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? As much as we wanted to have them on sale by March 1st, we have to push the date back to March 15th so that we can get the Friday night headliner’s contract finalized and have all our folk ducks in a row! 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

The Broadside presents Karla Pilgrim & Jackie Sullivan

The Broadside presents Karla Pilgrim & Jackie Sullivan

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This week on The Broadside we are being blessed with the presence of not one, but two exceptionally talented women! Karla Pilgrim is a three-time MusicNL winner and ECMA nominee, and Jackie Sullivan has garnered titles such as MusicNL’s Female Artist of the Year, CBC Galaxie Rising Star, and more recently for her nomination for Folk/Roots Artist of the Year in 2020. Both artists are multi-talented singer/songwriter powerhouses of the local music industry and we can’t wait for you all to hear them serenade you across the airwaves!

Mar 04

Streaming Online!

The Broadside presents Karla Pilgrim & Jackie Sullivan
Mar 04

The Broadside presents Karla Pilgrim & Jackie Sullivan

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Streaming Online!

This week on The Broadside we are being blessed with the presence of not one, but two exceptionally talented women! Karla Pilgrim is a three-time MusicNL winner and ECMA nominee, and Jackie Sullivan has garnered titles such as MusicNL’s Female Artist of the Year, CBC Galaxie Rising Star, and more recently for her nomination for Folk/Roots Artist of the Year in 2020. Both artists are multi-talented singer/songwriter powerhouses of the local music industry and we can’t wait for you all to hear them serenade you across the airwaves!

More info

Songs & Yarns

Songs & Yarns

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We are bringing the ARTS back to the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society with a good ol’ knitters night out on the first Tuesday of every month! From 7-9pm at Bannerman Brewing Co. (upstairs!) join us for crafts, drinks, and live music from Blackie O’Leary!!

Mar 05

Bannerman Brewing Co.

Songs & Yarns
Mar 05

Songs & Yarns

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Bannerman Brewing Co.

We are bringing the ARTS back to the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society with a good ol’ knitters night out on the first Tuesday of every month! From 7-9pm at Bannerman Brewing Co. (upstairs!) join us for crafts, drinks, and live music from Blackie O’Leary!!

Folk Night with Ana & Eric

Folk Night with Ana & Eric

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Artists: Ana & Eric

Just home from their Newfoundland tour, Ana & Eric bring a triple threat of folk, bossa nova, and Brazilian pop to the Folk Night stage!

Mar 06

The Ship Pub

Folk Night with Ana & Eric
Mar 06

Folk Night with Ana & Eric

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The Ship Pub

Artists: Ana & Eric

Just home from their Newfoundland tour, Ana & Eric bring a triple threat of folk, bossa nova, and Brazilian pop to the Folk Night stage!

Latest News

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🌼This Wednesday at The Ship, join us for Folk Night with Ana & Eric anaericmusic!🌼

🎵Nominated for the 2024 East Coast Music Association /Global Recording of the Year, Ana & Eric will be bringing a triple threat of folk, bossa nova, and Brazilian pop to the Folk Night stage - these vibes will be UNMATCHED!🎵

🌙Music starts at 9pm, $10 at the door.🌙

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🧶From 7-9pm at Bannerman Brewing Co. (upstairs!), join us for a sip and stitch at Songs & Yarns with your current crafty project and pals!🧶

🎵Music will be provided by Blacky O'Leary!🎵

🌊From playing with the traditional Irish band Sons of Erin to playing aboard the Marine Atlantic for tourists visiting our beautiful province, Blacky has been involved in the St. John's Music scene for over 30 years.🌊

🎟$10 at the door!🎟

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🌼No stranger to the session, this month's is hosted by octave mandolin player Than Brown! 🌼

 🎵Join in for some real tune magic! Music starts at 9pm and cover is $5. 🎵

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Absolutely thrilled to welcome NL's Shanneyganock to AIM! Can't wait to share their upbeat show & catchy tunes with audiences across Canada! 🎶✨🎶✨

#aimbookings #shanneyganock #NLmusic #musicNL #contemporaryroots #NLsongs #eastcoastband #30yearsyoung #newsigning #welcometoAIM #folkmusic #NLfolk #rootsrock
Are you planning on attending this year’s festival?☀️🎻🪕 #nlfolk #nlfolkfestival #newfoundland #emmylouharris
🎶This week's Folk Night at The Ship is a session hosted by Gerry Strong! bring your instrument on down for a classic folk and trad jam at 9pm.🎶

⚓️Cover is $5!⚓️

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🎶Graham Lindsey brings a deep respect to the traditions that inform his inventive Celtic tunes - and they are sure to be stuck in your head for days!🎶

🎟Joined by Rik Barron and Carole Bestvater at Folk Night at the ship on February 7th, 9PM sharp!🎟

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🌱This Monday on The Broadside, It's paigepenney!🌱

🎶From our very own Folk Festival to the Smoky Mountain Songwriters Festival in Gatlinburg Tennessee, Paige has been showcasing her singer-songwriter talents and stealing the hearts of everyone who watches her perform!🎶

🌊Enjoy her music for FREE on our livestream, January 29th at 8PM NST on Facebook and YouTube.🌊

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🌝It felt like a cozy folk tavern last night as Allan serenaded the Folk Night crowd with some dandy trad songs and tunes. What a way to warm up!🌝

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🎤Founding member of The Punters and 8 Track Favourites, Larry Foley is a self-professed and proud pub-singer/guitarist in St. John's.🎤

🍻Skip the pub and enjoy Foley's music this Monday on The Broadside, streaming live on our Facebook and YouTube!🍻

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