Job Posting: Executive Director, Folk Music Ontario

Posting Date: January 10, 2022
Application Deadline: February 7, 2022

Job Title: Executive Director, Folk Music Ontario
Job Type: Full-time Contract (2-year contract with possibility of renewal)
Salary: $ 65,000
Location: Office in Ottawa, ON with the option to work remotely
Start date: April 4, 2022

ABOUT FMO

Folk Music Ontario (FMO) is a member-based non-profit organization working to support the growth and development of the folk music community and industry since 1986. FMO seeks to foster a thriving, inclusive folk music community with local, national, and international impact and hosts the largest annual conference in Canada for the folk and roots music community. The organization’s membership includes festivals, presenters, artists, musicians, radio DJs, managers, publicists, agents, and other industry professionals.

The Board of Folk Music Ontario is seeking a visionary and passionate Executive Director to lead the organization into a future where it continues to grow and flourish.

JOB SUMMARY

Reporting to and collaborating with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for a range of operational and administrative matters; including the financial management of the organization, developing short and long-term goals and objectives, implementing programming, leading the team of staff, contractors, and volunteers, as well as acting as an ambassador for the organization building relationships and furthering the organization’s mission.

EXPERIENCE

  • Leadership experience including managing staff, contractors, volunteers
  • Previous experience on a non-profit board of directors is a strong asset
  • Experience in and understanding of the Canadian folk and roots music industry; international industry understanding an asset
  • Event planning experience is an asset
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining funding and preparing grant applications and reports, especially with Canadian Heritage, Ontario Creates, and FACTOR
  • Strong financial acumen – experience with budgetary responsibility including setting and adhering to a budget and understanding financial reports at a working level
  • Comfortable working in a digital environment (Microsoft One Drive, Excel, Word, Zoom, WordPress, QuickBooks)

SKILLS, ATTRIBUTES, AND VALUES

  • Strong communicator (written and verbal) in English; French skills an asset
  • Understanding of marketing, social media, communications, and branding to ensure internal and external communications are clear and relevant and useful
  • Self-motivated and entrepreneurial able to take initiative as well as able to work collaboratively
  • Strategic thinker able to see the big picture but also detail-oriented
  • Visionary leader who is respectful of the organization’s current success while demonstrating foresight and building new possible directions
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple and conflicting deadlines
  • Values diversity and willing to continually work to create an equitable and inclusive environment for the organization both internally (staff, board) and externally (amongst members, at organizational events)
  • Demonstrates a passion for the arts, especially folk and roots music
  • Ability to build and strengthen relationships with stakeholders (Board, members, potential members, other arts organizations, funders, government, etc.)
  • Available to travel to industry events both across Canada and internationally as required

EDUCATION

Minimum of one relevant post-secondary degree such as arts, communications, or business or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

TO APPLY

Interested and qualified applicants should send resume and cover letter, in pdf format, to fmoboard at gmail.com by February 7, 2022 at 5pm EST.

We are an equal opportunity employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status.

If you require access solutions to participate in the application process, please contact fmoboard at gmail.com.

We thank all applicants for their interest, however only qualified candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Introducing Interim Executive Director: Rosalyn Dennett!


We are pleased to announce that Rosalyn Dennett will be serving FMO as Interim Executive Director while our hiring committee is engaged in the search process for a new ED. Rosalyn brings with her a wealth of experience in the music industry and non-profit organizations through her roles at the Canadian Federation of Musicians, the Canadian Independent Music Association, MusicOntario, and more.

Rosalyn has previously served on the board of directors of Folk Music Ontario (2017-2021) as Vice President,  chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and chair of the Revenue Generation Committee, and currently sits on the executive board of Folk Alliance International. Rosalyn can be contacted by email by clicking here.

Announcing the FMO Member Promotion Program!

Announce your news through FMO!

We are so inspired by the creativity and talent that continues to flow from our resilient community through this pandemic. You’ve found ways to create, compose, perform, and share in new ways, and we want to celebrate that!

