Justin Rutledge, the Wilderness of Manitoba, New Country Rehab Nab Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations

Justin Rutledge, the Wilderness of Manitoba, New Country Rehab Nab Canadian Folk Music Award Nominations
Just as the name implies, the Canadian Folk Music Awards celebrate the finest folk music that was released in the past year here in Canada. This year's CFMA weekend runs from November 8 to 10 in Calgary, with the festivities culminating in an awards gala at the University of Calgary's University Theatre.

Notable nominees include Justin Rutledge (English Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary Album of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year), the Wilderness of Manitoba (Vocal Group of the Year, Pushing the Boundaries), New Country Rehab (Pushing the Boundaries), Stephen Fearing (Contemporary Singer of the Year, Solo Artist of the Year), Old Man Luedecke (Songwriter of the Year, Contemporary Singer of the Year), Mo Kenney (New/Emerging Artist of the Year), Steve Dawson (Producer of the Year), and more.

Leading the pack, with four nominations apiece, are the Lemon Bucket Orkestra, Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything, and David Francey.

CFMA president Grit Laskin said in a statement, "This year's nominated artists are all marked by a startling enthusiasm. We've got Appalachian dulcimers, five stringed violins, punk — inspired folk, classical-­inspired folk, Irish hand drums, Iraqi oud fusionists, world-­renowned stepdancers and heart wrenching songwriters — all of whom are releasing and performing some of Canada's best folk music."

See the full list of nominees here.

The bilingual gala will be hosted by CBC Radio's Shelagh Rogers and Québécois musician Benoit Bourque. Tickets cost $40 and are available here. Additionally, there will be showcases featuring some of the nominees on the Friday and Saturday prior to the ceremony (November 8 and 9).