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December News….

UP NEXT… Ken, Amoy Levy and David Wall join the gospel and chancel choirs for the annual Christmas Eve candlelight service at Emmanuel Howard Park United Church in Toronto (Dec. 24). This is a beautiful family oriented service. The previous six years it has been standing room only, so arrive early to get a good seat. The service begins at 6:30 p.m.

NEW CD… The Light of Christmas just received a very nice review in the TBS’ Maple Blues Newsletter. Among such nice quotes as “sheer genius” and “you won’t be sitting still”, the review ends with: “The enthusiasm and dedication that Ken and the band bring to these songs will grab you from the opening of “Oh Lord, I Wonder” and keep you long after “Amen” has faded away.”

This recording features a marvelous collection of new Christmas originals that range from the exciting ska sounds of “The Baby Leapt In The Womb” to the heart-tugging “I Can’t Imagine Christmas Without You”. It is a vocal rich recording that in addition to Ken’s soul stirring performances includes singers David Wall, The Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), Hayley Gene Penner and Ken’s niece Jenny Whiteley. In fact the album is brimming with fellow Whiteley’s including brother Chris, son Ben, nephews Dan and Jesse and a cover painting by his father, Ronald Whiteley. Ken first began thinking about making a Christmas album back in the late 1970’s with the Original Sloth Band. “Santa Claus Blues” and “Last Month Of The Year” are from that repertoire. Ken has produced Christmas music by a number of other artists over the years and “There Was A Little Baby” (Raffi) and the Ken Whiteley orginial “Christmasy Kind Of Day” (Fred Penner) are from those endeavors. The heart of the recording are Ken’s new songs. From the socially conscious “Daily Bread” and the title track “The Light Of Christmas” to the compelling gospel of “Hallelujah, A Child Is Born”, they resonate with a rich, inclusive spirituality. Click on the CD cover artwork to purchase the CD from Ken’s online Store.

This recording project is supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank; 10% of all CD sales are going to support their important work in Toronto and across the GTA. A special thank you to Richard Carson, Holmes Hooke and all the wonderful folks at Hugh’s Room, Mina Cicconi and Erica Franklin from The Daily Bread Food Bank, and lastly to our friends and family who celebrated the launch of this CD with us at Hugh’s Room. Pictured with Ken are The Levy Sisters and Erica Franklin from The Daily Bread at the concert. Please join Ken Whiteley’s team and make a tax deductible monetary donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank this holiday season.

BLUES NEWS… Ken has received a nomination for the 2012 Blues With A Feeling Award from the Toronto Blues Society. The Maple Blues Awards are being held on January 21st , 2014. Congratulations to all the talented nominees.

2013 CONCERT NEWS… Interfaith Devotional Singing & Sacred Dance Festival at the Sivananada Ashram Yoga Retreat, Bahamas (Jan. 15-18). Winterfolk pre-view show with Tony Quarrington and Wendell Ferguson at Salvatore’s Trattoria, Port Perry, ON (Jan. 19). The annual Martin Luther King service at the Neighbourhood Unitarian Congregation, Toronto, ON (Jan. 20). The Whiteley Brothers and their sons perform at Winterfolk, Delta Chelsea Hotel, Toronto (Feb. 15). Blues concert with The Levy Sisters and Jesse Whiteley at the Dominion Hotel, Minden, ON (Feb. 16).

RADIO NEWS… Drew Marshall hosts Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show on which Ken has been a guest four times over the past couple of years. Tune in to The Drew Marshall Show for the podcasts of the Nov. 17th and Oct. 20th shows with Ken.

TV NEWS… Along with the Levy Sisters, Ben and Bucky Berger, Ken was on Vision TV’s God’s Greatest Hits, the evening of Dec. 14 doing “Go Tell It On The Mountain” from the new cd.

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The Light of Christmas…

NEW CD… The Light of Christmas just received a very nice review in the TBS’ Maple Blues Newsletter. Among such nice quotes as “sheer genius” and “you won’t be sitting still”, the review ends with: “The enthusiasm and dedication that Ken and the band bring to these songs will grab you from the opening of “Oh Lord, I Wonder” and keep you long after “Amen” has faded away.”

