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Road To Kingsville Folk Music Festival Concert Series Presents Dave Gunning

March 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Road To Folkfest Concert Series 2018/2019 Season Poster

The Road to FolkFest Concert Series is proud to present The Small Glories (October 6), Union Duke (November 24), The Slocan Ramblers (February 8) and Dave Gunning (March 29) for their 2018/2019 season.

The Road to Folkfest Concerts present multiple award-winning recording artist and internationally acclaimed songwriter, Dave Gunning at the Kingsville Lions Community Hall on Friday, March 29, 2019.

Dave Gunning performs in front of a sold out crowd at the Bank Theatre during Road to Kingsville Folk Music Festival Concert Series.

Dave Gunning is a charismatic performer and world class songwriter. Dave has the magnetic gift of captivating audiences by painting pictures through his heartfelt stories and compelling songwriting, humorous lyrics and stunning musical arrangements. Blending sensitive folk and innovative arrangements to his original songs, Gunning is rapidly building a solid fan base across Canada and abroad. Dave Gunning is a Festival favorite having played our festival and our concert series in the past and has a new album coming out this march titled Up Against the Sky. Be sure to not miss out on this show, tickets will sell out!

“Over a career now spanning 20 years and 10 albums, folk-based singer/songwriter Dave Gunning has earned multiple Canadian Folk Music and East Coast Music Awards (and a Juno nomination) for his well-crafted work. An engaging performer, he has entertained audiences in the U.S., Europe and Australia and is highly respected by his peers. New (eleventh) album Lift is shaping up as his best yet. The self-produced record has a sparse and acoustic feel, but there’s plenty of lyrical and musical variety here, with some tunes having a pro-environment message. Gunning has a very honest and big-hearted vocal style, and we expect this fine album, Lift, to add to his trophy collection.” – newcanadianmusic.ca

“Gunning’s famed practice of incorporating storytelling into his set was a treat, as it allowed the audience to connect very strongly to his music: every song in his set was introduced with the tale of what had inspired it. His set was impeccable, and the energy he drew from the audience went straight into his performance; he was constantly in motion, whether it was strumming his guitar softly as he spoke, or stamping his foot while he played. We were charmed.” – theaureview.com

Doors open at 7:00 pm, show begins at 8:00 pm.

Seating is limited, the popular series is often sold out and tickets must be purchased in advance.

Tickets are $25 per person, and available by calling 1-800-838-3006 or online at Brown Paper Tickets.

Also available at the following outlets:

The Grove Brew House – Kingsville
Fletcher’s Cleaners – Leamington​
Symphony Stables – Wheatley

For more information visit www.kingsvillefolkfest.org


Past Road To FolkFest Concert Series

Road to FolkFest Concerts presented Canadian singer-songwriter Steve Poltz at the Kingsville Lions Hall on Friday, January 19, 2018.

Road To FolkFest Concert featuring Steve Poltz PosterSteve Poltz is a Canadian singer-songwriter and guitarist. He is a founding member of the indie-rock band The Rugburns and is best known for his collaborations with singer Jewel, especially the 1996 single, “You Were Meant for Me” which reached number 2 in the US.

As a solo artist, he often performs acoustic-only “good old-fashioned sing-along” shows. His songs have been noted for their simple melodies and satirical lyrics.

Poltz was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and later immigrated with his family to Pasadena, California, then to Palm Springs, California. He attended the University of San Diego, where he received a degree in political science, he met guitarist Robert Driscoll and The Rugburns were formed.

Poltz and his bandmates developed a local and national cult following by playing coffeehouses and bars. While performing dates at the Innerchange Coffeehouse in San Diego, he formed a relationship with Jewel, frequently opening for her on tours, co-writing songs, and appearing in her music video for “You Were Meant For Me.” The song won her 2nd place on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 song charts, charting in four other categories in the USA, and several European countries.

