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Ist annual Summerfolk Golf Tournament

Ist Annual Summerfolk Singing’ and swinging’ Golf Tournament


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Saturday, June 23 1 PM

Join us at Stonetree Golf and Fitness for our 1st Annual Festival Golf Tournament.

Entry fee includes

-Cart and course fees ( 18 Holes)

-Dinner ( roasted Chicken or vegetarian)

-Live Entertainment throughout

-Silent and Live Auctions

… and more

Course Prizes

-Individual and Team prizes

-Four (4) Mulligans per team

-Longest Drive ( Male/Female)

-Closest to the Pin ( male/Female)

… and more

Sponsorship Opportunities


-To complimentary Golf Teams ( 8 Players)

-Name and logo appear as sponsor @ event

-One hole sponsorship

Silver- $550

-One complimentary golf team(4 Players)

-one hole sponsorship

Bronze- $100

-One hole sponsorship

Registration/payment options

-Team registration ( 4 players) – 500

-Individual Registration- $125

Registrations online

or by calling 519-371-2995

Summerfolk Hosts Open Showcase

Performance showcases are one of the key ways that performers get exposure. Traditionally they’re done at large conferences and professional networking events so that booking agents, venue owners, and artistic directors can see what performers are like live. Years ago, the Georgian Bay Folk Society hosted the ‘Last Chance Saloon’ to give artists an opportunity to earn a spot at Summerfolk. This September we’re modifying the tradition and hosting an open showcase at Heartwood Concert Hall in the afternoon of Sunday September 24th.

Performers will have 12 minutes on stage to impress the crowd, knowing that Summerfolk’s artistic director is in the audience. We do not not guarantee that someone will be hired for the festival. We do, however,  guarantee the opportunity to impress the person who does the hiring.

In order to ensure that acts who are ready for a festival stage get a chance to play on the 24th, we’re screening applicants. Please apply here. There are 12 performance spaces available and they will be filled on a first come basis. Audience are welcome on the day of the show so bring your friends along too.

If it all goes well, you could see the Summerfolk stage from this side next August.

For more information, e-mail Jon at jon.a.farmer(at)


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Summerfolk to host Music Biz Conference in Sept

On September 23rd, Summerfolk will host a one-day intensive music business conference in Owen Sound to help aspiring and emerging artists of all ages and genres develop the skills they need to start and sustain robust musical careers.

Performers spend hundreds of hours learning to play  but when it comes to business, practice is difficult and trial and error is expensive. For performers in smaller and rural areas, opportunities to develop their business skills can be even harder to find and lead some aspiring performers to believe that musicians have to move to the city to ‘make it’. When musicians leave rural areas the local culture and economy lose.

Summerfolk has been working to support the local and rural music scenes by hosting monthly music business workshops since January with the goal of helping musicians learn about the business from established professionals. The Music Biz Tune UpConference will concentrate the information from the workshop series and go deeper through ten workshops presented in five timeslots throughout the day.

“We had a great response to the workshops and this conference will let people who missed them get a large dose of professional knowledge quickly,” said Jon Farmer, series coordinator.

 Workshop topics range from learning how to register for royalties and how to book gigs, to an introduction to sound engineering and sessions about performers’ unique legal and accounting issues.

 “We’ve set it up so that there’s  something for the people who want to learn what it takes to get their first paid gigs as well as more specific sessions for performers who have been playing weekend shows for years and want to make music their full time job,” Farmer added.

Thanks to grant funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and sponsorship from Music Ontario, conference registration — a $140 value — is only $50 and includes lunch and dinner. Summerfolk is providing performers who are 24 and younger a further 50% registration discount and is making travel bursaries available.  Online registration is open now at

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Music Biz Tune Up Workshop About Website and Promotional Materials


On May 28th, Summerfolk will host the next installment of the Music Biz Tune Up workshop series helping local artists develop the skills they need to support their art. This next session will focus on elements of web and graphic design and will be hosted by Tracey Fawcett and Summerfolk designer Simon Farla.  Tracey owns and operates Weblia creative and Simon runs his own design company.  They will share their industry expertise to teach participants about setting up a website and help them to analyze the promotional materials and platforms they already have. Participants who want direct feedback can share their websites ahead of time by contacting series organizer Jon Farmer (jon.a.farmer (at)

Visit the website or Facebook event for the latest information.
Registration is $20.


Music Biz Tune Up: Bookings with Andrea Ramolo (and a concert)

 On Sunday April 2nd, Summerfolk will present the third workshop in the monthly Music Biz Tune Up series helping Grey Bruce musicians develop the business skills they need to start and sustain musical careers. Canadian Folk Music Award nominee Andrea Ramolo – also of folk duo Scarlett Jane – will lead the session to share her expertise and experience booking gigs as both an independent and professionally managed artist.

