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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.

To become a member of the GBFS follow this link


Board Members

Tyler Beckett

Tyler Beckett – GBFS President

As a member of the Beckett family, Tyler was born and raised to be a professional musician.   With a tremendous amount of knowledge in the performance and technical areas.  Currently employed as a Financial Advisor,  Tyler has been a great addition to the GBFS Board.  as President and an active member of  the Finance Committee.

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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


Erin Turner – GBFS Treasurer

Erin Turner graduated from Fanshawe College with a co-op endorsed diploma in Business Accounting. After working for an accounting firm in Thamesford, Ontario, she decided to make the move to Owen Sound and start her own accounting business.  Erin enjoys discovering the endless activities that our beautiful region has to offer.

Erin strongly believes in keeping as many of our spending dollars as local as possible. That is why she shops local whenever possible. Creating our own jobs is a big reason why living in Owen Sound is so special.

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Angela Oniszeczko – GBFS Secretary

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Lisa Cruickshank

Lisa loves living, working and playing in the region and has been a volunteer with Summerfolk for the past fifteen years.  With an extensive background in marketing, customer services and social media through a background in tourism,  we are pleased to have Lisa sitting on the GBFS Promo Committee, a member of the GBFS  Board of Directors and Crew Chief in our Info Booth at Summerfolk.

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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 Co-Chair of the Membership/Volunteer Committee and a level head in the boardroom.


Steve Kenny

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 the Connections Committee or meeting and mingling with folks at shows across the region.

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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.

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Nancy Mathies

Nancy Mathies was introduced to Summerfolk in 2014 was instantly  hooked! Her experiences as a Respiratory Therapist and as an Addictions Counsellor have convinced her of the value of strong community with opportunities to volunteer, perform, and hone a craft. The Owen Sound area is rich in arts and culture, creating a unique, nurturing environment for young artists.  She believes that the GBFS plays an integral role in what makes it so great to live here!

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Don Miller

Don is an outstanding volunteer and has supported the GBFS for 35+ years.  For many years, he was the official Summerfolk photographer and can still be seen focusing in on the fun at the festival.

As a bilingual, speaking both French and English fluently, he easily makes friends wherever he goes and is well-suited as the Chair of the Endowment Committee.

Kelly Mullen

Kelly Mullen

Kelly has been a part of the festival for many years.  He has performed at the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival beginning in the late 1970’s through into the early 90’s as the backhalf of the duo “Michael O’Kelly and Kelly Mullen”.

Kelly is happy to be reacquainted with the Georgian Bay Folk Society/Summerfolk and looks forward to contributing to its continued success.

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