The Canadian Folk Music Awards

Call for Jurors for the 2025 CFMAs!

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Final deadline is August 7, 2024.

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Highlights of CFMA 2024

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.

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Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) values diversity within its organization as well as its programs, and believes that inclusiveness is essential to the CFMA Mission “to celebrate and promote the breadth and depth of Canadian folk music in all its forms” and to achieving its Vision of “widespread acclaim and success for a vibrant and diverse Canadian folk music industry and community”. This Mission and Vision were adopted by the CFMA Board of Directors in 2015.

CFMA will continue to work on an ongoing basis to ensure that there is no discrimination in its organization or its operations with respect to, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, nationality, place of birth, language, sex, sexual or gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability, neurodivergence, family status, income or political affiliation.

CFMA recognizes that, just as increasing diversity among performers and audiences in the Canadian folk music industry and community have made folk music more vibrant, relevant and entertaining, reflecting this diversity in our organization and operations is necessary to make CFMA more effective, relevant and successful. 

CFMA is aware that some groups have been, and continue to be, marginalized and face barriers to full access and participation in programs, services and society as a whole.  CFMA will therefore strive to facilitate inclusive access and participation in its programs and services, governance structures, as well as recruitment for employment and volunteer opportunities, including juries for the selection of awards nominees and recipients.

To achieve inclusive participation of diverse groups. CFMA will work to ensure that:

  • its programs and services encourage and avoid barriers to broad participation, and promote positive relations with disadvantaged or marginalized groups
  • its communications portray diversity in a balanced and positive manner
  • its employment and volunteer opportunities, including juries, encourage diversity and avoid barriers for participation
  • the makeup of its Board of Directors reflects the diversity of Canadian society

Join us to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, in the Nation's Capital, Ottawa, Ontario!

Canadian Folk Music Awards
71 Markland Cres.,
Ottawa Ontario K2G5Z6

CFMA is a registered non-profit organization, and gratefully accepts donations to support our operations.

CRA Number : 827183542RC0001

The Board, Staff, and Volunteers at the Canadian Folk Music Awards acknowledge that we live, work, meet and travel on the traditional territories of Indigenous Peoples that have cared for this land, now called Canada, since time immemorial. These lands are either subject to First Nations self-government under modern treaty, unceded and un-surrendered territories, or traditional territories from which First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples have been displaced.