November 20, 2017
The 13th annual edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards took place this past weekend, with folkies from all over the country coming together at Bronson Centre in Ottawa to celebrate and hammer out some tunes. There were 10 awards handed out between performances on both Saturday and Sunday, which means plenty of hardware to go home, and a smattering of nominees around to take the stage.
Ontario songwriter Danny Michel was a two-time winner, taking home Producer of the Year (along with Rob Carli), as well as the Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award for his album Khlebnikov. The album was named after a Russian icebreaker named Kapitan Khlebnikov, which Michel rode on an arctic expedition. The heavily-bearded, long-time folk star Fred Penner snagged the award for Children’s Album of the Year for his latest, Hear The Music. Toronto’s Abigail Lapell won Contemporary Album of the Year for Hide Nor Hair.
Halifax duo Cassie and Maggie won Traditional Album of the Year for their record The Willow Collection, and The Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award was handed out to Gerry Strong, a tin whistle and Irish flute player in Newfoundland who’s played in bands such as Tickle Harbour, What Odds, and Cotillion, and has represented the province’s music scene for more than 40 years. Check out the full list of winners at the Folk Music Awards website.
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