Pharis & Jason Romero; William Prince & Beòlach Lead the Way Among CFMA Winners

The 2021 Canadian Folk Music Awards were presented over the weekend, during a livestream Saturday, April 10th and Sunday, April 11th via the CFMA's website (watch HERE). Marking the 16th year of Canada’s premier folk music event, the bilingual broadcast was hosted by Jean Hewson and Benoit Bourque and announced all 19 awards, as well as the presentation of the Slaight Unsung Hero Award to Winnipeg’s Ava Kobrinsky, and announced that the 2022 CFMAs will be held in Charlottetown, PE. This is the second year the CFMAs have held their Awards week ceremonies online, and next year we are all hopeful for in-person, third time being the charm.

Multi CFMA recipients this year were British Columbia duo Pharis & Jason Romero who were recipients of three CFMAs: Ensemble of the Year; Vocal Group of the Year, and Traditional Singer of the Year was awarded to Pharis Romero. Manitoba’s William Prince was awarded two CFMAs: Contemporary Album of the Year and English Songwriter(s) of the Year, along with Nova Scotia’s Beòlach who were also awarded two CFMAs: Instrumental Group of the Year and Traditional Album of the Year. The full list of 2021 CFMA recipients is below:


  • Children’s Album of the Year / Album jeunesse de l’année

Broccoli Farm by/par Claire Ness (YT)

  • Contemporary Album of the Year / Album contemporain de l’année

Reliever by/par William Prince (MB)

  • Contemporary Singer of the Year / Chanteur contemporain de l’année

Coco Love Alcorn for/pour Rebirth (ON)

  • English Songwriter(s) of the Year / Auteur compositeur(s) anglophone de l’année

William Prince for/pour Reliever (MB)

  • Ensemble of the Year / Groupe de l’année

Pharis & Jason Romero for/pour Bet On Love (BC)

  • French Songwriter(s) of the Year / Auteur-compositeur(s) francophone de l’année

Marie-Ève Lapierre-Lemoyne pour/for Onze (QC)

  • Indigenous Songwriter(s) of the Year / Auteur compositeur(s) autochtone de l’année

Leela Gilday for/pour North Star Calling (NWT)

  • Instrumental Group of the Year / Groupe instrumental de l’année

Beòlach for/pour All Hands (NS)

  • Instrumental Solo artist of the Year / Instrumentiste solo de l’année

Marc Atkinson for/pour Solo (BC)

  • New/Emerging Artist(s) of the Year / Artiste(s) de la relève

Noah Derksen for/pour America, Dreaming (MB)

  • Producer(s) of the Year / Réalisateur(s) de l’année

Chris McKhool & John 'Beetle' Bailey for pour Refuge (Sultans of String) (ON)

  • Pushing the Boundaries / Innovation musicale

Aerialists for/pour Dear Sienna (ON)

  • Single of the Year / Monoplage de l’année

Some Kind of Hell by/par Burnstick (MB)

  • Solo Artist of the Year / Artiste solo de l’année

Julian Taylor for/pour The Ridge (ON)

  • Traditional Album of the Year / Album traditionnel de l’année

All Hands by/par Beòlach (NS)

  • Traditional Singer of the Year / Chanteur traditionnel de l’année

Pharis Romero for/pour Bet On Love (BC)

  • Vocal Group of the Year / Groupe vocal l’année

Pharis & Jason Romero for/pour Bet On Love (BC)

  • World Album of the Year / Album de musiques du monde de l’année

Kora flamenca by/par Zal Sissokho (QC)

  • Young Performer(s) of the Year / Jeune artiste(s) de l’année

The Gilberts for/pour The Gilberts: One (NS)

Provincially, artists from Ontario, Manitoba, and British Columbia received the most awards, each province had four recipients in total. The province Nova Scotia had three artists per province receive awards. The province of Quebec had two recipients per province, with Yukon and Northwest Territories receiving one award to each province.  Recipients by province are listed here →  CFMA 2021 Recipients by Province.

Established by Canada’s burgeoning and internationally recognized folk music community, the Canadian Folk Music Awards is currently its 16th year. Next year, the CFMA is looking forward to heading East to Charlottetown, PE for the 2022 celebration!  For more information, visit

Watch the 2021 CFMA Awards show at

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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