Peterborough Winter Folk Festival returns for its fifth year March 5 to 13

Featuring Mother Mother, Too Many Zooz, Dylan Ireland, B.A. Johnston, Ben Rough, My Son The Hurricane, Jimmy Bowskill, Kate Suhr and Melissa Payne, and more

Dan Fewings and Jimmy Bowskill in 2014. Bowskill, who has recently been performing with The Sheepdogs and Blue Rodeo, will be coming to The Garnet in downtown Peterborough on Sunday, March 10th for two shows as part of the Peterborough Winter Folk Festival. Dan Fewings will opening both shows. (Photo: Wayne Eardley)
Dan Fewings and Jimmy Bowskill in 2014. Bowskill, who has recently been performing with The Sheepdogs and Blue Rodeo, will be coming to The Garnet in downtown Peterborough on Sunday, March 10th for two shows as part of the Peterborough Winter Folk Festival. Dan Fewings will opening both shows. (Photo: Wayne Eardley)

The Peterborough Winter Folk Festival is celebrating its fifth anniversary this March with a series of concerts at venues in downtown Peterborough, culminating with a free children’s concert at Lansdowne Place Mall.

Organized by the Peterborough Folk Festival, the annual winter event features both out-of-town and local musicians.

The festival kicks off at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th when Vancouver-based indie rock band Mother Mother performs at The Venue (286 George St. N., Peterborough).

Another Vancouver-based indie rock band, Juno award winners Said The Whale, will open the show.

General admission tickets are $34.50 plus taxes and fees, available at ticketmaster.ca. Doors open at 7 p.m. for this age-of-majority show.

VIDEO: “Get Up” – Mother Mother

VIDEO: “UnAmerican” – Said The Whale

On Wednesday, March 6th, New York City trio Too Many Zooz, who achieved YouTube fame for their self-defined genre of “brass house” music as subway buskers, will perform at The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough).

Vancouver’s eight-piece gypsy-rock/funk/latin/ska/punk band Five Alarm Funk will open the show.

Doors open at 9 p.m. and the show begins at 10 p.m.

Tickets are $25, available at ticketscene.ca.

VIDEO: Too Many Zooz performing at Union Square in New York City

VIDEO: “We All Scream” – Five Alarm Funk

On Wednesday, March 7th, local musicians take the spotlight when Dylan Ireland (Express and Company) performs a free show at The Twisted Wheel (377 Water St, Peterborough) with special guests Melissa Payne (currently on tour with Matt Mays), James McKenty (The Spades), and Karl Lawson.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with the music starting at 7 p.m. There’s no cover.

VIDEO: “Every Other Night” – Dylan Ireland

On Friday, March 8th, Hamilton’s comedic musical master B.A. Johnston returns to Peterborough to perform at The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough), where he’ll be celebrating the release of his new record The Skid Is Hot Tonight.

Local bands Beef Boys and Television Road will open the show.

Doors for this age-of-majority show open at 9 p.m. with Television Rd taking to the stage at 10:30 p.m., followed by Beef Boys and B.A. Johnson. Tickets are $6 at the door before 10 p.m. and $10 after 10 p.m.

VIDEO: “Deep Fryer In My Bedroom” – B.A. Johnston

On Saturday, March 9th, local roots-rocker Ben Rough will perform a free show at The Twisted Wheel (377 Water St, Peterborough), celebrating the release of his new record Hold Me Closer Cabin Fever.

Prince Edward Island pop and adult alternative singer-songwriter Rachel Beck will also be performing.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for this early show, with the music beginning at 7 p.m. Admission is free.

VIDEO: “Light A Match” – Ben Rough

VIDEO: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” performed by Rachel Beck

Also on Saturday, March 9th, Toronto/Niagara-based 11-piece band My Son The Hurricane brings their fusion of funk, jazz and hip hop with New Orleans style grooves to the The Historic Red Dog Tavern (189 Hunter St. W, Peterborough).

Niagara singer-songwriter Katey Gatta will open the show with a mix of covers and original tunes.

Tickets are $20, available at ticketscene.ca. Doors open at 9 p.m. for this age-of-majoirty show, with the music beginning at 10 p.m.

VIDEO: “Ransom Money” – My Son The Hurricane

VIDEO: Katey Gatta

On Sunday, March 10th, Baileoboro’s native son Jimmy Bowskill — who’s recently been performing with both The Sheepdogs and Blue Rodeo — will come home to perform two shows at The Garnet (231 Hunter St. W., Peterborough).

Dan Fewings, who has performed with Jimmy in the duo Bowskill and Fewings, will be opening the shows.

The early show begins at 7 p.m., with the late show at 9:30 p.m. Tickets for either show are $15, available at ticketscene.ca

VIDEO: “I’m Gone” – Jimmy Bowskill

VIDEO: Jimmy Bowskill with The Beauts

VIDEO: “Somebody Loves You Darlin'” by Ralph Stanley peformed by Bowskill & Fewings

Last but not least, local musicians Kate Suhr and Melissa Payne will be performing a free children’s concert at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13th at Lansdowne Place Mall (645 Lansdowne St., Peterborough).

VIDEO: “Fourteen” – Kate Suhr

VIDEO: “September Skies” – Melissa Payne

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