Canada – The Canadian Folk Music Awards committee announced today that the 2007 CFMA ceremony will take place Saturday, December 1st at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. The bilingual event will be hosted by Shelagh Rogers of CBC Radio One’s Sounds Like Canada and Benoit Bourque, a renowned figure on the Quebec traditional music scene who is known for his work with the Juno Award-winning ensemble Le Vent du Nord.
The Canadian Folk Music Awards recognize Canada’s outstanding writers, producers and performers of folk music and the artists who are expanding the genre in innovative and exciting ways. The awards also celebrate the magnificent diversity of Canada’s musical heritage – from the musical traditions of Aboriginal Canada to Celtic, Acadian and traditional Quebecois styles, singer-songwriter music, blues, bluegrass and old-time country and the myriad of global traditions brought to Canada by each new wave of immigration. What’s more, the CFMAs provide an opportunity to draw Canadians’ attention to the depth and breadth of folk music in Canada.Call for submissions:
Submissions are now being accepted for the 2007 Canadian Folk Music Awards. The submission deadline has been moved back to July 15th, 2007, meaning some artists who qualified last year will qualify again this year. Canadian artists who have released recordings between July 1, 2006 and June 30, 2007 are eligible to submit their work. The submission form is available on-line at www.canadianfolkmusicawards.ca.
The Canadian Folk Music Awards offer prizes in 19 categories. They are: Best Album –Traditional; Best Album – Contemporary; Best Children’s Album; Best Singer – Traditional; Best Singer – Contemporary; Best Instrumentalist –Solo; Best Instrumentalist – Group; Best Songwriter – English; Best Songwriter – French; Best Songwriter – Aboriginal; Best Vocal Group; Best Ensemble; Best Solo Artist; Best World Artist – Solo; Best World Artist – Group; Best New/Emerging Artist; Producer of the Year; Pushing the Boundaries and Young Performer of theYear.
The CFMAs, like the Junos, are judged by independent juries of industry experts who remain at arms-length from the organizers. Results are tabulated by an independent chartered accountant.