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There was a time when there was really only one Roots festival that artists of that genre talked about in TO. Back when I started this publication —25 years ago this coming April, as Open Season (which gave birth to to-nite before evolving into TorontoMoon.ca)— the Mariposa Festival had a very strong presence in the city and in fact was still staging shows here.
The last presentation of its weekend within the city limits, I believe, was the ill-fated 1992 edition on one of the Toronto islands, the year during which temperatures plummeted to near zero on the June weekend of the event! The poet Mary Milne described it aptly as “Mari-froza” in a composition she wrote for my publication at the time.
(Paid subscribers who are also registered as members of the website can read a scanned copy of the original piece from Open Season #04 in the Vault section of the site.)
Back then Mariposa even published a monthly newsletter distributed locally for which what I was trying to do was a somewhat upstart competitor. But that venerable —if latterly somewhat invisible— event has long since left the city to return to the wilds of Orillia or Barrie or wherever it’s held these days and a whole generation of local young Roots artists has come along that’s probably never been to one of its annual gatherings nor perhaps even ever heard of it.
But that is not really the main reason why the Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival, in the past 14 years since it was launched on a whim, a prayer and whole lot of chutzpah by founder and still executive director Brian Gladstone, has become the pre-eminent Folk/Roots assembly of the year in Toronto.
It’s because Gladstone, unlike some of the more bureaucratically inclined members of the Mariposa organization once it became an “institution,” has stayed true to the original spirit and vision of why he started it. The truth of that may surprise or even shock and titillate some people, but it also speaks volumes as to why the festival has been embraced by the local Folk and contingent communities and continues to be much loved by them.
Basically, as Brian has gone on the record to say many times, he got the idea for the festival after being rejected yet again after a 2002 audition to play Mariposa, looked around the room at the other hopefuls and thought “why not create a festival I can play and they can play at?”
In order to avoid competing with existing events (ahem) he decided to go off the deep end and stage it in the middle of winter, when no other similar events were happening, and to “weatherproof” it by convincing various music venues in a small urban area to co-operate and stage it together over a weekend in February.
Winterfolk was, in other words, created by a musician reflecting a musician’s sensibility, and, most importantly continues to operate according to the same principles. You won’t see an Aerosmith or an AC/DC tribute band headlining this festival just to put bums in seats. You will see genuinely accomplished talents appropriate to the concept of the festival and, perhaps more importantly, some people you might never have heard of had you not attended the event. [See today’s full listings in TORONTO EAST section of daily listings below.]
Which brings us to today’s highlight event as the 15th edition of the festival draws to a close: the release of a new album that features 15 artists each doing a song written by uber-versatile Tony Quarrington, an artist many mainstream music fans have never heard of but who is held in highest regard not only by Gladstone (who is a musical partner in several different combos) but obviously by the panoply of Roots Blues and Jazz talents who participated in the recording of the disc at a show last August.
I haven’t heard any of the tracks on The Songs of Tony Quarrington yet, so I can’t give you a critical assessment of its recording quality and mastering techniques. But I can tell you, as I’ve written before, that having heard Tony perform his originals live on several occasions, and knowing the abilities of all of the artists involved, the quality of this material is guaranteed to be first-rate.
Consider the list of artists who gathered at Black Swan on August 27 last year to lay down the tracks: Laura Fernandez, HOTCHA!, Stuart Laughton, Wayne Neon, Isabel Fryszberg, Soozi Schlanger, Wendell Ferguson, Fraser & Girard, Jon Brooks, Joe Hall, Glen Hornblast, Brian Gladstone, David Storey, Howard Gladstone and Sebastian Agnello. The fact that such a stellar roster would gather in one night to record such an album for a songwriter who is still alive and very healthy is a tribute not only to the subject’s awesome gifts, but also the organizational wherewithal to pull it all together.
All of these performers, except Fraser & Girard and Jon Brooks for some reason (however Heather Fielding has been added to the mix) are scheduled to be on the bill for this afternoon’s 3-7 pm gala performance in the upstairs theatre room at the Swan at 154 Danforth Ave., for which cover (separate from the general festival admission ducat) is $20. No doubt many if not most or all of them will also be accompanied by the man of the hour himself, for Quarrington is also a master accompanist whom I’ve seen magically create delightful musical companions for artists on songs which he’s never heard before.
It’s the spirit embodied so dramatically in such an event (and reflected elsewhere in many of the other “mix-and-mingle” themed showcase presentations throughout the weekend) that truly captures the essence of what a music festival is meant to be: a place where artists socialize, perform together in new ways and inspire on another, where a sense of community among the participants and spectators is nurtured and reinforced.
