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Folk Prints Spring/Summer 2009, OCFF Summer Festivals, Otherwise Famous Folkies, State of the Folk Nation Follow-up

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  • Spring /Summer 2009

    l OCFF Summer Festivalsl Otherwise Famous Folkies l State Of The Folk Nation Follow-up

  • BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2008/09

    Executive Committee

    President Paul Mills..............paul@themillstream.comVice President Ellen Hamilton........ lfrog@kingston.netTreasurer Dennis Landry..... landry.dennis@gmail.comSecretary................................................ position.vacantMember at Large -Tina DesRoches..................grassrootsontour@yahoo.caPast President - Aengus Finnan............finnan@eagle.ca

    Directors

    Richard Flohil................................ rflohil@sympatico.caDan Greenwood.........................greenwoodd@socan.caTamara Kater...................tkater@winnipegfolkfestival.caDan Kershaw..................................kershawd@socan.caLarry LeBlanc............................................ ljle@aol.comPaul Loewenberg......... paulfromsudbury@sympatico.caNicole Rochefort...............nicolerochefort@hotmail.comCandace Shaw.......................candaceshaw@gmail.comJan Vanderhorst......................... justusfolk@rogers.com

    STAFFExecutive DirectorPeter MacDonald................pmacdonald@ocff.ca

    General ManagerJennifer Fornelli......................... jfornelli@ocff.ca

    Youth and Community Outreach Manager Erin Barnhardt.......................ebarnhardt@ocff.ca

    Office AdministratorJennifer Ellis.................................. jellis@ocff.ca

    Administrative CoordinatorJennifer Nicholson.................jnicholson@ocff.ca

    Phone:..1-866-292-6233.or.613-560-5997.....Fax:..613-560-2001info@ocff.ca........www.ocff.ca

    Mailing.address:508-B.Gladstone.Avenue,..Ottawa,.ON..K1R.5P1

    Printing.and.layout.by.Orion.PrintingCover.photo.by.Norman.Ayerst.Teaching.The.Dance.Sani-Abu.Mohammed.Allen.teaching.a.traditional.African.dance.to.an.enthusiastic.group.on.a.beautiful.sunny.afternoon.at.the.Guelph.Hillside.Festival.08.

    Deadline for Future EditionsSeptember.1..Conference.ProgramDecember.15..WinterMay.1..Spring/Summer

    AD RATESBusiness.Card...................................... $95/$135Quarter.Page...................................... $145/$195Third.of.a.Page................................... $195/$245Half.Page........................................... $225/$300Full.Page............................................ $250/$325Inside.Cover....................................... $375/$450

    Listed.above:..member/non-member.rates;.not.applicable.for.Conference.Program...Please.visit.our.website.for.conference.issue.ad.rates,.as.well.as.formats.and.sizes.Submissions.(max.500.words).and.pictures.welcome!..We.cannot.guarantee.inclusion.of.your.submission.in.Folk.Prints.(but.well.try!)...Please.send.submissions.in.text.format.only...If.you.have.pictures,.call.us.before.you.send.them.

    The views expressed in this magazine are those of the authors and are not necessarily those of the OCFF. Questions or comments regarding Folk Prints should be brought to the attention of Jennifer Fornelli at jfornelli@ocff.ca. Articles and photos may not be reprinted without the express written permission of the author and/or photographer.

    O.N.T.A.R.I.O...C.O.u.N.C.I.L...O.F...F.O.L.K...F.e.S.T.I.v.A.L.S

    Table of Contents

    The Presidents Voice ............................................................................................................................... 4

    Executive Directors Message .............................................................................................................5 & 6

    OCFF At Rseau Ontarios 2009 Contact Ontarois Conference .............................................................. 7

    OCFF Board Nominations......................................................................................................................... 7

    State Of The Folk Nation .....................................................................................................................8 & 9

    How Green is the OCFF? ........................................................................................................................ 11

    OCFF Summer Festivals .................................................................................................................12 & 13

