We’re pleased to announce that the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards in Edmonton were a resounding success! We had a great turnout for all of our events, including nominee showcases, the live morning broadcast on CKUA, workshops and of course the closing gala event on Sunday, November 8, 2015.
We also had thousands of views of our broadcasts on Concert Window, and unprecedented media coverage, which is critical for the CFMA. We exist in order to shine a bright light on the Canadian folk music scene, including its many sub-genres, and the brighter that light, the happier we are. Huge thanks are due to all the local committee volunteers in Edmonton, as well as to everyone else who had a hand in making the event a success.
Personally, highlights of the weekend included the issue of the Unsung Hero Award to Arthur McGregor of Ottawa – presented to him by his daughter, Dr. Hannah McGregor – and some of the outstanding nominee showcase performances by performers from the north, including The Jerry Cans of Iqaluit, Sarah MacDougall of Whitehorse and Dana Sipos of Yellowknife.
Nine-year-old Stella Swanson, the youngest CFMA nominee ever (and a most deserving nominee), also impressed the audience with her showcase, one she shared with her seven-year-old sister, Sophie.
In all, CFMA received 670 entries, a record for our organization. They were expertly judged by 95 volunteer jurors who came from the Canadian folk music industry, including musicians, DJs, presenters and others who believe passionately in what we do. Thank you to all who entered and judged.
2016 sees the CFMA returning to Toronto the weekend of December 1-3. Make your plans to be there to celebrate the scene, and to keep encouraging our fabulous, world class musicians to keep creating their magic. The world is a better place because of it.