May 19th, 2016

Announcing FolkNorth – A New Showcasing and Industry Event

Screen Shot 2016-05-13 at 1.51.38 PMFolk Music Canada will be launching a new national showcase and industry event, to be held in Toronto from November 30 to December 3, 2016.  Called FolkNorth, the gathering will spotlight export showcases, foster Canadian folk industry and provide professional development to current and future generations of folk presenters and leaders.

Anchored in the goal of expanding market opportunities for the Canadian folk industry, and spotlighting the strength of Canadian folk talent on a world stage,  FolkNorth will showcase 24 of Canada’s best folk acts.  The event will also include showcases featuring 8 international artists as part of reciprocal partnerships with foreign music organizations destined to increase international trade relationships. To complement the showcasing activities, FolkNorth will invite 40 ‘buyer’ delegates to attend the event, and organize over 500 B2B meetings to foster market development.  

More information here.

April 11th, 2016

Folk Music Ontario Applications Open

Panels, workshops, youth program, awards, export development, networking, and music, music, music! The 2016 Folk Music Ontario conference will take place October 20-23, 2016 at the Delta Ottawa City Centre.  Earlybird registration, official showcase and Songs from the Heart applications are open!

Deadline for official/family showcase and Songs from the Heart applications is: May 31, 2016

Should you be selected for an official showcase, there could be funding opportunities to help with your travel costs.   Get in touch with us for more info!

April 9th, 2016

Folk Music Canada: 2016-17 Showcase and Export Opportunities

 As part of its ongoing work to promote Canadian folk music to new export markets, Folk Music Canada will be presenting showcase and export opportunities at the following events in 2016-17.  Note that application times are tentative and will be confirmed event by event.  Applications will open at least 3 weeks before the deadline.

Make sure you don’t miss an application deadline (for our showcases) by marking your calendar for the following:
Americana Music Conference – (Nashville, TN September 20-25, 2016) FMC deadline June 5
Folk Music Ontario – (Ottawa, ON October 20-23, 2016) FMC deadline July 20
NERFA – (Stamford, CT November 10-13, 2016) FMC deadline August 15
Folk Alliance International – (Kansas City, MO Feb 19-24, 2017) FMC deadline October 30

In addition to showcasing events, Folk Music Canada will be offering networking and market intel gathering at the following events.  Please get in touch if you would like further information.

Additional Export Networking events (B2B meetings, networking receptions, market intel reports etc)
Americana Music Conference – (Nashville, TN September 20-25, 2016)
English Folk Expo – (Bury, Lancastershire, UK October 13-16, 2016)
NERFA – (Stamford, CT November 10-13, 2016)
APAP – (January 6-10, 2017)
Celtic Connections (19 January – February 5, 2017)
Folk Alliance International – (Kansas City, MO Feb 19-24, 2017)

A big thanks to Global Affairs Canada and the Canada Council for the Arts for making these events possible.

April 7th, 2016

Folk Music Canada at the East Coast Music Week: Acoustic SuiteCase & More

Folk Music Canada is delighted to be partnering with SpinCount to help present the Acoustic SuiteCase as part of the East Coast Music Week in Sydney, NS.  Taking place on Saturday, April 16, from 4-8pm (ADT) at Governor’s Pub and Eatery, this performance will showcase some of the brightest lights in the Atlantic folk scene.  This show takes place on the Radio ECMA Stage, which will be broadcast  LIVE via Radio ECMA 24 hours a day during East Coast Music Week. More info below!

2016 Roland Members’ Lounge Acoustic SuiteCase performers
Mike McKenna JR, NS
Gary & Whit, NL
Jordan Musycsyn, NS
Racoon Bandit, PE
Sherman Downey, NL
Amy & Rachel Beck, PE
Willie Stratton, NS
Kilmore, NS

Preview the performers here:
Listen to Radio ECMA here:

In addition to supporting this SuiteCase, Folk Music Canada Executive Director Tamara Kater will be on site taking part in one-one industry meetings.  If you would like to set up a meeting, please email here.

