Member Theatre Performance: Tip of the Iceberg

Tip of the Iceberg – Comedy Play
November 22-26, 2022
Lighthouse Festival Theatre – Port Dover, ON

The play ‘Tip of the Iceberg’ running in its final week at Lighthouse Festival Theatre in Port Dover from Tuesday November 22-26th. Check out the world premiere of this comedy with original music. Written by FMO member Chris Rait along with Jeannine Bouw (from The Treeline) and Mark Williams.

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Member Show: Stan Simon

Stan Simon – Live in Concert
Tuesday, November 29, 2022 – 9:00pm
The Dakota Tavern, Toronto

Stan Simon live at The Dakota Tavern on November 29th at 9pm! All country line up! Stan Simon will be performing songs off his 2020 release “Songs From Strange Places” as well as brand new songs with a full band! Be sure to check it out.

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Member Show: Graham Lindsey

Graham Lindsey – “The Next Best Thing” Album Release show
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 – 7:00pm
The Gladstone Theatre, Ottawa

“Graham released his second album of Celtic music, The Next Best Thing, in 2020 – and now you can help celebrate its release on December 6th at The Gladstone Theatre in Ottawa!

You’ll hear tunes and songs from the album, many never before heard live, with Graham’s full Celtic band.  The duo “QuoteTheRavenduo” from Newfoundland will be in town, and singing the title track as well as at least one of their own songs …and a Celtic show isn’t complete without dance, so a champion Highland dancer will be dancing her own original choreographed works specifically to Graham’s music!”

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Member Release: Dan Rougeau

Dan Rougeau – Celebrate

“Dan Rougeau has something to Celebrate. The longtime touring and session musician is stepping into the spotlight, and up to the mic for the first time, with a beautiful debut single ‘Celebrate’, available on streaming platforms everywhere.

“”Celebrate”” is about moments. Big ones. weddings, funerals, life altering, world shattering events that we all experience collectively, but have an intimate and personal relationship with. Rougeau’s hope is that this song is a short nod to the idea that “”we’re all in this together””, moving as one through the grey days and the bright ones.

As someone used to backing up incredibly talented singers, Rougeau never believed he would release a song that he sang on. He was a backup singer at times, and an inexperienced one at that. But singing Celebrate – actually, singing any song – gave him life at the time when he needed it most; connecting to music in a way that he had never quite experienced before, and developing a whole new ability.

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Applications Open: Halls Island Artist Residency 2023

Halls Island Artist Residency
Deadline to apply: January 15, 2023

Will A Residency on an Off Grid Island Further Your Artistic Practice?

Visual, performing, and literary artists are invited to submit an application for the Halls Island Artist Residency. The residency, located on an off-grid island on Koshlong Lake, is entering the fifth full year of operation. Applications open November 1, 2022, and close January 15, 2023.

“The management committee wishes to receive applications related to a broad spectrum of artistic practices and geographical locations. Anyone who believes they can further their artistic practice by exposure to a remote, natural environment is encouraged to apply,” says Don Gage, co-chair of the Volunteer Management Committee.

One of the 2021 resident artists, Sandra Bouza (FMO 2022 showcase artist) states “Halls island gave me an opportunity to be alone with my thoughts and fears allowing them to reverberate in ways that they haven’t had the space to before. I could really let them breathe, which allowed them to resurface through lyrics and melodies.”

The Halls Island Artist Residency is proud to offer a one-time scholarship intended to support an Indigenous Artist for their stay on Halls Island. Ruth Walker, co-chair of the Volunteer Management Committee states, “We hope that this opportunity will help offset costs associated with attending the residency and will allow an Indigenous artist to further their pursuit of excellence in their chosen artistic practice.”

Halls Island is privately owned by a family whose generosity is providing the residency,
accommodations, and island access for the chosen artists. HIAR is a member of the Haliburton County Community Cooperative, a not-for-profit organization that encourages, develops and supports several community groups in the Highlands, including the Haliburton County Folk Society.

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Member Release: Katherine Fischer

Katherine Fischer – Great Loves

Katherine Fischer’s debut album “Great Loves” blends Americana, indie pop, cinematic strings and harmonies that wrap around you to create a breathtaking folk album. “Great Loves” is the story of all incapsulating love, of the land, of people, of yourself. This is a record of songs for souls with big feelings. Available everywhere November 4th.

Katherine Fischer – Great Loves

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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