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Job Posting – Program Coordinator, Folk Music Ontario

Job Title – Program Coordinator

Job Description

Working closely with and reporting to the Executive Director, the Program Coordinator will assist with planning and coordination of all aspects of programming leading up to FMO’s 36th annual conference in London, Ontario, October 13-16th, 2022. This position provides a unique opportunity to gain valuable experience in arts and cultural administration; learn the logistics and processes required to program a live music industry event, work in collaboration with our partners, build relationships with key stakeholders; and work directly with artists and music industry in the facilitation of programs. The Program Coordinator will work closely with staff, contractors and programming committees to deliver high-quality, low-barrier programming for the Folk Music community, fostering well-being, creativity, career development, and connection across the province of Ontario and Canada.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works alongside the staff and volunteers to fulfil mandate of FMO and represent the organisation
  • Project Management: Works with the Executive Director and staff to develop program schedules and project specific budgets.
  • Contributes to maintenance of the organisation’s website and program-specific social media posts.
  • Contributes to the development of the volunteer staff plan for year-round activities and annual conference.
  • Supports the grant writing process, providing the programming content and relevant data for such grants, completes program reports, supports the organisational work plan and budgeting processes and ensures program work plans and budgets are effectively implemented and monitored.
  • Assists with programming and coordination of FMO’s Developing Artist Program, Export Development Program, Festivals Retreat, Art Beat, Folk Music Ontario Conference, and year-round activities.
  • Assists in drafting Letters of Agreement and contracts for participating artists, mentors, and panellists.
  • Maintains and contributes to critical paths for the FMO Conference and related events, identifies scheduling conflicts and ensures programs adhere to deadlines.
  • May assist staff with artist and delegate travel, hotel, and related hospitality
  • Assists with sourcing and engaging contractors such as catering and technical crews, as assigned, in line with established procurement processes.
  • Provides curatorial and logistical research and programming.
  • Compiles, commissions, and creates graphic and marketing materials for programs, and writes copy for multiple platforms where assigned.
  • Works with the Executive Director, committees, and other staff and contractors to develop programming content and secures participants in support of outreach and education initiatives aimed at engaging new and diverse audiences
  • Participates in the development of marketing strategies for the FMO Conference, increasing public profile and targeting specific audiences.
  • Undertakes other duties related to Folk Music Ontario’s conference and year-round activities as required.


  • Are legally entitled to work in Canada.
  • Are of legal age of majority in the province of Ontario.
  • Are willing to commit to the full duration of the work assignment.
  • Will not have another full-time job (over 30 hours a week) while employed with the organisation.
  • A passion for Music / familiarity with the Folk Music genre / the music industry.
  • Post-secondary education in a related field (arts, arts administration, community arts, music, music industry arts) or equivalent education or work experience in cultural programming or the arts & culture sector.
  • A proactive and open-minded team player who thrives in a fast-paced, high-volume environment with multiple competing / shifting priorities and deadlines.
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn to use the following programs: Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Zoom, WordPress, Bandzoogle, Mailchimp, Canva, Asana.
  • Familiarity with a variety of social media platforms.
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills as well as public presentation and written communication skills. Detail Oriented.
  • Available to travel-to and work in-person at the Folk Music Ontario Conference, October 13-16th, 2022 (with additional on-site days as required).
  • Comfortable working remotely, using technology to communicate with staff/team.
  • Bilingual or multilingualism is considered an asset, but not required.

Application Deadline: August 5th, 2022 5:00PM EST
Expected Start Date: August 15, 2022 (Start date flexible for the right candidate)
Contract Length: Contract, Full-time, 20 Weeks with opportunity for extension if applicable.
Compensation: Hourly at $25/hr – to a maximum of 35hrs per week
Location: Remote work, candidates may apply from anywhere in Canada, willingness and ability to travel to FMO Conference in London, Ontario, October 12-16 required.

How to Submit

Please submit a cover letter and CV in a single PDF to with the subject “[your name] Program Coordinator Application” by August 5th, 2022. We prefer to receive applications electronically. Should you require accommodation at any time throughout the application process, please contact

We thank all applicants, but only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interviews will take place via ZOOM.

Folk Music Ontario is committed to anti-racism and anti-oppression. We invite individuals who reflect diversity in our community to apply, including those who identify as Indigenous, black, persons of colour, 2SLGBTQIA+, and people with disabilities. Our commitment is reflected in our programming, the community we engage, and the team members we employ. We encourage a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated and respected. If accommodation is required during any part of the application and hiring process, applicants are asked to make their needs known in advance.

