Continuing its work to ensure Ottawa representation at key industry showcase festivals, OMIC is sponsoring a lunchtime showcase at this year’s Folk Music Ontario conference to be held October 19-22 in Mississauga, Ontario. Eleven excellent local artists applied for three showcase spots and after careful consideration our independent jury of established artists selected Jessica Pearson & The East Wind, Moonfruits and Sultans of String to represent OMIC (and Ottawa) at this year’s FMO.

We’re thrilled and excited to be able to help showcase these three exceptional local artists at one of the most significant industry events in Canada.

Jessica Pearson & The East Wind

Jessica Pearson & The East Wind are a three-piece hybrid folk, roots and country band known for their tight playing and mesmerizing harmonies. Bringing a strong dose of east cost and Celtic rhythm to their music, Jessica Pearson & The East Wind recently released their debut EP Grave and Garden Songs through the new Ottawa-based Willow Sound Records. No stranger to stages across Ontario and Ireland, the band is looking to further broaden their touring horizons in the coming year. Whether you’re a fan of country or folk, they are a band to watch!

Moonfruits

Groupe sur scène, couple dans la vie, le duo Moonfruits crée un folk qui donne voix à ses valeurs et son imaginaire. Guidées par le banjo et la guitare, les harmonies envoûtantes de Moonfruits transportent le public dans un univers qui célèbre le pouvoir rassembleur du quotidien. Leur nouvel album, Ste-Quequepart, a été publié cet été avec beaucoup de succès. Un album concept folk à la saveur d’un court métrage, chaque chanson de  Ste-Quequepart donne voix à ses habitants. Des arrangements intimistes et cinématographiques se juxtaposent, plantant le décor pour les harmonies envoûtantes de Moonfruits. Le duo transporte son public quequepart entre nul part et partout afin de vivre la vie d’autrui et de célébrer le pouvoir rassembleur du quotidien.

Sultans of String

Sultans of String is a string duo unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. Featuring violinist Chris McKhool originally from Ottawa and guitarist Kevin Laliberté from Stratford, Sultans of String bring together folk sounds and traditions from across the world into one incredible performance. Sultans of String are three-time JUNO nominees, three-time CFMA winners and have played extensively internationally from New York’s legendary Birdland club to the Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland, though playing regularly as a duo is still a relatively new experience for the group. For parents and children in Ottawa, McKhool will be a familiar face as he’s regularly booked through MASC. He is looking forward to helping show the diversity of Ottawa’s musical contributions to Canada during Sultans of String’s Folk Music Ontario set.

The Jury

When it comes to making decisions around which artists to showcase, the Ottawa Music Industry Coalition is proud to use a jury process. For this year’s Folk Music Ontario showcases, applicants were assessed purely on artistic merit by a jury comprised of established artists from outside the Ottawa area. We are very grateful to our three brilliant jurors who lent us their time and expertise in reviewing all of the applications we received.

Fiach Moriarty

Fiach Moriarty

Fiach Moriarty is one of the most respected singer-songwriters in Irish music today. After the release of his debut record So I to widespread critical acclaim, his most recent album The Revolution (2015) took on the heavy subject of the long struggle for Irish Independence. He has played regularly with Eddi Reader and Glen Hansard and can currently be seen on be3’s Jingle Jangle where he takes to the Royal Canal alongside Jim Lockhart (Horslips) and Fiachna Ó Braonáin (Hothouse Flowers) showcasing the music and landscape that runs through the middle of Ireland.

Jacob Bergsma

Canadian hip-hop and funk fans will instantly recognise Jacob Bergsma as the gregarious and hilarious MC with the 14-piece brasshop funk beast My Son the Hurricane. Receiving regular CBC airplay with their single “Smile” from the album Is this What You Want? (Vegas Funeral Records, 2016), My Son the Hurricane has emerged as one of Canada’s most invigorating and unforgettable live acts showing audiences from coast to coast that Niagara has more to offer than just the hardcore and great wine.

DANI

DANI

DANI is a Belfast-based singer-songwriter with a penchant for intricate guitar lines and delicate vocals that bring together traditional Irish music, folk & blues in a way that captivates audiences at home and abroad. She recently completed a month-long residency in Indonesia through the British Council where she was able to experiment with new sounds and music making techniques. In addition to being a singer, songwriter and virtuoso guitarist, DANI is also a skilled workshop facilitator helping young people across Northern Ireland develop a passion for music.