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Gerry Strong is pictured with his granddaughter. Strong is the recipient of the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award.

The recipient of this year's Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award is Gerry Strong, a veteran player and presenter on the Newfoundland and Labrador music scene. A founding member of Tickle Harbour, an important acoustic band with allegiances to the traditional sounds of Ireland and Newfoundland, Strong is against blowing his own horn, but not shy when it comes to the flute and tin whistle.

Currently a member of the groups A Crowd of Bold Sharemen, What Odds and Cotillion, Strong's music-booster bona fides come from his associations with the Carbonear Folk Festival and the Freshwater Concert Series. The events present local, national and international performers in the historic fishing village of Freshwater, Carbonear.

His award will be presented during the Canadian Folk Music Awards gala weekend on Nov. 18 and 19, at the Bronson Centre in Ottawa.

Montreal busker Cyrille 'Spoonman' Esteve says he is hanging up his spoons as the business is no longer profitable. The 65-year-old says changes to bylaws have made it too difficult to continue his work.

The Canadian Press