August 12th, 2019

Help Us Grow // Aidez-nous à prospérer

(Français ci-dessous)

A Strong and Vibrant Folk Community – Help Us Grow 

In response to ongoing feedback from the community, the Boards of FMO, FMC, and the CFMAs (Folk Music Ontario, Folk Music Canada, and the Canadian Folk Music Awards) have initiated discussions to explore the possibility of consolidating into one new national organization while concurrently conducting due diligence and exploring options around an alliance with Folk Alliance International.

As separate organizations, we currently produce a national awards show, a national conference, and national export development projects.

In line with our organizations’ shared values and missions, we are undertaking this work to explore best pathways forward to build a unified, strong, inclusive, and sustainable Canadian folk music community.

We will be holding a facilitated Town Hall meeting during the Folk Music Ontario conference on Saturday, September 28th at 10:30 am at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, 5875 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON. This event is open to our collective memberships and all community members.

An online survey seeking additional community input will be sent out after the Town Hall, with a summary of all conversations and feedback shared by late fall.

We acknowledge our respective offices are operating on the traditional territories of the Algonquin, Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Mississauga of the New Credit, and Métis nations.

We invite your initial feedback by on this form: https://forms.gle/Ck1gRX2CaN11gfvb8

 

Thank you!

 

 

Musique folk de l’Ontario
Musique folk du Canada
Prix de musique folk canadienne

 

Une communauté folk vigoureuse et dynamique – Aidez-nous à prospérer  

En réponse aux commentaires récurrents de la collectivité, les membres des conseils d’administration de Folk Music Ontario, Folk Music Canada et les Prix ce musique folk canadienne ont entamé des discussions afin d’explorer la possibilité de se regrouper pour ne former qu’un seul organisme national en ayant recours à la diligence raisonnable.  En même temps, nous désirons explorer les possibilités d’une alliance avec Folk Alliance International.

Actuellement, en tant qu’organismes distincts, nous produisons un gala national de remises de prix, une conférence nationale et un programme national de projets de développement d’exportation.

En conformité avec les valeurs et missions communes de nos organismes respectifs,  nous entreprenons ces démarches dans le but d’explorer les meilleurs moyens de bâtir une communauté folk canadienne unifiée, forte, inclusive et viable.

Afin de faciliter la participation du plus grand nombre, nous tiendrons une assemblée publique durant la conférence de Folk Music Ontario le samedi 28 septembre 2019 à 10h30 à l’hôtel Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites au 5875, Airport Road, Mississauga, ON.  Cette assemblée est ouverte aux membres de nos organismes respectifs et à tous les membres de la communauté.

Après l’assemblée publique, un sondage en ligne sera envoyé afin d’obtenir les commentaires de toutes et tous.  À la fin de l’automne, une synthèse des conversations, échanges et commentaires sera disponible.

Nous reconnaissons que nos bureaux respectifs se trouvent en territoire traditionnel des Algonquins, Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Mississauga of the New Credit et Métis.

Merci de nous faire part de vos premières réactions au lien suivant: https://forms.gle/Ck1gRX2CaN11gfvb8

 

Merci !

 

 

Musique folk de l’Ontario
Musique folk du Canada
Prix de musique folk canadienne
February 4th, 2019

Folk Music Canada Returns to Folk Alliance International 2019 with Stellar Line-up of Canadian Talent

Folk Music Canada (FMC) is pleased to present outstanding Canadian artists at this year’s Folk Alliance International (FAI) Conference, February 13 to 17, 2019 at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal. Throughout the four day event, FMC will present 40 showcase performances, co-sponsor the FAI opening reception, and, under the banner of FolkNorth, coordinate music business meetings and roundtable discussions for select artists and key international industry professionals. Showcase performances will feature artists from across Canada, full schedule is available below and at folkmusiccanada.org.

Activities kick off Wednesday, Feb. 13, from 5 to 6 pm with an Opening Reception in the Edith Fowke Room (rm 219) sponsored by FMC, CIMA, Canadian Federation of Musicians, Folk Music Ontario, and Mondial Montréal. Following the reception, FMC is sponsoring official showcases in two rooms:  8 pm in the Harmonium Room (rm 216) with host Treasa Levasseur; and beginning at 9 pm in the McGarrigle Room (rm 212) hosted by Suze Casey.