FMO is kicking off the new year with a new initiative: Our Member Promotion Program, helping our members get the word out about their new releases, events, and other creative news through FMO’s ever-expanding network!

Fill out the google form linked below and be sure to include your preferred dates for inclusion, as well as all your important links.

Member Promotion Program Sign-up Form

Rules:

    – Recordings: Singles, EP’s, Albums, and Music Videos are eligible
    – Performances: Album releases, Live Streams, In-Person Concerts are eligible. For ongoing series (ie. a weekly/monthly gig at the same venue, only one post promoting the series will be eligible)
    – Tour: Only one post per tour will be eligible, please include tour poster and all of the dates and we’ll get them all into the post.
    – Festivals: Lineup announcement, Date or location change announcements
    – Venues: Concert series lineup announcements,
    – Release must include contributions from at least one FMO Member in good standing
    – Release must be within 1 month of inclusion
    – 1 post across our platforms per release/performance
    – FMO will promote your release through the e-newsletter as well as through the FMO Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn feeds & stories.
    – FMO posts will include links and tags back to the artists’ website/social media.

We look forward to seeing what our members have created! If you have any questions regarding the program, please send us an email at office@folkmusicontario.ca!

Important Announcement from Folk Music Ontario

Dear FMO Members,

Folk Music Ontario (FMO) announces that Alka Sharma will be moving on to a new role and concluding her 8+ years of service as Executive Director of FMO on December 31, 2021.

“It’s with sadness that we say farewell to Alka as FMO’s Executive Director. She has been a strong advocate of the organization in the Canadian and international folk music community and helmed FMO through many memorable in-person conferences (and one online conference!) and through two years of a pandemic with her calm and steadfast leadership style. Alka has been committed to the success of the staff, membership, and organization. She has facilitated new partnerships and opportunities and has strengthened FMO’s relationships with key stakeholders in the music industry and Canadian government. We wish Alka the best on her new professional adventure.” Amie Therrien, Board President, Folk Music Ontario

“I am grateful to the FMO Board of Directors, Joel Elliott (FMO’s Marketing Manager), and the Copperworks crew (who I have worked with since I started in 2013). I have a great love for the organization, the community, and the exciting future for Folk Music Ontario. It has been an absolute pleasure to have worked with FMO since the beginning when it made its name change from the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals. I will miss the camaraderie, the people, and most of all, the music. Thank you to the community and the music industry.” Alka Sharma, outgoing Executive Director, Folk Music Ontario

Previous to taking on the Executive Director role with Folk Music Ontario, Alka worked as the Interim Executive Director of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival. She was also the Senior Manager of Operations with the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. Alka has worked in various campus / community radio stations and non-profit arts organizations for over 20 years and has extensive experience sitting on various non-profit Boards.

In her time at FMO, Alka has led the production of seven in-person conferences, and one online conference. Alka, along with the FMO Programming Committee, expanded FMO’s year-round programming and professional development opportunities. On behalf of FMO, Alka signed the Breaking Down Racial Barriers declaration, and has been committed to embodying equity and diversity in all its activities. Under her tenure, FMO has collaborated with various music industry organizations, and held Festival Member’s Retreats, incorporated outreach to various communities, including implementing an Indigenous Artists Showcase.

FMO has been instrumental in the development of the careers of thousands of artists, by creating showcase opportunities, performance opportunities, professional development sessions, networking opportunities, facilitated meetings, export development, and more. FMO will continue to build and develop the strengths of these initiatives and will remain a leading voice and advocate for the folk music community in Ontario, Canada, and internationally.

The Board of Directors wishes to thank Alka for her years of service and dedication to FMO and to the folk community at large and wishes her every success as she moves on to her next role.

The board is currently working on a succession plan, which will be announced shortly.

