Job Posting: Executive Director, Northern Lights Festival Boréal

Executive Director – Northern Lights Festival Boréal
Application Deadline – November 24, 2022
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The Northern Lights Festival Boréal (NLFB) is the longest, consecutively-running, outdoormusic festival in Canada, having held its 50th anniversary four-day summer event in July 2022.The bilingual festival is known for presenting diverse programming, including francophone,Indigenous, multicultural, emerging and international artists, across a variety of musical genres.NLFB also produces Bloom, a multi-day winter festival, as well as concerts and programmingthroughout the year across Sudbury arts organizations, clubs and university campuses.

With our 50th anniversary behind us it’s now time for NLFB to look to the future. We are looking for a leader who can chart a forward looking vision for our festival, featuring new typesof musical and community experiences that will delight our current fans and draw in newaudiences.Our Board is looking for someone with fresh ideas. Someone who understands how physical,digital and hybrid experiences can interact to create opportunities for connections across cultureand geography. Aspiration is key – we know NLFB has many growth opportunities, and we seeour new Executive Director leading staff and our Board through a process where ideas arecollected, distilled, made strategic and delivered with excellence.A proven track record of producing events / music festivals, growing revenues and managing high-functioning teams is essential.

Congratulations: The 2022 Ontario Folk Music Awards

The 2022 Ontario Folk Music Awards took place Sunday, October 16 at the Aeolian Hall in London Ontario!

Folk Music Ontario would like to send a huge congratulations to all the nominees and recipients. See below for a full list, and stay tuned for images from the event!

Amanda Rheaume


  • Angelique Francis
  • Les Rats d’Swompe
  • Queen Kong
  • Sultans of String

Jaffa Road


  • Nadjiwan
  • Paul Cafcae
  • The Fitzgeralds
  • The Fretless

Sultans of String – Mi Santuario


  • Amanda Rheaume – 100 Years
  • Caroline Marie Brooks – Night Drive
  • Julie Title – Four Horsemen
  • Samson Wrote – Little Parts

Jeremy Voltz – Weekender


  • John Muirhead – Traveller
  • Shawna Caspi – Hurricane Coming
  • The Sun Harmonic – Coast to Coast
  • The Wanted – Strange Flight


  • Ian Bell
  • Rodney Brown
  • Alfredo Caxaj
  • Brian Gladstone
  • Graham Lindsey
  • Lillian Wauthier
  • Lorie Adi Wolf
  • David Woodhead

Folk Music Ontario Conference 2022: THIS WEEK!

The Folk Music Ontario Conference 2022 is THIS WEEK! Folkies from across the province and beyond will be gathering in London, Ontario from October 13-16!

Check out the links below for more information on all the folky fun things you’ll find at the event! Please note that all timings are subject to change. 

Full Conference Schedule
Official and Spotlight Showcase Schedules
Official Showcase Artist info
Spotlight Showcase Artist info
Ontario Folk Music Awards

Have you registered?  Remember that Folk Music Ontario Members save big on registration! Visit the registration page for more info on tickets and how you can become a member!  

Member Release: Blue Moon Marquee

Blue Moon Marquee – Scream, Holler & Howl

“Canadian Roots Blues duo Blue Moon Marquee announce a September 9th release date for their latest CD, Scream, Holler & Howl, on their own Blue Moon Marquee Music label. The new CD was recorded at Afterlife Vancouver, British Columbia, and produced by the band, along with multi-Blues Music Award-winner Duke Robillard and Erik Nielsen. Scream, Holler & Howl shines a bright spotlight on the prodigious talents of A.W. Cardinal (vocals and guitar) and Jasmine Colette (upright bass/vocals), along with guests Darcy Phillips – piano, Hammond organ; Jerry Cook – tenor and baritone sax; Matt Pease – drums; Paul Pigat – guitar; Bonnie Northgraves –trumpet; and Señor Erik –tambourine. Duke Robillard adds his stellar guitar work on several tracks, too. The album’s “Baker’s Dozen” 13 tracks include 11 original songs, plus two distinctive takes on songs written by the legendary Lonnie Johnson: “Another Night to Cry” and “Long Black Train.”