FMC’s private showcases occur nightly in Room 321, Wednesday through Saturday, from 10:30 pm to 2 am. FMC will present a diverse lineup of seven artists each night hailing from across Canada — NWT to NS,  showcasing all forms of folk music, including Blues, Singer Songwriters, Traditional Fiddle music, Chamber folk, Celtic & Jazz fusion, and much more.

On Saturday afternoon, starting at 4 pm in the Robbie Robertson Room (rm 217), FMC is presenting more Official showcases. The stage will be hosted by David Newland, and runs from 4 pm until 8:30 pm.

FolkNorth: FMC is hosting the 2019 edition of FolkNorth during the FAI Conference. FolkNorth is an export-based project of FMC with a mission to expand market opportunities for the Canadian folk industry and spotlighting the strength of Canadian folk talent on a world stage, many of whom are also official showcasing artists at the conference.  

FMC will present the best folk artists Canada has to offer as the music kicks into high gear late night, with private industry-presented showcases running into the wee hours of the morning. It’s an unforgettable experience for all, fostering connections and enriching careers of attending artists and industry members.

Stream FMC showcasing artists HERE

 

FOLK MUSIC CANADA SCHEDULE OF OFFICIAL SPONSORED & PRIVATE SHOWCASES AT FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL 2019

FMC SPONSORED OFFICIAL SHOWCASE STAGES

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Harmonium Room (rm 216) with MC Treasa Levasseur

8:00 PM – Catherine MacLellan (PE)

8:45 PM – The McDades (AB)

9:30 PM – Dione Taylor & The Backsliderz (ON)

McGarrigle Room (rm 212) with MC Suze Casey

8:15 PM – Shari Ulrich (BC)

9:00 PM – Maddie Storvold (AB)

9:45 PM – Buckman Coe (BC)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Robbie Robertson Room (rm 217) with MC David Newland

4:00 PM – Lydia Persaud (ON)

4:45 PM – TRI-CONTINENTAL  (AB/ON/BC)

5:30 PM – Red Moon Road (MB)

6:15 PM – Jay Gilday  (AB)

7:00 PM – Madison Violet (ON)

7:45 PM – Stephen Fearing (BC)

 

FOLK MUSIC CANADA #FAI2019 SHOWCASE SCHEDULE – ROOM 321

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

10:30 PM – The McDades (AB)

11:00 PM – Cécile Doo-Kingué (QC)

11:30 PM – Hawksley Workman (QC)

12:00 AM – April Verch Band (ON)

12:30 AM – Michael Jerome Brown (QC)

01:00 AM – Raine Hamilton (MB)

01:30 AM – Scott Cook (AB)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

10:30 PM – Lennie Gallant (PE)

11:00 PM – Shari Ulrich (BC)

11:30 PM – Rosie & the Riveters (SK)

12:00 AM – Kalyna Rakel (ON)

12:30 AM – Melanie Brulée (ON)

01:00 AM – Jay Gilday (AB/NWT)

01:30 AM –Arctic Song (NUN)

Friday, February 15, 2019

10:30 PM – El Coyote (QC)

11:00 PM – Leela Gilday (NWT)

11:30 PM – TRI-CONTINENTAL (BC)

12:00 AM – Corin Raymond (ON)

12:30 AM – Madison Violet (ON)

01:00 AM – Amanda Rheaume (ON)

01:30 AM – Chloe Watkinson (ON)

Saturday, February 16, 2019

10:30 PM – Frazey Ford (BC)

11:00 PM – Suzie Vinnick (ON)

11:30 PM – Shakura S’Aida (ON)

12:00 AM – Kim Beggs (YK)

12:30 AM – Jenie Thai (ON)

01:00 AM – Katie Moore (QC)

01:30 AM – Ian Sherwood (NS)

Folk Music Canada is made possible with the financial support of FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts  and the Government of Canada, along with our sponsor, Folk Alliance International.

About Folk Alliance International: Folk Alliance International is a four-day conference and industry networking event taking place this year at Montreal’s Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel. February 13 to 17. The conference promotes global folk music with seminars and workshops during the day and official showcases in the evening.

About Folk Music Canada:  Folk Music Canada is a member-driven organization that supports and promotes the Canadian folk music community, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada. Follow Folk Music Canada @FolkMusicCanada on twitter, instagram @FolkMusicCanada or “like” on facebook.

