17 December 2019 0 Comments Posted By : Sally Cole

Charlottetown to host 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards, April 3-4


The countdown to the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards is on.

For the first time, the national event is coming to Charlottetown, April 3-4.

For two days, performing artists, talent buyers and music industry professionals will flood the city to be part of this large celebration of Canadian folk music.

On Monday, with fewer than four months left until the opening concert at the Delta Prince Edward, nowhere is the excitement more evident than at Music P.E.I., which is partnering with CFMA for the event.

At the downtown office, banners are flying.

New staff members have been hired.

And the executive director is in high spirits.

“Of course, we’re excited about it. There’s no question. It’s a great opportunity for Charlottetown as a host city. It’s also great recognition for P.E.I. artists,” says Rob Oakie.

And though it’s the first time that Charlottetown has ever hosted the event, over the years Islanders have realized “great success” at the CFMAs.

“It’s a pretty impressive list of P.E.I. artists who were either nominated or had wins – bands like Vishtèn, The East Pointers, Ten Strings and a Goat Skin, Collette Cheverie,” says Oakie.

“So, it’s a little extra special to bring it here.”

CFMA president Grit Laskin agrees. He says coming to Charlottetown is a dream come true.

“We wanted to come to P.E.I. for years, but with our time frame – late November, early December – (it) made us worry about weather and travel.”

So, when the organization made the decision to move the event to the spring, it opened up the possibility of finally bringing it to Canada’s smallest province.

“We’re excited about it.”

At City Hall, Wayne Long is also looking forward to the event.

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