February 17th, 2015

Announcing #FMCTopnotch Folk Alliance 2015 showcase details and events

Folk Alliance 2015Folk Music Canada is pleased to announce its 2015 #FMCtopnotch events, showcase programming, a reception with Folk Music Ontario and the ‘Crossing Borders’ collaborative performances taking place at the 2015 Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City this year.Folk Music Canada is hosting 75 showcase performances, in two rooms over four days at the conference’s host hotel, The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center (‎1 East Pershing Road‎‎ Kansas City, Missouri, USA)‎ from February 18th – 22nd. These performances will feature more than 80 artists from across Canada, including five 2015 JUNO nominees and two 2014 CFMA winners.  This year the “Red Room” will present export-ready artists in suite 534 and the “Blue Room”  will feature acoustic, house-concert style in room 751.  Both rooms will present showcases from Wednesday through Saturday evenings from 10pm – 3am.Showcasing artists include Catherine MacLellan, Rose Cousins, Jenn Grant, James Hill, Red Moon Road, Digging Roots, Sin & Swoon, Kaia Kater, Irish Mythen, Quique Escamilla and many more.  The full schedule is available at www.folkmusiccanada.ca, and we invite you to sample some of the #FMCtopnotch showcasing artists through our FAI SoundCloud stream.

In addition to the showcases, Folk Music Canada is hosting 12 collaborative ‘in-the-round’ sessions, within the theme of ‘Crossing Borders’, pairing Canadian acts with artists from Wales, Ireland, USA, and New Zealand. During these afternoon, round-robin presentations, 18 Canadians will share the stage with 15 international artists. New this year, two of the Crossing Borders sessions will be broadcast in partnership with Concert Window, bringing the first-ever web broadcast of a Folk Music Canada showcase. These sessions will take place on Friday from 2-4pm.

Folk Music Canada is also partnering with Folk Music Ontario to host the Folk Alliance Friday night reception, preceding the official showcases.  This reception will be held on the ballroom level of the host hotel outside the official showcase rooms.

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

Folk Music Canada is grateful for the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR and the Socan Foundation in making these events possible, and for its 2015 Folk Alliance partners, SpinCount and Concert Window.

LINKS:

Folk Music Canada: http://folkmusiccanada.ca/

Folk Music Ontario: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/

Folk Alliance International: http://www.folkalliance.org/

#FMCtopnotch full showcase schedule / fb event: https://www.facebook.com/events/409865272502582/

  

LISTEN to #FMCtopnotch playlist on soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/spincount/sets/folk-music-canada-2015

  

MEDIA CONTACT:

Kimberly Sinclair | SpinCount Music Promotions

kimberly@spincount.com

902-350-3968

http://www.spincount.ca/index.html

@spincount

February 13th, 2015

Cheap Eats at Folk Alliance 2015 / Manger sans casser le budget à Folk Alliance 2015

We’ve put together some helpful information on where to eat in KC – all part of our #FMCTopNotch Folk Alliance 2015!

Nous avons rassemblé quelques informations utiles sur les endroits où manger à Kansas City pour Folk Alliance 2015.

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FAI 2015 cheap eats Kansas City

February 10th, 2015

Folk Alliance 2015 Showcases Announced / Vitrines à Folk Alliance 2015

We’re delighted to present two showcase rooms at the 2015 Folk Alliance conference. Chock full of fun, great snacks, cool refreshments and top-notch music, we hope to see you there!

Thank you to our partners : SpinCount, the Canada Council for the Arts and FACTOR

Nous sommes heureux de présenter deux salles de vitrines à la conférence de Folk Alliance International 2015. Grignottines, breuvages et bonne musique – au plaisir de vous voir là!

Merci à nos partenaires: SpinCount, le conseil des arts du Canada et FACTOR.

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Red room #534

 

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Blue Room #751

January 28th, 2015

Folk Alliance 2015 webinar – get ready for Kansas City

Getting ready for Folk Alliance International? Whether you are a first-timer or a veteran who wants to brush up on their game, our webinar will give you the tools you need to make the most of your attendance.

Hosted by Tamara Kater,  Executive Director of Folk Music Canada, this session is designed for the emerging or established musician. We will offer participants the opportunity to submit questions and topics in advance.

In addition to specific areas requested by participants, we hope to cover the following:

  • Overview of markets represented at Folk Alliance
  • Strategies for networking and promotion on the ground
  • How to showcase successfully
  • Key events to attend at Folk Alliance
  • Your suggestions!   Please let us know what topics you would like to cover

The session will take place Thursday, February 5 at 2pm EST** at a cost of $5 per participant for Folk Music Canada members, and $10 for non-members (artists who are showcasing with us can register for free).  Sign up (by Wednesday February 4, 5pm EST) here: registration form.
 
Many thanks to the SOCAN Foundation for making this programme possible.

December 11th, 2014

Folk Alliance International 2015

Folk Music Canada is happy to announce that we will be offering showcase opportunities at Folk Alliance 2015, from Wednesday February 20 to Saturday February 24, 2015. While our official deadline to apply has passed (it was November 30), we are still considering late applications based on availability of spots.  If you’d like to be considered, please apply here.

We encourage export emerging, and export-ready Canadian artists to submit for this opportunity and take advantage of the opportunity to build their international careers.