Tag @FolkMusicCanada on any social media platform

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/folkmusiccanada/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/folkmusiccanada/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/folkmusiccanada

Join the facebook event, FMC at #FAI2019: https://www.facebook.com/events/404514113688126/

Soundcloud Playlist: https://soundcloud.com/spincount/sets/folk-music-canada-at-fai-2019

Media Contact: Kimberly Sinclair | kimberly@spincount.com

(902) 350-3968 | @spincount

We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Nous reconnaissons l’appui financier de FACTOR, du gouvernement du Canada, et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

January 18th, 2019

Folk Music Canada Returns to Folk Alliance International 2019 in Montréal, QC

Folk Music Canada is pleased to present Canadian artists at the Folk Alliance International (FAI) Conference, February 13 to 17, 2019, in Montréal, Québec.  We are hosting the 2019 edition of FolkNorth during the FAI Conference, featuring more than 25 showcase performances of artists from across Canada, many of whom are also official showcasing artists at the conference.  FolkNorth will also feature music business meetings and roundtable discussions for our showcasing artists and key international industry professionals.

 

FOLK MUSIC CANADA SHOWCASE – ROOM 321

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

10:30 PM – The McDades (AB)

11:00 PM – Cécile Doo-Kingué (QC)

11:30 PM – Hawksley Workman (QC)

12:00 AM – April Verch Band (ON)

12:30 AM – Michael Jerome Brown (QC)

01:00 AM – Raine Hamilton (MB)

01:30 AM – Scott Cook (AB)

 

Thursday, February 14, 2019

10:30 PM – Lennie Gallant (PE)

11:00 PM – Shari Ulrich (BC)

11:30 PM – Rosie & the Riveters (SK)

12:00 AM – Kalyna Rakel (ON)

12:30 AM – Melanie Brulée (ON)

01:00 AM – Jay Gilday (AB/NWT)

01:30 AM – Surprise guest

 

Friday, February 15, 2019

10:30 PM – El Coyote (QC)

11:00 PM – Leela Gilday (NWT)

11:30 PM – Tri-Continental (BC)

12:00 AM – Corin Raymond (ON)

12:30 AM – Madison Violet (ON)

01:00 AM – Amanda Rheaume (ON)

01:30 AM – Chloe Watkinson (ON)

 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

10:30 PM – Frazey Ford (BC)

11:00 PM – Suzie Vinnick (ON)

11:30 PM – Shakura S’Aida (ON)

12:00 AM – Kim Beggs (YK)

12:30 AM – Jenie Thai (ON)

01:00 AM – Katie Moore (QC)

01:30 AM – Ian Sherwood (NS)

 

Folk Alliance is a 4 day conference and industry networking event, with seminars and workshops during the day and official showcases in the evening. The music kicks into high gear late at night, with private industry-presented showcases including Folk Music Canada’s presenting music into the wee hours of the morning. It’s an unforgettable experience for all, fostering connections and enriching careers of attending artists and industry members.

 

Folk Music Canada thanks our funders and partners for their support.

This project has been made possible in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Folk Alliance International.

Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et Folk Alliance International.

December 20th, 2018

Call for Showcase Applications – FMC at Folk Alliance 2019

Call for applications – FMC at Folk Alliance 2019

Folk Music Canada (FMC) is happy to announce that we will be offering showcase opportunities at the Folk Alliance International 2019 conference, from Wednesday, February 13 to Saturday, February 16, 2019. Interested in being a performer on our showcase stage? Visit our application form for more information.

We encourage export-ready Canadian artists to apply and take advantage of the opportunity to build their international careers.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, January 2, 2019 (3:00 pm EST).

The Folk Alliance International conference takes place February 13-17, 2019 in Montreal, Quebec. If this is your first FAI conference, check out the FAI website to learn about the unique aspects of this event. The participants at the FMC showcases at this conference are eligible for funding from Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR and the SOCAN Foundation.

For more information about FMC’s activities at the FAI 2019 conference, contact us at contact@folkmusiccanada.org.

Thank you to our financial supporters and partners for their support.

This project has been made possible in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada, and Folk Alliance International.


Appel de candidatures: vitrines MFC chez Folk Alliance 2019

Musique folk du Canada tient à annoncer qu’on va convoquer une salle de vitrine à la conférence de Folk Alliance 2019, du mercredi 13 février au samedi 16 février 2019. Vous voulez y participer? Déposez votre demande ici.

