Concert Series

2023 Shows at a Glance

New this fall, we are offering Season Subscriptions.

Catch all the shows listed here for $150.

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**As a bonus, this subscription will cover shows yet to be announced as the fall progresses.**

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$19 Advance / $24 Door

The story of Death Party Playground is really about the creative evolution of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kyle Taylor. The music showcases Kyle’s undeniable lyrical and melodic skills, resembling a combination of late-‘70s New York energy and early-‘90s Britpop drama. Avid Habs Fans. Aspiring Die Hard extras. Rock band.

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Moulettes are one of UK’s most unique touring bands and are steadily being singled out from the wave of apparent Bjork & Kate Bush influenced Indie/alt Folk bands that have arisen this decade. They recorded their third studio album Constellations in studios, churches, tunnels, artisan workshops and bedrooms around Brighton and released it in 2014/2015. Their current project is the multi-album opus, Xenolalia

Renowned for their breathtaking live shows, it is clear that few bands have the creative range and work ethic of Moulettes. With a brave approach to production and arrangement, Moulettes look for peculiar ways of blending acoustic and electric instruments; For example, by putting Bassoons and stringed instruments through pedals and valve amps.

$15 Advance / $20 Door

*** Due to circumstances beyond her control, Kristen Martell has postponed her Sunday, October 15 show to March 2024. We were really looking forward to this show, and show was she, but sometimes life throws a curve ball (Go Jays!). Once we have confirmed the new date will let you know! ***

Hailing from Nova Scotia, Kristen’s earthy introspective folk/pop songs have the warmth of a golden sunset. Reminiscent of Sarah McLachlan, her bilingual songs embrace life’s challenges and quiet moments of beauty. Her latest album ‘Every Season’ was nominated for the 2023 East Coast Music Awards ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Folk Recording of the Year’.

Join us for this intimate afternoon with this rising East Coast Artist.

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Emmanuel United Church presents Traveling Songs ft. Andrew Bentham-Riley, Neil Little, Scott Wicken, and Lynn Jackson.

You are invited to join these songwriters as they share their songs and stories from the road in this intimate Songwriter’s Round performance.

Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario Andrew Bentham-Riley‘s lyrical style is anecdotal – sharing a narrative of his own life, an assorted batch of tales from the road, heartbreak, and lessons learned along the way. Andrew pairs these stories with tastefully crafted guitar parts wearing his influences for all to see finding better days through music.

Neil Little is a singer-songwriter from Stratford, Ontario. His sound is a blend of alt-folk-Canadiana with the emphasis on thoughtful lyrics and interesting guitar work.

Kitchener, Ontario Singer Songwriter Lynn Jackson has been writing and performing original music for more than 25 years.Jackson’s songs are fierce and tender, searching and powerful, as she draws us into her world and characters with enduring narratives and strong melodies.

Scott Wicken is a singer-songwriter and spoken word artist based in Waterloo, Ontario. Transitioning from poetry into songwriting in the ’90’s it took over his creative output writing 100’s of songs covering social issues, heartfelt ballads, and irreverent comedy, all with dazzling wordplay.



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Inspired by the storytelling that exists in the diverse genre of folk music Noelle writes in a way that is simple, honest and deeply emotional. Noelle is a witty and charismatic performer who draws in the audience with her joy. She meshes a lighthearted presence and stage banter with emotionally charged, uplifting and sometimes haunting songs. Lyrically she taps into the angst and beauty of life. Each song has a soul and largely speaks to the resiliency and courage of human beings. Visit @noellefrancesmusic on Instagram and/or

Here are the shows that you missed this season:

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A Songwriters Showcase, featuring The MacQueens & Woody Woodburn.

Born & raised in Mississauga, ON, Canada, drawn to the small town lifestyle of his roots in Cape Breton, NS, Woody Woodburn now calls his home Rockwood, ON. The kind of melodies that linger in your head well after you’ve heard them. He gives life to your own struggles. Like listening to an old friend. Woody is an unassuming, humble guy that will surprise you with his powerful voice. A voice that combined with with the real & “come from the heart” lyrics will leave you more hopeful & inspired in your life.

Built around the distinctive chemistry of married couple Kris and Livia MacQueen’s musical partnership, The MacQueens‘ sound is a compelling fusion of contemporary folk, rock, and country, characterized by their thoughtful lyrics, engaging melodies, and memorable performances.

Their first full-length studio album “You & Me & Everything”, released in 2019, is a sonically diverse, emotionally honest reflection of life together. It received regular rotation on the CBC and more than 45 campus and independent radio stations across North America.

With their band or as a duo, their live performances navigate between delicate acoustic moments and powerful wall-of-sound highlights and all the spaces in between. The MacQueens perform with range and diversity that keeps audiences with them from the moment the music starts, to the moment they walk off stage.

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19th Moon is an Electro/pop/indie artist based in New Orleans. Her music is about love, lifting the spirits and also vibrating at a beautiful frequency. Her style is influenced by her African, European and American roots. Born in the USA but growing up in Nigeria and vagabonding through Italy and Germany influenced her musical style and outlook in life.