In 1998, Poltz released his first solo album, One Left Shoe, for Mercury Records. A disagreement in the artistic direction of his material led to him leaving the label and forming his own company, 98 Pounder Records. Five years later, he recorded Chinese Vacation, an album heavily influenced by the events of September 11 and the murder of one of his closest friends. During a radio interview and performance on the Dave, Shelly, and Chainsaw radio program, he performed a “male” version of “You Were Meant For Me”. During the bridge, he went on a 5-minute rant on David Cassidy and assorted stories in Las Vegas, including one that led to the album name “One Left Shoe”. Poltz also performed the song on the Bob and Tom Show and included the Cassidy story during the bridge. In 2000, Poltz was awarded the title of “San Diego’s Most Influential Artist of the Decade” at the 2000 San Diego Music Awards. In 2012, Poltz guest-starred in the web series Up the Creek as a Canadian country singer named Peeve Stoltz. He improvised the songs in the episode during filming.

Poltz has collaborated as a songwriter with A. J. Croce on Croce’s 2004 album Adrian James Croce. Poltz is known to name his various guitars. They include Smokey Joe, which he saved from being destroyed, Clackety-Clack, Flowerpot, and Trailer-Trash.

Find out more about Steve Poltz at http://poltz.com/words/


Road to FolkFest Concerts presented blues-influenced, New Orleans-inspired “song and groove man” Ray Bonneville with special guest, ukulele master Manitoba Hal at the Unico Hall in Kingsville on Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Road To Kingsville Folk Fest Concert: Ray Bonneville & Manitoba Hal

Ray Bonneville is a poet of the demimonde who didn’t write his first song until his early 40s, some 20 years after he started performing. But with a style that sometimes draws comparisons to JJ Cale and Daniel Lanois, this Juno Award winner has found his rightful calling. Born in Quebec, his family moved to Boston when he was 12. He served a year in Vietnam as a Marine, struggled and overcame drug addiction, earned a pilot’s license in Colorado, then moved to Alaska, then Seattle, and Paris and New Orleans. But it took a close call while piloting a seaplane across the Canadian wilderness to make him decide it was time to get busy writing songs – gritty narratives inspired by a lifetime of hard-won knowledge set against his gritty, soulful guitar and harmonica playing.

Learn more about Ray Bonneville at http://raybonneville.com/about/

Also performing is master of the ukulele Manitoba Hal. For over 15 years, Canadian blues artist Manitoba Hal has been forging a career as one of the country’s most preeminent roots and blues multi-instrumentalists. With 14 recordings under his own name and appearances on countless others, guitarist, ukulele master and singer-songwriter Manitoba Hal is a musical renaissance man.

Find out more about Manitoba Hal at https://www.manitobahal.com


Road to FolkFest Concerts presented two of Canada’s greatest roots singer-songwriters, Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier, live in concert at the Jack Miner Migratory Bird Sanctuary Stadium on Friday, April 13, 2018. The pair thrilled the crowd when they performed together at last year’s Kingsville Folk Music Festival.

Dave Gunning & J.P. Cormier

Promotional image of Dave Gunning & J.P. Cormier performing together in support of their new and first album together Two. Photo source http://gunningandcormier.com

Gunning and Cormier have finally done what everybody’s wanted — heck, what they’ve wanted — for years. Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier are releasing their first album together, called Two. Great friends, frequent collaborators, co-writers and touring partners, the pair has been talking about this album since pretty much the day they met.

Since they’ve been two of the busiest solo musicians in the country these past two decades, it’s been impossible to schedule time to make a full album and properly tour it. But that all changed three years ago when Cormier moved just down the road from Gunning in Nova Scotia’s Pictou County, and the pair were able to meet often at Gunning’s home studio.

Now their new album is here, and it’s everything fans hoped and dreamed it would be.

The album is called Two because that’s what it is, just the two of them.

