August 16th – 18th, 2024

Performers

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David Francey
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Élage Diouf
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Terra Lightfoot
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Lennie Gallant
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Diyet and the Love Soldiers
Stirling John
Stirling John
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Kalàscima Featuring Andrea Ramolo
KOBOTOWN
Kobo Town
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The Fretless
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Andrina Turenne
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Lloyd Spiegel
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Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers
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Beppe Gambetta
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Bruce Molsky
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Shawna Caspi
Vaudvillian
The Vaudevillian
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Tio Chorinho with Flavia Nacimento
MeteorHeist
Meteor Heist
DavidNewland
David Newland
Tallbeat
Tallbeat
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Porch Couch
Paige-Warner
Paige Warner
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Madeleine Roger
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Bryden Gwiss
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Ego Spank
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Little Misty
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Treasa Levasseur
Grier Coppins
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Youth Discoveries Winner - Men Without Pants
Nora Stephens
Youth Discoveries Winner - Nora Stephens
Youth Discoveries Winner - Daniel Schmidt
Youth Discoveries Winner - Daniel Schmidt
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Youth Discoveries Winner - Lennon and Matthew
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Youth Discoveries Winner-Siobhan Bodrug

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Lloyd Spiegel

Fourteen time Australian Blues Award winner Lloyd Spiegel has toured the globe for 30 of his 40 years.  His guitar wizardry, powerful lyrics and knack for humorous story telling delivers a truly unique performance that reinvents the genre and dispels the clichés associated with the Blues.

“A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.” – Rolling Stone Australia
“A guitarist almost without peer, Spiegel deconstructs how the blues guitar is supposed to operate, makes sweet love to it, then kicks it out the back door” .– Australian Guitar Player Magazine
“Lloyd Spiegel…guitar magic and great stories. This show is value for money! Go, be amazed!”– Terry Seguin, CB

                             Check out their website here 

Saturday Sunday
3:00 PM
Guitar Heroes
Down by the Bay
3:45 PM
5:30 PM
Lloyd Spiegel, Terra Lightfoot, Murray Pulver (Ego Spank)
4:00 PM
5:00 PM
Lloyd Spiegel in Concert
Amphitheatre
5:00 PM
5:40 PM

Saturday

  • Guitar Heroes Down by the Bay · Lloyd Spiegel, Terra Lightfoot, Murray Pulver (Ego Spank)
    3:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Sunday

  • Lloyd Spiegel in Concert Amphitheatre
    5:00 PM - 5:40 PM
Saturday Sunday
3:00 PM
Guitar Heroes
Down by the Bay
3:45 PM
5:30 PM
Lloyd Spiegel, Terra Lightfoot, Murray Pulver (Ego Spank)
4:00 PM
5:00 PM

Saturday

  • Guitar Heroes Down by the Bay · Lloyd Spiegel, Terra Lightfoot, Murray Pulver (Ego Spank)
    3:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Saturday Sunday
5:00 PM
Lloyd Spiegel in Concert
Amphitheatre
5:00 PM
5:40 PM

Sunday

  • Lloyd Spiegel in Concert Amphitheatre
    5:00 PM - 5:40 PM
No events available!

David Francey

 
 
 
“Francey’s clear, simple songs speak volumes to his followers. After a decade in music, David Francey is known as one of Canada’s finest tunesmiths and a champion of the Everyman, admired for his less-is-more approach to writing. It’s amazing how he manages to address deep stuff with such spare ingredients” The Edmonton Journal

David Francey is a Scottish-born Canadian carpenter-turned-songwriter, who has become known as “one of Canada’s most revered folk poets and singers” (Toronto Star). Born in Ayrshire, Scotland to parents who were factory workers, he moved to Canada when he was twelve. For decades, he worked across Canada in rail yards, construction sites, and in the Yukon bush, all the while writing poetry, setting it to melodies in his head and singing it to himself as he worked.

A truly authentic folk singer, Francey is a documentarian of the working person who never imagined earning a living from his music. But when he was in his 40s, his wife, artist Beth Girdler, encouraged him to share his songs and sing in public. The reaction was instant. His first album Torn Screen Door came out in 1999 and was a hit in Canada.

Since then, David has released thirteen albums, won four Juno Awards and has had his songs covered by such artists as The Del McCoury Band, The Rankin Family, James Keelaghan and Tracy Grammer.