At fifteen years of age, Winterfolk is no troubled adolescent or contumacious rebel; it is, rather, beginning to blossom to display the promise of full maturity that can be expected to continue to unfold and grow in the years ahead.
-Gary 17, TorontoMoon.ca
SHOW LISTINGS for Sunday, February 19, 2022
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*3-5am> The Rock-A-Round with Slim Tim @ www.rockabilly-radio.net ~ Rockabilly tracks (from UK, repeat of Fri show, also runs Wednesdays 6-8am)
*6, 7, 10 & 11am; 5 & 7 pm> “Sunday Morning Soul” with Johnny Max @ www.sundaymorningsoul.com ~Blues
416 – TORONTO CENTRAL
11am-2pm> The Shpeelers for Jewish brunch buffet @ Free Times Café, 320 College St.
*11am-2> The Mercenaries @ Drake One Fifty, 150 York St. ~retro Rock/Soul
12am-2pm> Robert Scott @ Jazz Bistro, 251 Victoria St. ~piano Jazz; $5
noon-3> Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz
noon-3> Mike Murley Trio @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~Jazz brunch; $12
12:30> Toque Trad French Canadian Music Session @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
3-5> Alaniaris @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
3> Del Hartley @ @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.
3> Brother Paul @ Lola, 40 Kensington Ave.
3> Toronto Symphony Orchestra performs “Don Giovanni Reimagined” @ Koerner Hall, 273 Bloor St. W. ~Classical; $
*4:30-8> New Orleans Connection All Stars & guests @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
4:30-7:30> Mark Teixeira & Joe Spina @ The Local Gest, 424 Parliament St. ~Jazz
5> Monk’s Music @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave. ~Jazz
5-9> Beatles ‘64/65 @ Seven44, 744 Mount Pleasant Road ~early Beatles tribute; $10
6-7:30> A.J. Stewart @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc
*6-9> open mic with Eddy Culjak @ Fox & Fiddle Wellesley, 27 Wellesley St.
*7-1> Freefall Sundays open stage (2 songs each -signup @ 7 or pre-sign online) @ The Supermarket, 268 Augusta St.
7-9:30> Jake Wilkinson Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
7> Laura Roy and Jordan Paul @ C’est What, 69 Front St. E. ~indie Pop; pwyc
*7-10> Brooke Blackburn @ Nawlins, 299 King St. W. TO ~Blues/Jazz/R&B
7:30> Diane Roblin @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
8> Gordon’s Acoustic Living Room @ Free Times Café, 320 College St. ~eclectic collective
*8> jam/open mic with backline & host band Meg and the Scene @ The Antler Room, 146 Front St. W.
*8> open mic with Kyle @ The Cavern Bar, 76 Church St.
*8-12> The Honour Roll with REMY trio @ May Café, 876 Dundas St. W. ~freestyle Hip Hop; 0$
8> The Doublecuts @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~original Country
8-10> The Wanted @ Trinity Common, 303 Augusta Ave. ~Blues
8:30-10> Jeni Walls @ 120 Diner, 120 Church St. ~Jazz; $10/pwyc
9> eclectic Tribute show with Kensington Hillbillies doing The Clash; Gabba Heys as Ramones; The Dead Souls do Joy Division @ Horseshoe Tavern, 320 Queen St. W., TO ~tributes; $10
9> Bradley & The Bouncers @ Reservoir Lounge, 52 Wellington St. E. ~Jazz/Blues; $
9:30> Barry Romberg Group @ The Rex, 194 Queen St. W. ~Jazz; $
*10> Horshack feat. Chris Caddell @ Orbit Room, 580 College St. ~Bluesy contemporary & classic Rock
10> Makeshift Island @ Tranzac Club (Southern Cross), 292 Brunswick Ave.
