Application period: April 3 – May 31, 2017
In 2017, 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 submit three songs for consideration. The official showcase jury meets in mid-June to select 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). All applicants are notified of the selection of official and alternate showcase artists before the end of June.
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 2017 conference. To better understand this process, please read the Folk Music Ontario Official Showcase Goals and Jury Guidelines.
2016 Official Showcase Schedule
The schedule of Official Showcase performances at the 2016 conference was as follows:
|Thursday, October 20||Pinnacle||Panorama|
et les Imposteures
|9:15pm||Mike McKenna Jr.||QC|
|9:30pm||Hannah Shira Naiman||ON|
|10:30pm||Old Man Grant||ON|
|10:45pm||Julian Taylor Band||ON|
|Friday, October 21||Pinnacle||Panorama|
|8:00pm||Raine Hamilton String Trio||MB|
|8:30pm||The Barrel Boys||ON|
|Saturday, October 22||Pinnacle||Panorama|
|7:45pm||Les Tireux d’Roches||QC|
|8:30pm||The Unseen Strangers||ON|
& The Good Intentions
2016 Alternate Showcase Artists
(in alphabetical order by first name)
In the event that an artist/group from the above list could not attend or perform their showcase, the following alternates were available to officially showcase:
|Benjamin Dakota Rogers||ON|
|Harpdog Brown & The Travelin’ Blues Show||BC|
|Hidden Roots Collective||ON|
The following artists were selected by the jury, but were unable to attend the conference:
|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.
Applications will be accepted in mid- to late July, 2017
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 2017, 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 2017 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, 2017. 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, 2017), or registering as side players at a reduced rate of $153.31, with access to showcases only.
1. Complete and sign application form and send it back with your Visa or MasterCard number. We’ll use that to process your admin payment of $80.00/night 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 and applicants planning to host their private showcase on both Friday and Saturday night.
2. 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.
3. Your room number will be assigned.
4. You will be asked 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.
5. 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! Here is the link for private/sponsored showcase registration:
***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. Approved private showcase hosts 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 hosts directly. Please note that this list will change frequently, as more hosts are approved and request that their contact info be published, and as lineups for various rooms fill up.
2016 Private Showcase rooms at the conference
|Showcase Name||Presenter Name|
|ArtsCan Circle Showcase||Carol Teal|
|Carioca Suite||Eric Stein|
|Chick Pickin’ Mondays Does FMO||Cécile Doo-Kingué|
|Dirty Dishes Harmonies
& Hijinx Hootenanny
|FMO Youth and Alumni||Treasa Levasseur|
|Folk Music Canada||Tamara Kater|
|LAMA-palooza VI||Letting Artists Make Art (LAMA)|
|Les French Rendez-Vous||Natalie Bernardin|
Social Commentary with a Groove
|Manitoba Music Showcase||Manitoba Music|
|Northern Ontario Music Showcase||Jen McKerral|
|Peterborough Folk Festival Presents…||Peterborough Folk Festival|
|RedLeaf Room||Trish Bolechowsky|
|SPEAK Music PR “Harlan’s Porch”||Beverly Kreller|
|The Campsite||Emma Julien & Gaby Harvey|
|The Folkin’ Cat’s Meow||Jan Hall, Folk Roots Radio
and Michelle Fortier Publicity
|The Stillhouse||Jonathan Danyliw|
|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.
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.
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, 2017. 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, 2017), 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.
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.