Francey also had the honour of receiving the prestigious SOCAN Folk Music Award as well as taking home the Grand Prize in both the International Acoustic Music Award and in the Folk category for the John Lennon Songwriting Award.

                                            Check out their website here 

Élage Diouf

Master percussionist, Senegalese born singer-songwriter and performer Élage Diouf settled in Canada in 1996, to pursue a musical career that is still growing today. He was known in the first place for his innumerable collaborations, such as with André “Dédé” Fortin and his band, les Colocs. As the co-writer for the song Tassez-vous de d’là, Élage Diouf received the SOCAN Echo prize.

His numerous other collaborations brought about his joining, as a featured performer, the world tour of the Cirque du Soleil’s Delirium show, during which he takes part in more than 200 representations in the largest cities around the world and gains an unparalleled scenic experience.

In 2015, Élage launched his awaited second solo album, Melokáane, (“reflection” in wolof). Co-produced by Élage and Alain Bergé, the album offers many collaborations such as with multiplatinum singer Johnny Reid and guitarist Jordan Officer. Melokáane receives many accolades, including a nomination for World Music Album of the Year at the Gala de l’ADISQ (Québec), and a nomination for World Solo Artist of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CANADA).

 

                                           Check out their website here

Terra Lightfoot

Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: roots rocker Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger‐picking and distorted, hook‐heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow‐burning soul ballads or hard‐charging rock numbers. Terra released her self‐titled debut album in 2011; its critically acclaimed follow‐up, 2015’s Every Time My Mind Runs Wild, marked the artist’s arrival as a striking songwriter and compelling live performer. 2017 brought two new albums: the orchestral collaboration Live in Concert and her third studio album, New Mistakes, the latter nominated for Adult Alternative Album of the Year at the 2018 JUNO Awards and long‐listed for the Polaris Music Prize.

On her new CD, Healing Power Lightfoot showcases her considerable clout as a pop songsmith, delivering a dozen stunning tracks that together represent a career high. The album is her third outing with producer Gus van Go, and it is tribute to her creative ambitions and capacity that the collaboration is yet another quantum leap in her artistic development. 

 

                                                Check out their website here 

Lennie Gallant

East Coast songwriter Lennie Gallant has released fifteen albums of original songs which have won him a host of awards and nominations from the JUNOs, Les Prix Éloizes, and The East Coast Music Association Awards . His songs have been described as “true slices of life delivered with a poet’s flair and a rugged emotional sensibility”. His song Peter’s Dream, about the state of the oceans and those who harvest from it was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame. Lennie performs internationally and has toured, not only with his band, but also with symphony orchestras. His songs have been covered by many artists and he has performed with Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefers and with David Foster and his band. Lennie has two co-writes on Jimmy’s posthumous new album, and was invited to sing on it as a featured artist. One of Lennie’s physical albums actually was taken up to the international space station and circled the planet 248 times, finally giving the artist high rotation worldwide! His album, Time Travel, was voted a top ten Album of the Year by a panel of Canadian music industry personnel, and his recent all original Christmas album has  enabled sold out tours. He and partner Patricia Richard also record and perform as the popular Francophone duo, Sirène et Matelot. Their songs have achieved strong play on francophone radio and have consistently remained on the charts! Lennie Gallant is a member of The Order of Canada and has been recognized for his humanitarian efforts.

 

                                             Check out their website here 

Diyet and the Love Soldiers

Diyet was born in a tent and spent her childhood on the ancestral lands of the Kluane First Nation people in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Coming from a family rooted in traditions but tempered with a good sense of adventurous hippie attitudes, Diyet has created a musical presence that is as diverse as her Southern Tutchone, Tlingit, Japanese and Scottish heritage.

She discovered her voice singing on the school bus, went on to acquire a degree in music, then became a published songwriter in Vancouver, BC. When the pull of the North was too strong, she packed her bags, and her Dutch husband, moving back to her village of 90 people without a plan or even a pub to play in. The result of this unlikely career move has been international collaborations, extensive touring and two acclaimed albums (The Breaking Point & When You Were King,) with the third album: Diyet & The Love Soldiers released in 2018 which received nominations for: “Folk Album Of The Year” at “The Indigenous Music Awards”, “Indigenous Artist Of The Year” at the “Western Canadian Music Awards” and “Indigenous Songwriter Of The Year” at the “Canadian Folk Music Awards”

Diyet & The Love Soldiers is alternative country, folk, roots and traditional with catchy melodies and stories deeply rooted in Diyet’s Indigenous world view and northern life. Diyet sings in both English and  Southern Tutchone (her native language) and plays bass guitar. Backed by Love Soldiers: husband and collaborator, Robert van Lieshout (acoustic guitar, drums & percussion) and Juno Award winning producer, Bob Hamilton (electric guitar, pedal steel & mandolin); this trio multi instrumental trio from the Yukon has a sound that can fill a big stage or capture an intimate room.

