The Canadian Folk Music Awards Announces 2024 Nominees

The Canadian Folk Music Awards celebrates its 19th edition, with a roster of nominations that celebrates the breadth and depth of Canadian folk music in all its forms. This year’s nominees span the country from coast to coast to coast. A new record of submissions, we are happy to announce a total of 110 nominees spanning over 20 categories — celebrating the diversity and talent of artists and musicians across Canada.

Created in 2005, the Canadian Folk Music Awards celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Established as a non-profit, the mission of the CFMAs is to celebrate and promote Canadian folk music in all its forms. Join our mailing list, follow the CFMAs on X @folkawards, Instagram @CandianFolkMusicAwards and on Facebook @prixfolkawards.

Julian Taylor, Kaeley Jade, Steve Dawson, The East Pointers, and William Prince lead the CFMAs, each honoured with 3 nominations; while Barbra Lica, Big Little Lions, The Bombadils, Dave Gunning, Don Ross, Jill Barber, Jackson Hollow, Kyle McKearney, La Déferlance, Mary Beth Carty, Mia Kelly, Moonfruits, Queen Kong, So Long Seven, Terra Spencer, Vinta, and Whitehorse are all honoured with two nominations each.

Established by Canada’s vibrant and internationally-recognized folk music community, CFMA nominees are chosen for each category through a two-stage jury process. More than 100 jurors, located across Canada, representing all provinces, territories and in both official languages, help determine the official recipients in each category. “Every year, the CFMA Nominee Announcement is an important moment for Canada’s folk music community to take note of the outstanding work done over the past year and celebrate the outstanding talent our country has to offer” explains CFMA president Graham Lindsey. “We are proud of the diversity of the nominated recordings, and it is a true testament to what our country’s musicians have to offer”.

The CFMA 2024 Awards Weekend takes place April 4th to the 7th, 2024, in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. The weekend will capture the true heart of our folk community, while celebrating the nominees and the category recipients.

The 2024 Canadian Folk Music Award Nominees are :

Young Performer(s) of the Year / Jeune artiste(s) de l’année:
• Abigale (Different Roads)
• Fiddelium (Lit Up)
• Mélodie LeBlanc, Charlotte LeBlanc & Rosalie LeBlanc (Perdrais-je mon temps…(Would I be losing my time…) – La famille LeBlanc)
• Mia Kelly (Garden Through the War)
• Paige Penney (Game Changer)
• The Trilogy (Irish Millie)
New/Emerging Artist(s) of the Year / Artiste(s) de la relève de l’année:
• 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 / Album contemporain de l’année:
• 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 / Chanteur contemporain de l’année:
• Joe Nolan (Lost Verses – Joe Nolan)
• Julian Taylor (Beyond The Reservoir – Julian Taylor)
• Kaeley Jade (Turpentine – Kaeley Jade)
• Suzie Vinnick (Fall Back Home – Suzie Vinnick)
• Terra Spencer (Old News – Terra Spencer & Ben Caplan)
Global Roots Album of the Year / Album traditions du monde de l’année:
• Bamako (Sophie Lukacs)
• Refugee in the Sea (Tarek Ghriri)
• Ritual (Roberto López)
• Taraf Syriana (Taraf Syriana)
• Ubuntu (Empress Nyiringango)
Traditional Singer of the Year / Chanteur traditionnel de l’année:
• François-Félix Roy (Peines perdues – François-Félix Roy)
• Hannah Shira Naiman (The Wheels Won’t Go – Hannah Shira Naiman)
• La Yeni (Yarrow Under the Moon – La Yeni)
• Mary Beth Carty (Crossing the Causeway – Mary Beth Carty)
• Tianna Lefebvre (Roses – Jackson Hollow)
Traditional Album of the Year/ Album traditionnel de l’année:
• 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 / Auteur-compositeur(s) francophone de l’année:
• Aleksi Campagne, Michelle Campagne (For The Giving / Sans rien donner – Aleksi Campagne)
• Catherine-Audrey Lachapelle, Léandre Joly-Pelletier (Là-bas – Veranda)
• Catherine Durand (La maison orpheline – Catherine Durand)
• Éric Dion, André Lavergne (La nouvelle saison – Dans l’Shed)
• Marie-Ève Laure (Reviens – Marie-Ève Laure)
English Songwriter(s) of the Year / Auteur compositeur(s) anglophone de l’année:
• Jacob Brodovsky (I Love You and I’m Sorry – Jacob Brodovsky)
• Luke Doucet, Melissa McClelland (I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying – Whitehorse)
• Tim Chaisson, Koady Chaisson, Jake Charron, Colin MacDonald, Carleton Stone (House of Dreams – The East Pointers)
• Dave Gunning (The Same Storm – Dave Gunning)
• Noah Derksen (Sanctity of Silence – Noah Derksen)
• Noah Zacharin (Points of Light – Noah Zacharin)
Indigenous Songwriter(s) of the Year / Auteur compositeur(s) autochtone de l’année:
• Cynthia Hamar (Joint & Marrow – Cynthia Hamar)
• Kaeley Jade Wiebe (Turpentine – Kaeley Jade)
• Geneviève Toupin (Maison vent – Willows)
• Kyle McKearney (A Traveler’s Lament – Kyle McKearney)
• Qattuu (Midnight Sun – Qattuu)
Instrumental Composer of the Year / Compositeur(s) ou compositrice(s) de l’année:
• Dario Montanino (Rio Lyon – Dario Montanino)
• Don Ross (Water – Don Ross)
• Lorie Wolf (Fray – Queen Kong)
• Nathan Smith, Emilyn Stam, John David Williams, Alan Mackie (Beacons – Vinta)
• Steve Dawson (Phantom Threshold – Steve Dawson & The Telescope 3)
Children’s Album of the Year / Album jeunesse de l’année
• 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 / Groupe instrumental de l’année:
• Archetype Trad (Explorer)
• Medusa (Medusa)
• Queen Kong (Fray)
• So Long Seven (only elephants know her name)
• Vinta (Beacons)
Ensemble of the Year / Groupe de l’année:
• 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 / Groupe vocal de l’année:
• 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 / Prix Innovation musicale Oliver Schroer:
• 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 / Réalisateur(s) de l’année:
• Drew Jurecka, Dan Rosenberg (Silent Tears: The Last Yiddish Tango – Payadora Tango Ensemble)
• Jeremy Ledbetter (Seré Libre – Eliana Cuevas with the Angel Falls Orchestra)
• Jill Barber, Erik P. H. Nielsen (Homemaker – Jill Barber)
• Kaitlin Milroy, Alex Millaire, Charles Fairfield, Olivier Fairfield (Salt – Moonfruits)
• Steve Dawson (Eyes Closed, Dreaming – Steve Dawson)
Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year / Instrumentiste solo de l’année:
• Aaron Collis (Before Daylight in the Morning – Aaron Collis)
• Don Ross (Water – Don Ross)
• Joy Lapps (Girl In The Yard – Joy Lapps)
• Paul Pike (Echoes Of Our Ancestors – Paul Pike)
• Steve Dawson (Phantom Threshold – Steve Dawson & The Telescope 3)
• Troy McLaggan (Wood, Steel & Bones – Troy McLaggan)
Solo Artist of the Year / Artiste solo de l’année:
• 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 / Monoplage de l’année:
• 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)