Coco Love Alcorn
Coco Love Alcorn writes and sings original songs borrowing from the traditions of folk, soul and gospel. The human spirit is her muse. Whether she is improvising on a festival stage with her voice or trumpet, boldly genre-hopping from project to project, or simply tackling life as a professional musician and mother, Coco Love Alcorn follows her spirit.
David Amram is a pioneer of Global Folk Music. He has collaborated with Pete Seeger, Odetta, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Leonard Bernstein, Tito Puente, Floyd Westerman, Charles Mingus, Willie Nelson and author Jack Kerouac. Today at 84, Amram still tours the world as a multi-instrumentalist, classical composer, author and lecturer in five languages.
David is a cultural consultant with the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Arts Presentation Fund. He loves his job (most days), even though seven years later he still feels like an outsider on the inside. The presenters he works with tell him this is a good thing.
Jon Bartlett founded Kelp Records in 1994, which has grown into a management company (Kelp Management) based in Ottawa. Jon also is the Director of MEGAPHONO, an organization focused on spreading Ottawa-area music to the world, which held the first edition of an annual music showcase festival in February 2015. He is also the ED of the Canadian Council of Music Industry Associations (CCMIA) and sits on the Board of the newly-formed Ottawa Music Industry Coalition (OMIC).
Playing the fiddle since the age of three, Laura was the first violinist to graduate from Humber College’s renowned Jazz and Contemporary Music program. She cut her teeth busking on street corners, closing dive bars and living out of a van on cross country tours. Her band work focuses on the Canadiana roots trio Trent Severn, the prohibition-era jazz of the Boxcar Boys and her brooding doom metal project Völur.
In November of 2014, Erin Benjamin assumed the position of first-ever Executive Director of Music Canada Live after serving as the CAPACOA Executive Director for six and a half years. She had formerly joined CAPACOA after eight years as the first Executive Director at Folk Music Ontario which followed a decade-long career as a touring and recording singer/songwriter.
Sadie’s life’s goal is to create a better world for her people and all people as best she can. She has strived to be real in all she does. She works with her skills, talent and love and compassion and very simply just tries to get things done.
Christine is an acoustic sound tech, and she loves folk music. Actually she loves most live music – if it’s not too loud. Christine works a lot of music festivals in Ontario and does sound for local folk music events. She both mixes and stage manages at festivals.
Pam Carter is the current President of the Mariposa Folk Foundation, and has also been the festival organizing chair for the last seven years. As Chair of the Festival Organizing Group, she is charged with the responsibility of planning, coordinating and implementing all of the activities related to the successful operation of the Mariposa Folk Festival.
Tim Chaisson’s third album, Lost In Light, was released February 2015 on MDM Recordings and debuted at #1 on the iTunes Country Chart. Tim is also a member of PEI Celtic trio The East Pointers. TEP released their debut album, Secret Victory, October 2015.
Jan has been a part of the arts and music industries for many years, developing programming, marketing and outreach programs for clients and organizations. As Executive Director of the Canadian Country Music Association for a decade, and recently with Shelter Valley Folk Festival, she has sought roles that help support and grow organizations and knowledge for membership.
Whether you are a writer, performer, etc., Cindy wants to know who you are and why you love what love. She is the Programming Director for Memphis’ most historical venue, the Levitt Shell (where Elvis played his first paid gig). She loves putting talent in the ears of receptive audiences.
Dave Cool (yes, that’s his real name) is the Director of Artist & Industry Outreach at Bandzoogle. Built for musicians by musicians, Bandzoogle makes it easy to build a beautiful mobile-friendly website, and sell music, merch & tickets commission-free. Dave is a recovering punk rock drummer, folkie, comedy nerd, and wine snob. @dave_cool
Darlene darlenYa has been writing and performing music for over 25 years – Sweetwater Women, the Road Dog Divas and her own solo project. After contracting parasites followed by rheumatoid arthritis, she experienced crippling pain and inflammation and was unable to perform. Now in her seventh year of healing, she is strong enough to begin again.