April 6th, 2016

Canadian Folk Music Awards: Call for Submissions

Submissions are now open for the 12th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2015 to June 14, 2016 are eligible.   The 2016 CFMAs will take place December 2-3 in Toronto, ON.
The earlybird submission deadline is April 30, 2016. The final deadline is June 30, 2016. Submit here.

March 26th, 2016

Federal Budget Invests in Culture

The board and staff of Folk Music Canada are delighted to see the Federal government commit in the 2016 Federal Budget to the doubling of the Canada Council for the Arts operating budget by 2020. This represents $550 million in an overall $1.87 billion commitment to arts and culture over five years. This represents an important milestone for the arts sector and for Canadians.  Stay tuned for a Folk Music Canada webinar on how to access funding from the Canada Council for the Arts.  Let us know if you would like to be notified when this is offered.

February 27th, 2016

Another Successful Folk Alliance for Folk Music Canada

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Folk Music Canada has packed up the lights and rolled out the road cases on its 2016 edition of programs at Folk Alliance International 2016.  While specific results are still being tabulated, the success of its #FMCTopNotch initiatives is evident and the impact on the Canadian folk music marketplace is already being felt.

With this fourth edition of presentations at Folk Alliance InternationalFolk Music Canada produced more than 75 showcases featuring 70 Canadian acts, and coordinated multiple international partnerships over the course of this music conference that took place from February 17 to 22 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Through its annual networking brunch, held in partnership with the East Coast Music Association and Music PEIFolk Music Canada brought together 40 exporting artists and Canadian industry members with 80 programmers, booking agents, and managers from across the USA, UK, Ireland and Australia.  The brunch was also attended by the Consul General Roy Norton, of the Consulate General of Chicago.

The impact of these export activities is already apparent.  Early measurements indicate that Folk Music Canada’s 70 showcasing artists generated more than $175 000 CDN of bookings, distributed more than 2500 CD (or download) units and came home with over 1200 business leads for follow-up.

As well, Canadian artists left very favourable impressions on international talent buyers.  Steve Johnson, Artist Relations Manager for Merlefest, an annual 4-day festival in North Carolina, offered this feedback: “Folk Music Canada‘s showcases at the Folk Alliance InternationalConference in Kansas City offered a great opportunity to explore talent. Thanks in part to their efforts we have booked several Canadian artists for MerleFest.”

Qualitative feedback from Canadian artist representatives also reflects these positive results.  Nigel Jenkins, of Groundswell Music, a Halifax based label and management group, offered the following feedback about their results working with the band Hillsburn: “As a result of showcasing at FAI, and working with Folk Music Canada, the band secured an American booking agent, and impressed the founder and president of Pledge Music, Benji Rogers, so much that he offered to present the band’s new album to Pledge Music‘s 500,000 subscribers.”

Additionally, digital marketing was a significant component of the #FMCTopNotch presentations, with SpinCount supporting this initiative as media sponsor. The analytics for Folk Music Canada’s social channels indicate that engagement throughout the conference was high, peaking at 10k impressions daily on twitter, and averaging 2.5k per day for the duration of the 14 day campaign. Engagement reflected the export focus of this project, with highest clicks outside of Canada generated in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain and Ireland.

To complement these showcasing activities, Folk Music Canada also created three SoundCloud streams (see below) to help promote the showcasing artists to delegates and programmers.  During the 25 day campaign, more than 2000 plays were registered, with listeners primarily concentrated in the USA.

All of these #FMCTopNotch initiatives were made possible with the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the SOCAN FoundationFACTOR, The Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Folk Music Canada would also like to thank its #FMCTopNotch sponsors: Folk Alliance International, SpinCountThe English Folk and Dance Song SocietyThe Canadian Federation of Musicians and Beehive Productions.

February 26th, 2016

Thank you et merci from Folk Music Canada!

