United Filkers of Ontario

 

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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 March 2020

Due to CORVID-19, all in-person events have been cancelled. Please stay connected with other filkers through virtual filkcons/weekends and concerts. Most of these are announced through Facebook groups such as Filker and F is for Filker. If you don’t have a Facebook account, now is the time to re-consider. You can find some of the recent online filk concerts through the Announcements on the Facebook page Festival of the Living Rooms. You may want to download Zoom.us (free and safe) and have an account on YouTube so you can participate and comment. Making music with friends is good for our mental health! We don’t have to be socially distance, even while physically distant, given our international network of filk friends.

In the meantime, remember that filkers who earn a living through music are hurting financially. All in-person gigs have been cancelled, with also reduces their chances to sell CDs. If you can, please buy their music on Bandcamp, CD Baby or wherever they sell, and support those who have a Patreon account. Here’s an example: https://www.patreon.com/lesliehudsonmusic.

Whether or not you can afford financial support, please promote and attend their online events. It keeps their spirits up to have a good audience and lots of comments. Do the same for your non-filk favourite musicians. The National Arts Centre of Canada has a great list of free online concerts; it’s giving the musicians $1,000 each to perform them.

Please get in touch if you would like to host after restrictions ease. First date choice goes to Chris Clarke since his March HubFilk had to be cancelled. 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, locations in 2019 included 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.

The list had to move because of changes at Yahoo, and is now at https://groups.io/g/UnitedFilkersofONtario. Please go there to ask to join. We tried to move everyone from the old Yahoo group but I think the invitations for some may have gone into spam. If that happened to you, please come back!

You may post to the list if you have information of general interest to filkers specifically in southern Ontario. It is moderated by Jane and Judith to keep traffic low.

About Us

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.