Perhaps to accommodate fans of the Grey Cup, the awards ceremony was held on Saturday this year. It was a brilliant evening, with excitement levels running high for the 500-plus attendees and artists. The venue for the previous nights' nominee showcases was used as a cloakroom and schmooze-atorium with Beaus Lugtread beer and a dry pinot noir available to burnish and galvanize those more retiring personalities.
And there was a choir there too, thank-you very much.
Finest Kind won over the crowd with an excruciatingly honest (and therefore, funny) reworking of John Barleycorn in which they confided the secrets of their musical success.
Ian Tamblyn gave a heartfelt and hilarious testimonial to his old friend and Unsung Hero honoree,
Laura Smith, with accompanists Bill Garrett and Paul Mills, gave a masterful vocal performance that demonstrated the very essence of Folk Canada's heart and soul.
It was a great 10th anniversary life event for the CFMA's and for all us folk.
Photos by Leonard Poole https://www.flickr.com/photos/32896058@N06/
and Paul Corby