Last night, in my home province of New Brunswick, the city of Saint John played host The Canadian Folk Music Awards.
I already know what you’re thinking, “What are the Canadian Folk Music Awards?”
And I would respond with, “Good question, I’ve never heard of them either.”
So, I figured, why don’t we discover them together!
Obviously, Canadians are well known for their folk music, heck, sometimes I feel like we invented the singer/songwriter, you know? Now in its eighth year, The Canadian Folk Music Awards celebrates Canada’s best folk musicians, recordings and producers in 18 different categories ranging from World Group of The Year and Contemporary Singer of The Year to Traditional Album of the Year and Vocal Group of The Year.
If you’re looking to add some new music to your rotation, I always use these little-known award shows as introduction to music that I’ve never heard of before. In the search for exciting music, why not start with the best!
Here are the winners at this year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Ensemble of The Year
Children’s Album of the Year
Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year
Best Instrumental Group
Vocal Group of The Year
Solo Artist of the Year
Michael Jerome Browne
French Songwriter of the Year
Contemporary Singer of The Year
English Songwriter of the Year
Young Performer of the Year
Pushing the Boundaries
Traditional Singer of the Year
New/Emerging Artist of the Year
Pharis & Jason Romero
World Group of the Year
Sultans of String
Producer of the Year
Traditional Album of the Year
Metis Fiddler Quartet
Contemporary Album of the Year
The Deep Dark Woods