Performances are often musicians’ main sources of income but successful gigs don’t just happen. Booking gigs and tours can be complicated and Ramolo will untangle the confusion to give musicians of all genres advice about finding opportunities, communicating with venues, and arranging performances. Sometimes it makes sense to let someone else manage bookings for you. Ramolo will also answer questions about managers, why artists higher them, and when it makes sense to.  The workshop is geared to musicians at any stage of their careers.

The Music Biz Tune Up will run from 1-3pm on April 2nd at the Suite Spots on 2nd avenue in Owen Sound. Registration is $20 but participants who register for the entire 7-part series will receive a 25% discount. Participating musicians can register online at or at the door.

On April 1st, the night before the workshop, Ramolo will perform songs from her latest solo album NUDA at Heartwood Concert Hall, in Owen Sound. She’s splitting the bill with upcoming Albertan blues player Jenie Thai and the evening will be packed full of tender lyrics, powerful songs, and punchy piano. Tickets for the concert are available at Heartwood Home and online through

Andrea Ramolo

Andrea Ramolo


The return of Irish


Irish Mythen, Harmony Centre, Owen Sound, November 26th

Irish Mythen, the breakout favourite of this year’s Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival returns for an evening of powerful song, rollicking humour and and the best set of pipes in contemporary acoustic music.

She is not to be missed!

Tickets available for the Roxy box office

Buy tickets for both this show and the Small Glories on October 7th and you will be entered in a draw to win two weekend passes to Summerfolk 42


Small Glories at the Roxy

The Small Glories return to Owen Sound

They are a duo in the best tradition of Richard and Linda Thompson, Emmylou and Gram Parsons. The Glories took the festival by storm and you can enjoy them again at the Roxy theatre this October.

“The Small Glories are the ultimate: two amazing solo performers who somehow manage to melt into one entity, creating incredible harmonies that still raise the hairs on the back of my neck as I write.”
— Jennifer Ives, AD, Live from the Rock Music Festival

Tickets are available here


2 Summerfolk Favourites – 2 Concerts – A chance to win 2 passes to Summerfolk 42

Small Glories Oct 7th Roxy Theatre – Irish Mythen Nov 26th Harmony Centre

Get your tickets at the Roxy box office.

*Order advanced tickets for BOTH concerts and your name will be entered in a draw for a pair of passes to Summerfolk 42

Alysha Brilla Warmed a Windy April Night

Alysha at MicAlysha Brilla brought a taste of the Summerfolk spirit to the Roxy stage on a blustery April night. The Georgian Bay Folk Society partnered with the Roxy Theatre to bring Alysha and her band back to Owen Sound 7 months after they rocked the stages of Summerfolk 39. With a full band behind her and an enthusiastic audience in front, Alysha raised the temperature in the theatre with heartfelt love songs, powerful political messages, and irresistible grooves.

When Alysha plays she invites the audience to participate, literally. Before the concert a four year old fan had the chance to meet Alysha and – to her surprise – recited an entire verse from one of her songs. Halfway through the first set, Alysha invited her youngest fan up on to the stage to perform that part of the song with her. Hearts melted. By the end of the second set all barriers were down, audience members were dancing in the aisles, and Alysha pulled over a dozen people up on to the stage for one final dance party. Even band members took turns setting aside their instruments to move their bodies alongside the elevated audience. One of the great truths of music is that busting a move can bring people together.

Alysha and the band gave three collective bows before leaving the stage but the crowd didn’t let them get away easily. On their feet in the seats, the audience’s standing ovation morphed into a steady chant of “Brilla, Brilla, Brilla” while the band huddled in the wings deciding on the encore.

When the house lights came up for the final time and the last ringing notes were fading in the theatre, fans gathered around the merchandise table to meet Alysha, collect autographs from the band, and buy Juno-nominated albums  to take home. Summerfolk may be four months away but watching the audience make their way to the street at the end of the night  you wouldn’t have known it. They left with the smiles and certain bouncy step that best characterize Kelso Beach on the third weekend in August.
Alysha and horn section
Alysha and crowd dancing onstage
Special thanks to John Fearnall and  Good Noise Photography for the images.

Fiddlefern celebrates the Country Dance and Song Society’s Centenary,April 28-May 3rd

Dance has always been a part of what Summerfolk and the GBFS do. We’re getting behind the Fiddlefern Country dancers as they help celebrate the centenary of the Country Dance and Song Society.

