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:

Saturday, April 6, 2013

April is looking to be a month packed with lots of different fun things:

Every Monday night, Tangi Ropars and I are hosting Balfolk/Breton Folk Dance nights. We want to bring some folk dance culture from France, Belgium and Holland over to Toronto. We'll be teaching dances, teaching tunes, and just having a good time from 7:30-11:00 every Monday at El Cafecito's Espresso Bar (near Dovercourt and Bloor)

Every Wednesday from 4-6pm I'm hosting Fiddles in Kensington, at Graffiti's. Every week will have a featured fiddler and the second set will have special fiddling guests. Graffiti's is a great place in Kensington market with a funky old piano ... I'm excited to be doing a bunch of piano playing as I seem to be always on the fiddle these days!

Every Sunday, John Williams and I are back at our favourite neighbourhood venue, the Hawaii Bar! Join us between 9:30pm and 12:30 for a wide range of folk tunes and improvisations on clarinet, fiddle, accordion and harmonica. (989 Dovercourt, @ Hallam)

Life has been exciting as always since January! Some things I was up to:

February took me to the mountains of BC, some family time and some great shows in Prince Rupert, Prince George and Smithers with John David Williams.

In March I had the privilege of working with Theatre Lab in the production "To the Last Cry". I was the musical director and got to perform with the actors. A very unique and interesting style of folk inspired physical theatre/clown and mask work. The 6 show run took place at Factory Theatre in Toronto.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Méliès -- New York -- Hawaii (bar)

Well 2012 finished just as busy as 2013 is shaping up to be!

At L'Alliance Francaise de Toronto, John Williams and I had the privilege of improvising music to a few short films. The oldest of which was "Le Voyage Dans La Lune" made in 1902 by George Méliès! It was a sold out crowd of kids and adults alike. One version in black and white, one in colour, some films by Paul Walty, and others by elementary school kids! 


Then it was Christmas and New Year's in New York with the Lemon Bucket Orkestra. We performed as part of an experimental theatre play involving pagan solstice rituals and Ukranian Christmas traditions. 4 sold out shows at La Mama Theatre in Manhattan, and a New Year's Lemon Bucket Show at Mehanata.

 Acting as old Ukranian ladies, and the grand finale with Yara Arts Group and a folk ensemble from the Carpathian Mountains.

And now ... busy January!
Weekly Wednesdays at Graffiti's in Kensington: 5-7pm with John Williams
Weekly Saturdays at the Hawaii Bar on Dovercourt: 9-12 with John Williams
BENEATH THE ICE! in Toronto and Guelph, Jan 9 and 11
With Tangi Ropars, starting the new Fedora Upside Down series at the Painted Lady! (Jan17)