                                                Check out their website here 

Stirling John

Stirling John, an Ojibwa Inspirational Country Artist originally from the Saugeen First Nation Reserve in Ontario, now proudly calls Alberta home. Based just outside Edmonton, he is deeply involved with First Nation communities across Canada, particularly in supporting Indigenous youth. In 2022, Stirling focused his energy on recording a new project, drawing from his passions and commitment to community. The title track, “Where I’m Meant To Be,” reflects his personal journey and values.

Though Stirling’s love for music has always been strong, life led him away from it for a time. After initially pursuing a career as a police officer and starting a family, he eventually found his way back to his true passion: Inspirational Country Music. Stirling is dedicated to shedding light on real-life issues through his music, inspired by artists like Paul Brandt, The Newsboys, Chris Tomlin, and Rascal Flatts.

In addition to his music career, Stirling is actively involved in community outreach, volunteering his time to develop music programs for Indigenous students in underfunded schools. He focuses on educating and raising awareness about critical issues such as substance abuse, mental health, gang awareness, human trafficking, and domestic violence, particularly within Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan reserves.

Stirling’s commitment to helping others extends beyond music. He is the first Ambassador to the Veterans Association Food Bank in Alberta and has established the Stirling John Foundation for Youth Empowerment, providing mentorship and leadership to young people.

Over the past four years, Stirling has been recognized with numerous nominations at prestigious awards ceremonies such as the JUNO Awards, Country Music Alberta Awards (CMAB), Western Canadian Music Awards (WCMA), and Gospel Music Association (GMA).

Alongside these nominations, Stirling has achieved notable wins, including the 2022 Okimaw 7 Teaching Award and the esteemed 2023 WCMA Award for Spiritual Artist of the Year. Stirling garnered multiple accolades at the 2023 GMA Awards, securing  Country Artist of the Year, Indigenous Artist of the Year, and Breakthrough Artist of the Year. Furthermore, Stirling’s dedication to community service was recognized with the 2024 Country Music Alberta Community Spirit Award for his work with the Stirling John Foundation for Youth Empowerment.

                                               Check out their website here 

Kalàscima Featuring Andrea Ramolo

Kalàscima featuring Andrea Ramolo is an exciting international collaboration of world music in the Italian language featuring southern Italian electronic/folk band Kalàscima and multiple Canadian Folk Music Award nominee and alternative songwriter Andrea Ramolo.  The musical collaboration and studio album The South served as the soundtrack for Ramolo’s Canada Arts Council supported award-winning documentary by the same name starring the band. This group’s live musical endeavour was created with the intention of introducing Canadian audiences to the ancestral and folk music of southern Italy… but with a twist.  Kalàscima blends Italian hip hop, folk, traditional, Balkan, and other Mediterranean sounds with electronic music.  With Andrea’s soulful voice and connection to the traditional music and dance of southern Italy, this project promises to get crowds jumping and dancing in a Mediterranean-style trance. Goat-skin hand drums, Italian bagpipes, accordion, Bouzouki,, baritone sax, multiple harmonies, drums, synth, and electronic sounds as well as the soul and passion of southern Italy is returning to Canada this summer!

                                    Check out their websites here and here 

Kobo town

Kobo Town continues to redefine calypso music and pushes the boundaries of the Caribbean sound with its fourth album, CARNIVAL OF THE GHOSTS. 

Behind the running social commentary and satirical mood, this is a collection of songs about the human condition – about our quirks and foibles, our anxieties and hopes, and the haunting sense of impermanence that imbues our every moment with its urgency and priceless worth

Named after the storied district in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, where calypso was born, Kobo Town has been described as “an intoxicating blend of lilting calypsonian wit, dancehall reggae and trombone-heavy brass” (Guardian) and a “unique, transnational composite of rhythm, poetry and activist journalism.” (Exclaim!)  Since their founding in 2005, the group has brought their distinct calypso and ska-inspired sound to audiences across the world.

                                               Check out their website here 

The Fretless

Four ferocious players, masterful composition, and a genre-bending sound — Juno award-winning The Fretless is a Canadian quartet that has firmly taken its place on the map to a progressive form of “trad”.

