Canadian Heritage

Canadian Heritage

November 20, 2010 21:00 ET

Statement by the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, on the Occasion of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Awards

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 20, 2010) - Across this country in communities of all sizes, Canadians love traditional music and the people who make it. The folk genre, as diverse as the people of Canada themselves, has evolved throughout the years to embrace new styles while connecting to its roots. There is no doubt that folk music is an important part of our heritage and a wonderful source of pride for all Canadians.

The Canadian Folk Music Awards, which were first handed out in 2005, reward excellence in folk music and highlight the important place that this genre occupies in our cultural heritage. This year's awards were handed out at a gala ceremony in Winnipeg. The winners in 19 different award categories demonstrate the extent to which our musical scene is bursting with talent and creativity.

On behalf of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada, I offer my sincere congratulations to all of this year's winners and nominees. I also wish to thank everyone who helped make this year's Canadian Folk Music Awards possible. We are proud to support this celebration of excellence and diversity in Canadian music.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of Canadian Heritage
    and Official Languages
    Codie Taylor - Press Secretary