    Otherwise Famous Folkies ..............................................................................................................14 & 15

    Songs From The Heart 2008 ................................................................................................................... 15

    So You Got a Showcase? ................................................................................................................16 & 17

    New Members ......................................................................................................................................... 17

    Have Guitar, Will Travel ............................................................................................................................ 19

    2009 OCFF Youth Mentorship Program .................................................................................................. 20

    A New Feature ......................................................................................................................................... 20

    Strategic Planning ................................................................................................................................... 21

    An Agency Perspective On The OCFF Conference ................................................................................ 22

  • The presidents voice by Paul Mills

    I n t h e l a s t i s s u e o f Fo l k Prints, I told you about some of the things I was seeing on the h o r i zo n fo r t h e O C F F. C h i e f among these was a thorough review of what our organization does and how it does it. Well, now we are in the thick of a full-on strategic planning project which is being shepherded by the Strategic Planning Committee - Dan Greenwood (chair), Dan Kershaw, Larr y LeBlanc, Paul Loewenberg, Peter MacDonald and yours truly. We are asking you to get involved as wel l . Dan Greenwoods article in this issue of Folk Pr ints wil l give you a detailed look at what a strategic plan is and how i t will be put together; but first,

    I would like to give you a bit of background on what has led us to this initiative. The Ontario Council of Folk Festivals was founded twenty-three years ago by a small group of s ix Ontar io fest iva ls . I t s in i t ia l purpose was to share ideas, resources and expertise in order to make the festivals better. In the ensuing years, the organization grew in both membership and purpose. More festivals joined the fold but also organizations such as agencies, m a n a g e m e n t a n d r e c o r d companies, publicists, etc., and lots and lots of individuals, chief among these being performers. This growth was fuelled in large measure by the OCFFs annual conference, which morphed from a meeting of just festivals into a much larger gathering of the general folk music community. And the participants came from everywhere: not just Ontario but all parts of Canada, the USA and beyond. While the conference continued to offer festivals a place to meet and share their ideas and experience, it also began offering content for its other members : professional d e v e l o p m e n t , m e n t o r i n g , showcasing opportunities, an exhibit hall, etc. So we find ourselves in a s i t u a t i o n w h e r e t h e O C F F s

    fo u n d i n g p r i n c i p l e s a n d i t s current ac t ivit ies are a l i t t le out of whack . This needs to be f ixed. That s why we are e m b a r k i n g o n t h e s t r a t e g i c planning process which Dan describes in his article. As he explains, the process begins with a lot of information gathering. We have already star ted this with our Festival members, by holding consultation meetings in London, Toronto and Kingston, and we wil l be fol lowing up with the whole membership through questionnaires and a number of one-on-one interviews. I would like to encourage all of you to take the time to provide your input to this impor tant work. The over-arching goal is to refocus our organization so that it is positioned to best serve its membership and the folk music community. Our aim is to present this new vision of the OCFF at our conference in Ottawa this coming October. T h i s i s a n e xc i t i n g t i m e for the OCFF and I feel truly honoured to be able to serve as the Board President during this period of renewal. We have an organization that is poised to make a huge difference to the culture and communit y that is folk music in Ontar io and beyond.

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

  • Executive directors message- A DIPLOMATIC POSTING by Peter MacDonald

    Eight months have passed since I assumed the role of Ex-ecutive Director of the OCFF. What a ride its been! I tell people al l the t ime how much I am enjoying the work and its true our members, partners, spon-sors and funders make it easy. Im happy to say that there have been very few bad days and those have usually been about funding, or sponsorship things that are often out of our direct control, but which affect us all so much. Im happy to report on a number of things that keep us excited around the office.

    Folk Prints This magazine is under re-view, for one thing. In addition to being the journal of our orga-nization, we are contemplating it as an ongoing conversation of sorts, to continue presenting ideas that come up throughout the year, but especially at our annual conference. In this issue, we touch on the State of the Folk Nation by reaching back to the nascent days