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2013 Conference photos

Our volunteer photographers were on the scene at the 2013 conference, and are sorting through their shots.  We’ll be publishing a selection in the next few weeks.

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

Sarah Harmer square

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).

Looking for a place to play?

If you’re an artist who wants to play in one or more private showcases at the Folk Music Ontario conference, check out the list of presenters looking to fill out their lineups on the Conference Showcasing page, under Private Showcases.

Official/Family showcase schedule published

The schedule of performances for the family and official showcases can now be seen on our Conference Showcasing page, about halfway down the page under 2013 Official Showcase Selections. There are links to the artists’ websites, as well as to the websites of our Alternate showcase artists.

Private Showcase applications still available!

There are still a few rooms available for private showcases, which will take place from 11pm-3am on Friday, October 18 and Saturday, October 19, 2013. Click here for more details.

Calling all volunteers!

The 27th Annual Folk Music Ontario Conference will be held at the Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre from October 17-20, 2013. Once again, we’ll be relying on an excellent team of volunteers to make it all run smoothly. Click here for more information.

2013 Songs From the Heart winners

Folk Music Ontario is pleased to announce the winners of the 19th annual FMO Songs From the Heart songwriting competition, generously sponsored by Galaxie, Your Musical Universe. Thank you to our jurors for their time and efforts!  Click here for the grand prize and sub-category winners.

New name, new look – deadline extended!

Folk Music Ontario needs a new logo! All designers are invited to submit logo designs. The selected logo will be used in all of our communications – on our website and Facebook page, in our letterhead and all of our forms, and everywhere else that it is displayed. The designer of the selected logo will receive one complimentary registration for the 2013 FMO conference (including the gala dinner), one night’s accommodation at the host hotel (Delta Meadowvale Resort and Conference Centre) during the conference and, best of all, bragging rights.

The logo should be submitted:

  • in English (Folk Music Ontario) and in French (Musique Folk de l’Ontario)
  • in B/W and in colour
  • in JPEG and EPS formats

If you have a great idea in mind, please submit your design to  The deadline for submitting your design has been extended to August 14, 2013.

2013 Official, Family and Alternate Showcase selections announced

The 2013 official showcase and family showcase juries have met and made their selections for the upcoming conference.  Thanks to all of the jurors for their hard work!  To see who will be showcasing, please click here.