Living Our Traditions

The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society (NLFAS) is a charitable organization located in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada whose mandate is to celebrate, preserve, and promote the traditional and contemporary folk arts of our province at home and away, through public outreach and events, including our annual Folk Festival.

Active since 1966, the organization presents educational and cultural events that provide artists with the opportunity to showcase their work and that engage our youth and the general public in the transmission of our intangible cultural heritage.

Our two longest running events, Folk Night at the Ship Pub and the Annual Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival are rites of passage for up and coming folk and traditional musicians, and beloved by seasoned performers.

Looking for tickets to the festival? Check out the festival page here for more info!

The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society thanks our sponsors who help make the Folk Festival and Folk Night possible.

Upcoming Events

Folk Night with Len O’Neill

Folk Night with Len O’Neill

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Len O’Neill, a singer-songwriter from St. John’s, Newfoundland, has gone from gigging in the local pub scene to releasing his solo album “Out Of View” in the spring of 2024. Influenced by a diverse range of artists spanning classic rock legends to poetic songwriters, Len crafts introspective, lyric-driven compositions exploring themes of ambition, sorrow, and personal growth. This local artist is really on the go right now, so we’d recommend getting a seat early enough to catch this Folk Night performance!

Jul 24

The Ship Pub

Folk Night with Len O’Neill
Jul 24

Folk Night with Len O’Neill

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The Ship Pub

Len O’Neill, a singer-songwriter from St. John’s, Newfoundland, has gone from gigging in the local pub scene to releasing his solo album “Out Of View” in the spring of 2024. Influenced by a diverse range of artists spanning classic rock legends to poetic songwriters, Len crafts introspective, lyric-driven compositions exploring themes of ambition, sorrow, and personal growth. This local artist is really on the go right now, so we’d recommend getting a seat early enough to catch this Folk Night performance!

Folk Night Tune Session with Brad Klucowicz

Folk Night Tune Session with Brad Klucowicz

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He’s some hand on the squeezebox, but there’s room for every player at the table when Folk Night goes in session mode! Come one come all to our end of the month tune session – players get in for free and listeners can choose to donate upon entry!

Jul 31

The Ship Pub

Folk Night Tune Session with Brad Klucowicz
Jul 31

Folk Night Tune Session with Brad Klucowicz

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The Ship Pub

He’s some hand on the squeezebox, but there’s room for every player at the table when Folk Night goes in session mode! Come one come all to our end of the month tune session – players get in for free and listeners can choose to donate upon entry!

Folk Night with Dram & A Draw & Lindsay Ferguson

Folk Night with Dram & A Draw & Lindsay Ferguson

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Sharing the stage tonight we have Dram & A Draw, with original songs crafted in the tradition of Maritime Celtic music, and Lindsay Ferguson, critically acclaimed Canadian Singer-songwriter with a unique style of  folk meets pops meets country. The energy will be incredible, folks!

Aug 07

The Ship Pub

Folk Night with Dram & A Draw & Lindsay Ferguson
Aug 07

Folk Night with Dram & A Draw & Lindsay Ferguson

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The Ship Pub

Sharing the stage tonight we have Dram & A Draw, with original songs crafted in the tradition of Maritime Celtic music, and Lindsay Ferguson, critically acclaimed Canadian Singer-songwriter with a unique style of  folk meets pops meets country. The energy will be incredible, folks!

Latest News

Heave it Out of Ya
Heave it Out of Ya

Posted on: July 12, 2024

Sing some songs with us! This Sunday, July 14th at the NL Folk Fest, join Jean Hewson, Daunt Lee, Dave…

Please Welcome… Diana Daly!
Please Welcome… Diana Daly!

Posted on: May 13, 2024

A very folky welcome to the new Executive Director of the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society, Diana Daly, who started with…

PLEASE READ: A Letter From Our ED
PLEASE READ: A Letter From Our ED

Posted on: March 14, 2024

BREAKING NEWS From our Executive Director, Julie Vogt Hello Festival Folks. We had a significant event yesterday, one that MAY…

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Dream Folk Night Collab with soundsymposium with this all star lineup☁️

Music just started, come on down! #FolkNight #nlfolk #livemusic #nlliveevents
Join us at the Newfoundland Folks Festival today! We're serving up all delicious food with all choices that are perfect for a festival treat. 
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The verdinbrothers bringing traditional and experimental together in the best way! Our ears are happy tonight at Folk Night🌿 #nlfolk #FolkNight
Thursday, May 9, 7-9pm - nlfolk presents a very special queer open mic for queer folks performing under the folk umbrella!

FolQ Open Mic will be hosted by multi-instrumentalist Than Brown. We invite 2SLGBTQIA+ folks of any musical skill level to join in at The Battery Cafe on April 11th, 7-9pm!

We suggest you arrive at least 15 mins early to avoid the rush. Show ends at 9:00pm.

Our Kitchen closes at 4:00pm, but snacks and baked treats are available till 9:00. 

Registration is available now on locarius.io.

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🌟Introducing: I's Not the B'y!🌟

🎻Starting on Sunday, May 5th, The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society is joining forces with Than Brown, Heather Patey, and Heidi Coombs to provide a traditional session for women, non-binary, and gender-diverse folks! If that’s you, grab your instruments and voices, and come on down. Or simply pull up a chair and join us. All genders are welcome to come hang out, listen, and support. It's gonna be a time!🎻

⚓️This session will happen THE FIRST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH at The Ship Pub from 4pm-6pm, and it's an opportunity to foster the diversity that exists in our Traditional Music community and to offer a session experience that may be more comfortable for some folks. We see it as an added opportunity, not a replacement for the many great sessions in old St. John's!⚓️

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⭐️ARTIST HIGHLIGHT⭐️

🌻Maryna Krut bandura_krut is the world's first soul bandurist artist, which combines incredible vocals with the traditional Ukrainian folk instrument, the bandura. Her performance reach extends from X-Factor and The Voice finalist,  Edinburgh International Culture Summit, and at bomb shelters to uplift Ukrainian citizens, hospitals, and frontline cities to support Ukrainian soldiers by playing traditional Ukrainian folk songs.🌻

🎶The most unique and mesmerizing music of the summer will be floating through the Bannerman Park trees at #NLFolkFest48 - GET TICKETS NOW for an unforgettable weekend of FOLK!🎶 LINK IN THE BIO!

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Grey foggy day calls for a jam at the marina 🎸 check out the pinned post on this page for the full version! *disclaimer* I could not feel my fingers… come on summer! #music #newfoundlandandlabrador #nlfolk #musicnl #kidmusician #original #adhd #kidswithadhd #neurodiversity #neurodivergent #thinkdifferent
Oh, an arm’s just an arm ‘til it’s wrapped ‘round a shoulder;
Looped side by side they go stepping out together.
A note’s just a note ‘til you wake from your slumber,
And dare to discover the new melody.
- Iris DeMent
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A classic NL fave from kitchinpartimusic here at The Ship tonight with the canadianfolkmusicawards ✨️

🎶Thanks to all who attended, performed, and helped put all this folky magic together! #nlfolk
🧶SONGS & YARNS🧶

✨️Another memorable and heartwarming evening of sipping & stitching with great music and better company.✨️

🎶Put Song's & Yarns in your socialization rotatation, first Tuesday of every month at bannermanbrewingco 

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