Scroll down for all sorts of links to various conferences, associations, websites and more.

Folk Music Canada Guides and Tools


Are you a member of your provincial music industry association?

Funding help:

SOCAN Foundation – International showcasing assistance

Canada Council for the Arts – Audience and Market Development  (can support showcasing at contact events)

Canada Council for the Arts – Music Grants (for individuals, organizations)

FACTOR – Music Grants (For individuals, organizations.  Can support recording, marketing, showcasing, touring and business development)


Canadian Conferences and Showcase Events:

Folk Music Ontario (formerly know as Ontario Council of Folk Festivals)
Delta Downtown, Ottawa, ON
23-27 October, 2016
Showcase submissions deadline: usually in May

Canadian Folk Music Awards
Toronto, ON
1-4 December, 2016
Award submission deadline: earlybird June, final deadline July.

ECMA Conference
Sydney, NS
April 13-17, 2016

CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association)
Taking place at CINARS (see below) in 2016
A four-day gathering of members and stakeholders from the national and international touring performing arts sector, with an emphasis on professional development, networking, and advocacy. The conference brings together over 200 cultural entrepreneurs and key industry stakeholders working in the national and International performing arts sector. The conference includes an exhibit hall, live artistic performances, peer-to-peer meetings, keynote speakers, workshops and other activities that advance and unite the sector.

La Bourse RIDEAU
(organized by RIDEAU)
Québec, QC
February, 2016
La Bourse RIDEAU est le plus important rendez-vous francophone de la création et de la diffusion des arts de la scène en Amérique. Y sont associés, de précieux partenaires des milieux artistique et médiatique. La Bourse RIDEAU permet aux producteurs et agents de spectacles de présenter des artistes d’envergure, établis ou en émergence, et aux diffuseurs nationaux et internationaux de porter les œuvres de ces derniers devant public, sur les scènes d’ici ou à l’étranger.

Contact East
(organized by the APA – Atlantic Presenters Association)
Saint John, New Brunswick
September 22–25, 2016
Submission Information:

Ontario Contact
(organized by CCI – Canadian Cultural Impressarios)
London, ON
November 3-5, 2016
Submission Information:

Contact Ontarois
(organized by Réseau Ontario)
Ottawa, ON
January 13-16, 2016
Showcase submission deadline: August 2015
Contact ontarois célèbre les arts de la scène en réunissant des centaines d’artistes et de diffuseurs de partout au Canada. Venez découvrir et redécouvrir les artistes de l’Ontario français et d’ailleurs et soyez témoin d’un milieu en pleine effervescence !

Pacific Contact
(organized by BCTC – BC Touring Council)
Burnaby, BC
April 2016
Showcase submission deadline: TBC
Pacific Contact is the BC Touring Council’s annual tradeshow and booking conference for the performing arts. It includes artist showcases, a contact room (tradeshow booths of artists and agent/managers) workshops, networking and a hospitality suite for late night fun.
Pacific Contact 2015 is 3 full days from April 10 to 12, 2015. The conference activities (workshop/networking, hospitality suite,contact room, meals, accommodation) takes place at the Hilton Vancouver, Burnaby, B.C.. The showcases are at the Michael J Fox Theatre, and at the Shadbolt Centre for the Arts

Alberta Showcase
(organized by ATAA – Arts Touring Alliance of Alberta)
Fort Saskatchewan, AB
October 23-25, 2015 (2016 dates are still TBA)
Submission Information:

OSAC “Showcase” Conference
Saskatoon, SK
October 2016 (dates TBA)
Showcase submission deadline: April, 2016

Showcase Manitoba
(organized by the Manitoba Arts Network)
Showcase submission deadline: May 

October 2016 (dates and location TBA)
Manitoba Showcase is an annual event, held in a different location each year, where a selection of artists perform for an audience of up to 100 Manitoba rural and northern presenters seeking to book acts to tour to their communities. Following the performance, artists (or their representation) have the opportunity to meet presenters and distribute their promotional material in the Contact Room. It is not uncommon for an artist who is well received at the Manitoba Showcase to book a sizable performance tour throughout rural and northern Manitoba. Additionally, many Showcase artists have found that they receive up to four years of on-going booking enquiries based on a single slot at our Showcase.

Canadian Music Week
Toronto, ON
May 4 -14, 2016
Canadian Music Week is recognized as one of the premier entertainment events in North America focusing on the business of music. We bring together Sound Recording, New Media and Broadcast for one spectacular week of events. Combining informative, intensive conferences, cutting edge trade exhibition, award shows, film festival and Canada’s biggest New Music Festival. Canadian Music Fest spans 5 nights of performances, with more than 800 showcasing bands at 60 live music venues in downtown Toronto.

