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Here are your 2021 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees


The board of the Canadian Folk Music Awards has just announced the nominees for the 16th annual awards, scheduled to take place online April 9-10.

Pharis and Jason Romero lead the nominees with six for their gorgeous album, Bet on Love, followed closely by William Prince, who has five for his breathtaking collection, Reliever. Other multiple nominees include Okan, Leela Gilday, Julian Taylor, Burnstick, the East Pointers, Maya Rae, Riit and Catherine MacLellan

The fill list is below. Congratulations to all!

Children’s Album of the Year

  • Broccoli Farm – Claire Ness
  • Goodnight To You All – Charlie Hope
  • Small But Mighty – Ginalina
  • The Mountain Man – Spencer Burton
  • Tous musiciens – Henri Godon

Contemporary Album of the Year

  • Are You in Love? – Basia Bulat
  • At the Edge of the World Mike McKenna Jr.
  • Coyote – Catherine MacLellan
  • Drifters – Joe Nolan
  • Reliever – William Prince
  • Sugar & Joy – The Dead South
  • The Unconquerable Past – Stephen Fearing
  • Yours To Break – The East Pointers

Contemporary Singer of the Year

  • Coco Love Alcorn for Rebirth
  • Basia Bulat for Are You in Love?
  • Tim Chaisson for Yours To Break
  • Catherine MacLellan for Coyote
  • William Prince for Reliever

English Songwriter(s) of the Year

  • Coco Love Alcorn for Rebirth
  • Basia Bulat for Are You in Love?
  • William Prince for Reliever
  • Pharis & Jason Romero for Bet On Love
  • Sarah Jane Scouten for Confessions
  • Julian Taylor for The Ridge

Ensemble of the Year

  • OKAN for Sombras
  • Pharis & Jason Romero for Bet On Love
  • Sultans of String for Refuge
  • Sussex for The Ocean Wide
  • The Dead South for Sugar & Joy

French Songwriter(s) of the Year

  • Guillaume Arsenault for La partie de moi qui tremble
  • Raphaël Delahaye for Le sens de la dérive
  • Marie-Ève Lapierre-Lemoyne for Onze
  • Flavie Léger-Roy for Ce chapeau est trop grand pour moi
  • Alexandre Poulin for Nature humaine

Indigenous Songwriter(s) of the Year

  • Jason & Nadia Burnstick for Kîyânaw
  • A.W. Cardinal for Bare Knuckles & Brawn
  • Leela Gilday for North Star Calling
  • Riit for ataataga
  • Crystal Shawanda for Church House Blues

Instrumental Group of the Year

  • Beòlach for All Hands
  • Emilyn Stam & John David Williams for Honeywood
  • Gordon Grdina’s The Marrow for Safar-E-Daroon
  • Jessica Deutsch & Ozere for Traces
  • Rhizome for Double capture

Instrumental Solo artist of the Year

  • Marc Atkinson for Solo
  • Benjamin Barrile for Esperando el Alba
  • Gordon Grdina for Prior Street
  • Nick Hornbuckle for 13 or So
  • Natalie MacMaster for Sketches

New/Emerging Artist(s) of the Year

  • Noah Derksen for America, Dreaming
  • Marie-Ève Laure for Onze
  • Maya Rae for Can You See Me?
  • Emily Rockarts for Little Flower
  • Rum Ragged for The Thing About Fish
  • Emily Triggs for Middletown

Producer(s) of the Year

  • Dave Clarke & Bill Garrett for Coming Home (Steel Rail)
  • Roy Forbes for Edge of Blue (Roy Forbes)
  • Marc Jenkins for Bet On Love (Pharis & Jason Romero)
  • Dayna Manning for Morning Light (Dayna Manning)
  • Chris McKhool & John ‘Beetle’ Bailey for Refuge (Sultans of String)

Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award

  • Aerialists for Dear Sienna
  • Mélisande [Électrotrad] for Les myriades
  • Riit for ataataga
  • The East Pointers for Yours To Break
  • The Henrys for Paydirt

Single of the Year

  • “K’eintah Natse Ju” by Leela Gilday (Producer: Hill Kourkoutis)
  • “Some Kind of Hell” by Burnstick (Producers: Jason & Nadia Burnstick)
  • “The Spark” by William Prince (Producers: Scott Nolan, Dave Cobb)
  • “Wintergreen” by The East Pointers (Producer: Gordie Sampson)
  • “Yellowknife” by Craig Cardiff (Producer: Craig Cardiff)

Solo Artist of the Year

  • Catherine MacLellan for Coyote
  • Lynn Miles for We’ll Look For Stars
  • William Prince for Reliever
  • Riit for ataataga
  • Julian Taylor for The Ridge

Traditional Album of the Year

  • All Hands by Beòlach
  • Bet On Love by Pharis & Jason Romero
  • Crowing Ignites by Bruce Cockburn
  • Debout! by Le Diable à Cinq
  • The Lost Tapes by Ian & Sylvia

Traditional Singer of the Year

  • Mike Bravener for Depends Upon The Pay
  • Kevin Harvey for Hand me Down Blues
  • Mark Manning for The Thing About Fish
  • Lou Natale for Workin’ the Mystery
  • Pharis Romero for Bet On Love

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Beauséjour for Beauséjour
  • Big Little Lions for Inside Voice
  • Kennedy Road for A Little Fight Left Yet
  • Pharis & Jason Romero for Bet On Love
  • The Barrel Boys for Mainline

World Album of the Year

  • Africa Without Borders – Okavango African Orchestra
  • Kora flamenca – Zal Sissokho
  • La Serena – Aviva Chernick
  • Patria – Mazacote
  • Sombras – OKAN

Young Performer(s) of the Year

  • Maya Rae for Can You See Me?
  • Moscow Apartment for Better Daughter
  • Paige Penney for Watch Out For Your Step
  • Quin With One N for Out of the Blue
  • The Gilberts for The Gilberts: One


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