The Art of the Workshop

this article originally ran in the owen sound sun times on August 10, 2021 Written by James Keelaghan Something that Summerfolk audiences have come to expect is the workshop. Because […]

A Backyard Bonanza

this article originally ran in the owen sound sun times on July 29, 2021 Written by James Keelaghan  On an uncharacteristically cold weekend in May, five of us gathered for […]

General Store Now Open!

Summerfolk General Store is Open! With the province moving to stage two (and soon to be stage three) we are happy to share that the Summerfolk General Store is open […]

Presenting the Sutacriti Stage

Presenting: Sutacriti Stage   This year, we’re bringing Summerfolk46 to numerous venues in and around the beautiful city of Owen Sound – and here’s one of them!  The Sutacriti Stage is a […]

Audition your back yard for Summerfolk46

Audition your Backyard for Summerfolk 46 This year, Summerfolk is coming to you! Summerfolk 46 is going to look a little different to previous editions, as past years of a […]

Summerfolk Virtual Sunday Night Schedule!

We are very excited about tonight’s virtual Sunday night. Here is the line-up, and you can grab the stream here at video.summerfolk.org 7PM Intros, Greetings from Dignitaries 7:04 Grier Coppins […]

Summerfolk Virtual Sunday Night August 23

Although Summerfolk 2020 is cancelled, the Georgian Bay Folk Society has announced a virtual Sunday night event to celebrate what would have been the 45th Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival. […]

Summerfolk Covid19 Update

Monday, April 27th, 2020 Owen Sound, ON – After much consideration, the Georgian Bay Folk Society has regretfully decided to cancel the 45th Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival, scheduled for […]

Covid-19 update

Summerfolk Stage and Amphitheatre

Here at The Georgian Bay Folk Society, we have been keeping ourselves up to date with our information regarding the Coronavirus Pandemic and how it may affect Summerfolk 45: Music, […]

Summerfolk and COVID-19

Hello Friends, Families, Volunteers, Patrons and Community Members, Our Georgian Bay Folk Society staff, the board of directors, and committees are watching the COVID-19 developments with careful judgement and while […]

Georgian Bay Roots Seeks New Host(s)

Summerfolk’s official radio show Georgian Bay Roots is looking for a new host, or pair, to take over a monthly spot. The weekly radio show shares an hour of the […]

Sun Times Article #1: A year-round effort

Every year Artistic Director James Keelaghan writes a series of 12 articles for the Owen Sound Sun Times previewing the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival At Summerfolk, we’re a little […]

Show Case Line Up Announced

At 1pm on Sunday January 20th, The Georgian Bay Folk Society will host its second annual curated open showcase at Heartwood Concert Hall in Owen Sound. Nine acts from across […]

Sun Times Article 12: Two’s company

Every year Artistic Director James Keelaghan writes a series of 12 articles for the Owen Sound Sun Times previewing the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival By James Keelaghan One of […]

Sun Times Article 11: Pop without pretence

Every year Artistic Director James Keelaghan writes a series of 12 articles for the Owen Sound Sun Times previewing the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival By James Keelaghan My Da […]

Sun Times Article 10: Mix-match and magic…

Every year Artistic Director James Keelaghan writes a series of 12 articles for the Owen Sound Sun Times previewing the Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival By James Keelaghan I have […]

Georgian Bay Roots Ep 59

Georgian Bay Roots With your hosts Dylan, Jon, Kailey, & Ted Every Sunday on CFOS 560 from 4-5pm, Georgian Bay Roots shares some of the best music that’s made in and played […]

Georgian Bay Roots Ep 41

Georgian Bay Roots With your host Jon Farmer Every Sunday on CFOS 560 from 4-5pm, Georgian Bay Roots shares some of the best music that’s made in and played in Grey and […]

Georgian Bay Roots Ep 40 – Canada Day

Georgian Bay Roots With your host Jon Farmer Every Sunday on CFOS 560 from 4-5pm, Georgian Bay Roots shares some of the best music that’s made in and played in Grey and […]

Canadian Connection Celebration

Summerfolk and the GBFS will present the Canadian Connection Celebration, taking place at Kelso Beach Park on Thursday, August 17th, 2017, featuring musicians such as Buffy Sainte-Marie, Chippewa Travellers, The Jerry […]

Georgian Bay Roots Ep 022

Georgian Bay Roots With your host Jon Farmer Every Sunday on CFOS 560 from 4-5pm, Georgian Bay Roots shares some of the best music that’s made in and played in Grey and […]

Georgian Bay Roots Ep 016

Georgian Bay Roots With your host Jon Farmer Every Sunday on CFOS 560 from 4-5pm, Georgian Bay Roots shares some of the best music that’s made in and played in Grey and […]

