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August 6, 2017
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Edmonton's Rebecca Lappa won the Young Performer of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards at the Citadel Theatre.Eighteen-year-old singer-songwriter Rebecca Lappa was the lone local artist to take home hardware on Sunday night as Edmonton was host to the Canadian Folk Music Awards for the first time since 2006.

Lappa won the Young Performer of the Year award for her most recent album, Tattered Rose. The MacEwan University student has been nominated four times for her four previous albums, but last night was her first win. She was also the only winner from Alberta.

The Citadel Theatre gala hosted by celebrated musicians Connie Kaldor and Benoit Bourque was dominated by artists from eastern Canada – Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces – who took top honours in 17 of the 19 categories.

Among Ontario’s five awards, New York-based, former Torontonian Kiran Ahluwalia won for World Solo Artist of the Year. Two Toronto-based bands, 16-piece Lemon Bucket Orkestra and roots-rockers the Young Novelists, received the World Group of the Year and the New/Emerging Artist of the Year honours respectively.

Melisande performed at the Canadian Folk Music Awards Nov. 8 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.St. John’s, N.L. was over-represented with five awards in total, including Matthew Byrne’s Traditional Album of the Year win for Hearts & Heroes, and Vocal Group of the Year going to the duo Fortunate Ones.

St. John’s Amelia Curran and Charlottetown’s Catherine MacLellan were the night’s only double-winners. Curran’s alt-country-imbued album They Promised You Mercy won her both the Contemporary Singer of the Year and English Songwriter of the Year awards, while MacLellan claimed the Contemporary Album of the Year and Solo Artist of the Year awards for her intimate, relatively stripped-back effort, The Raven’s Sun.

Married couples also went home winners, but not the duo most people were expecting to do well. British Columbia’s bluegrass band Pharis & Jason Romero went into the awards with the most nominations (four), but came out empty-handed.

The successful husband-and-wife teams were Raven Kanetakta and ShoShona Kish, a.k.a. Digging Roots, from Winneway (Long Point First Nation), Que., who took home the Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year award; and Inverness County, N.S. Scotia fiddlers Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy, who won for Instrumental Group of the year.

Arthur McGregor was the Unsung Hero award winner at the Canadian Folk Music Awards Nov. 8 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.Despite not taking home any hardware, the Romeros were among the night’s performers, along with former CFMA winners and nominees such as Jeffery Straker and Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra.

Sunday night’s gala was the culmination of three nights and two days of open-to-the-public workshops and artist showcases in Edmonton.

Here, a full list of the night’s winners:

Ensemble of the Year: Big Little Lions – A Little Frayed, A Little Torn

Young Performer of the Year: Rebecca Lappa – Tattered Rose

Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year: Adrianna Ciccone – The Back of Winter

Pushing the Boundaries: Kevin Breit – Ernesto and Delilah

World Artist of the Year: Kiran Ahluwalia – Sanata: Stillness

World Group of the Year: Lemon Bucket Orkestra – Moorka

New/Emerging Artist of the Year: The Young Novelists – Made Us Strangers

Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year: Digging Roots – For The Light

French Songwriter of the Year: Louis-Jean Cormier – Les grandes artères

Traditional Singer of the Year: Michael Jerome Browne – Sliding Delta

Producer of the Year: Jenn Grant – Compostela

Instrumental Group of the Year: Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy – ONE

Contemporary Singer of the Year: Amelia Curran – They Promised You Mercy

English Songwriter of the Year: Amelia Curran – They Promised You Mercy

Vocal Group of the Year: Fortunate Ones – The Bliss

Traditional Album of the Year: Matthew Byrne – Hearts & Heroes

Children’s Album of the Year: The Swinging Belles – More Sheep, Less Sleep

Benoit Bourque and Connie Kaldor hosted the Canadian Folk Music Awards Nov. 8 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. John Wort Hannam performed at the Canadian Folk Music Awards Nov. 8 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Trent Severn perform at the Canadian Folk Music Awards Nov. 8 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton. Jeffrey Straker performed at the Canadian Folk Music Awards held Nov. 8 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton.
Source: edmontonjournal.com
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