Uptown Folk Club - Winterfest
A two day Music Festival featuring local and North America's best Folk & Roots Performers. Held in February of every year.
*There will be no Winterfest in 2023!*
FEB 16-17, 2018
Tickets $20.00 Friday
$40.00 For Both Days
Tickets now on sale!!
Roger James Bio
Roger James spontaneously creates a show with his vast repertoire of songs and improvisational humour for all ages. A terrific banjo, guitar, and Irish drum (Bodhran) player -
“Roger James is a scream ... comedians have not always made the best musicians, James defies this history, His banjo style, for one is unique, fast-fingered and fluid and he is accomplished on several other instruments" The Ottawa Citizen
Combine this with musical styles as diverse as 50's& 60s, Blues, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, Celtic and Folk and you have a entertaining collision of humour and musical skill.
Roger performs regularly on riverboats on the St. Lawrence river, and at festivals, events, and in concert.
Says Nancy White, comic singer-songwriter of CBC "Sunday Morning" fame. "He is possibly the most hilarious man on earth”
"...He talked fast, moved rapidly ... the crowd stormed him back for an encore..." Wilder Penfield III, The Toronto Sun
1969-1973- Coordinator- Strolling Minstrels Greenfield Village, Henry Ford Museum Dearborn Michigan , Playing solo in the Detroit Coffeehouse circuit.
1973-1980- Touring US, Canada, Ireland and England with Irish/Celtic bands, Tinkers Dam, Cobblers Awl and as solo.
1980-present Settled in Kingston ON. Performing solo, Festivals, Schools, Theatres, Events and 1000 Islands River Cruises, Uncle Sam Boatline, The Island Queen, The Island Star, The Canadian Empress (32 seasons total)
2008- Bravo TV Documentary “Voicing Irish Music”
More than 6000 appearances in 84 cities, In concert he has opened for: The Kingston Trio, Joe Cocker, Bruce Cockburn, Tommy James and the Shondells, J.J. Cale, , Valdy, Murray McLaughlin and toured with CBC writer/performer Nancy White and CCMA award winner Wendell Ferguson.
2018 will be the 10th Anniversay of the Winterfest!!
2 Days of fabulous performers from Canada and the US!
Skip Ewing (Nashville, Tennessee)
Ewing first began to garner national attention during the mid-1980s, both as a songwriter and recording artist for MCA and Capitol Records. His 1988 debut, The Coast of Colorado, produced the number 3 hit "Burnin' a Hole in My Heart" and four other top 20 country hits. The Will to Love included the top 5 hit "It's You Again". Although none of Ewing's subsequent chart entries made Top 40, he released eight more albums from 1990 to 2009.
In 2008, he served as the duet partner of the radio version of Reba McEntire's single, "Every Other Weekend". He also co-wrote the single; the song reached the Top 20 on the Billboard Country Chart. Although the song was credited for one week to Ewing and Kenny Chesney as ""Every Other Weekend" by Reba McEntire and Skip Ewing or Kenny Chesney", the song was thereafter credited to McEntire alone on the chart.
Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) Songwriter of the Year 2000;
Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Song Of The Year;
Country Music Association (CMA) Triple Play Award (three No. 1 songs within 12 months).
Additionally, Ewing has received a CMA Song of the Year nomination, a Grammy nomination, a Tony nomination and multiple BMI "Million Air" awards.
Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard! (BC)
Gary and Valdy -"As individual artists, these men are amazing. Together, they are phenomenal!" "
Western Roots" they call it - music that draws on all the aspects of life in the west. Music that echoes the mountains and the sea, the cowboys and the fishermen, the oil-well roustabouts and the loggers, the sunsets and the rain, the streak of rugged independence and contrariness, generosity and warmth.
Gary &Valdy: two experienced entertainers who know how to earn the respect of their audiences and deliver shows night after night that send people home with smiles and the knowledge that they've experienced something special and heartwarming.
Together, Valdy and Gary Fjellgaard are a near-perfect team. Their songs touch a common ground with the affection and warmth only old friends can share. Two memorable and endearing guys, two guitars, and two dozen songs or more to tell you where they've been, where they're at, and where they're heading.
Two of Canada's true gentlemen singer/songwriters, storytellers and troubadours teamed together on record and on the concert stage. This is a live performance that should not be missed by anybody!
Wendell Ferguson (ON)
Roger James (ON)
With a year that began with a CCMA Rising Star Nomination, Alee celebrated the release of her debut full length album “Bad Habit” with over 3.5 million streams on Spotify, a #1 female single “Moonshine” on Canadian country radio, Top 20 video on CMT, all leading up to her coveted nomination for CCMA Female Artist of the Year in September 2017.
A creative with a notion. A lover with a passion. A visionary with a fire lit under her.
Everyone has a story to tell. Hers is just from a different point of view.
Standing at an elegant 5’10”, country recording artist Alee has been blessed with a different perspective her whole life. Her journey began as a classical pianist and dancer before finding herself in the spotlight as a vocalist, and finding her home in country music.
“Since her humble beginnings in 2013 when she saw three independently released tracks rise to land in the Top 20 at Canadian country radio, Alee continues her whirlwind climb in the country music ranks.
Her 2017 full-length release is a heartfelt debut from an artist whose music has been called “absolutely stunning”.
