Festivals Retreat

The Festivals' Retreat is the only event of its kind that is a gathering of the executive, governance, management, and administration of Folk Festivals. We bring in experts to lead discussions on topics focussed on the successful execution of festivals, with an emphasis on peer-to-peer learning, networking, and sharing. 

All Folk Music Ontario Festival Members are invited to participate in the Festivals' Retreat, which takes place April 20-22, 2024, in Port Credit, ON. 

For more information about the 2024 Festivals' Retreat, please contact our Executive Director, Rosalyn Dennett.

Topics that have been covered at previous Festivals Retreats:

  • Show Stoppers - Emergency Safety & Planning
  • Embedding Diversity and Equity both Onstage & Backstage
  • Municipal, Provincial, and Federal Opportunities for Grant Funding
  • The Price is Right: Ticketing and Tiers / Funding & Fundraising Opportunities for Free Festivals
  • Operational and Administrative Tools & Resources
  • Exploring Board Governance Models

How Sessions are Run

The Festivals Retreat is a professional development event for knowledge holders and seekers from the Canadian music festival industry. It provides an opportunity to share professional expertise, and discuss the challenges and successes of managing their respective organizations.

Each day features learning sessions tailored to the attendees' interests and particular skillsets. These sessions are either peer-led or industry-led, sparking conversations and inspiring new ideas in a mutually beneficial learning environment.

After each presentation, participants break into smaller groups for in-depth discussions and problem-solving exercises. These dynamic and interactive sessions allow for a deeper understanding of specific issues, a chance to ask questions, and an opportunity to exchange solutions to common problems.

At the retreat's conclusion, the FMO Staff prepare a summary paper detailing the discussions, resources, and ideas generated. Not only does this document serve as a tangible reminder of the experience, but it also acts as a resource for further learning and exploration.

This program is made possible through the generous support of the Department of Canadian Heritage.