March 31st, 2017

FolkNorth 2017 Showcase Applications OPEN NOW until May 15 2017

Join us once again for the 2nd edition of FolkNorth, taking place in Toronto from December 1 to 3, 2017.   Showcasing, industry development, networking and more!

Showcase & industry summit bridging Canada and the world
December 1-3, 2017
Sheraton Centre, Toronto, ON (downtown Toronto)

Showcase applications accepted April 1 to May 15, 2017 
Open to Canadian and international artists

Folk Music Canada Members, apply here, cost is $35
Folk Music Canada NON Members, apply here, cost is $50
To become a member of Folk Music Canada (for as little as $20 per year), click here.

March 20th, 2017

Call for Showcase Applications for FolkNorth 2017: Applications Open April 1


3 Days,  30 Showcases, 30 Export Buyers

December 1 to December 3, 2017 Toronto, ON

As part of its ongoing work to build the Canadian folk music industry, Folk Music Canada is proud to announce the second edition of FolkNorth, an export-focused showcase event taking place in Toronto from December 1 to 3, 2017.    The event revolves around live showcases where a juried selection of artists perform for presenters looking to book shows for their home communities.  Applications to showcase at FolkNorth open on April 1, 2017 and close on May 15, 2017.

Throughout the three days of this boutique, industry event,  Folk Music Canada will present more than 30 artist performances, 500 business meetings and 20 industry-targeted professional development sessions.   

With more than 30 delegate buyers,  FolkNorth’s export focus will shine the spotlight on the Canadian folk industry, foster new business collaborations and build opportunities for artists to tour internationally.  

Balanced with the export outlook is an industry development stream with workshops and peer meetings designed to help foster best practices within the Canadian folk industry through international dialogue with world class presenters, agents, record labels and managers.

FolkNorth strives to be a small-scale, high-level, invitation-oriented event designed to offer the export-focused Canadian folk artist-entrepreneur and industry a place to expand their business reach with an event anchored in Canada.  Deliberately designed to be ‘not another music conference’, the event places quality over quantity in its programming and professional development.

Find out more about FolkNorth’s offerings by visiting the event’s website here:


Showcase & industry summit bridging Canada and the world

December 1-3, 2017

Sheraton Centre, Toronto, ON (downtown Toronto)

Showcase applications accepted April 1 to May 15, 2017

Open to Canadian and international artists


Folk North 2017 Showcase Application links  (open April 1, 2017)

Folk Music Canada Members, apply here, cost is $35

Folk Music Canada NON Members, apply here, cost is $50

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




Twitter: @folkmusiccanada @FolkNorthFMC

Instagram: @folkmusiccanada

Hashtag: #FolkNorth17

March 2nd, 2017

Folk Music Canada Annual General Meeting

Folk Music Canada will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday March 2 at 2pm ET.  Below are the documents which will be presented, which also include the dial/login-in information to participate.  All are welcome to observe.  Only voting members who received and email invitation may participate as voting members.

2017 March FMC AGM agenda

FMC annual report 2015-16

FMC bylaws NEW Oct 2013 ENG

FMC Financial Statements Year End August 31 2016

2013 OCT Folk Music Canada AGM minutes


February 23rd, 2017

Folk Music Canada Success @FAI2017: Turning Contacts Into Contracts!

Folk Music Canada has packed up the showcase gear and returned to its Canadian home base after another successful edition of Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest folk conference and industry gathering, with more than 3000 attendees.  While specific results are still being tabulated, the success of its #FMCTopNotch initiatives is evident and the impact on the Canadian folk music marketplace are significant.

With this fifth edition of presentations at Folk Alliance International, Folk Music Canada produced more than 40 showcases featuring 38 Canadian acts, and coordinated multiple international partnerships over the course of this music conference that took place from February 15 to 20 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Folk Music Canada’s annual networking mixer for its showcasing artists.

Through its annual networking event, Folk Music Canada brought together 40 exporting artists and Canadian industry members with 80 programmers, booking agents, and managers from across the USA, UK, Ireland and Australia.

