FMO Conference 2022: Early Bird Registrations Now Open!

The Folk Music Ontario 2022 Conference is happening October 13-16, 2022 in London, Ontario!

We are very pleased to announce that showcase applications, as well as Early Bird Registration for both Members and Non-Members are NOW OPEN!

The early bird rate for both Members and Non-Members expires on May 27, 2022!

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Member Art: David Donar

David Donar

I am a folklorist, cartoonist and a professor of Art with an interest in old time music and folk tales. I believe that story telling is one of the foundations of what it is to be human. Stories can be ethnic, cultural, spiritual, emotional, political, humorous, regional, personal, true and/or false. Narrative can be expressed through art, literature, music, film, theater, religious and secular means.

What I love about story is how it can change and evolve over time by various medium and person. The very nature of folk tales or folk tunes for that matter is to be expressed orally within a live setting. Stories are handed down and with each performance it changes to reflect the audience and or teller. Folksongs are not meant to be frozen but to be played and interpreted in many different ways. Ironically, by recording or publishing a folksong or tale, you create a situation where it can become dogmatic or “set in stone”. Probably why, I like the web format as each story or song that I am interested in can be changed or grouped into a series of evolving work.

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Member Release – Katherine Fischer

Katherine Fischer – West Coast
Release: May 27, 2022

With moody vocals and the Pacific Northwest rain personified, Katherine Fischer’s new single West Coast is a stunning heartbreak song. “I don’t love you, but if I did, would there be something to hold onto”.

“West Coast” is available everywhere May 27, 2022.

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Member Release: Keith Glass Band

Keith Glass Band – Stepping On My Blues
Release: May 6, 2022

Canadian guitarist, composer, Canadian Country Award and JUNO Award-winning musician Keith Glass (Prairie Oyster, Lynn Miles) mastered the art of playing the side person a long time ago, so to hear him front and centre on his new album Different World is a sonic treat to fans old and new. Fans can purchase or stream Stepping On My Blues and the full album Different World on May 6th, 2022 on all streaming platforms.

In Stepping On My Blues, the second single from the full-length album, a swampy blues number opens with a jaw harp solo before the band settles into a laid back groove with a quiet intensity mirroring the lyrical tendency to see trouble around every corner. The rest of the album is full of world-class songwriting, soulful guitars, superb arrangements, and deep grooves.

An award-winning singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and founding member of Prairie Oyster – often cited as the country’s foremost roots/country band – Keith has earned much critical acclaim, including multiple Juno and CCMA awards, and toured extensively in Canada, the U.S. and Europe over a career that has spanned almost four decades. In 2008, he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame for his work with Prairie Oyster, and is a recipient of a SOCAN Songwriter’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Member Release: Emily Jean Flack

Emily Jean Flack – Changing
Release: April 29, 2022

Changing, the latest single from Emily Jean Flack, is a vulnerable and yearning love letter, ensconced in piano, sweeping guitars, and percussion which frame an honest and open vocal melody. Captivating audiences with her soaring voice, genre defying sound and honest words, Emily Jean Flack is an emerging artist on the Canadian music scene. Listen now!

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Member Release: Katherine Fischer

Katherine Fischer – And Again
Release: April 22, 2022

Katherine Fischer‘s new single “And Again” is a love letter to the earth. “And Again” roots down with honesty, earthbound harmonies and windswept guitars. It is available everywhere now.

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FMO 2022: Apply to Volunteer!

Canada’s largest annual conference devoted to folk music could not happen without a dedicated team of volunteers! Volunteers assist in many different areas of the conference, including registration, instrument lock-up, room monitoring, stage assistance, transportation, and more!

All volunteers attend a mandatory orientation session either online, or at the host hotel prior to the event, and commit to the minimum number of 3 hours per day, between October 13-16th, or equivalent minimum of 12 hours of volunteer work before or after the conference as required. In exchange, they receive a complimentary conference registration, and more perks on-site!

Interested in being a volunteer? Fill out our volunteer application form today! Applicants will be considered by the Folk Music Ontario team and will be contacted within 2 weeks of submission.

Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation during the event, and will be able to access the discounted hotel rate through the link on our conference website:

For more information, please contact us at office @ folkmusicontario.ca.

Member Release: Moonfruits

Moonfruits – Atoms of the Apartment
Release: April 29, 2022

Moving from a grungy ’90s electric guitar to a vibrant crescendo of strings, horns, and synths, ‘Atoms of the Apartment’ follows the thread of the charming vocal interplay between Moonfruits partners Kaitlin Milroy and Alex Millaire – with a lesson in quantum physics as well.

On tour with a sleepy bandmate (Kaitlin) and a broken car radio, Alex’s mind wandered to ‘The Drama of the Universe’, an uncracked 70s era coffee table book borrowed from his grandparents-in-law. Billions of years of history dorkily divided into the acts of an opera. This percolated, and a nerdy, upbeat love song to their apartment took root.

Co-produced by Moonfruits and Charles & Olivier Fairfield (drums); featuring the talents of Liv Cazzola (mission organ, synth), Tobias Meis (double bass), Kelly Lefaive (violin), and Brian Sanderson (horns); and recorded at nCode Studio in Ottawa, ‘Atoms of the Apartment’ is Moonfruits’ driving, chamber-orchestra-backed, kaleidoscopic ode to the quirks and quarks of home – the first single off their upcoming album, Salt.

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Interested in promoting your release through FMO? All members in good standing are welcome to apply to our Member Promotion Program! Click below for more info!

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GOOD GRIEF Online Songwriting Workshop

GOOD GRIEF Online Songwriting Workshop
Presented by Award-winning songwriters Jonathan Byrd & Catherine MacLellan
Apr 29 – May 1, 2022

GOOD GRIEF is a workshop about understanding loss through songwriting. Though experienced songwriters are welcome, no songwriting or musical experience is required. Ticket holders have access for 365 day to the workshop to re-watch and review the workshop at their leisure.

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Interested in promoting your release through FMO? All members in good standing are welcome to apply to our Member Promotion Program! Click below for more info!

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Member Release: Geneviève Racette

Geneviève Racette, Satellite
Release: March 18, 2022

This March, Canadian Folk Music Award Winner Geneviève Racette released her third studio album, Satellite, which includes the track ‘Someone feat. City and Colour‘ and can be streamed on your favourite platform.

Adding to an ever-developing and highly-praised bilingual catalog, Satellite is a 9-song collection of folk-pop tracks delivering honest stories of self-discovery and reflection through the cycle of love. Filled with intimate vocals, lush instruments and expressive harmonies, the album evokes moments of love, heartbreak, healing, forgiveness and ultimately falling in love again.

As a woman in music, it is essential to Geneviève that she surrounds herself with like-minded females in the industry. She is proud that over half her team involved in the creation of Satellite are female musicians and members of the industry. Geneviève co-produced Satellite with François-Pierre Lue (who also produced No Water, No Flowers) and collaborated on many songs with JUNO-nominated Barbra Lica, award-winning songwriter Danielle Knibbe and fellow Québécois singer-songwriter Éric Charland.

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Interested in promoting your release through FMO? All members in good standing are welcome to apply to our Member Promotion Program! Click below for more info!

More Information and Rules
Member Promotion Program Sign-up Form