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Nova Scotia roots rocker Joel Plaskett could soon be this year's most awarded folk musician, after leading the field with four nominations for the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Plaskett, a finalist for this year's Polaris Prize, is up against veteran Alberta folkie Ian Tyson for the solo artist award, and vies with Vancouver blues singer Ndidi Onukwulu, Toronto ghost-roots band Great Lake Swimmers and two others for the contemporary album award.

Multiple nominations were also taken by the Montreal Middle Eastern group OktoEcho, Vancouver blues musician Jim Byrnes, Montreal world-music ensemble Le Nef, Toronto singer Suzie Vinnick and PEI singer Colette Cheverie. The awards will be given out at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que., on Nov. 21.

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