Call for Showcase Artists for CINARS 2014

at the CINARS Conference

Montréal, November 18-19-20-21, 2014
Registration Deadline: Friday September 19, 2014


On the occasion of the next CINARS conference to be held in Montreal from November 17 to 22, 2014, FOLQUÉBEC continues its commitment to maximising the visibility and influence of local artists on the national and international scene.

Association FOLQUÉBEC is a non-profit organization registered in Québec and dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of traditional, world and folk music and dance created in Québec.


FOLQUÉBEC invites artists to submit their applications to participate in the « Spotlight Quebec » showcase at the next CINARS. The jury will select three (3) artists per night to a maximum of 12 artists who will have the opportunity to play twenty (20) minutes in front of international presenters. This year, Folquébec proposes four showcases:

Tuesday, November 18; Wednesday, November 19; Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21 at the  »Gesu – Centre de Créativité‘ from 8PM to 11PM at 1200, Bleury Street, Montreal, in the Quartier des Spectacles

What FOLQUÉBEC will do

· Provide advice and logistics support to assist the artists’ arrival
· Provide space for meetings and on-site promotion (stand)
· Provide showcase promotion by various means, including (web promotion, flyer / poster / invitation handouts on-site)
· Advises on the presence of national and international presenters and through its expertise and contacts advises the delegates and artists on networking
· Provides a promotional compilation including a song by each artist


What the artists will assume

· Individual promotion of their showcase through their networks (Myspace, Facebook, website, mailing lists, etc.)
· Create and distribute the individual as well as group promotional materials to distribute during the events
· Transportation, accommodation and per diem in Montreal
· Registration fee for the CINARS conference should they choose to attend, and the  »showcase » cost of $750.

Deadline for this application call

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 – postmark by- to send the files to the following address:
Gilles Garand
10300 Lajeunesse, local 2.116
Maison de la Culture Ahuntsic Cartierville
Montréal, QC, H3L 2E5


Your application must include:

1) Completed and signed registration form
2) A letter explaining why your application should be considered
3) A CD and, if available, a promotional video
4) Complete Promotional Kit: biography, CD, press releases, tech sheet, etc.
5) $20 application fee (check payable to Association Folquébec)
6) A Suggestion of two compositions for the jury’s delibaration and for the Folquébec Compilation


Selection Criteria

· Artistic Quality / originality
· Promotional tools’ quality
· Availability of the artist for the dates of the « showcase »
· Artists’ ability to tour Canada and the United States
· The relevance of the style in relation to the needs of presenters at the event


The final selection of artists will be representative of all folk musics made in Quebec (trad, folk, roots and world music) and / or depending on what is most relevant to the selection committee. Considering time constraints for the production of promotional materials(compilation and advertising), we will not consider incomplete applications and will not extend the application time.

Thank you in advance for your time and good luck to all!


Team Folquébec oiseau_silhouette_4c

For more information you can reach us at:

514-234-1428 or 514.273.0880,

or email:


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