About the Canadian Folk Music Awards


We are currently working on the CFMA website and are in the process of upgrading the site and making some other updates while we’re at it. Submissions will open in mid-April.

The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian folk music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards have a few categories that apply to folk and roots music but they offer only a restricted view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from our community. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming involved.

  • Canadian Folk Music Awards winners announced

    11 November 2013

    Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything and the Good Lovelies lead the winners
    CALGARY, Sunday, November 10, 2013 - The winners of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) were announced this evening at a gala event in Calgary, Alberta. Hosted by Shelagh Rogers (CBC Radio) and musician Benoit Bourque (La Bottine Souriante/Le Vent du Nord), Canada’s … Read More»

  • CFMAs to Live-Stream 2013 Gala

    7 November 2013

    We’re hearing a lot of buzz for the 9th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards, this year in Calgary, Alberta. In addition to the same great entertainment leading up to the event, there will be live video from the Gala where the awards are presented and we have performances by six … Read More»

  • Mitch Podolak named Unsung Hero at Canadian Folk Music Awards

    30 October 2013

    Special award to be presented at gala this November
    CALGARY – Mitch Podolak, a prominent figure of the Canadian folk music community, is the recipient of the Unsung Hero award for this year’s Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). The award will be presented at the CFMA Awards Gala on November 10 in Calgary, Alberta.
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  • Canadian Folk Music Awards nominees announced

    26 September 2013

    Ontario artists Lemon Bucket Orkestra, David Francey &
    Jaron Freeman-­Fox & The Opposite of Everything lead nominations
    CALGARY, September 26, 2013 – At a songwriters circle style press conference at Festival Hall in downtown Calgary this morning, the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) announced the nominees for this year’s awards. Overall, 70 artists and groups … Read More»

  • Accommodations for CFMA 2013

    23 September 2013

    Due to the flood relief effort, Hotel Alma (which was to be our primary hotel location) is presently being used by Calgarians who have been displaced by the massive flooding a few short months ago.  We have a number of alternative options for you, and all eight hotels are within 5 … Read More»

  • CFMA Nominees to be Released September 26th

    27 August 2013

    The Canadian Folk Music Awards will release the list of the 2013 nominees on September 26th. Five nominees in each of the 19 categories will be announced, and that will signify the start of the second phase of the jury process. The awards gala concludes the CFMA weekend, this year … Read More»

  • 2013 Gala Tickets on Sale

    20 August 2013

    Tickets to the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards Gala at the University Theatre, Calgary are now online!
    Order now via phone: 403 220-7202 or online: ucalgary.ca/tickets
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  • 2013 Submissions Closed

    12 July 2013

    The submission deadline for 2013 has now passed, and submissions are closed.
    Thank you to all who submitted an album!
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  • Submissions Extension for Alberta Flooding

    28 June 2013

    Due to the recent flooding in Alberta, we are extending submissions for musicians specifically affected by the floods by two weeks (to 5pm EDT July 12th), so if you’re still cleaning up or helping your neighbours, we understand that’s more important right now. Please email info@folkawards.ca for information on how to submit your … Read More»

  • Folk on the Water – coming together!

    9 August 2012

    A local committee in Saint John has been working hard to make the Canadian Folk Music Awards a wonderful experience for all of you who have never seen this beautiful part of Canada.
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