Saskatchewan at North America's Largest Folk Gathering

Saskatchewan at North America's Largest Folk Gathering

Folk Alliance heads to Montreal in 2019

by SaskMusic

January 31, 2019 in SaskMusic News

SaskMusic is pleased to present five Saskatchewan artists in Montreal, Quebec, February 12-17, 2019 for the annual Folk Alliance International Conference, Camp, Show & Awards. Presenting under the banner of BreakOut West, Manitoba Music, Alberta Music, Music BC and SaskMusic artists will perform in private showcases for the thousands of international music industry professionals in attendance. Folk Alliance International provides the opportunity to share ideas, network, and celebrate traditional music and dance.

Saskatchewan artists participating in the BreakOut West showcase this year are Poor Nameless Boy and Rosie & The Riveters (who also received Official Showcase invitations from Folk Alliance), Ellen Froese, Steph Cameron and Annette Campagne. Showcases take place at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth in the heart of Montreal’s thriving shopping and business district. In addition to performing, the artists will attend the Folk Alliance conference and keynote sessions, industry tradeshow, and be able to take advantage of networking opportunities throughout the weekend with talent buyers, festival bookers, radio programmers, record labels and many others from around the world, all oriented on the folk, roots and world music industries.

With SaskMusic fresh off of export opportunities in Montreal (M for Montreal, November), Halifax (Halifax Pop Explosion, October) Germany (Reeperbahn Festival, September), Nashville (Americana Music Conference, September) and numerous others, we are excited to present this business development opportunity for our artists. We will be in Montreal to assist our artists with promotion of their showcases and networking with delegates from around the world, following up on connections we have cultivated at previous events. In addition to assisting our artists while in Montreal, SaskMusic is working with the artists in advance of the event to ensure they are well-prepared for the opportunities it will present. 


Saskatchewan Folk Alliance International 2019

Poor Nameless Boy

  • Thur Feb 14 – 1:00am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
  • Fri Feb 15 – 11:30pm, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
  • Official: Sat Feb 16 - 6:30pm, Room 212 (UPDATED)
  • Sat Feb 16 – 2:00am, Prairie Mixer (Room 549)

Disarming in a moment, his soft, melodic delivery is born from a keen perception of the human condition. This understated authenticity is why you’ll find Poor Nameless Boy on the fringes of something much deeper than modern indie-folk. A Global Music Award winner and Canadian Songwriting Competition semi-finalist, his greatly anticipated new EP is due spring 2019.

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Rosie & the Riveters

  • Official: Thur Feb 14 - 7:00pm, Anne Murray Room 200
  • Thur Feb 14 – 11:30pm, Folk Music Canada (Room 321)
  • Fri Feb 15 – 10:30pm, AIM Presents (Room 212)
  • Fri Feb 15 – 11:30pm, The 514 Sessions, AER/Alvarez/Mono, SFM Inc. (Room 314)
  • Sat Feb 16 – 10:30pm, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)

Rosie & the Riveters’ pop-folk anthems paint a portrait of a woman’s voice in a man’s world. Their latest album, Ms. Behave, is a collection of gritty, sultry, folk-pop anthems that Billboard magazine calls “powerful and daring;” it remained in the top 10 US folk music charts for 17 weeks, reaching . #3 on the CBC Radio 2 Top 20, and was featured in publications such as Rolling Stone Country, No Depression, Parade Magazine and PopMatters.

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Ellen Froese

  • Thur Feb 14 – 11:30pm, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
  • Sat Feb 16 – 12:30am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)

Since striking out as a solo artist, young hip-swinger-folk-singer Ellen Froese has quickly established herself as a sought after act with main stage slots at Regina Folk Fest, Gateway, Ness Creek, Halifax Pop Explosion, Folk Music Ontario, BreakOut West, and several Canadian tours. Whether performing a folk traditional, a rock 'n' roll classic, or the songs she writes, Froese does it with an air of authenticity – all tempered with a healthy dose of humour and self-deprecation. With four albums behind her, Ellen is eagerly anticipating the 2019 release of her first album with the Hot Toddies.

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Annette Campagne

  • Wed Feb 13 – 11:00pm, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
  • Wed  Feb 13 – 1:30am, Prairie Mixer (Room 549)
  • Wed Feb 13 – 2:00am, Prairie Mixer (Room 549) *In the round with Justin LaCroix and Simon Daniel
  • Fri Feb 15 – 1:30am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)

Building on the momentum of her 2015 Western Canadian Music Award win, singer-songwriter ‘Annette’ has toured western Canada, showcased in Paris, played in the Netherlands and Germany and is now a regular at festivals and events throughout France. Poised to release a new album, this folk rock songstress is at the top of her game, garnering yet another WCMA nomination for ‘I AM’, her fifth solo project.

Singing in both English and French, Annette was a founding member of the iconic vocal group Hart Rouge before embarking on a solo career, boasting an impressive list of accomplishments: Twelve albums, several radio hits, and multiple tours across Canada, Europe and the United States.

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Steph Cameron

  • Wed Feb 13 – 2:00am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)
  • Thur Feb 14 – 1:00am, The 514 Sessions (Room 314)
  • Fri Feb 15 – 12:30am, Paquin Artist Agency Showcase (Room 503)
  • Sat, Feb 16 – 2:30am, Breakout West (LG Tech Room 302)

Cameron has been working as a solo artist since her debut album, Sad-Eyed Lonesome Lady (2014) made her an artist to watch, followed up by the critically-lauded Daybreak Over Jackson Street (2017, Pheromone Recordings). Cameron’s 2018 tour of the UK and Europe captured sold-out audiences in Germany and the Netherlands, with invitations to Celtic Connections and Out To Lunch Arts Festival (Belfast). She’s currently working on her third album, and has performed at festivals including Winnipeg Folk Fest, Vancouver Folk Music Festival, Regina Folk Fest, CMW, Folk North, Folk Ontario, and BreakOut West. Cameron’s evocative voice and perceptive lyrics continue to captivate audiences, as does her fluent guitar work.

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About Folk Alliance International

Since 1989, Folk Alliance® has served as the headquarters for Folk Music and Dance. With over 2800 members worldwide and an annual conference that is one of the five largest music conferences in North America, Folk Alliance continues to grow and mature while providing a unique range of member services to their community. Over the years, their community has grown to include record companies, publishers, presenters, agents, managers, music support services, manufacturers and artists that work in the folk world. Folk Alliance has five regional affiliates that provide the grass roots efforts in their respective markets. Folk Alliance International exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts.