LONDON, ON – August 14 2023 – Recognizing the outstanding work and contributions of Folk artists and musicians from across the province of Ontario, Folk Music Ontario (FMO) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 2023 Ontario Folk Music Awards. Taking place at the end of the Folk Music Ontario Conference, the 29th annual award ceremony will take place at London, Ontario’s Aeolian Hall on Sunday, October 15, 2023 and will feature performances by a select number of nominated artists.
Established in 1987, the 2023 Folk Music Ontario Conference will take place October 12-15 in London, Ontario and welcomes attendees from across the country to the event.
To learn more, FMO invites interested parties to visit their website and sign up for their newsletter.Still to be announced are the recipients of three prestigious special recognition awards – the Estelle Klein Award with two categories – Lifetime Achievement Award and Community Builder Award, the Colleen Peterson Award, and Taylor Mitchell Bursary, along with the performers at the event.
The 2023 Ontario Folk Music Award Nominees are:
CMRRA Song of the Year
Barbra Lica – The Ghost of Me
Emily Schultz – What Do I KnowJulian Taylor – Seeds
Madison Violet – Sweet Desperado
Michael Darcy & The Atlantic Tramps – The Ballad of Uncle Frank
Album of the Year
Digging Roots – Zhawenim
Lenka Lichtenberg – Thieves of Dreams: Songs of Theresienstadt’s Secret Poetess
Mama’s Broke – Narrow Line
Mia Kelly – Garden Through the War
Shakura S’Aida – Hold On To Love
ACTRA RACS Recording Artist of the Year
Performing Artist of the Year
About Folk Music Ontario:Folk Music Ontario is Canada’s largest provincial organization devoted to the Folk, Roots, and traditional music community. For over 35 years, FMO and its membership have supported the growth and development of the Folk music community and industry across Ontario and Canada through the annual Folk Music Ontario Conference, Developing Artist Program, Festivals’ Retreat, Export Development Program, Peer Sessions, Ontario Folk Music Awards, Folk in Film Festival, Year-round Professional Development Sessions, and more.