Moonfruits / 2017 FMO Conference – OMIC Showcase / Photo by Mike Bourgeault
In 2018, there were 36 official showcase slots. Six showcases were 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 performed 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 performed 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.
2018 Official Showcase Schedule
The schedule of Official Showcase performances at the 2018 conference was as follows:
|York Ballroom||Mavis Room|
|8:45pm||Outside I’m A Giant||ON|
|10:00pm||Safe As Houses||ON|
|10:15pm||Polky Village Band||ON|
|10:45pm||Amélie et les singes bleus||ON|
|York Ballroom||Mavis Room|
|8:00pm||Will Stroet (FAMILY)||BC|
|9:15pm||Big Little Lions||BC|
|9:45pm||Diyet & The Love Soldiers||YT|
|10:45pm||The Slocan Ramblers||ON|
|York Ballroom||Mavis Room|
|8:00pm||The Swinging Belles (FAMILY)||NL|
|8:15pm||New Tradition Music||ON|
|9:00pm||Shawn William Clarke||ON|
|9:15pm||Silla and Rise||ON|
|9:45pm||Shreem x Celtic Remixing||ON|
|10:00pm||Kym Gouchie and Northern Sky||BC|
|11:00pm||Les Poules à Colin||QC|
The following artists were selected by the juries, but were unable to attend the conference:
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|
The following artists were selected by the jury as alternates, but were unable to attend the conference:
|100 Mile House||AB|
To see a list of all official showcase artists, alternates and family showcase artists dating back to 1997, please download the Showcasing History PDF.
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. Download the 2018 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 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.
1. Download the application form.
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 IN 2018: Private showcase rooms are only offered as a two-night commitment. You are 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!
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 will be 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 2018 conference:
|Room #||Showcase Name||Presenter Name|
|218||The Campsite||Emma Julien & Gaby Harvey|
|220||Chick Pickin’ Mondays Does FMO||Cécile Doo-Kingué|
|221||Folkbooth Presents||Chris White|
|222||World of Music||Brian Litvin|
|223||Coax Records||Coax Records|
|224||RedLeaf Room||Trish Bolechowsky|
|226||Forest City Folk Room||London Music Office|
|228||TradHead Showcase||Graham Lindsey|
|229||Songwriters In The Round Does FMO||Gillian Nicola / The Painted Lady|
|230||La Swamp||Martin Rocheleau|
|231||FMO Developing Artists, Mentors, and Alumni||Treasa Levasseur|
|232||The River of Song||Kalon Hart|
|233||LAMA-palooza VIII||Preetam Sengupta|
|234||Northern Star Sessions||Pete Eastmure|
|235||We Are the World||Jorge Miguel|
|237||Borealis Showcase||Borealis Records|
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.
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.
Sponsored showcase presenters at the 2018 conference:
|AIM Artist Booking|
|Musicians United to Protect Bristol Bay|
|London Music Office|
To find out more about sponsoring a showcase, please email Dennis Landry of Copperworks Consulting Inc.
Developing Artist Showcase
Please see Developing Artist Program.