November 6th, 2017

Welcome to FolkNorth 2017!

FolkNorth

Folk Music Canada Announces the Second Edition of FolkNorth

Folk Music Canada is proud to present the second edition of FolkNorth; an export-focused showcase and industry event that will take place in Toronto from December 1-4, 2017.

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 shine the spotlight on some of Canada’s brightest folk acts, along with a few international ones. It will also bring together export delegates from the United States, the United Kingdom, and many more key industry delegates from Canada. Check out confirmed delegates HERE.

The four-day event will be held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, as well as showcases taking place Friday and Saturday nights at The Supermarket and Sunday night at Adelaide Hall, both venues in Toronto. Designed to be small in scope, the weekend focuses on offering high-level opportunities to established Canadian artists, agents, managers, music supervisors and publicists, as well as professional development and networking opportunities for the Canadian folk presenting community.

“The goal of FolkNorth is to get more Canadian folk musicians out into the international market. There is such a wealth of talent in our country and we want to share that. We also want to create an event that is intimate and provides quality networking opportunities where both artists and delegates can forge lasting relationships,” says Shoshona Kish, President of Folk Music Canada.

This year’s showcasing artist roster includes:

Amanda Rheaume (ON)

Canailles (QC)

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald (NS)

Cheshire Carr (QC)

Durham County Poets (QC)

Jay Gilday (AB)

Jenny Whiteley (ON)

Jody Peck (BC)

Kobo Town (ON)

Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards (U.S.)

Leela Gilday (NT)

Les Tireux d’Roches (QC)

MAZ (QC)

Quique Escamilla (ON)

Red Moon Road (MB)

Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar (ON)

Shakura S’Aida (ON)

Shauit (QC)

Son of Town Hall (U.S.-U.K)

Steph Cameron (SK)

Steve Poltz (U.S.)

The Small Glories (MB)

The Young’uns (U.K)

 

VISIT the FolkNorth website at FolkNorth.ca.

KEY INFORMATION
Showcase & industry summit bridging Canada and the world
December 1-4, 2017 Sheraton Centre Hotel, Toronto, ON (downtown Toronto)

REGISTRATION

**REGISTRATION IS OPEN**

REGISTER FOR FOLK NORTH HERE

Cost to register for FolkNorth (for Folk Music Canada members):

$225 early bird (EXTENDED until November 26)

$375 regular (November 27 onward).

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

Registration includes attendance at all business meetings, workshops, and receptions. Showcase artists need not be registered for FolkNorth, however one artist representative must register to represent each showcase artist at business meetings.

REGISTER FOR FOLK NORTH HERE

Questions?

Contact us: folknorth@folkmusiccanada.ca
Phone: (519) 300-5954
VISIT the FolkNorth website at FolkNorth.ca.

SOCIAL MEDIA
Facebook: facebook.com/folkmusiccanada
Twitter: @folkmusiccanada
Instagram: @folkmusiccanada
Hashtag: #FolkNorth17

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

 

February 23rd, 2017

Folk Music Canada Success @FAI2017: Turning Contacts Into Contracts!

Folk Music Canada has packed up the showcase gear and returned to its Canadian home base after another successful edition of Folk Alliance International, the world’s largest folk conference and industry gathering, with more than 3000 attendees.  While specific results are still being tabulated, the success of its #FMCTopNotch initiatives is evident and the impact on the Canadian folk music marketplace are significant.

With this fifth edition of presentations at Folk Alliance International, Folk Music Canada produced more than 40 showcases featuring 38 Canadian acts, and coordinated multiple international partnerships over the course of this music conference that took place from February 15 to 20 in Kansas City, Missouri.

Folk Music Canada’s annual networking mixer for its showcasing artists.

Through its annual networking event, Folk 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.

New in 2017, Folk Music Canada worked with its fellow Canadian music industry associations, under the banner of the Pan-Canadian Initiative, to offer a networking brunch with B2B meetings.  With more than 100 participants, the event facilitated 900 meetings between Canadian music entrepreneurs and key folk industry members from record labels, venues, festivals and organizations from the US, UK and Australia.  Thanks to the Pan-Canadian Initiative members: Canadian Independent Music Association, Folk Music Ontario, East Coast Music Association, Music Ontario, Manitoba Music, SaskMusic, Alberta Music, Music BC, Music NWT, Music PEI, Music NS, Music NL and Music-Musique NB.

Pan-Canadian B2B brunch

 

With a strong brand and worldwide reputation, Canadian artists left very favourable impressions on the international marketplace.  Lisa Schwartz from the Philadelphia Folk Festival, one of North America’s largest, and longest running, folk festivals indicated: Folk Music Canada’s showcases have proven to be a treasure trove of fantastic musicians that never disappoints.  I have discovered some of the most talented artists in this room and have seen and heard what are likely my favorite Folk Alliance International musical moments presented against the now-familiar red and white backdrop.  Because of Folk Music Canada’s stellar efforts, we have booked several Canadian artists for the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

First Nations artist William Prince showcases in the Folk Music Canada room

Qualitative feedback from Canadian artist representatives also reflects these positive results.  Nathalie Kleinschmidt, of Prairie Mix, a Winnipeg-based management group, offered the following feedback about the results working with singer-songwriter William Prince, a Winnipeg-based artist from the Peguis First Nation: “Thanks to the support of the Folk Music Canada team, our Folk Alliance International experience surpassed our expectations. We were able to turn contacts into contracts. We left with a record label and publishing deal, offers to perform in both Canada and the USA, and opportunities to collaborate with world-class artists. Perhaps more importantly, we found a sense of community and commitment that bodes well for our long-term business relations across the border.”

Folk Music Canada’s social presence at #FAI2017

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 at an all-time high, totalling more than 460 000. 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 two SoundCloud streams (see below) to help promote the showcasing artists to delegates and programmers.  During the 30 day campaign, more than 2200 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 Foundation, FACTOR, The Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

Folk Music Canada would also like to thank its #FMCTopNotch partners: Folk Music Ontario. Folk Alliance International, SpinCount, and Ear Trumpet Labs.