“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’s 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 16 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 160 recording projects, Ken’s productions have garnered 10 Canadian Gold and Platinum records, 4 American Gold records, 24 Juno and 2 Grammy nominations, and sold over 8 million copies.

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Fall is on the way – gigs & new video

Fall is on the way and I have a new video and some great gigs I’m looking forward to.

On Sept. 30 I will be in concert at the Brampton Folk Club (Sanderson Hall at St. Paul’s United Church, 30 Main St. S. in Brampton).  Joining me will be The Beulah Band: Rob McLaren – banjo, guitar, vocals, Gord Mowat – string bass and Ciceal Levy – percussion, vocals.  My longtime singing friend, Ciceal made her first appearance with the Beulah Band this summer at the Northern Lights Festival Boreal in Sudbury and was awesome.  7:30 showtime with an opening act and we’ll play two full sets.

Ken Whiteley & The Beulah Band at the Northern Lights Festival in Sudbury, Summer 2022
Ciceal Levy, Ken, Rosalyn Dennett, Gord Mowat

I will also be accompanying David Sereda and author Anne Michaels at Harbourfront’s outdoor Concert Stage as part of the Toronto International Festival of Authors.  The concert is September 24, 8 p.m.  The show draws on the iconic songwriting and poetry of Toronto in the 1960’s and 70’s.

I will be performing at the Folk Music Ontario conference in London, Ontario which runs from October 13 – 16.  Also, at a time still being determined I’ll be part of the record release for Hannah Shira Naiman’s new cd, “Wheels Won’t Go”.  I had the great pleasure of producing the recording and it will be so fun to play it live.

My album Calm In The Eye Of The Storm came out just as the pandemic lockdown was beginning. Check out the brand new video for the song “Saluting The Sun” from that recording. Saluting the sun is a reference to the sun salutations or surya namaskar which has been part of my daily yoga practice for 30 years. It celebrates connecting with the light “even masked by the grey” and keeping going even when it is hard. As we begin the journey into the darker, colder months may this song be a reminder to persevere.

“Saluting The Sun” will be this month’s free song download. I will resume putting up songs from my new album Long Time Travelling soon.

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