A supergroup of celebrated solo artists, The Fretless has been creating a singular and signature sound that dares to expand the idea of what a string music quartet can be — transforming fiddle tunes and folk melodies into intricate, beautiful, high-energy arrangements that have quickly gained a dedicated following and accolades from around the world. Within what appears to be a simple and classical construct — two fiddles, a viola, and a cello — The Fretless has created a sound that is distinctly rich, multi-layered, and uniquely percussive. This tonal quality is pushing traditional music to new heights, producing a completely fresh approach to Folk music.

The Fretless is Trent Freeman (Fiddle/Viola), Karrnnel Sawitsky (Fiddle/Viola), Ben Plotnick(Fiddle/Viola), and Eric Wright (Cello).

 

                                                Check out their website here 

Andrina Turenne

Andrina Turenne tells stories through song, delivered in the spirit of road trips, kitchen parties, and bonfire gatherings. In April of 2023, the Juno award-winning Franco-Manitoban/Red River Métis artist released her first solo record, Bold as Logs. The bilingual, spirited debut has charted on independent radio in Canada and the US. Turenne is slated for several festival performances in 2024 including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and of course, Summerfolk 49!                                                               

Check out her website here 

Archie Fisher and Garnet Rogers

When two legendary performers team up to go on tour, you just know things will be amazing.
This year, Summerfolk has the chance to host Archie Fisher on what might be his last tour of North America, accompanied by his long-time touring companion, Garnet Rogers.
 
Archie Fisher, a master guitarist, singer, and songwriter, is Scotland’s foremost Folk music troubadour. He has penned some of the most iconic songs known to folk music— Dark Eyed Molly, Final Trawl, and Witch of the Westmerland to name a few. His 27-year tenure as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning ‘Travelling Folk’ show is a testament to his influence. Inducted into the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and awarded an MBE in 2006, Archie’s contributions to Scottish folk music have been recognized and celebrated at the highest levels.
 
Hailed by the Boston Globe as a “charismatic performer and singer,” Garnet Rogers is a man with a powerful physical presence–close to six and a half feet tall–with a voice that resonates just as deeply. With his “smooth, dark baritone” (Washington Post) his incredible range and thoughtful, dramatic phrasing, Garnet is widely considered by fans and critics alike to be one of the finest singers anywhere. Like the man himself, his music is literate, passionate, highly sensitive and purposeful.

                                   Check out their websites HERE and here

Vinta

Vinta is Nathan Smith, Emilyn Stam, John David Williams, and Robert Alan Mackie, four brilliant performers and close friends at the cutting edge of European traditional music in Canada. Nearly a decade of these four musicians hanging out at fiddle jams around Toronto has culminated in this quartet, bringing new intensity to old tunes, and growing new tunes from old sources. A band of multi-instrumentalists and genuine scholars, Vinta is making music that is powerful, profound, and fiercely danceable.

In the great void of 2020, the four bubbled together and passed what seemed like a lifetime of otherwise empty days in a breezy backyard in Guelph, ON. They played every fiddle tune they could remember, and got to learning new ones when they ran out. A somewhat improvised concert in that very backyard showed them how dynamic and emotional an experience they could bring to audiences who had not heard a band for months, and they quickly reinvented what touring could look like in those new peculiar circumstances.

Their unshakeable resolve to bring live performances to live people saw them parading through farming communities on oxen-towed hay wagons, popping up around corners on downtown bar patios, and rigging up elaborate decorations in parks from Stratford to Mont-Laurier to attract anyone and everyone to their energetic performances.

Since forming in 2020, Vinta has performed at Mariposa Folk Festival, Gatineau Hills Fiddle Festival, Campbell Bay Music Fest, and Algoma Trad. They have released 9 EPs of traditional music and a beautiful 30-minute concert video with Sound Still Productions. Their first full-length album of original music “Beacons” is the recipient of the Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Composers of the Year, 2024

                                               Check out their website here 

BEPPE GAMBETTA

Beppe Gambetta is an Italian guitarist, vocalist and composer who found a way to make Italian and American traditions speak together with one voice. Born in the seaport city of Genova and raised on American Flatpicking he developed a unique captivating guitar and performance style.

Beppe is beloved all over the world, gaining new fans and friends with every performance and every new recording.