New in 2017, Folk Music Canada worked with its fellow Canadian music industry associations, under the banner of the Pan-Canadian Initiative, to offer a networking brunch with B2B meetings.  With more than 100 participants, the event facilitated 900 meetings between Canadian music entrepreneurs and key folk industry members from record labels, venues, festivals and organizations from the US, UK and Australia.  Thanks to the Pan-Canadian Initiative members: Canadian Independent Music Association, Folk Music Ontario, East Coast Music Association, Music Ontario, Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Alberta Music, Music BC, Music NWT, Music PEI, Music NS, Music NL and Music-Musique NB.

Pan-Canadian B2B brunch


With a strong brand and worldwide reputation, Canadian artists left very favourable impressions on the international marketplace.  Lisa Schwartz from the Philadelphia Folk Festival, one of North America’s largest, and longest running, folk festivals indicated: Folk Music Canada’s showcases have proven to be a treasure trove of fantastic musicians that never disappoints.  I have discovered some of the most talented artists in this room and have seen and heard what are likely my favorite Folk Alliance International musical moments presented against the now-familiar red and white backdrop.  Because of Folk Music Canada’s stellar efforts, we have booked several Canadian artists for the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

First Nations artist William Prince showcases in the Folk Music Canada room

Qualitative feedback from Canadian artist representatives also reflects these positive results.  Nathalie Kleinschmidt, of Prairie Mix, a Winnipeg-based management group, offered the following feedback about the results working with singer-songwriter William Prince, a Winnipeg-based artist from the Peguis First Nation: “Thanks to the support of the Folk Music Canada team, our Folk Alliance International experience surpassed our expectations. We were able to turn contacts into contracts. We left with a record label and publishing deal, offers to perform in both Canada and the USA, and opportunities to collaborate with world-class artists. Perhaps more importantly, we found a sense of community and commitment that bodes well for our long-term business relations across the border.”

Folk Music Canada’s social presence at #FAI2017

Additionally, digital marketing was a significant component of the #FMCTopNotch presentations, with SpinCount supporting this initiative as media sponsor. The analytics for Folk Music Canada’s social channels indicate that engagement throughout the conference was at an all-time high, totalling more than 460 000. Engagement reflected the export focus of this project, with highest clicks outside of Canada generated in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland.


To complement these showcasing activities, Folk Music Canada also created two SoundCloud streams (see below) to help promote the showcasing artists to delegates and programmers.  During the 30 day campaign, more than 2200 plays were registered, with listeners primarily concentrated in the USA.

All of these #FMCTopNotch initiatives were made possible with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN Foundation, FACTOR, The Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Folk Music Canada would also like to thank its #FMCTopNotch partners: Folk Music Ontario. Folk Alliance International, SpinCount, and Ear Trumpet Labs.


January 24th, 2017

FOLK MUSIC CANADA AT FAI 2017: Showcase line-up and more!

 Folk Music Canada is pleased to announce its activities for the 2017 Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, including showcases, a reception, business networking brunch and festival style workshops, all taking place under the banner of #FMCTopnotch.

Folk Music Canada is hosting more than 40 showcase performances, over four days at the conference’s host hotel. These performances will feature more than 35 artists from across Canada. The full schedule is available at, and on our Facebook event page.

We invite you to get to know all of our #FMCtopnotch showcasing artists through our SoundCloud stream here.

In a new partnership for #FAI2017, Folk Music Canada is partnering with Folk Music Ontario to present all-Ontario Thursday, where each showcase performance features an Ontario folk act.  This initiative is made possible by the Ontario Media Development Corporation and the SOCAN Foundation.

As well, Folk Music Canada is hosting 6 collaborative ‘in-the-round’ sessions, within the theme of ‘Crossing Borders’, pairing Canadian acts with artists from the United Kingdom and the United States. During these afternoon, round-robin presentations, 12  Canadians will share the stage with 10 international artists.  For 2017, Folk Music Canada has once again partnered with the English Folk and Dance Song Society to present two UK acts, Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage and Jake Morley.  The US artists featured will be: Sam Baker, Eve Sheldon, Giri and Uma Peters, Malachi Graham, Rachel Baiman and Sam Gleaves.

