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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Recorded Events

Indigenous Voices in the Music Industry

Recorded Thursday, April 8, 2021 – 1:00pm EST
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Some Indigenous treaties speak of an equal but separate relationship between Indigenous people and settler nations (e.g. the Two Row Wampum Treaty), so when the Indigenous-owned music industry calls itself a sovereignty-affirming group instead of an equity-seeking group, does that mean they need an equal share of all the resources in Canada’s music industry?

Moderator
Alan Greyeyes – Festival Director, sākihiwē festival

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

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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
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Like most artists, musicians saw their performance calendars empty in 2020. As we work towards the return of live music, members of underrepresented communities are speaking up about their difficulties in getting booked at venues and festivals.

What are the issues facing Black artists, Indigenous artists, and Artists of Colour when booking a gig? Are they received differently by venues and scheduling managers? How does a venue indicate that it’s inclusive, and make certain that their outreach communicates that effectively? What needs to be done to ensure a diverse range of artists are represented on stages across the country?

Join our panel of artists and experts as they share their thoughts and stories. The speakers will explore how these experiences can be used as a stepping stone to ensure inclusive stages in the future.

Moderator
Shakura S’Aida – Artist

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

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FMO Presents – Preparing Performance for a Post-Pandemic World

Recorded Wednesday, March 3, 2021 via Zoom
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Online concerts! Live-streamed shows! Broadcast Festivals!

The pandemic has forced artists across the world to forgo the stage and instead figure out how to bring the performance of their art onto the web. And while performing on the internet has never been more accessible, many artists are struggling with the major differences between online and offline concerts.

In 2021, we are all looking forward to the eventual reopening of venues. But how will the music scene be different from before? What will be expected of performers online VS on the stage? What lessons can we learn from a year without in-person audiences? And how will this break change the promotion of shows/tours/festivals moving forward?

Don’t miss this chance to speak with the experts about your career, goals, and performing in a post-pandemic world.

Sign up now! RSVP at office@folkmusicontario.ca to secure your place!

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

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

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Festivals of the Future: Inclusive Programming for Black Artists

Recorded Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – 10:00am
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In recognition of Black History Month, Folk Music Ontario is pleased to present a panel on issues affecting Black Artists.

2020 brought with it an unprecedented mass-cancelling of music events and festivals across the globe.
But while we miss the live music experience, this forced break provides a chance to examine and re-think festival programming to ensure inclusivity.

Is your programming as inclusive as it could be? Does your call for applications actually reach everyone it could? Where are the gaps in the schedule, and what more could be done to include those missing artists and communities? What can be done to ensure that all artists know they’re welcome?

Join our panel of experts as they explore how promoters, festivals and other event organizers can ensure their programming is as diverse as the artists and fans that make up the arts community.

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
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The global pandemic forced artists to learn new skills in order to bring their persona and performances to the online stage. And while these skills will be of use in a re-emerging live music scene, the industry will be much different than it was before.

The future has many unanswered questions. How will booking shows change? How will tours be planned? Will merch sales be enough to fund your efforts, or will you need to open new revenue streams? Will livestream shows be expected as part of a regular show schedule? Will album sales continue, or are singles the way to go? Do you the have the tools and support you need to succeed?

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

Thursday, December 10, 2020 – 7:00pm-9:00pm EST via YouTube
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2020 has been a wild year! London ON was set to showcase the city and it’s art at the annual Folk Music Ontario conference, which, like so many other events, had to be taken online.

While we weren’t able to gather in person, London was pleased to bring these showcases directly to you!

Tourism London and the City of London Music Office opened their doors and showcased six incredible London based artists through a digital concert on December 10th. These performances were broadcast from London Music Club into your device for viewing wherever you’re most comfortable!

Performances will feature a diverse line-up including JUNO and Folk Music Ontario Award winning artists such as Ben Heffernan,
Collective Evolution, Dawn Redskye, The Marrieds, The Pairs and more! We hope that you will enjoy the art that London has to offer, and will consider these talented artists at your events in the coming year!

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Streaming Your Music: Finding Fans & Building Capacity

Recorded Thursday, December 3, 2020 – 2:00 EST via ZOOM
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Streaming may seem like a mystery to some artists, but it’s not a new phenomena. Long before COVID, music streaming services were playing a significant role within the music sector, acting as compliment to live shows and regular releases. The global pandemic has flipped that script: now more than ever, an artist’s digital presence needs to be harnessed to succeed.

