Edmonton's Northern Lights Folk Club - Bringing you the best in Folk Music, throughout the year
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2016-2017 season

Awaiting the 2017-2018 season!

Once again another folk club season is wrapped up! A special thanks to our season ticket holders, our multi-pack purchasers, our truly amazing volunteers, and everyone who walked through the doors! We'd also like to acknowledge our community partners: Tix on the Square, Acoustic Music, Myhre's Music, Sawridge Hotel (on Gateway) and Sobey's Music (51 Ave & 105 St), and the Parkview Community Hall for all their support.

Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2017-18 season! Have a wonderful summer, enjoy all that Edmonton has to offer, and we'll see you in September!

About the club

Concerts are at the Parkview Community Hall, 9135 146 Street NW, Edmonton, AB.

Doors open at 7pm, with shows at 8pm.

Interested in purchasing a season's ticket or multi-pack?
Contact Bill & Betty jo Werthmann

Started in 1999, the Northern Lights Folk Club (NLFC) is a completely volunteer run, Non-Profit Society, dedicated to the promotion of live acoustic roots music in the Edmonton area.

The club has presented musicians from around the world; From the Welsh Martyn Joseph, to Australian Eric Bogle and Elphin, Ontario's David Francey.


Presenting our 2016-2017 Concert Series
(our 18th season):

Saturday September 17, 2016

Christine Lavin & Don White

Leave your worries at the doorstep and join Christine Lavin and Don White as they present a night of musical comedy unlike any other. Since 2008 these two veteran performers have brought their unique brand of musical comedy that is smart, friendly, and breathtakingly funny without being vulgar or pejorative. This is a show for anyone who wants to laugh and sing, and feel good on their way out of the venue.

Christine Lavin and Don White
Saturday October 8, 2016

West My Friend / Union Duke

West My Friend is an acoustic blend of instruments and four-part harmonies that challenge the conventions of popular music. Pure and thrilling vocals with catchy arrangements of bass, guitar, mandolin, and accordion that draw from jazz, classical, folk, and pop influences, and forged from a sonically adventurous acoustic music scene on Canada's west coast, West My Friend is proving to be a key part of a new generation of grassroots folk music.

Like a musical locomotive hurtling 'round the bend, Union Duke is taking the world by storm. Bridging soulful indie rock with bluegrass and country, these city-slickin' whipper-snappers unleash soaring vocal harmonies over heel-stomping beats, in a growing collection of irresistible songs that set hearts and dance floors ablaze. Come hell, high-water, or hitch-hiking, Union Duke is driven by grit and determination to make people dance wherever they may roam.

West My FriendUnion Duke
Saturday October 22, 2016

Jez Lowe / opener Chloe Albert

Jez Lowe is known for his solo work, as well as work with his band, The Bad Pennies, along with many other collaborations. Chances are, even if you've never heard the man himself, you'll have heard his songs sung at festivals, club-gigs, open-mikes or on CD, by the great and the good, the professional and the enthusiast, and by the young and the not-so-young. What higher accolade could a songwriter hope for?

Opening the evening will be JUNO nominee, Western Canadian Music Award nominee, three time Edmonton Music Award recipient and hometown favourite - Chloe Albert.

Jez LoweChloe Albert
Saturday November 5, 2016

Peter Katz / opener The Fates

JUNO and Canadian Screen Award-nominated singer-songwriter, Peter Katz is an artist who captivates listeners with his unique brand of contemporary folk music. After three successful national and international tours in support of his 2012 release Still Mind Still, Peter spent the better part of two years writing well over 50 new songs, collaborating on some with an impressive list of co-writers and producers who helped create We Are the Reckoning, Peter's most sonically-rich album to date.

Opening the evening will be The Fates: Lori, Lin and Jenny, who have created a veritable female super group with elements of alt folk, roots, jazz, gospel and soul.

Peter KatzThe Fates
Saturday November 26, 2016

St John's Waltz - The Songs of Ron Hynes

Tribute featuring Maria Dunn, Shantel Koenig, Eileen Laverty, Ben Sures, Bill Werthmann, Tom Wilson

This past year Canada lost one of its great songwriters, Ron Hynes. To pay tribute the NLFC has assembled a dynamic group of singer songwriters to present Ron's music: Maria Dunn, Eileen Laverty, Saskatchewan's Tom Wilson, Bill Werthmann, Ben Sures and Shantel Koenig. If ever there was an evening to sing along to, this will be the one.

Ron Hynes Tribute
Saturday January 21, 2017

Rosie & the Riveters / Jim & Penny Malmberg

Rosie & the Riveters are four fiercely talented and sassy dames from Saskatoon, who perform uplifting folk music with a vintage 1940s flair! Their original songs feature sophisticated harmonies, body percussion, scintillating dance moves, humour and just enough ooh-la-la to charm your socks off! Along with whoops, hollers, and mile-wide smiles, they create a sound and sight that is lighthearted and captivating for all music lovers.

