Volunteer Applications EXTENDED

We are seeking volunteers for the 33rd annual Folk Music Ontario Conference taking place in Toronto from Sept 27-29. Every volunteer receives a complimentary conference registration in exchange for 12 hours of volunteering!

Deadline to apply: August 22 at 7:00 pm

Art Beat Applications

Applications for Art Beat at the 2019 FMO Conference are now open! Art Beat is an opportunity for performers who are registered delegates at the annual Folk Music Ontario conference to reach out to the host community. Performers act as volunteers by donating intimate, acoustic one-hour performances in local schools, seniors’ residences and long term health-care facilities.

For more information and to apply, please visit:

Art Beat: Folk Music Ontario Outreach

2019 FMO Conference – Sept 27-29

The FMO conference will be held at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites in 2019. A link to FMO’s conference rate for accommodations will be posted here in the spring.

Members only advance purchase registration for the 2019 conference will begin April 2. You will need your Member ID to access this rate.

CLICK HERE for info on the conference.

Private Showcase Applications EXTENDED

The application period for private showcases at the 2019 FMO Conference has been extended until July 29th.

For more information and to apply, click here.

New code of conduct

Folk Music Ontario is proud to join its allies in the music community in signing the Canadian Creative Industries Code of Conduct. 42 groups have signed on to the Code, acknowledging their responsibility to build safe, respectful workplaces, and committing to improving and implementing policies to keep the music community safe.

Music community groups who have not yet signed the Code are encouraged to join. More information and instructions to sign on are available here.

Official showcase applications – March 1

Official showcase applications will be accepted from March 1-April 30, 2019.

FMO Awards applications – April 1

FMO Awards applications will be accepted from April 1-30, 2019.

FMO is on the move!

Our office moved to a new location on February 1, 2019. Please note our new address:

330-176 Gloucester Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0A6

Folk Music Ontario Showcase

Art House Café, 555 Somerset St W, Ottawa
Doors at 7:30pm – shows start at 8:00pm!
FMO members $10 / non-members $12

This Saturday, January 19th, we’re going to give you a taste of the magic that is the Folk Music Ontario private showcase floor! Moving from room to room at the Art House Café, you’ll be able to listen to some of Ottawa’s finest musicians play 15 minute sets. Sponsored by the SOCAN Foundation.

FMO’s late night private showcase floor occurs at the annual conference every September and is an unforgettable experience. An entire hotel floor is dedicated to musicians performing into the wee hours, where the audience goes room hopping, cramming in to catch a glimpse or settle in for the roster. It’s an intimate space where connections are made between musicians and industry, and is a whole lotta fun. For more info about the conference, visit: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/folk-music-ontario-conference/

Here’s the lineup:

Catriona Sturton 8:10 pm
Jon Hynes 8:30 pm
Her Harbour 9:00 pm
Vinay Bhide 9:20 pm
Merganzer 10:00 pm
Shadowhand 10:20 pm

FMO Festival Retreat

The 6th annual FMO Festival Retreat will be held in London, Ontario, on the weekend of April 26-28, 2019. Representatives of member festivals will meet for sessions and speakers addressing topics of interest.