November 18, 2017 at the Centre in the Square in Kitchener, ON.

Jadea Kelly

October 19, 2017 at The rival in Toronto.

Sweet Alibi

October 19, 2017 at The Rivoli in Toronto.

Kathleen Edwards

Kathleen Edwards performing at the Festival of Friends on August 5, 2017 in Hamilton Ontario.

Madison Violet

Madison Violet performing for their album release in Toronto on May 25, 2017 at The Rivoli.

Rose Cousins

Rose Cousins performing in Kitchener ON at Centre in the Square on February 15, 2017.

Christina Martin

Award winning Nova Scotia singer /songwriter Christina Martin lighting up the stage in Hamilton ON at the The Pearl Company on Nov 25, 2016.

Donovan Woods

Donovan Woods performing at Centre-in-the-Square in Kitchener Ontario on October 26, 2016.

Royal Wood

Royal Wood performing at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre in Burlington Ontario on October 1, 2016  

Jeremy Fisher

Jeremy Fisher performing in Dundas Ontario at Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on August 26, 2016.

Great Lake Swimmers

Great Lake Swimmers performing in Dundas Ontario at Greenbelt Harvest Picnic on August 27, 2016.


Whitehorse performing at the 2016 CBC Music Festival at Echo Beach in Toronto on May 28, 2016.  

Desiree Dawson

It’s hard to believe that, more than two months ago, musicians from across Canada were just starting to enter CBC Music’s Searchlight competition. More than 2,000 acts submitted songs, ranging from hip-hop to rock to country to folk-indie, showcasing diverse talents from coast to coast to coast. This year’s Searchlight competition had a big twist:…

Peter Katz

Peter Katz is a 2012 Juno Award nominee and Emerging Artist of the Year nominee at the Canadian Folk Music Awards. Katz has sold over 15,000 copies of his discs and performed with notable artists such as The Swell Season (The Frames), Dan Mangan, The Good Lovelies, Joel Plaskett, Bahamas, Royal Wood, Lucky Fonz III, Donovan Frankenreiter, Jordan Raycroft, and Garth Hudson from The Band, members of Levon Helm’s…

Mo Kenney

When she started to experiment with her music, fate took a hand. “There were a few bands recording at this school in downtown Halifax,” she recalls. “I didn’t go there, but I knew some people who did. They had a little makeshift studio where everybody could just go in and make demos, and Joel came…

Frank Turner

A former member of punk rock band Million Dead, Frank Turner turned his attention to folkier, acoustic “musics” after the demise of the aforementioned hardcore outfit. Born in Bahrain in 1981, Turner was educated at Eton College in England. His first foray into the world of punk and rock in the band Kneejerk came to an end in 2000, and he soon…

Bruce Cockburn

Born in 1945 in Ottawa, Ontario, Cockburn early discovered the music of Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, which would set the course for his life. With an old guitar given to him by an aunt, he was soon playing along to their records and in time exploring music styles beyond the rock of the day,…

Frazey Ford

“There was so much change in the air” all the things that people get really excited about in the ’60s. My parents were on the run from the Vietnam War and had escaped into communes in Canada where my sister and I were born. It was a crazy, adventurous time for everybody.” Frazey Ford describes…

Indigo Girls

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers are Indigo Girls. Rolling Stone describes them as the “ideal duet partners. Their voices soar and swoop as one, alternately raucous and soothing. When they sing together, they radiate a sense of shared purpose that adds muscle to their lanky, deeply felt folk-tinged pop songs”. Together they write, arrange, record…

Idina Menzel

Tony Award-winning Broadway star Idina Menzel has a diverse career on the stage, in film and television, and in music. Menzel currently stars as the voice of Elsa in Disney’s animated smash Frozen. The film’s Golden Globe and Academy Award nominated single “Let it Go” topped the singles charts around the globe and has been…

Ani DiFranco

Ani DiFranco founded her own record label, Righteous Records (later called Righteous Babe Records), at the tender age of 19. She released her self-titled debut album a year later, in 1990. Following the album’s release, DiFranco quickly became popular among college students and gained a reputation through word of mouth. She released new albums about…

Basia Bulat

“I don’t think I realised the radio had more than one station til I was 11 or 12,” Basia Bulat says. At the family home in Toronto, the dial was always fixed to the local oldies station: Motown, Stax, The Beatles, Beach Boys and Sam Cooke. While her mother hunted for someone to do the…

Laura Marling

Laura Marling is an English folk singer-songwriter and musician from Eversley, Hampshire. Her debut album Alas, I Cannot Swim, her second album I Speak Because I Can, and her fourth album Once I Was An Eagle were all nominated for the Mercury Music Prize in 2008, 2010, and 2013, respectively. She won the Brit Award…

Johnny Flynn – The Opera House

Johnny Flynn has released several studio albums and plays folk-influenced songs of his own composition. He wrote the entire score including the theme song for the BBC Four television series Detectorists and made a cameo appearance performing the song in episode 3. In 2015 he also composed the music (on period instruments) for the Globe…