OTTAWA ― The line-up of the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs) is officially in. Nominee showcase performances and special events will take place in Toronto during the first weekend of December.
The CFMA events will officially start at 8 p.m. on December 2, with the world premiere of Jonathan Torrens’ “A Walk in My Dream” at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (350 King. St. West Cinema 3). The film follows the life-changing events of harmonica great Mike Stevens, whose career took a sudden and drastic detour 10 years ago, when he found himself face to face with a group of Labrador youth living in unimaginable conditions.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the TIFF box office. Half the ticket price will be a donation to ArtsCan Circle, the registered charity organization that is inspired by Stevens’ work and dedicated to linking creative artists with Indigenous youth at risk in Canada.
The high spot of the weekend will be the gala awards ceremonies, held at the Isabel Bader Theatre on December 4. Hosted once again by Shelagh Rogers and Benoit Bourque, the night will celebrate outstanding achievements in Canadian Folk Music, with a new category (Unsung Hero Award) honoring the exceptional contribution of an individual, group or organization.
Loreena McKennitt, Jim Byrnes (accompanied by last year’s Producer of the Year winner Steve Dawson), Rose Cousins, as well as groups Soul Influence and De Temps Antan will take the stage to deliver unforgettable performances.
People unable to attend can visit rootsmusic.ca to watch the live coverage of the awards ceremony provided by Roots Music Canada.
For more information on the CFMAs, visit www.folkawards.ca.
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