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Youth Discoveries Finals- 1 PM at the Harmony centre


It’s time for the finals of the Youth Discoveries showcases. Starting at 1 pm on Sunday the  29th , 11 acts will appear before 3 judges and we will find out whose road will  lead to the Youth Discoveries stage at Summerfolk.


The order of appearance:

The order of performance as selected by random draw is as follows:

  1. Max Gauthier
  2. Sydney Riley
  3. Kyle Fraser
  4. Grace Watson
  5. Braden Phelan
  6. Limberlost


  1. Meline Hanke
  2. Chicks with Picks
  3. Sarah Menary
  4. Darrin Baldwin
  5. Paige Warner

Good luck to all. Stay tuned for results!

Moving Down the Road to Summerfolk

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We’re speeding down the Road to Summerfolk and getting closer all the time. On March 15th, 13 youth acts joined a panel of judges, members of the Georgian Bay Folk Society Board, and music lovers from the community at the Owen Sound and North Grey Union Public Library. The acts did their best to impress the judges and audience with their catchiest tunes and finest licks. It was fantastic. They performed covers and originals that bounced between genres, had the audience to singing along in multi-part harmony, and wowed the judges.  Throughout the afternoon instruments were shuffled as guitars gave way to banjos, drum kits made way for melodicas, and voices filled the auditorium to tickle eardrums and get toes tapping. Home town performers mixed with new friends from as far away as Ajax and everyone circled up for a jam while the judges deliberated.

At the end of the day, six acts earned a spot at the Youth Discovery Finale March 29th at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound. Grace Watson, Sydney Riley, Limberlost, Kyle Fraser, Chicks with Picks, and Max Gauthier advanced from the Owen Sound preliminary. They will share the stage with Meline Hanke, Paige Warner, Sarah Menary, and Braden Phelan who moved on from the March 8th Paisley preliminary.

The Georgian Bay Folk Society exists to promote and encourage folk music and folk arts. The Road to Summerfolk is another way we pursue that mandate and when so many talented young performers show up to take the stage, it’s easy to remember why we do what we do. Don’t take our word for it, though. Join us at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound at 1pm on March 29th to experience the talent first hand and see for yourself. You’ll be among the first to know which of these talented young performers earn a spot on the Summerfolk stage this August. And maybe, when they’re headlining Summerfolk in 10 years you’ll be able to tell your friends you saw them earn their big break.

Marching to the Monthly Open Mic

We’re getting to the end of another month and that means it’s time to gather at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library for another musical workshop and open mic on Wednesday the 25th. Every month the Georgian Bay Folk Society partners with the Library to give folks the chance to hone their skills, share their talents, and meet their musical community.

Local musical fixture, Larry Jensen will lead a songwriter’s circle from 6-7pm. Everyone is welcome, whether you’re trying to write your first song or polish off your 100th. Collaboration helps us grow so come out early and give it a try. Just look at what it did for Lennon/McCartney.

Dave Hawkins hosts the aptly named Open Mic. We’ll have stage time available for anyone who wants to share. Last month we had everything from an auto-harp led band to a classic country and blues duo. Come share whatever you’ve got to bring, whether you play, or dance, or sing.

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The Birthday Bash – Because 40 Years is a Big Deal

matt_anderson_photo1webSUMMERFOLK is turning forty. The Georgian Bay Folk Society is throwing a party to celebrate and you are invited. The festival you know and love will start one day earlier in 2015 in honour of our 40th anniversary. This year, we’ll kick off with a Birthday Bash featuring Matt Andersen on Thursday, August 20th. We’ll break in our new Down by the Bay tent with a night of blues and brews with the gates opening at 7pm. But, we can’t do it by ourselves so we need help.

Matt Andersen is a JUNO-nominated blues powerhouse from New Brunswick, known for his soulful vocals and stellar guitar riffs. The last time Matt was at Summerfolk  he sold more CDs than any other act. Folks were eager to take his music home and the GBFS was eager to have him back. With over 2 million views on YouTube, independent sales over 30,000 albums, a 2013 European Blues Award, and winning Best Solo Performer at the Memphis Blues Challenge, it appears that the entire world is now discovering Matt Andersen. A powerhouse performer with a giant soul-filled voice and commanding stage presence, Matt has built a formidable following the old fashioned way – touring worldwide and letting the converted audiences and Andersen devotees spread his reputation through word of mouth.
Also on the bill, Ottawa blues juggernaut MonkeyJunk.They pile a mix of musical influences on to a solid bedrock of blues to put on a show that gets audiences moving. Since 2010, MonkeyJunk has brought home awards on both sides of the border including the 2010 Blues Music Award for Best New Artist, the 2012 Juno for Blues Album of the Year, and a 2014 Canadian Independent Music Award for Blues Artist/Group of the Year. 
You can turn your 3-day weekend pass into a 4-day musical adventure for just $35. If the Birthday Bash is all you want, tickets are $40 in advance and $45 at the door. We’ve got 40 years worth of memories and music to celebrate and we’ll need all the help we can get. Hope to see you there.



Fiddlefern Country Dancers Workshops & Contra Dance

Fiddlefern bannerCalling all traditional music and dance lovers!

The Georgian Bay Folk Society is proud to sponsor the Fiddlefern Country Dancers as they present their monthly workshop and Contra Dance this Saturday, March 7th at the Harmony Centre in Owen Sound.

The workshops run from 1-5pm and Scatter the Cats will share strategies for pairing tunes, mixing up the rhythm and groove, and keeping the dance simple but interesting. Caller Kate McLaren will highlight the role of the dance caller with a focus on simple, effective dances.

You can join Scatter the Cats and Kate after the workshops for a Contra Dance at 8pm.

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