Acous­tic as folk

Eight con­certs this month show­case a range of strum styles by Ron John­son

Bayview Post - - Arts -

It’s cold, it’s rainy, it’s dark, and it’s time for some good folk mu­sic to lift the spir­its.

Whether you crave dark and moody blues or ethe­real fin­ger pick­ing, Toronto’s got you cov­ered. The city has sprouted count­less acous­tic heavy-hit­ters, from Yorkville scene tal­ents such as Gor­don Light­foot and Joni Mitchell to the Bare­naked Ladies (crammed into a Much Mu­sic video booth). In keep­ing with tra­di­tion, here are the best folk shows in town this month.

Niall Ho­ran, Nov. 1, Massey Hall

To prove mu­sic wasn’t just a pass­ing fancy, this for­mer One Di­rec­tion pop star has picked up an acous­tic gui­tar and is forg­ing a new mu­si­cal path for him­self and his young fans.

Gor­don Light­foot, Nov. 10, Liv­ing Arts Cen­tre

Look here, what folk mu­sic run­down would be com­plete with­out a nod to the one and only Gor­don Light­foot, who is also cel­e­brat­ing the 50th an­niver­sary of the “Canadian Rail­road Tril­ogy” this year.

Jonathan Rich­man, Nov. 12, Opera House

Once you watch Rich­man play the tune “I was Dancing in the Les­bian Bar,” you will never be the same. Don’t miss the chance to catch this leg­endary per­former.

Yon­der Moun­tain String Band, Nov. 5, Lee’s Palace

Blue­grass mu­sic has a rich his­tory, and a per­for­mance by this Colorado band is a joy to be­hold.

Cather­ine MacLel­lan, Nov. 8, Hugh’s Room

The city al­most lost its long­time west end folk mu­sic club, but the com­mu­nity ral­lied, and good thing, as we have the op­por­tu­nity to watch per­form­ers such as this crit­i­cally ac­claimed folksinger from Prince Ed­ward Is­land.

Ian Sher­wood, Nov. 11, Bur­dock

This Canadian Folk Mu­sic Award win­ner checks into the lovely Bur­dock room for an evening of folk mu­sic show­cas­ing the East Coast per­former’s in­cred­i­ble voice and in­tri­cate gui­tar work.

Ron Hawkins, Nov. 15 to 18, Graf­fiti’s

If some­one were to ask for a unique Toronto ex­pe­ri­ence, one fine sug­ges­tion would be to catch this The Low­est of the Low front­man sing his Toron­to­cen­tric tunes at this charm­ingly dingy Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket bar.

Cold Specks, Nov. 30, Mod Club

When Toronto pow­er­house Ladan Hus­sein first burst onto the scene with her de­but I Pre­dict

a Grace­ful Ex­pul­sion, her raw mu­sic was dubbed doom folk for its won­der­fully dark un­der­tones. Now on her third al­bum, Fool’s

Par­adise, Cold Specks con­tin­ues to push sonic and lyri­cal bound­aries.

Cold Specks re­leased her new al­bum on Sept. 22

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