June 22nd, 2015

The Succession Plan – with CAPACOA and Folk Music Ontario


We are delighted to partner once again with CAPACOA and Folk Music Ontario, to support thementorship and peer-networking program, The Succession Plan at Folk Music Ontario’s annual conference in Toronto from October 15-18, 2015.

This is an opportunity for emerging and mid-career arts professionals to hone their skills, work one-on-one with a mentor from the international presenting community and build a network of peers that will continue to work together throughout the year.  Apply now!   Deadline July 22, 2015.

La Relève – en partenariat avec CAPACOA et Folk Music Ontario

Nous sommes heureux de collaborer encore une fois avec CAPACOA et Folk Music Ontario afin d’offrir le programme de mentorat, La Relève. Ce programme sera offerte à la conférence Folk Music Ontario à Toronto, du 15 au 18 octobre.

La Relève est un programme de mentorat et de développement de réseaux de pairs pour les administrateurs artistiques, des agents et d’autres professionnels du secteur en émergence ou à mi-carrière. Inscrivez-vous!  Date limite d’inscription 22 juillet, 2015.




June 4th, 2015

Changes to the Canada Council for the Arts / De nouveau au Conseil des arts du Canada

Yesterday the Canada Council for the Arts unveiled its new funding model, to be implemented in 2017. Hoping to offer a simpler, more artist-centred application process, the CCA will reduce the number of funding programs from 147 to 6 while keeping its $150 million granting budget unchanged. Take a look and let us know what you think! ‪#‎newfundingmodel‬

Le Conseil des arts du Canada a présenté hier son nouveau modèle de financement des arts au Canada. Un modèle plus flexible le Conseil voit passer de 147 à 6 le nombre de ses programmes pour un budget de subvention inchangé de $150 millions. Qu’en pensez-vous? ‪#‎nouveaumodele‬


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May 4th, 2015

Folk Music Ontario Official Showcase Application

Get your showcase application in for Folk Music Ontario official showcases – deadline is May 29.
Déposez votre demande pour vitrine officielle avant le 29 mai, plus d’info içi: http://ow.ly/MbFXH

April 7th, 2015

Folk Music Canada @ East Coast Music Week

Once again Folk Music Canada will be supporting the excellence of Canadian folk music and helping to build new opportunities for the Canadian folk community at the 2015 edition of the East Coast Music Week.

Firstly, we are proud to support the The Roland Member’s Lounge Opportunity Stage at East Coast Music Week 2015.  Presented by SpinCount, this stage will present some of the region’s finest artists right in the lobby of the host hotel, the Delta St.John’s, on Wednesday to Friday, from 4pm to 6:30pm. Have a listen to the artists to be featured on this stage through this special SoundCloud stream.

In addition to this, we will be taking part in the  Business to Business speed dating session on Friday at 4pm.  Find out more about this event here.

As well, if you are attending East Coast Music Week 2015 and would like to chat with us, we would be happy to arrange a meeting!  Just email us to set up a convenient time

Hope to see you there!

February 28th, 2015

Big thank you for Folk Alliance 2015

Folk Music Canada would like to thank Folk Alliance – the organizers, board, fans and volunteers for another amazing event in Kansas City!  We are grateful to all the artists who showcased in the RED and BLUE rooms and would like to thank them all for sharing their music during Folk Alliance for #FMCtopnotch!

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 2015 JUNO nominees and 2014 Canadian Folk Music Award winners.

Special thanks to all the folks who stopped by the showcase rooms, attended the brunch and/or Friday night reception, tuned in via Concert Window or just said “howdy” in the halls.  Without your support none of this would be possible.

We look forward to next year and are already making plans.  In the meantime, we invite you to stream artists who showcased in both the red and blue rooms via soundcloud links below.

LISTEN to RED rm stream: https://soundcloud.com/spincount/sets/folk-music-canada-2015

LISTEN to BLUE rm stream: https://soundcloud.com/spincount/sets/fmctopnotch-folk-music-canada

If you need any further information on any artists, presenter 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 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.

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.


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



Kimberly Sinclair | SpinCount Music Promotions





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.