All ‘Crossing Borders’ artists can be previewed through our SoundCloud stream here.

Folk Music Canada is also partnering with the CIMA and all Canadian Provincial Music Industry Associations to host a business to business networking brunch, taking place on Friday morning of Folk Alliance. The event will bring together 50 Canadians music entrepreneurs with 50 international music business contacts to facilitate high-level, export-oriented business meetings.

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 the SOCAN Foundation , FACTOR, The Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters, in making these events possible.

As well, Folk Music Canada is grateful for its 2017 Folk Alliance partners, SpinCount for promotional support,  The English Folk and Dance Song Society for programming support and Ear Trumpet Labs for audio amplification support.

About Folk Music Canada:

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.

Folk Music Canada works to promote the excellence in Canadian Folk music to export markets through more than 150 international showcases per year, and its export industry gathering, FolkNorth, taking place in Toronto from December 1 to 3, 2017.



Kimberly Sinclair | SpinCount Music Promotions



Key Links

Link to SoundCloud for all artists performing in the evening programming:

Link to SoundCloud for all artists performing as part of Crossing Borders:

Our Facebook event:

List of Performing Artists for the 2017 Folk Music Canada Showcase at #FAI2017

Folk Music Canada Suite 534

Wednesday 10:30 PM  David Newland ON

Wednesday 11:00 PM Meaghan Blanchard PE

Wednesday 11:30 PM Poor Nameless Boy SK

Wednesday 12:00 AM Mariel Buckley AB

Wednesday 12:30 AM  James Hill & Anne Janelle NS

Wednesday 1:00 AM Ken Stead AB

Wednesday 1:30 AM Ten Strings and a Goat Skin PE

Thursday 2:00 PM ITR The Bombadils QC Ken Yates ON Jake Morley UK

Thursday 3:00 PM  ITR Bobby Dove QC Abigail Lapell ON David Newland ON Eve Sheldon PA

Thursday 10:30 PM The Lonesome Ace Stringband ON

Thursday 11:00 PM Abigail Lapell ON

Thursday 11:30 PM The Young Novelists ON

Thursday 12:00 AM  Nick Sherman ON

Thursday 12:30 AM Dione Taylor and the Backsliderz ON

Thursday 1:00 AM Winona WIlde ON

Thursday 1:30 AM Ken Yates ON

Thursday 2:00 AM Brock Zeman ON

Thursday 2:30 AM Digging Roots ON

Friday 2:00 PM Oh Susanna ON Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage UK Sam Gleaves KY

Friday 3:00 PM Sussex QC Erin Costelo NS Malachi Graham WA

Friday 10:30 PM Ken Tizzard ON

Friday 11:00 PM William Prince MB

Friday 11:30 PM Dave Gunning NS

Friday 12:00 AM The Once NL

Friday 12:30 AM  Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers NS

Friday 1:00 AM Belle Plaine SK

Friday 1:30 AM Sussex QC

Friday 2:00 AM  Roger Roger MB

Friday 2:30 AM Lonely Heartstring Band BC

Saturday 2:00 PM  Alysha Brilla ON Coco Love Alcorn ON Giri and Uma Peters NC

Saturday 3:00 PM Winona Wilde ON William Prince MB Rachel Baiman TN Sam Baker TX

Saturday 10:30 PM Heather Rankin NS

Saturday 11:00 PM Scott Cook AB

Saturday 11:30 PM The Doll Sisters AB

Saturday 12:00 AM Erin Costelo NS

Saturday 12:30 AM Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys PS

Saturday 1:00 AM  Cécile Doo-Kingué

Saturday 1:30 AM  Ariana Gillis ON

Saturday 2:00 AM The Bombadils QC

Saturday 2:30 AM  Slocan Ramblers ON


January 13th, 2017

Get Ready for FAI 2017 with our Webinars! Jan 17 or Feb 2

Getting ready for Folk Alliance International? Whether you are a first-timer or a veteran who wants to brush up on their game, our webinar will give you the tools you need to make the most of your attendance.

