2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards

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2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards

The CFMA Awards Weekend features performers from across the nation for the biggest annual celebration of Canadian Folk Music recordings!

By Canadian Folk Music Awards

When and where

Date and time

Fri, Mar 31, 2023 6:00 PM - Sun, Apr 2, 2023 9:00 PM PDT


Mel Lehan Hall 3214 W 10th Ave Vancouver, BC V6K 2L2 Canada

Refund Policy

No Refunds

About this event

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The 18th Edition of the CFMA Awards Weekend takes place March 31 – April 2, 2023 in Vancouver, B.C. The Official Awards Concerts will be held Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2 at the Mel Lehan Hall at St James Community Square, with the assistance of the Rogue Folk Club, each featuring live performances from 5 CFMA nominees and the presentation of 10 awards nightly during the largest annual celebration of Canadian Folk Music recordings. In addition to the Awards Concerts, three Nominee Showcase Concerts will feature 2023 CFMA nominated performers: Traditional Music Showcase, Songwriters Showcase, and Children and Family Music Showcase. Lastly, 4x CFMA nominees the Sultans of String will be screening their award-winning feature length film "Sultans of String: The Refuge Project - Visual Album”


Hosted by Chelsey June (Twin Flames) and Benoit Bourque, the bilingual CFMA 2023 Award Concerts will feature a total of 20 awards being presented, including the Unsung Hero Award, over the course of two nights, as well as performances by an exciting and diverse selection of 10 of this year’s nominees from across the nation. Tickets for the Awards Show Concerts are are $46 and include all fees.

Awards Concert Night 1: Saturday April 1 @ 6:00 PDT


  • Geneviève & Alain
  • Angelique Francis
  • Kyle McKearney
  • Camie
  • Barney Bentall

Awards Concert Night 2: Sunday April 2 @ 6:00 PDT


  • Abigail Lapell
  • Wesli
  • Mama’s Broke
  • Digging Roots
  • John Wort Hannam and T. Buckley


The Traditional Music Nominee Showcase Concert occurs Friday March 31 at 6:00 PM, and the Songwriters Nominee Showcase Concert on Saturday April 1 at 1:00 PM, both at Mel Lehan Hall at St James Community Square and each featuring 6 nominated artists. Tickets for the showcases are $35 each and include all fees.

Tradworks - Traditional Music Showcase Concert: Friday March 31 @ 6:00 PM PDT

  • Ken Whiteley
  • Jaffa Road
  • Jocelyn Pettit
  • Shannon Quinn & Tony Quinn
  • Li'l Andy
  • John Reischman

Songs and Stories - Songwriter Nominee Showcase Concert : Saturday April 1 @ 1:00 PM PDT

  • Ken Yates
  • Amanda Rheaume
  • Sébastien Lacombe
  • Suzie Ungerleider
  • Adrian Sutherland
  • Ancolie

Family Folk - Children’s Music Concert featuring CFMA nominees: Sunday April 2 @ 11:00am PDT. Ticket Prices: $15 all in (under 3 free).

Co-Presented with The Vancouver International Children’s Festival, the Children and Family Music Showcase Concert will be held on Sunday April 2 at 11:00 AM PDT at the Waterfront Theatre (Granville Island). Hosted by Jocelyne Baribeau and featuring performances by CFMA-nominated musicians:

  • My Friend Christopher
  • The Oot ’n Oots
  • The Relative Minors
  • Paige Penney
  • Ginalina
  • Will Stroet

Sultans of String: The Refuge Project - Visual Album Screening: Saturday April 1st from 3:00-5:00pm PDT @ Mel Lehan Hall at St James Community Square

Sultans of String are excited about the first screening in Vancouver of their feature length film "Sultans of String: The Refuge Project - Visual Album” – their pandemic project that just won at the Cannes World Film Festival, Vancouver Independent, Lightbox International, and Best Istanbul Film Festivals, and selected for the Chicago Indie, California Indie, Paris, Movie Festival, Boston Independent, Scarab, and Folk in Film Festivals. Come celebrate their four CFMA nominations with a film screening! See the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvVe90RJwb4

About the organizer

Established in 2005 as a non-profit, the Canadian Folk Music Awards celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada in all its forms. Each year, the Canadian Folk Music Awards are held in a different province, showcasing the vast array of talent the country has to offer. For the 18th edition, the CFMAs are presenting Awards Weekend events, March 31 - April 2, 2023 in Vancouver, BC. These events capture the true heart of the folk community while celebrating the nominees and category recipients.

$12 – $46