Thanks to Bob Mersereau for this review of THE WILLOW COLLECTION (Mar, 2017) by Cassie & Maggie MacDonald
(February 23, 2017 - Toronto, ON) 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 folkconference 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.
Through its annual networking event, Folk Music Canadabrought 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.
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.”
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 her client 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.”
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.
About Folk Music Canada:
Folk Music Canada is a membership organisation 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 showcases presentations per year, and its export industry gathering, FolkNorth, taking place in Toronto from December 1 to 3, 2017.
Link to SoundCloud for all artists performing in the evening programming:
Link to SoundCloud for all artists performing as part of Crossing Borders: https://soundcloud.com/folkmusiccanada/sets/aaafolk-music-canada-crossing
Our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1752012135113399/
List of Artists who performed for the 2017 Folk Music Canada Showcase at #FAI2017
Folk Music Canada Suite 534
Wednesday 10:30 PM David Newland ON
Wednesday 11:00 PM Meaghan Blanchard PE
Wednesday 11:30 PM Poor Nameless Boy SK
Wednesday 12:00 AM Mariel Buckley AB
Wednesday 12:30 AM James Hill & Anne Janelle NS
Wednesday 1:00 AM Ken Stead AB
Wednesday 1:30 AM Ten Strings and a Goat Skin PE
Thursday 2:00 PM ITR The Bombadils QC Ken Yates ON Jake Morley UK
Thursday 3:00 PM ITR Bobby Dove QC Abigail Lapell ON David Newland ON Eve Sheldon PA
Thursday 10:30 PM The Lonesome Ace Stringband ON
Thursday 11:00 PM Abigail Lapell ON
Thursday 11:30 PM The Young Novelists ON
Thursday 12:30 AM Dione Taylor and the Backsliderz ON
Thursday 1:00 AM Winona WIlde ON
Thursday 1:30 AM Ken Yates ON
Thursday 2:00 AM Brock Zeman ON
Thursday 2:30 AM Digging Roots ON
Friday 2:00 PM Oh Susanna ON Hannah Sanders & Ben Savage UK Sam Gleaves KY
Friday 3:00 PM Sussex QC Erin Costelo NS Malachi Graham WA
Friday 10:30 PM Ken Tizzard ON
Friday 11:00 PM William Prince MB
Friday 11:30 PM Dave Gunning NS
Friday 12:00 AM The Once NL
Friday 12:30 AM Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers NS
Friday 1:00 AM Belle Plaine SK
Friday 1:30 AM Sussex QC
Friday 2:00 AM Roger Roger MB
Friday 2:30 AM Lonely Heartstring Band BC
Saturday 2:00 PM Alysha Brilla ON Coco Love Alcorn ON Giri and Uma Peters TN
Saturday 3:00 PM William Prince MB Rachel Baiman TN Sam Baker TX
Saturday 10:30 PM Heather Rankin NS
Saturday 11:00 PM Scott Cook AB
Saturday 11:30 PM The Doll Sisters AB
Saturday 12:00 AM Erin Costelo NS
Saturday 12:30 AM Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys PE
Saturday 1:00 AM Cécile Doo-Kingué QC
Saturday 1:30 AM Ariana Gillis ON
Saturday 2:00 AM The Bombadils QC
Saturday 2:30 AM Slocan Ramblers ON
SPINCOUNT CLIENTS KAIA KATER, THE ONCE, IRISH MYTHEN NOMINATED FOR 2016 INTERNATIONAL FOLK MUSIC AWARDS!
(Jan 13, 2017 - Halifax) Folk Alliance International presents the nominees for The 2016 International Folk Music Awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Artist of the Year. SpinCount congratulates clients KAIA KATER, THE ONCE AND IRISH MYTHEN on their nominations. SpinCount clients were nominated in each category -
Album of the Year - KAIA KATER ‘Nine Pin’
Song of the Year - THE ONCE ‘We Are Love’
Artist of the Year - IRISH MYTHEN
SpinCount handled Canadian radio promotions for Kaia Kater, National PR and radio promotions for The Once and National radio and PR for Irish Mythen.
Finalists for the awards were compiled from "best of 2016" radio and print media lists in the US, Canada, the UK, EU, and Australia in addition to the year-end Folk DJ chart.
Winners will be announced during the International Folk Music Awards show held at 6pm on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at the Westin Crown Center Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri. All registered conference delegates are invited to attend.
The Awards show will also include the presentation of the annual Lifetime Achievement Awards, the Spirit of Folk Awards, the inaugural People's Voice Award (to be received by Bruce Cockburn), and the eponymous Clearwater Award, as well as inductions into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame.
Full list of 2016 International Folk Music Award nominees HERE
More about Folk Alliance International HERE.
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Big and continued thanks to our friends at CBC Music for supporting Kaia Kater's new album NINE PIN, out May 13th in Canada!
Listen here first! http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2016/5/First-Play-Kaia-Kater-Nine-Pin
Big Thanks to Rolling Stone for featuring Kaia Kater as 10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: May 2016
Sounds Like: Old-time Appalachian banjo tunes — both traditional and newly crafted — with sobering, honest lyrics exploring all-too-current themes including poverty and racism
For Fans of: Gillian Welch, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Rhiannon Giddens
Why You Should Pay Attention: A 22-year-old Québec, Ontario, native of Afro-Caribbean descent, Kater graduates from the first Appalachian Program at West Virginia's Davis & Elkins College this month. However, she already writes and performs with the skill of a folk-circuit veteran, penning such startling lines as this one that opens the title track of her debut LP, Nine Pin (named for a square-dance formation): "These clothes you gave me don't fit right, the belt is loose and the noose is tight/ Got drunk out looking for a fight, I'm soft and heavy as the night."
