We are a friendly, informal association of filkers living mostly in Southern Ontario, with occasional visitors from farther away. If you are a filker “from away” planning a visit to the greater Toronto area, please get in touch as soon as you can and we will try to welcome you. Event details are distributed by e-mail, and you are requested to RSVP to the host – info will be provided to the group members. There is also a Facebook page for United Filkers of Ontario that you can ask to join and that has information about most of our events, but not all hosts use that page.
Upcoming events as of November 2019
On November 16, Janet and Carrie Julian are hosting a potluck house filk in Stratford, Ontario.
On December 31st, Phil Mills and Jane Garthson are hosting a New Year’s Eve filk in Willowdale.
Contact Jane: jane at (replace with @ and remove spaces) garthsonleadership.ca if you need more information about these filk circles.
FilKONtario, our annual 29th international convention of the music of science fiction and fantasy fandom, is April 24-26 in Markham. Stone Dragons are GoH, the Waifs are the Blibbering Humdingers and the Interfilk Guests are PDX Broadsides.
Please get in touch if you would like to host! It’s desirable to have space for at least 14 people, including some guitars and drums, arranged roughly in a circle. While we try to have at least half of the circles in the GTA, recent locations include Niagara Falls and Midland!
Join our Announcement List
Our list is an announcement-only list, about upcoming events or other items of interest to local filkers and potential filk visitors to southern Ontario.
You may post to the list, but it is strictly moderated by Jane and Judith to keep traffic low. You do not necessarily have to have a Yahoo account to join either list.
We’ll be moving away from Yahoo soon since it is reducing services.
We don’t have dues, and we don’t have anyone in charge. Various regular attendees who step forward and ask for dates host the house filks with a volunteer who coordinates it all and makes sure you all hear about it. Come sing and play with us! Or listen – we love having an audience for our songs. Bring acoustic instruments if you wish.
We hold house filks about once a month. They usually run from about 2 to 10 p.m., with people dropping in when they can. They include an order-in dinner or potluck. Munchies and beverage contributions are always welcome. Some of our locations are reachable by public transit and some are more difficult without a car. Filkers with cars give rides when space permits. Many of the host locations have pets so let us know if you are allergic, especially to cats.
The list is OCCASIONALLY used to forward information about other events that are deemed of general interest to local filkers.
Should you wish to contact anyone on this list, or let us know about your visit to the Toronto area, please contact Jane: jane at (replace with @ and remove spaces) garthsonleadership.ca.