Children’s Album of the Year: And the Nominees are …

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Children’s Album of the Year:  And the Nominees are …


One of the unexpected and lovely surprises at being nominated for Children’s Album of the Year at the Canadian Folk Music Awards was finding out who the other nominees are.  At first, I thought it might be bad form to look them up.  Like spying. To see how good they are.  To compare notes, so to speak.  To see if I might win. But then I checked out Helen Austin’s site and her nominated album Always Be a Unicorn.  Yikes.  Groovy or what? I was totally unprepared for how much I would admire and love her work.  And yes, envy.  It’s a competition, right?  I can’t like her too much.  I want to win!  In fact, it was the veritable opposite:  I become smitten by her work. How about you?










Of course, I proceeded to check out the other 3 nominated artists.  I already knew The Funky Mamas from Guelph.  They’re great friends who I’ve gigged with.  They sing on The Big Idea (Rocks & Trees). So their work is familiar to me and super fun.  Check them out.


gasoiNext, it was Jennifer Gasoi for her record, Throw a Penny in the Wishing Well.  Oh Oh.  More great music.  Award winning music.  Jennifer was nominated for Children’s Album of the year at the 2013 JUNO Awards.  She is also winner of the 2013 Sirius XM Indie Award for Children’s Artist of the Year.  I am not envious. I am not envious. I am not envious.  So you better check her out too:



Viva_la_Diva_CoverFinally, I visited the site of Madame Diva!  Quelle surprise!  She is fabulous too. Her album, Viva La Diva has been nominated.  She has performed at the Winnipeg Folk Festival, the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.  I should not have been surprised to discover another wonderful artist.  Yes, check her out too …




I contacted each of these artists to let them know we’d been brought together by the CFMA Awards and to tell them how much I admired their work. Small conversations were started.  We’ll see where they lead. I’m looking forward to meeting them and hopefully to working with them.

So there you have it.  The nominees for Children’s Album of the Year for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music Awards.  The award ceremony will be held in Calgary November 8-10th, 2013. I’m heading West in just over a week to take in the festivities.  Stay tuned for a full report.

What’s the Big Idea?!?  Children’s Music and the fine artists that make it.

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