Biography

On Saturday November 22 2014, Heather Kelday released her 2nd solo album ‘The Golden Mile’ at the Al Whittle Theater in the vibrant community of Wolfville, Nova Scotia.  When Heather announced a new album release for 2014, she had an incredible response from fans across Canada and internationally to support her crowd-funding project and raised $9000 in less than 3 months.   ‘I am excited to share with my fans the discoveries I have made in becoming a parent, persevering through lifes daily challenges and falling in love with a place. This is real folk music and why folk music originated, to tell stories and spin tales about a place. I think this really resonated with my audience and got people excited. It’s real and humble, it’s talking about everyday things that actually matter the most to people.’– Heather Kelday
 
Considered a blend of folk-roots, blues and bluegrass, Heather Kelday writes in the creative spirit of indie-pop music, while rooting her songs in folk melodies.  Heather’s strong voice, multi-instrumental talents (including banjo, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, mandolin and piano), and lyrical passion for the natural world carve a unique place for her in Canada’s music scene. After 4 years as an emerging solo artist, audiences have come to expect a Heather Kelday show to include unique compositions and collaborations with talented back-up musicians of varied genres in folk, blues, celtic, world music, bluegrass and more.   They can also expect to be singing and participating as all shows are highly interactive. 
 
After a 10 year successful run fronting bands ‘Barefoot’ and ‘A Band of Owls’, Heather flew solo in 2009 and has sustained a professional solo career with benchmarks including a 2008 East Coast Music Association Showcase as a CBC Galaxie Rising Star, her first solo release The Hitchin’ Post in 2009 with sold out release concerts, and two highly attended tours to Ontario and Quebec, a featured artist in the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival and Deep Roots MusicFestival, as well as live performances on CBC’s Canada Live, Atlantic Canada’s All the Best and Atlantic Airwaves. Since then Heather has focused her playing locally as she raises her two young boys.
 
Whether on the road, in a local theater or hosting a barn house concert, Heather Kelday has co-billed with artists including:  Annabelle Chvostek, Craig Cardiff,  Kim Barlow, Old Man Leudecke, Mike Evin, David Myles, Dave Bidini,, Acres and Acres,  Ember Swift and Brooke Miller . Heather has also been featured in festival songwriting circles, accompanying and jamming with popular musicians such as Stephen Fearing, Suzie Vinnick, Jim Byrnes and Steve Dawson at the Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival Joel Plasket, Mary Gauthier, Annabelle Chvostek and Andrew White at the Deep Roots Music Festival,  Rita Chiarelli and Guy Davis at the Live from the Rock Festival, The Wailin’ Jenny’s at Thundering Woman’s Festival, Bruce Guthro and Rylee Madison at the Ross Creek Festival, as well as a feature performance for the United Seed Savers Cooperative with guest Bruce Cockburn
 

Hitichin Post with Annabelle Chvostek

Festival Experience

LaHave Folk Festival - LaHave NS - September 2010
Raise the Roof Womyns Festival -
Kingston ON - July 2010
AMP Festival -
Wolfville NS - May 2010
Deep Roots Music Festival
- Wolfville NS - September 2009
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival - Lunenburg NS - August 2009
Amp Festival - Wolfville NS -May 2009
Deep Roots Music Festival
- Wolfville NS - Sept. 2008
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Series - Lunenburg NS - July 2008
Little River Folk Series - Petite Riviere - May 2008
CBC Galaxie Rising Stars Showcase - Fredericton NB - Feb. 2008
In the Dead of Winter Music Festival - Halifax NS - Feb. 2008
Deep Roots Music Festival - Wolfville NS - September 2007
Live from the Rock Folk Festival - Red Rock ON - August 2007
Evolve Festival - Antigonish NS - 2006
Deep Roots Music Festival  - Wolfville NS - 2005
Islands Folk Festival - Duncan BC - 2005
Ross Creek Arts Festival - Canning NS - 2004
Thundering Woman’s Festival  - Thunder Bay ON - 2004
Canadian Tulips Festival - Ottawa ON - 2003
The Come Together Festival - Durham ON - 2002, 2003
Kokanee Beer Festival - Creston BC - 2002

2005-2010 Past Show Experience

PAST BOOKINGS - 2006 > 2010

Shows 2010


Oct 01, 2010 NS Trails Conference Entertainment – Cornwallis

Sep 30, 2010 Acadia University – Campfire Show - Wolfville

Sep 26, 2010 Deep Roots Gospel Concert – Greenwich United Church – Greenwich NS

Sep 22, 2010 Drive By Saviours Book Release w/ Chris Benjamin Shauntay Grant and
           Kev Corbett – Company House – Halifax

