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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 14 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 125 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 Original Sloth Band reunite on Sept. 30th at Hugh's Room.  For this show, Ken (guitar, mandolin, piano, accordion, washboard, jug, vocals) and Chris Whiteley (trumpet, harmonica, guitar, vocals) along with long time drummer Bucky Berger (Fathead) are putting together a very special night. The show will also feature Drew Jurecka on fiddle, clarinet and sax and Ben Whiteley on bass with special guests The Honolulu Heartbreakers. They'll pay tribute to their friend Tom Evans and take you on a musical journey that will be quite a ride. Tickets on sale now from from Hugh's Room.
Ken's Sunday Gospel Matinee series at Hugh's Room kicks off on October 30th with 2 time Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. Save the date and reserved your spot now from Hugh's Room.  For more info click on the Shows tab.

                         Freedom Blues CD Release concert


NEW CD: “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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman


We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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 Funasaka for the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Bucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill,Perry White, Alastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Tell your friends to check this out.    


















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