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Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children's music. Among numerous accolades, he's been awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award, Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement recognition from Folk Music Ontario (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) and Mariposa Folk Festival. He has also been nominated for 7 Juno awards and 16 Maple Blues Awards. Ken’s live performances showcase his outstanding musicianship on guitars and mandolin, award winning original songs and his powerful vocals, called "...a cross between Pete Seeger and Tony Bennett on 11!" Whether leading his own group, solo or collaborating with peers at blues, folk, children’s festivals and concerts of all sizes, his “...deep knowledge and infectious passion” guarantee good times for all. As a producer of over 140 recording projects, Ken’s productions have garnered 10 Canadian Gold and Platinum records, 4 American Gold records, 22 Juno and 2 Grammy nominations, and sold over 8 million copies.

 


April & May news...


Congratulations to Kathy Reid-Naiman and her daughter Hannah Shira Naiman for their recording “It’s A Beautiful Day / C'est unbe belle journee"  which won the 2018 Parent’s Choice Award. This Ken Whiteley produced recording is bilingual English and French and like all of Kathy’s work it is delightful! Well deserved award!  

 

Friday, May 4 in East Lansing, MI -  Ten Pound Fiddle presents Reggie Harris & Ken in celebration of the folk icon Pete Seeger @ 7:30pm at MSU Community Music School, 4985 S Hagadorn Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823. Tickets $20 public, $18 Fiddle members, $5 students from www.tenpoundfiddle.org or the box office at 6:30pm. Then on Saturday morning Ken will do a Fiddle Scouts Concert for the kids from 10am-11am at MSU Community Music School. 

 

Saturday, May 5 in London, ON - The 8th Annual Smales Pace Reunion Concert @ 8pm at Aeolian Hall with special guests Ken Whiteley, Brent Titcomb, Fraser & Girrard, Liam Russell Titcomb, New Cumberland with John P. Allen, Nora Galloway. Remembering Those Who Have Gone Before Us - celebrating the music of Stan Rogers, Willie P. Bennett, Billie Hughes, Colleen Peterson, Michael Lewis, and Ken Palmer.  Tickets from the Aeolian Hall box office or by calling (519) 672-7950.

   

Sunday, May 27 in McDonald's Corners, ON - Music at MERA presents Ken Whiteley in concert @ 2pm at the MERA Schoolhouse.  Join Ken for an afternoon of blues, folk, gospel, swing… new music with old soul! Guaranteed fun for all ages.  Tickets $22 advance and available at the door subject to availability. Discount available for MERA Members. Tickets in person from Tickets Please (11 Gore Street East, Perth), online at www.ticketsplease.ca or by phone (613) 485-6434. For more information contact shakeyacres@hotmail.com

 

"That's What Makes America Great"  Ken's new song/video that will take less than 2 minutes to watch. If you like it, we encourage you to share it. Ken had the idea and refrain line for months and then after he shared them at a solstice party the enthusiastic response gave him the energy to finish the song. May we all be encouraged to work on projects that have the potential to make our countries and our world a better place. Thanks to Liam Romalis and Mako Funasaka who jumped on Ken's ideas for the video and made it happen.

 

What better time to start a discussion on "freedom".  Ken describes the philosophy and some of the process behind the creation of his latest recording, "Freedom Blues" and lots of live clips give you a musical taste (in the first video below). This is uplifting blues for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper.  We also hope you also enjoy the live performance version of "Omar Khadr's Blues". Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasaka for the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal LevyBucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill, Perry WhiteAlastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Please tell your friends to check these videos out.  

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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