Jim & Penny Malmberg have been writing and performing for the past 15 years. Their writing focusses on love in its many forms, served up with humour and passion. As members of Back Porch Swing they have performed across western Canada and released 3 CDs. Acoustic arrangements of guitars and mandolin leave plenty of room for beautiful harmonies to convey their message.

Rosie and the RivetersJim and Penny Malmberg
Saturday February 4, 2017

Women of Folkways

with Shawna Caspi, Linda McRae and Dana Wylie

Presented by NLFC & folkwaysAlive!, this year we bring together Shawna Caspi, Linda McRae and Dana Wylie to celebrate Women of Folkways. In a collaborative singer-in-the-round concert, these talented musicians will explore and celebrate the music of Folkways by presenting new interpretations of traditional folk songs, as well as their original songs to expand the tradition.

Women of Folkways
Saturday February 18, 2017

Karen Savoca & Pete Heitzman / Shari Ulrich Trio

Karen Savoca and Pete Heitzman first met on a stage and each immediately recognized the other as the ideal musical partner. Having performed together for decades, Savoca and Heitzman's chemistry leaves audiences uplifted, wowing 10,000 from a festival main stage as effortlessly as they charm an intimate black box theater. The genre bending duo has been described as a self-contained mini-band with "the fearlessness of a high-wire act working without a net." An elusive mix... melodic, funky and spontaneous.

Shari Ulrich's 40 year career from Pied Pumkin through The Hometown Band, UHF, BTU (Bentall Taylor Ulrich), The High Bar Gang and as a solo artist and multi-instrumentalist has lead to 23 albums, a membership in the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, 2 Juno awards, and a 2014 CFMA for English Songwriter of the Year. Shari will be joined by daughter Julia Graff on violin, mandolin & guitar, and the High Bar Gang's Kirby Barber on bass. Get ready for 3 part harmony heaven!

Karen SavocaShari Ulrich Trio
Saturday March 4, 2017

Old Man Luedecke / opener Ken Stead

Old Man Luedecke is the real thing, a modern-day people's poet and traveling bard and balladeer. He's played around the world to a loving and increasing fan base, and won two Juno awards in the process. Lyrics such as "You Can't Fake a Work of Heart" evoke aching tenderness, straightforward truth, and good humour about family life. His highly personal stories are what connect him to his audience.

Ken Stead is a truly gifted singer-songwriter who calls Edmonton home. His first full-length album, Fear Has No Place Here, received a 2016 Edmonton Music Award.

Old Man LuedeckeKen Stead
Saturday March 18, 2017

Jory Nash / James Gordon

Jory Nash is an award-winning singer-songwriter and storyteller who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, pop & soul into an original stew of sound. He has recorded eight critically acclaimed albums, the most recent being his Spring 2015 release The Many Hats of Jory Nash. His acoustic guitar, piano and banjo playing along with his warm, unique voice urge you to listen to his thoughtful lyrics and intricate melodies.

James Gordon has had a remarkably diverse 30-year career in the Canadian entertainment business. As a solo singer-songwriter and with the ground-breaking trio Tamarack, he has released over 35 albums, and has toured relentlessly around the world. Gordon has written for symphony orchestras, musical theatre, film scores, and for more than ten years was heard on CBC radio as songwriter-in-residence for the Basic Black and Ontario Morning programs.

Jory NashJames Gordon
Saturday April 1, 2017

Pharis & Jason Romero

Singing vibrant duets, writing deadly songs, playing handmade banjos and loving old acoustic guitars, Pharis & Jason Romero have a classic story. When a matchmaker, some scratchy old records, and a custom banjo led to their meeting in 2007, they quickly knew they were in for the long haul. They are passionate teachers and believers in many things folk, and their heartbreakingly harmonic live show is an ever-evolving and never-ending quest for good songs and beautiful sounds.

Pharis and Jason Romero
Saturday April 22, 2017

Maria Dunn Trio

A true preserver of the spirit of folk music, past Juno and CFMA-nominee Maria Dunn is often compared to Woody Guthrie for her keen social awareness and unvarnished songs about ordinary people. A Top 3 Finalist in the 2016 Edmonton Music Prize for her album Gathering, Maria returns to NLFC for a concert to celebrate with two of the fine musicians who helped make the recording: producer/violinist Shannon Johnson and multi-instrumentalist Jeremiah McDade.

Maria Dunn



Tickets are priced at:

if available
Children 6 to 12:½ price, reimbursed at door
Children under 6:free
Season Pass:$210
29% discount from door price
(any 10+ tickets)
$20 per ticket
26% discount from door price
Note: Passes and multi-packs only available from NLFC

We accept Cash, Visa and MC at the door.


Tickets can be purchased from the following outlets:

Note: Service charges may apply at ticket outlets.


NLFC appreciates the support of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, CBC, CJSR, CKUA, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Acoustic Music Shop, Myhre's Music, Tix On The Square, our volunteers, and you. This project is funded in part by the Government of Canada.

  • Alberta Foundation for the Arts
  • Canada
  • CKUA Radio Network
  • Tix on the Square
  • Myhre's Music
  • Acoustic Music Shop

The NLFC logo is designed and © by Ed Werthmann