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Georgian Bay Folk Society

The Georgian Bay Folk Society is a cultural organization, run by volunteers, that presents, promotes and encourages folk music and other folk arts in the community at large.

The GBFS Board of Directors are volunteer members  and work very hard throughout the year to bring outstanding musical performances and experiences, educational performance and art workshops, and tremendous opportunities to collaborate with others to the area.

The Folk Society office is open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm April 1st to September 30th. 9am-3pm January 1st to March 31. The Office is closed for the month of December.  We are located at the Nortown Plaza in Owen Sound, Ontario.    1101 – 2nd Avenue East, Suite#201

Please feel free to contact the office at any time by email at or by calling (519) 371-2995.



Board Members

Steve Kenny

Steve Kenny – GBFS President

Steve Kenny joined the GBFS Board in 2016. He comes to the table with one hand on the pulse of the music industry and the other waving a friendly hello. Steve is a working musician, tour manager, and teacher who has helped bring local music to small and large stages for over a decade. You’ll either find him chairing meetings or mingling with folks at shows across the region.

Bill Marshall (2)

Bill Marshall – GBFS Vice President

Bill has been an active volunteer and supporter of Summerfok since 1977, having enjoyed many different positions at the festival and on the GBFS Board of Directors .  Over the years, he has also sat on the Board of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (now the FMO) and Folk Alliance.  Bill continues to volunteer at 3 FMO festivals each summer. Looking forward, he hopes his vast experience and dedication will aid Summerfolk well into the future

Angela O

Angela Oniszeczko – GBFS Treasurer

Karen Veroni B

Karen Veroni – GBFS Secretary

Karen is new addition to the GBFS Board of Directors. She has been attending Summerfolk since 2010, and has experienced some of its programs  (Youth Discoveries) through the eyes of a parent, as her son Marshall Veroni has been a performer at Summerfolk. Other members of her family have offered their services as volunteers, as soon as they were old enough. Karen is excited to become part of the volunteer contingent that brings Summerfolk alive!

Karen has been a teacher with the BWDSB for 25 years, has raised three children with her husband Tony, and enjoys an active lifestyle that MUST include attending live music shows!

Kate Baker C

Kate Baker

pic_Leslie Bochna

Leslie Bochna

“Music makes the world go ‘round…and it brings people together.” Leslie’s world revolves around music and the arts.

With a background in marketing + public relations – Leslie became a programmer at a small but stellar southern Ontario performing arts centre in 2007. After more than 10 years of music and cultural programming in addition to PR and events, she now finds herself in the world of marketing/communications for the goldmining industry.

Knowing how much she loves the arts and live performance, Leslie keeps herself busy with music-related interests on the side. She is a new board member to Summerfolk (Owen Sound), part of the Mudtown Records family, presenting the multi-arts winter fest Lupercalia (Owen Sound), and assistant producer to the best fest of BC’s northern west coast, Atlin Arts + Music Festival.

Leslie lives in Collingwood, Ontario with her guitar-playing carpenter husband, and two amazing kids: Jonas and Aria.

Natasha Cordick

Natasha Cordick

Brian Dunham

Brian Dunham

As one of the original Summerfolk volunteers, Brian has been a festival volunteer for over 39 years and a crew chief for 30+ years of that time.  Brian’s experience and human resources knowledge as a retired Owen Sound Police Officer makes him an excellent choice as a member of the Membership/Volunteer Committee and a level head in the boardroom.

Kimberley Love 2

Kimberley Love

Kimberley Love is a new addition to the GBFS Board in 2017, but has been attending Summerfolk since 1980: before the iconic Kelso Beach amphitheatre was constructed. She’s had the opportunity to watch the festival change and grow over the past 35 years and is enthusiastic about joining the Society as it looks to the festival’s future.

Kimberley is a communications consultant, working primarily in the financial services sector, and has an extensive and varied background in marketing, public relations and promotion. Born and raised in Grey County, Kimberley is a mother of four and, with her husband Glen Drummond, is the current owner of the Butchart Estate in downtown Owen Sound.


Derek Sparnaay

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