Online Events

In lieu of a single in-person event, Folk Music Ontario is partnering with various organizations to provide a number of online offerings, including panel discussions, webinars, concerts, and more! Stay tuned to this page or sign up for our newsletter to find out what’s coming up!

Upcoming Events

Recorded Events

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Upcoming Events

Canadian Home Studio Tour: Volume VI – Chris McKhool

Tuesday, Sept 21 2021 – 1:00pm EST
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Featured Artist: Chris McKhool
Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal recipient Chris McKhool is violinist, bandleader and producer of Billboard-charting Sultans of String. His work has been featured in the NY Times and earned four JUNO nominations and five CFMAs, and includes collaborations with such diverse luminaries as Paddy Moloney & The Chieftains, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Richard Bona, Alex Cuba, Ruben Blades, Benoit Bourque, Crystal Shawanda & Ken Whiteley.

With their new release Refuge, Chris and co-producer John ‘Beetle’ Bailey travelled from the Six Nations Reserve to New York, Istanbul and beyond to craft the sound of an epic culture-spanning album. This ambitious, diverse, inclusive and passionately political album amplifies the voices of new immigrants and refugees to Canada, as well as Indigenous voices and ambassadors of peace, including American banjo master Béla Fleck, Oscar winning sitarist Anwar Khurshid, Iraqi violinst Imah Al Taha, Iranian santur player Amir Amiri, Israeli vocalist Yasmin Levy, Somali refugee poet Ifrah Mansour, Ojibway Elder Duke Redbird, Twin Flames, and 30 more.

Refuge earned Chris two 2020 Folk Music Ontario Songwriting Awards and two 2020 Independent Music Awards, as well as Producer of the Year at the 2021 CFMAs.

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Recorded Events

Canadian Home Studio Tour: Volume V – Danielle Allard

Recorded Wednesday, July 14 2021 – 1:00pm EST
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Featured Artist: Danielle Allard

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In Conversation: State of the Canadian Music Industry

Recorded Tuesday, July 6, 2021 – 2:00pm EST

Featuring:
Erin Benjamin , President and CEO, Canadian Live Music Association
Alka Sharma, Executive Director, Folk Music Ontario

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Canadian Home Studio Tour: Volume IV – Murray Pulver

Recorded Tuesday, June 29, 2021 – 1:00pm EST
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Featured Artist: Murray Pulver

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How To: Create an EPK w/ Melanie Kealey

Sponsored by: Bandzoogle
Recorded Wednesday, June 16, 2021 – 1:00pm EST

Featuring: Melanie Kealey, Communications Manager, Bandzoogle

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Canadian Home Studio Tour: Volume III – AHI

Recorded Wednesday, June 2, 2021 – 1:00pm EST

Featuring: AHI
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Mindfully Moving Forward: A Music Industry Eco-Overhaul

Every Tuesday in May 2021 – 2:00pm EST

Sustainable Presenters
Tuesday, May 4, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
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Featuring:
Michelle Demers, Artistic Director, Mission Folk Festival
Belem Vallina Gonzalez, International Relations Manager, Sinsal Festival, Spain
Spencer Shewen, Artistic Director & Festival Manager, Riverfest Elora
Marie Zimmerman, Executive Director, Hillside Festival


Sustainable Performers
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
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Featuring:
Tiffany Ayalik, Artist, PIQSIQ and Producer, Food for the Rest of Us
Caroline Brooks, Artist, Good Lovelies and Volunteer, Music Declares Emergency Canada
Quique Escamilla, Artist & Organizer
Veronica Johnny, Artist, The Johnnys, & Booking Manager, IndigenEd


Sustainable Places
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
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Featuring:
Lisa Patterson, Producer, Founder & Director, SongMakerSoundShaper
Mauricio Galeano Vargas, Deputy Director, Cultural Facilities, IDARTES, Columbia
Nadim Missaghian, Executive Director of Operations, National Arts Centre
Grant Troop, Vice President of Operations, Massey Hall & Roy Thomson Hall


Sustainable Partners
Tuesday, May 25, 2021 – 2:00 pm EST
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Featuring:
Kyle Cunjak, Artist & Owner, Forward Music Group
Ian Garrett, Associate Professor, Ecological Design for Performance, Department of Theatre – York University School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design
Adam Kreeft, Agent, Good Company
Stevie Smith, Chief Executive Officer, The Americana Music Association UK
Linnéa E. Svensson, Board Member, Greener Events, Norway

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Canadian Home Studio Tour: Volume II – Blue Will

Recorded Wednesday, May 5, 2021 – 1:00pm EST

Featuring: Blue Will

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Canadian Home Studio Tour: Volume I

Recorded Wednesday, April 21, 2021 – 1:00pm EST

Featuring: Yolande Laroche
Moderator: Rosalyn Dennett

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Indigenous Voices in the Music Industry

Recorded Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 1:00pm EST

Speakers
Leanne Goose – Artist and President, Northern Arts and Cultural Centre
Stacey Howse – Artist & Acting Executive Director/Director of Programs, First Light
Marek Tyler – Artist & Associate Consultant, Roundtable Consulting

Moderator
Alan Greyeyes – Festival Director, sākihiwē festival

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Seeking Inclusive Spaces: Booking Gigs as a Black, Indigenous, or Person of Colour Artist