Owen Sound is one of only two Canadian stops on the CDSS Centennial Tour!

Join Fiddlefern for a celebration of the CDSS Centennial Celebration April 28 – May 3, 2015
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Fiddlefern Country Dancers is one of seven groups across North America awarded a community residency as part of the CDSS Centennial Tour. CDSS is a national leader in promoting participatory dance, music and song with roots in English and North American culture. We are excited to have the CDSS Centennial Tour come to our community to ensure dance, music and song will be strengthened.

Come and take part in workshops for callers, musicians and dancers, as well as evening dances. CDSS Touring musicians include Sam Bartlett (Notorious, former member of Wild Asparagus and The Clayfoot Strutters), Ben Smith (The Mean Lids), and Eric Schedler (The Cosmic Otters, Cocks o’ the North), and caller, Louie Cromartie.

Sam, Eric and Ben are exceptional musicians and performers, patient and skilled teachers, and tradition-bearers, with an ability and willingness to respond to new ideas with creativity, enthusiasm and respect. Louie brings decades of experience to the caller’s role, with a dance repertoire to meet any crowd, and the teaching skill to bring everyone on the dance floor together in a supportive and successful experience. All these individuals are skilled teachers and performers, and possess a natural ability to nurture and support. As they collaborate with local musicians, magic will happen!

Owen Sound is on beautiful Georgian Bay nestled into the Niagara Escarpment with hiking trails, cycling, art galleries, many artisan studios, and warm, welcoming people.  See our Links Page for links to local attractions and places to stay.

Plan your visit now! For more information, call Frank or Sally at 519-372-9151.


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!

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.

Visit for more information.


Alysha Brilla


She was one of the most popular acts at the 2014 Summerfolk and now Alysha Brilla is returning for a show at the Roxy Theatre April 10th. Melodically complex and lyrically cheeky, Alysha and her band lay down some of the best pop sounds to come out of Southern Ontario in a generation. She’s having a good year: her new CD Womyn is a hit, she went to India to become a certified Yoga instructor, and she just won a songwriting contest in Europe. With Juno Nominations and a great touring schedule the only thing that could make Alysha’s year better is coming back to Owen Sound to play for us. There’s no better way to start the spring thaw than with a show with Alysha and her band.

Tickets available at the Roxy by following this link. A co-production with the Georgian Bay Folk Society


Fiddle Fern Trad Sessions


B - PERF SF-2006New Fiddlefern Country Dancers’ initiatives in 2015 include weekly, open music sessions Tuesday nights, and monthly music, dance and dance calling workshops, in partnership with the Georgian Bay Folk Society.

The new weekly, open, participatory traditional tune sessions start Tuesday, January 13 at 7 p.m. at The Harmony Centre, 890 4th Avenue East, Owen Sound.

They’re for people who enjoy playing dance music, and for those who want to learn the jigs, reels, waltzes, polkas and more, and eventually play the music for dancers. Fiddlefern organizers anticipate a teaching/learning component each week, followed by a social trad tune session to share music.

This should be of interest especially to people who play melody instruments such as fiddle/violin, flute, whistles, pipes, accordion, concertina, banjo, mandolin etc. as well as people pursuing guitar and other instruments more suitable for rhythmic accompaniment.

Interested musicians are encouraged to attend. Contact session organizers Frank Francalanza ( or Will Henry (519-371-9413 for more information.

A message from the President

A Message from the president:

Summerfolk 2014 proved once again that festival goers like you are a hardy lot and I want to personally thank-you for your hard work and support with the 39th Summerfolk.  Mother Nature provided some challenges for us Saturday and although the spirit of the festival could not be extinguished with the rain, the weather still had a financial impact to our organization, however  I am excited to tell you what that means to you and how you can help Summerfolk this fall.


To help kick off the 40th year celebrations we have decided to keep the 2015 Early-Bird Weekend passes at the SAME PRICE as 2014 until December 31st of this year. ($92.00 taxes included) starting at 9am Saturday, October 25th, 2014.

**BONUS  OPTION**  The first 100 people who purchase an earlybird weekend pass by December 31st,2014 will have the option to buy a second weekend pass for 1/2 the price.

Prices will be going up in the New Year, so get your Christmas shopping done early and purchase your tickets now.   Summerfolk tickets and GBFS memberships make great Christmas presents …  share the gift of gift of music and entertainment with your friends and family.

