Folkus is thrilled to announce that we are indeed having a 2023 season. Read on!
We’re celebrating friends and neighbours of the series — some stunning local talent, some old friends and friends of theirs from far away, and a brand new project featuring original music created especially for you.
Season passes, single in-person, and online streaming tickets are available for sale online through Tickets Please.
January 28, 2023
Jim Bryson, the piano, and friends
Jim Bryson is a songwriter’s songwriter, producer, and player, who has worked with Kathleen Edwards, The Tragically Hip, and the Weakerthans.
Recently, a number of CFMA-nominated albums have come out of his studio down the road in Stittsville, including Ken Yates, The Skydiggers, Suzie Ungerlieder, Caroline Brooks (Good Lovelies), and recent Folkus player, Evangeline Gentle. Jim will be taking a rare turn on the piano, as well as offering a set with some musical friends.
Opening for Jim Bryson will be The Broken Bridges, a local fiddle trio with a CFMA nomination in the young performer category.
February 18, 2023
Suzie Vinnick & Lloyd Spiegel
Suzie Vinnick needs no introduction to our audiences, as a long-time friend of the series, beloved for her blistering bluesy guitar and bass chops and honey sweet vocals. Suzie has won 10 Maple Blues Awards, 1 Canadian Folk Music Award and is a 3X Juno Nominee. She has also twice won the International Songwriting Competition – Blues Category. She has just released her seventh solo album entitled “Fall Back Home”.
Lloyd Spiegel is almost Suzie’s Australian counterpart, with 14 Australian Blues Music Awards under his belt. Lloyd Spiegel blends jaw-dropping guitar chops with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting, storytelling and comedy. A touring artist since age 11 and with ten albums to his name, Lloyd has squeezed more into his 40 years than many do in a lifetime.
March 25, 2023
The Gravel Project
We are so excited to bring The Gravel Project to the Folkus stage.
Thanks to some funding from Ontario Presents, we were able to establish a residency for two local artists, Vicki Brittle and Brock Zeman. They have never collaborated before, although they have competed against each other in the International Songwriting Competition Finals.
They are, at press time, setting up a collaborative project with some community elements, and some really interesting side players. So even though they may occasionally play local venues, this show will be like no other.
Stay tuned through the Folkus website and social media for sneak peeks of the work in progress!
April 29, 2023
A Leverage for Mountains
April 29th, we finally get to bring A Leverage for Mountains to our stage. Originally scheduled for 2020, A Leverage for Mountains have been honing their chops at home in Val Des Monts, and recently released a new EP, Love Out of the Dark. They are stunning singers, and we expect their voices to soar here in the Almonte Old Town Hall.
Opening for A Leverage for Mountains will be Mia Kelly, a Gatineau-based singer with strong Lanark County connections. Blessed with a knockout voice, Mia Kelly’s material ranges from sweet folk to blues-inflected pop.
Our shows are still held at the Almonte Old Town Hall, third floor, in the Ron Caron Auditorium. There’s an accessible elevator you can reach from the side entrance. Doors open at 7:30, showtime is at 8:00. There will be t-shirts and music at the merch table, and cold beverages and cookies at the bar.
A note from our Artistic Director: Masks are, of course, very welcome at any of our shows.