Toronto, ON
June 15-19, 2016
North by Northeast Music Festival and Conference (NXNE) has become the Canadian festival destination for unsigned bands, indie favorites, and major-label headlining artists alike. Seen as the most anticipated summer music event in Canada, NXNE Music, NXNE Film, and NXNE Interactive are an essential gathering for artists, industry, and fans. We’re based in Toronto, but bring a global perspective to our programming.

INDIE (Independent) Music Awards
Toronto, ON
Dates TBC
Nomination submission deadline: December
This Grammys-of-the-Indie scene, the closing party of Canadian Music Week, has quickly become a media flashpoint and major trolling ground for music fans and tastemakers searching for the next wave of music superstars. Celebrating the successes of indie artists – both from home and abroad – The Indies have become an annual must-attend event. Featuring appearances and performances by some of Canada’s – and the world’s – emerging artists, and broadcast live to air on XM Satellite Radio

Juno Awards
Calgary, AB
March 28-April 3, 2016
The JUNO Awards “road trip” is saddled up and heading west as The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and broadcast partner CTV announced today that Calgary will host The 2016 JUNO Awards and JUNO Week celebrations, March 28-April 3. The 45th annual JUNO Awards will be broadcast on CTV from The Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday, April 3, 2016.

The Blues Summit / Maple Blues Awards
(organized by the Toronto Blues Society)
Toronto, ON
Maple Blues Awards January 18, 2016
The Blues Summit 8 – dates TBA in 2017
Toronto Blues Society hosts a music conference called The Blues Summit, which is a not-to-be-missed forum for all blues music industry members, artists, presenters, agents, and the like. It is an opportunity for the blues community to network as well as for artists to showcase in front of blues industry members. It is held every two years in conjunction with the annual Maple Blues Awards. In 2013, Blues Summit Six was a very successful conference.

The Maple Blues Awards is Canada’s national blues awards program. Its goal is to promote blues music across Canada, and to recognize outstanding achievement in the field.


BreakOut West Festival
(organized by the Western Canadian Music Alliance)
Victoria, BC
September 2016
Showcase and award submission deadline: April

Canadian Country Music Awards / Country Music Week
(organized by the Canadian Country Music Association)
September 2016
New Artist Showcase / CCMA Songwriters’ Café submission deadline: April
Canadian Country Music Week and the Canadian Country Music Awards make up a four day conference and celebration culminating in the nationally broadcast CCMA Awards. Country Music Week is one of the largest music events in Canada each year with a combination of activities for both community and industry attendees including showcase opportunities for newcomers, educational seminars and an all day FanFest that delivers Canada’s stars to the community.

Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week
Yarnmouth, NS
November 2016
Showcase Submission deadline: June

MusicNL Conference
St.-John’s, NFLD
October 2016


Showcase PEI
Charlottetown, PEI
Late September
Since 2008, Music PEI has hosted an annual buyers conference. Showcase PEI has grown to become the most important export development conference for members of the PEI music industry. Music PEI brings together 30 buyers and showcases over 20 exporting or export ready Island artists over the course of two days in beautiful Prince Edward Island. Buyers include festival and venue programmers, labels, agents, promoters, press and other key industry members. In the past delegates have come from Japan, the UK, US and across Canada.

Music New Brunswick Awards / Music Week
Saint John, NB
October 2016

Canadian Organization of Campus Activities (COCA)

TBA June 2017

Showcase submissions via Sonicbids
Showcase submission deadline: March
The Canadian Organization of Campus Activities, represents more than 65 member post-secondary institutions across Canada from Vancouver, British Columbia to St. John’s, Newfoundland. COCA also has more than 100 artist and associate members.

COCA Central Regional Conference
Generally held in November

COCA Eastern Regional Conference
Held annually in conjunction with Music Nova Scotia Week

COCA Western Regional Conference
Meet during school year from time to time.  Contact them through website.


ADISQ (Association québecoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la video)

Conférence de presse pour le dévoilement des nominations
septembre 2016

L’Autre Gala
octobre 2016

Gala de l’ADISQ
octobre 2016
Parce que la lumière naît du débat, les Rencontres québécoises de l’industrie de la musique vous invitent ce printemps à deux jours de conférences et d’échanges où vous pourrez discuter directement avec les autres acteurs de l’industrie.
Dans une formule renouvelée qui allie présentations, échanges simultanés et ateliers de discussion, vous aurez l’occasion non seulement d’enrichir votre réflexion sur l’avenir de l’industrie, mais aussi de découvrir et de partager des renseignements pratiques sur votre travail au quotidien dans le domaine de la musique.

