Four Nominations for Manitoba Acts at Canadian Folk Music Awards

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Four hometown acts have been nominated for hardware at the fifth annual Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA). The CFMAs will be handed out at a gala ceremony on November 21 at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Quebec. The bilingual event will be hosted by the CBC’s Shelagh Rogers and Quebecois musician Benoit Bourque.

Fresh from a double win at the 2009 Western Canadian Music Awards, roots singer/songwriter Romi Mayes and her latest release, Achin in Yer Bones, has picked up a nod for Contemporary Album of the Year.

Acclaimed for her fiddle work, Sierra Noble, has been nominated for Young Performer of the Year for her singer/songwriter debut, for Possibilities. Noble recently picked up three Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award nods Possibilities.

Singer/songwriter Don Amero, a double nominee for the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards, is up for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year for his work on Deepening.

Eagle & Hawk’s songwriters -- Vince Fontaine, Jay Bodner, and Chris Burke-Gaffney -- are also up for Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year for Sirensong. The band has already racked up a number of awards and nominations for Sirensong, including recent wins at the Western Canadian Music Awards, Native American Music Awards, and Indian Summer Music Awards, as well as nods from the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards.

Founded in 2005, the Canadian Folk Music Awards recognize Canada’s outstanding writers, producers and performers of folk music, and the artists who are expanding the genre in innovative and exciting ways.

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