2010 OCFF Showcase Information >
2009 OCFF Showcase Information >

Ontario Council of Folk Festivals 23rd Annual Conference
October 15th to 18th, 2009
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Thursday - Capitale Room
Friday and Saturday - Room 1814

Bees and Flowers
A Birch Broom In The Fits


Duane Andrews
Showcase Times: Fri 1:30 Sat 12:35

Uniting what would seem to be impossible -- traditional Newfoundland music with the gypsy jazz of legendary Django Reinhardt, Andrews makes it not just work - he makes it soar! "The music might be best described as Folk music played by a top Jazz guitarist, and the result is refreshing and stunning. Highly recommended." - Folkworld Magazine, Germany
3x CFMA nominee

When We Go
God Pt. IV


Jon Brooks
Showcase Times: Thurs 9:20 Fri 12:10 Sat 3:00

“Brooks follows the tradition of poking holes in accepted truths, a path blazed by the likes of Woody Guthrie and John Lennon... truly impressive songs that will likely be sung for generations to come.” - Penguin Eggs
CFMA nominee, Mountain Stage New Song Contest- Canadian Regional winner

L'arbre aux Parfums
The Law of Sadness


Showcase Times: Thurs 11:40 pm Fri 3:00 am Sat 3:30 am

Hailing from Montreal, Caracol offers up raw emotion delivered in a unique blend of folk, old jamaican rocksteady, with a singer-songwriter and a vintage 50's feel. It is likened by some to Indie-pop and features the sounds of the ukulele, the autoharp and a good old acoustic guitar! This combined with a live show honed by tours across 14 countries with ex-band DobaCaracol (100,000 albums sold, winner of a FELIX- Best World Music album), Caracol's music is sure to enthrall.
2009 Juno Nominee - Best Francophone Album.

Beautiful Snow


Jon Davis
Showcase Times: Thurs 9:00 Fri 2:00

"…If you like James Taylor, I think you will absolutely love Jon Davis. Very, very nice voice... " – CBC Daybreak; "It's not often you encounter a musician who can write, sing and play really well. Jon Davis does all three now and is poised to become an artist of consequence in the very near future". - Bill Garrett, Borealis Records

Mines Went Down
Foie Gras


Showcase Times: Thurs 10:40 Fri 1:05 Sat 1:05

Dust Bowl Roots with a Big Bad Beat and vintage hillbilly swing, played with the energy of a runaway train. "This debut is sure to bring a smile to your face and a rumble and shake to your legs that'll make you want to dance around the parlour with a properly chilled mint julep." - Chart Attack

Makom Shemesh


Jaffa Road
Showcase Times: Thurs 10:00

From the global crossroads of the Middle East, Spain, India and North America, come Canada's cutting-edge ambassadors of Diaspora Roots music, Jaffa Road! Their unique sonic landscape forms a most perfect union that is at once ancient and modern, acoustic and electronic, secular and sacred. Sung in Spanish, Hebrew and English, woven together by pulsing dub grooves and exhilarating improvisations. 2009 John Lennon Songwriting Contest winner - World



Marc Atkinson Trio
Showcast Times: Thurs 12 midnight

Marc Atkinson is one of Canada's finest Juno-nominated, Western Canadian award-winning musicians. He is the leader and composer of the internationally renowned Marc Atkinson Trio (and co-founder, composer and performer in the acclaimed, The Bills). The music of this virtuosic group is melodically captivating, sensually charged and ferociously, technically awe-inspiring.
"Atkinson is a daring and inventive acoustic guitarist and a powerful force in the new roots/jazz movement (gypsy jazz)." Toronto Star

Don't Know How I Got Here


Taylor Mitchell
Showcase Times: Thurs 11:00 Fri 12:40 Sat 1:30

“Toronto’s Taylor Mitchell is wise beyond her years. Not even 20, Mitchell possesses the skill and craftsmanship of one of the greatest songwriters of all time, Joni Mitchell. Unrelated by biology, but perhaps in spiritual creative kinship, this burgeoning songstress sings with soul and sass." - Penguin Eggs

15 Years
Colours Of Me


Showcase Times: Thurs 11:20 Fri 11:40 Sat 2:30

Nonie is a musical and storytelling force to be reckoned with. From heady blues, Irish balladry, to Cajun and French Canadian hues, Crete seamlessly traverses genre with an execution only matched by her uncanny ability to explore equally diverse lyrical themes.
"...a singer with real gravitas" - Celtic & Folk Music CD Reviews , UK

Yalla Yalla!
Sable Island


Sultans of String
Showcase Times: Sat 12:00

Canadian string super group Sultans of String weave a stunning global sonic tapestry of Spanish Flamenco, Arabic folk, Cuban rhythms, classical and French Manouche Gypsy-jazz
“Virtuoso playing...The Sultans are simply an awesome musical group!” - Mariposa Folk Festival; CFMA nominee, International Songwriting Competition winner - Instrumental


North Ontario
The Healing Rain


Peter Verity
Showcase Times: Thurs 9:40 Fri 2:30 Sat 2:00

"Singer Peter Verity knows how to pack lots of drama into the songs he sings. There's freezing cold, booze, sex, drugs, and suicide... a folky-version of Steve Earle" -- Sing Out!
John Lennon Songwriting Contest finalist, Best Folk Artist - Toronto Independent Music Awards


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