20 October 2011 - Folk legend Bruce Cockburn and Nova Scotia’s Dave Gunning lead the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards with four nominations each, it was revealed Wednesday at a Toronto news conference.
Cockburn, who released his 31st studio album, Small Source of Comfort, this past March, is nominated for contemporary album of the year, contemporary singer of the year, solo artist of the year and English songwriter of the year. The Ottawa-born musician is one of the country’s most prolific singer-songwriters, and was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2002.
Gunning garnered four nominations for traditional album of the year, as well as traditional singer of the year, new/emerging artist of the year and producer of the year.
Other nominated artists include Francophone act Genticorum, world music group Maz, and The Wailin’ Jennys, the Juno Award-winning trio from Winnipeg.vNew to the awards this year is a category called Unsung Hero, which aims to highlight the work of an individual, group or organization central to the country’s folk music scene. Members of the public are being asked to send in their nominations by Oct. 31 to folkawards.ca/eligibility/unsung-hero-award.
The Canadian Folk Music Awards, which were created in 2005, use a judging process similar to the "two-stage elimination" model adopted by the Junos. The awards ceremony will be held at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre Dec. 4, with nominee showcases and other special events running from Dec. 2.
For the complete list of nominees and ticket information, visit folkawards.ca.
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