On attend avec plaisir que les artistes canadiens prêts à s’exporter nous posent leur candidature et s’en profitent de cet occasion de construire leurs carrières internationales.

La date limite pour postuler à ce programme est le 2 janvier, 2019 à 15h00 (heure normale de l’Est).  

La conférence Folk Alliance International aura lieu du 13 au 17 février, 2019, à Montréal, Québec. Pour tous les renseignements uniques à propos de cet événement, consultez le site web FAI, surtout si c’est la première fois que vous assistez à cette conférence. Les participants aux salles de vitrines chez cette conférence pourraient recevoir des fonds du Conseil des Arts du Canada, de FACTOR, et de la fondation SOCAN.

Contactez-nous à contact@folkmusiccanada.org pour des détails plus amples.

Un grand merci à nos associés financiers pour leur soutien généreux.

Ce projet est possible en partie grâce au FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada, et Folk Alliance International.

May 21st, 2018

Farewell and Thanks to Carolyn Sutherland

It is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that the Board of Directors announces Carolyn Sutherland’s departure as Interim Managing Director. In late 2017 Carolyn Sutherland graciously offered to step down as Vice Chair of the FMC board to take on the substantive task of leading Folk Music Canada in delivering our annual national gathering, Folk North and our initiatives with the International Folk Alliance for their conference in Kansas City. To her credit both events were a great success and we’re extremely proud of what was accomplished.

We would like to offer our deepest thanks to Carolyn both for her years of service on the board and for her contributions as Interim Managing Director during this critical time in our transition. We accomplished a great deal over these last months, in the face of many challenges. Please join us in wishing her every success in her future endeavors. We look forward to working closely with her in her continuing role at Folk Music Ontario.

At this time our organization is shifting our focus to renewing our vision and commitment to our membership, community, partners and stakeholders through a ambitious strategic planning process. We look forward to sharing the exciting results of this process later this year.

Folk Music Canada will fill the permanent position of Executive Director following the completion of the new strategic plan. Until that time, the Executive Committee can be contacted for all related inquiries.

ShoShona Kish
President

folkmusiccanada.org

February 9th, 2018

Folk Music Canada Returns to Folk Alliance International 2018 in Kansas City

Folk Music Canada is pleased to return to Kansas City, o present Canadian artists at the Folk Alliance International Conference, February 14 to 18, 2018.  Folk Music Canada is hosting more than 30 showcase performances over four days at the conference’s host hotel with artists from across Canada, many of whom are also official showcasing artists at the conference. The full schedule is available at www.folkmusiccanada.ca, and on our Facebook event page.

Folk Music Canada will be working to support all of the many Canadian artists at the event, hosting a myriad of activities including showcases, music business meetings and a networking mixer presented with Canadian Music. East Coast Style.

Folk Music Canada is also partnering with CIMA, FolQuébec and the Délégation du Québec à Chicago to host the Folk Alliance Saturday night reception preceding the official showcases.

In a new development this year, FMC will join Folk Alliance International as  Presenting Partner of the International Folk Music Awards on February 14 at the Folly Theatre in Kansas City.

Folk Alliance is a 4 day conference and industry networking event, with seminars and workshops during the day and official showcases in the evening. The music kicks into high gear late at night, with private industry-presented showcases including Folk Music Canada’s presenting music into the wee hours of the morning. It’s an unforgettable experience for all, fostering connections and enriching careers of attending artists and industry members.

Under the banner of #FMCTopNotch, conference attendees and the public can keep track of news and updates about our events and artists during the four-day folk frenzy at Folk Alliance’s host hotel, the Westin Crown Centre. For all news and updates about our events and artists, please follow Folk Music Canada on twitter @folkmusiccanada and include the hashtag #FMCtopnotch in all your social media about Canadian Folk performers during Folk Alliance.

Folk Music Canada acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, The Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters in making these events possible.  

