"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.
Maple Blues Summit & more...
Ken and his Freedom Blues band will be showcasing at the Toronto Maple Blues Summit on Sunday, January 22 at 8pm at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Only $15 at the door for this night only or $30 for the weekend pass.
“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 winnning musicologist, Rob Bowman
“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 winnning musicologist, Rob Bowman
We're excited to put this video "Ken Whiteley on Freedom Blues" out here right now. What better time to start a discussion on "freedom". Ken describes the philosophy and some of the process behind the creation of his recording, "Freedom Blues" and lots of live clips give you a musical taste. This is uplifting blues for anyone who wants to dig a little deeper. We hope you also enjoy the first two music 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.
***THE SUNDAY GOSPEL SERIES SHOWS AT HUGH's ROOM ARE ON HOLD pending notification from the venue so please check with Hugh's Room for updates.***
The Sunday's Gospel Matinee on January 29 at Hugh's Room will feature Juno & CFMA nominated The Marigolds (Caitlin Hanford, Gwen Swick, Suzie Vinnick), American folk singer songwriter Joe Jencks (of Brother Sun) and bassist Ben Whiteley. For more gospel series info visit Ken's gospel music page.