Understanding how streaming is a beneficial platform that if utilized properly can introduce new revenue opportunities and a plethora of previously inaccessible markets. But where does one begin? Which streaming service(s) are right for your style and genre? Which markets should be focused on, and which should save for later? How can you ensure that your creative capital is reaching the right people?

Join us for this informative session to learn how to get your music working for you online. Explore the latest tools, services, and websites with professionals who want you to succeed. Our panel of industry-leading experts will provide valuable insight and answers into how streaming can elevate your career now, and into the future.

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

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
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Tannis Slimmon in conversation with Jan Hall

The Folk Music Ontario Awards are presented annually at the Folk Music Ontario Conference. As the 2020 Conference could not happen in person, we were pleased to present the awards ceremony and showcases online!

In addition to the presentations and performances, the Awards also include an interview with the recipient of The Estelle Klein Award. The recipient of the 2020 award is Tannis Slimmon! We are very pleased to recognize Tannis and her significant contributions to Ontario’s folk music community!

Join us for an engaging and heartfelt discussion that celebrates one of Folk’s most memorable people. 2019 Award Recipient Jan Hall will interview Tannis on her career, her love of music, and the importance of community.

About the Speakers:

Jan Hall
Jan Hall is the host/producer of syndicated radio show, Folk, Roots Radio which focuses on bringing folk, roots, singer-songwriters and blues music and the voices of upcoming and independent artists to the airwaves. The recipient of the 2019 Estelle Klein Award, Jan is also a popular stage host and festival emcee.
Learn more about Jan!

Tannis Slimmon
Tannis Slimmon is a critically acclaimed Canadian musician who has been singing, songwriting, recording, and touring locally, nationally and internationally for over 30 years. After founding bands (the Reverbs, Benji, the Bird Sisters) and appearing as a special guest on recordings and performances with key players in the CanRock Revolution (Rheostatics, Barenaked Ladies, Grievous Angels), she struck off on her own with albums Oak Lake (2001), Lucky Blue (2007) and In and Out of Harmony (2013). Her latest was described as ‘..infectious, uplifting and thought-provoking all at the same time’ (Beatroute) and ‘an honest and endearing addition to an already impressive catalogue’ (Penguin Eggs).

Tannis plays guitar, mandolin, bass and percussion but it is her singing that she is most known for. Tannis has a gift for engaging an audience with her voice and original songs, loves collaboration, and particularly adding voices to her many singalongable songs.
Learn more about Tannis!

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
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While distancing and physical isolation are driving the creation and adoption of new online event technology, it does not help artists and industry professionals struggling with the loss of live entertainment revenue. Many live venues have had to close their doors or shut down their businesses. Artists have had to stop touring, which is often their livelihood.

With an indefinite timeline for re-opening, the industry cannot afford to not adapt to this global concern. Some festivals presented drive-in shows or artists performing live at a distance, but that only works in warmer months. Now that the Fall is here and Winter is fast approaching, how can we sustainably present live music to the public, allowing artists, venues and presenters to continue to make a living?

Join us as our panel of experts discuss how artists, industry professionals, and fans alike are changing to suit this “new normal” of live music. You’ll learn about innovations in presentation methods, stage design, audience engagement/retention, and much more! Don’t miss this chance to be part of the ongoing conversation on how we can work together and safeguard the future of live music.

Moderator:
a href=”https://www.linkedin.com/in/heather-gibson-09b57b8b/”>Heather Gibson – Executive Producer, National Arts Centre

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

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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
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Presented by SOCAN and Folk Music Ontario

The global pandemic has had far-reaching effects for performing artists. Direct consequences of this include loss of gigs and revenue, but what about the less obvious effects?

Songwriting, like any creative pursuit, can be arduous in the best of times. And while isolation has given artists much more time to write, many are struggling with a dry creative well. In an age where performances and creative gatherings are limited, how can artists stay motivated and inspired to create?

Join Juno Award winning artist William Prince and SOCAN A&R Rep Aidan D’Aoust for an open and engaging discussion on the process of songwriting. You’ll hear best practices, tips for motivation, and first-hand experience from one of Canada’s most well-respected songwriters.

