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2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards Nominees Announced | FYI Music News

Now in a 16th edition, The Canadian Folk Music Awards were established by Canada’s vibrant and internationally-recognized folk music community. The awards currently boast 19 categories, and 100 nominees were listed this year. Nominees are chosen for each category through a two-stage jury process. More than 100 jurors, located across Canada and representing all official provinces, territories and languages, determine the official recipients in each category.

The CFMAs present two new Award categories for 2021. Single of the Year, recognizes an artist or group, and their producer(s) for a single release recording, or a track from an album that was released as a single, open to all folk genres, songs and instrumentals, and World Music Album Of The Year replaces the former awards for World Solo Artist of the Year and World Group of the Year.

The Canadian Folk Music Awards Celebration will take place online again this year, and will present all 19 Awards, plus the Unsung Hero Award, virtually, over the weekend of April 9-10, 2021. The Awards were originally scheduled in-person over this weekend in Charlottetown, PEI, but the CFMAs have made the difficult decision to cancel the live shows and weekend celebrations due to Covid-19. The health and safety of patrons, artists, staff and the general public remains paramount. More information will be shared in early 2021. 

The Awards Weekend online presentations will capture the true heart of the folk community, while celebrating the 2021 nominees and the category recipients. The virtual CFMA Awards show will announce the recipients of the 2021 CFMAs. Bilingual hosts will review all the CFMA categories, nominees, and announce recipients, including the Unsung Hero Award Presentation, along with announcing where the 2022 event will take place. “Like” the facebook page here for easier access to the live-stream.


(Stream 2021 CFMA Nominees on Spotify)

English Songwriter(s) of the Year / Auteur compositeur(s) anglophone de l’année

Coco Love Alcorn for/pour Rebirth

Basia Bulat for/pour Are You in Love? 

William Prince for/pour Reliever 

Pharis & Jason Romero for/pour Bet On Love 

Sarah Jane Scouten for/pour Confessions 

Julian Taylor for/pour The Ridge  

The CFMAs gratefully acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.

CFMA 2021 event details:

The 16th Edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards takes place over the weekend of April 9-10, 2021, Visit the website  and join the mailing list to get information on the CFMAs delivered to your inbox.

About the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs):
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 twitter @folkawards, instagram @CanadianFolkMusicAwards  or “like” us on facebook.