Folk Music Ontario

330-176 Gloucester Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 0A6

Phone: 613-560-5997
Toll Free: 1-866-292-6233
Fax: 613-560-2001

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the ongoing pandemic, our office hours have been reduced. You can contact us Monday-Thursday, 9:00am-5:00pm. Please also note that we will be working from home more often than not, so send all questions/queries to


Alka Sharma, Executive Director

Alka Sharma, Executive Director,

Alka joined Folk Music Ontario as the Executive Director in 2013. Prior to that, she worked as the Interim Executive Director at the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival and spent many years as the Senior Manager of Operations with the Toronto International Film Festival. Alka has also worked at CBC Radio as the Associate Producer for Outfront and in campus/community radio in Ottawa, Guelph and Toronto. She completed her BA at Carleton University specializing in History and Political Science.

Joel Elliott, Office Administrator,

Joel joined Folk Music Ontario in January of 2020. Following his Advertising education at Algonquin College, he worked in event management at The Conference Board of Canada, delivering dozens of professional events for nearly a decade. In March of 2017, he decided to focus on music, quitting his job and putting his skills towards the arts instead of economics. Joel is the co-host of The Monday Special Blend on CKCU 93.1 FM, and hosts the weekly Open Mic Night at Live! on Elgin, broadcast once a month on Rogers Cable 22. Since May of 2018, he has sat on the board of The Ottawa Music Industry Coalition.