Member Profile

Mike Regenstreif

I'm an editor, writer and broadcaster now based in Ottawa who has written about folk and roots music since the 1970s for Sing Out! Magazine and the Montreal Gazette and many other Canadian newspapers. My radio show, Folk Roots/Folk Branches, was heard on CKUT in Montreal from 1994-2007 and returned for five months in 2014 as part of the short-lived Internet radio service at Roots Music Canada. I'm also one of the rotating co-hosts of Canadian Spaces on CKCU in Ottawa, Canada's longest-running folk music radio show. Back in the 1970s and ‘80s I ran a folk club, the Golem, and produced most of Montreal’s folk-oriented concerts. I also booked tours for such artists as Kate & Anna McGarrigle, Priscilla Herdman, Rosalie Sorrels, Mason Daring & Jeanie Stahl, Bill Staines, Guy Van Duser & Billy Novick and Dakota Dave Hull & Sean Blackburn. In 2014, I was the recipient of the Ottawa Folk Festival's Helen Verger Award for "significant, sustained contributions to folk/roots music in Canada."