September 8th, 2017

Folk Music Canada announces the appointment of Charlie Wall-Andrews as new Executive Director

Folk Music Canada’s board of directors is delighted to announce that Charlie Wall-Andrews will be the Executive Director of FMC. FMCis a member-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting the Canadian folk music community and its industry. Charlie will manage and oversee all of FMC’s operations, programming, member services, and advocacy work.

“Folk Music Canada has solidified our voice in the Canadian music scene conversation and we are poised to continue to make a marked contribution to the future growth of the industry, while continuing to advocate for Canadian musicians. Charlie Wall-Andrews understands this commitment to excellence and will foster the growth of FMC through the next phase of our program. We are very proud to have her join the team.” – Matthew Large, President of the Board of Directors.

Regarded as a Top Forty Under 40 by the Northern Ontario Business Association (NOBA), Charlie Wall-Andrews has extensive experience working with non-profit and cultural organizations. Her areas of expertise include brand marketing, non-profit management, and strategy. Charlie is a creator herself, and has developed an impressive portfolio of visual art, musical compositions and arrangements. In 2016, she completed her fellowship with the Cultural Leaders Lab with the Toronto Arts Council and Banff Centre for the Arts. Charlie holds a Degree in Music from Laurentian University and a Masters Degree in music from York University. In 2016, she received the Alumni Leadership Award from Laurentian University.

Charlie is a member of the Arts Consultants of Canada (ACCA). After having recently completed her term on the Board of Directors as Vice President on Choral Canada, she is now serving on the Board of Directors of WorkInCulture, and the TELUS GTA Community Investment Board. Prior to this, she served on the Board of Governors and Senate for Laurentian University and was Vice-President of CUPE 3903 (Canadian Union of Public Employees).

“I’m very pleased to be the next Executive Director of Folk Music Canada. The organization has a proud history of being the national voice for the folk music community in Canada. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors to evolve the organization to ensure it can continue to support its members, and collaborate with its stakeholders to champion Canadian folk music at home and abroad.” – Charlie Wall-Andrews, Executive Director.

FMC also says goodbye to outgoing Executive Director, Tamara Kater, who is moving on to new opportunities after almost six years with FMC. Tamara has worked tirelessly in building Folk Music Canada to be a dynamic music industry association. During her tenure, the organization grew substantially and entrenched itself as a critical part of the folk community and the Canadian music industry landscape.

FMC looks forward to working with Charlie to continue to raise awareness of the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada.

 

September 8th, 2017

Nouvelle direction générale à Musique folk du Canada

Le conseil d’administration de Musique folk du Canada est ravi d’annoncer l’embauche de Charlie Wall-Andrews au poste de directrice générale. Musique folk du Canada (MFC) est une organisation à but non lucratif dévouée à la promotion et au soutien de l’industrie musicale et de la communauté de la musique folk au Canada. Charlie gérera et supervisera les opérations, la programmation, les services aux membres et le travail de plaidoyer de MFC.

« Depuis les dernières années, Musique folk du Canada a renforcé sa présence dans les échanges et conversations en cours au sein de la scène musicale canadienne. Nous sommes prêts à continuer à apporter des contributions significatives servant à soutenir la croissance de l’industrie tout en défendant et soutenant les artistes canadiens avec ardeur. Charlie Wall-Andrews comprend cet engagement envers l’excellence et favorisera l’essor de MFC au cours de la prochaine phase de notre programmation. Nous sommes très fiers qu’elle se joigne à notre équipe » – Matthew Large, président du conseil d’administration.

Charlie Wall-Andrews a été nommée une des Top 40 des moins de 40 ans, selon NOBA (Northern Ontario Business Awards). Elle une vaste expérience de travail avec des organisations à but non lucratif ainsi que des organismes culturels. Ses domaines d’expertise comprennent le marketing des marques, la gestion d’organisme sans but lucratif et le management stratégique. Charlie est elle-même artiste et possède à son actif un portfolio impressionnant d’œuvres d’art, de compositions et d’arrangements musicaux. En 2016, elle est sélectionnée comme boursière pour participer au Laboratoire des Leaders Culturels du Conseil des Arts de Toronto en partenariat avec le Centre des Arts de Banff. Charlie détient un baccalauréat en musique de l’Université Laurentienne et une maîtrise en musique de l’Université York. En 2016, elle a été récipiendaire du Prix de leadership des anciens diplômés de l’Université Laurentienne.

