The 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards were announced this weekend over two, in-person and online hybrid presentations from the Guild in Charlottetown.
The night’s biggest winner was Montreal singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, poet, and activist, Allison Russell. Her debut album, Outside Child, took home three out of its four nominated awards; including Contemporary Album of the Year, English Songwriter of the Year, and New/Emerging Artist of the Year.
Other notable winners include Festival Chants De Vielles founder, Geneviève Nadeau; who was honoured for her tireless promotion of Quebecois talent.
For those who missed the award presentation, or would like to see the Tradworks and Songs and Stories showcases, all the weekend festivities are still available to stream at folkawards.ca
The complete list of 2022 Canadian Folk Music Awards Recipients, announced during two nights of Awards Concerts held on April 1 and April 2 at The Guild in Charlottetown, PE, is as follows:
Children’s Album of the Year Heart Parade Splash’N Boots
Contemporary Album of the Year Outside Child Allison Russell
Contemporary Singer of the Year Rob Lutes
English Songwriter(s) of the Year Allison Russell
Ensemble of the Year Elliott BROOD
Auteur.e(s)-compositreur.trice(s) francophone(s) de l’année Reney Ray
Global Roots Album of the Year Wutiko Elage Diouf
Indigenous Songwriter(s) of the Year Chelsey June & Jaaji
Instrumental Group of the Year Frank Evans & Ben Plotnick
Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year Cédric Dind-Lavoie
New/Emerging Artist(s) of the Year Allison Russell
Oliver Schroer Pushing the Boundaries Award Cédric Dind-Lavoie
Producer(s) of the Year Cédric Dind-Lavoie
Single of the Year “Gospel First Nation” William Prince
Solo Artist of the Year Alicia Toner
Traditional Album of the Year Kitchen Days Braden Gates
Traditional Singer of the Year Ewelina Ferenc
Vocal Group of the Year Twin Flames
Young Performer(s) of the Year Isabella Samson
Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award Geneviève Nadeau
Born and raised with thoughts and aspirations of becoming a famous bassist in Sarnia, ON; Emily Plunkett now lives in Gatineau, QC, and considers National Capital Region home sweet home. A product of the Beatles, MuchMusic and the Southwestern Ontario summer festival circuit (circa 2000), her interest and love in concert photography came almost completely by accident when her journalism program at Algonquin College required courses in photojournalism (and she quickly realized that photos taken at concerts using a DSLR are enormously better than ones she was taking on a point-and-shoot she bought for a trip to England). She is extremely proud of the fact she has seen Sloan in some form or another 25 times.