Shauna de Cartier
Shauna de Cartier founded Six Shooter Records in 2000. Her company actively represents 20 artists and produces The Interstellar Rodeo in Edmonton and Winnipeg. Shauna has also served as the Chair of CIMA for the past three years. Shauna lives by the Six Shooter motto that “Life is Too Short to Listen to Shitty Music.”
Susan de Cartier
Susan de Cartier has been managing artists and developing talent since 1990. Throughout our history, Starfish has been directly involved in the creation and release of more than 45 albums and its clients include Blue Rodeo, The Sadies, Oh Susanna, Skydiggers and The Jim Cuddy Band. Starfish also runs and operates The Woodshed Recording Studio.
Rosalyn is the Membership Services Coordinator for MusicOntario and CIMA. She focuses on engaging emerging industry professionals and artists through resources, showcasing, professional development and networking opportunities designed to strengthen the independent music industry, both provincially and nationally. Formerly, she was in the quartet Oh My Darling, and was a freelance musician and teacher.
Tim Des Islets
Tim Des Islets is the founder of the Canadian artist management company Noisemaker based out of Toronto. With achievements in cultivating Canadian talent that has reached audiences both at home and abroad, Tim manages an award-winning roster of artists that includes Poor Young Things, Steve Strongman, co-manages The East Pointers, and provides artist management consulting services to Maple Music.
Christy is the Music Officer at the Toronto Arts Council. She holds an M.A. in Ethnomusicology/ Musicology from York University (2008), having concentrated on music and cultures of the African Diaspora, specifically North American Jazz and Blues. She has previously worked with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, the Fine Arts Cultural Studies Department at York University, and as a music copyist.
Recently named NL’s 2015 ‘SOCAN Songwriter of the Year’, Sherman Downey continues to find his way into the hearts of listeners with his charming delivery of solid songs and has carved out a spot as one of the most exciting acts to add to your calendar this year.
Desiree D’Souza has been a Health & Safety professional working with Workplace Safety & Prevention Services (WSPS) since 2008. She is the AODA Consultant at WSPS and has worked with a number of employers across the province to help them comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, which was passed in 2005.
Known in his travels as “The Dirty Little Picker” banjo player Darren Eedens has been relentlessly on the road for three years. A Canadian musician who now calls Wales home, he tours Europe, often in a number of countries every month, playing everything from dive bars and theatres to festivals.
Currently the ED of Folk Alliance International in Kansas City, Aengus is an Ontario songwriter who spent eight years touring North America before founding the Shelter Valley Folk Festival. He also founded FMO’s Art Beat community outreach initiative, was Board President of FMO (then OCFF), and co-founded the annual Gordon Lightfoot Tribute series in 2003. Aengus later served as the OAC’s Touring and Audience Development Officer.
Lisa Fiorilli is the Research and Communications Coordinator at the Canadian Independent Music Association. Armed with an MA in Public Policy & Administration and a love for music, Lisa joined the CIMA team in 2014 and is responsible for all things research, policy, and advocacy.
Ellen LeBlanc Flanagan is both a patient and healthcare provider in the accessibility field, working as an Occupational Therapist and accessibility consultant. Through her work and life, she explores inclusivity and accessibility through identifying and decreasing barriers. Ellen loves and was raised on Canadian folk music.
Richard Flohil is a veteran publicist, writer and concert presenter who has, over a long career, helped mentor many artists. Among them: Loreena McKennitt, Serena Ryder, Alejandra Ribera, Downchild, Roxanne Potvin, Jadea Kelly, Melanie Brulee, Shakura S’Aida, The Jerry Cans and Jay Aymar. Despite his age, he remains vertical.
Nathan Garber has been working to strengthen the nonprofit sector for more than 40 years. His work has been marked by creativity, innovation, leading-edge thinking, and challenging conventional ideas. Nathan’s interactive workshops and presentations use collaborative learning techniques to engage participants in active learning.