Charlie est membre des Consultants Canadiens en Arts (ACCA). Elle vient de compléter son mandat en tant que vice-présidente du conseil d’administration de Canada Choral et siège maintenant sur le CA de WorkInCulture et de l’Office d’investissement communautaire TELUS GTA. Elle a aussi déjà siégé au Sénat et au Conseil des gouverneurs de l’Université Laurentienne et a été vice-présidente de SCFP 3903 (Syndicat canadien de la fonction publique).

« Je suis très heureuse d’être la directrice générale de Musique folk du Canada. L’organisation est reconnue pour être la voix nationale de la communauté folk. J’ai hâte de travailler avec le bureau de direction pour aider à la faire évoluer tout en soutenant ses membres et en collaborant avec ses parties prenantes pour défendre la musique folk ici au Canada ainsi qu’à l’étranger » – Charlie Wall-Andrews, Directrice Générale.

MFC remercie également Tamara Kater qui entreprend de nouveaux défis professionnels après avoir été directrice générale de l’organisation pendant près de six ans. Tamara a travaillé sans relâche pour faire de MFC, une organisation dynamique et essentielle à la communauté folk canadienne. Au cours de son mandat à la direction, MFC a vu une croissance considérable et s’est imposé comme joueur important de l’industrie musicale.

Musique folk du Canada a bien hâte de travailler avec Charlie afin de continuer à sensibiliser le public et l’industrie à l’importance, la diversité et la valeur culturelle de toutes les formes de musique folk au Canada.

 

 

September 5th, 2017

Folk Music Canada Announces Luncheon Performances at the 2017 Americana Music Conference

Folk Music Canada is  thrilled to announce the line-up for the #FMCTopNotch showcase to be presented as part of the official programming for AmericanaFest on Friday, September 15 from 12pm to 2pm.

These activities will be part of the official programming for the 18th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference, which gathers thousands of artists, fans and industry professionals from all over the world from September 12 to 17  in Nashville, TN and includes more than 200 performances.

As part of its showcasing endeavours, Folk Music Canada is proud to be presenting the following artists at the 2017 edition of AmericanaFest:

12pm Nice Horse (Toronto, ON)

12:20pm David Myles  (Halifax, NS)

12:40pm Joey Wright (Toronto, ON)

1pm April Verch (Ottawa Valley, ON)

1:15pm The Dead South (Regina, SK)

1:30pm Jenny Whiteley (Elphin, ON)

The showcase runs from 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM at the InDo Nashville, 632 Fogg St. Nashville, TN.

Folk Music Canada is a member-driven organization that supports and promotes the Canadian folk music community, and is dedicated to raising awareness about the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada.

Thank you to our funders and partners for their support.

This project has been made possible in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and the Roadmap for Canada’s Official Languages 2013-2018 : Education, Immigration, Communities, and by Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Ce projet a été rendu possible en partie grâce au FACTOR, le gouvernement du Canada et à la Feuille de route du Canada 2013-2018 : éducation, immigration, communautés, et des radiodiffuseurs privés du Canada.

August 11th, 2017

Showcase applications: Folk Music Ontario and NERFA

As part of its ongoing work to promote Canadian folk music to new export markets, Folk Music Canada is encouraging export-ready artists to apply for the two following opportunities.

There is NO cost to apply to either showcase, but you MUST be a member of Folk Music Canada.  You can join Folk Music Canada here: http://folkmusiccanada.ca/join/

Folk Music Ontario

Once again in 2017, Folk Music Canada will be hosting private showcase at the 2017 Folk Music Ontario conference, taking place at the October 19-22, 2017, at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites in Mississauga, ON.