Georgian Bay Roots 6

Georgian Bay Roots With your host Jon Farmer Every Sunday on CFOS 560 from 4-5pm, Georgian Bay Roots shares some of the best music that’s made in and played in […]

Wanted: Artistic Director’s Assistant

JOB POSTING The Georgian Bay Folk Society (GBFS) is seeking applications for the position of Artistic Director’s Assistant. Applicants must be students returning to full time studies in the fall […]

Our Volunteers, Our Roots

The Georgian Bay Folk Society is honoured to celebrate the contributions of its many talented and generous volunteers. Without our partnership with over 700 dedicated community members our central annual […]

David Bowie Tribute May 7th

  The GBFS presents an evening celebrating the work of David Bowie. With Favourites The Krueger Band Drew McIvor Sons of Perry Ben Turcotte and Andrew Nunno Deanne Hallman w/ […]

December 12/13 Work Bees

Hello Folkie Friends, We’ve got to move the Summerfolk materials to a new storage location and we need your help. The new storage unit is nearby but we’ll need lots […]

Fiddlefern Country Dance Dec 5

Come dancing on Saturday, December 5!! The Fiddlefern Country Dancers are hosting the regular monthly dance on Saturday night, December 5, 2015. For anyone who likes to dance. Beginners welcome. No partner […]

James Keelaghan Returns as Artistic Director

After presenting the most successful Summerfolk in recent memory, the Georgian Bay Folk Society is planning for Summerfolk41, opening sales for the festival, and looking to the future. The GBFS […]

Fiddlefern Hosts Workshop and Dance

Fiddlefern is hosting a Quebec dance music workshop November 7. One of Quebec’s most respected fiddlers and singers will be in Owen Sound with the rad-folk trio Mil on November 7. […]

Call for Artwork

Request for Expressions of Interest – The Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival is seeking an artist to create the artwork for our 2016 festival branding. This is a paid position to […]

Summerfolk40 Survey

Hello Folkie Friends, We’re uploading a copy of the 2015 Summerfolk Survey for those of you who didn’t get the chance to give feedback about the festival. The GBFS is […]

Summerfolk40 Officially a Success

The Georgian Bay Folk Society (GBFS) is officially declaring the 40th anniversary Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival a success. The festival enjoys a glowing reputation among fans and performers for […]

A Map to Summerfolk40

By James Keelaghan  Tonight, we are kicking off the festival with a Birthday Bash in the new Down by the Bay tent. Monkey Junk will kick things off at 8 […]

Summerfolk 40 Photo Contest

We’re holding a photography contest in honour of Summerfolk 40. The Georgian Bay Folk Society logo was inspired by the image of David Essig tuning up under a tree on […]

Alysha Brilla Warmed a Windy April Night

Alysha 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 […]

$37,000 Boost to Summerfolk Endowment

Georgian Bay Folk Society  in partnership with the Community Foundation of Grey Bruce is thrilled to announce that its application to the Federal Government’s Endowment Incentive Program was successful. Heritage […]

Announcing Youth Discovery Winners

The Georgian Bay Folk Society is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Youth Discovery Showcase series. As part of our on-going work to promote and support the folks […]

Moving Down the Road to Summerfolk

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 […]

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 […]

Sun Times 08022014 Why We Folk

The only thing that keeps me going in the winter is the thought of summer. There used to be a time when I embraced winter, but that time is long […]

The winners of the this year’s Youth discoveries

The judges have come to a decision. The winners of this years youth discoveries are Andrew Nunno, Smith Magenis, Mackenzie McRuer, Beckah Hawker and Missy Bauman andBenjamin Rogers These performers will […]

Youth Discovery Finals

The Youth Discoveries finals are a go at the Harmony Centre, 890 4th Ave. East in Owen Sound on March 30th at 130 PM. The finalists are: Benjamin Rogers, MacKenzie McRuer, […]

It’s warming up, really

It’s been a little bit like hibernation. Okay, it’s been a lot like hibernation. The days are getting longer, the clocks are about to spring forward. We’ve got a lot […]

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the Georgian Bay Folk Society takes place on Sunday March 16th from 10AM-Noon at the Harmony Centre, 890 4th ave east, Owen Sound, Ontario. In […]

Sun Times Article#5

This week’s article is on some of the performer’s providing Maritime Music at the festival.  Music for the Tall Ships Ian Bell   Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne     […]

Sounds at the Market June 9th

The final show of our great 5th season. It should be a doozy. SOUNDS just keeps growing stronger. We always provide some of the best musicians in the area, performing […]