The ED and Chief of Staff for Toronto’s Downtown Yonge Business Improvement Area, Mark Garner has over the past decade increasingly focused on the revitalization and development of urban downtowns, playing an integral role in catalyzing on economics, neighbourhoods, social innovation and incubators. A passion for music, arts and culture through proactive programming of parks, laneways and other unique assets has driven Mark to play a key role in activating urban neighbourhoods.
Vance Gilbert burst onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 1990s. Eight accomplished albums later, Vance continues to refine his unlikely union of humor, virtuosity, and the unexpected. Whether with classic, original songwriting or ageless interpretations of covers, his is a presentation steeped in deep humanism and bravery, stunning artistry and soul, and contagious, unbridled joy.
D. Jae Gold
D. Jae Gold is a professional accountant practicing principally within the music and entertainment industries. With his website, rocknrollaccountant.com, and a professional staff of 13, he attracts songwriters and music acts that need advice in many specialized areas of accounting, taxes and grantwriting. Jae is featured as a major contributor on the audio podcast series entitled “The New Indie – Making a Living Making Music”.
Eve Goldberg is a compelling writer and interpreter with deep roots in American folk music traditions. She helps organize The Woods Music and Dance Camp, runs the Parkdale Ukulele Group, and performs with the duo Gathering Sparks. She is also the Canadian Vice President of Local 1000, the travelling musicians’ local of the American Federation of Musicians. www.evegoldberg.com
Alan Greyeyes is the Aboriginal Music Development Manager for Manitoba Music and chairperson of Aboriginal Music Manitoba. In 2009, he launched the Aboriginal Music Week festival to challenge stereotypes about Aboriginal music, people, and events. Greyeyes also serves as a board/committee member for MuchFACT and Canada’s Music Incubator, among others.
As the ED of the Unison Benevolent Fund, Sheila Hamilton works with its Board of Directors developing emergency assistance programs to benefit the music community. She previously spent most of her career with the Canadian Country Music Association, becoming its executive director in 1988. Sheila was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame for her role in developing the association and the country music industry in Canada.
Jeff Hayward joined FACTOR in early 2015 and has since become an indispensable member of the Client Services team. He is a life-long fan and ambassador of Canadian independent music, hailing from the great city of Brantford which helped shape his unique taste at a young age. His love for data and spreadsheets is surpassed only by his love of Whitney Houston.
Ken Irwin co-founded Rounder Records and has primarily been focused on A&R, bringing such artists as Alison Krauss, Bela Fleck, Hazel Dickens, Abigail Washburn, the SteelDrivers and Della Mae to the label. Ken has served on the Board of Directors of FAI and IBMA.
Steve Johnson, co-host of MerleFest Radio Hour, currently works as the Artist Relations Manager for Wilkes Community College / MerleFest. Prior to joining Wilkes Community College, Johnson was the President and CEO of Mountain Music Entertainment, an artist management and publicity firm with offices in Nashville and Jonesborough, Tennessee.
Megan Jones (replacing Aurora Bangarth)
Megan joined FACTOR as the Office Coordinator in June 2013 and was promoted to Project Coordinator in December 2013. Originally from the States, Megan first became familiar with CanCon as a programmer at CFYT 106.9 FM in Dawson City, YT. She has worked for arts and cultural organizations as an administrator, marketing coordinator, and festival coordinator.
Raven Kanatakta is a musician, songwriter, producer, engineer, music entrepreneur and a rez kid at heart. Raven’s musical sights are primarily focused with his partner ShoShona Kish under their music group ‘Digging Roots’. They’ve toured in Europe, the US, Mexico, Australia, and most of the corners of Canada multiple times. A JUNO winning artist Raven’s latest release with Digging Roots is titled ‘For the Light’.