Her latest album is called, “We Are Here”. It’s a call to empower and unite all. All races, genders, ages, sexes, whatever we feel separates us. According to here, these are just illusions created to occupy and distract us from our true purpose of love and oneness with infinite divine.

Opening act: Paige Warner

With an evocative voice that captivates her audience, Paige Warner creates alt-pop music with soul-inspired vocal licks layered on catchy hooks and rhythms. With over 80,000 combined listens on Spotify alone, Paige’s recent singles have drawn love from media and listeners alike. Having performed on stages such as NXNE, Owen Sound’s Summerfolk, TD Harbour Nights, and opening for iconic artists including Ron Sexsmith and Monowhales, Warner’s dedicated fan base continues to grow, while she pulls on heartstrings or pulls you to the dance floor. With new music on the way, Paige plans to continue releasing songs, creating intimate concert experiences, and leaving audiences with a memorable connection and a melody.

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Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches deliver intricate indie-folk that is simultaneously graceful and darkly bewitching. Their seamless blood harmonies traverse melancholy and wonder in equal measure.

The sisters, Mabel and Ivy Windred-Wornes, released their third full length album Wonderful Oblivion in 2021 through New York-based label AntiFragile Music to critical acclaim. They have since toured the UK and Europe in Spring/Summer 2022 and returned to the UK in January 2023.

Winners of the Australian Folk Music Awards Best Folk Album (2022) and Music Victoria Best Folk Act (2021), their music has been nominated twice for the prestigious Australian Music Prize.

Their 2019 sophomore album Your Company won the 2020 Independent Music Awards’ Best Folk/Singer-Songwriter Album – the same award won by Martha Wainwright the previous year.

Charm of Finches recorded their fourth studio album in Nova Scotia, Canada at the beginning of 2023, working with acclaimed producer Daniel Ledwell (The Once, Jenn Grant, Oh Pep!, The Good Lovelies) – to be released in 2024. They return to Canada’s east to showcase these songs this Fall.

“Wonderful Oblivion is a triumphant indie folk effort – nostalgic yet fresh, haunting, but at the same time serene. ” – We Found New Music

“Melbourne sister duo Charm of Finches are perched for stardom. For lovers of tight sibling harmonies, chamber folk, and those who long to be carried-away by a lullaby…” – Ariana Morgenstern KCRW Today’s Top Tune

‘Music that tugs at the heart and stirs the imagination.’ – The Australian
‘For anyone who listens to Phoebe Bridgers, Bon Iver, Billie Marten, etc., this band is well worth adding to your rotation.’ – The Epigram (UK)

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A triple bill featuring:

SHAWNA CASPI: Shawna Caspi is all about authentic human connection, sharing songs and stories that are relatable, but told in new and unexpected ways, with lyrics that are poetic and clever, wrapped around intricate fingerstyle acoustic guitar accompaniment. Her latest album, “Hurricane Coming”, was nominated for a Canadian Folk Music Award and an Ontario Folk Music Award.

CLAIRE COUPLAND: There is a pureness to Claire’s voice that can silence a room. A moving songwriter and compelling guitarist, she combines smooth folk finger picking, jazz influenced progressions under soaring melodies. Darker and more vulnerable reckonings of self worth, escaping abuse, painful goodbyes, and hope for the future are all themes in her new album “New Light”. She brings a graceful contemporary feel to folk music, with a touch of her “wicked sense of humour” (Rik Emmett).

SARAH HILTZ: Sarah Hiltz is a contemporary folk artist based in Toronto, Canada. Her new album CALM FURY is a collection of songs that grew out of her research into the ways we experience, express and repress anger in modern society, especially women. Her work as a talented singer-songwriter has landed her Folk Music Ontario’s Songs From The Heart Award, opening slots for Canadian icons Gordon Lightfoot and Ron Hynes, a Best Folk Album nomination (Toronto Independent Music Awards) and earned her an invitation to give a TEDx talk in 2014.

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Desiree Dorion grew up 1.5 miles from Dauphin’s Countryfest. As a girl she would ride her bike there when the festival wasn’t on, climb up on the stage, and pretend to play to the thousands of fans that come to watch big country music acts.

Her most recent album release, “That’s How I Know,” reached #3 on iTunes in its 1stweek of release. The JUNO Nominee has had multiple songs chart in the top 100 on the Canadian country music charts, and several reach #1 on the Indigenous Music Countdown

with Stacey Lee Guse and Carrie DeMaeyer

Stacey Lee began singing before she speak. Naturally, her life has been grounded in the music business ever since. A highly accomplished session vocalist and live performer, Stacey Lee has been delighted to add creative touches on several world class stages, albums, radio and television themes and has worked with renowned producers David Foster, J. Richard Hutt, and Jason Barry.  Most recently, she can be seen as a featured member of Canada’s swing supergroup, The Western Swing Authority. With them she performs an eclectic mix of Western swing, jazz and traditional country standards along with 6 more of Canada’s finest musicians, including her husband, two time CCMA fiddle player of the year Shane Guse.

More Fall Shows will be announced soon!

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