Folk Music Ontario

508-B Gladstone Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1R 5P1

Phone: 613-560-5997
Toll Free: 1-866-292-6233
Fax: 613-560-2001


Alka Sharma, Executive Director

Alka Sharma, Executive Director,
Alka joined Folk Music Ontario as the Executive Director in 2013. Prior to that, she worked as the Interim Executive Director at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and spent many years as the Senior Manager of Operations with the Toronto International Film Festival. Alka has also worked at CBC Radio as the Associate Producer for Outfront and in campus/community radio in Ottawa, Guelph and Toronto. She completed her BA at Carleton University specializing in History and Political Science.

Carolyn Sutherland, Membership Services Coordinator

Carolyn Sutherland, Membership Services Coordinator,
Carolyn joined Folk Music Ontario in early 2017, following 22 years as Artistic Director of two successive Ontario music festivals (Stewart Park then Shelter Valley), and as Events Coordinator at various national non-profit associations. She has served on the boards of FMO and Folk Music Canada, as well as on juries for national music awards and showcase events. She coordinated FMO’s Export Development Program in 2016. A licensed yoga instructor, Carolyn likes to combine yoga instruction with live music. She is committed to presenting and promoting music in Canadian communities, most recently directing Sutherland Music and Juke Joint Productions in Ottawa, Canada.

Nadia Kharyati, Office Manager, 
Nadia joined just days before the 2017 FMO Conference and hasn’t looked back.  After owning her own music venue and cafe for 8 years, she decided it was time for a break.  Wearing many hats is second nature to her; being an entrepreneur, recently as a consultant/general manager for a small business, and years of working in non-profit organizations as an event coordinator, executive assistant and bookkeeper.   Having been heavily involved in Ottawa, and Canada’s, indie scene with Raw Sugar Cafe, she’s excited to be back working with artists and industry again.

Jennifer Ellis, Office Manager

Jennifer Ellis – ON LEAVE – Office Manager, 
Originally from Winnipeg, Jennifer relocated to the GTA in her mid-twenties, working as a database programmer. After several years at home in Barrie raising their three kids, she and her husband moved the family to Ottawa in 2008. A life-long music lover, Jen joined the staff of FMO just three weeks before the 2008 conference. It was baptism by fire, and she still loves her job!


TBD, Volunteer Coordinator,