For more information, please contact:
Amie Therrien
Board President, Folk Music Ontario
amietherrien@gmail.com

Julie Title, lauréate du prix Colleen Peterson de composition de chansons 2021

Julie Title, lauréate du prix Colleen Peterson de composition de chansons 2021

Toronto, le 23 septembre 2021 – Le prix Colleen Peterson de composition de chanson du Conseil des arts de l’Ontario (CAO) a été décerné cette année à la musicienne Julie Title pour sa chanson Ghost. Il lui sera remis le samedi 25 septembre, lors du week-end de remise des prix en ligne de Musique Folk de l’Ontario (MFO).

JULIE TITLE
Julie Title est une auteure-compositrice-interprète folk de Toronto. Son style musical est influencé par le folk des années 1970 et les chansons confidences des années 1990, comme celles d’Aimee Mann ou de Mazzy Star, qu’elle écoutait en grandissant.

Sa musique fait partie de la bande-son de la série télévisée The Fosters sur ABC et de la série Burden of Truth sur CBC. Ses chansons sont diffusées régulièrement dans le programme North Americana de SiriusXM, à la radio de la CBC, et par les stations de radio roots du Canada, des États-Unis et du Royaume-Uni.

Julie sort des singles – notamment Ghost – avant de lancer son premier album complet. Enregistré avec d’autres musiciens torontois, cet album aborde des thèmes liés aux peines d’amour et à l’apaisement.

Un autre extrait du prochain album, A Wreath to Lay, a été qualifié de « lucide et poétique […], ouvert et intemporel » (Music Mecca) et de « familier et novateur à la fois » (Lefuturewave).

LE PRIX COLLEEN PETERSON DE COMPOSITION DE CHANSON
Le Fonds Colleen Peterson de composition de chanson a été créé au Conseil des arts de l’Ontario en 2003 par la sœur de l’artiste, Shirley Richardson, et son amie, l’auteure-compositrice-interprète Laura Bird.

Ce prix annuel de 1 000 $ rend hommage à la contribution de Colleen Peterson à la musique canadienne en soutenant et en faisant connaître les auteurs-compositeurs-interprètes ontariens de la relève dans différents genres – traditionnel, roots, folk et country.

Les candidatures pour le prix proviennent du concours Chansons du fond du cœur, organisé par MFO. Ce dernier constitue également le jury qui choisit le lauréat. Cette année, le jury se composait de Trish Bolechowsky (Ottawa), Melanie Kealey (Ottawa) et Donné Roberts (Toronto).

Lauréates des trois dernières années : Danielle Knibbe (2020), Suzanne Jarvie (2019) et Lora Bidner (2018). Cliquez ici pour voir la liste complète des lauréats précédents.

Renseignements
Shoshana Wasser, coordonnatrice principale des communications, Conseil des arts de l’Ontario
416-969-7434 | 1-800-387-0058, poste 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca

2021 Colleen Peterson Award Recipient – Julie Title!

Julie Title receives 2021 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award


Toronto, September 23, 2021 – Musician Julie Title is this year’s recipient of the Ontario Arts Council (OAC)’s Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for her song Ghost. The award will be presented on Saturday, September 25, during Folk Music Ontario (FMO)’s virtual Awards Weekend.

ABOUT JULIE TITLE
Julie Title is a Toronto-based folk singer-songwriter. Her musical style is influenced by 1970s folk, as well as the wave of confessional women songwriters she grew up with in the 1990s, such as Aimee Mann and Mazzy Star.

Julie’s original music has been featured on the ABC TV show The Fosters, as well as the CBC drama Burden of Truth. Her songs are regularly featured on the SiriusXM program North Americana, as well as on CBC Radio and roots stations across Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.

Julie is releasing singles – including Ghost – leading up to the reveal of her first full-length album. Recorded with other Toronto musicians, it touches on themes surrounding heartbreak and healing. Another single from the upcoming album, A Wreath to Lay, has been praised as “lucid and poetic … open-ended and timeless” (Music Mecca) and “familiar and inventive at the same time” (Lefuturewave).