Sep 05, 2010 LaHave Folk Festival – LaHave NS

Aug 27, 2010 Windsor Park Concert Series – Windsor NS

Aug 22, 2010 Market Fundraiser – Al Whittle Theater– Wolfville NS

Aug 21, 2010 Private Wedding – St Famille Winery – Falmouth NS

Jul 23, 2010 The Rivoli w/ Megan Lickley and Emily West - The Rivoli, Toronto

Jul 23, 2010 Raise the Roof Womyn's Folk Festival – Kingston, ON

Jul 16, 2010 Port Pub - Solo - Port Pub, Port Williams

Jul 15, 2010 Lunenburg Farmers Market - Lunenburg

Jul 11, 2010 Fort Point Museum w/ Darren Arsenault - LaHave NS

Jul 10, 2010 The Company House - w/ Megan Lickley and Emily West - Halifax NS

Jul 09, 2010 The Hitchin Post w/ Megan Lickley and Emily West - Wolfville NS

Jun 24, 2010 Spitfire Grill -Windsor NS

Jun 12, 2010 Wick Pub Songwriters Circle - Berwick NS

May 15, 2010 Schoolhouse Jam - Falmouth NS

May 08, 2010 Amp Festival - Al Whittle Theater, Wolfville NS

May 01, 2010 'The Coop' Grand Opening w/ Hupman Brothers & comedian Megan
           McDowell Port Williams NS

Apr 29, 2010 Spitfire Grill - Windsor

Apr 26, 2010 Host - Solo Show -Paddy's Brew Pub, Wolfville

Mar 13, 2010 House Concert - East Chezzetcook

Feb 13, 2010 Community Farm Fundraiser w/ Ruth Minnikin - Al Whittle - Wolfville

Feb 13, 2010 Wolfville Farmers Market

Feb 06, 2010 House Concert Private, Berwick

Jan 28, 2010 Solo Show - Spitfire Grill, Windsor

2009 (April - December)

Nov 22, 2009 Heather Kelday & Megan Lickley Holiday Show Port Pub, Port Williams

Oct 30, 2009 Montreal House Show, Montreal

Oct 28, 2009 Elliot Lake House Show, Elliot Lake

Oct 26, 2009 Pic River Pic River Guest Suites - House show, Pic River / Marathon

Oct 24, 2009 Thunder Bay The Study - LU CAMPUS, Thunder Bay

Oct 23, 2009 Sault Ste. Marie Cafe Natura, Sault Ste. Marie

Oct 22, 2009 Sudbury House Show, Sudbury

Oct 21, 2009 South River House Show, South River

Oct 18, 2009 Toronto Mitzi's Sister, Toronto

Oct 17, 2009 Peterborough Matinee The Spill Cafe, Peterborough

Oct 16, 2009 Guelph House Show w/ Guests, Guelph

Sep 25-27, 2009 Deep Roots Music Festival Wolfville NS

Sep 20, 2009 Hitchin Post Concert Series w/ Brooke Miller & Bonnie Couchie – Wolfville NS

Aug 13, 2009 Hitchin Post Concert Series w/ Kim Barlow and Mathias Kom –Wolfville NS

Aug 06, 2009 Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival Lunenburg

Apr 17, 2009 The Hitchin Post - CD Launch - Wolfville Al Whittle Theater, Wolfville

Apr 03, 2009 Hitchin Post - CD Launch - Halifax The Music Room , Halifax
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Shows 2007

Monday August 13th @ Loplops, Sault Ste. Marie2008, ON
August 10-12 @ Live from the Rock Folk Festival2008- present shows on tourdates pageN
Wednesday August 8th @ Pic River Guest Suites, Pic River, ON
Tuesday August 7th @ Serendipity Gardens, Ross Port, ON
Friday August 3rd @ The Now Lounge, Toronto, ON. With Emma Cook
Thursday August 2nd @ The Dalby House, Elora, ON
Wednesday August 1st @ The Button Factory, Waterloo, ON
Tuesday July 31st @ The Moonshine Cafe, Oakville, ON
Monday July 30th @ Bytown Tavern, Ottawa ON.
Sunday July 29th @ Le Divan Orange, Montreal QC.
Friday July 27th @ Sessions Cafe, Rothsay NB
Saturday July 14th @ Lunenburg Arts Festival
Sunday July 1st@ Ross Creek Canada Day Festival
Friday June 1st @ Front Porch Music Winsor NS. with Jamie Junger
Sunday May 20th @ The Barn Owl house show with Annabelle Chvostek
Saturday March 17 @ Old Orchard Barn - Wolfville with Ember Swift
Sunday March 4 @ Le Divan Orange - Montreal with David Myles
Saturday March 3 @ Dalby House - Elora with Big Love
Friday March 2 @ The Now Lounge - Toronto with Janine Stoll
Thursday March 1 @ Red Dog - Voices of Burma Fundraiser
Friday February 23 @ Al Whittle Theater -0 Decades show with Mike Aube and Rick MacNab
Thursday February 15 @ ECMA 72 Hour Jam
Wednesday February 14 @ The Wardroom - Halifax
Friday February 9 @ Union St. Cafe
Monday February 5 @ Paddy's - Wolfville
Friday February 2 @ Gingers Tavern - Halifax, NS
Saturday January 27 @ The Underground Cafe - Fredericton, NB
Sunday January 21 @ The Pearl Theatre Lunenburg NS
Friday January 19 @ Annapolis Arts Centre
Thursday January 18 @ Acadia University
Friday January 13 @ One World Cafe - Halifax
 