10> New Grease Revival @ Cameron House (front), 408 Queen St. W. ~Country
**10> Blues jam with Bill Hedefine & guests Nick Tabarias & Al Kavanaugh @ Grossman’s, 379 Spadina Ave.
11> The Gaslamp Killer; Trackstar @ Velvet Underground, 508 Queen St. W. ~indie
416 – TORONTO EAST
WINTERFOLK XV on 6 STAGES
|Black Swan Tavern (2nd Floor) 154 Danforth||Black Swan Tavern (Main Floor) 154 Danforth||Mambo Lounge 120 Danforth||Dora Keogh Irish Pub 141 Danforth||Terri O’s Sports Bar 185 Danforth||Globe Bistro (2nd Floor) 124 Danforth|
|1||Famous Jack de Keyzer Guitar Jam Jack is joined by guitar aces Mike McKenna, Tony Quarrington, Marg Stowe, Danny Marks, D’Arcy Wickham and more.||Best of the Moonshine Cafe
Hosted by John Marlatt with Neil
|Sebastian Agnello||The Bridge with Lynn Harrison: “Space and Time” with Soozi Schlanger, Noah Zacharin, Wendell Ferguson, Tragedy Ann, Glen Hornblast, Steve Raiken, Laura Fernandez||Songtown Presents host Pete Otis presents Paul Cross, Pat Little, Michael Bär, Stephen Court, Romas Project||1|
|3||Spotlight on Youth John Marlatt presents new and emerging talent Quinton Cochrane, Ben Robinson, Sawyer Dundas,
Sarah Campbell Mills
|David McLachlan||6 String Wizardry
Wendell Ferguson and Tony Quarrington go nuts.
|The Blues Campfire with host Brian Blain
Hour 1 – Danny Marks, David Essig, Jerome Tucker
Hour 2 – Mr. Rick, Kim Doolittle, Julian Taylor
|The Songs of Tony Quarrington Live CD Release – featuring Heather Fielding, Glen Hornblast, Steve Raiken, David Storey, HOTCHA!, Wendell Ferguson, Sebastian Agnello, Brian Gladstone, Wayne Neon, Isabelle Frysberg, Laura Fernandez, Noah Zacharin, Soozi Schlanger, Howard Gladstone, Joe Hall, Stuart Laughton. Doors open at 3:30 pm. Music starts at 4:00. $15.00 Advance $20.00 door. CDs sold at the venue.
|4||Melanie Peterson||David Storey||Wayne Neon||4|
|5||David McLachlan||Andy Griffith||Soul Maître’D’s
Lawrie Ingles & Henry Lees
|6||A Long Way From Home
host Jory Nash with David Storey, Pat Temple play their songs of the road and places far away.
|The McDales||Songs and Stories for a Better World host Danny Marks with Blair Packham, Stephanie Braganza present themes of animal rights, human spirit, the earth, and more.||All Day Breakfast String Band||6|
|7||Andy Griffith||Finger Picking the Blues host David Essig with Brian Blain & Mr. Rick share their tunes, acoustic blues guitar techniques and sounds.||Howard Gladstone & Noah Zacharin||Steve Raiken & Friends with Sharron Katz, Roger Zuraw||Guyz Harmonize Freeman Dre, Lonny Knapp, Johnson Crook
|Gals Harmonize Command Sisters, Suzanne Jarvie, & Isabel Fryszberg||7|
|8||Stuart Laughton & Friends||Hoof and Mouth Organ – guys who play harmonica and stomp their feet Harpin‘ Norm, Glen Hornblast, Isaak Bonk||Lynn Harrison||Electric Guitar Taste and Tone
Danny Marks and Mike McKenna (don’t miss this one folks!)
|Sue and Dwight||The Guitar Boys of Alderon reunite with Noah Zacharin, Mr. Rick, & Brian Gladstone as part of their Milky Way Tour||8|
|9||D’arcy Wickham||Wayne Neon and Friends|| Soul Maître’D’s
Lawrie Ingles & Henry Lees
|Americana Pie HOTCHA!, All Day Breakfast, Mr. Rick, Tom Hamilton||Stephanie Braganza||Julian Taylor||9|
|10||Tony Quarrington & Friends||Freeman Dre and the Kitchen Party||Wendell Ferguson||10|
11am-2pm> Jordan Glick’s Jazz Collective for Jazz brunch @ Relish, 2152 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
**2-5> Maureen Kennedy Trio @ Morgan’s, 1282 Danforth Ave. ~Jazz; 0$
*3-6> open mic with Nicola Vaughan @ Hirut, 2050 Danforth Ave.
4> Tim Bradford @ Castro’s Lounge, 2116 Queen St. E. ~songwriter
*4:30-8:30> Rock/Blues jam with William A. Miller’s Black Bear All-Stars @ Black Bear Pub, 1125 O’Connor Drive
4:30-8:30> jam with The Two Fours @ The Peppery Cat, 1953 Queen St. E.
7> Run The Jewels @ The Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Ave. ~touring band; $
7-11> Blues & Troubles @ Linsmore Tavern, 1298 Danforth Ave ~R&B/Blues; 0$
416 – TORONTO ETOBICOKE
4-8> BG Rhythm Section featuring Gary Kendall + guests Paul Reddick & Greg Cockerill @ Blue Goose Tavern, 1 Blue Goose Rd. ~Blues/R&B
4> Black Suit Devil @ Village Vinyl Music Emporium & Café, 2925 Lake Shore Blvd. W. ~guitar/violin/vocals duo
5-9> The Sunday Sinners featuring Michael Theodore @ Timothy’s Pub, 344 Brown’s Line ~classic Soul; $
*10-2> jam with Rebecca Matiesen & Phoenix @ Southside Johnny’s, 3653 Lake Shore Blvd. W.