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/733035483567511/

 

FOLK MUSIC CANADA – RM 534

Wednesday, February 14, 2018:

Orit Shimoni (AB) 10:30 PM

Raine Hamilton String Trio (MB) 11:00 PM

Ambre McLean (ON) 12:00 AM

Aerialists (ON) 12:30 AM

Rosie & the Riveters (SK) 01:00 AM

Earle and Coffin (NS) 01:30 AM

Cy (NB) 02:00 AM

 

Thursday, February 15, 2018:

Royal Wood (ON) 10:30 PM

Les Poules à Colin (QC) 11:00 PM

Next Generation Leahy (ON) 11:30 PM

Jay Gilday (AB) 12:00 AM

The LYNNeS (ON) 12:30 AM

Wild Rivers (ON) 01:00 AM

Celeigh Cardinal (AB) 01:30 AM

Erin Costelo (NS) 02:00 AM

Jason Lee McKinney Band (TN) 02:30 AM

 

Friday, February 16, 2018:

Amanda Rheaume (ON) 10:30 PM

Julian Taylor (ON) 11:00 PM

Leaf Rapids (MB) 11:30 PM

Campbell Woods (ON) 12:00 AM

Russell deCarle (ON) 12:30 AM

NEeMA (QC) 01:00 AM

Jody Peck (BC) 01:30 AM

The Fugitives (ON) 02:00 AM

Union Duke (ON) 02:30 AM

 

Saturday, February 17, 2018:

Cindy Paul (AB) 10:30 PM

Jack Semple (SK) 11:00 PM

Suzie Vinnick (ON) 11:30 PM

Matthew Byrne (NL) 12:00 AM

Sarah Jane Scouten (ON) 12:30 AM

Bon Débarras (QC) 01:00 AM

Shakura S’Aida (ON) 01:30 AM

Res. (TBA) 02:00 AM

Shreem x Celtic Remixing (ON) 02:30 AM

 

MEDIA CONTACT:
Joelle May | ModMay Promotions
joelle@modmaypromotions.com

 

December 14th, 2017

Call for applications – FMC at Folk Alliance 2018

Call for applications – FMC at Folk Alliance 2018

Folk Music Canada is happy to announce that we will be offering showcase opportunities at Folk Alliance 2018, from Wednesday February 14 to Saturday February 18, 2018. Interested in being a performer? Application form at this link: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/fai2018/new

We encourage export emerging and export-ready Canadian artists to apply and take advantage of the opportunity to build their international careers.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday December 20, 2017 (11:59 pm EST).

Folk Alliance International conference takes place February 14-18 in Kansas City, Missouri. If this is your first FAI conference, check out the FAI website to learn about the unique aspects of this event. The FMC showcasing at this conference is eligible for funding from Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR and SOCAN Foundation.

For more information contact info@folkmusiccanada.ca.

Thank you to our funders and partners for their support.

This project has been made possible in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018 : Education, Immigration, Communities.


Appel de candidatures: vitrines MFC chez Folk Alliance 2018

Musique folk du Canada est heureux d’annoncer que nous allons tenir une salle de vitrine à la conference de Folk Alliance 2018, entre le mercredi 14 février et le samedi 18 février. Vous voulez participer? Déposez votre demande ici  
La date limite pour postuler à ce programme est le 20 décembre, 2017 à minuit (heure normale de l’Est).  Contactez-nous à info@folkmusiccanada.ca  pour les détails.

Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et à la Feuille de route du Canada 2013-2018 : éducation, immigration, communautés.

December 14th, 2017

It’s a Wrap: FolkNorth 2nd Edition Ends on a High Note!

It’s a Wrap: FolkNorth 2nd Edition Ends on a High Note

Toronto – December 7, 2017 – Praise and positive feedback were the messages received by Folk Music Canada organizers of FolkNorth. Regarded as highly successful and well presented, the export event brought together more than 25 national and international delegates and 24 of the brightest folk acts from Canada and abroad.

The 4-day weekend culminated Monday, December 4th with a conference debriefing session, where delegates shared their recommendations for future directions, touted the quality and diversity of artists programmed, and remarked on the uniqueness and viability of the event. FolkNorth is an export-focused showcase and industry event, which took place at the Sheraton Centre Toronto from December 1st to 4th, 2017.

Folk Music Canada has seen some impactful changes in recent months with incoming President Shoshona Kish taking the reins. In a gutsy move, Kish told delegates and artists alike in a town hall meeting that almost daily changes have meant restructuring, re-envisioning the future, and making some heavy decisions, including whether or not to cancel the 2nd edition of FolkNorth.

We are all committed to Folk Music Canada’s mission,” said Kish. “This FolkNorth weekend really exemplified and brought that home for all us within our community and we feel we reached our goals.”

The Mission –“ Folk Music Canada is a membership organization that supports and promotes the Canadian folk music community and its industry.  We work to raise awareness about the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada.

