The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) announced the nominees for its 2011 awards gala. As part of a celebration of musical excellence in Canada, artists representing Atlantic Canada to British Columbia will vie for the Seventh Annual CFMAs, which will be held in Toronto on Sunday, December 4 at the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles St. West.
In the lead this year with four nominations each are veteran Bruce Cockburn and Pictou County Nova Scotia’s Dave Gunning. Cockburn’s latest offering Small Source of Comfort is nominated for Contemporary Album of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year.
Gunning, whose talent is rooted in his Nova Scotian upbringing, recently released A tribute to John Allan Cameron which has garnered four nods as well for Traditional Album of the Year, Traditional Singer of the Year, New/Emerging Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year.
Next with three nominations each are the dynamic and energetic francophone foot-stompers Genticorum (Nagez Rameurs) and world music francophone group Maz (Télescope), as well as Western Canada’s sweethearts The Wailin’ Jennys (Bright Morning Stars).
Following closely are a handful of artists with two nominations each: sweet harmonizers Finest Kind, The Good Lovelies and Twilight Hotel; veteran folk artists Lynn Miles, Ron Hynes, Mae Moore and David Francey – all have garnered nominations in the English Songwriter of the Year category; instrumental Americana/bluegrass troupe Creaking Tree String Quartet; fiery fiddling sensation Jaron Freeman-Fox; and the captivating Winnipeg-born songstress Ruth Moody of The Wailin’ Jennys.
Other nominees who are currently creating a buzz on Canada’s music scene include the indie country band New Country Rehab, Andrea Ramolo and PEI’s Ashley Condon who is also up for an ECMA for “Country Recording Of The Year”.
2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominees
Traditional Album of The Year
Contemporary Album Of The Year
Twilight Hotel – When the Wolves Go Blind
Les Charbonniers de l’Enfer – Nouvelles fréquentations
Lynn Miles – Fall for Beauty
Bruce Cockburn – Small Source of Comfort
Good Lovelies – Let The Rain Fall
Children’s Album of the Year
Kathy Reid-Naiman – I Love to Hear the Sounds
Benoît Archambault – Les pourquoi
Marky Weinstock – Songs For Dreamers
Colleen Power with Crooked Stovepipe – For Little Ones
Will Stroet – Walk & Roll
Traditional Singer of The Year
Contemporary Singer of The Year
Instrumental Solo Artist of The Year
Instrumental Group of The Year
Vocal Group of The Year
Ensemble of The Year
Solo Artist of The Year
English Songwriter Of The Year
French Songwriter of The Year
Jean-François Lessard – Jean-François Lessard
Alexandre Poulin – Une lumière allumée
Claude Cormier – Acoustique
Les Surveillantes – La racine carrée du coeur
Aboriginal Songwriter of The Year
World Artist of The Year – Solo
World Artist of The Year – Group
New/Emerging Artist of The Year
Producer of The Year
Dave Gunning w/ Allie Bennett & John Meir – a tribute to John Allan Cameron (Dave Gunning)
Paul Mills – Stealing Genius (Ron Hynes)
Steve Bell, Dave Zeglinski, Murray Pulver – Kindness (Steve Bell)
David Travers-Smith – Soon The Birds (Oh Susanna)
Mark Howard, David Travers-Smith – Bright Morning Stars (The Wailin’ Jennys)
Pushing the Boundaries
New Country Rehab – New Country Rehab
Twilight Hotel – When the Wolves Go Blind
Jaron Freeman-Fox – Manic Almanac : Slow Möbius
Ruth Moody – The Garden
Evalyn Parry – Spin
Geoff Berner – Victory Party
Young Performer of The Year
Created in 2005 to bring greater exposure to the wealth of Canadian folk music, the CFMAs, now in its seventh year, honors outstanding achievements in 19 categories plus a brand new category called “Unsung Hero.” This new award is still accepting submissions until Oct 31st and will be announced at the Gala event.
Nominee showcase performances and special events will run from Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4 as part of the CFMAs extravaganza. Details will be announced in the upcoming weeks.
The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards include a few categories that apply to folk and roots music, but without as broad a view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from the folk music community.
Admission for the event is $40 for gala and reception, with added workshops $50, and for workshops alone $15. Tickets are available now at U of T tix Box Office, 416-978-8849 or online at http://uofttix.ca.
Tickets for the world premiere of A Walk in my Dream also go on sale Friday, Oct 21 and can be purchased at www.tiff.net or by calling 416.599.8433 | 1.888.599.8433. For more information visit www.folkawards.ca
The 2011 CFMAs received support of SOCAN, The Woods Music and Dance Camp, Edmonton Folk Music Festival, Ottawa Folklore Centre (OFC), Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF), Penguin Eggs Magazine, Fogarty’s Cove Music, Canada Council for the Arts, FACTOR, Calgary Folk Music Festival, Calgary Folk Club, Hugh’s Room, SOCAN Foundation, Ottawa Folk Festival, Saint John, TD Bank, Mariposa Festival, Twelfth Fret Guitarists’ Pro Shop