Friday, February 27, 2015


Friday, February 27, 2015
St. Vlad's Theatre, 620 Spadina Ave (just south of Harbord)
6:30 family friendly folk dance workshop
7:30 intro to balfolk dance workshop (for adults / older kids)
8:00-midnight bal with live music!

Tickets $10 adv / $12 door / $5 kids under 15


Sunday, February 8, 2015

2015 update!

Well its been a life on the road - a few weeks at home in Toronto in the fall after the Shoeless CD release, shows in Montreal with Lemon Bucket, in Brampton with Eh?!, then on the road again in Germany with Té ... and kicking 2015 off touring with a francophone tv show for the channel UNIS, with me in the house band for a kids' talent show airing in April 2015! (pictured below).

What's up next? Some home time in Toronto with Shoeless shows at the Tranzac ( April 2, 9, 16) more to follow ... à bientot mes amis!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

THE SHOELESS cd release tour october 2014!

Fall is approaching, and The Shoeless (Frank Evans - banjo, Eli Bender - cello, Emilyn Stam - fiddle) will soon be reunited after a summer of touring with other bands.

Our big news for the Fall:
WE ARE RELEASING OUR 1st CD in October! 

OCTOBER 5TH is the big date in Toronto, at the lovely Tranzac Main Hall.

Other CD Release Shows include:
Thursday Oct 2: Montreal House Concert
Friday Oct 3: The Sleepless Goat Cafe, Kingston
Saturday Oct 4: Ottawa House Concert

Back when summer was a distant hope, we recorded a lovely spring time video with Trent Freeman!

Amarelo's Box from trentfreeman on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Europe Tour with Te! May-June 2014

Im very excited to be in Europe with Te, playing for Balls and Concerts across parts of Eastern and Western Europe...

*saturday 24.05.14 with Tadderak, Gipsy Festival, Tilburg, Netherlands 
*sunday 25.05.14 with Te, Accordeon Dag, Concertzaal Tilburg, Netherlands
*thursday 29.05.14 with Te, Leipzig Tanshaus Festival, Leipzig, Germany
*friday 30.05.14 with Te, Lepzig Tanshaus Festival, Leipzig, Germany
*sunday 01.06.14 with Te, Leipzig Tanshaus Festival, Leipzig, Germany
*tuesday 03.06.14 with Te, Prague Balfolk, Czech Republic
*friday 06.06.14 with Te, Berlin Balfolk, Germany
*saturday 07.06.14 with Te, Warsaw Balfolk, Poland
*sunday 08.06.14 with Te, Poznan Balfolk, Poland
*friday 13.06.14 with Te, Koln Balfolk, Germany
*sunday 15.06.14 with Te, house concert Breda, Netherlands
*sunday 15.06.14 with Te, balfolk Utrecht, Netherlands


Monday, January 20, 2014

Two exciting shows coming up this weekend!

1) THURSDAY JANUARY 23, 10pm at the Tranzac, pwyc 

Eh?! (Anne Lederman, James Stephens, Emilyn Stam) 
Fiddle music from everywhere!

2) FRIDAY JANUARY 24 7:30 (Big House on the Hill Concert Series, Scarborough)

John David Williams and Emilyn Stam

Clarinet/Harmonica & Fiddle/Piano/Accordion duo, playing folk styles from around the world, original tunes and improvisations, old folk songs and blues. From klezmer to cajun, blues to quebecois, this duo takes you everywhere!
Details about this house concert in the east end of Toronto will be available from Lucy Bowers at 416 690 4862 or Seats are limited so call soon to attend this house concert, offering an intimate musical experience. RSVP only.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Té coming to Canada!

I'm very excited to be bringing from the Netherlands to Canada! Té is a Dutch Balfolk band, playing original music written for people to dance traditional French dances to.

We'll be doing a little tour, including Blue Skies Music Festival (ON), Smithers Centennial (BC), Goderich Celtic Festival (ON), Summerfolk Festival (ON).

We'll also be hanging out in Toronto from July 23-Aug 2 and playing lots outdoors around the city. Stay posted for where you can find us.

In the meantime, if you're wondering what Balfolk actually is ... why not come to Backyard Balfolk, and experience it for yourself! Saturday, July 27 in a Backyard in the east of Toronto we'll be holding music and dance workshops.

2:00-3:00 Int. Western European Dance Tune Workshop
3:00-4:00 Adv. Western European Dance Tune Workshop
4:30-6:00 Balfolk Dance Workshop
6:00-7:30 Potluck BBQ
7:30-9:30 Balfolk Concert/Participatory Dancing

$20/workshop or concert
or $35 for the whole afternoon/evening!
space is limited! so sign up now to reserve your spot!

To Reserve a spot, contact Joan: 416.690.2184 or

For more information: