We’re so excited to share our news with you. Welcome to our 2019 season.
Folkus season’s passes will go on sale Monday, November 12, both here on our website and at Mill Street Books. Season’s passes bought at Mill Street Books come in a beautiful package suitable for gift-giving.
Individual tickets will be available the first week of January. All our regular season shows are held at the Almonte Old Town Hall.
January 26, Connie Kaldor & James Keelaghan
Fantastic Folk Double Bill Frolics
We have such a short season, it’s sometimes hard to cram all the great talent in. Which is why we’re starting off with a double bill featuring both Connie Kaldor and James Keelaghan. Both these luminaries of Canadian folk are known for their ringing voices, their clever songwriting, their artful storytelling. They will make you laugh. They may make you cry. They may even make you sing along. It’s going to be an incredible night.
February 23, Greenbank
with special guest Moonfruits
We sort of found Greenbank by accident — they can’t stay away from a piano, and neither can we. We’re looking forward to having their sweet harmonies, smooth piano chops, and mellow 70s vibe in our hall. The duo, featuring Jimmy Breslin and Craig Smyth, hail from Thunder Bay.
Moonfruits, a sweet harmonizing duo from Eastern Ontario, will be opening for Greenbank. Partners on and off stage, Alex Millaire & Kaitlin Milroy are practitioners of “folk bilingue”. Their latest project, Ste-Quelquepart, (Saint Somewhere), is an elaborate fiction, telling the tales of an imaginary village in Eastern Ontario.
March 23, Betty and the Bobs
with special guest Beth Tufts
Who??? Betty and the Bobs started as a fun side project by some excellent musicians and friends who had worked together in different combinations. Many of them have also won Junos and CFMAs. These are players at the top of their game, playing for their own amusement; that the audience gets to enjoy the show is a bonus. Why did we book them? Member Suzie Vinnick is our most-requested past performer; she’ll be bringing her pals, including Katherine Wheatley, Wendell Ferguson, Soozie Schlanger, David Woodhead, Rich Greenspoon, and David Matheson. Come prepared to laugh, clap, and sing along.
Our opener for this show will be Beth Tufts, a talented young performer from Elphin, Ontario, Canada’s JUNO capital. Beth is the daughter of two musicians, and has been singing ever since she can remember. Her clarion voice is all her own, as is her talent.
April 27, David Myles
with special guest susan o
David Myles is a Halifax-based roots performer. An independent artist, he is currently touring album number 10. Myles’ work is characterized by thoughtful lyrics, sweet melodies, and a sense of fun. Genre is flexible in his hands, and he’s been called folk-jazz and nouveau pop, but we prefer to call it good music. Myles has garnered Juno awards, ECMAs, SOCAN awards, and his single, ”When I Get My Turn’, won international songwriting awards.
Our opener for this show will be susan o, an Ottawa-based singer-songwriter folk-rocker. 2017 marked her return to the Ottawa music scene after a 13 year hiatus for family and life. But her time away from music performing was rich in experience and this informs her songwriting.
A big thank you to our major supporters, the Ontario Arts Council, the Government of Canada, the Town of Mississippi Mills, and our lead sponsor, Mill Street Books. They make it possible for us to bring in great artists, to support local performers, and to take risks in our programming.
We feel really lucky when we get to help our friends, right?
We got to help out Jim Bryson.
He’s coming to town for a special, intimate, show at Equator.
His new EP, recorded just down the road from Almonte at his Fixed Hinge Recording Studio, is a gem. It shows off his songwriting, his musicality, and the fun he and his bandmates had in the recording.
Bryson has been touring this EP in a series of intimate concerts. He’ll be stopping by Equator Coffee in Almonte for a stripped-down show. Capacity is only 40, so don’t put off getting your tickets.
Equator is hosting this evening with a little help from us. Their usual selection of delicious fair trade coffees, fine local beer, and wood-fired pizza will be available.
Doors open at 7:00. Equator is open for regular service prior to the show.
