The Once sweep Canadian Folk Awards

22 Jan 2011

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By Craig Copeland and Kathy Copeland, Calgary Herald

Newfoundland band the Once swept the Canadian Folk Music Awards on Saturday, winning both traditional album and new/ emerging artist of the year for their self-titled effort.

Toronto Klezmer group Beyond the Pale had the most nominations (four) and also won two prizes, for instrumental group of the year, and for "pushing the boundaries."

John Wort Hannam, from southern Alberta, also picked up contemporary album of the year for Queen's Hotel.

Newfoundland and Labrador singer-songwriter Amelia Curran won solo artist of the year, while Alexandre Boivin-Caron of Montmagny, Que., won young performer of the year.

Traditional singer of the year went to Yves Lambert, formerly of La Bottine Souriante, for his album, Bal a l'huile, and Halifax-based Rose Cousins was named contemporary singer of the year for her album, The Send Off.

About 200 musicians and industry representatives from across Canada visited the city for the sixth annual Canadian Folk Music Awards on Friday and Saturday.

The awards show was a non-televised bilingual event hosted by CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers and Juno winner Benoit Bourque.

Nineteen different awards were handed out over the course of the award show, which also featured live performances by David Essig, Madagascar Slim, the Once, Don Ross, Stephen Fearing, Annabelle Chvostek, Shearwater and Heather Bishop.