2019 Performers

SERENA RYDER

Multiple Juno Award Winner

Get ready to clappa your hands, and stompa your feet! Celebrated Canadian singer, songwriter and performer Serena Ryder will bring an acoustic performance to Kingsville Friday August 9,

THE MILK CARTON KIDS

Sunday August 11

Joey and Kenneth are three time Grammy Nominees and 2014 Americana Duo Group of the year. Their amazing songwriting, musicianship and witty banter will make you an instant fan!  

KOBO TOWN

Saturday Night

World Music Celebration

 Kobo Town’s music has been variously 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!) From their home in Toronto, the JUNO winning group has brought their distinct calypso-inspired sound to audiences across the world. 

OSCAR LOPEZ

Multiple Juno Award Winner

Oscar Lopez's Latin guitar groove makes him a standout on the world music stage.

Oscar's infectious rhythms, guitar mastery and improvisational wit will make you marvel and definitely want to get up and dance.

The Swinging Belles

Winners of the 2016 JUNO award and the 2015 CFMA award for Children’s Album of the Year, The Swinging Belles, a swing band for kids from St. John’s, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!

Gurf Morlix won mainstream recognition during his time as Lucinda Williams’ guitar player, musical director and producer. Morlix moved on and became a freelance producer and helmed projects by some great songwriters including Robert Earl Keen, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ian McLagan, Slaid Cleaves and Mary Gauthier. 

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Danny Michel

 Thoughtful lyrics & charming performances have earned Danny a devoted fan base, nominations for three Juno AwardsThe Polaris Prize, and The CBC’s "Heart Of Gold", and most recently winning the CFMA's "Producer of the year" and "Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundries" Awards. 

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Union Duke

These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll. Union Duke is two fifths city, two fifths country, and one fifth whiskey.

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Tri-Continetal

Tri-Continental is a Juno Award winning collaborative evolution that fuses the talents of three wonderful guitar-players, singers and songwriters. There are no musical boundaries present in this one-of-a-kind blues/folk/world music mélange. Bill Bourne, Lester Quitzau and Madagascar Slim present a truly unique and critically acclaimed sound that is a great success in terms of soulfulness and presence, intensity and atmosphere.

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Briga

Recipient of the Stingray Rising Star Award, Canadian Folk Music Awards, Québec’s ADISQ awards, and and Juno Award nominee, Briga's songs are half instrumental, half French and English, of which all are accompanied by her fervent violin firmly rooted in eastern European and Romani folk sounds.

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Zachary Lucky

Zachary Lucky is unapologetically old-school country, armed with a husky baritone voice. He and sings of Canadian places and people as knowingly as he might Townes Van Zandt or the Rio Grande. He is hailed as a master storyteller by outlets ranging from No Depression to The Globe and Mail, and recently nominated best solo artist of the year at the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards.

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Annie Sumi

Annie Sumi is an Ontario-based ethereal folk artist with a sound shaped by diverse musical influences, from Joni to Feist to Rachel Sermanni. Her compositions linger on the line between reality and imagination, like a lyrical poet with a knack for capturing the magic of life through the eyes of a child.

Sumi’s music has been played all across Canada on CBC Radio, community radio, and Stingray Music, earning critical acclaim and numerous accolades, including a 2018 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination for Emerging Artist of the Year.

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Gabriel Palatchi Band

For the past 8 years Gabriel has been performing at major international music festivals, touring throughout Mexico, Canada and Europe. His music is broadcast across radio stations all over the world and has been reviewed and featured in Rolling Stone Magazine, Latin Jazz Network, Ejazznews, All About Jazz, Jazz Caribe, The Toronto Star, Salsa Son Timba Colombia, Newstime South Africa, and Inside World Music amongst many others.

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Traditionally Wound

Traditionally Wound is comprised of a richly talented group of Canadian veteran bluegrass musicians. This has resulted in the band receiving multiple awards at the Central Canadian Bluegrass Music Awards since forming in 2007 with 2018 being no different as the band walked away with Vocal Group, Overall Group and Recording of the Year.    

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Magoo

Magoo is the 2017  recipient of Folk Music Ontario’s Estelle Klein Award.