                                                  Check out their website here 

Bruce Molsky

Grammy-nominated, described as “an absolute master” (No Depression), Bruce Molsky transports audiences to another time and place, with his authentic and personal interpretations of rarities from the Southern Appalachian songbook and other musical traditions from around the globe. Best known for his work on the fiddle, Bruce’s banjo, guitar and his distinctive, powerful vocals also resonate with listeners. His combination of technical virtuosity and relaxed conversational with makes a concert hall feel like an intimate front porch gathering. 

Bruce’s take on tradition has landed him in collaborations with some of the world’s most highly respected players from roots to rock. He is a special guest on legend rocker Mark Knopfler’s recent CD, “Tracker.” His 1865 Songs of Hope & Home with Anonymous 4, was on Billboard’s top 10 for weeks. Along with Andy Irvine & Donal Lunny, Bruce is a founding member of the supergroup Mozaik, with three recordings. You can see Bruce on the BBC TV “Transatlantic Sessions” with Aly Bain and Jerry Douglas, and on “David Holt’s State of Music” on PBS. He stays active touring and recording with longtime collaborators Darol Anger, Tony Trischka and Mountain Drifters’ Allison de Groot. 

February 2022 marked the long-anticipated release of Bruce’s solo guitar CD: “Everywhere You Go,” a coming-together of new interpretations and arrangements of a wide swath of styles. 

Bruce holds the title of “Visiting Scholar in the American Roots Music Program” at Berklee College of Music, where he is the go-to guy for the next generation of roots musicians. 

“Performing and teaching traditional music are the biggest things in my world. For me, being a musician isn’t a standalone thing; it informs everything I do in my life. It’s always been about being creative and being a part of something much bigger than myself, a link in the musical chain and part of the community of people who play it and love it.”

                                                Check out their website here 

Shawna Caspi

Toronto-based singer-songwriter Shawna Caspi takes her time crafting lyrics that are poetic and meaningful, often using unusual rhymes and surprising turns of phrase. She spent years on the road playing solo shows at festivals and in concert halls, train cars, backyards, and living rooms, supporting her warm, clear voice with intricate fingerstyle guitar accompaniment, and drawing energy from shifting landscapes and long drives through Canada and the United States. After taking a break from the road to rest, reflect, and write, Shawna returns with her fifth album, Hurricane Coming, a collection of raw, deeply personal songs set against a backdrop of colourful cinematic soundscapes. Shawna also created a series of abstract paintings inspired by the songs on the album, seamlessly combining her work as a musician and visual artist.                 

                                           Check out their website here 

 

The Vaudevillian

1930’s Jugband Ragtime Blues

The jugband tunes from the award winning 1930’s band, The Vaudevillian make you get off your doggone caboose & do the lindy hop!

The old fashioned gentleman, Jitterbug James & sweet Norah Spades bring you dancing numbers from the prohibition period!

Thank goodness PROHIBITION IS OVER!

Currently on their “Ramblin’ Riggy RV” Canada Wide Tour, you’ll find The Vaudevillian at Festivals & Theaters making the audience blush and dance the night away!

They host interactive Washboard Workshops and interactive Musical Spoon Workshops all across the country and to date have taught over 1400+ participants in this past year alone!

Get ready to shine your shoes to do the skoodle um skoo!

                                                 Check out their website here

Tio Chorinho

Tio Chorinho is the first ensemble in Canada dedicated to performing Brazilian choro music. Founded over a decade ago, the group performs frequently throughout Toronto and southern Ontario, and has also toured parts of the US (California, Michigan, Maryland). The group’s debut album “Chora Brazil,” earned two Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations (World Music Album of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year) and was described by Wholenote Magazine as “an absolute delight from start to finish…a terrific debut CD; play it on a grey day and your room will be filled with sunshine!” The group will release it’s long-awaited second album in spring 2024 on the LulaWorld Records label. Tio Chorinho’s growing profile has been bolstered by official showcase selections at recent industry conferences like Folk Music Ontario, Global Toronto, World Music Fest @Taiwan and Mundial Montreal.

Choro (pronounced SHOH-roh) is a primarily instrumental style originating in Rio de Janeiro in the late-19th century. Choro is the original Brazilian soul music, combining popular and classical European styles with Afro-Brazilian influences. It is the foundation of many modern Brazilian music styles, and is often described as “the New Orleans jazz of Brazil.” Exciting, energetic, soulful, intimate, nostalgic and virtuosic, choro is an infectious popular style whose universal appeal belies its musical complexity. 