About the Speakers:

William Prince Juno Award Winning Singer Songwriter
For his eagerly-awaited sophomore album, songwriter William Prince begins with single word, Reliever, which informs a collection of exceptionally rendered explorations of what, who and how peace is found. Relievers come in all forms; for Prince, it is song. With its emphasis on words and confidently unfussed accompaniment, Reliever puts Prince’s gift for sparking powerful emotions of both personal and communal relevance at the fore. A masterclass in skillful simplicity, Reliever works a generous and profound kind of magic.

Prince’s influences and references, from the gospel of his childhood to the pantheon of classic outlaw country singers, baseball and the great beyond, shape Reliever into a collection that approaches the big questions with humility and curiosity. At the edge of the ocean, between father and son, from stranger to lover, the album flows through the places and moments where real connections and healing happen.

To make Reliever, Prince reconvened with producers Dave Cobb in Nashville and Scott Nolan in Winnipeg, the team behind his JUNO Award winning debut and subsequent Glassnote Records reissue, Earthly Days. With the song “Breathless,” which found audiences worldwide and reached the B List at BBC’s Radio 2, Earthly Days introduced Prince’s poignant philosophy and rich baritone to the world. Prince’s trajectory from Peguis First Nation in Manitoba, Canada, to opening for Neil Young, has seen the relative newcomer find esteem and career-changing opportunity wherever he performs.
Learn more about William!

Aidan D’Aoust, A&R Rep, SOCAN
Before joining SOCAN at the top of 2018, Aidan was an A&R rep for Warner Chappell Music Canada where he worked closely with the company’s domestic roster and global catalogue. Along with his A&R experience, Aidan has previously acted as Program and Music Director for Ryerson’s online radio station and for the last four years, he has also covered the Canadian music scene and more for Complex Media.
Learn more about Aidan!

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

Monday, September 21, 2020 – 2:00pm EST via ZOOM
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The ongoing global pandemic and resulting health and safety measures have left artists and live music professionals in a precarious financial situation. And while some monetary issues have been relieved by government payments, these initiatives do not address the mental health challenges facing those who rely on the live music scene for financial and social support.

The negative effects of poor mental health, for both workers and employers, are well documented. But this research tends to focus on ‘traditional’ workplaces… offices and job sites that contain large teams, health and safety standards, and direct support from a Human Resources department. But what about individual artists and small business owners who don’t have access to such a support network? How can we ensure that the people making up our artistic scenes are as mentally healthy as they can be?

Join us as a panel of experts examines the barriers to wellness and positive mental health approaches faced by many in the industry, followed by a discussion on how we can each maintain a healthier lifestyle in order to maximize our mental health during these challenging times. You’ll hear from artists, industry experts, and mental health professionals as they discuss what can be done for both individuals and organizations moving forward into 2021.

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

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

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Home Concerts – Keeping Close while Keeping Distant

Tuesday, August 11, 2020 – 1:00pm-2:00pm EST via ZOOM
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House concerts are a mainstay of the Folk music scene. However, like every other type of performance out there, the COVID pandemic has caused countless intimate shows to be postponed or outright cancelled.

As we enter the third and final month of a festival-free Summer, musicians, promoters, and presenters alike have been coming up with ways to bring back more intimate shows in the most distant, healthiest way possible. From outdoor stages to livestreamed living rooms, ideas born from isolation are being put into fruition! But how safe is safe enough? How accessible are these shows for those hungry for live music? And how long will this trend continue?

Join us for a great discussion on the House Concert scene… how it works, how it’s changed, and what it may look like post-pandemic. Our panel of artists will share their thoughts, and offer insights on how we can all get the most out of House Concerts in 2020 and beyond.

Moderator:
Shawna Caspi – Artist

Panellists
Nicole Rochefort – Owner/Founder – AIM: Artists In Motion
Nick Sherman – Artist
Julian Taylor – 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
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The COVID-19 pandemic has left musicians and fans around the world without a stage. In response, artists have taken to live streaming, connecting with fans while sharpening their performance skills.

However, creating a successful stream isn’t as simple as setting up a camera and starting to play. With an entire world of fans searching for online content, there is also an entire world of artists setting up their own streams on dozens of platforms. How can you be sure that your stream will be viewed, and what can you do to help it stand out from others?
Join us for an insightful discussion with Canadian artists and industry professionals working to ensure streaming for themselves (and others!) is as great as it can be. Learn some basic how-tos, general tips and tricks, and insights on how to make your stream a success.

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

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

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