Georgian Bay Folk Society
The Folk Society office and general store is open
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 2pm
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.
We are located at 776 – 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound, Ontario.
Please feel free to contact the office at any time by email at email@example.com or by calling (519) 371-2995.
GBFS Office & General Store – Hours of Operation:
Xander is new to the Board of Directors of the Georgian Bay Folk Society, but has been a lifelong
supporter and attendee at Summerfolk, with several years as a volunteer. Xander is an avid supporter of
the arts, and actively participates in local Little Theatre productions.
Steve has a multi-disciplinary background working with businesses and organizations of all shapes and sizes across Grey County. He has worked with Summerfolk for over a decade, as a volunteer, a member of the Youth Discoveries Committee, a board member and is a former past president.
This year marks Devin’s first year in a volunteer role at Summerfolk. He previously looked after Summerfolk’s annual audit for many years and has transitioned into the role of treasurer.
Cindy has been volunteering with Summerfolk for many years and has reprised her role in assisting volunteerservices after recently moving back to the area. Cindy was one of four team members on the Volunteer Services Committee in 2022 and is happy to be back again as an advisor and liaison in this area.
My name is Martha Tiisler and Summerfolk has been a big part of my life since the beginning! I’ve attended every single Summerfolk Festival and volunteered on the construction crew numerous years. It is an honour to be able to volunteer and serve on the GBFS board as secretary. I grew up in Owen Sound and I’m so happy to be back in the area so I can be involved in our beautiful community.
Ian is a long time Summerfolkie. While he hasn’t been to all of them, he figures he’s missed far fewer than he’s attended in his 30+ years living in and around Owen Sound. You may know Ian best from on-air appearances at one of Bayshore Broadcasting’s radio stations in the area. When he’s not talking for a living, you may find him our for a run or a hike around the beautiful area that Summerfolk calls home, or cooking up a storm at home with his wife Amy.
I am a retired business owner that is passionate about art and in particular, music. My hope is to share my knowledge from the many not-for profit boards I’ve sat on. With Summerfolk 50 only two years away, it is my goal to assist in building a process that would see Summerfolk hit 100.
Kimberley has a background in music business and event management. Over the years, she has aimed to immerse herself in live music. She has held a variety of different positions with organizations such as CARAS, Ticketmaster, and Vans Warped Tour. Most recently, Kimberley has travelled to Yellowknife as part of the production team for the Folk on the Rocks festival. Kimberley has been a volunteer with Summerfolk for a number of years, on the Hotel Hospitality crew, and is excited to start this new adventure as a board member.
My introduction to the music scene in Owen Sound began when I attended my first Summerfolk in 2000 at the invitation of friends who were regular attendees, and I haven’t missed one since. I quickly fell in love with this vibrant town with its wonderful cultural life, and vowed to make it my home as soon as I could retire from my career job at the City of Toronto. The folk society and the festival have changed my entire world, and it is a great honour to express my gratitude by contributing to this exciting enterprise in whatever way I can. I look forward to working with you all in pursuit of this end during future years.
Christine is a senior manager of indigenous relations with OPG and has a lifelong love of music and live performance. Christine is a musician herself, with a focus on piano and vocals. She is currently helping to secure sponsorships for this year’s festival and is looking forward to her first Summerfolk.