonal music, both traditional and contemporary.

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 7:30 pm Tickets $25.00 + hst and fees

December 11, 2018

The Songwriter Series is a monthly singer/songwriter showcase presented on Tuesday nights at 8 pm, in the Temple Lounge at Donaleigh’s in downtown Barrie co-hosted by Chas. Hay and singer/ songwriter Brett Caswell.

Tonight's gathering features three of my personal favourite performing songwriters Wendell Ferguson, Amanda Rheaume and Cassie Da Silva.

This evening offers a rare opportunity to witness veteran and newer singer-songwriters as they share a stage and interact in a ‘songwriter’s circle’ , taking turns to swap songs, stories, and personal recollections.

Donaleigh's Irish Public House is located at 28 Dunlop Street East Barrie, ON . Tickets are $12.00 and are available HERE or, I assume, at Donaleigh's.

December 14, 2018

The Ukuladies and Friends Band invites anyone in or near Barrie to a family event – their 8th ANNUAL CHRISTMAS CONCERT. Children in the audience are invited to have a stage debut singing famous kids’ Christmas favourites.

Concert is free, but donations of food or cash for the Barrie Food Bank are welcomed and encouraged. At the Barrie City Hall Rotunda at 5 p.m. Any questions, call Judi at 705-722-7573.

December 15, 2018

Petra Ocian will be hosting an exciting new "Brew House Sessions" at Lake Of Bays Brewing Company Hwy 117 in Baysville.

The first "Session" will feature Sue Wood, Kevin Firth, and Ian Chaplin along with the hosts this afternoon.

Brews, Beats and Ballads start at 1:00pm and go till 4:30pm. Come on out for an awesome afternoon of acoustic music in the Brew House! Cover is $5.00

For some background about the featured performers have a look at this link? ;0)

December 18, 2018

The Good Lovelies return to the Midland Cultural Centre's Rotary Hall with their 12th annual Christmas show!

What better way to celebrate the season than with classic holiday and winter selections: timeless and original material polished to a warm and welcoming glow?

Accompanying The Good Lovelies (Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Susan Passmore) is their band of merry men, Steve Zsirai on upright bass, Robbie Grunwald on keys and Mark Mariash on drums. This six-piece will have you humming along, laughing and full of mirth by the show's end.

Good Lovelies first united in 2006 for a one-off performance and have since compiled a catalogue of studio albums, EPs, a live album and a Christmas collection. They have toured extensively across Canada, the US, Europe, UK, and Australia and have earned a Juno Award (2010), a Juno Nomination (2012) and four Canadian Folk Music Awards along the way.

Tickets are $34-39.00 + hst and fees. Online tickets here

January 18, 2019

BarrieFolk is thrilled to bring the boys of Union Duke to Barrie this evening for a show at the MacLaren Art Centre, 37 Mulcaster Street. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., Show starts at 8 p.m.

Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four and even five voices. The songs are irresistible, the perfect fit for the heatwave of the dance hall or the cool breeze of the park.

These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll.

The songs will take you back to your warmest memories: nights by the lake, passing a bottle around the fire, or singing with your friends at the top of your lungs. It also looks forward, reaching for those long, lazy summer days that will keep you going through the winter.

The band works hard, travelling back and forth across the country playing to fans young and old from coast to coast. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals including Live From the Rock, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling – maybe the golden days aren’t so distant after all. Advance tickets are $30, $35 at the door. Ticket link

January 19, 2019

Innisfil Live Music Club welcomes local hero Larry Christopher and his Neil Young: Comes A Time show to the living room at 2208 25 Sideroad, Innisfil, ON between 8:00 and 11:00 pm tonight.

This show will feature the music from the Comes A Time period of Neil's career. Joining Larry will be Patty McLaughlin, Ginny Clements and Vince Therrien as the "Comes A Time Band". Hope you can join us for a great evening of music and friendship with Larry Christopher!

Suggested donation: $25.00. To reserve your seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182. act

January 26, 2019

Newmarket Folk Society is pleased to present Russell deCarle in concert!

You’ll probably remember deCarle as the lead vocalist and bassist of the iconic Canadian country roots band, Prairie Oyster. The truth is, though, that Prairie Oyster was always more than a “country” band, and deCarle’s warm, burnished and intimate voice has always honoured an eclectic range of songs that mix southern soul and restrained balladry, with obvious touches of jazz, blues, old-school country, and western swing. Russell will be joined by guitarist, Steve Briggs who has performed, arranged and recorded with a wealth of artists including Sylvia Tyson, Murray McLauchlan, Leon Redbone and many others. His own western swing orchestra, the Bebop Cowboys, has garnered many glowing reviews and accolades across the country. 

Doors at the Newmarket Canadian Legion Branch 426 at 707 Srigley Street, Newmarket ON open at 7:15 for the 8:00pm show. Tickets are $25.00+ fees and are available online here, by ETransfer to or in person at “A Hui Hou” at 208 Main St. South, Newmarket ON L3Y 3Z3 (cash only). 

February 22, 2019

Innisfil Live Music Club invites you to enjoy an evening with Big Little Lions.

Cincinnati, OH meets BC, Canada: a collaboration that won them a JUNO Award in 2014.

Ever since they have been cranking out infectious folk pop songs that are jam-packed with emotion along with tight harmonies that sound like the product of two people working closely and side-by-side instead of living in different countries. After winning Ensemble of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for their 2015 debut album, their sophomore album was nominated for two WCMA's for Roots Group and Recording of the Year and two 2016 Canadian Folk Music Awards - Contemporary Album and Vocal Group of the Year. Their live show is quite the spectacle with both Paul and Helen using every limb and then some to create a full band experience. You will love them as we do! 8PM (Doors open at 7PM) Suggested Donation $25.

To reserve your seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182.


March 23, 2019

Long recognized and praised as a creative force in acoustic music, Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. Her career has been decorated with many accolades including three GRAMMY nominations, seven International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. 

More details will be posted on the NFS website as they become available.


April 6, 2019

Head out to Innisfil and catch The Wanted in concert tonight.

This group fuses vintage North American folk, blues and country music with rockabilly and rock and roll in a distinctive roots music mash-up. “…full of contagious, hip swaying, raucous music…Simply irresistible!” The Wanted reconstruct an eclectic mix of classics, distilling each song then hijacking the arrangement. Their own material is infused with the spirit of the covers they are wired to—darkly haunting, incisively witty, or just plain fun.

Their show will transport you to another era, so hop on board for a great ride! 8PM (Doors open at 7PM) Suggested Donation $25.00 To reserve your seat, email or call Patty at (705) 431-7182.

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 band’s 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.


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!

Check for additional information on the NFS website.












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