Shoshona Kish’s words echoed similar sentiments throughout the weekend from both artists and delegates.

Steve Johnson, Artistic Director of MerleFest in North Carolina said “The benefit of FolkNorth for me is seeing Canadian artists in one spot. The overall attitude and atmosphere of the event is conducive to peer to peer learning and the opportunity to meet the artists on a personal level makes it much easier to conduct business with them.

Participating export delegates flew in from the U.S., the UK, Europe, and Canada, in a concentrated effort to encourage block booking as well as cross border programming opportunities.  All artists and delegates took part in more than 500 peer-to-meetings as well as roundtable panels and discussions.

Bavo Vanden Broeck,VZW Folkfestival Dranouter in Belgium enjoyed FolkNorth. “I came here as a talent buyer-festival booker and was really impressed by the high calibre, great selection, and big variety of music. I feel ready to book several acts, so FolkNorth was very useful for me.” Check out the full list of confirmed delegates: https://folknorth2017.ca/delegates/

Showcase programming included artists from the United States and England as well as Canada with nightly showcases taking place at Toronto venues Supermarket and Adelaide Hall.  For the full lineup of artists check here: https://folknorth2017.ca/artists/

UK trio The Young’uns exclaimed, “It’s an honour to be here at FolkNorth. It’s been great meeting new musicians and old friends too. It felt like a family atmosphere even though it’s an industry event.”

“I had a fantastic time at Folk North,” said multi- award winning Canadian artist Amanda Rheaume.  “I love how curated and intimate the conference was. I found it much easier, compared to other bigger conferences, to properly connect with delegates and other artists and do actual business. I felt I was able to go deeper with business relationships and even friendships to help establish longer lasting connections and opportunities.”

Canadian artist Quique Escamilla agreed, saying, “It was nice to see delegates from Europe and Canada and see a healthy folk community and to be part of this event. I enjoyed leading a panel on inclusivity and diversity because we need those kinds of conversations and  stories to keep learning and to pay attention, as well as lifted up by some of the stories.”

Board Member Karrnnel Sawitsky says, “The FolkNorth conference brings together a folk community within Canada, North America and outside those borders and I think the event does a really great job of not only combining those communities and building long lasting friendships within them, but also because it is a smaller conference, people spend the weekend together creating long lasting friendships and business relationships.

Doug Cox – Vancouver Island Music Festival and Board Member said, “This FolkNorth weekend was the most intimate, most accessible music conference I have been to. The smallness of this event makes it very large.”

Managing Director Carolyn Sutherland concurs and is eager to move forward in the next chapter. “Everyone came with open minds and hearts.  The music was incredible. Artist showcases were fully attended and well-received by both delegates and fellow artists. There was a sense of community as well as professional international-level participation and mutual support from both delegates and artists. This is an amazing community we are involved with. We couldn’t be more pleased with the success of the event.

Folk Music Canada is thankful for the support of Folk Alliance International, Folk Music Ontario, and ACTRA RACS.

FolkNorth is made possible with the financial support of FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.

La deuxième édition de FolkNorth se termine sur une bonne note !  

Les organisateurs de FolkNorth de Folk Music du Canada n’ont reçu que des commentaires dithyrambiques pour leur récente série de rencontres et de vitrines professionnelles. Plus de 25 délégués nationaux et internationaux et 24 des plus brillants artistes folkloriques du Canada et de l’étranger se sont rassemblés pour discuter de l’exportation des artistes canadiens de musique folk.

Cette fin de semaine de 4 jours a culminé le lundi 4 décembre avec une séance de rétroaction, où les délégués ont partagé leurs recommandations pour les orientations futures, vanté la qualité et la diversité des artistes programmés, et ont souligné le caractère unique et la viabilité de l’événement. FolkNorth est la conférence axée sur l’exportation de la musique folk canadienne s’ayant déroulée au Sheraton Centre Toronto du 1er au 4 décembre 2017.

Soulignons que Music Folk du Canada a connu des changements importants au cours des derniers mois. Lors d’une récente assemblée publique, la nouvelle présidente, Shoshona Kish a partagé avec les délégués et artistes présents que Musique Folk du Canada fait face à une restructuration, doit développer une nouvelle vision de l’avenir et prendra des décisions importantes, dont déterminer si une troisième édition de FolkNorth aura lieu.