ABOUT THE COLLEEN PETERSON SONGWRITING AWARD
The Colleen Peterson Songwriting Fund was established at the Ontario Arts Council in 2003 by Peterson’s sister, Shirley Richardson, and her friend, singer-songwriter Laura Bird.

The annual $1,000 award honours Peterson’s contribution to Canadian music by supporting and promoting the work of Ontario-resident emerging singer-songwriters in the roots, traditional, folk and country genres.
Nominations are received from FMO’s Songs From the Heart competition. FMO also assembles the jury that chooses the award winner. This year’s jury consisted of Trish Bolechowsky (Ottawa), Melanie Kealey (Ottawa) and Donné Roberts (Toronto).

Previous winners include Danielle Knibbe (2020), Suzanne Jarvie (2019) and Lora Bidner (2018). Click here for a full list of past recipients.

For further information
Shoshana Wasser, Senior Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council
416-969-7434 | 1-800-387-0058, ext. 7434 | swasser@arts.on.ca

FMO 2021 is THIS WEEK! Register Now!

FMO Award Weekend Sept.25-26, 2021
FMO 2021 Virtual Conference Sept.27-Oct.1, 2021

Pay What You Can (Suggested Rate $50)
Click here to register now!

The 2021 FMO Conference is coming NEXT WEEK! Check out the updated conference website, including information on the schedule, speakers, showcases, award winners, and more!

2021 FMO Conference Home Page
2021 Conference Schedule
2021 Official Showcases
2021 Speakers List
2021 Awards
2021 Delegate List

See you at the Conference!!!!

2021 Estelle Klein Award Nominees: Voting Now Open!

It’s time to vote for the 2021 Estelle Klein Award!

The Estelle Klein Award honours the work of an individual or group that has made significant contributions to Ontario’s folk music community. The award is named after Estelle Klein, a long-time advocate of Canadian folk music and one of the early founders of the folk festival scene in this country.

ONLY FMO MEMBERS are able to vote for the award recipient. Each member in good standing will be receiving a unique ballot and link via email.

There are 8 candidates for the 2021 Estelle Klein Award. The candidates are listed below in alphabetical order. For those who can vote, Please make your selection before Wednesday, September 15, 2021!

For more information, or if you haven’t received your email link, please contact Joel at office@folkmusicontario.ca.

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Ian Bell

Ian Bell has performed across Canada and internationally since the late 1970s, both on his own and with a number of different ensembles including Muddy York, the Bilge Rats, Friends of Fiddler’s Green, Enoch Kent, Allison Lupton, Lederman/Bell and others. He has appeared at festivals (Winnipeg, Mariposa, Edmonton, Ottawa, Yellowknife, Owen Sound, Lunenberg, Montmagny, and others), in concerts and for dances in venues ranging from The Lincoln Center to the finest Ontario barns.

Ian performs material from a large repertoire that includes both Canadian traditional music and his own songs and instrumental compositions. Ian’s original songs have been performed and recorded by: Anne Lederman, Ian Robb, Bobby Watt, Allison Lupton, Lee Murdock, The Lucky Sisters and others. An accomplished multi-instrumentalist (guitar, button accordion, mandolin, harmonica, fiddle, pipes), Ian has made 8 CDs under his own name (2 nominated for CFMAs) and appears on dozens of recordings as sideman. He has organized festivals (Mariposa in 1985, Port Dover), was part of Expo ’86 (with Wade Hemsworth and Muddy York), been “Folk Artist in Residence” at Joseph Schneider Haus Museum (Kitchener, Ontario. 1993), co-wrote/directed five CBC Vinyl Café national concerts, was a regular contributor for seven years to Fresh Air as well as appearing on many other programs: Ideas, Gabereau, Crossroads, This Morning, Radio Noon and Peter Gzowski’s Morningside. He has been part of the Roots of American Music Festival (Lincoln Centre, NYC) performed at the Mystic Seaport Museum and in Viljandi, Estonia. Ian continues to perform and organize events, contributing his unique storytelling voice to Canadian music.

