The results of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards are in! Held at Winnipeg’s Pantages Playhouse Theatre on Saturday, November 20, 2010, the event celebrated talent and passion in bilingual style, with two bubbly emcees: CBC Radio on-air personality Shelagh Rogers and Juno Award-honouree and veteran entertainer Benoit Bourque.
Below is the list of winners:
Traditional Album of the Year: The Once for “The Once”
Contemporary Album of the Year: John Wort Hannam for “Queen’s Hotel”
Children’s Album of the Year: Andrew Queen for “Too Tall”
Traditional Singer of the Year: Yves Lambert for “Bal à l’Huile”
Contemporary Singer of the Year: Rose Cousins for “The Send Off”
Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year: Wendell Ferguson for “Ménage à Moi”
Instrumental Group of the Year: Beyond the Pale for “Postcards”
Vocal Group of the Year: Dala for “Girls From The North County”
Ensemble of the Year: Le Vent Du Nord for “La Part du Feu
Solo Artist of the Year: Amelia Curran for “Hunter, Hunter”
English Songwriter of the Year: Ian Tamblyn for “Gyre”
French Songwriter of the Year: Francis D’Octobre for “Ma bête fragile”
Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year: Asani for “Listen”
World Artist of the Year: Dominic Mancuso for “Comfortably Mine”
World Artist of the Year – Group: Sokoun Trio for “Zanneh”
New/Emerging Artist of the Year: The Once for “The Once”
Producer of the Year: Steve Dawson for “Things About Comin’ My Way” (Various Artists)
Pushing the Boundaries: Beyond the Pale for “Postcards”
Young Performer of the Year: Alexandre Boivin-Caron for “La Tradition”
Some of Canada’s top folk acts performed in a very relaxed atmosphere: Shearwater Bluegrass Band, Stephen Fearing, The Once, Madagascar Slim, The Wailin’s Jennys’ Annabelle Chvostek, Halifax guitarist Don Ross, Grit Laskin, David Essig, and Heather Bishop. Ian Tyson received the prestigious Resonance Award for outstanding lifetime achievement in promoting, preserving or performing music in Canada.
For more information on the results of this year’s CFMAs, visit the official Website of the Canadian Folk Music Awards. In 2011, the CFMAs will be hosted in Toronto, Ontario.
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Cendrine Marrouat is a freelance writer/reviewer, published author and translator living in Canada. Official Website: http://www.cendrinemarrouat.com