Board of Directors

Folk Music Ontario’s Board of Directors is a dedicated and enthusiastic group of thirteen volunteers, elected democratically by the membership via advanced balloting during the fall and at the annual conference in October. Directors serve a three-year term. The Executive Committee is elected by the directors, and each position on the Executive Committee is held for one year.

Have you been wondering how you can get more involved with FMO? Have ideas that will help grow and nurture the community/industry? Consider running for the board!  We’re looking for candidates to run in this year’s election. Please complete the online nomination form by May 19th, 2018.  Please contact (Nominations Committee Chair) Preetam Sengupta at for queries.

2016-17 FMO Board

2017-18 FMO Board
Back row: Paul Fortune, Amie Therrien, Alex Sinclair, Preetam Sengupta, 
Front row: Christa Couture, Jan Cody, Kathy Partridge, Rosalyn Dennett
Missing: Dave Cool, Darin Addison, James Keelaghan, Max Merrifield, Liz Scott


2017/18 Executive Committee


Katharine Partridge, President

Katharine Partridge,, term ends 2018
Katharine has been attending and supporting folk festivals since the ‘70s. She became actively involved in the community in 2003 as one of the founders of Shelter Valley Folk Festival. She has given presentations on governance, strategic planning, and green initiatives at FMO and Folk Alliance conferences. Katharine is a communications and stakeholder engagement specialist, managing a Toronto-based boutique consultancy advising international clients on sustainability issues. In past lives, she was a journalist and prior to that a production stage manager for Canadian theatres.

Vice President

Preetam Sengupta, Vice President

Preetam Sengupta,, term ends 2020
Preetam runs a company called Letting Artists Make Art (LAMA), dedicated to helping (predominantly folk-roots) musicians make a living through their music. LAMA fills in gaps on the business side so artists can focus on creativity. Preetam is a singer/songwriter, balancing the business and the stage. He writes and sings solo and in a band called Crash Bamboo, and works closely with Northstarr Entertainment, a leader in Canadian Urban music.


Dave Cool, Director

Dave Cool,, term ends 2019
Dave Cool is the Director of Artist & Industry Outreach at musician website platform Bandzoogle. From 2007-2011, Dave was the Program Director at the St-Ambroise Centre where he booked over 300 shows featuring folk artists from across Canada, helped to found the Montreal Folk Festival, and gave away over $15,000 in bursaries to musicians. In 2006, Dave directed the NFB documentary film “What is INDIE? A look into the World of Independent Musicians”, which featured interviews with Penny Lang, Ember Swift, Matt Large and many leading industry experts. From 2009 until the association was dissolved in 2016, Dave served on the Board of Directors of CIRAA (Canadian Independent Recording Artists’ Association).


Amie Therrien, Secretary

Amie Therrien,, term ends 2019
Amie Therrien is the owner of Balsam Pier Music in Toronto, Ontario. She manages award-winning roots act The Young Novelists (New/Emerging Artist, 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards) and folk/celtic/bluegrass band The Bombadils. She also provides freelance artist services including strategic planning, marketing, publicity, grant writing, tour booking to a variety of artists from different genres.


James Keelaghan, Director

James Keelaghan,, term ends 2020
For over 25 years James Keelaghan has been a touring singer songwriter. Born and raised in the folk music hothouse of Calgary, he writes about the history of working people, ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances and the landscape that forms such a large part of the Canadian artistic psyche. James is also the Artistic Director of the venerable Summerfolk Music and Crafts Festival in Owen Sound, Ontario.


Rosalyn Dennett,, term ends 2020
Rosalyn is a leader and organizer in the national and international folk community. As a long-standing member, Rosalyn has worked with Folk Music Ontario in many capacities, including official and unofficial showcase artist, official and private showcase presenter, panelist and panel moderator, emcee, exhibitor, reception host and more. Her experience working in the non-profit sector for MusicOntario, CIMA, Music Canada Live, Ontario Live Music, and the Canadian Federation of Musicians would be an asset to any organization, and her dedication to music can be seen through her successful career as an artist, performing and recording with Oh My Darling, Ken Whiteley, Fred Penner, Donovan Woods, Kaia Kater, and many more fine folks.

