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TODAY! Sunday Folk Gospel matinee…

Hard to believe that today I embark on my 14th year of Hugh’s RoomSunday Gospel Matinees! It would be so great if you could join us for the fabulous lineup of musicians I’ve got coming this afternoon. It will definitely be the most “banjo friendly” of any of these shows with Grammy Winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and 2016 CFMA nominees Kathy Reid Naiman and Arnie Naiman. The always delightful Cheryl Prashker (Celtic Roots band RUNA) will be sitting in too. I’ve played with her many times, she recorded on the Kim & Reggie Harris album “Resurrection Day” that I produced and I can’t think of a more banjo friendly percussionist to have join us! Rounding out the lineup, the great string bass player, Alastair Whitehead (Slocan Ramblers, Ken Whiteley, etc.) will be holding down the bottom end. I’ll have to see which banjo(s?) I choose to bring. Music from 2pm to 4pm. Lunch served from 1pm. Tickets at the door or contact Hugh’s Room. For more gospel series info click on Ken’s Gospel page.

I will be joining a group of concerned musical friends at a fundraising event to support the work of Partera on Nov.15th at Hugh’s Room. I hope to see you there!

Coming Soon! Digital downloads of the 3 classic Original Sloth Band albums – 1978, Whoopee After Midnight, Hustlin’ & Bustlin’. Email ken@kenwhiteley.com to be notified when they are available.

NEW CD: “In Freedom Blues Canadianroots 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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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.

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This Sunday! Folk Gospel Matinee…

Hard to believe that this Sunday will begin the 14th year of Hugh’s Room Sunday Gospel Matinees! It would be so great if you could join us for the fabulous lineup of musicians I’ve got coming on Oct. 30 (details at the bottom). It will definitely be the most “banjo friendly” of any of these shows with Grammy Winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer and 2016 CFMA nominees Kathy Reid Naiman and Arnie Naiman. The always delightful Cheryl Prashker (Celtic Roots band RUNA) will be sitting in too. I’ve played with her many times, she recorded on the Kim & Reggie Harris album “Resurrection Day” that I produced and I can’t think of a more banjo friendly percussionist to have join us! Rounding out the lineup, the great string bass player, Alastair Whitehead (Slocan Ramblers, Ken Whiteley, etc.) will be holding down the bottom end. I’ll have to see which banjo(s?) I choose to bring. Music from 2pm to 4pm. Lunch served from 1pm. Contact Hugh’s Room. For more gospel series info click on Ken’s Gospel page.

I will be joining a group of concerned musical friends at a fundraising event to support the work of Partera on Nov.15th at Hugh’s Room. I hope to see you there!

Coming Soon! Digital downloads of the 3 classic Original Sloth Band albums – 1978, Whoopee After Midnight, Hustlin’ & Bustlin’. Email ken@kenwhiteley.com to be notified when they are available.

NEW CD: “In Freedom Blues Canadianroots 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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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.

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Sunday Gospel Matinee…

Ken’s Sunday Gospel Matinee series at Hugh’s Room kicks off on Sunday, October 30th with 2 time Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, 2016 CFMA nominees Kathy Reid-Naiman and Arnie Naiman (aka Ragged But Right) and bassist Alastair Whitehead (Slocan Ramblers). Save the date and reserved your spot now from Hugh’s Room. For more info click on the Shows tab.

There will be a fundraising event to support the work of Partera on Nov. 15th at Hugh’s Room. Ken joins a group of concerned musical friends in “Playing For Peace”.

Coming Soon! Digital downloads of the 3 classic Original Sloth Band albums – 1978, Whoopee After Midnight, Hustlin’ & Bustlin’. Email ken@kenwhiteley.com to be notified when they are available.

NEW CD: “In Freedom Blues Canadianroots 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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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.

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Tom Thomson & Sunday Gospel Matinee…

Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16! The Woods are Burning: a celebration of Tom Thomson’s life, passion, work and letters by Toronto Poet Laureate Anne Michaels and musician David Sereda with Ken Whiteley, Sandra Swannell, Tyler Wagler, Keira McArthur at the Toronto Evergreen Brick Works, starting at 4pm. These unique free performances will begin outside before dusk and move inside as night comes on.

Ken’s Sunday Gospel Matinee series at Hugh’s Room kicks off on Sunday, October 30th with 2 time Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, 2016 CFMA nominees Kathy Reid-Naiman and Arnie Naiman (aka Ragged But Right) and bassist Alastair Whitehead (Slocan Ramblers). Save the date and reserved your spot now from Hugh’s Room. For more info click on the Shows tab.

Coming Soon! Digital downloads of the 3 classic Original Sloth Band albums. Email ken@kenwhiteley.com to be notified when they are available.

NEW CD: “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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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.

