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At the heart of English folk

Canadian projects

The Canadian projects are part of the English Folk Dance and Song Society’s (EFDSS) artists’ development activity that focuses on developing international markets and creative opportunities for English folk artists.

Music Prince Edward Island

Our collaborations with Canada began in 2012 with a two year musical collaboration and exchange with Music Prince Edward Island (PEI), the development agency for music on Prince Edward Island.

The exchanges work with the English artist first heading to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island to work on a short creative residency to create new material which is then showcased to delegates at the Showcase PEI international conference.  The artists then embark on a short tour of Atlantic Canada

We reciprocate for the artists the following year with a similar schedule in England - the artists have a short creative residential, an industry showcase and a short tour of dates around England.

The artists we've worked with on the PEI exchange programme are

2012 Canada / 2013 England Sam Carter & Catherine MacLellan

2013 Canada / 2014 England Dan Walsh & Meaghan Blanchard

2014 Canada / 2015 England Maz O'Connor & Ashley Condon

Folk Music Canada

In 2013 working with Folk Music Canada, we paired Bella Hardy with Canadian artist Cara Luft for an exchange that saw them work together on new material, and embark on a short tour across Western Canada, culminating in a showcase appearance at Breakout West in Calgary.

We welcomed Cara back to England in October 2014 for a string of dates in England and Scotland, with a unique performance at Homegrown Festival as part of the English Folk Expo delegate programme.

2013 Canada / 2014 England Bella Hardy & Cara Luft

What's next?

We continue to strengthen our relationships with MusicPEI and Folk Music Canada, and anticipate extended and further development of the international elements with both existing and new partners in future years.

More information

Sam Carter
Catherine MacLellan
Dan Walsh
Meaghan Blanchard
Maz O'Connor
Ashley Condon
Bella Hardy
Cara Luft
Music PEI
Showcase PEI
Folk Music Canada
BreakOut West

Artists' Exchange Reports

Sam Carter: part one  part two  part three 
Catherine MacLellan: songwriting with Sam
Dan Walsh's Canadian Diary : diary entry


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