416 – TORONTO SCARBOROUGH
*2-6> Dan Walek hosts acoustic jam @ Norm’s Place, 3439 St. Clair Ave. E.
*6-10> jam with Ron McLeod & Supernatural @ Tara Inn, 2365 Kingston Rd.
*7-11> open jam with host Gtar Live @ McGradie’s, 2167 Victoria Park Ave.
416 – TORONTO WEST
**11-2> live Jazz brunch @ DeSoto’s, 1079 St. Clair Ave. W.
11-1:30> Jorge Maza & Pancho Galván @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Latin Jazz brunch
*noon-3> Julian Fauth & Ken Yoshioka @ Axis, 3048 Dundas St. W. ~Blues
* noon-3> The Cosmotones @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~Bluegrass
Noon> Wavelength Music Festival with North Atlantic Drift; Kat Estacio @ Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen St. W. ~all ages; 0$
*1> The Hurtful Two plus One @ Cadillac Lounge, 1296 Queen St. W. ~Country
1-4> Layrite Boys @ Opticianado, 2919 Dundas St. W. ~Bluegrass
2:30-3:30> The Monkey Bunch @ Drake Hotel Underground, 1150 Queen St. W. ~family/kids music; $10
3-5> Bruce Vogt @ Gallery 345, 345 Sorauren Ave. ~Classical piano: Debussy & Beethoven; $
**5-8> John Borra & Sam Ferrara w. guest @ The Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas St. W. ~Country
5-8> Chris Coole & Ivan Rosenberg @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~old-time Country Roots
5-8> Aniko Miles @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Jazz
6> Alex Lakusta/Josh Smiley @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
7> Another Bloody Folk Club @ Yellow Griffin Pub, 2202 Bloor St. W. ~traditional English Folk
8:30> Sabine Ndalamba Trio @ The Emmet Ray, 924 College St. ~Jazz; pwyc
9-1> Joanna Moon @ Gate 403, 403 Roncesvalles Ave. ~Flamenco/Latin
9> Sweet Teeth @ The Local, 396 Roncesvalles Ave. ~New Orleans Jazz
*10> The Mercenaries @ Dakota Tavern, 249 Ossington Ave. ~retro Rock/Soul; $10
10> La Rumba Buena @ Lula Lounge, 1585 Dundas St. W. ~Rumba/Salsa
10> Guapo; boydragon; Don Papi @ Smiling Buddha Stage 1, 961 College St. ~Funk; $10
10:30> Luke Vajsar @ Motel Bar, 1235 Queen St. W. ~Jazz
2> Kenny Blues Boss Wayne with Cheryl Lescom & Band @ Rhapsody Barrel Bar, 179 King St. W., Kitchener ~Blues
3-5> NEFE; Nathan Coles @ Red Brick Café, 8 Douglas St., Guelph ~songwriters; pwyc
*3-7> acoustic open mic with Scott Rhodes @ The Pick and Shovel, 30 Water St., Cambridge
4> jam with Donnie Meeker @ The Boathouse, 97 Jubilee Drive, Kitchener
9> Campfire Session hosted by Mark Rodford & Greg Denton @ The Cornerstone, 1 Wyndham St. N., Guelph
*9-1> jam @ Ivy Arms Pub, 201 Main Street E., Milton
9:30> Romeo Sex Fighter @ Duke of Wellington, 33 Erb St. W. Waterloo
*10-2> open mic with Nathan Coles @ Jimmy Jazz, 52 Macdonnell St., Guelph
2-5> Joe Huron Trio & guest Carol McCartney @ Sticky Fingers Dunlop, 150 Dunlop St. W., Barrie ~Jazz
3> The Wolf Gang Brothers @ Black Horse Pub, 452 George St. N., Peterborough
10> Diamond Dave & The Smoke Eaters @ The Garnet, 231 Hunter St., W., Peterborough
*3-6> Chris Stapley & Earl Johnson @ Ridges Pub, 776 Liverpool Rd., Pickering ~acoustic Blues/Rock
*3:30-7:30> Jon McCann & JD Bass host jam @ West Shore, 893 Bayly Ave., Pickering
6> Bruce G. Paul @ Simcoe Blues & Jazz, 926 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa
6-10> open jam with Juggernaut @ The Edge Lounge, 250 Bayly St. W., Ajax
*7> Gibran & Matt “Smokey” Wildfong @ Harwood Blues, 7 Harwood Ave., Ajax ~Blues
*8:30-12:30> karaoke with The English Rose & The Mad Scotsman @ Pearson Pub, 101 Mary St. W. Whitby
