Conference Showcasing


Official/Family Showcases
2018 Official and Alternate Showcase Artists
Private Showcases
Sponsored Showcases
Youth 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 30, 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.

The inclusion of a family showcase at the conference is contingent on a minimum of four family showcase applications being received. If this condition is met, a special jury consisting of children aged 6-12 will be convened AFTER the official showcase jury deliberations are completed, and will select two artists/acts and one alternate artist/act.

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

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2018 Official and Alternate Showcase Artists

Official Showcase Artists

(in alphabetical order by first name)

Artist Name Prov/State
Abigail Lapell
ON
Amélie et les singes bleus ON
Big Little Lions BC
Boogat QC
Campbell Woods ON
Connie Kaldor QC
Cy NB
Diyet & The Love Soldiers YT
Ellen Froese SK
FOONYAP AB
Gabrielle Papillon NS
Irish Mythen PE
Johnson Crook ON
JoJo Worthington ON
Kalyna Rakel ON
Kym Gouchie and Northern Sky BC
Leaf Rapids MB
Lee Watson ON
Les Poules à Colin QC
Los Poetas ON
Orkestar Kriminal QC
Outside I’m A Giant ON
Polky Village Band ON
Rachel Beck PE
Respectful Child SK
Ruben Esguerra & New Tradition Music ON
Safe As Houses ON
Shawn William Clarke ON
Shreem x Celtic Remixing ON
Silla and Rise ON
Sina Bathaie ON
The Lifers ON
The O’Pears ON
The Slocan Ramblers ON
Tomato Tomato ON
Zachary Lucky ON

The following artist was selected by the jury, but is unable to attend the conference:

Artist Name Prov/State
Jeremy Dutcher ON

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 are available to officially showcase:

Artist Name Prov/State
100 Mile House AB
Benjamin Dakota Rogers ON
Braden Gates AB
Jordane QC
Melanie Brulée ON
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

Applications will open July 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 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 11:15pm – 3:15am. 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. Complete and sign the 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 an email asking for your check in/check out 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.

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. After the private showcase application period, approved private showcase hosts will be listed below, with contact info for those that are still looking for artists. If you’re interested in performing in Private Showcases, you’ll be able to contact those hosts directly.

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.

To find out more about sponsoring a showcase, please contact FMO Executive Director Alka Sharma.

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Youth Showcase

Please see Developing Artist Program.

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