Hosted by Tamara Kater,  Executive Director of Folk Music Canada, this session is designed for the emerging or established musician, and their team members (agents, managers etc). We will offer participants the opportunity to submit questions and topics in advance.

In addition to specific areas requested by participants, we hope to cover the following:

• Overview of markets represented at Folk Alliance
• Strategies for networking and promotion on the ground
• How to showcase successfully
• Key events to attend at Folk Alliance
• Your suggestions!   Please let us know what topics you would like to cover

The sessions will take place Tuesday, January 17 and Thursday February 2, at 2pm ET.

More information and registration here:
December 30th, 2016

Discover the Excellence of Canadian Folk Music at APAP 2017

We’re delighted to highlight the following Canadian folk artists who will be taking part in APAP 2017.   Feel free to contact us for further information or to liaise with the artist representatives!

Take in a sample track from each of the showcasing acts here:

Find out more about each artist and their showcase times below.

Balkan-Québecois spicy turbo Folk

Friday, January 6 8:30-8:55pm DROM

Friday, January 6 11:20pm-12am New York Hilton – Morgan Suite

Sunday, January 8 7:30-8pm Highline Ballroom

Élage Diouf

Master percussionist, Senegalese singer-songwriter

Saturday, January 7  7-8pm MIST Harlem

Saturday, January 7  10:20-10:35pm New York Hilton – Regent Parlour

James Hill and Anne Janelle

Award winning ukulele, cello, singer-songwriter duo from Canada

Saturday, January 7  5:20-5:35pm New York Hilton – Morgan Suite

Saturday, January 7  6:20-6:25pm New York Hilton – Morgan Suite

Jayme Stone’s Folklife

Sea island spirituals, Creole calypsos and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes

Friday, January 6 9-9:15pm New York Hilton – Madison Suite

Friday, January 11-11:15pm New York Hilton – Madison Suite

Kaia Kater

New soul of traditional mountain music

Thursday, January 5 8:45-9pm Jalopy Theatre and School of Music

Friday, January 6 7:20-7:35pm New York Hilton – Madison Suite

Friday, January 6 9:45-10pm Don’t Tell Mama

Sunday, January 7 7:45-8:15pm Rockwood Music Hall 

Quinn Bachand’s Brishen

Original Western & Euro-gypsy swing, where virtuosity meets vibe

Friday, January 6 11:55pm -12:15am New York Hilton – Madison Suite

Vox Sambou

Traditional Haitian rhythms fused with reggae and hip-hop

Friday, January 6 11:30-11:55pm DROM


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.

We also acknowledge the promotional support of our event partner, SpinCountPromotions and Publicity.

December 7th, 2016


The inaugural edition of Folk Music Canada’s new export showcase event,FolkNorth, wrapped on Saturday with much praise and positive feedback from industry, international export delegates and showcasing artists.

Spanning four days, the event included 35 export delegates, 25 domestic industry participants and 25 showcasing artists. “As a young organization, we were trying to bring a new style of industry event to life. Our overarching goal was to create deeper business relationships by designing FolkNorth to be a smaller-scale, summit-style gathering, with a limited number of curated showcases. The emphasis was on matchmaking, peer to peer exchange and deep value  We’ve achieved our targets, and we’re excited to see what the next chapter holds,” said Tamara Kater, Executive Director of Folk Music Canada.

FolkNorth Showcasing Artist Matthew Byrne of St. John’s Newfoundland

Participating export delegates came from the United States, the United Kingdom and Denmark as focus markets. The event also included Canadian festival buyers to encourage industry development across borders and open channels to future block booking and cross-programming opportunities. To reflect the international element of FolkNorth, showcase programming included artists from the United States and England. All artists and delegates took part in more than 500 B2B meetings, each scheduled in advance of the event.

The hub of FolkNorth was the Toronto Sheraton Centre, where delegates stayed and took part in meetings. Export showcases took place in various venues throughout the event, including Adelaide Hall,  the Church of the Holy Trinity and Hugh’s Room. For a complete list of showcasing artists, click here.

