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.
Buffy Sainte-Marie (Thursday Only)
Serena Ryder (Sunday Only)
Joel & Bill Plaskett (Friday Only)
Ruthie Foster (Saturday Only)
Delhi 2 Dublin
The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer
Olivia & the Creepy Crawlies
Coco Love Alcorn
The Jerry Cans
Turbo Street Funk
The Friends of Fiddler’s Green
Trevor MacKenzie Band
Scenic City Film Festival
Vita Twirlin’ Diva
Todd Crowley & the Musical Petting Zoo
Taylor Holden and the Law of Averages (Youth Discoveries)
Bare Sierra (Youth Discoveries)
Clarissa Fortin (Youth Discoveries)
Paige Ballagh (Youth Discoveries)
Moscow Apartment (Youth Discoveries)
Circle’s Corner Dance Band
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