She Says: "I think songwriting prowess really comes through when one lyric can mean so much. I'm reminded of an incredible Canadian musician, and one of my favorite poets, Amelia Curran, who has a song called 'Time, Time.' One of the lines she sings is: 'Now that we're adding up all of the time that it took / you only promised me pages / I promised you books.' To me, it's a song about the futility of time and how it's the only thing you can't get back — which means that time itself, something we take for granted so often, is more powerful than anything. There's something magical about that type of writing."
Hear for Yourself: The plaintive, mesmerizing "Rising Down," which, with its delicate touch of her clawhammer banjo, muted trumpet, upright bass and subtle electric guitar, conjures a quiet, yet powerful storm. Stephen L. Betts
Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/lists/10-new-country-artists-you-need-to-know-may-2016-20160504/kaia-kater-20160504#ixzz47mpByBSU
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Big props to our friends at Hearth PR!
True power inspires awe, and Irish Mythen packs a lot of it – lyrical, musical, and personal – into a relatively small frame.
Mythen is a globetrotting troubadour – an Irish-born, contemporary Canadian folk artist who’s been amassing accolades and achievements across several continents over the years. Her presence and charisma simply command attention, and regardless of where she takes the stage, she delivers a sonic and emotional experience that transcends language and location; that reaches the very core of what connects us. It’s an experience that, in recent years, has earned her spots performing alongside Rod Stewart, Gordon Lightfoot, Lyle Lovett, Lucinda Williams and Melissa Etheridge and billings on major festival stages the world over.
Perhaps most significant of those other facets is her live show – an impactful and impressive tour-de-force that finds Irish combining her contemporary and catchy anthems with traditional tunes borrowed from her homeland. All are woven together with a signature blend of edgy humour and heartfelt storytelling while her presence and performance magnetically draw eyes and ears towards the small-statured powerhouse on stage.
SUNDAY, MAY 15, 2016 - IRISH MYTHEN @ ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL STAGE 3
10:00 PM (doors 9:45 PM)
Admission: $10 in advance ($15 at the door)
Rockwood Music Hall Stage 3
185 Orchard St
New York, NY USA
Irish Mythen EPK PRIVATE/MEDIA ONLY): https://marcatoapp.com/artists/332347/epk
Watch live performance video “Jesus” here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayVKL2zmXso#action=share
MEDIA CONTACT (for all press needs and interview requests):
Kimberly Sinclair | SpinCount
Cell: (902) 350-3968
Willie Stratton Country Swing Revue Announce Spring 2016 Tour Dates, with stops in Fredericton, Montreal, Toronto + a CMW Showcase at the Dakota!
(Halifax, NS) Get ready to stomp along with Willie Stratton Country Swing Revue as they gallop into your town on their 2016 Spring Tour. Willie and his band kick off the tour in Toronto, playing The Painted Lady April 29th, and an official CMW showcase May 3 at 10 pm at the Dakota Tavern. Other Ontario dates include stops in Orillia, the In The Soil Festival in St. Catherine’s, and Peterborough May 7. Heading back East, they play Montreal, Trois Rivieres, Fredericton, and Sackville. If you like honky tonkin’, boot stompin’, guitar pickin’ damn hot country jazz music then you are in for a treat when Willie and his posse swing by your town.
Willie Stratton has been making quite a racket in his hometown of Halifax over the past couple of years, and the wise guy is finally getting a move on and taking his music to a larger audience. With the help of an incredibly talented posse comprised of Anna Wedlock on fiddle, Jill Chambers on bass, and Zach Crawford on steel guitar, Willie and his little swing orchestra create some of the best damn hot country jazz that you can cut a rug to. Drawing inspiration from sources as wide as the lonesome sounds of the Sons Of The Pioneers, to the ripping lines of Diz and Bird, these cow-boppers are sure to entertain and get you movin' while they're at it. The group hollars, picks, bows, and slaps their high-energy concoction into a single microphone, the old way, 'cause it just sounds right.
WILLIE STRATTON’S COUNTRY SWING REVUE 2016 SPRING TOUR:
April 29 - The Painted Lady - Toronto, ON
April 30 - Brownstone Cafe - Orillia, ON
May 1 - In The Soil Festival - The Hub - St Catherine's, ON
May 3 - Canadian Music Week / CMW OFFICIAL SHOWCASE - The Dakota - Toronto, ON
May 7 - The Pig's Ear, Peterborough, ON
May 8 - L'Escogriffe - Montreal, QC
May 9 - Ti-Petak - Trois Rivieres, QC
May 10 - Grimross Brewery - Fredericton, NB
May 13 - Four Corners House Concert - Sackville, NB
From performing on stages with Wintersleep and Mother Mother to winning first place in the USA Songwriters Competition Willie Stratton’s high energy show and heart bustin’ songwriting is sure to impress. While you are Sittin Here A Waitin for Willie’s 2016 Spring Tour to begin you can check him out on Facebook and Twitter or at www.williestratton.com.
Watch the video for “Sittin Here A Waitin’” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2bOGcXNizI
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