The Toronto-based “Friends” boast six versatile musicians, four fine singers, three songwriters, a brilliant joke teller, the occasional fiery dragon, one Order of Canada, one Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and one of the longest track records in Canadian Folk Music. This totally uncategorizable collection has been together, with a few personnel changes, since their inauguration at Toronto’s Fiddler’s Green coffeehouse in 1971. Nobody, not even the Friends themselves, can predict what might happen during one of their concerts, but it always includes humour, powerful vocal harmony, great musicianship, social commentary and an irresistible urge to dance.
The Friends were recipients of the 2003 Estelle Klein Award, given by the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals for service to folk music in Ontario.
Samantha Martin and Delta Sugar
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
My Son the Hurricane
The Hut People
Circle’s Corner Dance Band
T.Nile (Visit postponed until Summerfolk 44)
Polky Village Band
Bryden Gwiss Kiwenzie
Scenic City Film Festival
The Primary Colours (Doug Cox, Linda McRae, Kim Richey)
Vita Twirlin’ Diva
Emily Gilbart (Youth Discoveries)
Fork n’ Harp (Youth Discoveries)
Esther’s Family (Youth Discoveries)
Basset (Youth Discoveries)
Willem James Cowan ( Youth Discoveries)
Melissa Noventa/Cornell Mannings-Salsa Instructors
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