“Bad Habit” runs the emotional gamut from bold and energetic crowd pleasers to Alee’s signature blend of sweet but heartbreaking melodies. An ambitious and impressive debut from one of Canada’s brightest rising stars - a mix of tireless hard work (fueled by the work ethic of an Alberta farm girl), endless touring, and at heart, the desire to tell a story.
Alee is sure to make an even bigger splash, quickly rising from her once unassuming Alberta roots to commanding the spotlight at centre stage.” - Vents Magazine
Caitlin Hanford(ON) (From Quartette)
After graduation, Hanford began teaching elementary school music. She began performing country music as well. In 1981, Hanford and Chris Whiteley released an album , Lovin' in Advance, and a single through Troubadour Music. After a second album, the pair were nominated for a Juno Award in 1984. In 1989 Hanford and Whiteley founded and performed with the Adobe Brothers.
In 1993, Hanford was a founding member of Quartette,along with Sylvia Tyson, Colleen Peterson and Cindy Church. The group released its first album in 1994, and later produced six more albums. They toured Canada extensively, and have been nominated for several Juno Awards.
Hanford continued to perform in the Toronto area. She joined with Suzie Vinnick and Gwen Zwick to create The Marigolds; she tours in Ontario with this group.
When not performing or recording, Hanford teaches music in an elementary school in Toronto.
Alfie and Byron Myhre
Alphie Myhre - Co-founder of Myhre’s Music (1967), Alfie’s knowledge and expertise has earned him a widespread reputation for his restoration and repair of bowed instruments. For over 50 years Alfie has been an active member of the music community, playing locally and abroad as far away as Japan and Germany. These days you can catch Alfie performing with the Alberta Legends of Country Music. He has also been featured as guest artist at numerous music competitions and workshops throughout the country. Along with wife Lydia, Alfie nurtured the store through its early years into the well-established business today that continues to support an ever-growing community of devout musicians.
Byron Myhre - The youngest son of Alfie and Lydia Myhre, Byron has grown up in the family business. His appearance at the store started at age seven where he could often be seen helping customers. Byron has since competed on a national level in fiddle competitions and was ranked 3rd in the Grand Masters National Fiddle contest in Ottawa. Aside from running the store, Byron is an active musician both on stage and in the studio. He was a member of the well-known bluegrass band "Jerusalem Ridge". All this while raising a beautiful family of four kids (Haley, Tanner, Ethan and Brooke) with his wife Kim.
2017 WINTERFEST! A WEEKEND OF FABULOUS MUSIC!
9TH ANNUAL - FEB. 17-18TH
Performers in order of Appearance:
FRIDAY 6:00PM - 11:00 PM
"Legion" of Folk (AB)
Family Folk (AB)
Molly Tuttle (US) www.mollytuttlemusic.com
Shane Chisholm (AB) shanechisholm.com
Bluegrass Etc. (US)
SATURDAY - 1:00 PM - 11:00 PM
*Songwriters in the Round Workshop starting at 1:00pm with:
*Instruments in the Round Workshop starting at 2:15 pm with:
Lara Yule Singh (AB) larayulesinghmusic.com
Rick Garvin (BC) www.rickgarvin.com
Chris Ronald (BC) www.chrisronald.com
The Great Plains (BC)(Saskia and Darrel) www.thegreatplains.ca
Steve Spurgin (US) www.spurginmusic.com
Cindy Church (NS) www.cindychurch.com and Nathan Tinkham
FINALE with performers throughout the weekend!!
(In Order of Performance)
Friday, February 12. 6-11pm
BRADEN GATES (AB) www.bradengates.com
JOCELYNE BARIBEAU (MB) www.jocelynebaribeau.com
MELANIE SWITZER (AB) (From The Blush Girls)
TROY KOKOL (AB) www.reverbnation.com/troykokol
JASON FOWLER (ON) www.jasonfowler.ca
Saturday, February 13. 1-11pm
CHUCK PORTER (AB) (Edmonton's Country Voice)
SPONTANEITY (AB) (Some of Edm's best singers/songwriters)
PAUL MILLS (ON) www.themillstream.com
BETH PORTMAN AND THE GOOD FIND (AB) www.bethportman.com
TIM ISBERG (AB) www.timisberg.com
KARLA ADOLPHE (AB) www.karlaadolphe.ca
BILLY MACINNIS AND LEON GALLANT (PEI) www.billymacinnis.ca
LAURA VINSON (AB) www.lauravinson.com
Grand Finale - Featuring Gary Okrainec and Terry Knutson with
Performers from the weekend
TERRY KNUTSON (AB) Bass
GARY OKRAINEC (AB) Steel Guitar
BILLY MACINNIS (PEI) Fiddle www.billymacinnis.ca
JASON FOWLER (ON) Guitar www.jasonfowler.ca
Sunday, February 14, 12 noon-3pm Tickets $10.00
Songwriters in the Round Workshop with:
Laura Vinson, Jason Fowler, Troy Kokol, Karla Adophe, Tim Isberg,
Braden Gates, Paul Mills, Billy MacInnis and others
Pictures from Winterfest 2016!!
Compliments of Bill Borgwardt
2016 Winterfest Slideshow compliments of Jerry Weston