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 presents Claire Porter!

Folk Night presents Claire Porter!

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Artists: Claire Porter

Newfoundland born Claire Porter is a singer/songwriter who has been described as a mix between Judy Garland and Tom Waits. Join us at Folk Night for Claire’s music about detritivores, love stories and tiramisu!

May 22

The Ship Pub

Folk Night presents Claire Porter!
May 22

Folk Night presents Claire Porter!

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The Ship Pub

Artists: Claire Porter

Newfoundland born Claire Porter is a singer/songwriter who has been described as a mix between Judy Garland and Tom Waits. Join us at Folk Night for Claire’s music about detritivores, love stories and tiramisu!

Daniel Champagne

Daniel Champagne

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Once again, the incredible Daniel Champagne charts a path to St. John’s!  

A gifted songwriter and an astonishing guitarist, Daniel’s concerts are a celebration of fearlessness and possibility, and marked by a true generosity of spirit. It is a rare artist who leaves his guitar on stage for anyone to play after the show while he hangs with the fans but, as he says…

“If I haven’t broken it, you probably won’t!”

Please note, this is a “do not miss” concert in every sense of the word and we’ve capped the venue at a 350 capacity to allow the best possible experience for everyone.

Consider yourself invited!

Jun 15

Wesley United Church

Daniel Champagne
Jun 15

Daniel Champagne

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Wesley United Church

Once again, the incredible Daniel Champagne charts a path to St. John’s!  

A gifted songwriter and an astonishing guitarist, Daniel’s concerts are a celebration of fearlessness and possibility, and marked by a true generosity of spirit. It is a rare artist who leaves his guitar on stage for anyone to play after the show while he hangs with the fans but, as he says…

“If I haven’t broken it, you probably won’t!”

Please note, this is a “do not miss” concert in every sense of the word and we’ve capped the venue at a 350 capacity to allow the best possible experience for everyone.

Consider yourself invited!

More info

Songs & Yarns

Songs & Yarns

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Join us for a very special Songs & Yarns with the Larry Foley Trio as we kick off a week full of folky festivities!

Let’s get crafty! Bring your work-in-progress and a buddy for the most wholesome experience that brings folk music and art together! From 7-9pm at The Legion, $15 + hst & fees.

This event is a part of the 48th Annual NL Folk Festival Expansion, bringing folks arts outside the park all festival week long from July 8th-14th.

Jul 08

The Legion

Songs & Yarns
Jul 08

Songs & Yarns

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The Legion

Join us for a very special Songs & Yarns with the Larry Foley Trio as we kick off a week full of folky festivities!

Let’s get crafty! Bring your work-in-progress and a buddy for the most wholesome experience that brings folk music and art together! From 7-9pm at The Legion, $15 + hst & fees.

This event is a part of the 48th Annual NL Folk Festival Expansion, bringing folks arts outside the park all festival week long from July 8th-14th.

Latest News

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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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.

#queeropenmic #nlfolkartssociety #nlfolk #queerasfolk #thebatterycafe #cafeafterdark #yearofthearts #supportlocal
🌟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!⚓️

#tradmusic #nltradmusic #tradsession #stjohnstradsession #nlfolk #nlfolkmusic
⭐️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!

#NLfolk #nlfolkfestival #nllivemusicevents #nllivemusic #nlukrainians #ukrainianmusicNL
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 

#nlfolk #nlfolkart #nlcrafters
🎻The tunes are drivin here tonight, folks! pop down for the session - playin tunes at The Ship til 11 and onwards🪗 #nltrad #nlfolk
🧶Join us for a knitter's night out! 🧶

🎤This month's Songs & Yarns at bannermanbrewingco  will have music provided by Arthur O'Brien of The Navigators, so you'll want plenty of drinks to wet your whistle and sing along to some NL favourites!🎤

✨Bring your crafty work-in-progress and sip'n'stitch with friends on April 2nd, $10 at the door!✨

#nlfolk #nlliveevents #stjohnsevents
🌼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.🌙

#nlfolk