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Monday, November 25, 2019

GOOD LUCK! Local Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominees + Complete Nominations

In a few months (April 3rd & 4th to be exact) the Canadian Folk world will be showcasing their talent at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards ceremony. A number of local artists recently received nomination and hopefully, they'll be bring home some hardware.

Hamilton-born singer/songwriter Ben Caplan is in the running in three categories: English Songwriter of the Year, World Solo Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year

Links: Ben CaplanMore Ben Caplan StoriesVideo above courtesy of Ben Caplan


Steeltown's own Luke Doucet (Whitehorse) is also up for Producer of the Year

Links: WhitehorseMore Whitehorse StoriesVideo above courtesy of Whitehorse


Vineland songstress Ariana Gillis is also up for Contemporary Album of the Year.

Links: Links: Ariana GillisMore Ariana Gillis StoriesVideo above courtesy of Concerts in the Woods


Waterloo's Danny Michel was nominated for Solo Artists of the Year  as well.

Links: Danny MichelMore Danny Michael StoriesVideo above courtesy of Danny Michel


From the news release: The 15th Edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards takes place over the weekend of April 3-4, 2020 at The PEI Convention Centre, in beautiful downtown, Charlottetown, PEI at 4 Queen St. Awards will be presented throughout both evenings, April 3 and 4th, at the Awards Weekend Concerts. These concerts combine the most loved events of the Canadian Folk Music Awards’ – the vibrant energy of the live music showcases and the awards gala. The Awards Weekend Concerts will capture the true heart of the folk community, while celebrating the 2020 nominees and the category recipients.  Tickets and wristbands will go on sale in early 2020, please visit our website,, and join our mailing list to be the first to know about our events and announcements.

Here's a complete list of nominees.

Contemporary Album
  • Ariana Gillis: The Maze
  • The Small Glories: Assiniboine and The Red
  • Leaf Rapids: Citizen Alien
  • Abigail Lapell: Getaway
  • Jenn Grant: Love, Inevitable
  • The Al Purdy Songbook
  • Lennie Gallant: Time Travel
  • Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky
English Songwriter(s)
  • Ben Caplan, Christian Barry: Old Stock (Ben Caplan)
  • Lennie Gallant: Time Travel
  • Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky
  • Kaia Kater: Grenades
  • Abigail Lapell: Getaway
  • Cara Luft, Jd Edwards, Neil Osborne, Catherine Maclellan: Assiniboine and The Red (The Small Glories)
  • Madeleine Roger: Cottonwood
  • Justin Rutledge: Passages
World Solo Artist
  • Ben Caplan: Old Stock
  • Cristian De La Luna: Sabes
  • Quique Escamilla: Encomienda
  • Roberto López: Kaleido Strópico
  • Wesli: Rapadou Kreyol
  • Luke Doucet: The Northern South Vol. 2 (Whitehorse)
  • Ben Caplan: Old Stock
  • Erin Costelo: Grenades (Kaia Kater)
  • Steve Dawson: Halfway Home By Morning (Matt Andersen)
  • Daniel Ledwell: Time Travel (Lennie Gallant)
  • Jory Nash, Chris Stringer: Wilderness Years (Jory Nash)
  • Oliver Schroer Pushing The Boundaries Award / Prix Innovation Musicale  Oliver Schroer
  • Elisapie: The Ballad Of The Runaway Girl
  • Samson Wrote: Pigeon
  • Tri-Continental: Dust Dance
  • Vishtèn: Horizons
Solo Artist
  • Danny Michel: White and Gold
  • Michael Jerome Browne: That's Where It's At
  • Jenn Grant: Love, Inevitable
  • Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky
  • Sarah Macdougall: All The Hours I Have Left To Tell You Anything
  • Irish Mythen: Little Bones
Traditional Album
  • Old Man Luedecke: Easy Money
  • Vishtèn: Horizons
  • The Slocan Ramblers: Queen City Jubilee
  • Le Vent Du Nord: Territoires
  • Shannon Quinn: Watchmaker
Children’s Album
  • Ginalina: It Takes A Village
  • The Kerplunks: Lullabies For Big Eyes
  • Amos J + Jérôme Fortin: Magical Lullabies
  • Will's Jams: Rocks And Roots
  • Splash'n Boots: You, Me And The Sea
Traditional Singer
  • Rachel Davis: Ashlar (Còig)
  • Joshua Haulli: Aqqut
  • Sophie Lavoie: Portraits
  • Old Man Luedecke: Easy Money
  • Allison Lupton: Words Of Love
Contemporary Singer
  • Matt Andersen: Halfway Home By Morning
  • Jenn Grant: Love, Inevitable
  • Dave Gunning: Up Against The Sky
  • Lydia Persaud: Let Me Show You
  • Andrea Ramolo: Homage
Instrumental Solo Artist
  • Itamar Erez: Mi Alegria
  • Sabin Jacques: Grandes Rencontres (Sabin Jacques & Rachel Aucoin)
  • Graham Lindsey: Tradhead
  • Jon Pilatzke: Amongst Friends
  • Richard Wood: Unbroken
Instrumental Group
  • Emilyn Stam and Filippo Gambetta: Shorelines
  • Mairi Rankin and Eric Wright: The Cabin Sessions
  • Pierre Schryer and Adam Dobres: Mandorla
  • The Fitzgeralds: The Fitzgeralds
  • Toronto Tabla Ensemble: Bhumika
Vocal Group
  • Fortunate Ones: Hold Fast
  • Geneviève Et Alain: De La Rivière À La Mer
  • Musique À Bouches: L'habit De Plumes
  • The Small Glories: Assiniboine and The Red
  • The Sweet Lowdown: Low Clouds In The Morning
  • Haley Richardson and Quinn Bachand: When The Wind Blows High And Clear
  • Oliver The Crow: Oliver The Crow
  • The Slocan Ramblers: Queen City Jubilee
  • The Small Glories: Assiniboine & The Red
  • Vishtèn: Horizons
French Songwriter(s)
  • Bernard Adamus: C'qui Nous Reste Du Texas
  • Jordane Labrie, Clement Desjardins: 12 Jours (Jordane)
  • Jean Leloup: L'étrange Pays
  • Safia Nolin: Dans Le Noir
  • Caroline Savoie: Pourchasser L'aube
Indigenous Songwriter(s)
  • Sugar Plum Croxen, Shelley Hamilton, George Elliott Clarke: Constitution (The Afro-Métis Nation)
  • Jenelle Duval, Danielle Benoit, Stacey Howse: Qama'si (Eastern Owl)
  • Joshua Haulli: Aqqut
  • Diyet Van Lieshout: Diyet & The Love Soldiers
  • Mike Paul: Origine
World Group
  • Al Qahwa: Cairo Moon
  • Ayrad: Zoubida
  • Emilyn Stam & Filippo Gambetta: Shorelines
  • Pierre Schryer & Adam Dobres: Mandorla
  • Toronto Tabla Ensemble: Bhumika
New/Emerging Artist(s)
  • Birds Of Bellwoods: Victoria
  • Geneviève Racette: No Water, No Flowers
  • Gordie Mackeeman And His Rhythm Boys: Dreamland
  • Hook and Nail: Ghosts Of Taylorton
  • Lydia Persaud: Let Me Show You
  • T. Buckley: Miles We Put Behind
  • The Lumber Jills: The Lumber Jills
  • The Unfaithful Servants: The Unfaithful Servants
Young Performer(s)
  • Conway: Conway
  • Nick Earle: Breaking New Ground
  • Joshua Haulli: Aqqut
  • Keltie: Expect Inhibition
  • Jacques Surette: Marche, Marche, Marche
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