The Folk Music Ontario Conference is Canada’s largest annual conference devoted to the folk, roots, and traditional music community. The conference offers showcasing, professional development, and networking opportunities for artists and music industry professionals in Canada and the international Folk community, with customized programming for folks at any stage of their career, from emerging to export-ready.
The 2022 conference will take place in-person from October 13-16th, and hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in London, Ontario.
This is your chance to perform for Folk Music industry from across Canada and around the world, from the Festival Directors who program Folk's biggest stages, to House Concert Hosts who program concerts in their living rooms, and every type of live venue in-between! We also host all facets of the industry including Folk DJ's, Managers, Agents, Labels, Performers' Rights Organizations, Funders, Music Supervisors, and more. With our new model of showcase, you have maximum opportunity for visibility and discovery during your time to shine! Click here for more information and showcase application.
The Conference is a great opportunity to learn from industry leaders and share best practices with your peers. All Conference attendees will have access to panels, workshops, and round-table discussions. Panels are an opportunity to hear industry leaders weigh in on a topic, interact with one-another in a moderated discussion, and field questions from the audience. Workshops provide a hands-on opportunity to learn about a specialized topic with an industry mentor. Round-table discussions are for peer groups to connect with one another in a facilitated discussion about their experiences in the industry. Check back as more information about our PD schedule is released as we approach the conference.
Folk Music Ontario is the largest gathering of Folk Music professionals in Canada. It's an opportunity for all facets of the industry to celebrate the work we do and the music we love. During the conference there are many opportunities to network, from the more structured One-On-One Meetings (aka. B2B meeting, Lightning Talks) to the relaxed atmosphere of Sponsored Receptions, there are opportunities to connect with other delegates at every turn. This year we are centring the conference around the DoubleTree ballroom to create a thriving hub of activity morning, noon, and late into the night. The ballroom will simultaneously host our Showcases, Trade Show Booths, and more, and will be the best spot for spontaneous interaction throughout the conference.
Folk Music Ontario Members
Early Bird Rate: $237.30 - Ends May 27
Advance Rate: $339.30 - Ends Aug.26
Regular Rate: $439.30
Youth Rate (21 & Under): $119.30 - No Deadline
Folk Music Ontario members receive the lowest registration rates. Non-members are welcome to become a member at registration time in order to receive member rates
Early Bird Rate: $379.30 - Ends May 27
Advance Rate: $439.30 - Ends Aug.26
Regular Rate: $539.30
Youth Rate (21 & Under): $237.30 - No Deadline
Become a Folk Music Ontario Member & save on registration!
* For parents/caregivers or persons with disabilities: If you would like to register your assistant/companion, please contact us directly.
* Are you part of another Music Association? You may be eligible for a discount on registration. Contact your organization to ask about potential savings.
Volunteer Applications Open until July 29, 2022
Canada’s largest annual conference devoted to folk music could not happen without a dedicated team of volunteers!
Volunteers assist in many different areas of the conference, including registration, instrument lock-up, room monitoring, stage assistance, transportation, and more!
All volunteers attend a mandatory orientation session either online, or at the host hotel prior to the event, and commit to the minimum number of 3 hours per day, between October 13-16th, or equivalent minimum of 12 hours of volunteer work before or after the conference as required. In exchange, they receive a complimentary conference registration, and more perks on-site!
Interested in being a volunteer? Fill out our volunteer application form today! Applicants will be considered by the Folk Music Ontario team and will be contacted within 2 weeks of submission.
Volunteers will be responsible for their own transportation and accommodation during the event.
London - UNESCO City of Music
After two years of gathering our community online, we are overjoyed that Folk Music Ontario will be presenting an in-person conference this year in London, ON, Canada’s first UNESCO City of Music!
A UNESCO City of Music designation is an ongoing commitment to continue developing and strengthening London’s music sector. As an official UNESCO City of Music, London will be able to connect and collaborate with the international music community of 58 other cities, elevating London’s local music community.
London International Airport (YXU)
Toronto International Airport (YYZ)
Via Rail London
From Hwy 401
Take exit 187 Exeter Road - Travel 350m
Turn North onto Wellington Rd - Travel 7.0 km
Turn right onto King St E - Hotel is on your left