Tickets for this great offer are available at www.summerfolk .org or by calling 1-888-655-9090 or click the link below:



Mark your calendars and get your tickets now before they are all gone.  wintersong


I want to be the first to tell you about and personally invite you to our Wintersong event, a GBFS fall fundraiser. The event will include performances from  Coco Love Alcorn and James Keelaghan, Carol Warren,  RPR, David Sereda, Sons of Perry, Tara MacKenzie and more.  This licensed event  will be a great evening  of music and entertainment.           Doors will open at 6pm


To help with our fundraiser, Tom’s Tarp for Summerfolk 2015 has been graciously donated, by the 2014 raffle prize winnerThis  package includes:

Tom’s Tarp  -with the right to place anywhere you want in the amphitheatre for the entire weekend (Value: Priceless )

Two weekend passes to the 40th anniversary celebration festival

Two commemorative 40th anniversary Summerfolk t-shirts

There are two (2) ways that you can participate. You can bid on line at starting at 9am, Nov 1st, 2014  AND/OR attend the Wintersong fundraiser and bid at the LIVE AUCTION  starting at 8:45 PM sharp until 9:00pm, December 13th, 2014.  Winner to be announced at event

Check out for more information on our fundraiser.


Tickets for this event are $16.00 and are available on line at or here in Owen Sound at Fromonger Music Centre on 8th Street East or Parsons Foto Source on 2nd Avenue East. (kids under 12 accompanied by an adult get in free)  All funds raised at this event will go to supporting the 40th year Summerfolk Anniversary  Celebration.


I want to personally Thank-you again for your continued support of Summerfolk because it couldn’t happen without you. Tell your family and friends about these great opportunities and let’s get everyone involved to make the 40th Anniversary of Summerfolk a weekend to remember!


The Songs Of Neil Young

Sunday evening, April 13 at the Harmony Centre 9 acts, 17 songs from the pen of Neil Young. A fundraiser for the GBFS. Ticket info you can buy tickets over here.

Coco Love Alcorn, David Sereda, Larry Jensen, MacKenzie Blues Band, Our Shot Gun Wedding, The Sons of Perry, The Choir That Rocks, The Drift with the Milkanoes.

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That was a bit of fun

Summerfolk Crowd Surf

Summerfolk 38 has passed. By any standard, this year’s festival was a huge success. There were more people, more sunshine and more musical highlights per hour than ever before.

At the office we are busy putting things away, toting figures and generally catching our breathe.

A big shout-out to all the volunteers, to the staff and to the fantastic musicians who fearlessly stepped up to the stage and gave it their all.

You’ll find a ton of photo’s and comments over at out official Facebook page.


See you next year! Finale

Now Headed for Summerfolk!

It was an amazing afternoon at the Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound.

Fate cruelly placed the finals on the first sunny hot day of the decade. A couple of hundred people showed up, however, to watch stunning performances by the 12 finalists in The Georgian Bay Folk Society’s Youth Discovery Showcases.

Our judges( Joel Leblanc, Liz Scott and Kevin Gangloff) had a lot to choose from.

Five performers will be joining us on stage at Summerfolk this year

They are

Mac ‘N the BoysMac 'N the Boys

Sydney DelongSydney Delong


Brendan StephensBrendan Stephens

Emily FlackEmily Flack

Jayden GrahlmanJayden Grahlman


A huge debt of thanks to our sponsors

The Trillium Foundation
Ontario Arts Council
Canadian Heritage
Rogers TV
Bruce Power
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and to our judges Joel Leblanc, Liz Scott and Kevin Gangloff

Thanks to the Roxy, especially Aly Boltman, Gary Byers.

Thanks to the Youth Committee- Tara McKenzie, Coco Love Alcorn, Stephen Kenny, Ruth Parsons, Rox Davidson.

Thanks to Trev MacKenzie for all the help and the Georgian Bay Folk Society.

To Bill McMillan for judging at the first two events.

Thanks to our preliminary venues The Meaford Hall, Back Eddies in Paisley, The Owen Sound Public Library.

To all the performers who showcased.


Summerfolk Youth Discoveries Finals!

The finals for the Discoveries showcases will be happening this coming Sunday at the fabulous Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound. 12 acts have advanced from the preliminaries and will be performing from 130 Pm until the winners are chosen.

Join us for the Finale of the Youth Discoveries Showcases at The Roxy Theatre in Owen Sound.
After the 3 preliminary rounds, 12 acts have been selected to preform at the finale.

Here is the line up, and we hope to see you there. Details can be found by clicking on the events tab or right here

Here they are, with links ( where we have them) so you can check them out.

Jayden Grahlman
Safe As Houses
Emily Flack
Amy Tourlousse
MacKenzie McRuer
Cassie Dasilva
Mack ‘N’ The Boys
Brendan Stephens
JoJo Worthington
Jack Darby
Adam Crossman
Sydney Delong

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