Everyone loves a singalong! What about hearing where some of your favourite songs came from? Join Fred Penner, the four-time Juno award-winning children’s performer, as he leads a group of kids through an interactive performance: Equinor Singalong & Storytelling at the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival.

Fred welcomes you to his world of music and the many stories that inspired the songs. And there will always be a part for YOU to sing. His performances are great family fun, with energetic singalongs to classic tunes. Join him at the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival Presented by Equinor, on Saturday, August 4th at 11:00 AM in the Homemade Jam Tent as they invite thirty children for an opportunity to sing and learn about songs that we have all grown up with, including grand hits like The Cat Came Back, Sandwiches, You Can Do It, and many more.

All participants will be entered to win a gift certificate from O’Brien’s Music Inc., courtesy of Equinor.

Saturday, August 4th at 11:00 AM
Homemade Jam Tent at the Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival

This is a free workshop. Space is limited to thirty children (12 and
under) and one parent or guardian.

*Deadline for registration is: Monday, July 16.

Fill out your application here!



June 21st, 2018: The Coalition of Persons with Disabilities recognized The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society (NLFAS) with their 2018 Inclusion Award for an organization.

The importance of this award dives deep into the grain of NLFAS board members and partners, leaving a feeling of encouragement and reassurance that their accessibility/inclusion efforts have been actionable. We, who look to the past and future for inspiration, matched with intentions to include others in living and enjoying the traditions of Newfoundland and Labrador, hone moments like these — moments where the organization of features that provide everyone with an opportunity to join in the celebration of our province’s culture is working. The result being that Persons with Disabilities attend and take part.

John Drover, President of the NLFAS, attended the annual general meeting to accept this award on the organizations behalf. John tweeted that “We (NLFAS board and partners) try to do a little better every year” when it comes to Accessibility. Sunday, July 18th on VOCM’s Folkus, Kathy Hawkins will chat with host, Greg Smith, on behalf of our partnership with Inclusion NL to discuss this years NL Folk Festival features. Listen in, check out the Accessibility Features on our website, and call our Inclusion Hotline, 709-697-3323, with your questions and ideas.

The NLFAS would like to extend a big thank you to CODNL, Inclusion NL, TD Canada, and our grand volunteers for your help in this initiative. Here’s to an accessible future!

Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival Volunteer and Sponsorship Coordinator

The NLFAS is hiring a Volunteer and Sponsorship Coordinator for the 2018 Newfoundland & Labrador Folk Festival. The Volunteer and Sponsorship Coordinator will work closely with the Event Coordinator, Festival Coordinator and Marketing Coordinator, and the Society’s staff and Board Members to ensure coordinated efforts on behalf of the Society in the planning, administration, and implementation of the Annual NL Folk Festival. Tasks include Volunteer recruitment, training and management, and maintaining relationships with sponsors to ensure all items within sponsorship agreements are met. The position is for 35 hours a week, for a total of seven weeks, beginning on June 27th, 2018.

This is in coordination with the Canada Summer Jobs program. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • is between 15 and 30 years of age (inclusive) at the start of employment;
  • was registered as a full-time student during the preceding academic year;
  • intends to return to school on a full-time basis during the next academic year;
  • is a student in a secondary, post-secondary, CEGEP (Quebec only), vocational or technical program;
  • is a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident, or person on whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and
  • is legally entitled to work according to the relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

Join our team! Please send your resume to office@nlfolk.com by June 22nd, 2018

The Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society in partnership with the Landfall Trust is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to artists to apply for a two-week musician-in-residence program in the scenic town of Brigus located in Conception Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, 84 km by car from the capital, St. John’s.

Residency Details:

• Dates: Saturday, July 21st to Friday, August 3rd, 2018. [The duration of the residency is negotiable based on artist schedules and availability but would require at least a one week commitment].

• Musician(s)-in-residence living allowance of $1,000 provided by the Folk Arts Society.

•Accommodation at historic Kent Cottage provided by the Landfall Trust.

• Musician(s)-in-residence will be responsible for some form of public engagement in the town of Brigus which could include a presentation, workshop or local performance.

• Transportation is not provided. A vehicle or some other form of transportation is highly recommended.

• Two artists may make a joint application as a working duo if the are prepared to share the living allowance and living/working space. The residency is intended for artistic development; family and friends cannot accompany the artist(s).

• For more on the Landfall Trust and Kent Cottage please visit http://www.landfalltrust.org/

Application Check-List:

• Current CV.
• Two audio or video recordings of your work.

In addition, please forward:

• Statement of interest (250 to 750 words) including a description of the planned residency project, what the residency would mean for your work, and what your perspective will bring to the residency program.

• Short description of the planned public engagement.

Please forward your application by June 15 th, 2018 for consideration to:
NL Folk Arts Society Inc.
223 Duckworth Street, Suite #206
St. John’s, NL
A1C 6N1
Fax: (709) 757-8500
If you have any questions, please contact us at the above address or call (709) 576-8508.