This recording features a marvelous collection of new Christmas originals that range from the exciting ska sounds of “The Baby Leapt In The Womb” to the heart-tugging “I Can’t Imagine Christmas Without You”. It is a vocal rich recording that in addition to Ken’s soul stirring performances includes singers David Wall, The Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), Hayley Gene Penner and Ken’s niece Jenny Whiteley. In fact the album is brimming with fellow Whiteley’s including brother Chris, son Ben, nephews Dan and Jesse and a cover painting by his father, Ronald Whiteley. Ken first began thinking about making a Christmas album back in the late 1970’s with the Original Sloth Band. “Santa Claus Blues” and “Last Month Of The Year” are from that repertoire. Ken has produced Christmas music by a number of other artists over the years and “There Was A Little Baby” (Raffi) and the Ken Whiteley orginial “Christmasy Kind Of Day” (Fred Penner) are from those endeavors. The heart of the recording are Ken’s new songs. From the socially conscious “Daily Bread” and the title track “The Light Of Christmas” to the compelling gospel of “Hallelujah, A Child Is Born”, they resonate with a rich, inclusive spirituality. Click on the CD cover artwork to purchase the CD from Ken’s online Store.

This recording project is supporting the Daily Bread Food Bank; 10% of all CD sales are going to support their important work in Toronto and across the GTA. A special thank you to Richard Carson, Holmes Hooke and all the wonderful folks at Hugh’s Room, Mina Cicconi and Erica Franklin from The Daily Bread Food Bank, and lastly to our friends and family who celebrated the launch of this CD with us at Hugh’s Room. Pictured with Ken are The Levy Sisters and Erica Franklin from The Daily Bread at the concert. Please join Ken Whiteley’s team and make a tax deductible monetary donation to the Daily Bread Food Bank this holiday season.

BLUES NEWS… Ken has received a nomination for the 2012 Blues With A Feeling Award from the Toronto Blues Society. To vote for Ken and the other talented nominees click on Maple Blues Awards.

CONCERT NEWS… Ken accompanies children’s entertainer Marky Weinstock at the Sing Your Heart Out! Save A Child’s Heart! fundraising concert at the Al Greene Theatre in Toronto (Dec. 9). Winterfolk show with Tony Quarrington and Wendell Ferguson at the Toronto Free Times Cafe (Dec. 8), Oakville Moonshine Cafe (Dec. 15) and Port Perry Salvatore’s Trattoria (Jan. 19). Ken accompanies Sam Broverman at the Green Door (Dec. 14) for an evening of holiday favourites. Ken, Amoy Levy and David Wall join the gospel and chancel choirs at Emmanuel Howard Park United Church in Toronto for their annual Christmas Eve candlelight service (Dec. 24).

TV NEWS… Along with the Levy Sisters, Ben and Bucky Berger, Ken will be on Vision TV’s God’s Greatest Hits, the evening of Dec. 14 doing “Go Tell It On The Mountain” from the new cd.

RADIO NEWS… Drew Marshall hosts Canada’s most listened to spiritual talk show on which Ken has been a guest four times over the past couple of years. Tune in to The Drew Marshall Show for the podcasts of the Nov. 17th and Oct. 20th shows with Ken.

GOSPEL CONCERT NEWS… This is the 10th anniversary of Ken’s Sunday matinee gospel music series at Hugh’s Room. The next concert is January 27, 2013 with special guest harmonica virtuoso Mike Stevens. Click on Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright! for more concert series details.

FACEBOOK NEWS… We welcome you to “Like” Ken on Facebook.

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Christmas CD Launch & The Drew Marshall show…

THE NEW CD… We hope to see you this Sunday afternoon (November 25th) when Ken will release his new CD, The Light of Christmas at Hugh’s Room. Joining him for the afternoon will be gospel series favourites The Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), David Wall, Ben Whiteley and BuckyBerger, all of whom performed on the recording. This concert will be in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank; 10% of all CD sales willgo to support their important work in Toronto and across the GTA. You are also welcome to bring non-perishable food items for the donation bin. Ticket and lunch reservations are available from Hugh’s Room.

THE DREW MARSHALL SHOW… Drew Marshall hosts Canada’s most listened to spirital talk show on which Ken has been a guest four times over the past couple of years. Drew’s shows streams live and podcasts for each show are available a week after the air date. Tune in to The Drew Marshall Show for the podcasts of the November 17th and October 20th shows with Ken.

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10th Anniversary Gospel Music Series…

GOSPEL NEWS… This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ken’s Sunday matinee gospel music series at Hugh’s Room. The season kicks off on Sunday, October 28th with Shakura S’Aida, Soul Influence, Lance Anderson and Ben Whiteley. Tickets are on sale now from Hugh’s Room. Click on Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright! for more show details.

IN THE NEWS… This past Sunday, October 20th, Ken was a featured guest on The Drew Marshall Show. If you missed the radio show, you can still hear it by downloading the podcast from Drew’s website.