While full evaluation is still underway, initial feedback from both artists and buyer-delegates is positive.  Justin Nordell of the Philadelphia Folksong Societysaid: “I cannot thank Folk Music Canada enough for what was the most overall rewarding and enriching music event that I’ve been to in ages. Your staff and board outdid themselves ensuring a wonderful experience for delegates, agents, and musicians alike. I cannot wait to see the event grow year over year from the phenomenal seeds planted in 2016.”

In its inaugural year, Folk Music Canada chose to position FolkNorth adjacent to the Canadian Folk Music Awards (December 2- 3) in order to help industry, artists and their representatives attend both events without incurring further travel costs to attend a stand-alone event.  Many artists took advantage of this timing to do business while attending the awards event.

The 2016 edition of FolkNorth also included Crossing Borders. This initiative paired Canadian artists with UK performers for a collaborative writing retreat, followed by in-the-round style performances.  This year’s participants were Ontario artist Oh Susanna and UK artists Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage.  The exchange will continue in 2017, as Oh Susanna travels to the UK for further collaboration and touring with Hannah and Ben.

Folk Music Canada is thankful for the support of Folk Music OntarioMusic PEIand Folk Alliance International, as well as the promotional contribution of our event partner, SpinCount Promotions and Publicity and Penguin Eggs magazine.  We thank Bandzoogle and Marcato for helping to power the technological resources behind this event.

Folk Music Canada thanks the Canadian Folk Music Awards for hosting FolkNorthdelegates at the nominees showcase at Hugh’s Room, and for facilitating FolkNorth guests to attend the awards gala at the Isabel Bader Theatre.

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.

November 23rd, 2016

Folk Music Canada Announces Line-up for FolkNorth Export Event


(Toronto) As part of its ongoing work to build the Canadian folk music industry, Folk Music Canada is proud to announce its programming for the first edition of FolkNorth, an export-focused showcase event taking place in Toronto from November 30 to December 3, 2016. More information here.

November 4th, 2016

Folk Alliance International Announces 2017 Official Showcases

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Folk Alliance International has revealed their line-up for the 2017 edition of their conference, taking place in Kansas City, MO from February 15 to 19, 2017. Congratulations to all involved, and especially to the Canadians selected to take part, as listed below.

A list of all showcasing artists can be found here.

Name                                                      Province

Maria Dunn                                               Alberta

Harpdog Brown & The Travelin’ Blues Show   British Columbia

iskwé                                                      Manitoba

JP Hoe                                                    Manitoba

William Prince                                           Manitoba

Adyn Townes                                            New Brunswick

Tomato Tomato                                         New Brunswick

The Once                                                 Newfoundland & Labrador

Leanne Goose                                          Northwest Territories

Quantum Tangle                                        Northwest Territories

Ben Caplan                                              Nova Scotia

Dave Gunning                                           Nova Scotia

Erin Costelo                                             Nova Scotia

Heather Rankin                                         Nova Scotia

Hillsburn                                                  Nova Scotia

James Hill & Anne Janelle                          Nova Scotia

AHI                                                         Ontario

Alysha Brilla                                             Ontario

Ariana Gillis                                              Ontario

Coco Love Alcorn                                      Ontario

Digging Roots                                           Ontario

Dione Taylor                                             Ontario

Harrow Fair                                               Ontario

Hey, Wow                                                Ontario

Janice Jo Lee                                           Ontario

Kobo Town                                               Ontario

Lemon Bucket Orkestra                             Ontario

Madison Violet                                          Ontario

Skye Wallace                                           Ontario

Suzie Vinnick                                           Ontario

Terra Lightfoot                                          Ontario

The Next Generation Leahy                        Ontario

Newberry & Verch                                     Ontario / North Carolina

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys     Prince Edward Island

Meaghan Blanchard                                   Prince Edward Island

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin                      Prince Edward Island

Vishtèn                                                    Prince Edward Island

Elage Diouf                                              Québec

H’Sao                                                      Québec

Mélisande [électrotrad]                               Québec

NEeMA                                                    Québec

Sussex                                                    Québec

Saltarello                                                 Québec

Belle Plaine                                              Saskatchewan