Canadian Folk Music Awards

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The Canadian Folk Music Awards are an annual music awards ceremony, presenting awards in a variety of categories for achievements in both traditional and contemporary folk music, and other roots music genres, by Canadian musicians.[1] The awards program was created in 2005 by a group of independent label representatives, folk music presenters, artists and enthusiasts, to celebrate and promote Canadian folk music.[2]

Awards ceremonies[edit]

The following is a listing of all Canadian Folk Music Awards ceremonies.

Ceremony Date Venue City Host(s)
1st Canadian Folk Music Awards[3] December 10, 2005 Canadian Museum of Civilization Gatineau, Quebec Gilles Garand, Connie Kaldor
2nd Canadian Folk Music Awards[4] December 10, 2006 Myer Horowitz Theatre Edmonton, Alberta
3rd Canadian Folk Music Awards[5] December 1, 2007 Canadian Museum of Civilization Gatineau, Quebec Shelagh Rogers, Benoit Bourque
4th Canadian Folk Music Awards[6] November 23, 2008 Arts and Cultural Centre St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador
5th Canadian Folk Music Awards[7] November 21, 2009 Dominion Chalmers Church Ottawa, Ontario
6th Canadian Folk Music Awards[8] November 20, 2010 Pantages Playhouse Theatre Winnipeg, Manitoba
7th Canadian Folk Music Awards[9] December 4, 2011 Isabel Bader Theatre Toronto, Ontario
8th Canadian Folk Music Awards[10] November 17, 2012 Imperial Theatre Saint John, New Brunswick Benoit Bourque
9th Canadian Folk Music Awards[11] November 10, 2013 University of Calgary Theatre Calgary, Alberta Shelagh Rogers, Benoit Bourque
10th Canadian Folk Music Awards[12] November 29, 2014 The Bronson Centre Ottawa, Ontario Hosts TBA

Awards[edit]

Classic Canadian Album[edit]

Year Recipient Album
2008 Gordon Lightfoot Lightfoot!

Traditional Album of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes solo artists, groups or duos. Instrumental or vocal traditional folk music are eligible. Prior to 2008, this award was known as Best Album - Traditional.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Le Vent du Nord Les Amants du Saint-Laurent
2006 Nicolas Boulerice et Olivier Demers Un peu d’ci, Un peu d’ça
2007 La Part du Quêteux Paye la Traite
2008 Genticorum La Bibournoise
2009 James Hill & Anne Davison True Love Don’t Weep
2010 The Once The Once
2011 Genticorum Nagez Rameurs
2012 Metis Fiddler Quartet Northwest Voyage Nord Ouest
2013 Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac Seinn
2014 Còig Five

Contemporary Album of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes solo artists, groups or duos. Instrumental or vocal contemporary folk music is eligible. Prior to 2008, this award was known as Best Album - Contemporary.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Nathan Jimson Weed
2006 Penny Lang Stone & Sand & Sea & Sky
2007 The Duhks Migrations
2008 Luke Doucet and the White Falcon Blood's Too Rich
2009 Joel Plaskett Three
2010 John Wort Hannam Queen's Hotel
2011 Bruce Cockburn Small Source of Comfort
2012 The Deep Dark Woods The Place I Left Behind
2013 Justin Rutledge Valleyheart
2014 The Strumbellas We Still Move On Dance Floors

Children's Album of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes solo artists, groups or duos with a repertoire that is obviously directed towards youth. This award was first awarded in 2006 and prior to 2008 was known as Best Children's Album.

Year Recipient Album
2006 Ken Whiteley Join the Band
2007 Pied Pumpkin Pumkids: Tuneful Tales for Kids & Kin
2008 The Kerplunks The Kerplunks
2009 Chris McKhool FiddleFire!
2010 Andrew Queen Too Tall
2011 Benoît Archambault Les pourquoi
2012 Henri Godon Chansons pour toutes sortes d'enfants
2013 Helen Austin Always Be a Unicorn
2014 Fred Penner Where In The World

Traditional Singer of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a traditional solo vocalist, or a specified vocalist within a group. Prior to 2008, this award was known as Best Singer - Traditional. This award was not awarded in 2006 and 2007.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Ian Robb Jiig
2008 Enoch Kent One More Round
2009 Colette Cheverie Hours Before Dawn
2010 Yves Lambert Bal à l'Huile
2011 Dave Gunning ...a tribute to John Allan Cameron
2012 Lenka Lichtenberg Songs for the Breathing Walls
2013 Pharis Romero Long Gone Out West Blues
2014 Mélisande [électrotrad] Les métamorphoses

Contemporary Singer of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a contemporary solo vocalist, or a specified vocalist within a group. Prior to 2008, this award was known as Best Singer - Contemporary.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Lynn Miles Love Sweet Love
2006 Jim Byrnes House of Refuge
2007 David Francey Right of Passage
2008 Tannis Slimmon Lucky Blue
2009 Jim Byrnes My Walking Stick
2010 Rose Cousins The Send Off
2011 Suzie Vinnick Me 'n' Mabel
2012 Rose Cousins We Have Made A Spark
2013 Ian Sherwood Live at the Hive
2014 Matt Andersen Weightless

Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a solo artist. The majority of the recording must be instrumental. Instrumental music from all folk genres, traditional and contemporary, is eligible. This award was known as Best Instrumental Solo in 2005 and as Best Instrumentalist - Solo in 2006 and 2007.

