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.
Board Elections and Annual General Meeting
Four new directors were elected by the membership at the 2016 conference in Ottawa, and one director was re-elected. Congratulations to:
Darin Addison, London
Dave Cool, Montreal
Sage Paul, Toronto
Liz Scott, Meaford
Amie Therrien, Toronto
2016/17 Executive Committee
Katharine Partridge, email@example.com, 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.
Preetam Sengupta, firstname.lastname@example.org, term ends 2017
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.
Jan Cody, email@example.com, 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.
Amie Therrien, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Darin Addison, email@example.com, 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.
Dave Cool, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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).
James Keelaghan, email@example.com, term ends 2017
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.
Jani Lauzon, firstname.lastname@example.org, term ends 2017
Jani is a three-time Juno nominated singer/songwriter and also a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award nominee. She served on the Board of Directors for the Toronto Blues Society where she was instrumental in helping to envision both the Rez Blues series and the Women’s Blues Revue. Although Jani took time away from touring and recording to raise her daughter, she has continued to compose and design for theatre, collaborate with a variety of artists and lend her talents as a vocalist and traditional Native flutist to many recordings. Proud of her Métis heritage, she also teaches music and singing to Aboriginal youth.
Max Merrifield, email@example.com, 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.
Sage Paul, firstname.lastname@example.org, term ends 2019
Sage Paul is the General Manager at NDN Talent, a non-profit arts services organization that supports the professional development of Indigenous musicians. Sage is on the pulse of the Indigenous music scene and previously programmed and produced The Beat, a presentation of live music and music videos at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, for nearly a decade. Sage is passionate about the development and advancement of Indigenous music within the composition of the Canadian and global music industry.
Liz Scott, email@example.com, 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, firstname.lastname@example.org, term ends 2017
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.
Rachel Barreca, email@example.com
Rachel is a community builder and educator with a passion for transformative learning through the arts. She has twenty-plus years of experience in the world of music as a performer, producer, promoter, academic, volunteer, broadcaster, and administrator.
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.