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published05/11/16 07:00:00PM

Canadian Folk Music Awards in Toronto (Dec 2016)


With a two year plan in the works, the CFMA will deliver the largest ever Canadian Folk Music Awards in Toronto (Dec 2016) in our 12 year history. Our overarching theme will be supporting folk and roots musicians and the industry as a whole in Ontario, across Canada, and internationally. To help expand everyones market opportunities, we are partnering closely with Folk Alliance International to make Toronto a huge success. We also aim to raise the profile of folk and roots music across the Canadian public, in all genres from classic folk, world, aboriginal, francophone, and innovative, creative new music. In Ontario alone, we estimate an audience of over 500,000 people and a dollar impact value of $44 million.

Looking forward to seeing you all there in Toronto in 2016!


Canadian artists who have released recordings between June 15, 2015and June 14, 2016are eligible to submit their work for the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Artist eligibility criteria applies to all categories. Canadian artists, for the purposes of this competition, are defined as follows:

A Canadian citizen or;A landed immigrant or;A person who has resided in Canada for two years (including the eligibility period).In the case of group submissions, at least 50% of group members must fulfill one of the above definitions of Canadian artist.
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published09/19/15 08:00:00PM

Halifax Pop Explosion 2016

HPX is the Halifax Pop Explosion, an international music festival and conference that presents 200 bands in 20 venues over 5 days to over 30,000 fans and industry delegates from around the world.


The first Halifax Pop Explosion was held in September 1993 and was the brainchild of Halifax music impresario Peter Rowan and legendary Halifax promoter Greg Clark. Greg bowed out after the first year to focus on the Birdland Cabaret, and the festival continued to grow with the assistance of artist manager Angie Fenwick, and later with the help of Shelly McPhail. This internationally acclaimed festival drew accolades in Halifax, Canada and around the world.

Circumstances dictated that the festival be relaunched in 1996 as Halifax On Music. The festival operated for a further four years, improving on the concept, and drawing further national and international interest. The festival became a pivotal event on the east coast and a centerpiece and celebration for the music community in Halifax and the Maritimes.

While a cast of hundreds supports the presentation of the festival every year, mentions need to be made of the standout support of past volunteers and/or Board members Melissa Buote, Sara Spike, Steve Lutwick, Ben Pearlman, Chris Parsons and Kasia Weiczorek.

With much love, the festival was able to re-establish itself as one of Canadas most important music, digital and cultural events. An East Coast party not to be missed.
For more info about volunteering at HPX please contact Jeremy MacNeil our volunteer coordinator at

See you in October!

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