The Canadian Folk Music Awards were held this past weekend in Saint John, New Brunswick, and string group The Fretless took home two awards while The Once, who hail from Newfoundland and Labrador, won the honour of vocal group of the year for their album "Row Upon Row of The People They Know."
The awards pay homage to the best folk musicians, recordings and producers in the country, and the Awards Gala, which was held at the Imperial Theatre, marked the high point of a weekend of celebration that included two nominee showcases as well as a festival full of events hosted by the local organizing committee. The Fretless won for Best Instrumental Group of the Year as well as Ensemble of the Year for their most recent album "Waterbound." The Canadian quartet of violin, viola and cello players come from Western Canada.
A number of other awards were handed out too, including Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year to Trent Freeman for "Rock Paper Scissors," Solo Artist of the Year for "The Road Is Dark" to Michael Jerome Browne, Contemporary Singer of the Year for "We Have Made A Spark" to Prince Edward Island's Rose Cousins, and Young Performer of the Year for "Growing Pains" to Lucas Chaisson. You can see a complete list of winners on the Canadian Folk Music Awards website here.