«Nous sommes tous dévoués à la mission de Folk Music du Canada», a déclaré Kish. «Ce week-end a été le rappel que nous avions eu besoin : que nous ainsi que la communauté folk sommes dévoués à cette mission. Nous sentons avoir atteint nos objectifs.»

La Mission – «Musique Folk du Canada est une organisation de membres qui soutient et promeut la communauté de musique folk canadienne et son industrie. Nous travaillons à sensibiliser la population à l’importance, à la diversité et à la valeur culturelle de tous les types de musique folk au Canada. »

Les mots de Shoshona Kish ont fait écho à des sentiments similaires tout au long de la fin de semaine chez les artistes et les délégués.

Steve Johnson, directeur artistique de MerleFest de la Caroline du Nord, a dit : «L’avantage de FolkNorth pour moi est de voir les artistes canadiens en un seul endroit. L’attitude générale et l’atmosphère de l’événement sont propices à l’apprentissage par les pairs. La possibilité de rencontrer les artistes à un niveau personnel facilite grandement la conduite des affaires avec eux.»

Les diffuseurs se sont déplacés des États-Unis, du Royaume-Uni, de l’Europe et du Canada afin d’encourager les bookings en bloc et développer d’autres projets tels que la programmation transfrontalière. Tous les artistes et délégués ont pris part à plus de 500 rencontres entre pairs ainsi qu’à des tables rondes et à des discussions.

Bavo Vanden Broeck, VZW Folkfestival Dranouter de la Belgique a apprécié FolkNorth. «Je suis venu ici en tant que recruteur d’artistes pour le compte d’un festival et j’étais très impressionné par l’excellente qualité, la sélection et la grande variété de musique. Je me sens prêt à booker plusieurs artistes et spectacles, alors FolkNorth m’a été très utile.» Consultez la liste complète des délégués confirmés : https://folknorth2017.ca/delegates/

La programmation des vitrines comprenait des artistes des États-Unis et de l’Angleterre ainsi que du Canada qui se sont présentés sur les scènes du Supermarket et d’Adelaide Hall. Pour la liste complète des artistes, cliquez ici: https://folknorth2017.ca/artists/

Le trio britannique The Young’uns s’est exclamé : « C’est un honneur d’être ici à FolkNorth. Ça été génial de rencontrer de nouveaux musiciens ainsi que de vieux amis. C’était imprégné d’une atmosphère familiale, même si c’est un évènement de l’industrie ».

«J’ai passé un moment fantastique à FolkNorth», a déclarée l’artiste canadienne primée, Amanda Rheaume. « J’ai aimé  la façon dont la conférence a été organisée. Son intimité m’a permise de dialoguer plus efficacement avec les délégués et les autres artistes.  J’ai senti que j’étais capable d’approfondir mes relations d’affaires, et même mes amitiés, ce qui m’a permise d’établir des rapports qui sont davantage durables ».

L’artiste canadien Quique Escamilla a convenu, en déclarant : « C’était agréable de participer à cet évènement pour voir des délégués de l’Europe et du Canada, et parmi l’ensemble de cette saine communauté folk. J’ai particulièrement apprécié le panel sur l’inclusion et la diversité car nous avons un grand besoin pédagogique, au sein de notre communauté, de tenir ce genre de discussion ».

Karmnel Sawitsky, membre du conseil d’administration dit : « La conférence FolkNorth rassemble les diverses communautés folk du Canada, de l’Amérique du Nord,  et de l’extérieur de ces frontières. Je pense que l’évènement a réussit à rapprocher ces communautés et à cultiver des amitiés durables. De plus, comme la conférence est petite, les gens passent le week-end ensemble et nouent des amitiés et relations d’affaires durables. »

Doug Cox – Vancouver Island Music Festival et membre du conseil d’administration a dit : «FolkNorth a été la conférence musicale la plus intime et accessible à laquelle j’ai assisté. Sa modeste taille la rend d’autant plus grande »

 La directrice générale, Carolyn Sutherland, est d’accord et est enthousiaste d’aller de l’avant : «Tout le monde est venu avec un esprit et un cœur ouverts. La musique était incroyable. Les vitrines d’artistes ont été appréciées par les délégués et les autres artistes. Il y avait une participation internationale et un soutien mutuel de la part des délégués et des artistes. C’est une communauté incroyable dans laquelle nous faisons partie. Nous ne pourrions pas être plus satisfaits du succès de l’événement. »

Folk Music Canada est reconnaissant du soutien de Folk Alliance International, de Folk Music Ontario et d’ACTRA RACS.

