Yes, I’m on the road again. Off to the Westin Bristol Place in lovely Toronto to partake in awesome networking, learning and showcasing opportunities at the Folk Music Ontario Conference.
Over four days and three nights, more than 750 delegates will:
- hear provocative speakers and learn about new products and services for performers and presenters
- engage in lively roundtable discussions and private meetings with industry professionals
- interact with panelists during educational seminars and workshops
- hear some of the best performer showcases in the country
- play in the best jam sessions outside of the festival circuit
While some are divided on the true usefulness of music conferences, since I’ve started attending various events – from NXNE to COCA to Folk Alliance – and a bunch of others in between, I’ve found that these events have provided a welcoming atmosphere to musicians and professionals at all career levels.
Not only am I looking forward to enjoying the conference, I am also very excited to be the loudest audience member in the room when Mr. Ken Yates accepts the Ontario Arts Council’s (OAC) 2014 Colleen Peterson Songwriting Award for The One That Got Away.