Folk Music Ontario

October 15, 2014

Leaves fall as folksingers are ushered through the doors of the Westin Bristol Place for four days of music, collaboration, networking, learning, and celebrating. It’s the yearly convergence of my community at Folk Music Ontario‘s conference, which takes place in Toronto this year.

I’ll be speaking on two panels, running the board elections, participating in the Export Development Program, and performing in three private showcases. If you’ve got a delegate pass, I hope you’ll stop by for some late-night songs:

2:00am-2:30am – room 356 – Heaven’s Radio Social Club

12:40am–1:00am – room 347 – Folk Music Canada Blue Room

2:30am-3:00am – room 360 – LAMApalooza

In the chaos and sleep deprivation of it all, it’s important to remember the bottom line – and it looks something like this:

Pete Seeger finale

This great shot, courtesy of Bruce Dienes, is from the finale of the Pete Seeger Tribute workshop at the Deep Roots Music Festival in September. Songs of peace, joy, community, strength, and social change with Kim Barlow, James Keelaghan, The Bombadils, and the Ruth Moody Band. More photos from the festival can be found here.

Seems like September flew by as I drove around eastern Ontario and then hopped a train to Nova Scotia. I was graced with beautiful weather all through that province and took in these blazing fall colours:


The Deep Roots Music Festival in Wolfville was a dream come true. It was a honour to share the festival stages with so many talented musicians. Even the local newspapers agreed that it was one of the best fests yet.

I’m in St. John’s, Newfoundland right now, still waking up after a sweet show at the Ship last night. I have three more shows in Newfoundland before I head back to Toronto. Tune in to On the Go on CBC Radio this afternoon to hear me chat about them with Ted Blades.

Leaves turning, wheels turning

September 18, 2014

The fall colours are starting to sweep through eastern Ontario. I’m in my hometown of Ottawa, getting ready for the big CD release show tomorrow at Raw Sugar. Here’s Arthur McGregor, proprietor of the greatest music store on earth, the Ottawa Folklore Centre, showing off the poster for the show. Thanks to Canada’s longest-running folk […]

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Pass the breath mints

September 6, 2014

I hear that garlic has all kinds of medicinal properties – it’s an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, a very good source of vitamin C, and a good source of selenium. I’ll be surrounded by garlic on Sunday when I play the Stratford Garlic Festival at 11:45am. I’m hoping its anti-viral benefits will […]

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Point this vessel north

August 24, 2014

Even a rainy Saturday couldn’t bring down the audience at Summerfolk last weekend. The hearty crowd in Owen Sound was rewarded with a festival-perfect day on Sunday. Here’s a photo from the dynamic “Six Strings and Truth” workshop on Sunday afternoon with Adam Crossman, Olivier Rondeau, and Tim Edey. Next week, I make my way […]

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If all the days were folk festival days

August 15, 2014

What glorious days they would be. Thank you for an incredible start to the month, Blue Skies Music Festival! Here’s a snapshot from my main stage performance under the stars: This weekend, I’m at the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival at Kelso Beach in Owen Sound. My performance schedule includes: Saturday, August 16: noon – […]

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