Two is made up of everything the duo excels at. There are new collaborations between the two writers (Brothers, Home To Mary), new arrangements of antique folk numbers (Johnny Armstrong, Katie o’ the Gowrie), and some tasty, surprising covers (Never Picked Cotton, Stompin’ Tom’s Songbird Valley).

While these award winning East Coast performers toured to celebrate their new album they performed locally at the Jack Miner Bird Sanctuary as part of the Road To FolkFest Concert Series.

Find out more about Gunning & Cormier at http://gunningandcormier.com


Road To Kingsville Folk Fest Concert Series Poster For Madison VioletPerformer Highlights:

Juno Nomination
Canadian Folk Music Award – Best Vocal Group Album
Grand Prize in the 2010 Maxell John Lennon Song Writing Contest
Germany’s WDR’s List of ‘Best Bands of All Time

For those who dont know of Madison Violet, it all began in 1999. Brenley and Lisa met over weak coffee and broccoli omelettes, in a restaurant called The Green Room, in Toronto. It was a chance meeting, 1900 kms away from the small town where both Lisa and Brenleys fathers were born. That was nearly 17 years ago, and the pair have been writing and creating beautiful music together ever since. When you hear them, the first thing youll notice is that their voices blend together, symbiotically, like family: Born to sing the same songs. And over the past decade and a half, the pair have taken to genre-bending, moving effortlessly from folk to pop to electronic to Americana. In a word, they are musical chameleons.

Madison Violets first 2 studio albums, Worry the Jury and Caravan, were recorded with notable producer John Reynolds (Sinead O’Connor, U2, Damien Dempsey) and were critically acclaimed, garnering the pair several ECMA and CFMA nominations. Their 3rd and 4th releases, No Fool for Trying and The Good In Goodbye are homegrown collections, recorded in Ontario with producer Les Cooper at the helm. Their 5th studio release, was recorded in Toronto by acclaimed producer, Tino Zolfo (Carly Rae Jepson, Soul Decision, Hawksley Workman), and solidified the duo as musically versatile powerhouse songwriters. This Christmas, Madison Violet released their first holiday album, ‘Sleigh Bells In The Snow’ to rave reviews. It is an eclectic mix of Christmas songs, old and new, which also featured their good friend, Ron Sexsmith, on ‘Frosty The Snowman’. And finally, their newest collection of songs ‘The Knight Sessions’ is a mix of stripped back, acoustic takes on some of their more upbeat musings as well as a new batch of poetic and heartfelt tunes.

Over the years, Madison Violet have acquired quite a few accolades, including a Juno nomination, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Vocal Group Album of the Year and a Critics Choice award from Country Music Peoples Magazine. Their songs have been featured in the notorious music magazine MOJOs Top 10 Playlist, and received a mass of acclaim from outlets such as the BBC, the CBC, Maverick Magazine and NPR, and have earned the duo the Grand Prize in the 2010 Maxell John Lennon Song Writing Contest (which was voted on by a panel of distinguished artists including Elton John, Tim McGraw, Black Eyed Peas, Fergie, John Legend, Enrique Iglesias and Mary J. Blige). Madison Violet were on Germanys WDR’s list of Best Bands of All Time as well as having song placements on various television shows. Their recent single These Ships was released on one of the largest dance labels in the U.S., Ultra Records, and has garnered over 1,000,000 plays on Spotify already. Brenley and Lisa are singer-songwriters. Multi-instrumentalists. Harmonizers. Dog lovers. Nature walkers. Painters. Tennis fanatics. Amateur chefs. They have been described as pop, roots, indie, dance and Americana, but this quote sums them up best, “Madison Violet has suddenly appeared like a ray of sunshine on a rainy day,” says No Depression.

