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Here are your 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award nominees


As many of us were recovering from the Folk Music Ontario conference this week, the board of the Canadian Folk Music Awards quietly announced the nominees for this year’s awards — which will actually be handed out next spring.

The CFMAs will return to St. John’s, NL next year for their 19th edition, with the awards weekend scheduled for April 4 to 7.

Here’s who’s up for the awards this time around. Congratulations to all!

Young Performer(s) of the Year

  • Abigale – Different Roads
  • Fiddelium – Lit Up
  • Mélodie LeBlanc, Charlotte LeBlanc & Rosalie LeBlanc – Perdrais-je mon temps…(Would I be losing my time…) by La famille LeBlanc)
  • Mia Kelly – Garden Through the War
  • Paige Penney – Game Changer
  • Irish Millie – The Trilogy

New/Emerging Artist(s) of the Year

  • La Déferlance – Le feu aux poudres
  • Kaeley Jade – Turpentine
  • Mia Kelly – Garden Through the War
  • Moonfruits – Salt
  • Steven Taetz – Late Bloom
  • Youngtree & The Blooms – Youngtree and The Blooms

Contemporary Album of the Year

  • Colder Streams – The Sadies
  • Homemaker – Jill Barber
  • House of Dreams – The East Pointers
  • Kingmaker – Tami Neilson
  • Love Songs For the Long Game – NQ Arbuckle
  • Old News – Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan
  • Stand in the Joy – William Prince
  • TumbleWeedyWorld – Lynn Miles

Contemporary Singer of the Year

  • Joe Nolan – Lost Verses by Joe Nolan
  • Julian Taylor – Beyond The Reservoir by Julian Taylor
  • Kaeley Jade – Turpentine by Kaeley Jade
  • Suzie Vinnick – Fall Back Home by Suzie Vinnick
  • Terra Spencer – Old News by Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan)

Global Roots Album of the Year

  • Bamako – Sophie Lukacs
  • Refugee in the Sea – Tarek Ghriri
  • Ritual – Roberto López
  • Taraf Syriana – Taraf Syriana
  • Ubuntu – Empress Nyiringango

Traditional Singer of the Year

  • François-Félix Roy – Peines perdues by François-Félix Roy
  • Hannah Shira Naiman – The Wheels Won’t Go by Hannah Shira Naiman
  • La Yeni – Yarrow Under the Moon by La Yeni
  • Mary Beth Carty – Crossing the Causeway by Mary Beth Carty
  • Tianna Lefebvre – Roses by Jackson Hollow

Traditional Album of the Year

  • A Celtic Celebration – The Bookends with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra
  • All It Brings – Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira
  • Constellations – Meredith Moon
  • Crossing the Causeway – Mary Beth Carty
  • Le feu aux poudres – La Déferlance

French Songwriter(s) of the Year

  • Aleksi Campagne, Michelle Campagne – For The Giving / Sans rien donner by Aleksi Campagne
  • Catherine-Audrey Lachapelle, Léandre Joly-Pelletier – Là-bas by Veranda
  • Catherine Durand – La maison orpheline by Catherine Durand
  • Éric Dion, André Lavergne – La nouvelle saison by Dans l’Shed
  • Marie-Ève Laure – Reviens by Marie-Ève Laure

English Songwriter(s) of the Year

  • Jacob Brodovsky – I Love You and I’m Sorry by Jacob Brodovsky
  • Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland – I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying by Whitehorse
  • Tim Chaisson, Koady Chaisson, Jake Charron, Colin MacDonald, Carleton Stone – House of Dreams by The East – Pointers
  • Dave Gunning – The Same Storm by Dave Gunning
  • Noah Derksen – Sanctity of Silence by Noah Derksen
  • Noah Zacharin – Points of Light by Noah Zacharin

Indigenous Songwriter(s) of the Year

  • Cynthia Hamar – Joint & Marrow by Cynthia Hamar
  • Kaeley Jade Wiebe – Turpentine by Kaeley Jade
  • Geneviève Toupin – Maison vent by Willows
  • Kyle McKearney – A Traveler’s Lament by Kyle McKearney
  • Qattuu – Midnight Sun by Qattuu

Instrumental Composer of the Year

  • Dario Montanino – Rio Lyon by Dario Montanino
  • Don Ross – Water by Don Ross
  • Lorie Wolf – Fray by Queen Kong
  • Nathan Smith, Emilyn Stam, John David Williams, Alan Mackie – Beacons by Vinta
  • Steve Dawson – Phantom Threshold by Steve Dawson & The Telescope 3

Children’s Album of the Year

  • Going Back: Remembered and Remixed Family Folk Songs – Ginalina
  • Here Comes the Train – Mr Ben
  • Minor Third – The Relative Minors
  • Primary – Darrelle London
  • Welcome to the Flea Circus – The Swinging Belles

Instrumental Group of the Year

  • Archetype Trad – Explorer
  • Medusa – Medusa
  • Queen Kong – Fray
  • So Long Seven – only elephants know her name
  • Vinta – Beacons

Ensemble of the Year

  • The Bombadils – Dear Friend
  • The East Pointers – House of Dreams
  • Genticorum – Au coeur de l’aube
  • Jackson Hollow – Roses
  • Whitehorse – I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying

Vocal Group of the Year

  • Basset – In the Clay
  • Big Little Lions – AMPM
  • Musique à bouches – Il est grand temps
  • The Bombadils – Dear Friend
  • Twin Flames – Twin Flames Unplugged Live

Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award

  • A Traveler’s Lament – Kyle McKearney
  • Codex XXI – De Lònga
  • only elephants know her name – So Long Seven
  • Universal Echoes – Kuné
  • Weyn Allah – Al Qahwa

Producer(s) of the Year

  • Drew Jurecka, Dan Rosenberg – Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango by the Payadora Tango Ensemble
  • Jeremy Ledbetter – Seré Libre by Eliana Cuevas with the Angel Falls Orchestra
  • Jill Barber, Erik P. H. Nielsen – Homemaker by Jill Barber
  • Kaitlin Milroy, Alex Millaire, Charles Fairfield, Olivier Fairfield – Salt by Moonfruits
  • Steve Dawson – Eyes Closed, Dreaming by Steve Dawson

Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year

  • Aaron Collis – Before Daylight in the Morning by Aaron Collis
  • Don Ross – Water by Don Ross
  • Joy Lapps – Girl In The Yard by Joy Lapps
  • Paul Pike – Echoes Of Our Ancestors by Paul Pike
  • Steve Dawson – Phantom Threshold by Steve Dawson & The Telescope 3
  • Troy McLaggan – Wood, Steel & Bones by Troy McLaggan

Solo Artist of the Year

  • Barbra Lica – Imposter Syndrome
  • Dave Gunning – The Same Storm
  • Julian Taylor – Beyond The Reservoir
  • Julie Title – After the Sun
  • William Prince – Stand in the Joy

Single of the Year

“Delaney’s Dad” – Moira & Claire
“Have You Seen My Sister?” – Aruna and the Sirens + guests
“In 40 Years” – Barbra Lica
“Light Under The Door” – Zaac Pick
“Seeds” – Julian Taylor
“Tell Me I’m Not Dreaming” – The Bombadils
“When You Miss Someone” – William Prince
“Worth The Time” – Big Little Lions

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