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FOLK MUSIC ONTARIO ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND OF EDP DELEGATES, 2018 CONFERENCE APP, ART BEAT, FMO CELEBRATION CONCERT + MORE!
DATE FOR PRIVATE SHOWCASES AND VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS EXTENDED UNTIL AUG 14
JULIAN TAYLOR TO PERFORM AT FMO CELEBRATION CONCERT, CONFERENCE KICK OFF EVENT @ HUGH’S ROOM!
REGISTRATION OPEN FOR #FMO2018
AUGUST 10, 2018 - MEDIA RELEASE
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(August 10, 2018 - Ottawa) Folk Music Ontario occurs Sept 27- Sept 30 in Mississauga, ON, and this year are thrilled to announce the opening night fundraising concert, the FMO Celebration Concert, on September 25 at Hugh’s Room; the first round of Export Development Program (EDP) delegates; another NEW program this year, Art Beat, and the deadline for private showcases and volunteer applications has been extended until August 14th. Lastly, the Folk Music Ontario conference app is available for download, start planning your conference today.
Kicking off its 32nd annual conference, FMO is delighted to present an exciting downtown Toronto ‘fun raising’ event to take place at Hugh’s Room Live, the FMO Celebration Concert, on Tuesday, September 25. Soul rocker Julian Taylor is headlining the night, with more exciting guests to be announced in the coming weeks.
Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door, and the fundraiser concert supports Folk Music Ontario as an Arts Service Organization, dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the folk music community and industry. Purchase tickets HERE. Show starts at 8:30pm.
Applications for Art Beat, a new opportunity for artists and acts interested in performing at a school, hospice, community organization or correctional facility during FMO’s annual conference, are open until August 17. Each selected participant is matched with a small audience at a shelter, hospice, school or community organization to perform a 45-minute daytime set in an intimate, acoustic setting on Thursday September 27 or Friday September 28. No extra gear required!
Selected artists receive a $100 credit toward future FMO purchases. Art Beat artists are also invited to a private reception with refreshments to share their experiences.
Apply for Art Beat: in English / en francais
Join FMO HERE and register for FMO Conference HERE or subscribe to the e-newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming announcements, deadline, delegates and more.
DEADLINE extended for Private showcase applications until August 14, 2018 at 11:55 pm EDT. A few spaces are still available for those interested in hosting their own Private Showcase. These showcases are a performance or series of performances in a hotel room on the music floor(s) of the host hotel are part of the official activities of the conference. In 2018, ALL private showcases will be ACOUSTIC. Private showcases will take place after the Friday and Saturday official showcases, from 11:30pm – 3:00am. NEW this year, Private showcase rooms will only be offered as a two-night commitment. Private showcase hosts book their own lineups, and are responsible for paying for the rental of their rooms for both Friday and Saturday night. To register or learn more about Private Showcases, visit HERE.
DEADLINE extended for Volunteer applications OPEN until August 14, 2018 at 11:55 pm EDT. Folk Music Ontario is looking for a few more volunteers for the 2018 conference! In exchange for three 4-hour shifts over the conference weekend (September 27-30), volunteers receive a complimentary conference registration and volunteer t-shirt. Applications are being accepted until August 14. Click HERE for more info and to apply.
The 2018 Folk Music Ontario Conference App is available now, and updated with the 2018 schedule, panel descriptions, Official Showcasing Artist bios, and more, with frequent updates. Download it and start building your schedule for this year’s event!
2018 Export Development Program (EDP) assists folk musicians and businesses in accessing new markets in Canada, USA, UK and Europe by bringing more than 25 delegates (festival ADs, presenters, agents, publicists, etc.) to the Folk Music Ontario conference. For full details on the EDP, please see HERE.
EDP delegates are matched with more than 50 participating artists for one-on-one meetings, mentoring and networking receptions. In addition to these closed events, Export Development Program delegates are available throughout the conference as they attend networking events and lead panels focusing on export topics.
The following delegates have been confirmed for the 2018 Export Development Program, delegate recruitment is still ongoing and will be updated.
EDP Delegates List
Anya Siglin @The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI - Midwest USA
Ben Mandelson @WOMEX, London, England - Europe
Bev Burton @ Killer B Music/Cambridge Folk Festival - Cambridge - England
Bradford First @ SXSW, Austin, TX - SW USA
Craig Grossman @ Green Room Music Source, Nashville, TN - SW USA
David Agnew @ The Met/Manchester Folk Festival , Manchester - England
David Hayman @ Supergroup, Toronto, ON - Canada
Doug Cox @ Vancouver Island Music Fest, Comox, BC - W Canada
Heather Gibson @ NAC Presents, Ottawa, ON - E Canada
Lisa Whytock @ Active Events/Showcase Scotland, Glasgow - Scotland
Matthew Smith @ Club Passim, Boston, MA - NE USA
Michelle Demers-Shaevitz, Mission Folk Festival, Mission, BC - W Canada
Neil Pearson @ Sounds Just Fine , London - England
Sander Kahu @ Viljandi Folk Music Festival, Tallinn - Estonia
For a list of current registered delegates attending this year, go HERE.
The FMO 2018 official showcase schedule has been set. This year Folk Music Ontario is presenting artists across Canada - official showcasing artists are from ON, QC, NB, YT, SK, AB, NS, PE, BC, and MB.
Click HERE to see when all of the official showcase artists will be performing at the conference! Showcasing artists official schedule is also pasted below.
#FMO2018 Conference Deadlines;
Aug 14 Private showcase applications
Aug 14 Volunteer applications
Aug 17 Art Beat applications
Conference details are updated regularly on the FMO website.
Folk Music Ontario is proud to recognize the support of our generous funders, sponsors and partners, full list HERE. We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and of Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters and the Ontario Arts Council.
Register, Join, Subscribe:
Folk Music Ontario: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/
Register for FMO2018 Conference: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/folk-music-ontario-conference/#conferenceregistration
JOIN Folk Music Ontario: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/membership/join/
Subscribe to FMO newsletter: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/contact/newsletter-sign-up/
Download the FMO 2018 Conference App: https://myeventapps.favequest.net/fmo/downloads
Tickets & Applications
Purchase tickets for FMO Celebration Concert Sept 25: https://hughsroomlive.showare.com/
Art Beat Applications - English: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmo/artbeat2018en
Art Beat Applications - en Francaise: https://marcatoapp.com/forms/fmo/artbeat2018fr
Private Showcase Applications: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/folk-music-ontario-conference/conference-showcasing/#privateshowcases
Volunteer for Folk Music Ontario 2018: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/folk-music-ontario-conference/volunteer/
EDP Program & FMO Delegates:
EDP info & delegates: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/folk-music-ontario-conference/export-development-program/
FMO delegates: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/folk-music-ontario-conference/#delegatelist
Showcase Schedule & online links
Official 2018 Showcase Schedule: http://www.folkmusicontario.ca/folk-music-ontario-conference/conference-showcasing/#2018schedule
ABOUT FOLK MUSIC ONTARIO:
Formed in 1986, and formerly known as OCFF, Folk Music Ontario is the largest folk and roots music organization in Canada and serves its members as a recognized arts service organization. The 32nd Annual Folk Music Ontario conference takes place Sept 27-30, 2018 in Mississauga, ON. Follow @FolkMusicOn on twitter, instagram or “like” on facebook.
Kimberly Sinclair | SpinCount.ca