The 14th annual 2018 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) were awarded over two nights (Nov. 30 and Dec. 1) at The Gateway (SAIT) in Calgary. The spoils were evenly distributed, with only The LYNNeS and Pharis Romero winning multiple trophies.
The Friday night event, hosted by James Keelaghan and Benoit Bourque, featured performances by Andrea Bettger, Danny Boudreau, Ben Heffernan, The LYNNeS, West of Mabou, and Dana Wylie. Ten awards were handed out throughout the evening, including the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award, presented to Terry Wickham, longtime Artistic Director of the Edmonton Folk Music Festival.
Saturday evening's event, again hosted by Keelaghan and Bourque, featured performances from Matthew Byrne, Jack Pine & The Fire, Little Miss Higgins, Quantum Tangle, Annie Sumi and The Lifers, and Winona Wilde. Another ten awards were handed out.
Here is a full list of winners:
Traditional Album of the Year: Matthew Byrne - Horizon Lines
Contemporary Album of the Year: Donovan Woods - Both Ways
Children’s Album of the Year: Edgar, LeBlanc, Cool, Farmeur, Vishtèn, Savoie, Butler - Grand tintamarre ! - Chansons et comptines acadiennes
Traditional Singer of the Year: Pharis Romero (of Pharis & Jason Romero) - Sweet Old Religion
Contemporary Singer of the Year: Rob Lutes - Walk in the Dark
Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year: Jean-François Bélanger - Les entrailles de la montagne
Instrumental Group of the Year: The Fretless - Live from the Art Farm
English Songwriter of the Year: Lynne Hanson, Lynn Miles (of The LYNNeS) - Heartbreak Song For The Radio
French Songwriter of the Year: Christian Bernard, Anik Bérubé, Natalie Byrns, and Frédéric Joyal - Le soleil en bulle
Indigenous Songwriter of the Year: Shauit - Apu peikussiakᵘ
Vocal Group of the Year: Pharis & Jason Romero - Sweet Old Religion
Ensemble of the Year: The LYNNeS - Heartbreak Song For The Radio
Solo Artist of the Year: Bruce Cockburn - Bone On Bone
World Solo Artist of the Year: Eliana Cuevas - Golpes Y Flores
World Group of the Year: Autorickshaw - Meter
New/Emerging Artist of the Year: Raine Hamilton - Night SkyAerialists - Group Manoeuvre
Producer of the Year: Steve Dawson - Same As I Ever Have Been (Matt Patershuk)
Pushing the Boundaries: Beatrice Deer - My All To You
Young Performer of the Year: Nick Earle, Joseph Coffin (of Earle and Coffin) - A Day in July
Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award: Terry Wickham.