"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.
ON STAGE.. Ken is delighted to be performing for the children and families of the The Cramahe Township Public Library on July 29th at 11:30 a.m. For our friends in in southwestern Ontario, Ken and bassist George Koller will be playing at the inagural Kingsville Folk Music Festival on August 9 & 10. Ken and Kim and Reggie Harris have concerts scheduled on October 17 at the Carroll Cafe (Washington, DC) and October 18 at Old Songs (Voorheesville, NY). Then on October 19, Ken will host the first gospel brunch at the 13th Annual Canal Bank Shuffle Blues Festival (Thorold, ON). Kim and Reggie will be Ken's special guests for the gospel brunch which is being held at the Four Points Sheraton. Check back for more listings over the coming weeks.
IN THE STUDIO... Ken is currently recording his newest songs with his co-producer/son Ben Whiteley. Pictured here in the recording studio are Ben, Rosalyn Dennett, Frank Evans and Ken with their small instruments.
GOSPEL MUSIC MAKES ME FEEL ALRIGHT... Ken's 13th annual gospel series at Hugh's Room in Toronto kicks off on October 26 and November 30, January 25, February 22, March 29. Be sure to mark these dates down on your calendar. The amazing musical lineup will be announced in Sept. If you're super eager, Hugh's Room has ticket package promotions available now. For more really great music go to Ken's Gospel page.