Vince Fontaine Wins Canadian Folk Music Award in Toronto

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Vince Fontaine added to his already impressive list of accolades on December 4, taking home a Canadian Folk Music Award. The Eagle & Hawk front man was named Aboriginal Songwriter of the Year for his solo debut, Songs for Turtle Island, at the gala event at Toronto’s Isabel Bader Theatre. The CFMAs recognize Canada’s outstanding writers, producers and performers of folk music, and the artists who are expanding the genre in innovative and exciting ways.

Fontaine’s instrumental recording won honours at the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Awards and Native American Music Awards earlier this year. Songs for Turtle Island has garnered six nominations so far, including nods from the Western Canadian Music Awards and Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Fellow nominee Steve Bell was on hand at the gala to accept on Fontaine’s behalf.

The latest recording from acclaimed roots trio The Wailin’ Jennys also picked up a CFMA this year. Bright Morning Stars, which has spent over 40 weeks on Billboard’s Bluegrass Albums Chart, won the Producer of the Year award for work by David Travers-Smith and Mark Howard.

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