Year Recipient Album
2005 J. P. Cormier X8: A Mandolin Collection
2006 Bruce Cockburn Speechless
2007 Anne Lindsay News From Up the Street
2008 Oliver Schroer Hymns and Hers
2009 Tony McManus The Maker’s Mark
2010 Wendell Ferguson Ménage à Moi
2011 Jayme Stone Room of Wonders
2012 Trent Freeman Rock Paper Scissors
2013 Jorge Miguel Guitarra Flamenca/Flamenco Guitar
2014 Jayme Stone The Other Side of the Air

Instrumental Group of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a group or duo. Instrumental music from all folk genres, traditional and contemporary, is eligible. This award was known as Best Instrumental Group in 2005 and Best Instrumentalist - Group in 2006 and 2007.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Beyond the Pale Consensus
2006 The McDades Bloom
2007 Creaking Tree String Quartet The Soundtrack
2008 Sagapool Episode Trois
2009 Sultans of String Yalla Yalla!
2010 Beyond the Pale Postcards
2011 Creaking Tree String Quartet Sundogs
2012 The Fretless Waterbound
2013 Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
2014 The Andrew Collins Trio A Play On Words

English Songwriter of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes the lyrical and melodic excellence of a recording of original songs written in English. In the case of collaborations, 50% of the songwriters involved must be Canadian. Prior to 2008, this award was known as Best Songwriter - English.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Lynn Miles Love Sweet Love
2006 Stephen Fearing Yellowjacket
2007 Suzie Ungerleider Short Stories
2008 Corb Lund Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!
2009 Susan Crowe Greytown
2010 Beyond the Pale Postcards
2011 Lynn Miles Fall for Beauty
2012 Catherine MacLellan Silhouette
2013 David Francey So Say We All
2014 Shari Ulrich Everywhere I Go

French Songwriter of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes the lyrical and melodic excellence of a recording of original songs written in French. In the case of collaborations, 50% of the songwriters involved must be Canadian. This award was first awarded in 2007 where is was known as Best Songwriter - French.

Year Recipient Album
2007 Hugo Fleury of Polémil Bazar Avale ta montre
2008 Tomas Jensen Quelqu’un d’autre
2009 Catherine Durand Coeurs Migratoires
2010 Francis d'Octobre Ma bête fragile
2011 Alexandre Poulin Une lumière allumée
2012 Mes Aïeux À l'aube du printemps
2013 Dany Placard Démon vert
2014 Les Hay Babies Mon Homesick Heart

Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes the lyrical and melodic excellence of a recording of original songs written in an aboriginal language or by an aboriginal artist writing in English, French or an aboriginal language. In the case of collaborations, 50% of the songwriters involved must be Canadian. This award was first awarded in 2006 where it was known as Best Songwriter - Aboriginal until 2007, and was not awarded in 2008 and 2012.

Year Recipient Album
2006 Wayne Lavallee Green Dress
2007 Sandy Scofield Nikawiy Askiy
2009 Don Amero Deepening
2010 Asani Listen
2011 Vince Fontaine Songs For Turtle Island
2013 Nancy Mike of The Jerry Cans Nunavuttitut
2014 Amanda Rheaume & John MacDonald of Amanda Rheaume Keep a Fire

Vocal Group of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a group or duo which focuses on ensemble singing. Music from all folk genres, traditional and contemporary, is eligible. The majority of the tracks must be vocal numbers. Prior to 2008, this award was known as Best Vocal Group.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Nathan Jimson Weed
2006 Madrigaia Pléiades
2007 Tanglefoot Dance Like Flames
2008 Sisters of Sheynville Sheynville Express
2009 Madison Violet No Fool For Trying
2010 Dala Girls from the North Country
2011 The Good Lovelies Let The Rain Fall
2012 The Once Row Upon Row of The People They Know
2013 Good Lovelies Live at Revolution
2014 The High Bar Gang Lost and Undone: A Gospel Bluegrass Companion

Ensemble of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a group or duo which can be instrumental or instrumental/vocal. Music from all folk genres, traditional and contemporary, is eligible. Prior to 2008, this award was known as Best Ensemble.

