15 August 2019
In response to ongoing feedback from the community, the Boards of FMO, FMC, and the CFMAs (Folk Music Ontario, Folk Music Canada, and the Canadian Folk Music Awards) have initiated discussions to explore the possibility of consolidating into one new national organization while concurrently conducting due diligence and exploring options around an alliance with Folk Alliance International.
As separate organizations, we currently produce a national awards show, a national conference, and national export development projects.
In line with our organizations’ shared values and missions, we are undertaking this work to explore best pathways forward to build a unified, strong, inclusive, and sustainable Canadian folk music community.
We will be holding a facilitated Town Hall meeting during the Folk Music Ontario conference on Saturday, September 28th at 10:30 am at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites, 5875 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON. This event is open to our collective memberships and all community members.
An online survey seeking additional community input will be sent out after the Town Hall, with a summary of all conversations and feedback shared by late fall.
We acknowledge our respective offices are operating on the traditional territories of the Algonquin, Anishinaabek, Haudenosaunee, Mississauga of the New Credit, and Métis nations.
We invite your initial feedback by on this form: https://forms.gle/Ck1gRX2CaN11gfvb8
Folk Music Ontario
Folk Music Canada
Canadian Folk Music Awards
11 April 2019
The 15th edition of the CFMA Occurs the Weekend of April 3- 4, 2020
Early bird submissions open until April 30, 2019
Final submission deadline is June 28, 2019
Submissions are now open for the 15th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. The 2020 CFMAs will take place the weekend of April 3-4, 2020, in Charlottetown, PEI. The weekend’s focus events will take shape as two hosted Awards Weekend concerts, which are open to the public. Join our mailing list and/or visit our homepage to stay on top of all of the upcoming events, announcements and awards weekend details.
Awards will be presented throughout both evenings, April 3 and 4, 2020 at the Awards Weekend concerts. These concerts combine the most loved events of the Canadian Folk Music Awards’ first fifteen years – the vibrant energy of the live music showcases and the awards gala – the Awards Weekend will capture the true heart of the folk community, while celebrating the 2020 nominees and the category recipients.
Why no 2019 CFMAs? Responding to feedback from the previous Awards Weekends, the CFMA decided to move the weekend to spring instead of the previous December schedule. This move extended the timeline into 2020 prompting the CFMAs to use the Awards Weekend year, 2020, to identify the event, instead of the year submissions take place. Therefore, the next CFMAs will be the 15th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards, and it will take place in Charlottetown, PEI, April 3-4, 2020.
Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boast 19 categories plus the Unsung Hero Award. Nominees are chosen for each category. A two stage jury process by 100 jurors located across Canada representing all official provinces, territories and languages determine the official recipients in each category.
SUBMIT FOR THE 2020 CFMAS: https://folkawards.ca/eligibility/online-submission/
EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION: Apply early and save money! The Early Bird submission deadline is Tuesday April 30, 2019 at midnight EDT, the fee for each submission is $60. After April 30, 2019, the first submission is $70, with a fee of $60 for each additional submission.
FINAL DEADLINE: All submission details and payments must be received through our website no later than 5:00 pm EDT, Friday, June 28, 2019. Albums must have been uploaded and received by our office no later than that date. For more information: https://folkawards.ca/eligibility/
THE 2020 CANADIAN FOLK MUSIC AWARDS TO BE HELD IN CHARLOTTETOWN, PEI – SHIFTS AWARDS WEEKEND TO SPRING
19 March 2019
The 15th Edition of the CFMA takes place the Weekend of April 3- 4, 2020
Early bird submissions open April 3, 2019
WATCH VIDEO HERE → https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0tgds_YbVs
(Mar 18, 2019 – HALIFAX) The Canadian Folk Music Awards are pleased to announce that the 2020 edition of the CFMA will take place the weekend of April 3-4, 2020, in Charlottetown, PEI. Responding to feedback from the previous Awards Weekends, the CFMA decided to move the weekend to spring instead of the previous December schedule, notes CFMA Board Chair Grit Laskin “After 14 years, of nail-biting concern that flights are not delayed and roads aren’t snow-covered, along with the fact of venues typically programming holiday shows on the December weekends we’d always prefer, the CFMA Board has made the decision to shift its Awards weekend to the spring. We found a spot on the calendar, early April, that doesn’t conflict with other Awards, or music conferences or showcase events for artists. This will be our new annual schedule, going forward, beginning with our first visit to PEI—a fitting destination to celebrate our 15th year!”
The CFMAs are heading to the East Coast this year, and for the very first time in CFMA history, the Awards Weekend will take place in Charlottetown. CFMA Board Member Rob Oakie says “We are so excited to bring the Canadian Folk Music Awards to Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, in 2020! PEI is home to a lot of great folk music and artists like The East Pointers, Catherine MacLellan, Vishtèn, Irish Mythen, Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys, Lennie Gallant and so many more. We love our folk music and we love to throw a party so this is the perfect excuse to visit one of the friendliest and prettiest places in Canada. Come join us and get your folk on for CFMA 2020!”
Submissions will open for the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) in April 2019. The weekend’s focus events will take shape as two Awards Concerts, which are open to the public. Subscribe to the CFMA newsletter to stay on top of all submission and awards weekend details, or visit the CFMA website folkawards.ca.
Awards will be presented throughout both evenings, April 3 and April 4, at the Awards Concerts. These concerts combine the most loved events of the Canadian Folk Music Awards’ first fifteen years – the vibrant energy of the live music showcases and the awards gala. The Awards Concerts will capture the true heart of the folk community, while celebrating the nominees and the category recipients.
Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boast 19 categories. Nominees are chosen for each category. A two stage jury process by 95 jurors located across Canada representing all official provinces, territories and languages determine the official recipients in each category.