Conference Showcasing


Official/Family Showcases
2018 Official Showcase Schedule
2018 Alternate Showcase Artists
Private Showcases
Sponsored Showcases
Developing Artist Showcase


Moonfruits / 2017 FMO Conference – OMIC Showcase / Photo by Mike Bourgeault

Official/Family Showcases

In 2018, 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 apply online, submitting three songs in MP3 format for consideration. The application fee is $20.00 for FMO members, and $40.00 for non-members. Applicants should also have two photos (high and low resolution), a stage plot, and tech requirements/input list ready to submit with application.

The official showcase jury met in mid-June to select 36 official showcase artists and several alternates (who might be asked to fill in if any of the official selections cannot perform at the conference). All applicants were notified of the selection of official and alternate showcase artists by May 31, 2018.

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 at the 2018 conference.

A special jury consisting of children aged 6-12 was also convened to select two family showcase artists and one alternate artist. One family showcase artist will perform at the beginning of the official showcases on each of Friday and Saturday evenings.

To better understand the jury process, please read the Folk Music Ontario Official Showcase Goals and Jury Guidelines.

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2018 Official Showcase Schedule

The schedule of Official Showcase performances at the 2018 conference will be as follows:

Thursday
Sept. 27
York Ballroom Mavis Room
8:00pm Sina Bathaie ON
8:15pm Lee Watson ON
8:30pm Ellen Froese SK
8:45pm Outside I’m A Giant ON
9:00pm Kalyna Rakel ON
9:15pm JoJo Worthington ON
9:30pm Tomato Tomato NB
9:45pm Abigail Lapell
ON
10:00pm Safe As Houses ON
10:15pm Polky Village Band ON
10:30pm The O’Pears ON
10:45pm Amélie et les singes bleus ON
Friday
Sept. 28
York Ballroom Mavis Room
8:00pm Will Stroet (FAMILY) BC
8:15pm Melanie Brulée ON
8:30pm The Lifers ON
8:45pm Connie Kaldor QC
9:00pm Zachary Lucky ON
9:15pm Big Little Lions BC
9:30pm Cy NB
9:45pm Diyet & The Love Soldiers YT
10:00pm Leaf Rapids MB
10:15pm Rachel Beck PE
10:30pm Gabrielle Papillon NS
10:45pm The Slocan Ramblers ON
11:00pm Los Poetas ON
Saturday
Sept. 29
York Ballroom Mavis Room
8:00pm The Swinging Belles (FAMILY) NL
8:15pm New Tradition Music ON
8:30pm Campbell Woods ON
8:45pm respectfulchild SK
9:00pm Shawn William Clarke ON
9:15pm Silla and Rise ON
9:30pm Irish Mythen PE
9:45pm Shreem x Celtic Remixing ON
10:00pm Kym Gouchie and Northern Sky BC
10:15pm Johnson Crook ON
10:30pm Boogat QC
10:45pm Orkestar Kriminal QC
11:00pm Les Poules à Colin QC

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

Artist Name Prov/State
FOONYAP AB
Jeremy Dutcher ON
Kattam (FAMILY) YT

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, the following alternates are available to officially showcase:

Artist Name Prov/State
Benjamin Dakota Rogers ON
Braden Gates AB
Jordane QC

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

Artist Name Prov/State
100 Mile House AB
Okay Mann MB
Sarah Cripps 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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Private Showcases

DEADLINE EXTENDED – Applications are now being accepted until AUGUST 14, 2018! Download the 2018 rules here.

A Private Showcase is a performance or series of performances in a hotel room on the music floor(s) of the host hotel. It is part of the official activities of the conference. In 2018, ALL private showcases will be ACOUSTIC. Private showcase presenters pay an administrative fee which covers the production and publication of a Private Showcase schedule, the provision of floor monitors on the private showcase floors, and advertising in the Conference Program. Private showcases will take place after the Friday and Saturday official showcases, from 11:30pm – 3:00am. All Private Showcase presenters sign an agreement that includes presenter-specific conference rules.

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 September, 2018. 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), 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.

Application Process:

1. Click the link below to download the application form:

Private Showcase Application Form (PDF)
Deadline: EXTENDED to AUGUST 14, 2018

2. Complete and sign the form and send it back with your Visa or MasterCard number. We’ll use that to process your admin payment of $160.00 plus HST, and will pass the number on to the hotel to actually secure your private showcase room.

  • The hotel room rental fee will not be processed until conference time.
  • Preference will be given to FMO members.

NEW THIS YEAR: Private showcase rooms will only be offered as a two-night commitment. You will be responsible for paying for the rental of your room for both Friday and Saturday night. Private showcases will take place from 11:30pm-3:00am each of these nights.

3. After your admin payment has been processed and your application approved, you will receive email asking for your checkin/checkout dates, whether you have another hotel room booked, and the names of all people (if any) who are going to be sleeping in the private showcase room.

4. Your room number will be assigned.

5. You will need to provide your complete lineup, with the names of all band members playing in your room, for publication in the FMO Showcase Guide. You’ll also receive a free 1/8th page ad in the Conference Program.

6. You will be responsible for ensuring that everyone who is playing in your private showcase room is registered for the conference. You also need to be registered!

CLICK HERE to register at the discounted private/sponsored showcase rates.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Ellis or call 1-866-292-6233 (613-560-5997 in the Ottawa area).

Not interested in hosting a private showcase room, but just want to play in one?

There is no Folk Music Ontario application form to play in private showcases. FMO receives several requests each years from artists and private showcase presenters seeking to connect with each other. All private showcase presenters are listed below, and those with contact info may still be looking for artists. If you’re interested in performing in private showcases, please contact these presenters directly. Please note that this list will change frequently, as lineups for various rooms fill up. Check the list often!

Private Showcase rooms at the conference
(rooms with contact info may still be looking for artists)

Showcase Name Presenter Name Email Address
Borealis Showcase Borealis Records
Chick Pickin’ Mondays Does FMO Cécile Doo-Kingué
Coax Records Coax Records
FMO Developing Artists, Mentors, and Alumni Treasa Levasseur
Folkbooth Presents Chris White
Forest City Folk Room London Music Office
La Swamp Martin Rocheleau
LAMA-palooza VIII Preetam Sengupta
MusicOntario Presents MusicOntario
Northern Star Sessions Pete Eastmure
RedLeaf Room Trish Bolechowsky
Songwriters In The Round Does FMO Gillian Nicola /
The Painted Lady
The Campsite Emma Julien & Gaby Harvey
The River of Song Kalon Hart
TradHead Showcase Graham Lindsey
We Are the World Jorge Miguel
World of Music Brian Litvin

A couple of other options exist to let others know that you are available to perform. You can post to the FMO Facebook page, and/or post to Maplepost, a listserv used by many people in the folk community. There is information about subscribing and posting to Maplepost here.

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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 September, 2018. 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), or registering as side players at a reduced rate of $153.31, with access to showcases only.

Sponsored showcase hosts are responsible for ensuring that all of the artists performing in their showcase are registered for the conference.

CLICK HERE to register at the discounted private/sponsored showcase rates.

To find out more about sponsoring a showcase, please email Dennis Landry of Copperworks Consulting Inc. at dennis@copperworksconsulting.ca.

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Developing Artist Showcase

Please see Developing Artist Program.

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