Eli is moving to BC!

Yep, its true – our cellist Eli Bender is moving to BC. Fortunately there is one day left where all 3 of us are in Toronto, so we’re doing a last minute show at the Tranzac THIS TUESDAY June 23!

Its not the end of the Shoeless, but it’ll be some time before we play again.

We’ll be playing our entire repertoire from 8-10pm. Hope to see you there for this last Shoeless show!

Tuesday June 23
Tiki Room, The Tranzac Club, Brunswick and Bloor


The Shoeless – last show for a while! @ Musideum in Toronto, Wednesday May 13

Shoeless poster

The Shoeless (with Soozi Schlanger)

Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Musideum, Toronto, ON

(401 Richmond)
8pm / $20
(or $10-$20 sliding sclae, depending on what you can afford)


Before summer kicks in and The Shoeless go their separate ways for a while, join us at Musideum for an evening of new repertoire mixed in with favourites from our recent album (released October 2014). We will also do a couple of Soozi Schlanger originals in Shoeless style, with Miss Soozi on vocals!

“Few bands on the local or national scene can top The Shoeless when it comes to combining the kind of freewheeling spontaneity and improvisational skills that is at the heart of traditional music with the kind of of jaw-dropping accuracy and attention to detail that one finds in the best chamber music.”
– Dominique Denis (Music critic, À bon verre, bonne table magazine)

“…a breath of fresh air and another fine example of a new generation rejuvenating an old tradition.” -David Olds (Wholenote Magazine)

Spring Dates for the Shoeless … and looking forward to the Fall …

Spring is coming and the Shoeless are emerging! Come find us: Thursday April 2, 10pm, pwyc, at The Tranzac (Toronto)
Friday April 3, 7pm, at the Depanneur (Toronto)
Thursday April 9, 10pm, pwyc, at the Tranzac (Toronto)
Thursday April 16, 10pm, pwyc, at the Tranzac (Toronto)
Friday April 17, 7:30pm, pwyc, at the Hogtown Cure (Toronto)
Wednesday May 6, at the Artword Art Bar, 8pm (Hamilton)
Thursday May 7, double bill with the Ever Lovin’ Jug Band (Kitchener)
Wednesday May 13, double bill with Soozi Schlanger @ Musideum (Toronto)
Thursday May 14, TBC
And exciting news – The Shoeless will be heading Eastwards in September … look out for dates in Ontario / Quebec coming up!

A New Year, a New Website!

Well, The Shoeless may be off doing other non-Shoeless things right now, but that doesn’t mean we’ve disappeared! A new year calls for a website makeover, does it not? Check out a bunch of new photos taken by the amazing Carlos Garate, and this wonderful drawing from one of our recent shows made by Kathryn Durst!

Kathryn Shoeless drawing

Much thanks for your support in 2014, especially with the release of our new CD (available here!). Looking forward to more coming up in 2015 … (In the works for 2015 – some summer festivals and a Canadian tour including Home Routes house concerts!)


A huge THANK-YOU to our hometown crowd who came out and supported us at our CD release on October 5, you all made it a fantastic show! From the first note of Pressgang Mutiny, to Soozi Schlanger’s opening set, to the last note of Frank’s last waltz was well over two and a half hours; that’s not Wagner but still not for the faint of heart. Also thanks to our hosts of our house concerts in Ottawa and Montreal, and the Sleepless Goat for having us in Kingston.

shoeless cd release

NEWS – you can now purchase our debut CD right here on this website. Just go to the STORE tab and you can both download digitally or order the actual disc!

Fall shows and video!

Fall is approaching, and The Shoeless will soon be reunited after a summer of touring with other bands. Our big news for the Fall:

WE ARE RELEASING OUR 1st CD in OCTOBER! October 5th is the big date in Toronto, at the lovely Tranzac Main Hall. See below for other dates coming up.

Back when summer was a distant hope, we recorded a lovely spring time video with Trent Freeman!

Amarelo’s Box from trentfreeman on Vimeo.


Upcoming Shows:

Saturday, September 20, 2014 8pm Opening for the Gypsy Jive Band @ Gerrard Art Space, Toronto ON
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 3pm-5pm @ Fairmount Market, Toronto ON
Thursday, October 2, 2014 details TBD in Montreal, QC
Friday, October 3, 2014 TBA
Saturday, October 4, 2014 House Concert in Ottawa – email emilynstam@gmail.com for details
Sunday, October 5, 2014 TORONTO CD RELEASE @ the Tranzac, Toronto ON

Thursdays at the Tranzac in January

tranzac poster with picture

Join the Shoeless Thursdays at the Tranzac, different guest band every week.

Come and hear new Shoeless music as we prepare to record our album!

PWYC, late slot on Thursdays in the Front Room (Tiki room on Jan 9)


January 9 with THE BOXCAR BOYS *tiki room* 10pm

The Boxcar Boys deliver a veritable gumbo of wild gypsy, Dixieland jazz, Klezmer, and folk music performed with a good time New Orleans spirit.

January 16 with VENTANAS *front room* 10pm


Ventanas weaves in and out of upbeat Bulgarian dance tunes, Greek, Lebanese, Turkish, Ukrainian and Sephardic love songs and heart-wrenching Flamenco palos, leading captive audiences through windows into other lands and cultures.

January 23 Eh?! (no Shoeless today! 2 sets of Eh)
*front room* 10pm


Eh?! is a fiddle-based trio of Emilyn Stam, James Stephens and Anne Lederman. Solidly rooted in traditional styles, Eh?! is dedicated to bridging the gap between traditional and contemporary Canadian folk music. Think of it as music with deep roots, soaring branches and birds leaving the nest, heading for distant horizons.



Founded in Florida between a tide pool and a motel parking lot and forged into rag tag reality in a garage in Parkdale. Hale and Hearty is the newest musical duo playing everything from ancient folk tunes to newly composed works, from the Appalachian Mountains to the Islands of the Pacific.

Friends of Markos: Conny Nowe, Rachel Melas and friends playing traditional Greek music!

Thursdays in January!

We’re excited to be hosting Thursdays at the Tranzac in January! We’ll be there January 9, 16, and 30th, and will have a different guest band sharing the bill with us every week. Come on out at 10pm on Brunswick Ave in Toronto!

(Video from our last show at the Tranzac)