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Diana Braithwaite

Diana Braithwaite has been instrumental in keeping the blues alive on a national and international level, and as the worlds’ music press has testified, her name is synonymous with quality and authenticity. Dubbed a “national treasure” by Bluz FM on Jazz FM radio host Danny Marks, Diana Braithwaite is a descendant of the Wellington County pioneers in Canada. With roots in Florida, Diana’s ancestors on her mother’s side, escaped slavery through the Underground Railroad and lived for four generations in Wellington County, the first African-Canadian pioneer settlement in Ontario.

Recognized for her authentic blues performances, Diana was chosen by Sarah McLachlan to open Lilith Fair at the Molson Amphitheatre before an audience of 18,000. Appearances at shows in Massey Hall in North America, concert halls and festivals in the U.K. and Europe led to her reputation as a world class blues singer.

After a lengthy successful music career and recording deal with Festival Records, in 2005, Braithwaite teamed up with multi-instrumentalist producer, Chris Whiteley to record the CD, MORNING SUN, on the Electro-Fi Recording label. The acclaimed CD garnered rave reviews, extensive air play, and led to multiple Canadian MAPLE BLUES AWARD nominations, including Album of the year, and Acoustic Act of the year. The duo’s second album, also recorded for the Electro-Fi label, NIGHT BIRD BLUES was extremely well received, with great reviews and airplay internationally. It led to them being awarded 3 MAPLE BLUES AWARDS in January 2010, including being recognized as SONGWRITERS OF THE YEAR.

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Rodney Brown

The Estelle Klein Award is presented to those who have made significant contributions to Ontario folk music. Often, it goes to someone who has achieved international success. But what of those individuals who eschewed “folk stardom” in order to build folk music community in over-looked regions of the province, without whom we could not claim to have a true Ontario-wide scene?

That, friends, is Rodney Brown.

Though he was an esteemed member of the first wave of nationally-touring singer-songwriters that also included Stan Rogers, Murray McLauchlan and Bruce Cockburn, Rodney ultimately made it his mission to bring folk music to his home of northwestern Ontario.

He has performed for and collaborated with children in numerous remote First Nations, created music with adults with developmental disabilities, participated in educational projects with the Fort William Historical Park, composed for six touring theatre productions and performed and toured with the Thunder Bay Symphony – while also releasing 11 albums, composing for TVO and working as a children’s entertainer.

He served 43 years on the Local 591 executive and coordinated a labour choir for the Thunder Bay and District Labour Council. He’s been a regular performer at social justice rallies, and he helped organize the local Summer Solstice Festival in the late 70s.

Rodney received a 2013 Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and a 1992 Canada 125 medal for his significant contributions to northern Ontario culture. Perhaps most tellingly though, in northwestern Ontario, the words “folk” and “Rodney Brown” are virtually synonymous.

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Willie Dunn (1941-2013)

A Mohawk chief once called him Roha’tiio—which means “his voice is beautiful.” Willie Dunn was a Canadian filmmaker, folk musician, playwright and politician. Born in Montreal, he was of mixed Mi’kmaq and Scottish/Irish background.

Dunn left the Canadian army with a UN Medal and quickly established himself on the sixties folk scene as a singer-songwriter, drawing from his Mi’kmaq/Scottish heritage to craft protest songs about the Indigenous experience.

In 1968, as a member of the Indian Film Crew, he directed The Ballad of Crowfoot, the first NFB film to be directed by an Indigenous filmmaker. A powerful homage to the Blackfoot/Siksiká leader featuring Dunn’s own ballad, it is considered Canada’s first music video. The film received several awards including a Gold Hugo for best short film at the 1969 Chicago International Film Festival.

