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 Tune Session with Stacey Seward

Folk Night Tune Session with Stacey Seward

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Our last Folk Night session before the Folk Fest launch session next month! Join Stacey Seward at The Ship for some trad tunes!

$5 suggested donation at the door.

Jun 26

The Ship Pub

Folk Night Tune Session with Stacey Seward
Jun 26

Folk Night Tune Session with Stacey Seward

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The Ship Pub

Our last Folk Night session before the Folk Fest launch session next month! Join Stacey Seward at The Ship for some trad tunes!

$5 suggested donation at the door.

Newfound Talent Finale

Newfound Talent Finale

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The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society is BEYOND excited to be presenting Equinor’s Newfound Talent Contest Finale at the Majestic Theatre in St. John’s on June 27th, 2024. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. This event will have FREE ADMISSION, so we invite you all to come and celebrate the massive amount of young talent our province holds! Although admission is free, a ticket is still required due to venue capacity – so please visit the Majestic Theatre Box Office or contact them via email or phone call at boxoffice@majestictheatrehill.com or (709) 753-4900

Jun 27

The Majestic Theatre

Newfound Talent Finale
Jun 27

Newfound Talent Finale

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The Majestic Theatre

The Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Arts Society is BEYOND excited to be presenting Equinor’s Newfound Talent Contest Finale at the Majestic Theatre in St. John’s on June 27th, 2024. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:00pm. This event will have FREE ADMISSION, so we invite you all to come and celebrate the massive amount of young talent our province holds! Although admission is free, a ticket is still required due to venue capacity – so please visit the Majestic Theatre Box Office or contact them via email or phone call at boxoffice@majestictheatrehill.com or (709) 753-4900

Folk Night with Kyle Gryphon and Kady Meaney

Folk Night with Kyle Gryphon and Kady Meaney

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15 years of Southern Shore folk has brought his music to the darker side of folklore and general society – turmoil, humor, despair, and oddities past and present. Kyle has built up a repertoire of original and traditional music; raw, bare bones, downbeat songs and tunes on the 5-string banjo, button accordion, harmonica, and a few homemade contraptions from time to time. Accompanied by Kady Meaney on Guitar, this duo is gonna shake the Folk Night stage with their take on trad.

Jul 03

The Ship Pub

Folk Night with Kyle Gryphon and Kady Meaney
Jul 03

Folk Night with Kyle Gryphon and Kady Meaney

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The Ship Pub

15 years of Southern Shore folk has brought his music to the darker side of folklore and general society – turmoil, humor, despair, and oddities past and present. Kyle has built up a repertoire of original and traditional music; raw, bare bones, downbeat songs and tunes on the 5-string banjo, button accordion, harmonica, and a few homemade contraptions from time to time. Accompanied by Kady Meaney on Guitar, this duo is gonna shake the Folk Night stage with their take on trad.

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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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.

#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