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My 1st live stream concert…

People are invited to make donations to the musician (me) and you’ll be able to do that right here from my website Store or www.paypal.me/kenwhiteley.

I’m ready and excited for my first live stream concert right here from the basement at Roxton Road!  It will broadcast live at www.facebook.com/homeroutes on April 2, this Thursday, 9 p.m. EDT.  I’ll be singing songs from my new album, Calm In The Eye Of The Storm as well as whatever strikes my fancy from the hundreds of songs I know.  I was supposed to be performing in Owen Sound this coming weekend and getting ready for a couple of weeks of shows in Alberta and B.C. through Home Routes/Chemin Chez Nous.  It won’t take the place of actually sitting with a room full of people and singing together but in these unusual times I’m thrilled to be singing for people. The show will also be archived on YouTube later.  Let me know if you can join us or have any requests by email.

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Home Routes National On-line Folk Festival…

Home Routes has created a brand new on-line festival which will feature artist like yours truly who were previously scheduled to tour rural and urban areas across Canada over the coming months. My show will be Thursday, April 2nd, on the Home Routes’ facebook page at 8pm CST, and will run for roughly 30 minutes.   If you can’t join me for the live stream, Home Routes will post the concert on their youtube channel.

Sadly the annual Easter Family Weekend Festival at the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre in Val Morin has been cancelled. Also the screening of Liz Marshall’s Midian Farm documentary and benefit concert with yours truly on April 5th at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound has been postponed until further notice.

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Gospel Finale & Midian Farm screening…

It’s with a heavy heart (but not total surprise) that Hugh’s Room Live has cancelled all their remaining shows, including the gospel matinee. We hope to reschedule at the new Hugh’s Room Live venue. The screening of Liz Marshall’s Midian Farm documentary on April 5th at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound has also been cancelled! We’ll let you know when we have the rescheduled date.

Back by popular demand! Sacred Steel guitarist Nikki D Brown and the Sisters of Thunder will join me at my Sunday Gospel Finale on March 22nd at Hugh’s Room Live on Dundas St. Sacred steel is one of the most exciting forms of music today and Nikki D. Brown and her sisters are some of the most amazing proponents of the style. I first met Nikki through Toronto’s jazz luminary, Jane Bunnett. After that encounter I invited Nikki and her sisters to join me on my Sunday Gospel series last year and they sang and Nikki played on my brand new album Calm In The Eye Of The Storm.  You’ll have to hear them tearing it up on Moving Up The King’s Highway! That was so much fun that I took them to with me to the inaugural Freedom Fest in Perth last summer.  I’m delighted to have Nikki and her sister Gloria Brown (lead guitar) and cousin Tomika Webb (bass guitar) back for this final show as we explore a unique afternoon of original and traditional gospel and blues.

Moving Up The King’s Highway with Nikki D. Brown, Gloria Brown, Tomika Webb, Bucky Berger, Ben Whiteley
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Brian Blain’s Blues Campfire & Sunday Gospel Finale…

Every second Saturday of the month, the stately Home Smith Bar is transformed into a back-porch blues jam by host Brian Blain. Saturday, March 14th I’ll be jamming with Brian and Julian Fauth.

Back by popular demand! Sacred Steel guitarist Nikki D Brown and the Sisters of Thunder will join me at my Sunday Gospel Finale on March 22nd at Hugh’s Room Live on Dundas St. Sacred steel is one of the most exciting forms of music today and Nikki D. Brown and her sisters are some of the most amazing proponents of the style. I first met Nikki through Toronto’s jazz luminary, Jane Bunnett. After that encounter I invited Nikki and her sisters to join me on my Sunday Gospel series last year and they sang and Nikki played on my brand new album Calm In The Eye Of The Storm.  You’ll have to hear them tearing it up on Moving Up The King’s Highway! That was so much fun that I took them to with me to the inaugural Freedom Fest in Perth last summer.  I’m delighted to have Nikki and her sister Gloria Brown (lead guitar) and cousin Tomika Webb (bass guitar) back for this final show as we explore a unique afternoon of original and traditional gospel and blues.

Moving Up The King’s Highway with Nikki D. Brown, Gloria Brown, Tomika Webb, Bucky Berger, Ben Whiteley

There will be a screening of Liz Marshall’s Midian Farm documentary on April 5th at Heartwood Hall in Owen Sound. It’ll be great to see some of my ol’ friends from the Midian Farm days and I’ll get to share a few songs with everyone too.