Inspired primarily by the recordings and compositions of the great Brazilian mandolin master Jacob do Bandolim (1918-1969), Tio Chorinho also performs music by other essential composers of the genre, including Ernesto Nazareth, Pixinguinha, Waldir Azevedo, Luiz Americano, and others. They have recently begun to integrate original compositions in their repertoire, extending their stylistic range while still capturing the authentic spirit of choro. Wherever they play, audiences are consistently thrilled by the group’s virtuosity and dynamics, and by their easy-going charm on stage. The group features Carlinhos Cardozo (cavaquinho), Maninho Costa (percussion), Milos Popovic (accordion), Eric Stein (mandolin), and Andre Valerio (7-string guitar). They perform frequently with the amazing Brazilian-born, Quebec-based vocalist Flavia Nascimento, with whom they will soon be making a full-length collaborative recording.

                                                 Check out their website here

Meteor Heist

“Indie-pop powerhouse” Meteor Heist is a Toronto-based band made up of Lila Wright (vocals), Cameron Stewart (guitar), William Kilbride (bass), Spencer Duncan-Dorton (keyboards), and Thomas Carli (drums). Meteor Heist specializes in a unique brand of melodic, progressive pop, featuring thematically dense lyrics that are rich with symbolism. 

The 5 members began playing together in 2022, and have since become a staple of the Toronto indie music scene. Their debut singles “Circling The Drain”, “Poison Pill”,“Endlessly”, and “Straw Dogs” are fan-favourites at their concerts across Ontario, and the group’s debut EP is set to be released in May of 2024.

David Newland

David’s most recent performance project was a highly successful tour of BC and Alberta with Wild Coasts of Canada, a collaborative performance with photographer Scott Forsyth. Along with Inuit cultural performers Siqiniup Qilauta (Sunsdrum) David was a showcase artist at the 2019 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance conference (NERFA). David and his band, Uncharted Waters have sold out venues across Ontario with his themed performance, The Northwest Passage in Story and Song.David Newland is a radio host, writer, musician, and speaker, currently completing an MA, English (Public Texts) at Trent University. David is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. Born in Ottawa, raised on the shores of Georgian Bay near Parry Sound, David crisscrossed Canada and travelled the world before settling in Cobourg, Ontario.  

David spent seven years travelling with Adventure Canada as a Zodiac driver, performer and host. He travels as a performer and speaker from coast to coast throughout the year.

David has been featured in the television programs Canada’s Greatest Ride (for which he also wrote the theme song), and Mighty Cruise Ships and has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs as a guest, featured artist, performer, programmer and host. He has received grants from the Ontario Arts Council for both writing, and music.

 

                                               Check out their website here 

Tallbeat

Tallbeat is a group of professional stilt-drumming performers who go through extensive year-round training to bring you a spectacular fusion of the arts of afro-brazilian drumming and stilt-walking. Tallbeat, with their drums of thunder will roam any event, carving out a path through thick crowd

Laloland Entertainment was born out of founder, Hilario Porto’s passion for the art of stilt-walking, Brazilian beats, arts and crafts, woodwork, and sewing. Creativity and imagination weaved these skills perfectly together to support an entertainment company. Some of his favourite stilt characters to perform in are the Mad Scientist, Magical Wizard, the Western Cowboy, Living Vines, and the classic Tail Suite with Top Hat. 

                                               Check out their website here 

Porch Couch

A porch, a couch, a fiddle, a banjo. A dog sitting at your feet. If this is your idea of heaven, you’re going to dig Porch Couch, two of Canada’s most accomplished acoustic musicians paired up as an old-time duo.

Robert Alan Mackie is best known as double bassist, but he’s also a “smokin’ fiddler of European and Appalachian tunes,” notes Miles Zurawell, the respected B.C./Alberta dobro and banjo player and frequent Cowichan performer. Originally from Covehead Road, PEI and now living in Toronto, Mackie has been a prolific accompanist in trad, Americana, and jazz communities across Canada, Scandinavia, and Europe. His many experiments in new music often take him into the grey space between these genres. He counts Bella White, Quinn Bachand, and Aerialists as partners on stage and in the studio.