FolkNorth est rendu possible grâce au soutien financier de FACTOR, du Conseil des arts du Canada et du gouvernement du Canada.

November 6th, 2017

Welcome to FolkNorth 2017!

FolkNorth

Folk Music Canada Announces the Second Edition of FolkNorth

Folk Music Canada is proud to present the second edition of FolkNorth; an export-focused showcase and industry event that will take place in Toronto from December 1-4, 2017.

Anchored in the goal of expanding market opportunities for the Canadian folk industry and spotlighting the strength of Canadian folk talent on a world stage, FolkNorth will shine the spotlight on some of Canada’s brightest folk acts, along with a few international ones. It will also bring together export delegates from the United States, the United Kingdom, and many more key industry delegates from Canada. Check out confirmed delegates HERE.

The four-day event will be held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, as well as showcases taking place Friday and Saturday nights at The Supermarket and Sunday night at Adelaide Hall, both venues in Toronto. Designed to be small in scope, the weekend focuses on offering high-level opportunities to established Canadian artists, agents, managers, music supervisors and publicists, as well as professional development and networking opportunities for the Canadian folk presenting community.

“The goal of FolkNorth is to get more Canadian folk musicians out into the international market. There is such a wealth of talent in our country and we want to share that. We also want to create an event that is intimate and provides quality networking opportunities where both artists and delegates can forge lasting relationships,” says Shoshona Kish, President of Folk Music Canada.

VISIT the FolkNorth website at FolkNorth.ca.

This year’s showcasing artist roster includes:

Amanda Rheaume (ON)

Canailles (QC)

Cassie & Maggie (NS)

Cheshire Carr (QC)

Durham County Poets (QC)

Jay Gilday (AB)

Jenny Whiteley (ON)

Jody Peck (BC)

Kobo Town (ON)

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards (U.S.)

Leela Gilday (NT)

Les Tireux d’Roches (QC)

MAZ (QC)

Quique Escamilla (ON)

Red Moon Road (MB)

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar (ON)

Shakura S’Aida (ON)

Shauit (QC)

Son of Town Hall (U.S.-U.K)

Steph Cameron (SK)

Steve Poltz (U.S.)

The Small Glories (MB)

The Young’uns (U.K)

 

KEY INFORMATION
Showcase & industry summit bridging Canada and the world
December 1-4, 2017 Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON (downtown Toronto)

REGISTER for FolkNorth HERE.

Cost to register for FolkNorth (for Folk Music Canada members):

$225 early bird (EXTENDED until November 26)

$375 regular (November 27 onward).

To become a member of Folk Music Canada (for as little as $20 per year), click HERE.

Registration includes attendance at all business meetings, workshops, and receptions. Showcase artists need not be registered for FolkNorth, however one artist representative must register to represent each showcase artist at business meetings.

Questions?

Contact us: folknorth@folkmusiccanada.ca

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September 5th, 2017

Folk Music Canada Announces Luncheon Performances at the 2017 Americana Music Conference

Folk Music Canada is  thrilled to announce the line-up for the #FMCTopNotch showcase to be presented as part of the official programming for AmericanaFest on Friday, September 15 from 12pm to 2pm.

These activities will be part of the official programming for the 18th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which gathers thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world from September 12 to 17  in Nashville, TN and includes more than 200 performances.

As part of its showcasing endeavours, Folk Music Canada is proud to be presenting the following artists at the 2017 edition of AmericanaFest:

12pm Nice Horse (Toronto, ON)

12:20pm David Myles  (Halifax, NS)

12:40pm Joey Wright (Toronto, ON)

1pm April Verch (Ottawa Valley, ON)

1:15pm The Dead South (Regina, SK)

1:30pm Jenny Whiteley (Elphin, ON)

The showcase runs from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the InDo Nashville, 632 Fogg St. Nashville, TN.

Folk Music Canada is a member-driven organization that supports and promotes the Canadian folk music community, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada.

Thank you to our funders and partners for their support.

This project has been made possible in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018 : Education, Immigration, Communities, and by Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et à la Feuille de route du Canada 2013-2018 : éducation, immigration, communautés, et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.