With Indian/Scottish roots in multicultural Toronto, Anita Katakkar’s music practice represents a link between her heritage and community. She has studied tabla for 20 years with composer and musician Ritesh Das and in California and Kolkata with the pre-eminent exponent of the Lucknow style tabla, Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. In Rakkatak, Anita merges rhythms and melodies influenced by classical Indian music with western instrumentation and a pop music aesthetic.
For over 25 years James Keelaghan has been a touring performer and songwriter. He has grown from a coffee house act in his hometown of Calgary to a concert hall favourite in Canada. In addition he is currently the AD at the Summerfolk Music & Crafts Festival in Owen Sound, ON.
Keely Kemp has a deep commitment to building a vibrant and profitable cultural sector. In 2013, Keely launched CultureCap Inc. to bridge culture and commerce by providing a suite of much-needed business services to creative companies in music, film & TV, publishing, interactive digital media and performing arts, as well as festivals, conferences, trade associations, NGOs, and government. Prior to starting CultureCap, Keely was a program consultant for the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC) for twelve years.
Bruce Landon is an A&R Researcher for SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada. He has been working on behalf of Canadian songwriters with SOCAN for the past 4-1/2 years providing valuable assistance as part of SOCAN’s effort to maximize performance royalties and music revenue for SOCAN members.
As one of Toronto’s premier live sound engineers, Dave Lang has mixed both local and international touring acts at Toronto’s venerable Hugh’s Room, The Mariposa Folk Festival, and many other esteemed venues. He also plays upright bass for several Toronto bands including: Houndstooth, Marc Roy & Friends, The Wanted.
Starting out as a musician, over the course of his career Large transitioned to a music manager, and then to the non-profit sector. His knowledge and expertise has assisted countless individual artists, businesses and organizations working in the arts, culture and the social services. Mike is also the Technical Director of the FMO Conference.
Jani Lauzon is a multidisciplinary artist of Metis background. Twice-nominated for JUNO awards, she has toured extensively throughout Canada and has lent her voice to countless film/theatre sound tracks as well as a long list of compilations and guest artist appearances. Jani is also an accomplished traditional flutist. She is an award-winning film actress and a three-time Dora-nominated stage actress.
Devon Léger has been working in roots music for over a decade as a publicist, music supervisor, freelance writer, and event/festival producer. He runs HearthPR, one of the premiere roots music publicity agencies in the US. Devon also runs KITHFOLK, a roots music magazine. He loves Canadian roots music!
As the Development Director for the Calgary Folk Music Festival and Festival Hall, Sara is responsible for the creation and stewardship of strategic partnerships with sponsors, donors and prospects. She achieves winning results by creating customized agreements and providing targeted benefits, thus ensuring value for both the contributor and the CFMF. She focuses on brand alignment and designing creative and high impact opportunities.
President of MyEventApps, Bill has over 25 years’ experience developing high technology products, in areas as diverse as telecommunications, speech recognition, social media, video motion graphics and now, mobile apps. Bill is a father of three who plays hockey regularly and loves to play guitar and travel around the world.
Magoo is a singer songwriter and award winning children’s performer. He hosts The Blue Skies Music Festival among other events, is the chair of ArtsCan Circle (www.artscancircle.ca), a Past President of the OCFF (now FMO), and is nervous about this Elder designation thing.… www.magooman.com
Brad McEwen has been the Artistic Director of the Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music since its inception in 1993. In 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his contributions. A director on the FMO Board, Brad serves on the Conference Working Group and Festival Retreat committees.
As the Music Outreach Officer at MFM, a founding board member for both the River & Sky Camping/Music Festival and We Live Up Here (presenters of Up Fest, the inaugural edition of which just took place with much success in Sudbury), and a member of retro-pop band Pistol George Warren, there almost isn’t a facet of the industry Jen hasn’t stuck her nose in.
Drawing from a rich heritage of Québécois traditional songs, Mélisande presents rare treasures with a feminist perspective and the modern sound of her band. Her quartet offers energetic music with acoustic and electric instruments, vocal harmonies and sequencing. Mélisande received the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Singer of the Year.