Jaron Freeman-Fox is primarily a violinist/composer who has recently “come clean with my love affair with the banjo.” He has played on over 30 albums (Jayme Stone, Autorickshaw, Josh Van Tassel) and toured the world many times over as a solo artist, frontman or collaborator with bands such as Delhi 2 Dublin, The David Woodhead Confabulation and Ben Caplan. Freeman-Fox fuses his roots of Celtic and bluegrass fiddling with his study of Indian classical music and jazz, while playing the 5-string violins of his late mentor, fiddle pioneer Oliver Schroer. Jaron has performed in Brunei, Indonesia, India, toured Europe four times, and played every sort of festival, club and theatre throughout the US and across Canada, for crowds of over 100,000, royalty, and audiences dressed as wizards or gorillas. Now based out of Toronto, Jaron is currently touring full time, in high demand as a producer, session musician and collaborator.

Paige Warner

With an evocative voice that captivates her audience, Paige Warner creates pop music that sits between R&B, singer-songwriter, and blues-rock, with soul-inspired vocal licks layered on catchy hooks and rhythms. Her career launched in 2018 and has consistently grown through each release, including recent singles “Liquor”, “Right Thing”, and “Lose Lose”.

With over 70,000 listens on Spotify alone, Paige’s music has drawn love from media and listeners alike. Paige Warner’s voice is often what draws people in. However, she is skilled with more than just her voice, regularly accompanying herself with piano, guitar, or inviting her backup band to the stage. Having performed on stages such as NXNE, Owen Sound’s Summerfolk, TD Harbour Nights, and opening for iconic artists including Ron Sexsmith and MONOWHALES, Warner’s dedicated fan base and community continues to grow. Paige Warner has plans to continue creating relatable songs and holding intimate concerts.

 

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Madeleine Roger

Madeleine Roger (she/her) is a singer-songwriter from Winnipeg, Canada. While skillfully accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, it is her artistry as a songwriter that can silence a room, uniting her lyrical prowess with breathtaking melodies that linger long after they are sung. Her critically acclaimed debut album Cottonwood, is a collection of songs that reflect on femininity and equality, the majesty of the wilderness, and the beautiful awkwardness of trying to love another person. Cottonwood saw Madeleine nominated for “English Songwriter of the Year” at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards and “Producer of the Year” at the 2019 Western Canadian Music Awards.
Her sophomore album, Nerve (out August 30, 2024), was produced by Josh Kaufman (Anaïs Mitchell, Bob Weir, Bonny Light Horseman) and is a deeply personal body of work that examines every nook and cranny of love and loss. The album was tracked over four days at The Isokon in Kingston, NY, with engineer D. James Goodwin.
She has toured extensively across Canada and Europe, sharing her music live at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Vancouver Island Music Festival, Canmore Folk Festival, Stan Rogers Folk Festival, Summerfolk Festival of Arts and Crafts, and Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival, among others. 

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Bryden Gwiss

Bryden Gwiss was a performer on the powwow trail for a number of years, but he didn’t pursue a recording career before Round Dance & Beats. That album was recorded and mixed on Gwiss’ iPhone. His second release was also recorded on his phone, but mixed at Tribal Spirit Music in Quebec.

Of Ojibwe, Odawa, Potawatomi, Delaware, Oneida and Mi’kmaq ancestry, the title track of his newest cd–“The Forgotten T.R.U.T.H.: The. Real. Un. Told. History”–tells Bryden’s story about growing up on the Neyaashiinigmiing reserve, formerly Cape Croker in Bruce County, and tackles issues including residential schools and the Sixties Scoop.

The self-taught musician’s parents took him to powwow traditional gatherings and he began to learn dances. In fact, he danced at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics opening ceremonies. Later, he was inspired by his mother’s musical family, who live in Wiikwemkoong on Manitoulin Island

                                          

ego Spank

EGO SPANK /ē-(.)gō/ noun /’spank/ verb : 1. An eight-legged, four-nosed music monster  known to consume unassuming fans with the nastiest funk and sweatiest R & B known  to human or beast.  2. A band comprised of Murray Pulver (guitar, vocals), Gilles  Fournier (bass, vocals), Marc Arnould (keys, vocals), and Daniel Roy (drums, vocals),  ubiquitous talents in the Winnipeg and International music scene.  3.  A slap to one’s  exaggerated sense of musical self-importance. 

If there were such a thing as Hot Funk Yoga, experiencing Ego Spank would be it; intense,  blazing, and capable of moving you in ways you didn’t know you could! 

Ego Spank mixes up diverse musical influences to deliver its own unique funky stew. The  band consistently delivers astonishing live performances, weaving complex funk  rhythms, strong bass lines and mind-boggling solos with distinctive vocals and musical  wit that create a strong, infectious groove guaranteed to move.  

