Member Profile

Ian Foster

Ian's music combines many of the classic elements of folk songwriting and storytelling with newer approaches to the genre. His latest album, The Evening Light, contains a mix of traditional instruments (banjo, upright bass, accordion, violin and cello all appear on this release) and modern instruments and effects. From the opening lines of Sparrow (The Evening Light competes/with the driving rain down on Gower Street/Our faces and our feet align/the weather is our state of mind) to a song set in the oldest district in one of Canadas most famous cities (Hochelaga, Montreal), to a curious tale of reincarnation with a record-length title (A Large Crowd Gathers for the Deceased Jeff Elliots Encore Performance), this is an album of characters and stories.

A road warrior, Ian spends about half of every year playing shows, festivals, and conferences at home and abroad, including The NL Folk Festival and Trails Tales Tunes (Newfoundland, Canada), North by Northeast (Ontario, Canada), The Maine Storytellers Festival (Maine, U.S.A.), and others. He has shared the stage with a diverse collection of artists including Amelia Curran, The Skydiggers, and Hugo Race (of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds), among others.

His music has been played on radio internationally, from Newfoundland to the Netherlands. He has been nominated for multiple MusicNL (Newfoundland) and ECMA (East Coast Music Awards) over the last few years (including SOCAN Songwriter of the Year), and has been a finalist in the ISC (International Songwriting Competition), based out of Nashville, TN. He also has numerous co-writing credits, including one with the legendary folk songwriter Ron Hynes.

In 2012, Les Siemieniuk of the Calgary Folk Festival wrote for people to spread the word about Ian in Penguin Eggs, Canadas premier folk journal, while Gianni Zuretti of Italian magazine Mescalina called him Canadas best kept secret. Find out more about this Canadian songwriter at