2011 Estelle Klein Award Bio – Paul Mills

Each year, the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF) honours the work of an individual or group that has made significant contributions to Ontario’s folk music community. The award is named after Estelle Klein, a long-time advocate of Canadian folk music and one of the early founders of the folk festival scene in this country.

Renowned record and radio producer and folk community leader, Paul Mills, is the 2011 recipient of the Estelle Klein Award. His outstanding reputation has been earned over the course of a long and accomplished career.

Roots Music Canada was asked to produce the above film, which was presented at the OCFF Conference on October 15, 2011 at Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was an honour to do it. We would like to thank all of the participants in the film, and editor Rick Scicluna for his lovely final touches.

video-cover-photo of Paul Mills accepting the award is courtesy of Sandy Stubbert

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    Sally 21 October, 2011 at 22:01

    All the way from Australia – congratulations Paul – such an outstanding career and what a nice person ; and you play pretty good scrabble !!

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    Sally 22 October, 2011 at 04:09

    Hello from Australia Paul – congratulations ! what an amazing career. I am only newly converted to Canadian folk music thanks to you, I now love it ! you are truly a wonderful ambassador. Wishing you many, many more years of productive work in your field.

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    Jan Vanderhorst 22 October, 2011 at 14:24

    Congratulations Paul! The award couldn’t go to a more deserving and delightful person. What an impact you’ve made on folk music.

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    Elaine Overholt 22 October, 2011 at 23:54

    Paul – You are a national treasure. So many things that I never knew about you. You’re an inspiration to us all. A much-deserved accolade.

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    Rob and Janey Mann 23 October, 2011 at 16:37

    Congratulations Paul!! What a wonderful and well-deserved honour! I am so proud that I can say “I knew you when ….”!

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    Martin Tharratt 26 October, 2011 at 11:03

    I remember the Christmas you got your first guitar – the gateway instrument that was to derail a promising engineering career. Still, things didn’t turn out all bad 😉
    Congratulations, Paul!

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    Shakes 26 October, 2011 at 17:19

    It’s wonderful to see and hear the much-deserved accolades from everyone on the video, saying out loud what we have all felt for all the years we have known you. Yes, I’m still two years older than you but we’re the same generation, and I’ve had the privilege, the honour and the pleasure of knowing and hearing you for far too many years to mention. It’s about time that I also said these things out loud.

    Congratulations and love to you and all the Mills family.

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    Paul Mills 27 October, 2011 at 20:26

    Thanks to everyone for your kind words! Thanks also to everyone who took the time to contribute to this video with their memories and expressions of love and support. And of course thanks to Andy and Rick for doing such a great job on the production of this video.

    I feel so blessed!

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    Janet Lumb 3 November, 2011 at 14:13

    We met at a concert of the Good Loverlies. Fantastic acknowledgement for your work and an honour that is most deserving. Thrilled for you and for the vibrancy you have contributed to folks. Many thanks for making it real.

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