Year Recipient Album
2006 Mauvais Sort Koru
2007 Les Charbonniers de l'Enfer À la grâce de Dieu
2008 Yves Lambert et Le Bébert Orchestra Le Monde à Lambert
2009 The Deep Dark Woods Winter Hours
2010 Le Vent du Nord La Part du Feu
2011 Genticorum Nagez Rameurs
2012 The Fretless Waterbound
2013 Good Lovelies Live at Revolution
2014 The Fretless The Fretless

Solo Artist of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a solo artist. Instrumental or vocal music from all folk genres, traditional and contemporary, is eligible. Prior to 2008, this award was known as Best Solo Artist.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Harry Manx West Eats Meet
2006 Penny Lang Stone & Sand & Sea & Sky
2007 Sarah Noni Metzner Daybreak Mourning
2008 Michael Jerome Browne Double
2009 Catherine MacLellan Water in the Ground
2010 Amelia Curran Hunter, Hunter
2011 Bruce Cockburn Small Source of Comfort
2012 Michael Jerome Browne The Road Is Dark
2013 Lynn Miles Downpour
2014 Lennie Gallant Live Acoustic at The Carleton

World Solo Artist of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a solo artist. Instrumental or vocal world music is eligible. This award was known as Best World Artist Solo in 2005, as Best World Solo in 2007, as World Artist of the Year - Solo in 2010, and not awarded in 2006 and 2012.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Alpha Yaya Diallo Djama
2007 Rita Chiarelli Cuore : The Italian Sessions
2008 Celso Machado Jogo da Vida
2009 Karim Saada La Danse de l’exilé
2010 Dominic Mancuso Comfortably Mine
2011 Kiran Ahluwalia aam zameen : common ground
2013 Jorge Miguel Guitarra Flamenca/Flamenco Guitar
2014 Quique Escamilla 500 Years of Night'

World Group of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a group or duo. Instrumental or vocal world music is eligible. This award was known as Best Group - World Music in 2006, as Best World Group in 2007, as World Artist of the Year - Group in 2010, and not awarded in 2005.

Year Recipient Album
2006 The McDades Bloom
2007 Mighty Popo Muhazi
2008 David Buchbinder's Odessa/Havana Odessa/Havana
2009 Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko Africa to Appalachia
2010 Sokoun Trio Zanneh
2011 Minor Empire Second Nature
2012 Sultans of String MOVE
2013 Jaffa Road Where the Light Gets In
2014 Moustafa Kouyaté & Romain Malagnoux Les frontières imaginaires

New/Emerging Artist of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes an up-and-coming artist, duo or group. Instrumental or vocal music from all folk genres, traditional and contemporary, is eligible. Prior to 2008, this award was known as Best New/Emerging Artist.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Karla Anderson The Embassy Sessions
2006 T. Nile At My Table
2007 Brigitte Saint-Aubin Être
2008 Chloe Albert Dedicated State
2009 The Good Lovelies Good Lovelies
2010 The Once The Once
2011 Dave Gunning ...a tribute to John Allan Cameron
2012 Pharis & Jason Romero A Passing Glimpse
2013 Mo Kenney Mo Kenney
2014 The Bros. Landreth Let it Lie

Producer of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes excellence in craft through acknowledgment of the individual(s) who produce recordings. In case of collaborations, 50% of the team must be Canadian. International releases are permitted.

Year Recipient(s) Artist(s) Album(s)
2005 Steve Dawson Jenny Whiteley Hopetown
Jordy Sharp Harry Manx West Eats Meet
2006 Steve Dawson Jim Byrnes House of Refuge
Mike Roth Dala Angels & Thieves
2007 Anne Lindsay and Oliver Schroer Anne Lindsay News From Up the Street
2008 Mathieu Dandurand David Jalbert Des Histoires
2009 Joel Plaskett Joel Plaskett Three
2010 Steve Dawson Various Things About Comin' My Way
2011 Mark Howard & David Travers-Smith The Wailin' Jennys Bright Morning Stars
2012 Rob Szabo Steve Strongman A Natural Fact
2013 David Travers-Smith Ruth Moody These Wilder Things
Jaron Freeman-Fox and The Opposite of Everything Jaron Freeman-Fox and The Opposite of Everything
2014 Tom Terrell and Karl Falkenham The Modern Grass City Ghosts

Pushing the Boundaries[edit]

This award recognizes a solo artist or group that takes creative risks by creating music with folk roots that is innovative, original and imaginative.

Year Recipient Album
2005 Creaking Tree String Quartet Side Two
2006 Andrew Collins Little Widgets
2007 Creaking Tree String Quartet The Soundtrack
2008 Oliver Schroer Hymns and Hers
2009 Steve Dawson Telescope
2010 Beyond the Pale Postcards
2011 Geoff Berner Victory Party
2012 Sagapool Sagapool
2013 Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything
2014 Tanya Tagaq Animism

Young Performer of the Year[edit]

This award recognizes a young (19 and under) solo artist or group. Music from all folk genres is eligible.

Year Recipient Album
2006 Sarah Burnell Sarah’ndipity
2007 Kyrie Kristmanson The Kyrie K Groove
2008 Emma Beaton Pretty Fair Maid
2009 Ariana Gillis To Make It Make Sense
2010 Alexandre Boivin-Caron La Tradition
2011 Molly Thomason Beauty Queen
2012 Lucas Chaisson Growing Pains
2013 Kierah Stonemason's Daughter
2014 Kacy & Clayton The Day Is Past & Gone

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