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