Recorded Wednesday, March 10, 2021 – 11:00am

Speakers
AHI – Artist
Alyssa Brilla – Artist and Founder, The Freqency Portal
Cris Derkson – Artist
Leela Gilday – Artist
Ebonnie Rowe – Founder and Director, PhemPhat Entertainment Group & Producer, Honey Jam

Moderator
Shakura S’Aida – Artist

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FMO Presents – Preparing Performance for a Post-Pandemic World

Recorded Wednesday, March 3, 2021 via Zoom

Speakers
Luther Mallory – Live Music Performance Coach
Lindsay Sarazin – Multimedia Artist, Wolf Eye Productions
Laura Simpson – CEO and Co-Founder, Side Door
Kimberly Sinclair – Publicist and Founder, Spincount

Moderator
Rosalyn Dennett – Artist and Outreach & Licensing Coordinator, Canadian Federation of Musicians

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Festivals of the Future: Inclusive Programming for Black Artists

Recorded Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – 10:00am

Speakers
Cécile Doo-Kingué – Artist
City Fidelia – Artist & Program Director, CHUO FM
Ian Andre Espinet – Entrepreneur, Community Advocate
Kwende Kefentse – Artist & Executive Director, CKCU FM
Yao – Artist

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FMO Presents – Managing Changes in the Business of Music

Wednesday, February 17, 2021 – 1:00pm

Speakers
Kevin Bourne – Media Personality, Entrepreneur, and Founder, SHIFTER Agency
Zachary Lucky – Artist
Byron Pascoe – Lawyer, Edwards Creative Law
Tara Shannon – Artist, Entrepreneur, and Founder, Willow Sound Records
Julian Taylor – Artist

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London Music Spotlight

Recorded Thursday, December 10, 2020 – 7:00pm-9:00pm EST via YouTube

Featuring performances from Ben Heffernan, Collective Evolution, Dawn Redskye, The Marrieds, The Pairs and more!
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Streaming Your Music: Finding Fans & Building Capacity

Recorded Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 2:00 EST via ZOOM

Speakers
Beth Cavanagh – Owner/Founder, What’s The Story?
Nicole Rochefort – Owner/Founder, AIM: Artists In Motion
Julian Tuck – Music Programmer, CBC Music

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This special Folk Music Ontario panel is offered thanks in part to the generous support of Tourism London & The London Music Office.

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Tannis Slimmon: The 2020 Estelle Klein Award Interview

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 2:00 EST via ZOOM

Featuring: Tannis Slimmon
Moderator: Jan Hall

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About the Estelle Klein Award
The Estelle Klein Award honours the work of an individual or group that has made significant contributions to Ontario’s folk music community. 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.

Winners are recognized with a registration for that year’s Folk Music Ontario conference for themselves and a partner as well as a lifetime FMO membership. The winner is also featured in the Conference Program edition of Folk Prints magazine, at an interview at the FMO Awards brunch, and in a career retrospective video.
Learn more about the award!

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Live Events & The New Normal: Adapting to a Physically Distant Dancefloor

Thursday, October 29, 2020 – 2:00 EST via ZOOM

Panellists
Erin Benjamin – President & CEO, Canadian Live Music Association
Jennifer Goheen – Producer & Director of Marketing, The Havelock Country Jamboree
Tracy Jenkins – Executive and Co-Artistic Director, Lula Music and Arts Centre
Max Merrifield – Artistic Director, Northern Lights Festival Boréal

Moderator:
Heather Gibson – Executive Producer, National Arts Centre

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SOCAN Songwriting Masterclass: An interactive workshop on the process of songwriting

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – 2:00-3:30pm EST via ZOOM

Featuring: William Prince
Moderator: Aidan D’Aoust, A&R Rep, SOCAN

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Mental Health & the Music Industry: Maintaining Wellness in Isolated Times

Recorded Monday, September 21, 2020 – 2:00pm EST via ZOOM

Panellists
Carmen Elle – Artist & Public Speaker
Kathryn Hummel – Director Of A&R, Marketing And Business Development, Royalty Records
Dayana Romero – Psychotherapist and Owner, Romero Psychotherapy and Renova
Denise Waligora – Training and Delivery Specialist, Mental Health First Aid Canada, Mental Health Commission of Canada

Moderator:
Sarah Hagerman – Industry and Events Management, Unison Benevolent Fund & Artist (Mary Moxxie)

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Home Concerts – Keeping Close while Keeping Distant

Recorded Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 1:00pm-2:00pm EST via ZOOM

Panellists
Nicole Rochefort – Owner/Founder – AIM: Artists In Motion
Nick Sherman – Artist
Julian Taylor – Artist

Moderator:
Shawna Caspi – Artist

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Streaming How-to: Finding Your Voice on a Digital Stage

Tuesday, July 7, 2020 – 2:00pm-3:00pm EST via ZOOM

Panellists
Danielle Allard – Artist, Professor, & Twitch Affiliate
Tim Fraser – Artistic Director, Home County Music & Art Festival
Tarun Nayar – Artist, Community Builder, & Executive Director, 5X Festival
Kathleen Ryan – Live TV/Film/Events Producer, K Ryan Productions

Moderator:
Preetam Sengupta – Artist & Director, Letting Artists Make Art (LAMA)

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