Charlottetown, PE to host 2019 Awards!
[Calgary, December 4, 2018] – The 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards (#CFMA2018) were presented during a gala weekend that included two awards shows. The shows took place on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1, in Calgary at The Gateway (SAIT), marking the 14 year of Canada’s premier folk music event.
Both evenings were hosted by James Keelaghan and Benoit Bourque, presenting two bilingual evenings filled with fun and music. Friday featured performances by Andrea Bettger, Danny Boudreau, Ben Heffernan, The LYNNeS, West of Mabou, and Dana Wylie. Ten awards were handed out Friday evening, including the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award.
Saturday night’s performers included Matthew Byrne, Jack Pine & The Fire, Little Miss Higgins, Quantum Tangle, Annie Sumi and The Lifers, and Winona Wilde. Ten more awards were presented on Saturday night.
Picking up two awards over the weekend was multi-instrumentalist duo The LYNNeS(Juno award winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson), who were recipients of Ensemble of the Year / Groupe de l’année for their album, Heartbreak Song For The Radio presented Friday night, The duo picked up their second award for English Songwriters of the Year / Auteur-compositeurs anglophone de l’année for their album, Heartbreak Song For The Radio on Saturday night.
Also on Friday, Christian Bernard, Anik Bérubé, Natalie Byrns, and Frédéric Joyal were recipients of the French Songwriter(s) of the Year / Auteur-compositeur(s) francophone de l’année award for their album, Le soleil en bulle. Grand tintamarre! Chansons et comptines acadiennes by Joseph Edgar, Lisa LeBlanc, Robin-Joël Cool, Wanabi Farmeur, Vishtèn, Caroline Savoie, and Édith Butler was awarded Children’s Album of the Year / Album jeunesse de l’année.
The CFMA for Young Performer(s) of the Year / Jeune artiste(s) de l’année went to Joseph Coffin and Nick Earle of Earle and Coffin for their album, A Day in July. Steve Dawson was the recipient of Producer(s) of the Year / Réalisateur(s) de l’année for the album, Same As I Ever Have Been by Matt Patershuk, Instrumental Group of the Year / Groupe instrumental de l’année was awarded to The Fretless for their album, Live from the Art Farm.
Rob Lutes was the recipient of the award for Contemporary Singer of the Year /Chanteur contemporain de l’année for his album, Walk in the Dark. World Solo Artist of the Year / Artiste de l’année musique du monde - solo went to Eliana Cuevas for Golpes Y Flores.
Autorickshaw was the recipient of World Group of the Year / Groupe de musique de monde de l’année presented Friday night for their album, Meter. And the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award was presented this year to Alberta’'s Terry Wickham, now his 28th year as Artistic Director of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, for his tireless, multi-decade support and hard work on behalf of folk music and Canadian culture.
Saturday night’s awards recipients included Pharis Romero of Pharis & Jason Romero who was the recipient of two awards over the weekend, including Traditional Singer of the Year / Chanteur traditionnel de l’année, and Vocal Group of the Year / Groupe vocal de l’année for their album, Sweet Old Religion.
Matthew Byrne was the recipient of this year’s Traditional Album of the Year / Album traditionnel de l’année for Horizon Lines awarded Saturday. The award for Solo Artist of the Year / Artiste solo de l’année: went to Bruce Cockburn for his album, Bone On Bone.
Shauit was the recipient of Indigenous Songwriter(s) of the Year / Auteur-compositeur(s) autochtone de l’année for their album, Apu peikussiaku. Jean-François Bélanger was this year’s recipient of Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year / Instrumentiste solo de l’année for his album, Les entrailles de la montagne.
The award for New/Emerging Artist(s) of the Year / Artiste(s) de la relève went to Raine Hamilton for her album, Night Sky. Contemporary Album of the Year / Album contemporain de l’année was Both Ways by Donovan Woods. And Beatrice Deer won thePushing the Boundaries / Innovation musicale award for her album, My All To You to round out Saturday’s awards.
Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally recognized folk music community, the Canadian Folk Music Awards is currently its 14th year. Next year, the CFMA is looking forward to heading East to Charlottetown, PE! For more information, visit folkawards.ca.
Full list of 2018 CFMA recipients here: https://folkawards.ca/past-years/results-2018/
Artist biographies are available here: http://bit.ly/2pnJBIH
Artist album covers: bit.ly/2povXFi
Awards photos of recipients here: http://bit.ly/2KSI87i
CFMA gratefully acknowledges the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
About the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs):
Established in 2005, the Canadian Folk Music Awards celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Established as a non-profit, the mission of the CFMAs is to celebrate and promote Canadian folk music in all its forms. Follow the CFMAs on twitter @folkawards or “like” us on facebook.
Kimberly Sinclair | SpinCount