Joel Plaskett Comes out on Top at Canadian Folk Music Awards

Joel Plaskett Comes out on Top at Canadian Folk Music Awards
In 2009, it was not quite the year of threes for Joel Plaskett, but he's not complaining. Shortlisted for the Polaris Music Prize for a second time this year, the ambitious Maritimer led this year's Canadian Folk Music Awards with four nominations - and won twice, for contemporary album of the year and producer of the year.

Other notable wins at Saturday night's awards ceremony held in Ottawa include Toronto's three-time nominated Sultans of String claiming the award for instrumental group of the year, Saskatoon's the Deep Dark Woods awarded ensemble of the year and Catherine MacLellan from Charlottetown, PEI recognized as solo artist of the year.

The gala night also featured a tribute in memory of 19-year-old Toronto singer-songwriter Taylor Mitchell, who died last month after being attacked by coyotes. She was nominated for the young performer of the year award, which went to Ariana Gillis.

According to the Ottawa Citizen, Gillis dedicated her win to the late musician's memory.