Folk Music Ontario’s Board of Directors is a dedicated and enthusiastic group of thirteen volunteers, elected democratically by the membership via advanced balloting during the fall and at the annual conference in October. Directors serve a three-year term. The Executive Committee is elected by the directors, and each position on the Executive Committee is held for one year.
2020/21 Executive Committee
Amie Therrien, term ends 2022
Amie has been involved with FMO from the beginning of her career. She joined to get a discount on courses at the Harris Institute but soon saw it was something she wanted to be part of. Currently the Operations Director at Music Managers Forum Canada after years of managing folk, roots, and Americana artists through her company Balsam Pier Music, Amie has also worked in marketing and management at Coalition Music, as the Programming Coordinator at Folk Alliance International and is an alumna of the Artist Manager Program with Canada’s Music Incubator.
Rosalyn Dennett, term ends 2023
Rosalyn is a leader and organizer in the national and international folk community. As a long-standing member, Rosalyn has worked with Folk Music Ontario in many capacities, including official and unofficial showcase artist, official and private showcase presenter, panelist and panel moderator, emcee, exhibitor, reception host and more. Her experience working in the non-profit sector for MusicOntario, CIMA, Music Canada Live, Ontario Live Music, and the Canadian Federation of Musicians would be an asset to any organization, and her dedication to music can be seen through her successful career as an artist, performing and recording with Oh My Darling, Ken Whiteley, Fred Penner, Donovan Woods, Kaia Kater, and many more fine folks.
Cassidy Houston, term ends 2023
Since her first FMO Conference with the Developing Artists Program in 2018, Cassidy has known that the FMO community was a place she could call home. An emerging singer-songwriter from Northern Ontario with a University background in Health Promotion, Cassidy is empowered to be a voice for youth and help shape the future for a thriving folk music community.
Mark Watson, term ends 2023
Mark Watson runs a Toronto based artist management company – Watson Entertainment. The current roster includes 3-time JUNO award winner David Francey, JUNO nominated Madison Violet, Dave McEathron, and Amy Bishop. Mark is also a partner at Place My Booth which specializes in vendor management and sponsorship for major events and festivals.
Emma Jane Julien, term ends 2021
Emma Jane Julien is a friendly face on the FMO scene as, at 29, she is already over a decade into a career in the Canadian Music Industry. Conference-goers may have seen a set or two in the Campsite-themed, cedar-scented private showcase room she co-presents at FMO, or bumped into her in the First-Timers showcase room she has co-hosted at FAI in the last two years. She has been a publicist, a manager, an administrator, a hat-passer and ticket-taker, a promoter, a brainstormer, a web designer, a grantwriter and a lady of all trades for hundreds of artists over the years. She is currently an Account Representative at Re:Sound, the Canadian organization that advocates for music creators, educates music users, licenses broadcasters/businesses and distributes royalties to creators. Emma Jane has a BA in Commercial Music from the University of the West of Scotland’s School of Creative Industries and studied Recording Arts Management at Harris Institute.
Preetam Sengupta, term ends 2021
Preetam runs a company called Letting Artists Make Art (LAMA), dedicated to helping (predominantly folk-roots) musicians make a living through their music. LAMA fills in gaps on the business side so artists can focus on creativity. Preetam is a singer/songwriter, balancing the business and the stage. He writes and sings solo and in a band called Crash Bamboo, and works closely with Northstarr Entertainment, a leader in Canadian Urban music.
Max Merrifield, term ends 2021
Max Merrifield is the Artistic Director of Northern Lights Festival Boréal, Canada’s longest consecutively-running music fest, based in Sudbury, ON. He has been in this position since 2016 serving as the organization’s Executive Director between 2013 and 2020, and first starting employment with the organization in 2011. Merrifield currently works full-time as an Initiatives Officer for FedNor, the federal government’s economic development organization for Northern Ontario. He holds a B.A. from Laurentian University in Political Science. His involvement in the music & arts scene also manifests itself in his endeavours as a hip-hop artist (Max Moon/Silvertongue), independent concert promoter and contracted consultant, working on numerous other festivals and events. He has been nominated for Sudbury’s Mayor’s Award for the Arts as well as a Jack Layton Award for Social Justice. Merrifield is currently a longstanding board member of Folk Music Ontario and chairs the board’s Nominating Committee.
Richard Henderson, term ends 2023
Richard has been practicing law for over 35 years. He recently retired from HSBC Financial, having served as Vice-President, Law and Compliance, Secretary and General Counsel for 27 years. Richard also served on its board and as Chair of its Executive Committee. His roles included overseeing the legal function and managing the company’s regulatory and government affairs, compliance and governance functions. In addition, Richard has served as a Director, and as Secretary and Vice-President, of the Scugog Council for the Arts, a not-for-profit visual and performing arts presenting organization that supports the arts and fosters creativity in Durham Region. Richard has been a musician since his public school days and regularly performs as a singer/songwriter and as a founding member of The Wanted (thewanted.ca), an acoustic roots band.
Tim Des Islets, term ends 2021
Tim Des Islets is the founder of the Canadian artist management company Noisemaker Management. With achievements in cultivating Canadian talent that has reached audiences both at home and abroad, Noisemaker manages an award-winning roster of artists that includes The Once, Megan Bonnell, Tim Chaisson, and JUNO Award-winners The East Pointers. Tim formerly worked at Bumstead Productions where he managed current clients The East Pointers and Tim Chaisson as well as Poor Young Things, Two Hours Traffic, The Lazys, and The Trews. Tim has helped develop artists and establish these artists into Canadian music canon. Tim’s expertise in artist management has created incredible talent that helps solidify Canada as a major player in the music scene.
Folk Music Ontario’s Board members serve on a variety of committees, some of which also include FMO members, staff members and consultants. Click here to see a list of the various FMO committees and working groups, and the people who sit on them.