"Masterful and amazing!" Tampa Acoustic Music Exchange
Ken Whiteley is a Canadian roots music legend. His musical journey has taken him from jug band, folk and swing to blues, gospel and children's music. Among numerous accolades, he's been awarded a Canadian Folk Music Award, Genie Award for Best Original Song in a Canadian film, Lifetime Achievement recognition from Folk Music Ontario (Ontario Council of Folk Festivals) and Mariposa Folk Festival. He has also been nominated for 7 Juno awards and 14 Maple Blues Awards. Ken’s live performances showcase his outstanding musicianship on guitars and mandolin, award winning original songs and his powerful vocals, called "...a cross between Pete Seeger and Tony Bennett on 11!" Whether leading his own group, solo or collaborating with peers at blues, folk, children’s festivals and concerts of all sizes, his “...deep knowledge and infectious passion” guarantee good times for all. As a producer of over 125 recording projects, Ken’s productions have garnered 10 Canadian Gold and Platinum records, 4 American Gold records, 22 Juno and 2 Grammy nominations, and sold over 8 million copies.
Sunday Gospel Matinee...
Ken's Sunday Gospel Matinee series at Hugh's Room kicks off on Sunday, October 30th with 2 time Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, 2016 CFMA nominees Kathy Reid-Naiman and Arnie Naiman (aka Ragged But Right) and bassist Alastair Whitehead (Slocan Ramblers). Save the date and reserved your spot now from Hugh's Room. For more info click on the Shows tab.
There will be a fundraising event to support the work of Partera on Nov. 15th at Hugh's Room. Ken joins a group of concerned musical friends in "Playing For Peace".
Coming Soon! Digital downloads of the 3 classic Original Sloth Band
albums - 1978, Whoopee After Midnight, Hustlin' & Bustlin'. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when they are
NEW CD: “In Freedom Blues Canadian
roots music icon Ken Whiteley has crafted a timeless set of songs that
address both contemporary and historical struggles for the freedom
endemic to a healthy, progressive society. Deftly drawing on a wide
range of musical sources including blues, gospel and, for lack of a
better word, folk, Freedom Blues is a landmark album in Whiteley's
career and Canadian roots music in general.”
~ Grammy Award winning music professor, Rob Bowman
We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube videos "Bring It All Right Down" and "Give Your Hands To Struggle" from the Freedom Blues CD release concert in Toronto. Thanks to Riddle Films and specifically Liam Romalis and Mako Funasakafor the video production and all the incredible musicians including Amoy Levy, Ciceal Levy, Bucky Berger, Ewan Divitt, Richard Underhill, Perry White, Alastair Whitehead and Denis Keldie. Tell your friends to check this out.