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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.

 


February news...

 

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This weekend is Winterfolk folks! You can catch me on Saturday at the Dora Keogh Irish Pub (141 Danforth Ave) from 4pm-5pm when I'm performing with my dear friend Mose Scarlett and HOTCHA!. And also in the evening at the Black Swan Tavern (154 DanforthAve) with fellow Borealis Recording artists Anne Lederman, Jon Brooks and Mose Scarlett with Tony Quarrington. My set starts at 7:45pm.

 
Kim Doolittle, Ken Whiteley and Saskia Tomkins are going to be playing some beautiful roots and blues music and perhaps a few surprises as they veer in some other directions at the Free Times Cafe on February 24. Show starts at 7pm. Contact the Cafe or kim@kimdoolittle.com for reservations and/or tickets.

 

The next Sunday Gospel Brunch Concert... "Songs for Joy" will feature guest vocalists Coco Love Alcorn, Pat Patrick and Ali Matthews on February 25 at Hugh's Room Live, Toronto. Lunch from 12noon with Music from 2pm. Tickets and table reservations available from Hugh's Room Live or call 416-533-LIVE (5483).  For more really great music visit Ken's Gospel page. 

 

 

New Song & Video... Ken has a 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" from Ken's Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. 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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