Sunday, November 13, 2022

GOOD LUCK! 2023 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees including local artists

Highlights from the news release: 

(October 4, 2022 - SAINT JOHN) The Canadian Folk Music Awards celebrates its 18th edition, with a roster of nominations that celebrates the breadth and depth of Canadian folk music. This year’s nominees span the country from Leader, Saskatchewan, to Papineauville Québec, and from Salt Spring Island, British Columbia to Fredericton, New Brunswick  — celebrating the diversity and talent of artists and musicians across Canada.

Established by Canada’s vibrant and internationally-recognized folk music community, the awards currently boasts 19 categories. Nominees are chosen for each category through a two-stage jury process. More than 100 jurors, located across Canada, representing all official provinces, territories and languages, determine the official recipients in each category.

The CFMA 2023 Awards Weekend takes place March 31 - April 2, 2023, and we are looking forward to heading to Vancouver, BC! The weekend will capture the true heart of our folk community, while celebrating the 2023 nominees and the category recipients.

Here is the nominee announcement

Links: CFMAMore CFMA StoriesVideo above courtesy of prixfolkawards

Below is a complete list of nominees. Local acts are bolded.

*Signed to Waterdown's True North Records

Children’s Album 

  • Ça suffit pour s'amuser by Hannah Shira Naiman
  • Folk For Little Folk Volume 1 by Gordie Crazylegs MacKeeman
  • Ponderosa Bunchgrass and the Golden Rule by The Oot n' Oots

Contemporary Album

  • Sanctuary by Sultans of String (some members from Burlington)
  • Cerulean by Ken Yates
  • Down-Home by Kyle McKearney
  • eleven by Madison Violet
  • Hurricane Coming by Shawna Caspi
  • Long Haul by John Wort Hannam
  • Tongues by Tanya Tagaq
  • Zhawenim by Digging Roots

Contemporary Singer

Global Roots Album 

Instrumental Group 

  • RanchWriters*
  • Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves 
  • Proulx-Demers
  • Shannon Quinn & Tony Quinn
  • The McDades

Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award 

  • Sultans of String (some members from Burlington)
  • Mélisande [électrotrad
  • Lenka Lichtenberg
  • Oktoécho
  • Digging Roots


  • Chris McKhool (Burlington) & John 'Beetle' Bailey (New Hamberg) - Sanctuary by Sultans of String 
  • Brenley MacEachern & Lisa MacIsaac - eleven by Madison Violet
  • Corwin Fox & Yael Wand - Saltwater Heartwood by Yael Wand
  • Katia Makdissi-Warren - Transcestral by Oktoécho
  • The Fretless & Joby Baker - Open House by The Fretless

Solo Artist 

  • Barney Bentall *
  • James Keelaghan 
  • Jocelyn Pettit
  • John Wort Hannam
  • Suzie Ungerleider


English Songwriter(s) 

  • Abigail Lapell
  • Andrew McClelland aka Li'l Andy 
  • John Wort Hannam
  • Matt Patershuk
  • Tim Buckley
  • Yael Wand


  • Over The Moon 
  • The Dead South
  • The Fretless
  • The McDades
  • The Slocan Ramblers

French Songwriter(s) 

  • Anik Bérubé & Natalie Byrns
  • Geneviève Roberge-Bouchard & Alain Barbeau 
  • Héra Ménard & Guylaine Saint-Pierre 
  • Matt Stern 
  • Sébastien Lacombe 

Indigenous Songwriter(s)

  • Adrian Sutherland
  • Amanda Rheaume
  • Berk Jodoin
  • Kyle McKearney
  • ShoShona Kish & Raven Kanatakta Polson-Lahache (Digging Roots)

Instrumental Solo Artist 

  • Ellen Gibling
  • John Reischman
  • Kerry Fitzgerald
  • Mike Stevens
  • Waymzy

New/Emerging Artist(s) 

  • Alex Krawczyk 
  • Andrew Waite
  • Camie
  • Cheval
  • RedFox
  • Tennyson King


  • 100 Proof by Julian Taylor
  • À travers mes yeux  by Geneviève et Alain)
  • Familiar Feeling by Pretty Archie
  • Heavy Heart by Fortunate Ones
  • Hey Boys Sing Us A Song by The Irish Rovers
  • Love you the Best by Quote the Raven
  • Sing Me A Song by William Prince and Serena Ryder)
  • Sweet Desperado by Madison Violet
  • Teeth Agape by Tanya Tagaq

Traditional Album 

  • 20 printemps by Le Vent Du Nord)
  • 20 Summers by Shannon Quinn & Tony Quinn
  • Hurricane Clarice  by Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves
  • Long Time Travelling by Ken Whiteley
  • Up the Hill and Through the Fog by The Slocan Ramblers

Traditional Singer 

  • Kim Beggs
  • Li'l Andy
  • Lizzy Hoyt 
  • Michael Darcy 
  • Mike Bravener 

Vocal Group 

  • Le Vent Du Nord
  • Les Rats d'Swompe
  • Mama’s Broke 
  • Quote the Raven
  • The McDades 

Young Performer(s)

  • Fiddelium
  • Paige Penney
  • The Fiddlaires
  • The Oot n' Oots
  • The Receivers

Links: CFMAMore CFMA Stories

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