“To say A.W. and Jasmine are old souls is an understatement to say the least,” says co-producer and legendary guitarist Duke Robillard in the album’s liner notes. “They are poised for worldwide recognition in an amazing genre-bending ride through American blues and folk, gypsy jazz, Native American themes, jump blues, swing and more. They are astounding in their depth, groove and soul. Special thanks go out to Afterlife Studios, with their long history of great recordings and real echo chambers, vintage gear, and great engineer Erik Nielsen, who converged magically with all these musicians to make some damn memorable music.””

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Brampton Folk Club: Friday Folk Night Concert Series

Brampton Folk Club – Friday Folk Night Concert Series

The Brampton Folk Club is excited to present a full and diverse season of folk music this year, starting September 30th with a Gospel and Folk concert featuring Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band. The concerts are returning to Sanderson Hall, in the upper level of St. Paul’s United Church, 30 Main St. South, Brampton. Each show will feature two full sets plus an opening act.

    Here is the full Friday Folk Night season:

  • Sept. 30th: Gospel and Folk with Ken Whiteley and the Beulah Band
  • Oct. 28th: The Great Canadian Tradition Song Session with Anne Lederman, Ian Bell and Les Smith
  • Dec. 2nd: Songs for the Snowy Season with Boreal
  • Jan 27th: High Energy Eastern European Folk Band Polky
  • Feb. 24th Flamenco Music and Dance with Jorge Miguel
  • March 24th: Celtic Night with Allison Lupton and Friends
  • April 28th: Formerly of Tanglefoot, RPR (Richie Parrish Richie)
  • May 27th: Annual Brampton Folk Club Showcase Concert

Note that food and drink will not be served, and the tables will be removed to allow better social distancing. Masking is recommended, and the capacity will be reduced from 120 to 100. Tickets are $22 Adults, $20 students and seniors, and are available at the door, at the St. Paul’s church office, or through the Rose Theatre Box Office.

For more information or to reserve tickets, visit, email or call the folk club hotline at 647-233-3655.

Member Release: Suzie Vinnick

Suzie Vinnick – Fall Back Home

On Friday, September 23rd, much-acclaimed roots singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Suzie Vinnick releases her seventh solo album, “Fall Back Home” at Toronto’s 3030 Dundas. Over a storied career now spanning three decades, Suzie has earned 10 Maple Blues Awards, three Juno nominations, two wins in the prestigious International Songwriting Competition, and major peer respect.

“Fall Back Home” reaffirms Vinnick’s mastery of a wide range of musical styles. The gospel-tinged positive anthem “Lift You Up” fits seamlessly alongside the rockin’ blues of “Salt & Pepper” and the gentle folk/roots ballads “City & Skies” and “Talk To Me,” and the album is given consistency via the emotional eloquence of Suzie’s songwriting and her strong, warm vocals.

Add in the crisp production of Danny Greenspoon and instrumental, vocal and writing contributions from a genuine A-list of Canadian roots music artists and you have a compelling and well-curated collection of songs demanding and rewarding your attention.

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2022 Ontario Folk Music Awards: Nominees Announced!

We are delighted to announce the nominees for the 2022 Ontario Folk Music Awards! The awards will be presented as part of the 2022 Folk Music Ontario Conference, taking place October 13-16, 2022 in London, Ontario.

This year, the nominees will be honoured at a gala ceremony on Sunday, October 16, from 1:00PM-3:00PM at the Aeolian Hall in London, Ontario. The gala will feature performances by some of Ontario’s brightest folk stars, with special guest presenters, and the live announcement of the winners for the categories listed below. There will also be a special presentation for the Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award, and the Estelle Klein Award. Tickets are available for purchase or as an add-on to an FMO Conference registration.