DEADLINE: August 23, 2017
LINK TO APPLY: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/2017

NERFA (Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance)

Nov. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel in Stamford, CT
DEADLINE: September 4, 2017
LINK TO APPLY: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/nerfa2017


Appel pour candidatures: Vitrines à NERFA et FMO

Musique folk du Canada est heureux d’annoncer deux opportunités pour vitrines.   Nous encourageons les artistes canadiens prêts pour l’exportation à s’inscrire à ces programmes afin de profiter de cette opportunité de développer leur carrière internationale .Coût pour postuler: 0$ (mais doit être membre de Musique folk du Canada)

Folk Music Ontario
19 au 22 octobre, Mississauga
DATE LIMITE: 23 août
Lien: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/2017

NERFA (Northeastern Regional Folk Alliance)

Nov. 9-12 at the Crowne Plaza Stamford Hotel in Stamford, CT
DEADLINE: 4 septembre, 2017
LINK TO APPLY: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/nerfa2017

Contactez-nous à info@folkmusiccanada.ca  pour les détails.

June 21st, 2017

AmericanaFest: Call for Applications/appel de candidatures pour vitrines

 

As part of its ongoing work to promote Canadian folk music to new export markets, Folk Music Canada is encouraging export-ready artists to apply for the two following opportunities:

Americana Music Showcase – Friday September 15, 2017
DEADLINE: July 5, 2017 11:59 PST (ie by end of day Wednesday July 5, 2017)
Cost to apply: 0$ but must be a member of Folk Music Canada
Link to apply:
https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/ama2017

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.

A big thanks to Global Affairs Canada, and FACTOR for making these events possible.


Appel pour candidatures: Vitrines à AmericanaFest

Musique folk du Canada est heureux d’annoncer deux opportunités pour vitrine.   Nous encourageons les artistes canadiens prêts pour l’exportation à s’inscrire à ces programmes afin de profiter de cette opportunité de développer leur carrière internationale.

Americana Music – vendredi, 15 septembre 2015
DATE LIMITE: 5 juillet, 2017 11:59 PST
Coût pour postuler: 0$ (mais doit être membre de Musique folk du Canada)
Lien:https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/ama2017

Contactez-nous à info@folkmusiccanada.ca  pour les détails.

May 2nd, 2017

Folk Music Canada Announces Executive Director to Step Down

The Board of Directors of Folk Music Canada announces that Tamara Kater will step down from her post as Executive Director at the end of the summer.  After almost 6 years working for our organization, Tamara has decided to move on to new challenges. The board was informed of this decision in March and has since developed a transition and succession plan, which will include the search for the next Folk Music Canada Executive Director.  The job search will be announced within the coming days here.

Tamara joined the organization in 2011 and since that time has worked expertly in collaboration with the board of directors in building Folk Music Canada to be a dynamic music industry association.  “Folk Music Canada has benefited from Tamara’s passion and expertise and we wish her every success in the next stage of her career,” said Chair of the Board of Directors, Matthew Large.

I am proud of the work I have done for this organization, for our members and the services we now offer to support community, enrich our culture and foster our industry,” said Tamara of her work with the Toronto-based organization.

Under Tamara’s leadership, Folk Music Canada developed an array of export development initiatives, including showcase opportunities for Canadian folk artists at key music industry events and, in December 2016, the launch of the inaugural edition of FolkNorth, a showcase and industry summit held in Toronto.  During her tenure the organization grew its annual budget from $29 000 in 2011, to $129 000 in 2016, and entrenched itself as a critical part of the folk community and the Canadian music industry landscape.

The dedication, expertise and commitment that Tamara has brought to Folk Music Canada are substantial. The Board of Directors wishes her every success in her future endeavours.

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Key links

Job posting (to be listed in coming days) http://folkmusiccanada.ca/folk-music-canada-job-posting/

Folk Music Canada http://folkmusiccanada.ca

FolkNorth https://folknorth.ca

 

About Folk Music Canada

Folk Music Canada is a membership organization that supports and promotes the Canadian folk music community and its industry.  We work to raise awareness about the importance, diversity and cultural value of all types of folk music in Canada.

