The Folkie Calendar

last updated

November 18, 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.


The leaves are hitting the ground and I'm wishing they would learn to pile themselves! We've enjoyed some beautiful weather but it's time to take it inside and 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.

November 19, 2017

Arriving By Slow Freight, HOBO Jam will host an open session with guests popping up with the core band this afternoon from 1:00 - 4:30pm at the Orillia Legion, downtown Orillia. During and after the Santa Claus parade feel free to drop in for some classic railside tunes. HOBO Jam is a fluid collection of Orillia musicians fronted by Olivia Duck and a few other guys I don't know. I'm sure they are energetic, talented and lots of fun to be around. Dancing may break out!

The Legion asks that you please bring a non-perishable item for the food drive!

November 28, 2017

Innisfil Live Music Club welcomes Searson to the downstairs concert space at 2208 25th Sideroad, Innisfil, On for a show beginning at 8:00pm. Doors open at 7:00 for conversation and cameraderie.

For over a decade now, Searson has toured the world with their unique blend of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals and intricate step dancing. At the core of Searson, are Colleen and Erin Searson, two sisters who hail from the Ottawa Valley. Rounding out the live show is Danno O’Shea on drums and percussion and bass/guitar player Fraser Gauthier. This group's ability to incorporate the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles makes this an energetic show you won't want to miss.

To let us know you're coming, email or call (705) 431-7182. Ticket Price: $25

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.

NOTE: If you are in Newmarket the Good Lovelies will be playing a show for the Newmarket Folk Society on December 2, 2018 while they're in the neighbourhood.

December 9, 2017

The Great Canadian Fiddle Holiday Show is coming to Barrie to the Mady Centre today at 7pm! Performing a mix of Canadian fiddle favourites and holiday classics (and some step dancing too), this family-friendly concert will get your toes tapping during the holiday season. Featuring top Canadian musicians Shane Cook, Kerry Fitzgerald, Celina Marie DiCecca, James M Law, and Graeme McGillivray. Tickets are $25 in advance.

December 13, 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 :-)

December 17, 2017

Intimate Spaces Concert Series is a new endeavour held in the MCC's Rotary Hall and hosted by singer-songwriter Nonie Thompson.

Today's concert Songs from Around the Bay will be performed 'festival workshop' style, with guests Adrien Robitaille, Brian Cusson, Sarah Watt and Karen Warner all on-stage together swapping songs about Georgian Bay.

Tickets are$19.49. Doors will open at 7:00 for a 7:30 show. The Midland Cultural Centre is located on King Street North, Midland ON.

January 20, 2018

Betty and the Bobs @ Newmarket Folk Society

BETTY AND THE BOBS was formed as an extracurricular vehicle for a group of Toronto musicians and friends who had worked together in different combinations. The mandate is to do all the songs they have ever wanted to do, but would never get around to doing in their own bands. This includes a bunch of old tunes they grew up with — country, blues, R&B, Beatles, gospel, old jazz, as well as some wacky original songs. 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.

January 27, 2018

Wendell & Wheat @ Innisfil Live Music Club. Details to follow.

To let us know you're coming, email or call (705) 431-7182. Ticket Price: $25

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. 

March 3, 2018
Lance Anderson presents An Evening of Blues and Gospel @ Newmarket Folk Society

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 18, 2018

Travelling Mabels @ Innisfil Live Music Club



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. 



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