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Cooler weather makes musical Medicine a welcome tonic

Cooler weather makes musical Medicine a welcome tonic

Sep 24, 2016

Summer is officially over and, as if watching the calendar, Mother Nature has begun offering a taste of the cooler weather to come.  While many will cope with the change in part by getting flu shots over the coming couple of months (I’m glad I did last year, I can say unreservedly) other tonics are available that help bolster your mood as the temperatures fall...

15 stellar artists recording Tony Quarrington songs tonight

15 stellar artists recording Tony Quarrington songs tonight

Aug 27, 2016

Reprinted from Toronto Moon – I’ve written a few times now about the remarkably diverse talents of Tony Quarrington, a composer, arranger/producer, guitar virtuoso, singer-songwriter and ubiquitous musical sidekick to highly regarded artists like Noah Zacharin, Brian Gladstone and Soozi Schlanger among many others. The Juno-winning “renaissance artist”...

First fundraiser to complete Gaidies album tonight at Free Times |

First fundraiser to complete Gaidies album tonight at Free Times |

Aug 18, 2016

From Toronto Moon  As I mentioned in the introduction to the heartfelt obituary that Brian Jantzi wrote about Folk songwriter Christine Gaidies after her untimely passing last month, I never knew her, even though we were friends on social media for a little while. Those who were close to her describe Christine as an optimistic, sunny personality and perhaps...

Showcase tonight like a mini-Winterfolk show

Showcase tonight like a mini-Winterfolk show

Apr 13, 2016

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine – An open stage or jam can be successful because of a variety of factors that make it particularly appealing to the performers who participate and audiences who regularly support the event. Some events rely upon the personality or skills of the host, others depend on the appeal of the venue, still others attract...

Brian Gladstone playing at Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

Brian Gladstone playing at Winterfolk showcase Jan 16 at Acoustic Harvest

Jan 13, 2016

Reprinted from Entertainment Beat Jan 12,2016 Acoustic Harvest presents a pre-Winterfolk showcase on Saturday, Jan. 16 at Robinson Hall, St. Nicholas Anglican Church. This sneak preview of the 14th annual Winterfolk Blues and Roots Festival will feature the finest in acoustic musicians. Sue and Dwight’s old school folk covers traditional themes such as peace,...

Dr. B’s Saturday Afternoons Acoustic Stage – A Good Winter Antidote

Dr. B’s Saturday Afternoons Acoustic Stage – A Good Winter Antidote

Feb 28, 2015

From Torontomoon.ca As what has been deemed “the coldest February ever” by meteorologists finally, blessedly comes to an end, a lot of live music venues are hurting large because of reduced income that one has to think is at least partly because of the recent inclement conditions. But not every event has been so cruelly affected. As the Winterfolk Festival XIII...

Gladstone’s Festival Draws Crowds in Winter Cold

Gladstone’s Festival Draws Crowds in Winter Cold

Feb 27, 2015

Submitted by Lee Fraser – This is a tale of bitter cold and welcoming warmth. Somehow, here in Toronto, the right light bulb went on over the right head.  Winterfolk is the creation of Brian Gladstone. Having spent most of his life in the corporate world, it seems that Brian chose to explore his creative side when others were embarking on mid-life...

Circle with 3 Corners Will Provide Great Strumming Tonight

Circle with 3 Corners Will Provide Great Strumming Tonight

Dec 6, 2014

by Gary17 Toronto Moon Magazine -Three-fourths of the superstar six-string group Guitar Boys of Alderon will be on display tonight “in the round” in Durham as the new inter-regional songwriters showcase series hosted by Boris Buhot returns to Simcoe Blues & Jazz in Oshawa. I’ve written many times about the fingerstyle magic that songwriters Brian Gladstone...

Brian Gladstone back in action as weekly open stage host starting today

Brian Gladstone back in action as weekly open stage host starting today

Nov 1, 2014

Open mics come and go and few seem to be able to put in place all the right elements to last for more than a year or so, with the vast majority fizzling long before that. But there’s good reason to think that with today’s debut of a new Saturday afternoon 2-5ish open mic being hosted by we may be seeing the laying of a foundation for many years of playing and...

This month’s talented ‘Nashville Bound’ troupe really is!

This month’s talented ‘Nashville Bound’ troupe really is!

Aug 25, 2014

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine – On the fourth Sunday of each month for the past nearly half-year, elegant Folk songwriter and genial host Glen Hornblast has been shepherding a stellar showcase series that brings together several talented Roots/Country artists to each do a set as part of his Nashville Bound series at Free Times Café. What sets...

Gladstone’s Saturday Swan Sessions wrap for summer today

Gladstone’s Saturday Swan Sessions wrap for summer today

May 21, 2014

Although it’s still a very new event, the weekly Saturday Sessions at the Swan 2 p.m. acoustic open mic/jam at Black Swan … . Attendance for the past couple of weeks has been a little thin, an issue that plagued the event in its early weeks but seemed to get resolved for a while by early spring after …

Brian Gladstone Interview, from James McGee

Brian Gladstone Interview, from James McGee

Feb 10, 2014

Brian Gladstone Interview, V1 Had a chance last week (on a snowy afternoon no less) to sit down with Brian Gladstone and discuss the upcoming Winterfolk Festival. Now in its 12th year the festival features a wide range of musical styles including Zydeco, cajun, blues, roots, and blue grass. Brian talks about the early days of the festival, the showcases, and...

