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CFMA announces “Unsung Hero” Award

OTTAWA – WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2011 – The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) announced details today for a brand new award category, UNSUNG HERO. Submissions are open to the public from now to the end of October. The award will be presented during the SEVENTH ANNUAL CFMAs at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, University of Toronto on Sunday, December 4th.

For more information please visit www.folkawards.ca

The annual Unsung Hero award will recognize the exceptional contribution of an individual, group, or organization to any aspect of the Canadian folk, roots and world music scene, such as performance, promotion and presentation. Nominations from the public will be accepted for this category from now until October 31st. The recipient will be selected by a five-member jury, from the region where the awards will take place – in this case, for 2011, Central Canada (which includes Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut).

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS is MONDAY, OCTOBER 31ST, 2011. All submissions must be e-mailed to unsunghero@folkawards.ca For more details and complete criteria information, please visit www.folkawards.ca.

MORE ABOUT CFMAs

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 Canadian Music Awards include a few categories that apply to folk and roots music, but without as broad a 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 the folk music community.

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