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.
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:
FOLKNORTH 2016 RE-CAP
JUNE 1 2016
FolkNorth – November 30 to December 3, 2016
Bringing together more than 30 showcasing artists, 45 talent buyers from Canada and beyond, and many more key industry delegates, this event will showcase the best of the Canadian folk scene and foster international market development.
In its inaugural year, Folk Music Canada chose to position FolkNorth adjacent to the Canadian Folk Music Awards (December 2- 3) in order to help industry, artists and their representatives attend both events without incurring further travel costs to attend a stand-alone event. We hope that artists and industry recognize the value of attending both FolkNorth and the Canadian Folk Music Awards during the same week.
UPDATE: the deadline to apply to showcase has now passed. We may consider late applications but please contact us BEFORE submitting.
Big thanks to our sponsor Marcato for the wonderful platform powering our applications and the FolkNorth event!
DEADLINE: June 16, 11:59 PST (ie by end of day Thursday June 16)
Cost to apply: $25 for Folk Music Canada members, $40 for non-members
Folk Music Canada Members apply here: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/folknorthmember
Non-Members of FMC apply here: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmc/folknorth
Announcement details below.
List of confirmed Export Delegates as at June 8, 2016
|Val||Denn||Val Denn Agency||Agent||Chester||NS||Canada|
|Anya||Siglin||The Ark||Venue||Ann Arbour||MI||USA|
|Cindy||Cogbill||The Levitt Pavillon||Venue||Memphis||TN||USA|
|John||Smith||Free Dirt Records||Label||Washington||DC||USA|
|Neil||Pearson||English Folk and Dance Song Society||Venue/festival||London||UK||UK|
|Steve||Szymanski||Telluride BG Festival||Festival||Lyons||CO||USA|
FOLK MUSIC CANADA LAUNCHES ‘FOLKNORTH’ – A NEW SHOWCASING & INDUSTRY EVENT
Folk 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.
“The Canadian folk music sector is a vibrant, productive and prolific component of the Canadian cultural fabric and industry. It has, for decades, given rise to some of Canada’s most cherished cultural treasures, and some of our strongest artistic exports,” said Tamara Kater, Executive Director of Folk Music Canada. “With FolkNorth, we are thrilled to finally offer a space for our national folk music industry to focus on growth, development and investment for the future.”
With an anticipated attendance of 150 industry delegates, three-day event is designed to be small in scope, focused on offering high-level opportunities to established Canadian artists, agents, managers and publicists, as well as providing the Canadian folk presenting community professional development opportunities.
In keeping with its mission, and as a response to the needs of the Canadian folk sector, the board of directors of Folk Music Canada has identified three key objectives and the related programming to be carried out at FolkNorth, an overview of which can be found below.
Applications to showcase at FolkNorth will open on during the week of May 23, and close Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at midnight PST. Only export-ready and exporting artists will be considered. More information about event registration, industry opportunities, cost to showcase and other FolkNorth activities will be announced in the coming weeks.
Folk Music Canada will continue to offer an array of showcase and market development opportunities, at Canadian and international events, throughout 2016-17. For more information on those activities, please consult our website here.
FolkNorth is made possible with the financial support of FACTOR, the Canada Council for the Arts, The Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters, and the support of our media and promotional partner, SpinCount.
WHAT IS FOLK MUSIC?
Folk Music Canada takes a broad and contemporary view of what defines Canadian folk music as a genre. In fact, we believe that the very process of challenging the boundaries of folk music helps to define it. We encourage artists, and their representatives, from the following genres (and beyond) to consider participating in this event, and our ongoing activities: singer-songwriter, world, blues, contemporary folk, indie-folk, Americana, Canadiana, trad, Francophone and more.
OVERVIEW OF OBJECTIVES AND ACTIVITIES
|Export showcasing and B2B development||
|Presenter professional development||
|Industry mentorship and development||
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. Visit Folk Music Canada on the web, “like” on facebook or “follow” on twitter.