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The Original Sloth Band reunion…

TONIGHT! The Original Sloth Band reunite on Sept. 30th at Hugh’s Room with Ken (guitar, mandolin, piano, accordion, washboard, jug, vocals) and Chris Whiteley (trumpet, harmonica, guitar, vocals) along with long time drummer Bucky Berger (Fathead). The show will also feature Drew Jurecka on fiddle, clarinet and sax and Ben Whiteley on bass with special guests The Honolulu Heartbreakers. They’ll pay tribute to their friend Tom Evans and take you on a musical journey that will be quite a ride. Standing Room Only tickets tonight at the door.

Coming Soon! Digital downloads of the 3 classic Original Sloth Band albums. Email ken@kenwhiteley.com to be notified when they are available.

Ken’s Sunday Gospel Matinee series at Hugh’s Room kicks off on Sunday, October 30th with 2 time Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer, 2016 CFMA nominees Kathy Reid-Naiman and Arnie Naiman (aka Ragged But Right) and bassist Alastair Whitehead (Slocan Ramblers). Save the date and reserved your spot now from Hugh’s Room. For more info click on the Shows tab.

NEW CD: “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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube videos “Bring It All Right Down” and “Give Your Hands To Struggle” from theFreedom 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.

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The Original Sloth Band reunion…

The Original Sloth Band reunite on Sept. 30th at Hugh’s Room. For this show, Ken (guitar, mandolin, piano, accordion, washboard, jug, vocals) and Chris Whiteley (trumpet, harmonica, guitar, vocals) along with long time drummer Bucky Berger (Fathead) are putting together a very special night. The show will also feature Drew Jurecka on fiddle, clarinet and sax and Ben Whiteley on bass with special guests The Honolulu Heartbreakers. They’ll pay tribute to their friend Tom Evans and take you on a musical journey that will be quite a ride. Tickets on sale now from from Hugh’s Room.

Ken’s Sunday Gospel Matinee series at Hugh’s Room kicks off on October 30th with 2 time Grammy Award winners Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer. Save the date and reserved your spot now from Hugh’s Room. For more info click on the Shows tab.

NEW CD: “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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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 Funasaka for 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.

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Southside Shuffle Concert…

Today at the Southside Shuffle Festival! Sunday, Sept. 11th at 2pm Ken Whiteley & his Freedom Blues band heat things up on the Heath & Sherwood Stage 4. Then a blast from the past as The Original Sloth Band reunite on Sept. 30th at Hugh’s Room. For this show, Chris Whiteley (trumpet, harmonica, guitar, vocals) and Ken (guitar, mandolin, piano, accordion, washboard, jug, vocals), along with long time drummer Bucky Berger (Fathead) are putting together a very special night. The show will also feature Chris’ son Daniel Whiteley onguitar, vocals and mandolin, Drew Jurecka on fiddle, clarinet and sax and Ben Whiteley on bass. They’ll pay tribute to their friend Tom Evans and take you on a musical journey that will be quite a ride. Ken’s Sunday Gospel Matinee series at Hugh’s Room kicks off on October 30th. Save the dates and reserved your spot now from Hugh’s Room. For more info click on the Shows tab.

“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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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 Funasaka for 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.

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Southside Shuffle guitar workshop…

Today at the Southside Shuffle Festival!Saturday, Sept. 10th at 1pm Ken, Teddy Leonard and Joel Johnson are offering a free guitar workshop on the Investors Group First Nations Acoustic Stage 1. Check it out. Then on Sunday, Sept. 11th at 2pm Ken Whiteley & his Freedom Blues band heat things up on the Heath & Sherwood Stage 4. For festival concert ticket info click on the Shows tab.

“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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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 Funasaka for 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 and we’ll see you at the Southside Shuffle Festival on Sept. 11th.

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Southside Shuffle Festival…

Ken Whiteley & his Freedom Blues band are looking forward to the Southside Shuffle Festival on Sunday, September 11 at 2pm on Stage 4. Ken will also be doing a free guitar workshop with Teddy Leonard and Joel Johnson on Saturday at 1pm on the Investors Group First Nations Stage 1. For more info click on the Shows tab.

“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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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 Funasaka for 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 and we’ll see you at the Southside Shuffle Festival on Sept. 11th.

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Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch & Southside Shuffle..

Ken will be spending the holiday weekend in the beautiful Catskill Mountains enjoying the practices of yoga and sacred music at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch from September 2 to 4. Over the weekend he’ll be offering a gospel concert. Ken & his Freedom Blues band are looking forward to the Southside Shuffle Festival on Sunday, September 11 at 2pm. Ken will also be doing a guitar workshop on the Saturday at 1pm. For more info click on the Shows tab.

NEW CD: “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 winning music professor, Rob Bowman

We hope you enjoy the first two YouTube 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 Funasaka for 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.