This is an annual award recognizing the exceptional contribution of an individual, group, or organization to any aspect of the Canadian folk music scene (performance, promotion, presentation, etc). It is meant to recognize those who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the love of the music who have not been recognized for their contributions.
- must be/have been active in the Canadian Folk Music scene
- must be perceived as having made an outstanding contribution
- must be perceived as “unsung” (not generally recognized as a high profile individual, group, or organization) and as having received little in the way of national, international and/or public recognition for their accomplishments.
Posthumous nominations for individuals are not accepted. All submissions will be adjudicated by a committee consisting of members of the CFMA Board of Directors, who will select a recipient from the eligible submitted candidates.
There is no fee for this nomination. The deadline for this year’s Unsung Hero Award submissions is June 30, 2019 (New extended deadline August 31, 2019!)
Once submitted, you will receive an email confirming that your submission has been received. Please send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Previous recipients include Toronto Publicist Jane Harbury (2011); New Brunswick Journalist Gerry Taylor (2012); Winnipeg Folk Festival Founder Mitch Podolak (2013); Ottawa Impresario and Philanthropist Harvey Glatt (2014); Ottawa Folklore Centre Founder Arthur McGregor (2015); Vancouver’s Rogue Folk Club Founder Steve Edge (2016); Co-Founder of The Carbonear Folk Festival Gerry Strong (2017); and Edmonton Folk Music Festival Artistic Director and producer and event sponsor Terry Wickham (2018).
If you know someone who deserves this award, please fill out the nomination form below.