Canadian Folk Music Awards Celebrates 10 Years

November 10, 2014

The Canadian Folk Music Awards are back this November 27–29 in Ottawa to celebrate ten years of recognizing the biggest players in the Canadian folk music industry and community.

It’s been an interesting year leading-up to celebrate the tenth anniversary, with the hire of Andy Frank as the Project Director back in June. Frank is the co-founder of Roots Music Canada and a member of the CFMA board.

The CFMA 2014 weekend looks promising, with back-to-back showcase nights at the Bronson Centre featuring a handful of this year’s award nominees including James Keelaghan, and Buffy & Larry the night of November 27, and Quinn Bachand, and Gathering Sparks the night of November 28.

Workshops this year include Rise-Up and Sing, a two-hour guitar sing-a-long session lead by Arthur McGregor. For the cost of $5, visitors can enjoy a pleasant morning complete with coffee and snacks.

There’s also a one-hour Ukulele Jam workshop, which is probably as cool as it sounds. Lead by Garett Barr, the jam will feature songs by Canadian folk music songwriters like Bruce Cockburn, Gordon Lightfoot, and Joni Mitchell.

Other workshops include a Songwriting Workshop lead by Juno Award-winner Shari Ulrich, a traditional Celtic-folk music jam (for free!) located at Patty’s Pub in Old Ottawa South, and an interesting workshop dedicated to the vocal harmonies of some Beatle’s tunes.

The official list of performers for the awards gala was released just last week, and will be hosted by CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and Benoit Bourque.

Performers include The Good Lovelies, De Temps Antan, and Lynn Miles. Tickets for the gala are only $40 and can be purchased online from the Ottawa Folklore Centre website, or can be purchase in-person at the Ottawa Folklore Centre.

For the truly dedicated folk fans, a CFMA full access pass for $70 will get you access to all the events and workshops, also available from the Ottawa Folklore Centre.

A full list of events is available here.

Award nominees for 2014 were announced back in September, with Quinn Bachand of British Columbia leading the pack with 5 nominations including Emerging Artist of the Year, and Ensemble of the Year, among others.

It’s all pretty incredible, considering Bachand is 18 years old. He’s a multi-instrumentalist, and has the likes of Ashley MacIsaac favoring him as “Canada’s top Celtic guitarist.”

Folk Alley Sessions: Qristina & Quinn Bachand – “Mountain Road Medley”

It’s hard to believe such an integral part of Canadian music has only had it’s own platform of recognition for ten years.  The CFMA say it best: “Until (the CFMA’s) creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada.”

And with that, I have to agree.

Follow the Canadian Folk Music Awards on twitter @folkawards and #CFMA2014.


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Leyland Bradley

Born in Halifax and raised in small town Alberta, Leyland is happily enjoying the big city life. When she's not writing for NMC, Leyland is either watching German movies or dreaming about running through forests.

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