International Conference & Showcase Events


Folk Alliance International Conference
Kansas City, MO
February 17-21, 2016
Showcase submission deadline: mid-October (check for extensions)
The International Folk Alliance conference is an annual event that draws together music industry professionals from throughout  the world to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance.  It is an event of celebration, education, and entertainment.
Held over five days, the Conference includes:
Over 2000 registered attendees
Over 50 workshops, panel discussions, and peer group meetings that address critical issues relating to presenting, promoting, and preserving folk and traditional music and dance.
100+ industry exhibitors
Special events, such as the Folk Music & Business Awards, Lifetime Achievement Awards, networking receptions, official Performance Alley and private showcase performances, feature shows, exhibit hall, block booking sessions, Memphis Tours, community outreach concerts, etc.
200 official juried performances (Performance Alley)
300+ unofficial private showcases



Folk Alliance is affiliated with smaller regional organizations that each hold their own annual conference.  If you are a Canadian member of Folk Alliance, you are automatically a member of one of these organizations.  Find out more about this here and below.


SWRFA – South Western Regional Folk Alliance
Austin, TX
September 2016
The  Annual Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference is generally held in Austin, TX, in September. The seminar topics address many facets of the music business – booking and tour planning, agents and managers, music law, the internet, getting airplay, studio know how, song sharing and discussion, wellness while on the road and looking fo alternate ways to get our music to the world – such as in schools and films. Artists, managers, agents, venue operators as well as folks who come to listen enthusiastically find a common bond, make new friends, discover new music, have fun and learn.


FARM – Folk Alliance Regional Midwest
St.-Louis, MO
October 2016


SERFA – Southeast Regional Folk Alliance
Montreat, North Carolina
May 15-18 2016 (generally held in mid-May)


Far-West – Folk Alliance Region West
Oakland, CA
October 2016
Far-West, one of the five Folk Alliance regions, celebrates folk music through our annual conference.  We would like to invite you to join us this October — to listen, celebrate, recognize, and enjoy the richness of folk music in the West.  This event is a central part of our mission as a volunteer-led 501(c)3 — to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music, dance, and related performing arts in the Western states of the U.S. and Canada.

Partner, network, learn from each other, and be ready to be inspired and to bring the magic of folk music out into all of our worlds.  The benefits from attending Far West unfold over time…and multiply each year.


NERFA – Northeast Regional Folk Alliance
Hudson Valley Resort, Kerhonkson, NY (location may change in 2016)
November 2016


SXSW – South by Southwest
Austin, TX
March 11-20, 2016
Showcase submission deadline: TBC
Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the SXSW Trade Show: The Exhibition for Creative Industries and global networking opportunities abound. Austin serves as the perfect backdrop for SXSW®, where career development flourishes amid the relaxed atmosphere. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.


American Performing Arts Presenters (APAP)
January 12-19, 2016
New York, NY
APAP|NYC is the place to get connected, find solutions and build your enterprise.  For the individual participant and organization team, APAP|NYC offers 5 crackling days of networking, business exchanges, knowledge sharing and more – more performances (showcases, curated festivals, and special events) by more artists in more genres and styles, and more interaction with industry leaders — the presenters, producers, managers, agents and supporters — who bring artists together with audiences in every way possible and engage communities in the live performance experience.

More than 3,900 performing arts professionals and artists from 49 states in the U.S. and 30 countries attend APAP|NYC, making it the largest performing arts industry event.


The Americana Music Association Conference & Festival
Nashville, TN
September 20-25, 2015
Showcase Submission Deadline: April
Each year, the Americana Music Festival & Conference brings together legendary artists and the next generation of rising stars for four days of music and education. Artists like Robert Plant, Emmylou Harris, The Avett Brothers and more have graced the Americana Festival stages, making it both the critics’ darling and place where artists want to be. For four nights, the Americana Music Festival features approximately 100 live performances in the intimate setting of five downtown Nashville clubs. Our capstone event – the Americana Honors & Awards show held at the historically cool Ryman Auditorium – is widely considered to be the finest awards show in the land.


Western Arts Alliance (WAA)
Seattle, WA
August 31 – September 3, 2015
Showcase submission deadline: March
The WAA Conference convenes presenters, artists, and agents around the shared goal of programming live performances. The five-day schedule is filled with exhibits, performances, networking, speakers, classes and workshops. Unlike traditional trade shows, The Commons – our combination meeting, event and exhibit space – is where it all happens. With everything right at your fingertips in the vibrant city of Seattle, the WAA Conference is a hub of activity, full of opportunities for artistic exploration and gaining insight and expertise from dedicated professionals.


Arts Northwest
Eugene, OR
Share your work with western based performing arts presenting organizations – theatres, festivals, community concert associations, college presenters and more.  Spend time with the presenters, widening your network of connections, educating them as to your work, or that of the artists you represent. Broaden your skills and take advantage of the possibilities that will allow you to plan tours, performances and residency activities in the many communities they represent.


WOMEX – World Music Expo
Santiago de Compostela, Spain
26-30 October 2016
Showcase Submission deadline: April

Future dates: , 25-29 October 2017
“The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers.”
UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity


Conference details TBC
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