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Performances announced for 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards taking place April 3-4 in Charlottetown

Councillor Kevin Ramsay, left, City of Charlottetown and Rob Oakie, executive director of Music P.E.I. right, meet with members of Vishtèn after a press conference regarding the 15th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards coming to Charlottetown April 3-4.  Vishtèn has been presenting Acadian culture around the club for the past 15 years. The group is up for three awards at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for its new album, Horizons. From left are band members Emmanuelle LeBlanc, Pastelle LeBlanc and Pascal Miousse.
Coun. Kevin Ramsay, left, City of Charlottetown and Rob Oakie, executive director of Music P.E.I. far right, meet with members of Vishtèn after a press conference regarding the 15th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards coming to Charlottetown April 3-4. Vishtèn has been presenting Acadian culture around the world for the past 15 years. The group is up for three awards at the Canadian Folk Music Awards for its new album, Horizons. From left are band members Pascal Miousse, Emmanuelle LeBlanc and Pastelle LeBlanc. - Sally Cole
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. —

The Canadian Folk Music Awards has announced the performers for the 15th annual Canadian Folk Music Awards weekend, which is being held for the first time ever in Charlottetown.

The awards weekend will consist of two nightly awards shows offering award presentations and live performances on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 at the Delta Prince Edward.

The awards shows are open to the public, and tickets and weekend passes are available for purchase online as of Jan. 15 and will soon be available for purchase at Back Alley Music.

Each year, the Canadian Folk Music Awards are held in a different province, showcasing the vast array of talent the country has to offer.

The previous event was in Calgary, and this year, the CFMAs are offering several opportunities for attendees to hear some of the best folk music being produced in Canada today by presenting nightly ticketed award ceremony shows, with more daytime and family-friendly events to be announced.

These nightly shows combine the most loved events of the CFMA - the vibrant energy of the live music showcases and the awards gala.

The awards weekend concerts will capture the true heart of the folk community, while celebrating the nominees and category recipients.

This year will feature 12 artists from across the nation, presenting six performers nightly. The schedule is as follows:

  • Friday, April 3 – Canadian Folk Music Awards Ceremony Night 1, with performances by Vishtèn, Kaia Kater, Ayrad, Leaf Rapids, Tri-Continental and Lennie Gallant.
  • Saturday, April 4 – Canadian Folk Music Awards Ceremony Night 2, with performances by Eastern Owl, Geneviève & Alain, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Abigail Lapell, Le Vent du Nord and Irish Mythen.

A total of 20 awards will be handed out during the bilingual show, which is hosted by Jean Hewson and Benoit Bourque. There will also be a presentation of the Slaight Unsung Hero Award.

For more information, visit Folkawards.ca.

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