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 @

Member Release: Abigail Lapell


Abigail Lapell – Stolen Time
Release: April 22, 2022

​​Toronto songwriter Abigail Lapell returns with Stolen Time, her elemental and powerfully evocative third album. Produced by Howard Bilerman at Montreal’s hotel2tango, Stolen Time feels unhurried, psychedelic and otherworldly in the vein of Gillian Welch or Karen Dalton. A theme of recovery runs through the album, with songs about becoming sober, or a partner’s sudden illness, exploring the cycle of rehabilitation and relapse.

An eclectic cast of musicians underscores the power of Lapell’s vocals on live-off-the-floor, 70s folk-rock arrangements featuring bass, drums, horns, strings and steel. But many of Stolen Time’s standout tracks are solo guitar or piano songs, backed by little more than ghostly accordion or harmonica. The result is Lapell’s most ambitious and confident album to date.

Over the past five years and two spellbinding albums, Lapell has garnered two Canadian Folk Music Awards, hit number one on Canadian folk radio and accrued a staggering 16 million+ Spotify streams while touring widely across Canada, the United States and Europe.

Stolen time is out April 22, 2022 on Outside Music. The release will be supported by tour dates and festivals across Canada, including Toronto album launch Friday June 24th at the Dakota Tavern.

Click here for more info & up-to-date tour schedule

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: Shannon Linton


Shannon Linton – At the End of The World
Release: April 15, 2022
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At the End of the World is the next single off Shannon’s debut EP, In Spite of Everything, releasing late spring.

At the End of the World was written in a one room, off-grid cabin surrounded by fields of wild aster and goldenrod. It was a place I could imagine myself happy and thriving when everything has crumbled away. The song is about the small miracles of love and nature that will pull us through in spite of everything.

Stay tuned for tour and album release info coming soon.
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: JoJo Worthington

JoJo Worthington – The Divide
Released: April 7, 2022

I am releasing a new single and music video called The Divide. I wrote this song while I was in isolation during COVID 19. Like most people, I like having control. I think during this time, we all felt helpless in terms of what we thought our lives should look like. Additionally, I felt the conflict between family, friends and the world very deeply. Sometimes personally. It’s hard to accept that there is nothing you can do or say to change someone’s mind, to make someone listen to you when you are on opposite ends. You know in movies when there’s an earthquake and the earth splits open and it separates the protagonist and the love interest and then sometimes you see people fall in the gap? It’s kinda about the people in the gap and trying to find a home there.

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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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FMO 2022 Conference Folkus Group: April 7

Folk Music Ontario
2022 Conference Folkus Group
Thursday, April 7, 2022
Two Sessions (please choose one): 1 PM EST & 6 PM EST – Via Zoom
Click here to RSVP

We’re buzzing with excitement for the 2022 Folk Music Ontario Conference, and we want to hear from you! This will be a one-hour community consultation to receive feedback on all things FMO conference-related.

There will be two Folkus Group sessions Thursday, April 7, facilitated by FMO’s Executive Director, Rosalyn Dennett. Space is limited, so please RSVP if you are interested in attending.

If you have any questions, please contact us directly at office @

Member Release: Steve Goldberger

Steve Goldberger – All Roads Lead to You
Released: April 1, 2022

This new release from Niagara-on-the-Lake musician and recording artist Steve Goldberger marks his eleventh full-length album. Like several of his others, this is an entire record of cover songs, but ones upon which he has put his own spin, which is one of his trademarks. Unlike the others, this one was done during the pandemic, so the musical contributions by other artists had to be done in isolation, but gave Steve a chance to try out his newly revamped studio, “The Shed.”

The songs themselves have been carefully chosen, with some well-known hits mixed with a lot of lesser-known gems.

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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: Michael Darcy & The Atlantic Tramps

Michael Darcy & The Atlantic Tramps – Sweet St. John’s
Released: March 11, 2022

I’ve just released a music video for our latest single ‘Sweet St. John’s’ which is a love song to the beautiful town and people of St. John’s, NL. I wrote it after a brief trip there back in the summer of 2018, when I was lucky enough to have played a few gigs in the area. The song came to me as soon as I got back to my apartment in Toronto. It is the 2nd single release from our upcoming studio album ‘Down to the Roots’ which should be out in May of this year. The music video features some gorgeous drone footage of the town.

