With four nominations each, Nova Scotian sister duo Cassie and Maggie and folk veteran Stephen Fearing head the just-announced list of nominees for The Canadian Folk Music Awards.
Arguably best-known as one third of roots supergroup Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Fearing has maintained a solo career, and is being recognised for his 2016 album Every Soul's a Sailor. Cassie and Maggie (McDonald) have become favourites on the international folkfest circuit, as singers, musicians and stepdancers.
Hot on their heels with three nominations apiece are Twin Flames, an Indigenous duo from Ottawa, and singer/songwriters Amelia Curran and Oh Susanna.
Some 75 nominees from coast-to-coast-to-coast were announced for a show that has steadily gained in stature. The Awards take place at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa on Nov. 18 and 19, and for the first time ever, the focus events will take shape as two evenings which are open-to-the-public.
Tickets and wristbands are now on sale online here. Tickets and wristbands can also be purchased in person as of Sept. 26 at The Record Centre or Compact Music in Ottawa. More information about the gala performance line-up will be announced shortly. Read the full nominees list here