Conference Showcasing

Tannis Slimmon and Lewis Melville showcasing at 2012 OCFF Conference

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

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.

Back to top

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 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
Back to top

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.

Back to top

Private Showcases

Applications to host a private showcase are now CLOSED.

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 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.

Application Process:

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:

Online Private/Sponsored Showcase
Conference Registration

OR
Download a 2016 Private/Sponsored Showcase Conference Registration form
(English PDF) | (French PDF)

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

***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.

Private Showcase rooms at the conference –
rooms with contact info may still be looking for artists
(list updated frequently – check back often)

Showcase Name Presenter Name Email Address
ArtsCan Circle Showcase Carol Teal carol.teal@sympatico.ca
Carioca Suite Eric Stein estein@sympatico.ca
Chick Pickin’ Mondays Does FMO Cécile Doo-Kingué cdkmusik@me.com
Dirty Dishes Harmonies
& Hijinx Hootenanny
Dirty Dishes
Flatlanders Flatlanders
FMO Youth and Alumni Treasa Levasseur youth@folkmusicontario.ca
Folk Music Canada Tamara Kater Click to apply
LAMA-palooza VI Letting Artists Make Art (LAMA) preetam@lamavision.com
Les French Rendez-Vous Natalie Bernardin
Lloyd Frost:
Social Commentary with a Groove
Lloyd Frost blueplazuelamusic@gmail.com
Manitoba Music Showcase Manitoba Music
MFM Showcase Jen McKerral
RedLeaf Room Trish Bolechowsky trish@redleafmusic.ca
SPEAK Music PR “Harlan’s Porch” Beverly Kreller bev@speak-music.com
The Campsite Emma Julien & Gaby Harvey fmocampsite@gmail.com
The Feldman Agency Joseph Clark
The Folkin’ Cat’s Meow Jan Hall/Folk Roots Radio
(w/ Michelle Fortier Publicity)
jan@folkrootsradio.com
The Stillhouse Jonathan Danyliw murdermurderband@gmail.com
World of Music Brian Litvin litvin@rogers.com

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.

Back to top

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.

Back to top

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.

Back to top