TUESDAY AUGUST 27 2019 | 8:00pm | $15
Alexandra is a singer songwriter from Toronto, Ontario. She has played festivals such as: Canadian Music Week, Northside Festival in Brooklyn, New York, and Indie Week in Manchester, United Kingdom. She performs regularly in Toronto, and performs weekly at a retirement residence.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 3 2019 | 8:00PM
A night with Hamilton-based singer-songwriter Alex Drumm who will sing songs about procrastination, being uncomfortable at parties and the fear of not existing.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 10 2019 | 8:00PM | $15
Unforgettable raspy voice and inherent finger style guitar, Marty Oblak surrounds you with artistry and compelling stories of life experiences. Oblak’s growth as a musician to date is a journey in itself, beginning with his first solo Canadian tour in 2009. As a songwriter, he says, “I feel overwhelmed with gratitude when a listener tells me they have connected with my songs. Writing music has always been my outlet for my honest thoughts. I want the audience to take away something meaningful at the end of a concert.” Oblak’s passion for life is evident and infectious.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19 2019 | 7:30PM | $20
Annie Sumi is an ethereal-folk artist from Ontario. Her music is like the hide-and-seek sunshine on a rainy, spring day; a flickering hopefulness. In collaboration with Neil Whitford and Jillian Sauerteig, Sumi has arranged a collection of songs that journey across the physical and emotional landscapes of Canada. In 2018, her album, “In the Unknown”, received a nomination for “Emerging Artist” at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and has been supported by CBC and college/university radio across the country. Since releasing her debut-album, in 2015, Sumi has shared her music with audiences in Canada, the United States, UK, and Continental Europe. With support from the Ontario Arts Council, her most recent collection of work, “Solastalgia”, is set to release in the spring of 2020.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 21 2019 | 8:00PM | $30
Ken Whiteley & The Fabulous Levy Sisters
Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children’s music. Among numerous accolades, he’s been awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award, Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement recognition from Folk Music Ontario (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) and Mariposa Folk Festival. The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy and Ciceal) are respected for their groundbreaking work within the gospel community in Toronto. They have been singing with Ken for over 15 years and have also performed with people as diverse as Pete Seeger, Celine Dion and Kirk Franklin. Amoy’s gorgeous soprano and Ciceal’s rich alto have graced many of Ken’s recordings, most recently ‘Freedom Blues’, and they are always audience favourites wherever they sing.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24 2019 | 8:00PM | $20
The Well Pennies
A Folk/Pop duo consisting of husband and wife team, Bryan & Sarah Vanderpool. The pair have racked up over 30 million streams on Spotify and Apple Music, dozens of placements on Television shows, and their new album has been widely praised, most recently by Billboard Magazine and No Depression, who called it “Folk Pop Perfection”. After a move to the midwest, the duo spent last summer as the opening act for Diana Krall’s Turn Up The Quiet tour and it was on that trip that they were introduced to house concerts and instantly fell in love with them. They travel with a sound system, a guitar, a banjo and two voices. The band explains, “Our goal is to write songs that inspire something – however simple – to smile, to love, to get out and experience life.”
TueSDAY OCTOBER 1, 2019 | 7:30PM | $10
Basset is a contemporary folk group fronted by Yasmine Shelton and Sam Clark, along with brothers Aaron and Noah Philipp-Muller. The quartet’s innovative sound reflects their interest in the way acoustic folk music evolves, with original songs that recall both the very recent and the very old. Shelton’s mesmerizing voice leads the way, supported by tight arrangements, inventive lyrics, and the odd bluegrass turnaround on a mandolin or cello. In performance, the group endear themselves to audiences with their down-to-earth approach.Basset recently made their festival debut as Youth Showcase Performers at Summerfolk in Owen Sound.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 3 2019 | 7:30PM | $15
An American-citizen born and raised in the heart of the Canadian prairies and maturing on the west coast of British Columbia, Noah Derksen writes with the groundedness of harsh Manitoba winters mixed with the optimism of British Columbia’s coastline. Ever seeking motion and progression, Noah has spent the past three years honing his live performance skills across Canada and the United States, playing concerts from BC to Nova Scotia, and New York to California. In 2018 alone, Noah played at renowned venues and events such as the National Arts Centre (Ottawa, ON), Northwest Folklife Festival (Seattle, WA), Trout Forest Music Festival (Ear Falls, ON), and the Winnipeg Folk Festival (Winnipeg, MB).
Noah often performs as a duo or trio, alongside Vancouver-based vocalist Abby Wale and Juno-nominated fiddle-player Elise Boeur. Plus, Noah has long, flowing Auburn hair and a twinkle in his eyes. What’s not to love?
TUESDAY OCTOBER 8 2019 | 8:00PM | $15
Adrian Chalifour has been performing his distinct brand of ‘Heart Rock’ for nearly two decades, most notably as the founder and charismatic frontman of Towers and Trees – a solo home-recording project that grew into one of BC’s most notable independent acts. His music has charted on Canadian radio and found notable success with licensing and streaming platforms. He has toured Western Canada and the country extensively with Towers and Trees, performing showcases and festivals like Canadian Music Week, Indie Week, Rock The Shores, Breakout West and Canada Day celebrations in Victoria, White Rock and Tofino BC.
SATURDAY OCTOBER 12 2019 | 8:00PM | $20
For anyone who has lived in Kitchener, Ontario since the 1980s, it’s a safe bet they know the enigmatic graffiti adorning a prominent railroad bridge that simply states, “Twas Now.” No one really knows who put it there or what it means, but for the duo of Mike and Diana Erb, they’ve found a message within it that has come to embody their approach to making music. In adopting the name Twas Now, the Erbs felt it encompassed their vision of combining the oldest forms of folk and country music with modern lyrics and attitude. They proved definitively how capable they are at mining the past with their 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award-nominated debut album Old Fashioned Way, which featured songs by the Carter Family, the Louvin Brothers, Hank Williams and others. Now with Flesh & Bone, the pair put their own songwriting talents on display while musically adhering to roots traditions.
THURSDAY OCTOBER 24 2019 | 7:00PM
Lion Bear Fox
A musical brotherhood going to vocal war every night in search of hope and redemption. They are three voices searching for their place in the world. A world where harmonies and melodies are the healing power of the Universe. They sing in all colours. Lion Bear Fox.