Deadline: May 31, 2016
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. 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. For the family showcase opportunity, two artists were selected by a jury of children to perform 20-25 minute sets at the beginning of the official showcases on Friday and Saturday evening. To better understand this process, please read the Folk Music Ontario Official Showcase Goals and Jury Guidelines.
Applicants submit three songs for consideration. The official showcase jury meets in mid-June and selects 36 official showcase artists and ten alternates, who might be asked to fill in if any of the official selections cannot perform at the conference. Official showcase artists and alternates are notified of their selection status by the end of June. The family showcase jury meets in early July and two selected artists and one alternate are notified as soon as possible thereafter.
Applications are now being accepted, until May 31, 2016. (Mailed-in applications must be postmarked by this date.)
2015 Official Showcase Schedule
The schedule of Official/Family Showcase performances at the 2015 conference was as follows:
|Thursday, October 15||Bristol A||Plaza B|
|7:30pm||Rosie & the Riveters||SK|
|9:30pm||Cécile Doo-Kingué Trio||QC|
|Friday, October 16||Bristol A||Plaza B|
|7:15pm||FAMILY – Songs For Terrible Children||QC|
|7:30pm||Sheesham and Lotus
|8:30pm||Samantha Martin &
|9:30pm||Ken Whiteley and
the Beulah Band
|Saturday, October 17||Bristol A||Plaza B|
|7:30pm||The Next Generation Leahy||ON|
|7:45pm||Coco Love Alcorn||ON|
|8:00pm||The Lonesome Ace Stringband||ON|
|9:30pm||Qristina & Quinn Bachand||BC|
|9:45pm||The East Pointers||PE|
|10:00pm||Shtreiml & Ismail Fencioglu||QC|
2015 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, one of the following alternates could have been asked to officially showcase:
|Big Little Lions||BC|
|Shawn William Clarke||ON|
|The Boxcar Boys||ON|
|The Jessica Stuart Few||ON|
The following artists were selected by the jury, but were unable to attend the conference:
|(ALT FAMILY) Hey Buster!||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.
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.
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.
***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.
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.
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.