STUDIO NEWS… Thisweek Ken and his engineer Nik Tjelios are mixing Ken’s new CD, The Light of Christmas. Mark your calendar for the last Sunday in November (25th) when Ken will release this CD at Hugh’s Room. Joining him for the afternoon will be The Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), David Wall, Ben Whiteley and BuckyBerger, all of whom performed on the recording. This concert will be in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank; 10% of all CD sales willgo to support their important work in Toronto and across the GTA. You are also welcome to bring non-perishable food items for the donation bin.

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Goderich & 10th Anniversary Gospel Music Series…

CONCERT NEWS… Two years ago Ken accepted an invitation to do a Riverview House concert at Debbie & Bill’s home in Goderich. That concert is Saturday, October 21st. Evening will begin with an opening set by The Hopefuls.

GOSPEL NEWS… This year marks the 10th anniversary of Ken’s Sunday matinee gospel music series at Hugh’s Room. The season kicks off on Sunday, October 28th with Shakura S’Aida, Soul Influence, Lance Anderson and Ben Whiteley. Tickets are on sale now from Hugh’s Room. Click on Gospel Music Makes Me Feel Alright! for more show details.

STUDIO NEWS… Thisweek Ken and his engineer Nik Tjelios are mixing Ken’s new CD, The Light of Christmas. Mark your calendar for the last Sunday in November (25th) when he’ll release this CD at Hugh’s Room. Joining him for the afternoon will be The Levy Sisters (Amoy & Ciceal), David Wall, Ben Whiteley and Bucky Berger, all of whom performed on the recording. This concert will be in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank; 10% of all CD sales will go to support their important work in Toronto and across the GTA. You are also welcome to bring non-perishable food items for the donation bin.

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Muskoka Place Gallery…

CONCERT NEWS… This Saturday night I’ll be playing at the Company of Good Cheer Coffee House inside the Muskoka Place Gallery in Port Carling (Sept. 29). Show starts at 8pm. $10 admission at the door. Go to Shows for more details.

STUDIO NEWS… Thisweek Chris Whiteley and Colleen Allen drop by to blow their horns on Ken’s new recording… stay tuned for the officialannouncement.

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Herb Stovel, Yoga as it is…

CONCERT NEWS… ThisFriday (Sept. 21) I will be performing with Paul Mills, Joanne Crabtree and Eve Goldberg for an evening dedicated to the late Herb Stovel,a well-respected teacher and noted Canadian Heritage conservation architech who passed away recently. He had a great knowledge of and love for folk music. Thememorial evening will be held at the Arts & Letters Club on Elm Street, Toronto and starts at 7pm. Rounding out the month are shows in Woodbridge (Yoga as it is, Sept. 23) and Port Carling (Muskoka Place Gallery, Sept. 29). Go to Shows for more details.

STUDIO NEWS… Thisweek there will be lots of joyous sounds when The Levy Sisters, David Wall, Jesse Whiteley, Bucky Berger, Ben Whiteley, Ken and engineer Nik Tjelios begin work on Ken’s new recording… stay tuned for the officialannouncement.

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Veggie Food Festival, Prairie Day & Southside Shuffle…

SEPTEMBER CONCERT NEWS… This weekend Ken will be performing at the Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival (Sept. 7) with his son Ben Whiteley, 5th annual Prairie Day at Alderville Black Oak Savanna Ecology Centre (Sept. 8) and the Southside Shuffle Port Credit Blues & Jazz Festival (Sept. 9) with The Levy Sisters and bassist George Koller. Ken returns to Le Zaricot (Sept. 14), his favourite club outside Montreal followed by a sold-out house concert at Penny & David’s in Morin Heights (Sept. 15). Rounding out the month are shows in Woodbridge (Yoga As It Is, Sept. 23) and the Muskokas (Muskoka Place Gallery, Sept. 29). Go to Shows for more details. And there’s more info about Ken’s concert performances featuring The Levy Sisters on his Gospel Music page.

STUDIO NEWS… Nextweek, The Levy Sisters, David Wall, Bucky Berger, Ben Whiteley, Ken & his engineer Nik begin work on a brand new recording… but I’ve said too much already… stay tuned for the official announcement. Last month Ken & Nik recorded some additional harmony vocals with Amoy Levy and Ciceal Levy for Kim and Reggie Harris‘ new CD, entitled “Resurrection Day”. This project was initally delayd due to flooding and damages caused by hurricanesIrene and Lee at Kim and Reggie’s home in New York last Spring. You can read all about their hair raising story and pre-buy “Resurrection Day” to help them out at www.kimandreggieharris.com.

FACEBOOK NEWS… We welcome you to “Like” Ken on Facebook.