Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys nominated for a CFMA

Canadian Folk Music Awards

Charlottetown hosts weekend long event

Apr 3 & 4, 2020

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The Canadian Folk Music Awards has announced the performers for the 15th Annual Canadian Folk Music Awards Weekend, which is being held, for the first time ever, in Charlottetown. The Awards Weekend will consist of two nightly Awards Shows offering Award presentations and live performances on April 3 and 4 at The Delta Prince Edward, 18 Queen Street. The Awards Shows are open to the public.

Each year, the Canadian Folk Music Awards are held in a different province, showcasing the vast array of talent the country has to offer. Nightly shows combine the most loved events of the Canadian Folk Music Awards—the vibrant energy of the live music showcases and the awards gala. The Awards Weekend Concerts capture the true heart of the folk community, while celebrating the nominees and category recipients.

Hosted in both English and French by Jean Hewson and Benoit Bourque, a total of 20 Awards, including the presentation of the Slaight Unsung Hero Award, will be handed out over both nights, along with the CFMA nominee live performances. Both Awards Shows take place at The Delta Prince Edward, 18 Queen St, doors open at 7 pm nightly, show begins at 7:30 pm. Seating will be a mix of cabaret style and standard concert seating and food and beverages will be available for purchase.

The focus of the Award Shows is to celebrate the CFMA 2020 nominees talents and accomplishments, while introducing them to new fans and opportunities. To support nominee career growth, the CFMAs will be bringing industry professionals from around the world to PEI for the Awards Weekend to participate in a new Export Development Program.

This year, CFMA will showcase 12 artists from across the nation, presenting six performers nightly.

Vishtèn (photo: Dave Brosha)

April 3 performances by: Vishtèn (Trad Album; Ensemble; Pushing the Boundaries); Kaia Kater (English Songwriter; Album–Producer); Ayrad (World Group); Leaf Rapids (Contemporary Album); Tri-Continental (Pushing the Boundaries) and Lennie Gallant (Contemporary Album; English Songwriter; Album–Producer).

April 4 performances by: Eastern Owl (Indigenous Songwriters); Geneviève & Alain (Vocal Group); Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (New/Emerging Artists); Abigail Lapell (Contemporary Album; English Songwriter); Le Vent du Nord (Trad Album); Irish Mythen (Solo Artist)

Purchase tickets and/or weekend passes online or from Back Alley Music, 257 Queen St, Charlottetown. All ages are welcome to attend and there are several pricing options for tickets and weekend passes. For those unable to attend, but who still want to be part of the event, the Awards Ceremony Shows will be live-streamed via the CFMA website.

The CFMAs receive financial support from FACTOR, the Government of Canada, Canada’s private radio broadcasters ACOA, Canadian Heritage, and Skills PEI.