A good night for Roots at Danforth & Broadview

A good night for Roots at Danforth & Broadview

Sep 16, 2013

If you’re a fan of Roots music or a performer of that persuasion (and really, what isn’t “Roots” music or at least related to/derived from it, when you think of it?) then you want to get yourself to Danforth Ave. just east of the corner of Broadview Ave. on Monday, Sept. 16.

Turnabout is better than fair playing as Brian accompanies Tony Wed

Turnabout is better than fair playing as Brian accompanies Tony Wed

Sep 11, 2012

Reprinted from Toronto Moon Magazine Sept 12, 2012 Since emerging onto the Toronto and international Roots scene with his debut 1999 album Back To The Dirt, Brian Gladstone has on countless occasions performed with Juno-winning, exquisitely talented guitarist Tony Quarrington accompanying him.     However, “it took 13 years for him to ask me to...

Where Have All the Protest Songs Gone – Toronto Star Story

Where Have All the Protest Songs Gone – Toronto Star Story

Jun 25, 2011

Where Have All the Protest Songs Gone June 28, 2010 – Includes Interview with Brian Gladstone  – Sometime in the late 1960s, Pete Seeger — in his prime with just a banjo and a 12-string guitar — stepped up to a single microphone on the concert stage of the Sydney Town Hall in Australia, and started singing. One after another, the simple yet...

Brian Gladstone as Seen by Scrub Radio

Brian Gladstone as Seen by Scrub Radio

Mar 31, 2011

Brian Gladstone was a well respected Electrical Engineer but when his ‘Roots’ music grounding called him to return he could not resist. Brian Gladstone was an accomplished, self taught, Electrical Engineer specializing in the design of electrical transformers. However, the power coursed through Brian’s veins was grounded in the acoustic tones...

Brian Gladstone: A Time for New Beginnings – CD Review

Brian Gladstone: A Time for New Beginnings – CD Review

Oct 2, 2010

Rating: 4.5/5 – Reprinted From Hot Indie News Gladstone is a guy who works in an office with only three walls, hates those who take two-day lunch breaks, and likes to declare his love in a park among potato salads and army ants. This album is one of the funnier ones I’ve heard, and the singer delivered it with his somewhat off-key voice that never lacked...

Festival By the Marsh – Reprinted from the Sackville NB Tribune Post

Festival By the Marsh – Reprinted from the Sackville NB Tribune Post

Jul 16, 2010

Festival by the Marsh Opens Tonight With gallery crawl – Mount Allison University Completing the “crawl” at 8:15 p.m. at historic Cranewood mansion (see picture below) is Brian Gladstone, a veteran Toronto folk musician, inspired by the 60s peace movement, and cofounder and organizer of numerous events and charities that have encouraged peace activism and...

Gladstone TV Interview on Liquid Lunch

Gladstone TV Interview on Liquid Lunch

Feb 12, 2010

Liquid Lunch With Hugh Riley Daily on...

Good News Toronto – Celebrating Heros reports on Brian Gladstone

Good News Toronto – Celebrating Heros reports on Brian Gladstone

Jan 30, 2010

Good News Toronto celebrates the multitude of inspirational people who live in Toronto with the goal of motivating all of us to continue to make this city rich in everyday heroes. Martin C. Winer (www.martincwiner.com) Brian Gladstone Transforms his Career to Seek his Musical Roots Brian Gladstone was a well respected Electrical Engineer but when his...

A Time For New Beginnings Reviewed by Toronto Community News

A Time For New Beginnings Reviewed by Toronto Community News

Dec 17, 2009

Reprinted from Toronto Community News, Inside Toronto December 18, 2009 by Norm Nelson Well here we go again, another super positive review. A quick scan of my blog since I kicked it off a couple of weeks ago with our new website has shown it to be pretty effusive with praise, and here we go again with Brian Gladstone’s most recent CD, which actually...

Duggup Australia Reviews Brian Gladstone

Duggup Australia Reviews Brian Gladstone

Jan 29, 2009

Brian Gladstone – By thatch • Jan 29th, 2009 • Brian Gladstone is a singer /finger picking guitarist from Toronto. And why is he being featured today? Well head over to the MySpace site, and pick any song you like (it won’t matter- trust me), if you want my pick try “A Song For Everyone“. Now we are ’bout to have a slight digression (there’s a surprise),...

Toronto Star Featured Story – What he really wants to do is perform

Toronto Star Featured Story – What he really wants to do is perform

Feb 7, 2008

By Greg Quill Entertainment Reporter  February 7, 2008 Brian Gladstone started Winterfolk to help his music career. Now he keeps in the background In its sixth year, Toronto’s annual Winterfolk roots music festival might – just might – make a profit. That’s not festival founder and artistic director Brian Gladstone’s biggest concern, but a...

The Muses’s Muse – Brian Gladstone – A Time for New Beginnings

The Muses’s Muse – Brian Gladstone – A Time for New Beginnings

Aug 7, 2006

By Jane Eamon – 08/02/06 – 09:32 AM EST Flower Power is not dead; it’s been reborn in Brian Gladstone’s new CD, A Time for New Beginnings. If you’re craving old style finger-picking with a back-porch vibe, then this CD is for you. Gladstone, creator of the Winterfolk Festival in Toronto, is no stranger to this kind of old folk music. He cites his...

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