Ana Miura has happily worked in the arts for over ten years. With a background as a touring folk musician, she’s been on staff with Ottawa Folk Festival, Ottawa Bluesfest, and Ottawa Chamberfest. Currently she is the BossBabe of Babes4Breasts, Canadian Rep for Folk Alliance International, and Director of Miura Arts & Event Consulting.
Janis Monture is from Six Nations of the Grand River, Mohawk Nation Turtle Clan. From 2003 until recently, Janis was the Executive Director of the Woodland Cultural Centre, one of the largest First Nations-run cultural centres/museums in the country. She served as Guest Artistic Director of Planet IndigenUS in 2009 and 2012. Janis continues to volunteer in her community at Six Nations and in Brantford and is a member of the boards of Brant Community Foundation and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.
Eldon Morris is the vice president of the Mill Race Folk Society and formerly was the Site Coordinator of the Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music. He is currently Chair of the Arts and Cultural Advisory Committee of Cambridge. In 2006 Eldon was elected to the Galt BIA where he helped to put on a variety of events. Eldon is a furniture designer and builder of fine upholstered seating.
Jory Nash is an award-winning singer songwriter who blends elements of folk, jazz, blues, soul and country into an original stew of sound. He has released eight CDs, including 2015’s The Many Hats of Jory Nash.
Jim Olsen is the President of Signature Sounds, an indie record label specializing in American Roots Music. The company was founded in 1994 to promote the music scene in Western Massachusetts. Signature Sounds also produces many music events including the Green River Festival and runs The Parlor Room in Northampton, MA.
Joining Paquin Entertainment’s Agency Division in 2009, Grant Paley represents a diverse roster of artists. Before making the transition to full-time agent, he toured extensively under the alias RPG, and most notably with multi-WCMA winning funk group Moses Mayes. A mentor to emerging artists, Grant has sat on juries for FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts, and Manitoba Film & Music.
Lisa Patterson is an award-winning Canadian music artist & entrepreneur bringing diverse expertise and experience to roles as a composer, performer, producer, engineer, educator and concert curator. Whether performing globally with original project Roam (Canada, Mexico, India, Europe) or in her Toronto studio providing recording and education services, the trademark of all Patterson’s work is collaboration and diversity.
Tom Power is a musician and broadcaster, best known as the host of Deep Roots and Radio Morning on CBC Radio 2 and as an occasional guest host of Q & As It Happens on CBC Radio One. He also leads the traditional Newfoundland music group The Dardanelles to tours around Canada and at festivals around the world. He still likes to think of himself as a misguided banjo player.
Nicole Rochefort is the owner of AIM: Artists in Motion. AIM is an independent booking agency representing all genres of music. With a focus on building artists’ touring careers (including artist development), AIM brings a new energy and approach to the Canadian concert touring industry.
Banjo wielding songstress Corinna Rose will make your heart flutter and use its beat to start a hoedown. Crafting songs that push the boundaries of the folk world, Rose unabashedly uses crooked rhythms and jazz chords while staying true to the warmth of the tradition.
Jaspreet Sandhu is a multi-disciplined artist with a strong focus on social justice. As Director of Membership and Advancement Operations for the Toronto International Film Festival, she oversees the links between TIFF’s four fundraising units: Government Relations; Foundation Relations; Membership; and Philanthropy.
Joanne Setterington birthed Indoor Recess Inc. 15 years ago with a simple mission – work with good music and good people. It earned a reputation as one of the strongest indie PR companies in the world, based on its creative, detail-driven and comprehensive approach to media and entertainment industry relations. Indoor Recess added artist management to its dominion five years ago when Joanne began working with The Strumbellas.
Candace Shaw is a feminist, bon vivant, emcee, and cultural producer. A fixture on the Canadian music scene for twenty years, she was the long-time AD of Peterborough Folk Festival and is the current Chair of Shelter Valley Folk Festival. She is the founder of Canadian Women Working in Music and Secret Frequency.