2017/18 Directors

Darin Addison, Director

Darin Addison,, term ends 2019
Darin J. Addison has over 20 years of music industry experience. He has worked in artist management, booking, publicity, and promotion with independent and major label artists including Olenka and the Autumn Lovers, The Ashgrove, Sara Craig, Crash Test Dummies and The Pursuit of Happiness. Darin spent two years as Publicity Manager for London Ontario Live Arts (LOLA) Fest and hosted a weekly radio show at 94.9 CHRW (Western University) for seven years. He worked as Production and Marketing Coordinator at London’s Aeolian Hall before taking over as Artistic Director for London Ontario’s Home County Music & Art Festival in 2013.

Jan Cody, Treasurer

Jan Cody,, term ends 2018
Jan has been a part of the arts and music industries for many years, developing programming, marketing and outreach programs for clients and organizations. As Executive Director of the Canadian Country Music Association for a decade, and recently with Shelter Valley Folk Festival, she has sought roles that help support and grow organizations and knowledge for membership.

Christa Couture, Director

Christa Couture,, term ends 2018
Christa Couture is an award-winning performing and recording artist, a non-fiction writer, a digital producer, a cyborg and a halfbreed. Her fourth album “Long Time Leaving” was released in 2016 on Black Hen Music; she has toured across Canada and Europe; her writing has been published in Room Magazine, Shameless, and the anthology “The M Word;” and as a speaker and storyteller, she has addressed audiences for CBC’s DNTO, Moses Znaimer’s conference ideacity, and Imaginate in Port Hope, Ontario. She is currently an associate producer for CBC Digital, and she also manages the Indigenous music platform, label, and performance series Revolutions Per Minute.

Paul Fortune, Director

Paul Fortune,, term ends 2019
Paul’s early passion for Folk music has inspired years of support and promotion.  A long time attendee and volunteer of the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival, Board member of the Eaglewood Folk Festival, and more. With 24 years experience in Sales, Marketing and Strategic Planning, Paul now operates Forch’s Record Store in Cambridge, offering Canadian and international Folk/Americana artists and promoting live music.

Max Merrifield, Director

Max Merrifield,, term ends 2018
By day (and sometimes nights) Max Merrifield is the Executive Director of Northern Lights Festival Boréal, one of Canada’s original music and arts festivals. The 3 day festival presents an eclectic blend of roots, indie, world and modern music, as well as other art forms. By night, Merrifield is a hip-hop and spoken word artist by the name of Silvertongue, as well as a show promoter with Cage Call Underground Hip-Hop. Merrifield is also the current chair of Myths & Mirrors Community Arts and a board member of Folk Music Canada. He is a lover of diversity and innovation as well as tradition in music and art.

Liz Scott, Director

Liz Scott,, term ends 2019
Liz has hosted Irish Mountain House Concerts since 2001, a life-changing decision that has been integral in feeding her passion for live music. She spent four years as Artistic Director at Eaglewood Folk Festival. Liz presents shows in soft-seat theatres in Meaford, Owen Sound and Collingwood and helps books acts into Blue Mountain Resort. Through Serendipitous Music she has provided support for booking, publicity and promotion. In 2013 Liz partnered with Fred Eaglesmith to build and promote his Ontario shows in small town, unconventional venues and now organizes Fred’s annual Charity Picnic. She has been a judge for the Junos and Songs From the Heart, FMO panelist, Folk Alliance mentor, and Summerfolk Media Liaison.

Alex Sinclair, Director

Alex Sinclair,, term ends 2020
Alex is a long-time musician and songwriter with deep roots on the Ontario folk scene, both as a solo artist and with the folk group Tamarack. Alex also works as an administrator/ bookkeeper for the likes of Borealis Records, and sits on the board of the ArtsCan Circle.

FMO Committees

Folk Music Ontario’s Board members serve on a variety of committees, some of which also include FMO members, staff members and consultants. Click here to see a list of the various FMO committees and working groups, and the people who sit on them.