Dunn released several full-length albums of recorded music and films and was also involved in federal politics as the NDP candidate for Ottawa-Vanier in 1993.

Dunn died in 2013 and is remembered as a trailblazing artist, activist and community leader.

“I’m a topical folksinger, as opposed to being a Native artist. However, the topic of being an Indian became so prevalent in my music that I became known as an Indian folksinger”.

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Eve Goldberg

Eve Goldberg was steeped in the folk scene from an early age, and became a folk musician herself with her first CD in 1998. Her instrumental “Watermelon Sorbet” was the opening theme for CBC’s “Richardson’s Roundup.” She supported herself by working at Borealis Records as their first office manager.

She released two more solo albums, and two recordings with Gathering Sparks. Her song “Old Tin Cup” was published in the Rise Again songbook, a sequel to Rise Up Singing. Eve has been a finalist for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, nominated for the CFMA for Vocal Group of the Year in 2014 (with Gathering Sparks), and winner of FMO’s “Songs From the Heart” (with Gathering Sparks).

Eve is passionate about community music, teaching at colleges, and camps such as the Woods Music & Dance Camp, Haliburton School of the Arts, Haliburton Winter Folk Camp, Midwest Uke & Harmonica Camp, and Women’s Music Weekend.

She helped found the Common Thread Community Chorus (Toronto) and served on its Board. She consulted in the founding of the Haliburton Folk Camp. She served on the board of The Woods Music Camp, helping organize and run their annual event.

Eve helped found the non-profit organization ArtsCan Circle. Her song “Streets of Burma” was used by Amnesty International Canada as part of a 2007 campaign. She has served on the board of OCFF/FMO and Local 1000 of the AFM. With Local 1000, she served as Canadian vice president for three years and president for three years.

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Graham Lindsey

During the pandemic Graham helped bring countless performances online, volunteering much of his time, and contributing to a vibrant folk community. As a virtual event producer, he produced the Canadian Folk Music Awards, the first national arts event to go virtual in 2020, only three weeks after the pandemic was declared, and then again in 2021 with an expanded virtual program.

As technical producer for Home Routes’ online programming, he helped develop the Zoom-based house concerts key to their online programming, now and post-pandemic. He produced the live Ottawa Grassroots Festival, streamed festivals like Summerfolk, and numerous concerts by Ontario artists (including on-site production for James Keelaghan, David Francey, Skinnamarink!, and Bram Morrison). Graham is also a co-founder of the in-person Upper Canada Folk Festival (est. 2020).

Currently Co-President of the CFMAs (board member 2013-present), he participated in the FMO-CFMA-FMC working group (2019) to optimize the organizations’ operations. He develops websites for organizations (FMO, CFMA, Borealis, Hugh’s Room, Fogarty’s Cove Music, etc.) and numerous artists, edited the Estelle Klein Award recipient videos since 2016, and programmed the educational component at Almonte Celtfest (2013-present).

As a composer and performer, Graham’s first solo album was nominated for Solo Instrumental Artist at the first virtual CFMAs, and his remotely-produced recording (The Next Best Thing, 2020) was released to critical acclaim. With performances in Canada and Sweden, several of his compositions are in regular rotation on the Peace Tower Carillon on Parliament Hill.

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Paul Loewenberg

Paul Loewenberg has lived in Sudbury Ontario since 1989 and holds a Bachelors degree in sociology from Laurentian University. He became involved with Northern Lights Festival boréal in 2019, and served as Artistic Director for an impressive 17 years.

He is the longstanding booker of the Townehouse Tavern and books a multitude of performers of many styles. He is also a well-established musician and has played in numerous bands and has appeared on numerous recordings. These endeavours have enabled him to become immersed in Canada’s contemporary underground music culture.

Paul has served two terms on the board of Folk Music Ontario (FMO) and is a regular panelist/moderator at the annual FMO conference. He is a past member of the Downtown Sudbury Marketing Committee and a member of the Committee for the Development of Arts and Culture for the City of Greater Sudbury.

