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The Show
The legendary ‘Folk Revival’ of the Sixties happened over 50 years ago but the songs of hope and social justice that defined it, still resonate today. Toronto folk roots duo ‘Sue and Dwight’ have created a series called ‘Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone’, a sing-a-long tribute to the songs of the late 1950’s and early 1960’s.

It’s a sing-a-long tribute because the songs are so familiar the audience couldn’t be stopped from singing along even if they tried! A four piece ensemble comprised of Sue and Dwight, Michelle Rumball, and Tony Laviola. takes the audience on a musical journey sharing stories and providing historical context highlighting the importance of the songs, which are performed in the style true to the period.

Audiences are transported back to the coffeehouses of the 1960's Folk Revival. The show includes folk classics like 'If I Had A Hammer', 'Blowin In The Wind', 'Walk Right In', ‘Turn Turn Turn', 'Tom Dooley', 'Five Hundred Miles' and many many more.

‘Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone’ has been enthusiastically received at The Winterfolk Festival (2012 - 2014), at the Big On Bloor Street Festival, at corporate events, and the Pete Seeger Tribute at Camp Naivelt. The show has been playing monthly to full houses at The Free Times Cafe since January 2013. Please visit this YouTube Link WHERE HAVE ALL THE FOLK SONGS GONE to see the group in action!


The Performers
Sue and Dwight www.sueanddwight.com
Contemporary folk music with a few twists.


Although Sue and Dwight were born too late to be part of the folk revival of the 1960’s their music embodies the spirit of that time. Both are songwriters whose work focuses on themes of peace, courage, and social justice. At their live shows they share, without pretension, their stories of the prairies, life in the big city, and travels in East Africa. Their warm harmonies, nesting on a bed of acoustic instrumentation, create a warm, intimate and memorable experience.

“Their lyrics always tell a story and frequently pull at your emotions...asking us to consider what we can do to improve our world and the planet we live on.”
– Bruce Hanson, smalltowntoronto.com


Sue and Dwight have released three CDs of original music. The first, ‘Darlings of the Open Stage’, is a tribute to passionate performers everywhere who take the stage each night to share their music. The duo honed their own songwriting at an open stage at Toronto’s Cameron House hosted by the Leslie Spit Treeo. The weekly sessions were a creative incubator for numerous emerging songwriters and spoken word artists. For Sue and Dwight, it spawned a reflection on their prairie roots that also hinted at their new experiences in Canada’s largest city.

‘Little Child Big World’, the follow up CD, is a collection of songs inspired by travels to small villages in Ethiopia, Malawi, Uganda and Tanzania. While there, Sue and Dwight met small farmers, people living with AIDS, night commuters and other courageous and resilient individuals. They also met the dedicated rural aid and health workers engaged in the communities. While underlining the injustice of the disparity between the developed and developing world, the CD’s focus is on the individuals the duo met. Their stories paint pictures of a world so familiar yet so afar. Both CDs are co-produced with Kevin Quain.


Their newest release 'For A Moment' is a collection of songs that reflect the diversity of moments that make up our everyday lives. Some moments are fleeting glimpses into the lives of people we pass by. Others can be deeply personal...leading to epiphanies that give us a whole new outlook. Still others can lead to significant social or historical change at some unforeseen point down the road. Our lives are full of these and other moments.

“Their music embodies the spirit of roots music, and too few recent artists can accomplish that.” – Brian Gladstone, Festival Director, Winterfolk

As performers and songwriters, Sue and Dwight like to connect with audiences wherever they are. For the past 10 years, the duo has been a fixture on the Toronto Music Scene performing in clubs, house concerts and festivals in the area, including a six year weekly residency at The Cameron House. Tours have taken them further afield to other parts of Ontario and Western Canada. They have also had the good fortune to be able to perform for the very people many of their songs have been written about...women living with HIV, students, and farmers...in school yards, villages and fields in Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda.

During this time, Sue and Dwight have been a part of Toronto’s Subway Musicians Programme. The experiences of a subway busker have provided a rich source of insights and stories that Sue has compiled in a book called ‘Attention All Subway Riders – A Busker’s Eye View’.

In 2012, Sue and Dwight developed a musical show that pays homage to the duo’s folk heroes like Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, and Peter Paul and Mary. ‘Where Have All The Folk Songs Gone, a 1960′s Folk Revival’ tribute show transports audiences back to the coffeehouses of that special time. The era’s songs of hope and social justice still resonate today and continue to influence Sue and Dwight’s own writing and world view. More recently they have added two more tribute shows, 'The Greatest Hits Of Peter, Paul and Mary', and 'Music Of Bob Dylan And Leonard Cohen'. 60's FOLK REVIVAL - Theme Shows.

Michelle Rumball www.michellerumball.com
Michelle Rumball is a maker and chaser of songs.

In the late 80's, as lead singer and co-founder of uber-Canadian acoustic rockers THE GRIEVOUS ANGELS, Michelle defined the sound of a band that charmed fans and charged up bars, legion halls and festivals across Canada.

After five years, two great recordings and a Juno nomination for One Job Town, it was time for Michelle to find her own authentic voice and sing her own songs.

This journey led her to the heart of jazz, blues, gospel and groove in the American south, New Orleans, where she lived and listened for two years. It's a rich city that can chew you up but she held on for the ride and came out the other side a changed woman with a strong sense of what her voice wanted to say. She had her first solo show on Frenchman Street, hopped a Greyhound bus and returned to Toronto to start anew.

Hailing from Scarborough, and proud of it, Michelle has worked long and hard at establishing a name for herself in a hometown wall-to-wall with distractions of every kind.

She has two CD's under her belt that track a maturing sense of her artistic vision. The very quiet and moody 'terrain' from 2001 meanders around the theme of home, was recorded live at Catherine North in Hamilton and shows a songwriter just learning about herself. Her second effort was released in 2011. 'Welcome to the Beauty Saloon' shows growth and confidence in both songwriting and song choice.

She is now close to releasing her third solo recording, due out in October 2018. It is being produced by long time collaborator and phenomenal musician KEVIN QUAIN. It was recorded live off the floor in two days at Toronto's extraordinary UNION SOUND and features KEVIN QUAIN, NIGEL HEBBLEWHITE, ADAM WARNER and guests SHELLEY COOPERSMITH and CLELA ERRINGTON.
These days Michelle plays all over the city in music clubs, garages, bookstores and barber shops.

This past spring found her playing an intimate solo show for the SELLERS & NEWELL SPEAKEASY series and a sold out Bob Dylan Tribute at the much larger HUGHS ROOM LIVE, as well as all her regular shows at venues across Toronto.

In her role as a side person, she can be found crooning the hits of the coffee house era in the 60's FOLK REVIVAL show that plays monthly.

She has the coveted, auditioned for license to play music in the subways of Toronto. She spends a lot of time there, working up songs and sending music into the ears of people making their way around the city.

Tony Laviola
Tony Laviola has been playing in and around the Toronto music scene for over 45 years. With roots in R&B and the Beatles his playing has encompassed everything from weddings and Oktoberfest to pop, country and jazz.

He has been a road musician and a ship musician. He continues to pursue his love of music and plays in all band formats with electric and acoustic bass.

He has played with singer songwriters Marc Jordan and Ron Nigrini for many years. He also has a long standing musical relationship with veteran guitarist Tony Quarrington with whom he has written many songs and performed many shows.