Folk Music Canada would like to thank everyone who attended Folk Alliance International 2016 for another amazing event in Kansas City.  As well, we are grateful to all the artists who showcased as part of #FMCTopNotch and would like to thank them all for sharing their music during our showcases!

Folk Music Canada was proud to host 75 showcase performances, in two rooms over four days at the conference’s host hotel, The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center. These performances featured more than 80 artists from across Canada, including five 2016 JUNO nominees and five 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award winners.

Special thanks to all the folks who stopped by our two showcase rooms, attended the networking brunch on
Saturday, or just said hello in the hallway. We are grateful for your involvement and support!

We look forward to seeing you in the coming months at the East Coast Music Week, Canadian Music Week, Americana Music Fest, Folk Music Ontario and beyond. Keep an eye out for news on our new Canadian folk showcasing event, taking place in Toronto in November 2016, just before the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Feel free to re-cap our #FMCTopNotch musical presentations through our SoundCloud Streams below. Missed an artist? Want to hear them again? This is the place for you!

Red Room

Blue Room

Crossing Borders Presentations

If you need any further information on any artists, presenters or would like CDs, digital downloads or contact info, please do not hesitate to get in touch, we are happy to help!

Folk Music Canada acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Socan Foundation , FACTOR, The Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters, in making these events possible.

As well, Folk Music Canada is grateful for its 2016 Folk Alliance partners, SpinCount, The English Folk and Dance Song Society, The Canadian Federation of Musicians and Beehive Productions.
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February 4th, 2016

Folk Music Canada @FAI 2016 #FMCTopNotch

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Folk Music Canada is pleased to announce its activities for the 2016 Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, including showcases, a reception and festival style workshops, all taking place under the banner of #FMCTopnotch.

Folk Music Canada is hosting 75 showcase performances, in two rooms over four days at the conference’s host hotel. These performances will feature more than 80 artists from across Canada, including five 2016 JUNO nominees and five 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award winners. The full schedule is available at, and on our Facebook event page:

We invite you to sample some of the #FMCtopnotch showcasing artists through our two SoundCloud streams here:

Red Room

Blue Room

As well, Folk Music Canada is hosting 12 collaborative ‘in-the-round’ sessions, within the theme of ‘Crossing Borders’, pairing Canadian acts with artists from the United Kingdom and the United States. During these afternoon, round-robin presentations, 20 Canadians will share the stage with 15 international artists.


All ‘Crossing Borders’ artists can be previewed here:


Folk Music Canada is also partnering with the CIMA and all Canadian Provincial Music Industry Associations to host the Folk Alliance Saturday night reception, preceding the official showcases.  


For all the news and real time updates about our events and artists, please follow Folk Music Canada on twitter @folkmusiccanada and include the hashtag #FMCtopnotch on all your social shares about Canadian Folk artists and music during Folk Alliance.

Folk Music Canada acknowledges the financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Socan Foundation , FACTOR, The Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters, in making these events possible.  
As well, Folk Music Canada is grateful for its 2016 Folk Alliance partners, SpinCount, The English Folk and Dance Song Society, The Canadian Federation of Musicians and Beehive Productions.

February 2nd, 2016

Fai 2016 Prep Webinar

Folk Music Canada is offering two webinars on how to prepare and get the most from attending Folk Alliance.  They will take place on Friday February 5 at 2pm EST and Wednesday February 10 1pm EST.  The fee for Folk Music Canada (or your provincial MIA) members is $5 and $10 for non members.  You can take part simply by logging in online, or phoning in to participate with audio only.

During the webinar, you’ll learn more about how to approach your showcase strategy, promotion before/during/after the event, and your meetings with festival directors, talent buyers, and other delegates at the conference.   We’ll also cover key networking events to attend and answer questions from participants.

Please use the following links to register before 5pm EST the day before the Webinar takes place.
Friday Feb 5 webinar – Register here:
Wednesday Feb 10 webinar – Register here:
If you are a self-represented artist, it is strongly recommended that you take advantage of this opportunity.  If you are an agent, you are welcome to take part as well, although the material may not be as relevant to you.