He has hosted the legendary Blue Skies Music Festival in Clarendon Ontario for since 1978 and MC’d hundreds of events over the past four decades. He  is a Past President of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals and a recipient of a prestigious Porcupine ‘Off Beat ’ Award.

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Gathering Sparks

Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis—musical friends who blend tight harmonies, finely crafted songs, and a love of participatory singing to create an intimate and uplifting experience. Their inclusive approach embraces folk, pop, blues and gospel influences tastefully played on acoustic guitar, piano, accordion, and ukulele.

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Low Lily

Low Lily has a vocal blend that has been dubbed “outstanding” and “meticulous”. Now they've set down roots in Brattleboro, Vermont, and have garnered two #1 songs on international folk radio and two New England Music Award nominations.

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Crissi Cochrane

Native to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Crissi fashions a sultry and soulful brand of popular music, jazz, and R&B. Silky vocals reminiscent of Billie Holiday and Norah Jones glow atop the purr of her Fender Jaguar electric guitar.

The Pairs

The Pairs are a female fronted folk pop group with deep roots in London, ON. Powered by 3 classically trained vocalists Renee and Noelle Coughlin, Hillary Watson, and former punk rock drummer Steve Plimmer. Their unique blend of harmony and rhythm will hug your eardrums and inspire you to dance. Their storytelling and honest songwriting provides an uplifting audience experience you won't want to miss.

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John Gardiner

Canadian short story writer John Gardiner’s writing has been compared to another Canadian short story writer, the iconic Alice Munro. He calls his writing “emotional thoughtscapes” because they create vivid emotional images in the mind of the reader. Gardiner draws on his life experiences, spent mainly in small towns in Southern Ontario, to write mainly about ordinary people living fairly ordinary lives – because he believes that is where you find the high drama in life.

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Adam Wendler

Adam Wendler is an independent Folk Pop artist from Ontario, Canada, currently based in Berlin, Germany.  Ever since picking up the guitar at the age of 15, Adam has been writing songs, dedicated to sharing his music with the world. His extensive travels and experiences provide inspiration for his musical compilations. 

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Marla & David Celia 

 David Celia & Marla (Marlene Winkler) have been going on long tours together, then settling down in Toronto to reflect and write songs. Filled with nostalgia and confidence, the two have explored many lands, playing over 200 shows all over Europe, Canada & Russia with their voices and guitars. The eleven songs on their first joint record are also eleven musical postcards for anyone who has ever dreamt of being on the move. Their vocal harmonies blend together with hints of 60’s folk, yet remain timeless and make you want to sing along.

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Erika Kulnys

 Erika’s writing has been compared to Leonard Cohen, Suzanne Vega and Joni Mitchell. She works with youth, queer folks, and women using songwriting as a tool for healing and empowerment. Erika recently won the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace’s Kim Phuc Youth Award, along with El Jones, for working towards a more peaceful culture through the arts. Erika won a $25, 000 Watson Fellowship to study music and social change in six countries, was a finalist for the International Acoustic Music awards, and has received international airplay including CBC, BBC, and NPR.

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Jeremy Fisher Jr.

JUNO-nominated folk singer Jeremy Fisher brings his catchy songwriting to circle time with his first collection of music aimed at young listeners, Highway To Spell. Songs such as Turtle & Guy, Down at the Library and Bath Time come alive with vivid imagery, instantly singable melodies and a groove that inspires kids to dance like nobody’s watching. His trademark wit and penchant for story telling ensures that there’s a little something for the whole family at this show.

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Brendan Scott Friel

Caffinated singer songwriter from Windsor Ontario. Raised on Celtic folk and classic songwriters like James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen, his love of storytelling through a song can be heard  throughout his work.

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Jangles

Jangles the Magic Clown

Young people are in complete awe of Jangles' magic shows and so are the adults! He also creates the best balloon sculptures you've ever seen

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The Swinging Belles

Winners of the 2016 JUNO award and the 2015 CFMA award for Children’s Album of the Year, The Swinging Belles, a swing band for kids from St. John’s, NL, are intent on getting both kids and adults to kick up their heels and have a swinging good time with the whole family!

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T. Nile

Quite a ways from her early days in a Galiano Island cabin on the wild coast of British Columbia, Canada, T. Nile has blurred musical boundaries, fusing the traditionally conflicting styles of Electro-pop and folk-roots.