SOCAN members Abigail Lapell, Bernard Adamus, Diyet van Lieshout won the three songwriting honours at the 2020 Canadian Folk Music Awards, announced online for the first time – on Saturday, April 4, 2020 – because of self-isolation protocols in place to deal with the global coronavirus pandemic.
Abigail Lapell, earned the SOCAN-sponsored English Songwriter of the Year honour, for her album Getaway. Bernard Adamus won French Songwriter of the Year for C’qui nous reste du Texas, while Diyet van Lieshout received the Indigenous Songwriter of the Year Award, for Diyet & the Love Soldiers.
The duo Small Glories were the big winners, taking home three awards for their album Assiniboine & the Red: Ensemble, Vocal Group, and Contemporary Album of the Year.
The CFMAs announced that it will resume its live-in-person gala in 2021, in Charlottetown, PEI – where the 2020 awards ceremony had been scheduled to take place.
For a complete list of winners, click here.