2018 CFMAs Night 1 – Presented November 30
Canadian Folk Music Awards (#CFMA2018) were awarded during the first evening of celebrations held this year at The Gateway (SAIT) in Calgary. This year’s 14th anniversary event was hosted by James Keelaghan and Benoit Bourque in a bilingual evening filled with music, including performances by Andrea Bettger, Danny Boudreau, Ben Heffernan, The LYNNeS, West of Mabou, and Dana Wylie. Ten awards were handed out throughout evening, including the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award.
Multi-instrumentalist duo The LYNNeS (Juno award winning songwriter Lynn Miles and award-winning songwriter Lynne Hanson) were recipients of Ensemble of the Year / Groupe de l’année for their album, Heartbreak Song For The Radio.
Anik Bérubé, Natalie Byrns, Christian Bernard, Frédéric Joyal were recipients of the French Songwriters of the Year / Auteur-compositeur(s) francophone de l’année award for their album, Le soleil en bulle.
Grand tintamarre! Chansons et comptines acadiennes by Joseph Edgar, Lisa LeBlanc, Robin-Joël Cool, Wanabi Farmeur, Vishtèn, Caroline Savoie, and Édith Butler was awarded Children’s Album of the Year / Album jeunesse de l’année.
The CFMA for Young Performer(s) of the Year / Jeune artiste(s) de l’année went to Joseph Coffin and Nick Earle of Earle and Coffin for their album, A Day in July.
Steve Dawson was the recipient of Producer(s) of the Year / Réalisateur(s) de l’année for the album, Same As I Ever Have Been by Matt Patershuk,
Instrumental Group of the Year / Groupe instrumental de l’année was awarded to The Fretless for their album, Live from the Art Farm.
Rob Lutes was the recipient of the award for Contemporary Singer of the Year / Chanteur contemporain de l’année for his album, Walk in the Dark.
World Solo Artist of the Year / Artiste de l’année musique du monde – solo went to Eliana Cuevas for Golpes Y Flores.
Autorickshaw was the recipient of World Group of the Year / Groupe de musique de monde de l’année for their album, Meter.
And the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award was presented this year to Alberta’s Terry Wickham, now his 28th year as Artistic Director of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, for his tireless, multi-decade support and hard work on behalf of folk music and Canadian culture.