Artists

William Prince(Manitoba) William Prince
With roots in the realm of country-folk, Winnipeg-based singer-songwriter William Prince garnered global attention for his debut album, Earthly Days. It introduced the songwriter’s poignant philosophy and rich baritone to the world. His breakout song “Breathless,” found audiences worldwide for this remarkable artist. Prince’s influences, from the gospel of his childhood to the pantheon of...
Le Winston Band(Québec) Le Winston Band
You won’t be able to stay in your lawn chair when Montreal’s Le Winston Band takes the stage. Get your dancing shoes on and prepare yourself for a rip-roaring experience as the Winston’s bring their hybrid brand of rollicking Zydeco, French-Canadian roots, rock and Cajun to Mission. Inspired by different music from French-speaking North America,...
Shred Kelly(BC) Shred Kelly
A hit at virtual MFMF 2021, Shred Kelly returns live to the festival stage this year to kick your blood flow up at least a notch or two! The band is a five piece, alternative folk rock band that emerged from Fernie, in the heart of the Canadian Rockies in 2009. They’ve taken their dynamic...
Shakura S’Aida(Ontario) Shakura S’Aida
Brooklyn-born, Swiss-raised and Canadian-based Shakura S’Aida has been thrilling folks with her powerful pipes for years. From her beginnings as world music band Kaleefah’s lead singer, this versatile vocalist and consummate entertainer has blown her audiences away with her scorching vocal style, uncanny ability to deliver powerful original songs and to get deep into the...
Puuluup(Estonia) Puuluup
Puuluup is a duo – Ramo Teder and Marko Veisson. A pinch of surrealism, a dollop of modern folklore – and a talharpa* revival! The old and the new stick together like water and sleet in Puuluup’s oeuvre. Their instruments – talharpas – represent tradition and folklore. The characteristic sound of the instrument is sent...
Amanda Rheaume(Ontario) Amanda Rheaume
“…a voice clear as a bell, reminiscent of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell.” — Lindencult Times, Germany “Someone who truly makes a positive difference with her work and art.” — DittyTV Amanda Rheaume is an award-winning Métis singer-songwriter with a gifted ability to take the personal and make it universal, drawing upon her own experience...
The McDades(Alberta/Québec) The McDades
Punching through the walls of tradition, the McDades’ Celtic-rooted music fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation with infectious global rhythms to create a one-of-a-kind sound and an irresistible groove. Their cutting-edge sound is the perfect complement to the fiery performances for which they’re renowned. At the heart of the group are siblings Shannon, Solon, and...
Clerel(Cameroon, QC) Clerel
A natural-born vocalist, soul singer and songwriter, Clerel nurtured his taste for melody in his coastal hometown of Douala, Cameroon, where he grew up listening to music from his parent’s record collection. The songs he heard ranged from church hymns and Afrobeat to French chanson. As a child, he developed a habit of singing his...
Golosa La Orquesta(Chile) Golosa La Orquesta
Milonga, Chachachá, Bolero, Waltz, Tango, Swing, Festejo! Santiago’s Golosa Le Orquesta (‘golosa’ translates as ‘sweet tooth’) delivers an explosive mix of Latin American rhythms interpreted with the power of rock, the freedom of swing and gypsy jazz, and the diversity of world music. Influenced by leading figures such as hot jazz guitarist Panchito Cabrera, as...
Quote The Raven(Newfoundland) Quote The Raven
Newfoundland’s Quote the Raven marries smooth harmonies with an, at times, haunting aesthetic that both bewitches and allures the duo’s listeners. They draw influence from the likes of Joy Williams (Civil Wars), Brandi Carlile, and The Milk Carton Kids. The pair entertains audiences with their quick wit, offering quirky glimpses into the daily life of...
Kanatal(Taiwan) Kanatal
The name Kanatal means ‘island’ in the Amis language, and refers to the island of Taiwan – home to this small band of musical innovators. In Taiwan, different ethnic groups have come to live together and, at the same time, connect with the world through the ocean. And like their island home, these four talented...
Aysanabee(Ontario) Aysanabee
“Pure heart and soul run deep with his message and beat.” A singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer, Aysanabee’s music has been variously described as introspective folk, indie-pop-rock, and R&B – but the deep soul in his voice comes through in whatever song he sings. His music tells the story of his life, his lived experience and...
Ronnie Dean Harris(BC) Ronnie Dean Harris
Introducing our 2022 Artist-in-Residence! Ostwelve, aka Ronnie Dean Harris, is a Stō:lo/St’át’imc/Nlaka’pamux multimedia artist, performing Indigenous hip hop out of the Coast Salish Territory, based in New Westminster. starting in his teens, he has toured the globe showcasing his original music. With a major focus on hiphop since the beginning, Ostwelve’s style can shift and...
Crescent Sky(BC) Crescent Sky
“With a combination of pure acoustic string power, sharp dynamics, and prominent vocal harmony, The Crescent Sky builds a rich tapestry of folk-tinged melody and energy, combined with a sense of youthful optimism.” –CHILLFILTR The Crescent Sky is a BC-based four person indie-folk band that creates music with rich soaring vocal harmonies and dynamic instrumentation....
Graham Lindsey(Ontario) Graham Lindsey
Graham brings a deep respect to the traditions that inform his inventive Celtic tunes. His energetic playing of mandolin, tenor banjo, guitar and more attract audiences who appreciate a great tune well played. His tunes are catchy – the kind that stick enjoyably in your ears for days. His debut album TradHead (2019) was nominated...
Good Medicine Songs / Éy St’elmexw St’elt’ílém(BC) Good Medicine Songs / Éy St’elmexw St’elt’ílém
In the fall of 2018, a team of creative people came together under a partnership between Skwah First Nation and the Artist Response Team (ART) to create school curriculum merging the importance of environmental awareness with Stó:lō language, songs and stories. The team consisted of Dr. Síyamiyatelíyót (Elizabeth Phillips), the last remaining fluent speaker of...
Robert Sarazin Blake(Washington State) Robert Sarazin Blake
Robert Sarazin Blake is one of Bellingham’s finest songwriters and performers, and an all-round interesting guy with insightful things to say. In 1997, he dropped out of college and hit the road. The folk music of his father’s house combined with the DIY punk ethos of the day and produced his first album, Another Irrelevant...
Lonesome Town Painters(BC) Lonesome Town Painters
The Lonesome Town Painters are a hard-driving traditional bluegrass quartet hailing from East Vancouver. These fellas have a look, style and sound that harkens back to the raw and ragged edge of the genre. In the seven years since they met at a late-night jam session, they’ve established themselves as one of the top bluegrass...
Strongbow & Wry(BC) Strongbow & Wry
Come join the jammers at a Blackberry Jam hosted by Strongbow and Wry. Are you keen to get back into the sheer joy of playing together live with fellow musicians who love folk music in its many forms, styles and variations? Then, stop by a Blackberry Jam over festival weekend (check the festival schedule when...