They couldn’t be any more different, but the sweet, harmonic Good Lovelies and the audacious genre-jumpers Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything took home the most trophies Sunday at the Canadian Folk Music Awards gala event in Calgary.
The Good Lovelies, the Ontario-based, hard-touring trio comprised of Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore, received awards for top ensemble and best vocal group for their latest album Live at Revolution, captured at an intimate showcase at a Toronto recording studio.
The Toronto-based Jaron Freeman-Fox & The Opposite of Everything, so named because of their virtuosic violinist leader and the group’s elastic grasp of jazz, world and free-minded folk music, were recognized as the year’s top instrumental group and also took home the award for “pushing the boundaries.”
David Travers-Smith received the producer of the year award for his work on their eclectic ensemble’s self-titled record, coupled with his contributions to These Wilder Things, from Winnipeg singer-songwriter Ruth Moody (of the Wailin’ Jennys fame).
Other happy artists include the Joel Plaskett-mentored Nova Scotia songstress Mo Kenney (new/emerging artist), the Scottish-Canadian carpenter-turned-singer David Francey (English songwriter of the year), Dany Placard (French songwriter of the year), Ottawa’s Lynn Miles (solo artist), the Toronto sentimentalist Justin Rutledge (contemporary album, for Valleyheart), Halifax’s Ian Sherwood (contemporary singer), Cape Breton’s Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac (traditional album), Pharis Romero (traditional singer) and Nancy Mike, from the Jerry Cans (Aboriginal songwriter).
The CFMA is currently in its ninth year. The 2014 edition will take place in Ottawa. For full list of winners, see folkawards.ca.