- Utah Phillips Award, Local 1000 2015
- Best Traditional Singer, Canadian Folk Music Award nomination 2013
- Canadian Gemini Award nomination, Best Original Music for a Non-fiction Program or Series for “Love Letters “ 2010
- Canadian Genie Award, Best Original Song in a Motion Picture for “Tell Me” 2004
- Composed music for films and televison, including “Falling Angels” (Ten Best Canadian Films of 2003 winner), and Judaism: Quest for Meaning (12 part series).
- Canadian Hall of Fame Award, Mariposa Folk Festival 2008
- Estelle Klein Lifetime Achievement Award, Ontario Folk Festivals 2005
- 7 Canadian Juno Award nominations for his own recordings in Blues, Roots & Traditional and Children’s categories
- Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, Solo Artist of the Year 2008
- 20 Canadian Maple Blues Award nominations from 1997 to present
- Canadian Maple Blues nomination, Blues With A Feeling for “One World Dance” 2008
- 2 OCFF Songs from the Heart Awards,
Best Blues song 2007 for "Everybody has the Blues" from "One World Dance"
Best Children’s song 2005 for "Leaves"
- Numerous awards for his children's recordings:
- Canadian Folk Music Award for Best Children’s Recording for "Join The Band" 2006
- Children’s Music Web Award for "Join The Band" 2006
- Parent’s Choice Award for "Join The Band" 2006
- Canadian Juno Award nomination, Best Children’s Recording for "Join The Band" 2007
- Canadian Juno Award nomination, Best Children's Album for "Musical Mystery Machines" 1998
- Canadian Juno Award nomination, Best Children's Album for Chris & Ken Whiteley's "Lots More Junior Jug Band" 1986
- Canadian Juno Award nomination, Best Blues/Gospel Album for The Whiteley Brothers' "Sixteen Shades of Blue" 1996
- Canadian Juno Award nomination, Best Blues/Gospel Album for The Whiteley Brothers' "Bluesology" 1993
- Canadian Juno Award nomination, Best Roots & Traditional Album for Scarlett, Washington & Whiteley's "Where Old Friends Meet" 1992
- Jazz Report Blues Album of the Year for “Bluesology” 1992
- Over 150 recording projects as a record producer, which have earned Ken...
2 American Grammy Award nominations
22 Canadian Juno Award nominations
4 American Gold Records for work with Raffi and Klutz Press
10 Canadian Gold and Platinum Records with Fred Penner, Raffi and Ken’s own Junior Jug Band
Over 8 million copies combined sales
- Master guitarist and mandolinist, and accomplished on 20 different instruments.
- For a list of Ken's own albums, please see his discography.