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. I now host the Saturday Morning program on CKCU in Ottawa once every four weeks. Back in the 1970s and 80s I ran a folk club, the Golem, and produced most of Montreals 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" and in 2017 I was the first Canadian to be inducted in the Folk Alliance International's Folk DJ Hall of Fame.