 

Folk Music Canada works to promote the excellence in Canadian Folk music to export markets through more than 150 international showcase presentations per year, and its showcase and industry summit, FolkNorth, taking place in Toronto from December 1 to 3, 2017.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Folk-Music-Canada-193962860614256/

Twitter: @folkmusiccanada @FolkNorthFMC

Instagram: @folkmusiccanada

 

April 3rd, 2017

Canadian Folk Music Awards opens 2017 submissions

The 13th edition of the CFMA weekend takes place November 18 and 19, 2017 in Ottawa, Ontario! Submissions are now open! Canadian artists and groups whose albums were released in Canada between June 15, 2016 to June 14, 2017 are eligible. The earlybird submission deadline is April 30, 2017. The final deadline is June 23, 2017. Submit here! http://folkawards.ca/eligibility/online-submission/

March 31st, 2017

FolkNorth 2017 Showcase Applications OPEN NOW until May 15 2017

Join us once again for the 2nd edition of FolkNorth, taking place in Toronto from December 1 to 3, 2017.   Showcasing, industry development, networking and more!

Showcase & industry summit bridging Canada and the world
December 1-3, 2017
Sheraton Centre, Toronto, ON (downtown Toronto)

Showcase applications accepted April 1 to May 15, 2017 
Open to Canadian and international artists

Folk Music Canada Members, apply here, cost is $35
Folk Music Canada NON Members, apply here, cost is $50
To become a member of Folk Music Canada (for as little as $20 per year), click here.

March 20th, 2017

Call for Showcase Applications for FolkNorth 2017: Applications Open April 1

 

3 Days,  30 Showcases, 30 Export Buyers

December 1 to December 3, 2017 Toronto, ON

As part of its ongoing work to build the Canadian folk music industry, Folk Music Canada is proud to announce the second edition of FolkNorth, an export-focused showcase event taking place in Toronto from December 1 to 3, 2017.    The event revolves around live showcases where a juried selection of artists perform for presenters looking to book shows for their home communities.  Applications to showcase at FolkNorth open on April 1, 2017 and close on May 15, 2017.

Throughout the three days of this boutique, industry event,  Folk Music Canada will present more than 30 artist performances, 500 business meetings and 20 industry-targeted professional development sessions.   

With more than 30 delegate buyers,  FolkNorth’s export focus will shine the spotlight on the Canadian folk industry, foster new business collaborations and build opportunities for artists to tour internationally.  

Balanced with the export outlook is an industry development stream with workshops and peer meetings designed to help foster best practices within the Canadian folk industry through international dialogue with world class presenters, agents, record labels and managers.

FolkNorth strives to be a small-scale, high-level, invitation-oriented event designed to offer the export-focused Canadian folk artist-entrepreneur and industry a place to expand their business reach with an event anchored in Canada.  Deliberately designed to be ‘not another music conference’, the event places quality over quantity in its programming and professional development.

Find out more about FolkNorth’s offerings by visiting the event’s website here:

www.folknorth.ca

KEY INFORMATION

Showcase & industry summit bridging Canada and the world

December 1-3, 2017

Sheraton Centre, Toronto, ON (downtown Toronto)

Showcase applications accepted April 1 to May 15, 2017

Open to Canadian and international artists

 

Folk North 2017 Showcase Application links  (open April 1, 2017)

Folk Music Canada Members, apply here, cost is $35

Folk Music Canada NON Members, apply here, cost is $50

To become a member of Folk Music Canada (for as little as $20 per year), click here.

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Folk-Music-Canada-193962860614256/

Twitter: @folkmusiccanada @FolkNorthFMC

Instagram: @folkmusiccanada

Hashtag: #FolkNorth17

March 2nd, 2017

Folk Music Canada Annual General Meeting

Folk Music Canada will hold its annual general meeting on Thursday March 2 at 2pm ET.  Below are the documents which will be presented, which also include the dial/login-in information to participate.  All are welcome to observe.  Only voting members who received and email invitation may participate as voting members.

2017 March FMC AGM agenda

FMC annual report 2015-16

FMC bylaws NEW Oct 2013 ENG

FMC Financial Statements Year End August 31 2016

2013 OCT Folk Music Canada AGM minutes