Upcoming Live Appearances


Past Live Appearances

New England Folk Festival Association (NEFFA) Festival
April 21 to 23, 2023

Two performances:
Canadian Folk Songs – a concert
A Sense of Place – a participatory singing session focused on songs which mention specific places.

Hybrid Concert: House and Online
November 17, 2022

Maura Volante, Ernie Fraser & Ann Downey. Canadian folk songs.

Fall Festival: Hunt Club Riverside Community Centre
September 17, 2022

Maura Volante & Fern Vale. Outdoor performance of traditional favourites for a neighbourhood celebration of community and culture.

Launch Party for the album, Safe & Sound: Moose McGuire’s Pub
May 22, 2022

Maura Volante, Ernie Fraser, James Stephens, Ann Downey, Alexis MacIsaac, Calum
MacKenzie & Fern Vale. An afternoon celebrating the long-awaited release of Maura’s album, with all the musicians who helped make it.

Log Drive Café: The Nectar Centre and Livestream on Youtube
September 19, 2020

Maura Volante, Fern Vale Volante & Ranald Thurgood. A show combining a live presentation from the porch to a physically distanced audience on the lovely lawn of the Nectar Centre, with a livestream show on  Youtube , still accessible for viewing.

The Tipper, Vancouver
August 2019 and August 2015

Canadian Folk Songs. In 2019 Maura performed as part of the duo, Rideau Rounders, with Ranald Thurgood. Both concerts featured traditional Canadian folk songs, along with local musicians.

Princeton Traditional Music Festival, Princeton, BC
August 2019 and August 2015

Songs of Ontario & Atlantic Canada. In 2019, Maura performed as part of the duo, Rideau Rounders, with Ranald Thurgood. Both times at this festival featured several workshops with Canadian folk songs.

Log Drive Café

Produced and promoted monthly coffeehouse event providing opportunities for local musicians who sing and play folk music. Performed many times at the Log Drive Café, with various collaborators, and has done much of the production work, including promotion and programming.

Folk at the Oak

Regular performer at folk club put on by the Old Sod Society at the Royal Oak-Canal.

Paul Landry Park
August 25 2018

Canadian Songs  Led a community singalong at a local park, touring participants from
Newfoundland to British Columbia with stops in the Maritimes, Quebec, Ontario and the Prairies. Organized by the Hunt Club Community Organization.

Glebe Centre
June 2017

Canada 150 Street Party. Sang traditional Canadian folk songs, in collaboration with Daphne Volante.

Workers’ History Museum,
October 2014, 2015 & 2016

Women’s History Celebration. Sang traditional folk songs on the theme of women and work, along with storyteller Ruth Verger.

MacKinnon Family Homestead Ceilidh, Richmond, PEI
July 2016

Sang songs and provided piano accompaniment to fiddle tunes at a community ceilidh in Prince Edward Island.

1st  United Church
November 2015

Benefit for Refugees. Performed a selection of folk songs, along with several other performers, to raise money for a refugee sponsorship group.

Colonel By Day
August 2012, 2013, 2014

Canadian Folk Songs. Performed singalong concerts at CHOO/COPO’s annual event.

Old Town Hall
February 2014

Songs of Love & Lust. Produced and performed singalong concert of traditional folk songs, with Ranald Thurgood and Daphne Volante.

Old Town Hall
June 2013

Canadian Folk Songs. Produced and performed singalong concert of traditional Canadian folk
songs, with Ranald Thurgood and Daphne Volante.

November 2012

Ballads & Sea Songs. Produced and performed singalong concert of traditional folk music including ballads and sea songs (shanties & other sea songs), with Ranald Thurgood, Dale Morland and Neville Miller.

Billings Estate Museum,
July 2009

Singing Our Heritage. Presented two participatory workshops on Canadian folk songs with Ranald Thurgood.

Blue Skies Music Festival

Presented workshops for adults and children at this annual music festival, including Songs of the Sea, Canadian Folk Songs, Improvisational Singing and other topics.

Singing Christmas Carols

Maura has organized and led the singing at many participatory Christmas carolling events in recent years. Here is a sample of such appearances:

Richmond Road, Westboro – December 2020
Produced and facilitated group carolling session outdoors, proceeds to Minwashin Lodge.

Royal Oak Pub (canal) – December 2018, 2017, 2018, 2019
Produced and facilitated group carolling session.

D’Arcy McGee’s Pub – December 2015, 2014 & 2013
Produced and facilitated group carolling session.

Beau’s Brewery – December 2015
Provided a carol singing session for employees of Beau’s Brewery after their general meeting.

Billings Estate Museum, – December 2008, 2009 & 2010
Performed and led Christmas carols with the Holly & Ivy Carollers, a group Maura formed and directed.

Elmdale Tavern – December 2010
Produced and facilitated group carolling session at this Hintonburg pub.

Improvisational Singing

Maura also enjoys vocal improvisation and has both led and participated in improvisational singing events. Here are a few of these occasions:

Sing Here Now

Produced and facilitated monthly participatory session of vocal improvisation.

August 2012

Chamber Elements. Participated in improvised choir performance of a piece by Scott
Thompson, under the direction of Christine Duncan

Feral Choir, AB Productions,
December 2012

Participated in improvised choir performance directed by Phil Minton.
Classes, Choirs and Other Teaching Work

Classes, Choirs and other Teaching Work

Canadian Folk Songs: an 8-week class
Winter, 2020

Abbotsford Recreation Centre. Taught course involving singing skills, folk process and historical context of Canadian Folk Songs.

Folk Song Circle: a 4-week series
October-November, 2019

Ottawa Public Library. Taught folk songs (mainly Canadian) and led singing for a daytime series aimed at older adults.

Canadian Folk Songs: a 6-week class
Fall, 2019

Abbotsford Recreation Centre. Taught course involving singing skills, folk process and historical context of Canadian Folk Songs.

All Together Now: a multigenerational choir

Organized and directed weekly multigenerational choir, with seniors, home-schooled children and their parents, and adults of other ages. Performed twice at the Abbotsford House for celebratory luncheons.

Capital City Workers’ Choir: a labour choir

Directed this community choir, which included arranging for choir and teaching numerous workers’ songs. Performed for union meetings and conferences.

Oya: an improvisational vocal ensemble

Organized and directed weekly improvisational practice for small ensemble of talented singers. Oya performed at conferences and community gatherings.

Singing for Ourselves

Various locations including ArtsCourt, Bronson Centre, Alcorn Music Studios, Old Town Hall and the Shenkman Arts Centre. Organized, promoted and taught basic singing course for beginners and more advanced singers, including songs and playful exercises, to gain confidence and skills.

WoodsWalk Singing, Mud Lake Conservation Area,

Organized and led walking/singing experiences for small groups, in which we sang as we walked and stopped at special places for songs and playful exercises.

Dance Teaching

Contra Dance

Taught and called dozens of contra dances, in environments ranging from big halls in Vancouver, Ottawa and Montreal to small parties such as weddings and birthdays.

All Join Hands: Traditional Social Set Dances
Winter, 2020

12-week course for older adults at Abbotsford Recreation Centre. Circles, longways sets and other easy social set dances from North America and UK.

Family Dance

Taught simpler folk dances suitable for children and beginner adults, in a variety of locations such as schools, community classes, parties, family dance events and summer camps.