Highlights from Winterfolk XV, February 19th-2017

Okay, so the snow has melted I felt it was about time to post this thing. Each year Winterfolk¬† gets a little better and little more diverse. I spent Sunday afternoon on the Danforth enjoying performances from a variety of “new” and “old” acts. As its name advertises the event showcases primarily folk performances from the GTA and beyond.¬† Small, user friendly, and easy to navigate. All the venues are within walking distance, just a short hop from the Broadview subway.¬† This year I captured performances from Noah Zacharin, Melanie Peterson, Glen Hornblast, Wendell Ferguson, David McLachlan, Brian Gladstone, Tony Quarrington and others.

Kunle, Live @ The Painted Lady, September 30th-2015

Had the pleasure of seeing Nigerian singer-songwriter Kunle showcase songs from his new EP “Ami n Rele” at the Painted Lady last week. Mr. Kunle possesses those rare traits that are extremely admirable in any musician: presence, talent, and personality. I have put together a mini concert of three songs that display the range of his talents. : Stand by You, Pot Calling the Kettle Black,and My Little Fingers.

My Little Fingers, is an instrumental piece that was awarded “Best Instrumental” in Folk Music Ontario’s 2015 Songs from The Heart competition. The song was a pointed response to a critical aunt who had told Kunle to stop in his musical pursuits because his hands were too small. The piece, a wonderful melody- reminiscent of Michael Hedges – is living testament to sticking to your guns. Definitely worth checking out next time he plays live. While you’re waiting, check out his ep on Soundcloud.