*10> Another Round @ Tartan Tavern, 555 Rossland Rd. E., Oshawa ~Pop Rock
**1-3> Joe & Frank with guest performer @ Lake Simcoe Arms, 21089 Dalton Rd., Jackson’s Point ~Jazz
1-3:30> Erwin Schack guests for York/Durham Fingerstyle Guitar Association open stage @ The Tipsy Cow, 105 Albert St., Stouffville ~Roots
*1:30-4:30> Blaine Burnie, Mark Thackway & friends @ Coach House Pub, 3 Felcher Boulevard, Stouffville ~acoustic Roots
*3-7> open stage with Kevin Ker @ The Earl Of Whitchurch, 6204 Main St., Stouffville
*3-7> Daniel Davies Band hosts jam @ C.J. Barley’s, 213 The Queensway S., Keswick
3> “Opera’s Greatest Hits” by York Symphony Orchestra @ Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, 10268 Yonge St., Richmond Hill ~Opera songs revue; $
*5> open mic with Crosstown Band @ Time Out, 68 Main St., Georgetown
*5:30-9:30> open jam with host band Faces For Radio & guest @ Crown and Anchor Pub, 389 Main St. N., Brampton
*6-9:30> The Andy Earle Trio @ Big Daddy’s Newmarket, 446 Davis Drive, Newmarket ~Blues
*8> acoustic open mic with Kat Vhonda @ Wild Wing Newmarket, 340 Eagle Street, Newmarket
2-6> Bay City Blues Band & guest Chuck Jackson @ Bay City Music Hall, 50 Leander Drive, Hamilton ~Blues; $7
2-5> tba @ Lou Dawgs Hamilton, 116 George St., Hamilton ~Blues
2-6> tba @ Donnelley’s Pub, 54 Front St., Thorold
3> Big Johnny Blue; Sean Pinchin; Midngith Jon; Hayley Varrel; Mary Kovacs; many more for “Christmas To Come Benefit” to aid Hamilton family that lost home & contents over Christmas holidays @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton ~$15
*3> Brother Tom Finochio hosts kitchen party jam @ Rebel’s Rock, 537 King St. E., Hamilton
*4> acoustic jam @ This Ain’t Hollywood, 345 James St. N., Hamilton
*4> open mic with Neon Moon @ Moose Lodge, 1860 Barton St., Hamilton
4:30-7:30> Greg Brisco @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton
*7> open mic @ The Wee Dram, 1831 Main St. W., Hamilton
*7:30-11:30> open jam hosted by Troy Harmer & The Persuaders @ The Brown Barrel, 1515 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton
9-12> Adam Ostrosser & guest @ Cat ‘N’ Fiddle, 174 John St. S., Hamilton
9> Sages; Sad Sorcerer; Fresh Flesh; Bears and Children @ The Baltimore House, 43 King William St., Hamilton ~indie
?*10> open mic with Kim Koren @ West End Pub, 151 Emerson St., Hamilton
10:30> Chris Chambers Group @ Gallagher’s Bar, 69 Augusta St., Hamilton
**2-6> Suzanne Van Trigt-Jones memorial with Rob Kirkham & Neon Rain @ Carrigan Arms, 2025 Upper Middle Rd., Burlington ~Country
?*2> open mic with John & Sheila Ludgate @ The Queen’s Head, 400 Brant St., Burlington
*3-6> Chris Partland @ Cuchulainn’s Irish Pub, 158 Queen St. S., Streetsville-Mississauga ~Pop Rock
3:30> James Anthony @ Abbey Arms, 481 North Service Rd., Oakville ~Blues
4-7> Brad James @ The Purple Heather, 3600 Dundas St. W., Burlington ~Country
*4:30-8> Tyler Yarema & The All Stars @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Blues
**5:30-8:30> The Stew @ Mulligan’s, 2458 Dundas St. W., Mississauga ~R&B/Rock
**7-11> The Nomads @ Shore Grill, 71 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~Pop Rock
*8> open mic night with house band featuring Mike Shotton, Tim & Dave Johns @ Black Swan Burlington, 4040 Palladium Way, Burlington
*9-1> Rebelljo Band @ Roc’n Doc’s, 105 Lakeshore Rd. E., Port Credit ~$
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