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Njacko’s CD release concert…


This past year I produced Njacko Backo‘s 12th album entitled A Tous les Enfants de la Terre. This fabulous recording showcases the sweet sounds of kalimba (African thumb piano) and ngoni (African harp) in unique configurations you won’t hear anywhere else. I hope you’ll join us for the album release this Saturday, Feb. 29 at the Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw Street, Studio 101. Tickets are $25 including the CD online at http://bit.ly/NjackoCDLaunch  and in person from African Drums & Art Crafts in Kensington Market. Doors at 7:30pm. Concert starts at 8pm.

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Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival

This weekend! I’ll be performing at  The Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival in Toronto. Blues & Bluegrass Concert  Friday, Feb. 21st from 8pm to 10pm.  A Celebration of Lives Concert: Remembering Mose Scarlet, Pete Otis, Joe Hall, Justin Haynes  Saturday, Feb. 22 from 5pm to 7pm.  

Back by popular demand the Sacred Steel guitarist Nikki D Brown and the Sisters of Thunder will join me at the next Sunday Gospel Matinee at Hugh’s Room Live (March 22). Check my Calendar for more details.

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FAI in New Orleans…

This week I’m looking forward to catching up with Roots music industry folks at the 32nd annual Folk Alliance International conference in New Orleans.

I’ll be offering a sneak peak ‘n listen of my soon to be released recording, Calm In The Eye of The Storm. This project looks at the personal, political and spiritual dimensions of finding peace in these turbulent times.

My official showcase is Saturday at 4:30pm in Maurepas 3rd Floor.  Joining me on stage will be fiddler extraordinaire Rosalyn Dennett and the stellar guitarist/banjoist Rob McLaren. There are also 3 private showcase opportunities for you to catch me unplugged & up close.  

Then in February I’ll be performing at The Interfaith Devotional Singing Festival On The Wings of Ecstasy in the Bahamas (Feb 10-14) followed by The Winterfolk Blues & Roots Festival in Toronto (Feb 21-22).  

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Join us this Sunday afternoon…

The 19th anniversary of Ken Whiteley’s Sunday Gospel Matinee @ Hugh’s Room Live on January 19th will be special indeed.  With Juno award winning vocalist and founder of the Faith Chorale Sharon Riley, award winning Americana-Bluegrass musician Claire Lynch, FMO Songs from the Heart winner Gathering Sparks and bassist extraordinaire Gord Mowat, the first show of 2020 will bring together an incredible afternoon of music.

Sharon Riley is truly one of Canada’s pre-eminent African Canadian gospel singers and long time leader and soloist with the Faith Chorale.  She has an incredibly rich and powerful voice that comes from a very deep place. With Faith Chorale Sharon has won 2 Juno awards, appeared in feature films, television shows and stage musicals. 

Claire Lynch is a pioneer who continually pushes the boundaries of the bluegrass genre. She’s been decorated with 3 GRAMMY nominations, 7 International Bluegrass Music Association awards and the prestigious United States Artists Walker Fellowship. “One of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today.”—Dolly Parton 

Gathering Sparks is the graceful collision of Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis. They blend tight harmonies, write finely crafted songs, and share a love of participatory singing to create an intimate and uplifting experience. Their inclusive approach embraces folk, pop, blues and gospel influences tastefully played on acoustic guitar, piano, accordion, and ukulele.

Gord Mowat plays string bassist with Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band among many others. Gord’s own band Skeleton Crew plays his original compositions for 3 horns, bass, and drums.  Gord has the technique of a great jazzer and the feel of a solid roots player with a composer’s sense of harmonic interplay. 

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The Light of Christmas & the Candlelight Service in Roncy Village

Here in Toronto, once again I’ll be with Amoy Levy and David Wall at the Roncesvalles United Church for the Christmas Eve service. Arrive early to get a seat as the Church is always full for this beautiful candlelight service.

Give the gift of music.  The Light of Christmas CD & mp3s are only available from my Store.  The World of Jackie Washington CD/DVD is available from my Store and also from Borealis Records.

Meanwhile I’ve been putting the finishing touches on a new recording of my own to be called Calm In The Eye of the Storm. That will be released in the new year, and I’ll be doing shows at Hugh’s Room, New Orleans and the Interfaith Festival of Devotional Singing in the Bahamas. Check my calendar for more details.