Canadian Songwriter Challenge Open Stage
Wednesday, May 27 - 8 p.m., Speakeasy, 113 Durham St.

Ten songwriters are taking part in the Canadian Songwriter Challenge where their co-writing skills are put to the test. Participants are paired up and have three days to compose and record a brand new tune together with the help of industry mentors. Come to Speakeasy to hear what they’ve come up with, and sample a few of each artist’s original songs as well.


Northern Ontario Film Showcase 
Thursday May 28 - 4 p.m., Silver City, 355 Barrydowne Rd

Cas & Dylan will screen with the short films Undertow and Dancing is Meaningless 

Cas & Dylan, Directed by Jason Priestley
Canada, 2013 - 90 Minutes, Rated 14A

           Still for `CAS & DYLAN`, film screening for the Northern Ontario Film Showcase at NOMFA 2015  (Sudbury).

Screen legend Richard Dreyfuss (The Goodbye Girl, Jaws) stars as Dr. Cas Pepper, a curmudgeonly surgeon whose only companion in life is his small dog. Faced with some unexpected news, Cas makes the abrupt decision to leave Winnipeg and drive west to British Columbia - and to an uncertain future. Before departing, he meets and aspiring young writer named Dylan (TIFF Rising Star Tatiana Maslany; television's Orphan Black, Picture Day) who possesses a life-altering secret of her own, and wouldn't mind coming along for the ride. The two unlikely companions hit the road, encountering a series of bizarre twists and turns along their cross-country journey. And it isn't long before they realize that, in searching for an escape route, they may have found their place in the world. Cas & Dylan was shot in Sudbury and Calgary.

Undertow, Directed by Kristin Shepherd
Canada, 2013 - 10 Minutes

A comedic drama about love, the end of one kind of marriage, and the possible beginning of another.

Dancing is Meaningless, Directed by John Alden Milne
Canada, 2013 - 10 Minutes

At his first high-school dance, misanthropic Stanley finds love after a mysterious Girl-in-Black challenges his ideals and principles.


Northern Ontario Music Showcase
Thursday May 28 - 8 p.m., The Laughing Buddha, 194 Elgin St.

Come savour some of Northern Ontario’s best up-and-coming acts including all three NOMFA nominees for Best Vocal Performance on a Recording. Their sweet sounds will surely make it a show to remember.

8:00 p.m.             Mike Charette (Sudbury)
8:30 p.m.             Sunday Wilde (Atikokan)
9:00 p.m.             Lia (Sudbury)
9:30 p.m.             Rose-Erin Stokes (North Bay)
10:00 p.m.           Quatuor Philip May Quartet (Sudbury)


Northern Ontario Film Showcase 
Friday May 29 - 4 p.m., Silver City, 355 Barrydowne Rd

Fall will screen with the short films The Underground and Clarabel 

Fall, Directed by Terrance Odette
Canada, 2014 - 82 Minutes

Father Sam (Michael Murphy), an agin Roman Catholic Priest living contently in Niagara Falls parish, receives a letter forcing his complacent life into descent. Now haunted by the memory of a teenage boy, Father Sam must reconcile the truth: did a sexual encounter take place 40 years ago? Can a moral custodian of the faithful, a dispenser of God's grace, transcend his own fall?

The Underground, Directed by Michelle Latimer
Canada, 2014 - 14 Minutes (**In Farsi with English Subtitles**)

An Iranian refugee experiences North American life by imagining himself as a cockroach.

Clarabel, Directed by Ben Bruhmuller
Canada, 2014 - 11 Minutes

An old man dies in his sleep listening to his gramophone. In his dream, he follows a long-lost loved one - Clarabel.


Northern Ontario Music Showcase
Friday, May 29 - 8 p.m., Fromagerie Elgin, 5 Cedar St

You won’t want to miss this great selection of folk/pop acts from all across the North, counting among it two NOMFA nominees for Best Songwriter. Fervent and honest, these performers will prove that you don’t have to go very far to enjoy some of this country’s greatest talents.

8:00 p.m.             Annie Sumi (North Bay)
8:30 p.m.             David Dino White (North Bay)
9:00 p.m.             Mimi O'Bonsawin (Sudbury)
9:30 p.m.             Nick Sherman (Thunder Bay)
10:00 p.m.           Kalle Mattson (Sault Ste Marie)

        Mimi O'Bonsawin at NOMFA 2015  (Sudbury, 2015).  Photo courtesy of HKD.

Northern Ontario Music Showcase
Friday, May 29 - 11 p.m., The Townehouse Tavern, 206 Elgin St.

It’s no secret that we Northerners know how to have a foot-stomping good time, and the acts on this showcase are ambassadors of this. These bands will deliver the mirth with genres ranging from folk to bluegrass to whatever “bloodgrass” is.

11:00 p.m.           Canucky Bluegrass Boys (Sudbury)
11:45 a.m.           The Greenbank Trio (Thunder Bay)
12:30 a.m.           Frank Deresti and the Lake Effect (Sault Ste Marie)
1:15 a.m.             Murder Murder (Sudbury)

         Steph Duchesne of MURDER MURDER at NOMFA 2015 (Sudbury, 2015).   Photo courtesy of Chad Kirvan Photography.

Official NOMFA After-Party with THE TREWS
Saturday, May 30 - 10 p.m., Fuse Nightclub, 28 Elgin St. 

We can’t let the celebration end just yet, so come join us for one last hurrah. We welcome some of our region’s best emerging indie acts to share the stage with The Trews. This show is guaranteed to be the party our nominees deserve.

10:30 p.m.           The Almighty Rhombus (Sudbury)
11:30 p.m.           Carden Cove (Sudbury)
12:30 a.m.           The Trews (Toronto)

        Spencer Jose & Kris Dickson of CARDEN COVE at NOMFA 2015 (Sudbury, 2015).   Photo courtesy of HKD.

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