"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 has 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...
My Toronto Sunday Gospel matinee concert series continues with the next show on Nov. 29th. Have you ever wished you could participate in a gospel performance where the rhythm is rocking, the organ is wailing and the singing is full of soulfulness and sincerity? That’s what you’ll get on Sunday, Nov. 29, 2:00 p.m. at Hugh’s Room. George Olliver and Jeremiah Sparks will join me, Ken Whiteley, in leading the singing with the superb support of Lance Anderson on Hammond organ, Bucky Berger on drums and Ben Whiteley on bass. Contact Hugh's Room to make reservations and purchase tickets.
I'm looking forward to sharing some songs and a few stories with my friend and one of my biggest supporters Drew Marshall, this Saturday, Nov. 28th. Drew hosts Canada's most listened to spiritual talk show which can be heard live online from 1pm to 5pm at drewmarshall.ca.
The month of December promises to be filled with musical offerings. My December shows include: Blues matinee with the Mighty Duck Blues Band @ Golden Pheasant Tavern, St. Catharines (Dec. 5), Celebrate the Season Concert with Kim Doolittle @ Port Hope United Church (Dec. 12) , Neighbourhood Christmas Concert Fundraiser @ St. Anne's Anglican Church, Toronto (Dec. 20), Carols by Candlelight @ Emmanuel Howard Park United Church, Toronto (Dec. 24). Check Shows for more information.
Why not give the gift of Music and more. 10% of all CD proceeds from my CFMA nominated The Light of Christmas recording are going to support The Daily Bread Food Bank in Toronto and the greater Toronto area. This CD or download is only available from my website Store. If you'd prefer to not order online, please email shari (at) kenwhiteley (dot) ca or call (416) 533-9988 to make other arrangements.
My Toronto Sunday Gospel matinee concert series continues into the new year. I'm happy to announce that the January 31 show will feature vocalists John Mays (Fathead), Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley. Contact Hugh's Room to make reservations and purchase tickets.
Check out some brand new music from my latest recording with The Beulah Band on my soundcloud channeland two of the music videos below. Also, I hope you enjoy "Old Wind Blow" from an earlier concert performance which features my brother Chris on trumpet.