He frequently serves as a juror for FACTOR committees and a contributor for projects on CBC Radio. He is a regularly invited to City meetings concerning issues such as the redevelopment of the Bell Park Amphitheatre and the development of a proposed Multi-Use Arts Facility. He has participated in Strategic Planning for the Sudbury Arts and Culture Advisory Panel and FMO.

Paul is a tireless advocate for community, arts, culture and roots music – demonstrating by his candidacy for MPP in 2 provincial elections. Paul also founded a new festival: The Elgin St. Craft Beer Fest. – celebrating craft beer and live music of many kinds.

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Chris White

With Nova Scotian roots that combine Black, White and Indigenous heritage, Chris White was born into a musical family and developed skills as a singer, guitarist, songwriter and performer. Growing up, he performed in a vocal quartet with his siblings and sang in a choir led by his father, Bill White, an accomplished musician and choral director. Chris’ aunt, Portia White, was a classical singer of “national historic significance”, and his uncle, Lorne White, performed on CBC’s “Singalong Jubilee” program throughout its 13-year national television run.

Chris writes and performs songs that are sometimes humorous, sometimes touching, always engaging. He has released three albums of original songs – “I’m a Poet… and I’m Aware of It”, “Inner Voice”, and “Music All Around”.

Chris co-founded the Ottawa Folk Festival in 1993 and served as Artistic Director for 16 years. In that role, he created numerous opportunities for attendees to become actively involved with music through participatory choirs, ukulele-building workshops and musical instrument “petting zoos”. He also worked with the Spirit of Rasputin’s Arts Society and Writer’s Bloc to create annual events such as “Musical Friends”, “Gil’s Hootenanny” and “The Great Canadian Song-Along”.

Chris produces and hosts two weekly music programs on CKCU FM: “Canadian Spaces”, Canada’s longest-running folk music radio show, and “Special Blend”.

Chris is a founding board member of Home Routes, an organization that presents concerts across Canada.

Chris received the Helen Verger Award in 2012 for “significant, sustained contributions to Canadian folk music”.
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2021 FMO Conference: Showcases Announced!

FMO Award Weekend Sept.25-26, 2021
FMO 2021 Virtual Conference Sept.27-Oct.1, 2021
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Official Showcases (in alphabetical order) 
Al Qahwa
Annabelle Chvostek
Ben Kunder
Big Little Lions
Blue Moon Marquee
Bon Débarras
Braden Lam
Brendan Scott Friel
Dana Sipos
Dione Taylor
É.T.É
Élage Diouf
Geneviève Racette
Georgia Lee Johnson
Harpdog Brown
Ila Barker
Jeremy Voltz
Jessica Pearson and the East Wind
Joey O’Neil
JoJo Worthington
Maria and The Band
Melissa Lauren
Mia Kelly
Michael Darcy & The Atlantic Tramps
Mike McKenna Jr.
Musique à bouches
Rahael
Raine Hamilton
Rosier
Scott Cook
Scott MacKay
Sultans of String
The Crescent Sky
The Fitzgeralds
The Slowinks
Twin Flames

Showcase Alternates (to play in the event an official showcase cannot participate)
Jabbour
Mimi O’Bonsawin
Newberry & Verch (declined)
North Atlantic Drift
Sleepy Jean
Yael Wand

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THOSE CHOSEN!  Join us for the celebration at the FMO Awards Weekend September 25-26!  Stay tuned to this e-news for all the latest info on programming, showcases, and the 2021 awards ceremony! 

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FMO Conference 2021 – PUBLIC REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!

FMO Award Weekend Sept.25-26, 2021
FMO 2021 Virtual Conference Sept.27-Oct.1, 2021

PUBLIC REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
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The 2021 FMO Conference is coming soon! Schedule information will be announced in the coming weeks! Stay tuned to our newsletter and conference website for the latest on speakers, showcases, and award nominees!

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