With Ego Spank, the hilarious banter is part of the show – you know you’re experiencing  something real, uncontrived, joyful and above all, musically delicious! 

Being in-demand session musicians, producers and writers in their own right, Ego Spank  is an outlet where Murray, Gilles, Marc and Daniel let out some steam… their way. Their  performances leave no heads unturned, pleasing new and loyal fans from ear, to mind,  to heart.  

You’ll be spankful you experienced it!                                                        

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Little Misty

Little Misty is the project of singer Kathryn Samman and guitarist François Jalbert. Following the release of their self-titled debut album in February 2020, Little Misty launched their eagerly-awaited second opus, Nowhere Land, in spring 2023, and hit the road with a brand-new show. Their music is an amalgam of styles, from folk to progressive rock to bluegrass. The result is highly cinematic music, with each piece transporting the audience into a distinct universe. Their songs tackle subjects such as motherhood, travel, dreams and mental illness, always with a “short film” approach. Accompanied by Tommy Gauthier on violin and mandolin, they will transport you into a universe where strength and sensitivity come together in harmony to deliver a completely unique and memorable musical experience. 

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Treasa Levasseur

Treasa Levasseur is best known as powerful singer and a compelling performer. As comfortable fronting an 8 piece soul band as she is emceeing a festival mainstage or leading a pop-up choir, Treasa embodies values of community, connection and creativity in everything she does.

She is a proud Franco-Ontarian and now makes her home in Hamilton, where she runs a thriving community arts practice.

With 3 full length albums to her name, an EP recorded in Memphis with soul legends, dozens of recording credits as a side player, and a degree in theatre arts, Treasa is a consummate entertainer and savvy businesswoman.  She has a passion for books, and can be heard regularly on CBC’s The Next Chapter. 

 

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Grier Coppins

Grier Coppins began his musical career on the street in Toronto playing bagpipes at the corner Yonge & Bloor in the mid 1970’s. He was an original member of critically acclaimed Canadian bagpipe/funksters Rare Air in the 1980’s.

 

In 1993 he founded Taxi Chain, a rhythm & blues infused cocktail of song & tune. Coppins has played almost

 every major folk fest in Canada & the USA. He released a solo record in 2014 selected as one of the years ten best by Andy Donnelley in Penguin Eggs. 

             

Youth Discoveries Winner- Men Without Pants

Men Without Pants is a Guelph based band bringing a mix of indie, pop, rock, and folk to anyone who would like to listen. They are high-energy performers who are sure to get the crowd movin’ and groovin’. Men Without Pants has booked and played successful shows at Silence, 10C, and ARTBAR in Guelph, and love to perform. These four handsome gents can be found @men_without_pants_band on Instagram. Peace and Love.

                                                                        

Youth Discoveries Winner-Nora Stephens

Hello! My name is Nora and I am a 14 year old singer songwriter. I’ve been writing songs since I was 11. Performing and singing are my biggest passions and I’m so exited for this opportunity to showcase and share my music!


15 year old singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who primarily plays folk-rock and country based in the Toronto area. Inspired by the likes of Steve Earle, Neil Young and John Prine.

 

Youth Discoveries Winner - Lennon and Matthew

Lennon and Mathew both live in Owen Sound and played on the same soccer team for nearly a decade. They started writing songs together in high school and are looking forward to performing at Summerfolk 49!                                        

Youth Discoveries Winner-Siobhan Bodrug

Even though Siobhan has been singing since before she could talk, it all started on Father’s Day of 2016 – her first gig. Since then she has wowed audiences in many venues including opening for indie mainstays Stars and Juno award-winners Dizzy at The Golden Hour Festival, the iconic Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, headlining her own show at The Regent Theatre,The Empire Theatre, County Pop, Sandbanks Music Festival, El Mocambo and was selected as a Honey Jam artist for 2022. Her music is a seamless blend of Indie Pop and R&B and her soulful vocals defy her 19 years on the planet. She has appeared on SiriusXM, MIX97 and performed a live-to-air Christmas special. Her latest single, “The End Lies Ahead” has over 100k streams on Spotify. The future is bright for Siobhan Bodrug because as “PeopleOfPEC” said in a recent review “Can we just talk for a minute? About how FABULOUS Siobhan Bodrug is? If you have never heard of this powerhouse singer, you soon will! She is FIRE …Her voice is strong and sure, and she has a very strong command of her craft. She is a brilliant young artist”