We like to announce our lineup in November. It’s a blah month, and we get excited about sharing our news with you. So watch this space (and the November Humm) for news about our 2019 lineup. We’ve got a neat mix of performers lined up for you!
We were exploring the idea of North, musically, when we programmed this show. Since then, both performers have travelled elsewhere, but they still offer compelling music and imagery, and we anticipate an exciting evening of music from both Kevin Closs and Flying Hórses.
Sudbury-based singer-songwriter Kevin Closs has followed his musical mentor Ian Tamblyn to Earth’s frigid zones and discovered his muse.
Kevin has just begun recording new music composed while working for G Adventures, a Canadian adventure tourism operator. For the last three years Kevin has worked as a guide and onboard musician for the company. He has spent two seasons in Svalbard and just returned from seven weeks visiting the Antarctic peninsula.
Recently he wrote a powerful new environmental ballad while sailing with the cruise ship, M/S Expedition. (He recorded it in the hold, uploaded it to Soundcloud, and had it in our hands in less than 24 hours — how’s that for hi-tech? — ED.)
Upon returning from his travels Kevin began work on his 12th independent album with the support of the Ontario Arts Council. The first single, “A Blue Whale’s Lament”, has just been released internationally and has already resonated deeply with those who have heard it.
Kevin also took incredible photos while both North and South — and in a first for Folkus, we will be having visual as well as audio in the show. This won’t be like your grandpa’s slideshow: we promise there won’t be any thumbs.
Flying Hórses is the stage name for Jade Bergeron, an ambitious nouveau classical composer. She went to Iceland to work on her last album, Tölt, with Sigur Rós’ producer, Biggi Birgisson, at Sundlaugin Studio in Iceland. She recently completed a residency at the Banff Centre, and has spent time in Almonte getting close to the Steinway Grand in the Almonte Old Town Hall. She will be giving the Steinway a thorough workout!.
Here is Flying Hórses’ amazing video, also entitled Tölt, which was nominated for the Prism Prize, in the company of Leonard Cohen, Drake, and Feist.
Big, little, giants…we have an unintended theme for this show. Both groups feature soaring sounds — Big Little Lions feature strong vocal harmonies, while Outside I’m A Giant build on fiddle, pedal steel, and a deep baritone voice.
Big Little Lions are Helen Austin and Paul Otten — they work long distance (she’s in BC, he’s in Ohio), but sound like they’re always side by side. They’re currently touring in support of their fourth album, Alive and Well, released February 23rd. Like their previous album, Just Keep Moving, it is beautifully crafted, balancing a range of instruments (guitar, banjo, violin, and keys, along with whistles, handclaps, accordion, and harmonica) in support of their voices and lyrics.
Our opener for this show will be Outside I’m a Giant, a talented trio from the Gatineau side of the Valley. They released their first full-length recording, Point Comfort at the Black Sheep Inn this fall. Their folky sound is anchored by deep baritone voice of lead singer-songwriter Jérémi Pierre Caron, multiple instruments in the hands of Samuelle Desjardins, and the haunting pedal steel of Pascal Desgagné.
Big Little Lions Family Matinee – 3:00 pm, March 24 at the Almonte Old Town Hall
As a special treat for families, we will be offering a 45-minute, family-friendly afternoon show with Big Little Lions. The music will be much the same, but the beverages will be kid-appropriate, and dancing is definitely encouraged, as are clapping, singing along, and twirling.
Before Big Little Lions, singer Helen Austin had an award-winning career as a children’s songwriter (2014 Juno Award for Colour It, produced by Paul Otten, as well as a Canadian Folk Music Award plus a number of international songwriting awards). Big Little Lions’ cheerful songs can entertain kids without driving parents crazy. Whether you can’t find a sitter, or you don’t want to leave the kids behind, this will be a great afternoon outing. Admission is $15/person, or $50/family. Children under three are free. Tickets for this show will be available online on our tickets page at and at the door (cash only, please).
Their new single, Find Your Tribe, was recently on the CBC Music Top Twenty!