Folk Music Ontario Conference

2016 in Ottawa – 30th Anniversary Conference!

The Folk Music Ontario conference is the key event for Ontario’s folk, roots, and traditional music community. The 30th anniversary conference took place October 20-23, 2016, at the Delta Ottawa City Centre, 101 Lyon Street N., Ottawa, ON. Over four days and three nights in October 2016, over 700 delegates:

  • heard provocative speakers and learned about new products and services for performers and presenters
  • engaged in lively roundtable discussions and private meetings with industry professionals
  • interacted with panelists during educational seminars and workshops
  • experienced some of the best performer showcases in the country
  • celebrated recipients of songwriting and lifetime achievement awards
  • had a whole lot of fun!

What Happened at the Conference?

Download the daily schedules here (updated October 18, 2016):

Thursday, Oct. 20 | Friday, Oct. 21 | Saturday, Oct. 22 | Sunday, Oct. 23

Click here to download the panel descriptions.

Wisdom of the Elders

Building on the success of last year, we presented another Wisdom of the Elders panel at the 2016 conference. Co-host Sonny Ochs suggested that we record the session, so that it would be available for anyone in the community to view at their leisure. We would like to thank Graham Lindsey, who produced this year’s wonderful Estelle Klein Award video about Anne Lederman, and who stepped up and offered to film the Wisdom of the Elders session. Here it is, for your viewing pleasure:

2016 Wisdom of the Elders panel (Oct 22, 2016)
(video by Graham Lindsey)

Who was at the Conference?

Download the delegate directory here (updated November 3, 2016). Please note that this directory lists only those delegates who gave permission for their information to be included.


If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alka Sharma at
» See the full listing of Folk Music Ontario sponsors.

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Upcoming Conferences

  • October 19 to 22, 2017 – Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, Mississauga
  • September 27 to 30, 2018 – Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, Mississauga
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Past Folk Music Ontario Conference Programs

» View the contents of the past several issues of Folk Prints conference programs.

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