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

January 18th, 2019

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.



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.

Welcome to FolkNorth 2017!

November 6th, 2017


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

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)


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)


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.


Contact us:

Twitter: @folkmusiccanada
Instagram: @folkmusiccanada
Hashtag: #FolkNorth17

More about our Export Development Program at Folk Alliance 2013 / À propos de notre programme de développement d’exportation à Folk Alliance 2013

February 18th, 2013

Folk Music Canada works in a myriad of ways to help strengthen Canadian folk music. This year we have been paying particular attention to export development  – helping Canadian folk musicians get their music into new markets.

After many months of planning, market research and intelligence gathering, Folk Music Canada will host the Export Development Program in partnership with the 2013 Folk Alliance, to be held in Toronto from February 20-24, 2013.

The Export Development Program will help Canadian folk musicians and businesses access new markets in the UK, USA, and Germany by bringing more than 30 international delegates (festivals, presenters, agents, publicists etc) to Folk Alliance.

As part of the Export Development Program, delegates will be matched with a selection of export-ready Canadian artists for one-on-one meetings, mentoring and networking receptions.   In addition to these closed events, the 30 delegates will be available throughout the conference as they attend networking events, and lead panels focusing on export topics such as immigration, international touring and much more.

As well, through our two showcase suites (room 1161 and 1281) we’ll be featuring some of the best export-ready folk talent that Canada has to offer.

Featured Export Development Artists

Amelia Curran – Newfoundland Terre-Neuve

April Verch – Ontario
Canadian fiddle, step dance

Ariana Gillis – Ontario

Ben Caplan – Nova Scotia Nouvelle-Écosse

Cara Luft – Manitoba

Catherine MacClellan – Prince Edward Island Île-du-Prince-Édouard

Chris Coole – Ontario
Banjo, old-time

CR Avery – Ontario
Beat box, poet, harmonica

D’Harmo – Québec
Harmonica quintet

Dave Gunning – Nova Scotia

David Francey – Ontario

De Temps Antan – Québec
Trad Québecois

Del Barber – Manitoba

Dry Bones – Manitoba
Trad/folk trio

Fish & Bird – British Columbia Colombie-Britannique

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys – Prince Edward Island Île-du-Prince-Édouard
Canadian fiddle, band, step dance

Harry Manx – Nova Scotia
Blues, indo-fusion

John Wort Hannam – Alberta

Jory Nash – Ontario

Matthew Barber – Ontario

MAZ – Québec
Trad Québecois/jazz fusion

New Country Rehab – Ontario

Oh My Darling – Manitoba
Old-time, bluegrass, harmonies

Old Man Luedecke – Nova Scotia Nouvelle-Écosse
Banjo singer-songwriter

Petunia and the Vipers – British Columbia Colombie-Britannique
Country, gypsy, yodel

Pharis and Jason Romero – British Columbia Colombie-Britannique
Old-time, banjo

Qristina and Quinn Bachand – British Columbia Colombie-Britannique
Celtic fiddle, guitar

Rose Cousins – Nova Scotia Nouvelle-Écosse

Russell deCarle – Ontario

Ruth Moody – Manitoba
Banjo singer-songwriter

Samantha Martin and the Haggard – Ontario
Soul, blues, country

Sheesham and Lotus and Son – Ontario
Old-time vaudeville

Tanya Davis – Prince Edward Island Île-du-Prince-Édouard
Part poet, part songwriter, all performer

The Crooked Brothers – Manitoba
Country, blues, scrapyard funk

The Fretless – British Columbia Colombie-Britannique
Folk string quartet

The Once – Newfoundland
Rich harmony ballads

The Sojourners – British Columbia Colombie-Britannique

Mentorship Program

Briga – Québec
Gypsy, turbo folk

Lenka Lichtenberg – Ontario
Canadian world fusion

Lucas Chaisson – Alberta
Rootsy songwriter

Métis Fiddler Quartet – Ontario
Aboriginal & métis fiddle tunes

Oliver Swain and the Big Machine – British Columbia Colombie-Britannique
Alt folk trad

Scott Cook – Alberta
Prairie balladeer

Sherman Downey and the Silver Lining – Newfoundland Terre-Neuve
Party folk band

Suzie Vinnick – Ontario
Acoustic blues folk

The JD Edwards Band – Manitoba
Folk soul groove


David Agnew – The Met in Bury
Greater Manchester, UK

Mark Anstey – Unique Gravity
Derbyshire, UK

Erin Benjamin – CAPACOA
Ottawa, Canada

Alastair Burns – Alastair Burns Management
Melbourne, Australia

Sarah Coxson – fRoots
Bristol, UK

Taylor Denn – E-Town
Talent Coordinator
Boulder, Colorado, USA

Dan DeWayne – Chico Performances
Chico, California, USA

Rick Fenton – BreakOut West
Executive Director/Producer
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Chloe Goodyear – Woodford Folk Festival
Director of Creative Partnerships
Woodford, Queensland, Australia

Helen Gregory – Glastonbury
Spoken word curator
Glastonbury, Somerset, UK

Troy Hansbrough – Old Town School of Folk Music
Senior Director of Programming
Chicago, Illinois, USA

Davie Henderson – Shetland Folk Festival
Lerwick, Shetland, Scotland

Bob Hunka – HunkArts Productions/SOCAN
Independant Music Supervisor
Los Angeles, California, USA

William Lewis – Pinecone: Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
Executive Director
Raleigh, North Carolina, USA

Heather McCarthy – American Folk Festival on the Bangor Waterfront
Executive Director
Bangor, Maine, USA

Will McCarthy – Will McCarthy
London, UK

John McCoullough – Independent Music Supervisor
Independant Music Supervisor
Los Angeles, California, USA

Davis McLarty – Davis McLarty Agency
Austin, Texas, USA

David Messer – DMP Concerts
Camden Town, London, UK

Crista Munro – FolkWest
Executive Director
Pagosa Springs, Colorado, USA

Christine Myers – California World Fest
Director, Programmer
Chico, California, USA

Terry O’Brien – Playpen Management and Agency
Faversham, Kent, UK

Neil Pearson – Shrewsbury Folk Festival/English Folk and Dance Song Society
Director, Programmer
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK

Anne Riedel – Queen About Music
Publicist, consultant
Hamburg, Germany

Tess Roshholz – AdP Records
Record label
Kulmbach, Bavaria, Germany

Steve Szymanski – Planet Bluegrass
Boulder, Colorado, USA

Loudon Temple – Bloodygreatpr/Brookfield-Knights
Publicist, agent, journalist
Glasgow, Shetland, UK

TK TK – Pride Toronto
Artistic Director
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Silke Westera – FKP Scorpio
Hamburg, Germany

Lisa Whytock – Showcase Scotland
Glasgow, Shetland, Scotland


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