Conference Showcasing

Official Showcases

In 2016, there will be 36 official showcase slots. Six showcases will be presented in each of two rooms, with staggered starting times, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.

Applicants submitted three songs for consideration. The official showcase jury met in mid-June and selected 36 official showcase artists and eleven alternates (who might be asked to fill in if any of the official selections cannot perform at the conference). Artists selected by the showcase jury will perform for artistic directors and presenters from across Canada and around the world as well as conference delegates in a 20-25 minute set. To better understand this process, please read the Folk Music Ontario Official Showcase Goals and Jury Guidelines.

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2016 Official Showcase Schedule

The schedule of Official Showcase performances at the 2016 conference is as follows:

Thursday, October 20 Pinnacle Panorama
7:30pm Christine Tassan
et les Imposteures
QC
7:45pm Moonfruits ON
8:00pm Fraser Anderson UK
8:15pm DoVira ON
8:30pm Twin Bandit BC
8:45pm Mike McKenna Jr. QC
9:00pm Hannah Shira Naiman ON
9:15pm The Bombadils QC
9:30pm Dione Taylor SK
9:45pm Jocelyne Baribeau MB
10:00pm Old Man Grant ON
10:15pm Julian Taylor Band ON
Friday, October 21 Pinnacle Panorama
7:30pm Pretty Archie NS
7:45pm IVA NU
8:00pm Raine Hamilton String Trio MB
8:15pm Kaïa Kater ON
8:30pm The Barrel Boys ON
8:45pm Aerialists BC
9:00pm Oh Susanna ON
9:15pm Winona Wilde ON
9:30pm AHI ON
9:45pm The Confabulation ON
10:00pm Turkwaz ON
10:15pm Ellis Paul VA
Saturday, October 22 Pinnacle Panorama
7:30pm Tio Chorinho ON
7:45pm Les Tireux d’Roches (TDR) QC
8:00pm Ptarmigan ON
8:15pm Jory Nash ON
8:30pm The Unseen Strangers ON
8:45pm Lynne Hanson
& The Good Intentions
ON
9:00pm Annabelle Chvostek ON
9:15pm Kayla Luky MB
9:30pm Harrow Fair ON
9:45pm Amanda Rheaume ON
10:00pm MAZ QC
10:15pm Willie Stratton NS
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2016 Alternate Showcase Artists

(in alphabetical order by first name)
In the event that an artist/group from the above list cannot attend or perform their showcase, one of the following alternates could be asked to officially showcase:

Artist Name Prov/State
Benjamin Dakota Rogers ON
Harpdog Brown & The Travelin’ Blues Show BC
Hidden Roots Collective ON
Justin Lacroix MB
Meaghan Blanchard PE
Slocan Ramblers ON
Slow Leaves MB
Suzie Vinnick SK
William Prince MB

The following artists were selected by the jury, but are unable to attend the conference:

Artist Name Prov/State
Port Cities (alternate) NS
Sarah Jane Scouten (official) ON

To see a list of all official showcase artists, alternates and family showcase artists dating back to 1997, please download the Showcasing History PDF.

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Sponsored Showcases

Sponsored showcases are presented by various music industry associations and other organizations, such as agencies, record labels, etc. These organizations pay for the opportunity to host a showcase, and by doing so, contributed to Folk Music Ontario’s budget, helping to keep registration costs low for all other conference delegates. Sponsored showcase slots are available on Thursday evening from 11:30pm – 2:00am (after the official showcases), and on Friday and Saturday at lunchtime (approx. 12:00pm – 2:00pm).

Sponsored showcase hosts book their own lineups. Everyone who presents and/or performs in a sponsored showcase is required to be a registered delegate of the conference. A special Private/Sponsored Showcase rate of $242.30 is offered to sponsored showcase presenters and artists who are members of Folk Music Ontario through October, 2016. At least one member of each band appearing in a sponsored showcase has to be registered for the full conference, and the other members of each band have the choice of also registering for the full conference at the special rate (with Folk Music Ontario membership valid through October, 2016), or registering as side players at a reduced rate of $153.31, with access to showcases only.

To find out more about sponsoring a showcase, please contact FMO Executive Director Alka Sharma.

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Tannis Slimmon and Lewis Melville showcasing at 2012 OCFF Conference

2012 OCFF Conference – Tannis Slimmon and Lewis Melville. Photo by Mike Bourgeault.

Private Showcases

Applications will open in mid- to late-July
A Private Showcase is a performance or series of performances in a hotel room on the music floors of the host hotel. It is part of the official activities of the conference. In 2016, ALL private showcases will be ACOUSTIC. Private showcase presenters pay a fee that covers some administrative costs and advertising provided by Folk Music Ontario. Private showcases will take place after the Friday and Saturday official showcases, from 11:00pm – 3:00am. All Private Showcase presenters sign an agreement that includes presenter-specific conference rules. Download the 2016 rules here.

Private showcase hosts book their own lineups. Everyone who presents and/or performs in a private showcase is required to be a registered delegate of the conference. A special Private/Sponsored Showcase rate of $242.30 is offered to private showcase presenters and artists who are members of Folk Music Ontario through October, 2016. At least one member of each band appearing in a private showcase has to be registered for the full conference, and the other members of each band have the choice of also registering for the full conference at the special rate (with Folk Music Ontario membership valid through October, 2016), or registering as side players at a reduced rate of $153.31, with access to showcases only.

Purchase membership here or log in to renew or extend your membership.

***NOTE: Not interested in hosting a private showcase room, but just want to play in one? There is no application form to play in private showcases. Folk Music Ontario receives several requests each years from artists and Private Showcase presenters seeking to connect with each other. The Private Showcase presenters listed below have agreed to have their names and email addresses listed on our website. Artists interested in performing in Private Showcases can contact these presenters directly. You can also post to the FMO Facebook page, letting others know that you are available to perform.

Online Private/Sponsored Showcase
Conference Registration

Available in summer 2016

To get a sense of what happens late on Friday and Saturday nights of the conference on the Private Showcase floors, please watch Songwriters Unite!: An OCFF Story, created at the 2011 OCFF conference in Niagara Falls by Jason Romolo, Peter J. Slack and Russell Leon.

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Youth Showcase

In the Performer stream, youth performers (15 to 21 years of age) are chosen and matched with established artists from the community for one-on-one mentorship. The Folk Music Ontario Youth Program also offers workshops, master classes, an enhanced orientation to the Folk Music Ontario conference and community, a youth ‘hub’, opportunities for collaboration, and, of course, a special showcase set. In the Presenter stream, participants are teamed with industry professionals in a series of hour long one-on-one mentoring sessions. Wherever possible we offer the young Presenter an opportunity for hands-on experience, either at the sound board or in assisting with the various official and sponsored showcases. For more information, visit the Youth Program page.

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