Song of the Year
Amanda Rheaume, 100 Years
Caroline Marie Brooks, Night Drive
Julie Title, Four Horsemen
Samson Wrote, Little Parts
Sultans of String, Mi Santuario

Album of the Year
Jeremy Voltz, Weekender
John Muirhead, Traveller
Shawna Caspi, Hurricane Coming
The Sun Harmonic, Coast to Coast
The Wanted, Strange Flight

Performing Artist Of The Year
Amanda Rheaume
Angelique Francis
Les Rats d’Swompe
Queen Kong
Sultans of String

ACTRA RACS Recording Artist Of The Year
Jaffa Road
Paul Cafcae
The Fitzgeralds
The Fretless

View the full list of nominees here

Performers and speakers at the awards will be announced in the coming weeks, please visit the Folk Music Ontario Conference website, or stay tuned to the FMO E-newsletter to stay in the loop!

Member Release & Shows: James Keelaghan

James Keelaghan – Second-Hand Release & Tour

JUNO and CFMA award winning singer-songwriter JAMES KEELAGHAN’s new album, SECOND-HAND, is set for release September 16 on Borealis Records. To support the record, James is performing a series of album release shows in Ontario and Alberta, beginning September 22nd at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.

September 22, National Arts Centre Ottawa, Ontario
September 24 Aeolian Hall, London, Ontario
October 28 New Moon Folk Club, Edmonton Alberta*
October 29 Fish Creek Concerts, Calgary, Alberta
October 30, Lethbridge Folk Club, Lethbridge, Alberta
November 19, Registry Theatre, Kitchener, Ontario

These shows will be a celebration of the new record, and James is bringing the expert players from the album on tour with him. For the NAC show, James will be joined by Bob Stagg on piano, David Woodhead on bass, and Bill Garrett on guitar. For the London show, David and Bill will join James, and for the Alberta and Kitchener shows, it will be James and David. Of special interest, James’ birthday is Oct 28th, the day of the Edmonton show.

Tickets to all shows and more information on the album are on sale now at

Member Release: Veranda

Veranda – Là-Bas

Musician and actress Catherine-Audrey Lachapelle and multi-instrumentalist Léandre Joly-Pelletier bring an Appalachian vibe to Quebec’s music scene with their project VERANDA. After releasing a first EP, Yodel Bleu, in 2020, the couple spent their pandemic between the edge of a river in La Macaza and the stages of Quebec, Western Canada, Yukon and Alaska.

Their new album, Là-Bas, offers resonant human themes weaved into sweet harmonies and soulful melodies. The duo delivers a fresh take on classic Country and Bluegrass music, from high lonesome bluegrass to intimate folk ballads. Questions regarding the pursuit of happiness and human loneliness are approached through the eyes of forests, mountains and rivers rather than from the simple point of view of human experience.

Imagine a place way out in the countryside, where there is a rustic cabin in the woods in front of which Dolly Parton, Ralph Stanley and Emmylou Harris are quietly swaying under the pine trees; that’s where Veranda calls home.

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Submissions Open: Folk in Film Fest


Folk Music Ontario is looking for submissions for Folk In Film Festival (FiFF), a new mini film festival and film-oriented programming stream that will take place October 14-16 as part of the Folk Music Ontario conference October 13 – 16 in London, Ontario. FIFF will include screenings as well as workshops with filmmakers/artists. We are looking for a variety of films reflecting a range of sub-genres including music videos, live performance videos, documentary-style performance videos, features and documentaries, and are especially interested in films that feature Canadian folk artists, films that involve artists who are planning to (or able to) participate in the Folk Music Ontario conference, and films that have been created by filmmakers who are also musicians. Applications from IBPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, women, trans & gender non-conforming artists and individuals with disabilities are encouraged.

Click here for the Application Form
Deadline to apply: Wednesday, September 14, 2022

About Folk In Film Festival (FIFF):

Folk In Film Festival (FIFF) is a new mini film festival and film-oriented programming stream within Folk Music Ontario. In its first year, FIFF will feature a range of Folk In Film programming including features, documentaries, music videos, live music videos, workshops and panels with filmmakers, and more. It will take place as part of the Folk Music Ontario conference October 13 – 16 in London, ON.