Shows 2006

Saturday December 2 @ The Bus Stop Theater - Halifax
Thursday November 23 @ On the verge Wolfville with Caledonia
Sunday November 19 @ One World Cafe Halifax
Saturday November 18 @ Kings Theatre Annapolis Royal
Thursday October 26 @ Al Whittle Theater (Acadia Cinema Coop)
Tuesday October 3rd@ The Underground Café Fredericton NB
Thursday the 5th @ The Red Dog Peterborough ON
Tuesday October 10 @ Cest What Toronto ON 67 Front St. East
Wednesday October 11 @ The Moonshine Café
Thursday October 12 @ Pharmacie L'esperanza Montreal QC r
Friday August 4~Sunday August 6 EVOLVE FESTIVAL Antigonish, NS
Saturday July 8th @ Wolfville NS.
Saturday June 3rd @ White Rock
Sunday April 23rd @ The NOW Lounge - Toronto
Wednesday April 26th @ The Red Dog Tavern, Peterborough ON.
Saturday March 18th @ Gingers Tavern, Halifax, NS
Heather Kelday with live Drummer - Jay Jutzi - Opening for Free Flow
Saturday March 4th @ Avant Garde Bar, Ottawa, ON
Heather Kelday with live Jay Jutzi
Opening for Stephen Franke and Noises from the Toolshed
Thursday January 5th with DJ Kid Bomba @ Ginger's Tavern, Halifax NS.
 


Shows 2005 

Friday September 23rd @ Al Whittle Theater, Wolfville NS- w/ laser show extravaganza!!
Saturday September 24th @ Ginger's Tavern,Halifax NS.
Friday August 12th @ The Wilno Tavern, Wilno ON.
Monday August 8th @ The Apollo, Thunder Bay, ON.
Monday August 1st @ The Rose and Crown, Banff, AB.
Saturday July 30th @ The Abbey, Cumberland, BC.
Thursday July 28th @ Gorge Hall, Cortez Island, BC.
Tuesday July 26th @ Agricultural Hall, Mayne Island, BC.
Friday to Sunday July 22-24th @ The Island Folk Festival Duncan, BC.
Thursday July 21st @ The Grove Pub, Vancouver, BC.
Saturday July 16th @ The Royal on Baker, Nelson, BC
Friday July 15th @ The Roadhouse Tavern, Golden, BC.
Thursday July 14th @ The Canmore Hotel, Canmore, AB.
Saturday July 9th @ Naturally Superior Kayaking, Wawa, ON.
Friday July 8th @ The Town Hall
Thursday July 7th @ The Blue Moon, Toronto, ON.
Wednesday July 6th @ The Spill Cafe, Peterborough, ON.
Tuesday July 5th @ Langdon St. Cafe, Montpelier, VT
Friday July 1st @ The Bread Factory, Montreal, QC
Thursday June 30th @ Capital Bar
CD Release and Tour Sendoff Show-SOLD OUT!
Friday May 6 @ Ginger's Tavern Halifax NS with Horry Leden
Saturday April 30 @ Art Can Gallery, Canning, NS
Friday April 29 @ The Knot Pub, Lunenburg, NS
Friday April 1 @ The Grad House at Dal, Halifax, NS
Saturday March 26 @ Ginger's Tavern, Halifax, NS
Sunday March 6- @ Bread Factory � Montreal, QU
Friday March 4 @ University of Waterloo,Bombshelter Pub, Opening for Craig Cardiff�s CD Release Party
Thursday March 3 @ Grad Club, Kingston, ON-Opening for Craig Cardiffs CD Release Party
Wednesday March 2 @ Café Dekcuf, Ottawa, ON-Opening for Craig Cardiffs CD Release Party
Tuesday March 1 @ Cest What, Toronto, ON