What's New

Happy Thanksgiving! 

A very happy (and slightly belated) Canadian Thanksgiving to you all. Thanks especially to those of you who decided to spend Sunday evening down with us at The Cameron House. It was a great night of music! If you missed this past week, fear not - we'll be there the next two Sundays as well, and we will be playing all sorts of new material as we prepare to record a whole new album in early November! 

For those of you who are just outside of Toronto, we may be in your neck of the woods this week - we have concerts in Belfountain, Lindsay, and Innisfil on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights respectively. You can find timing and ticket information in the "shows" tab on our website. Hope to see you there!

Old School Bluegrass Camp 

Warmer days are ahead, and we're so excited to share that the Barrel Boys will be among an incredible lineup instructors at this year's Old School Bluegrass Camp, in Prince Edward County. The camp runs Sunday June 30 through Friday July 5, and is an amazing opportunity to play a ton of great music with good people in a beautiful setting -- who could ask for more? Other instructors at the camp include Kristine Schmitt, Joey Wright, and Sam Allison. You can find out more about the camp HERE!

Christmas Shows! 

If you're looking for some solid weather management strategies, we recommend checking out your local Canadian Tire - they had us well equipped for our chilly morning performance at this year's Santa Claus Parade! 


As you may or may not have heard, our 5th annual Christmas special is coming up on Wed. Dec. 5 at the Tranzac Club. We'll be in the main hall, and the show will feature an opening set by the incredibly talented Danielle Knibbe, along with her band. We hope to see you there! 


On Friday Dec. 21, you can find us at The Ganny in Port Hope for "A Very Bluegrass Christmas." 


TONIGHT!!! Nathan, our crazy-talented (and very friendly) fiddler is putting on a show of his own music with a bunch of other great musicians. Many of us Barrel Boys will be there to watch, and we encourage you to come out if you're able - it will be an excellent night of music. 


Saddle Up! 

You can catch us tonight (Feb. 23) at Saddle Up, a classic country dance party being held at the Owl's club on Dovercourt Ave. in Toronto. You can find more event information HERE! 

Check out our gig calendar for lots of other exciting dates on the horizon, including a co-bill with The Boxcar Boys next Friday, Banjo-fest the following weekend, The Hole in the Wall on St. Patrick's Day, and a short trip around Montreal and Wakefield near the end of the month. We're excited for all the great opportunities to play, and hope to see some friendly faces while we're at it!

Christmas Special LiveStream 

Good news for all you out-of-towners! Our Christmas show this Tuesday is being generously sponsored by LiveCanada, who will be live-streaming the performance! Tune in at 7:30 on Tuesday night to catch Dirty Dishes, and then The Barrel Boys at 8:30! Click HERE for a link to LiveCanada's homepage.

Christmas Special - Tuesday Dec. 19!!! 

Our Christmas special is only a week away. We're going to be blowing the roof off the ole' Tranzac club, and we'll be sharing the night with our good friends, Dirty Dishes, who are fresh off the release of their brand new seasonal single - Paris For Christmas. You can get tickets HERE

We hope you're able to join us, as we don't get too many opportunities to play all the hit tunes from our debut recording, Carols from the Barrel. If you can't make it to the Christmas special though, a few of us will be at The Hole in the Wall on Saturday night, doing our regular 10-1 set. Come hang out!

Winter is Coming! 

We had a really great fall season, and we would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to the folks in Eden Mills, the congregation at St. Paul's United Church in Milton, and all the lovely and inspiring people we met at the Folk Music Ontario conference! We're heading into the holidays feeling good and motivated, and have a few cool new projects in the works that will be in production early in the new year! 

We've also been grinding out logistics on our 2018 summer schedule, and are thrilled to announce what we hope is just the first of many awesome festival appearances: The Barrel Boys will be teaching and performing at the Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme Camp and Festival in Saskatchewan from August 13-20. You can find out more about both the camp and the festival at www.northernlightsbluegrass.com. 

On a more short-term note, we're thrilled to be back at The Hole in the Wall tonight (Nov. 18) and hope to see some of you there!

FMO 2017!!! 

We're thrilled to be back at Folk Music Ontario this year! We'll be playing a few private showcases on Saturday night, and will be floating around the conference all weekend. Come find us and say hello if you have the chance!

Charts, Grants, and Reviews... 

September has been a quiet month for performance, but it has been a great month for feedback! We're pleased to share that we broke the top 10 on Roots Music Report's Top 50 Canadian Albums chart. We're on the way back down now, but it's worth noting that we surpassed The Weeknd and Shawn Mendes on our ascent, which suggests that it's still not too late for us to be an immensely successful pop crossover act! 

We also got a really nice review from Kristin Cavoukian at Exclaim! click HERE to read the review for yourself!

One other great piece of news out of Barrel Boys camp is that we've been awarded an Artist Development grant by FACTOR Canada. The plans are to put the funding towards some new content, so keep your ear to the ground for new rumblings!

Big Week Ahead - Attn. Eastern Ontario! 

How it got to be mid-August already, we're not too sure... must have happened overnight(s)! In any case, while it's tough to see the summer beginning to wind down, we're so excited for all the incredible playing opportunities that August brings. This past weekend, we were joined by the incomparable Bruce Ley at the Shelburne Heritage Music Festival, and then we played an incredible crowd at a house concert in the O'Reilly family backyard in Scarborough.

Tonight (Aug 14) we play the Burdock Music Hall in Toronto alongside Jessica Pearson & the East Wind, we will be heading east on Wednesday for a short tour - Peterborough, Ottawa, Westport, Morrisburg, and then we're up in North Bay for the Windsong Music Festival August 26. If any of those places is home (or near home,) for you or some friends, please check out all the details on our shows page. We'd love to see you there!

We're also thrilled to have received our first FACTOR grant. We've got a number of exciting plans for the upcoming year, and we are thrilled to have the support we need to execute them. Keep your ears to the ground for big things!