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"Masterful and amazing!" Tampa Acoustic Music Exchange


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.


The Old Mill & Hugh's Room...

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NEXT CONCERT: For all our Toronto and GTA friends, you won't want to miss Brian Blain's Blues Campfire with guest Ken Whiteley at the Home Smith Bar (located in The Old Mill) on Saturday, March 11th.  
CHANGES TO THE SUNDAY GOSPEL SERIES SHOWS @ HUGH's ROOM!  Sadly both the Jan. 29 with The Marigolds & Joe Jencks and the Feb. 26 show with Coco Love Alcorn & the O'Pears have been cancelled. We will try to schedule them back next year. However, this season's closer on Sunday, March 26 should still go ahead under the aegis of a new committee that has been formed to revive the wonderful venue. That show will feature series favourites The Fabulous Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), Yukon singer/songwriter Nicole Edwards, and the mountain & hammered dulcimer and guitar landscapes of Steve Eulberg from California. For additional gospel music information go to Ken's gospel music page


For updates regarding the re-opening of Hugh's Room go to  To make a donation to Hugh's Room go to or donate by: cheque – payable to Iler Campbell in Trust, mailed to: Iler Campbell LLP, 150 John St., Toronto M5V 3E3, or e-transfer to: - provide Brian Iler with the security answer via email:    


Ken & Freedom Blues  had a great showcase at the Toronto Maple Blues Summit on Sunday, January 22.  Thanks to everyone there and congrats to Stephen Barry for winning the Blues With a Feeling Award.

                        Freedom Blues CD Release concert 

“In Freedom Blues Canadian roots music icon Ken Whiteley has crafted a timeless set of songs that address both contemporary and historical struggles for the freedom endemic to a healthy, progressive society. Deftly drawing on a wide range of musical sources including blues, gospel and, for lack of a better word, folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley's career and Canadian roots music in general.”   ~ Grammy Award winnning musicologist, Rob Bowman 


We're excited to put this video "Ken Whiteley on Freedom Blues" out here right now. What better time to start a discussion on "freedom".  Ken describes the philosophy and some of the process behind the creation of his recording, "Freedom Blues" and lots of live clips give you a musical taste. This is uplifting blues for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper.  We hope you also enjoy the first two music videos "Bring It All Right Down" and "Give Your Hands To Struggle" from the Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasakafor the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal LevyBucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill, Perry WhiteAlastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Tell your friends to check this out.  




































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