Folk Music Canada is working on lots of exciting projects for Folk Alliance 2015 – and we’re happy to keep supporting you.  Need advice or information?  Just get in touch, we’re here to help: info@folkmusiccanada.ca

Musique folk du Canada est heureux d’annoncer que nous allons tenir une salle de vitrine à la conference de Folk Alliance 2015, le mercredi au samedi soir. Bien que notre date limite officielle pour appliquer a passé (c’était le 30 novembre), nous considerons toujours les demandes tardives selon la disponibilité des places.  Déposez votre demande ici. 

 Nous ferons part des résultats aux postulants au mois de décembre. Contactez-nous à info@folkmusiccanada.ca  pour les détails.

November 30th, 2014

Folk Music Canada Innovator Award Winner Announced/ Récipiendaire du prix de l’Innovateur

The Folk Music Canada Innovator award strives to recognize groundbreaking work that has had a profound and lasting impact on the Canadian folk scene. Folk Music Canada is delighted to announce that the 2014 recipient of the award is the Black Sheep Inn, a music venue located in Wakefield, QC.

For years, the Black Sheep Inn has been recognized as one of Canada’s premiere venues. And while this venue is now a staple in the Canadian folk music scene, it took the tenacity, vision and innovation of founder Paul Symes to open the doors to the Black Sheep more than 20 years ago.

Now in its third year, the Innovator Award is dedicated to recognizing a new and innovative approach that has had a significant impact on Canadian Folk Music. The award was handed out at the annual Canadian Folk Music Awards’ Gala on Saturday, November 29 in Ottawa, ON.

Le prix de l’Innovateur reconnait le travail pionnier qui a eu un impact profond et durable sur la scène folk canadienne. Musique folk du Canada est heureux d’annoncer que le récipiendaire du prix 2014 est l’Auberge Mouton Noir, un lieu de musique situé à Wakefield, QC.

Pendant des années, l’Auberge Mouton Noir a été reconnu comme l’un des lieux de Premiere du Canada. Et tandis que ce lieu est maintenant un incontournable dans la scène de la musique folk canadienne, il a fallu la ténacité, la vision et l’innovation de son fondateur Paul Symes pour ouvrir les portes il ya plus de 20 ans.

Le prix Innovateur est offert en reconnaissance d’une approche nouvelle et novatrice ayant marqué le monde de la musique folk canadienne dans l’un ou l’autre de ses aspects. Le prix a été remis au cours du gala annuel des Prix de musique folk canadienne le samedi 29 novembre à Ottawa.

November 25th, 2014

Canadian Folk Music Awards / Prix de musique folk Canadienne

A big congratulation goes out to the nominees for the 2014 Canadian Folk Music Awards.  The annual award celebration will be held in Ottawa on Saturday November 29, 2014 as a culmination of an entire weekend full of concerts, workshops and showcases.   Featuring a wide array of talent throughout the event, organizers are offering weekend passes in addition to tickets to individual events. More info and tickets here.

November 18th, 2014

Folk Alliance 2015 showcases/Vitrines à Folk Alliance 2015

Folk Music Canada is happy to announce that we will be offering showcase opportunities at Folk Alliance 2015, from Wednesday February 20 to Saturday February 24, 2015. Interested in being a performer?  Apply here.

We encourage export emerging, and export-ready Canadian artists to submit for this opportunity and take advantage of the opportunity to build their international careers.

The deadline to apply is November 30 (midnight EST).

Folk Music Canada is working on lots of exciting projects for Folk Alliance 2015 – and we’re happy to keep supporting you.  Need advice or information?  Just get in touch, we’re here to help: info@folkmusiccanada.ca

Musique folk du Canada est heureux d’annoncer que nous allons tenir une salle de vitrine à la conference de Folk Alliance 2015, le mercredi au samedi soir. Vous voulez participer? Déposez votre demande ici. 
La date limite pour postuler à ce programme est le 30 novembre, 2014 à minuit (heure normale de l’Est). Nous ferons part des résultats aux postulants au mois de décembre. Contactez-nous à info@folkmusiccanada.ca  pour les détails.

November 10th, 2014

Canadian showcase @NERFA/Vitrine @NERFA

For the first time in 2014, we are presenting two showcase events at the 2014 NERFA conference.   Featuring more than 20 Canadian folk artists, these showcases will help build new touring opportunities for exporting performers.  Check out the line-up below!

Thank you to our partners : the SOCAN Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR and Folk Music Ontario

Pour la première fois en 2014, nous présentons deux événements vitrine lors de la conférence 2014 NERFA. Mettant en vedette plus de 20 artistes, ces vitrines vont bâtir de nouvelles possibilités de tournées. Découvrez le line-up ci-dessous!

Merci à nos partenaires: la Fondation SOCAN, le conseil des arts du Canada, FACTOR et Folk Musique Ontario.

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October 22nd, 2014

Thank you et merci – Folk Music Ontario

Thanks to all our volunteers, export delegates and artists.  Congratulations on a wonderful conference – both from an artistic and business perspective.

With more than 25 invited export delegates, 60 export artists, and 70 showcasing performers involved in Folk Music Canada programs, we are proud of the strength of the Canadian folk community!

Merci à tous nos bénévoles, les délégués et les artistes du programme de développement à l’exportation. Félicitations pour une merveilleuse conférence – à la fois du point de vue artistique et d’affaires.

Avec plus de 25 délégués et 60 artistes impliqués au programme de développement à l’exportation, et 70 artistes présentés en vitrines de Musique folk du Canada, nous sommes fiers de la force de la communauté folk canadienne!