Find out more about Madison Violet at https://www.madisonviolet.com


Road to Folkfest Concerts Kicked Off 2018/2019 Season With The Small Glories

The Small Glories, a musical union, weaving and tangling traditional folk, modern folk, and roots music, performed at the Kingsville Lions Community Hall on Saturday, October 6, 2018. Straight out of the gate, veteran singer/songwriters Cara Luft & JD Edwards built a buzz around their tight harmonies, authenticity, visceral live performances and equally well-matched guitar prowess that doesn’t come around often. Luft packs a mean banjo as well.

“The Small Glories are the ultimate: two amazing solo performers who somehow manage to melt into one entity, creating incredible harmonies that still raise the hairs on the back of my neck as I write.”
— Jennifer Ives, AD, Live from the Rock Music Festival

“Can two singer-songwriters be better than one? Yes, emphatically, yes, if the two in question are Cara Luft and JD Edwards, playing and singing together as The Small Glories. It’s our loss they didn’t join forces sooner because Edwards and Luft are a folk-roots powerhouse… It’s magic. ★★★★”
— Winnipeg Free Pressmagic.”

Road to Folkfest Concert Series 2018/2019 Season Featured Union Duke on Nov. 24, 2018

The Road to Folkfest Concerts presented Union Duke, the incredible high energy modern folk quintet, at the Kingsville Lions Community Hall on Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Sweat flies and floorboards tremble – Union Duke is a Toronto folk quintet with an explosive live show. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, the group belts out soaring harmonies with three, four and even five voices. Their songs are irresistible.

These five guys have been making a commotion in one way or another since they were kids, and years of making music together have brought them to this: a heartbreak of twang and a bootshake of rock and roll. Union Duke is two fifths city, two fifths country, and one fifth whiskey.

They travel coast to coast playing to fans young and old. They’ve played sold out shows where crowds know all the words. They’ve performed at countless festivals including TURF, Mariposa, and Summerfolk, topping the list of must-see acts. Their enthusiasm is infectious, and they leave every audience smiling.


The Road to Folkfest Concerts presented Slocan Ramblers, known for high energy performances, at the Kingsville Lions Community Hall on Friday, February 8, 2019.

The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers promotional photo.

The Slocan Ramblers are rooted in tradition, fearlessly creative, and posses a bold, dynamic sound. With a reputation for energetic live shows, impeccable musicianship, and an uncanny ability to convert anyone within earshot into a lifelong fan, The Slocans have been winning over audiences including last summer’s Kingsville Folk Music Festival as well as Merlefest and Rocky Grass . They are a unique blend of bluegrass, old-time and folk with deep song-writing, lightning fast instrumentals and sawdust-thick vocals.

“If you’ve grown tired of the same old sounds, here’s a band who reinvents a genre.” – Bluegrass Unlimited

“Contemporary bluegrass at its very best. […] Their third album, Queen City Jubilee, could be the one that propels them to the forefront of the acoustic roots scene.” – Songlines Magazine (UK)

“The Slocan Ramblers put on one of the most vibrant shows of acoustic music I’ve seen in some time. It’s rare for Canadians (especially young Canadians) to play this music with such authority, passion and yet ability for experimentation. Chops galore, and a handsome bunch of fellas” – Tom Power – Host of CBC’s “q”


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About Road To FolkFest Concert Series

The Road to FolkFest Concerts present some of the best Canadian and International talent: Festival favourites and high-profile touring acts. Road To FolkFest Concerts are a fundraising project for the Sun Parlour Folk Music Society (Kingsville Folk Music Festival). This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

The Sun Parlour Folk Music Society exists to provide diverse high quality folk music through concerts and the annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival and allocates funds to the MAY FUNd (Music and Arts for Youth) which provides financial assistance to disadvantaged area youth to access the arts through workshops, lessons, mentoring sessions and an annual scholarship.

This year the 6th Annual Kingsville Folk Music Festival will take place on August 9-11, 2019.



March 29
8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Sun Parlour Folk Music Society


Lions Community Hall Kingsville
23 Mill St West
Kingsville , Ontario N9Y 1K6 Canada
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