Friday, May 20, 2011


OTTAWA – WEDNESDAY, MAY 11, 2011 – The Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) announced today that submissions are now open for the 2011 edition of this prestigious event which will be held at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, University of Toronto on Sunday, December 4th. For more information please visit or .

The SEVENTH ANNUAL CFMAs invites all Canadian folk, roots and world musicians to submit now for the 2011 awards. Featuring this year’s theme “Celebrating Festivals,” CFMAs activities will include various workshops at Victoria College with the support and assistance of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (OCFF); a special nominee showcase taking place at Hugh’s Room on Saturday, December 3rd; and the evening gala, which will be held at the Isabel Bader Theatre, Victoria College, University of Toronto on Sunday, December 4th – celebrating excellence in the Canadian folk music scene today. Canadian artists who have released recordings between June 15, 2010 and June 14, 2011 are eligible to submit their work. For complete details on eligibility, applications and criteria, please visit

ARTISTS WISHING TO SUBMIT can apply directly online or by downloading the submissions form at and each artist can apply to multiple categories appropriate to their music. There are nineteen categories altogether, which includes conventional titles such as Traditional Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year, as well as two categories for world music, French, English and Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year awards, a Children’s Album of the Year Award and for the more adventurous musicians out there…the Pushing the Boundaries Award.

The CFMAs have also announced that this year they will be adding the new “UNSUNG HERO / TRAVAILLEUR DE L'OMBRE” award in recognition of the exceptional contribution of an individual, group, or organization to the Canadian folk music scene. The recipient will be selected by a separate five-member jury, from the region where the 2011 awards will take place – in this case, Central Canada, which includes Ontario, Quebec and Nunavut. For further details please visit

SUBMISSIONS DEADLINE is Thursday, June 30th, 2011.

EARLY BIRD SUBMISSION RATE until Sunday, May 22, 2011.

Sound integrity is important for the selection process and since current online listening is sonically inferior in many cases, the CFMA jurors prefer to listen to the CD tracks straight from the CD. This way they will get the full impact of the immense effort applied to the music as well as the artwork and packaging as a whole.


The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian Folk Music in all its forms. Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards include a few categories that apply to folk and roots music, but without as broad a view of the genre. The judging process is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from the folk music community.


For more information, photos, interviews, please contact:

Media Contact: Beverly Kreller



Canadian Folk Music Awards

1111 Bank Street

Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3X4



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