Aysanabee, Digging Roots, Julian Taylor Lead Ontario Folk Music Awards Nominations for 2023

The 29th annual awards ceremony will take place on October 15 at Aeolian Hall in London

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Aug 14, 2023

Folk Music Ontario (FMO) has unveiled the nominees for this year's Ontario Folk Music Awards — a celebration of the incredible contributions of folk musicians across the province set to take place on October 15 at London, ON's Aeolian Hall.

Aysanabee, Digging Roots and Julian Taylor lead the pack with two nominations each, while the likes of Barbra Lica and Madison Violet are up for Song of the Year and Lenka Lichtenberg and Shakura S'Aida are among the Album of the Year nominees. Abigail Lapell and Amanda Rheaume are up for ACTRA RACS Recording Artist of the Year, while YAO and the Fitzgeralds have been named as contenders for Performing Artist of the Year.

Now in its 29th year, a select number of Ontario Folk Music Awards nominated artists will perform at the ceremony, which will close out the annual Folk Music Ontario Conference — running from October 12 to 15.

See the full list of nominees below.

CMRRA Song of the Year

"The Ghost of Me," Barbra Lica
"What Do I Know," Emily Schultz
"Seeds," Julian Taylor
"Sweet Desperado," Madison Violet
"The Ballad of Uncle Frank," Michael Darcy & the Atlantic Tramps

Album of the Year

Zhawenim, Digging Roots
Thieves of Dreams: Songs of Theresienstadt's Secret Poetess, Lenka Lichtenberg
Narrow Line, Mama's Broke
Garden Through the War, Mia Kelly
Hold On to Love, Shakura S'Aida

ACTRA RACS Recording Artist of the Year

Abigail Lapell
Al Qahwa
Amanda Rheaume
Angelique Francis

Performing Artist of the Year

Digging Roots
Julian Taylor
The Fitzgeralds

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