Jenn Grant performs from her current album Paradise in an up close and personal concert with audience seated cabaret style at the Vernon & District Performing Arts Centre on Sunday evening.(Lisa Mazurek/Morning Star)

Canadian Folk Music Awards replace cancelled show with online event

The Canadian Folk Music Awards are headed online as the country weathers the impact of COVID-19.

A couple weeks after the folk music celebration was cancelled in reaction to the pandemic, the event’s organizers say they’ve chosen a different way to showcase the winners.

The awards will stream live on Facebook and the CFMA website on April 4 at 7 p.m. EDT.

The new format lands on the original date of the planned event in Charlottetown.

All 20 awards will be presented virtually on the webcast, as well as details on where the 2021 event will take place.

Organizers say other public concerts and celebrations tied to the folk awards remain cancelled.

The folk awards are among the first homegrown music soirees to gravitate online after first saying the event was cancelled.

The Juno Awards and the East Coast Music Awards both pulled their own plans from the calendar, saying they would consider alternative ways to celebrate the nominees and winners in the coming months.

The Canadian Folk Music Awards were already marking some significant changes this year, which included pushing the event from its traditional December date to April. They also expanded the number of nominees in several categories, such as contemporary album, emerging artist and solo artist.

The contemporary album nominees this year include releases by the Small Glories, Leaf Rapids, Abigail Lapell, Jenn Grant, Ariana Gillis, Lennie Gallant, Dave Gunning, and “The Al Purdy Songbook,” a celebration of the Canadian poet performed by various artists.

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Canadian Folk Music Awards on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/prixfolkawards/

David Friend, The Canadian Press

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