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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 Tour: Gathering Sparks


Gathering Sparks – On Tour!
March 26 – Jun 12, 2022 – Ontario
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Award-winning duo Gathering Sparks (Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis) returns to live, in-person performances with upcoming concerts in Toronto, Ottawa, Perth, Waterloo, Brampton, Port Carling, and Waterloo!

GATHERING SPARKS is the graceful collision of Eve Goldberg and Jane Lewis—musical friends who blend tight harmonies, finely crafted songs, and a love of participatory singing to create an intimate and uplifting experience. Their inclusive approach embraces folk, pop, blues and gospel influences tastefully played on acoustic guitar, piano, accordion, and ukulele.

With their infectious mix of styles and compelling vocal blend, Gathering Sparks has been making some big waves. Their debut 6-song CD was nominated for a 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, and they quickly became an audience favourite. Whether they are belting it out a capella style, tugging on your heartstrings with a folky original, crooning a jazzy swing tune, or getting into the spirit with a gospel-inflected singalong, Gathering Sparks performances make fans out of listeners with their stellar harmonies and fine musicianship.

Their newest album “All That’s Real” (Borealis Records, September 2019) hit the top ten of the Folk Alliance International Folk DJ chart for October and November 2019. The lead-off song, “Bringing in the Light,” was recognized with a 2019 Folk Music Ontario “Songs From the Heart” Award, singer-songwriter category, and was the #1 song on the Folk DJ chart for the month of December 2019. The album also made several radio hosts’ “best of” lists for 2019.

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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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Folk Music Ontario Announces Rosalyn Dennett as Executive Director

OTTAWA: “The FMO Board of Directors is thrilled to announce Rosalyn Dennett as the new Executive Director of Folk Music Ontario,” says Amie Therrien, Board President. “After a national call for applications, Rosalyn’s passion and bold vision for the organization stood out. We have no doubt that FMO will continue to thrive under her leadership. We look forward to where we go from here together!”

Rosalyn brings with her a wealth of experience in the music industry and non-profit organizations through her roles at the Canadian Federation of Musicians, the Canadian Independent Music Association, and MusicOntario. She is well known in the industry as a musician, performing with artists such as Ken Whiteley, Kaia Kater, Fred Penner, and Oh My Darling.

Rosalyn currently sits on the executive board of Folk Alliance International, and has previously served on the board of directors of Folk Music Ontario (2017-2021) as Vice President, chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and chair of the Revenue Generation Committee.

“It is a huge honour to serve our members and the greater Folk community. I look forward to working with our partners in the industry as we help our sector recover and get back to work making, performing, presenting, and promoting the music we love. As we plan our return to an in-person conference, we look forward to the opportunity to gather safely and celebrate everything the folk community has to offer.”
– Rosalyn Dennett, Executive Director, Folk Music Ontario

About Rosalyn Dennett:

Rosalyn has over 10 years of experience in program and community development in not-for-profit arts organizations, contributing to the growth of nationally renowned music organizations such as the Canadian Independent Music Association (CIMA), MusicOntario, Music Canada, the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA), and the Canadian Federation of Musicians (CFM). She co-founded the music company Stump Media in 2016, and The Arts Hub & Smiths Falls Music in 2020 and has led those businesses through sustainable growth. Her 20+ years as an independent artist lends vital insights into the grassroots of the music industry.

Rosalyn’s first interactions with Folk Music Ontario were as an official and private showcasing artist. The relationship has deepened through the growth of her career, allowing her to participate in the conference as a presenter, panelist, partner, and board member. And since December 2021, Rosalyn has stewarded FMO through its leadership transition as Interim Executive Director. In each of these roles she has applied her professional philosophy of emphasizing collaboration and community-building to achieve impressive results.

Rosalyn can be reached by email at director at

About Folk Music Ontario:

Folk Music Ontario supports the growth and development of the folk community and industry including festivals, artists, presenters, Folk DJs, house concerts, managers, agents, and other industry professionals. Over the past 30 years, FMO has provided professional development, networking, and showcase opportunities – largely through its annual conference.

The 2022 FMO Conference will take place Thursday, October 13 through Sunday, October 16, 2022 in London, Ontario. Dates for Early Bird Registration, Award Applications, and Official Showcase Applications will be announced in the coming weeks. For the latest information, please visit the Folk Music Ontario website, or subscribe to the FMO E-newsletter.


Media Contact:

Joel Elliott
Marketing Manager, Folk Music Ontario
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