Kevin Sinclair is a founding partner of Spincount music, bringing a background as an attorney and editor to music promotions. Since 2008, Kevin has worked with Canadian artists promoting music through radio, print and online media. Spincount is an industry leader, known for its innovative and media savvy approach to music promotions.
Kimberly Sinclair built SpinCount into an award-winning promotions and publicity firm and her clients are routinely nominated for CRMAs, JUNOs, Polaris Prize, Canadian Folk Music Awards, and provincial Music Industry Association awards. Kimberly has been elected the board of directors at Music Nova Scotia and appointed to ECMA board.
Greg Spence is a resident of Moose Factory, Ontario. Greg has worked extensively for Cree Culture and Language Development for the James Bay Region. Since 2003, Greg has coordinated the CreeFest event which celebrates Cree cultural and traditions blending both modern and traditional elements of the Cree people of Hudson/James Bay.
Laura Spink is a vocalist/percussionist for the Toronto-based band, The Young Novelists. She has toured Canada, the eastern United States, and Europe, and the band’s latest album ‘made us strangers’ (released in April 2015) garnered two CFMA nominations. Laura is also the proud mom of an amazing 4 1/2 old son.
A musician since 1972, Ian Tamblyn has released 38 albums and CDs of his work as well as acting as producer for dozens of other artists. Over the years Ian has written too many songs and has given up on counting them. He has also written fourteen plays and over 100 theatre soundtracks. Currently Ian is writer in residence at Carleton University, teaching songwriting and composition to fourth year music students.
Mike is Toronto’s Music Sector Development Officer, Economic Development & Culture. With the city’s film and entertainment team, Mike supports Toronto’s music community in achieving its potential as a major generator of economic benefit and a touchstone of Toronto’s culture. Formerly Director of Operations for NXNE, Mike helped it become a marquee event. He has years of experience as a performing, touring, and recording musician.
Carly Thomas was born in Thailand and raised in Argentina, France, and various parts of North America. Currently based in London, ON, won a 2015 Jack Richardson music award for contemporary singer/songwriter. Her music is characteristic of modern folk, rock, and country. She has recently toured across Canada in support of her latest release, Explode (2014).
Julia is the Senior Manager, Communications and Outreach at the Musicians’ Rights Organization Canada (MROC), ensuring that musicians receive the recompense to which they are entitled. After graduating from Harris Institute for the Arts, she worked for the CMRRA’s Royalties Administration department, and then for FACTOR as a Submissions Coordinator and Communications Manager.
Susan Wheeler is an author and educator on topics related to access and chronic health issues. Her approach to accessibility is simple, clear and respectful: “Access is a right, not a privilege.” She has shared her pragmatic and doable expertise with many Ontario folk festivals and is a key access advisor for Sixthman’s Cayamo roots music cruise. Website: http://accessibilitymatters.ca Blog: www.lifesmarts.ca Email: email@example.com
Liana White is the Executive Director of the Canadian Federation of Musicians. White has worked for the CFM since 1996 [then AFM Canada], and in 2012 was promoted to her current position. As a music industry professional for nearly 20 years, White has gained a wealth of knowledge and helps musicians with everything from crossing borders to insurance programs to revenue streams and more.
Ken has written over 400 songs and made 30 albums. His songs have won numerous awards including a Genie Award for Best Song in a Canadian film. His work has been covered by dozens of other artists. A record producer of over 140 recordings, he is a skillful and sensitive collaborator.
Marie did her PhD work in literature and cultural studies and has worked in the world of festivals for the past 12 years in several different roles, including artistic director, publicist, and risk-management consultant. She is the Executive Director of the Hillside Festival and a founding member of the Guelph Fab 5.
Jill Zmud is a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award nominee for her rootsy, soulful album “Small Matters of Life and Death”. At this year’s conference, she’s the coordinator for FMO’s outreach program, Art Beat. In 2016, Jill is thrilled to be opening for Ruthie Foster at the Calgary Folk Club.