The Canadian Folk Music Awards will be in April from now on … and next year they’re in PEI!
The Canadian Folk Music Awards have announced that the 2019 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 event to the spring, after previously holding it in November or December, noted 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 in 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!”
This will be the first time the awards weekend has taken place in Charlottetown, and CFMA board member Rob Oakie – also the executive director of Music PEI – said the Island is please to welcome them.
“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,” he said. “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!”
Awards will be presented throughout both evenings, April 3 and April 4, at the awards concerts. These concerts combine the most-loved elements of the Canadian Folk Music Awards’ first fifteen years of events: 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 2019 nominees and the category recipients.
Submissions will open for the 2019 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA) in April.
The awards currently boast 19 categories,.
A two-stage jury process featuring 95 jurors located across Canada – and representing all provinces, territories and official languages – determines the official recipients in each category.
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