Live roots based concert series held in the historic Almonte Old Town Hall just west of Ottawa
Folkus Concert Series
Folkus began as a three-concert winter folk series in January 2002. Reception was tremendous, and we were encouraged to add a fourth show in our second year.
Now in our second decade, and with the kind support of many sponsors, we are looking forward to another exciting series to take the chill off winter.
It’s been quite a year. We hope you are as well as can be.
We’ve all been through a lot, and we apologize for having taken so long to provide you with an update on our plans for responding to the two cancelled concerts of the 2020 season. At this time, we’d like to offer you a full refund for the March and April concerts.
For season’s pass holders who purchased their tickets online, please check your e-mail (with which you purchased the tickets) for a message from firstname.lastname@example.org containing further instructions.
For ticket-holders who received them as a gift, or purchased them through Mill Street Books, we have to take a few more steps. Please email email@example.com for details.
For ticket holders who would prefer to support Folkus by not requesting a refund, we thank you warmly for your generosity. Please rest assured that your contribution will be put to good use as part of revisiting how we can support musicians and deliver music to our supporters/patrons.
We are looking ahead and taking our cues from larger arts organizations. Until it is safe to gather together, we will not be presenting shows in the traditional format. We may, however, do other interesting things in the interim, so please stay tuned for updates, including following us in Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
We are so disappointed to have lost half our season to COVID-19, but we want to share some delight in the first two concerts of the season. We now have some great photos by our resident photographer Dennis to share from the January and February shows, which were amazing. Good times!
Updated April 14th: We now know that the April show will also be impossible to hold. We hope everyone is staying well.
Like all of you, we are currently watching how the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation unfolds.
We can tell you that the Town of Mississippi Mills has chosen to close the Almonte Old Town Hall as of the evening of Friday, March 13th and will re-assess the situation on April 1st. Full details about closures affected by the Town’s decision can be seen on its website.
This means our next show, scheduled for March 28th, will not take place as planned.
Please watch this space and our Facebook and Twitter accounts for further updates that would affect our final show of the season in late April.
Leap Day is coming soon and Folkus ticket holders are in for a treat. This will be a lively evening of singing and storytelling.
Campbell Woods is a troubadour with roots in the Ottawa Valley, currently based in Montreal. He’s a listener and a storyteller; his songs bring out the secret joys and ordinary tragedies of life with carefully crafted melodies and seemingly simple turns of phrase. He gets compared to Townes Van Zant and John Prine a lot; he also reminds us of early Fred Eaglesmith.
Kate Weekes seems to live stories on the way to telling them. She hitchhiked her way to the Yukon, collecting stories along the way. She has been a dog-musher in Norway, toured China with a swing band, and has paddled from Whitehorse to Dawson City. Weekes describes her latest album, Taken by Surprise , as the sonic scrapbook of a bold life lived to the fullest. “Wherever I am traveling comes out in my songs,” she says. For this evening, Weekes will be accompanied by multi-instrumentalist and producer James Stephens. Kate is bringing a trio or quartet including fiddler James Stephens.
We’re so excited that The Good Lovelies will open this season, along with The Space Between on Saturday, January 18th, 2020.
The Good Lovelies could very well be Canada’s sweethearts. This will be an intimate, stripped-down, trio show with a focus on harmony.
“Kerri Ough, Sue Passmore, and Caroline Brooks – immensely talented vocalists and songwriters in their own right; however, it’s their voices interwoven in harmony – powerful and pure, organic and inspiring – that elevates the Good Lovelies from impressive to peerless.”
The Good Lovelies won a Juno in 2010 for Roots and Traditional Album of the Year and are four-time Canadian Folk Music Award winners.
Although the season has sold out, there is a waitlist option for up to 20 tickets at each show.
Special guests The Space Between will be opening. Hometown girl Sonja Seiler brings her duo project, The Space Between, to Almonte. Nestling in a rootsy pocket somewhere between Appalachia and Toronto, their sound is clean and pure.
To start off our season, we’re holding a launch party Thursday, November 7th, 2019 at Equator Coffee Roasters, to celebrate our season and to celebrate our wonderful sound man, Brendan Gawn.
He never gets to mingle at shows because he’s working too hard. Brendan is an excellent sound person because he listens. He listens well because plays a mean bass. And he’ll be playing bass with the Brindled Cats, along with guitarist Rob McMurray. They may bring a few friends.
Join us for a pint or a coffee and possibly a bite to eat!
Folkus 2020 Launch Party Thursday, November 7th, 2019 Doors open 7pm; expect to end around 10pm