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.

Jennifer Ellis, Office Manager

Jennifer Ellis, 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!

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.

Shelley Ann Morris, Volunteer Coordinator

Shelley Ann Morris, Volunteer Coordinator,
Shelley Ann Morris is FMO’s 2017 Volunteer Coordinator as part of the Job Creation Partnership Program. Shelley Ann is an avid music fan, a festival attendee and volunteer. One of the founding members of the Ottawa Folk Festival’s Accessibility Crew (A-Crew), Shelley Ann has worked with a team of “Accessibility” volunteers at the Ottawa Grassroots Festival. She has also volunteered with TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, RBC Ottawa Bluesfest and Magnetic North Theatre Festival. Shelley Ann values the contributions of volunteers, and is very much looking forward to working with those who will be volunteering at this year’s conference.