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FMO Board elections

Congratulations to returning president Alex Sinclair, and to the new directors on the FMO Board:

James Keelaghan – Perth
Jani Lauzon – Toronto
Preetam Sengupta – Guelph

2014 Songs From the Heart winners!

Folk Music Ontario is pleased to announce the winners of the 20th annual FMO Songs From the Heart songwriting competition, generously sponsored by Galaxie, Your Musical Universe. Thank you to the following jurors for their time and efforts:

Graham Lindsey
Chris MacLean
Greg Torrington
Josée Vaillancourt

Click here to see the grand prize and sub-category winners.

Official/family showcase schedule

Click here  to see the schedule of official/family showcase performances and list of alternate showcase artists for the 2014 conference.

Calling all Arts Professionals!

Folk Music Ontario and Folk Music Canada are pleased to partner with CAPACOA to deliver its mentorship and peer networking program, The Succession Plan (TSP), at the 28th annual FMO conference in Toronto from October 16-19, 2014. This is an opportunity for emerging and mid-career arts professionals to hone their skills, work one-on-one with a mentor from the international presenting community and build a network of peers that will continue to work together throughout the year. Candidates should complete the application and submit all required material ASAP, with an absolute deadline of Monday, August 4, 2014Apply now!


CAPACOA - Canadian Arts Presenting Association / Association Canadienne des organismes artistiques

FMC - Folk Music Canada

Changes to the conference

At the end of October each year, we ask our delegates to tell us how we can improve the conference experience, while still keeping it affordable for everyone. With that in mind, FMO will be making the following changes in 2014:

  1. Official showcases will start on Thursday. FMO will present six showcases in one room on Thursday evening. Friday and Saturday will still each have twelve official showcases – six in each of two rooms, with staggered starting times.
  2. Sponsored showcase slots will be available for booking on Thursday night (after the official showcases), Friday lunchtime and Saturday lunchtime. Private showcases will still be held only on Friday and Saturday night. There won’t be any overlap between sponsored and private showcases, so they will not be competing for each other’s audiences.
  3. The conference will no longer include a gala dinner. Instead, Folk Music Ontario will provide complimentary breakfast food on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings, and will provide complimentary coffee and tea throughout the conference.
  4. The awards that were presented at the gala dinner in the past will now be presented at an Awards Brunch on Sunday morning, followed by the Estelle Klein Award interview. A ”Sunday only” daily conference registration rate will be added to the daily rates already available for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

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2013 delegate directory

The 2013 delegate directory is now available for download, containing the names and contact info of those delegates who gave permission to publish their information.

FMO Board Elections

Three new directors were elected and two directors were re-elected in the 2013 FMO Board election. Thanks to all the candidates, and congrats to:

  • Rachel Barreca
  • Nicole Colbeck
  • Brad McEwen
  • Jerry Switzer
  • Amie Therrien

Congratulations to the 2013 Estelle Klein Award recipient–Mike Stevens!

Mike playing harmonica with his dogEach year, Folk Music Ontario (FMO) honours the work of an individual or group that has made significant contributions to Ontario’s folk music community. FMO has awarded this year’s Estelle Klein Award to Mike Stevens. 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.

Mike Stevens is best known as a bluegrass musician. During his career he has had hundreds of performances at the Grand Ole Opry. He is also known for his work connecting creative artists with indigenous youth in isolated communities as part of the ArtsCan Circle.

Click here to readmore about Mike Stevens and the Estelle Klein Award.

2013 Keynote Speaker: Sarah Harmer

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Folk Music Ontario proudly presents Sarah Harmer as our Keynote Speaker this year.

Sarah Harmer possesses one of the most distinctive voices of the Canadian rock and folk music scenes. In just over a decade, she has established herself among the pantheon of legendary female songwriters this country has produced, her name spoken in the same breath as Joni Mitchell, Sarah McLachlan, Sylvia Tyson and Kate & Anna McGarrigle. Sarah is an environmental activist who, in 2005, co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), an organization which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development which would see some parts of wilderness near the escarpment removed. To support the organization, she and her acoustic band embarked on a tour of the escarpment, hiking the Bruce Trail and performing at theatres and community halls in towns along the way. A documentary DVD of this tour was released in 2006 as Escarpment Blues.

The Keynote Address will take place on the evening of Friday, October 18th. Sarah will be speaking about her involvement as an activist in the environmental movement in Canada. Past Keynote Speakers include Jowi Taylor (2012), Eric Baptiste and Loreena McKennitt (2011), Mike Stevens (2010), Bob Ezrin (2009) and Elijah Wald (2008).