From the virtual backstage of the 50th JUNO Awards in 2021, SOCAN spoke with Louis-Jean Cormier, winner of the Francophone Album of the Year award. As this is his third JUNO, we asked him what this recognition from English-speaking Canada means to him. We also talked about the impact of the pandemic on his creative process.
Folk Music Canada (FMC) has released nine original songs as part of the International Collaboration Recording Export Program. From a call for submissions, FMC selected nine Canadian folk musicians and partnered them with nine international folk artists/bands from Australia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Iceland, and Sweden – helping the Canadians to grow their international presence and networks during a time when touring isn’t possible.
“We understand the impact this time has had on creation and the live showcase model,” says the Executive Director for FMC, Karrnnel Sawitsky. “This project has fostered a meaningful connection from across the globe; allowing for remote creations between artists with distinct perspectives and styles.”
All participants were ﬁnancially compensated, with all production and promotion costs covered. The collaborative recordings will be promoted on a global scale, as a means of exporting Canadian folk artists, and to celebrate the importance, diversity, and cultural value of folk music in Canada.
The full list of pairings and song titles is:
- “Breaking Point” by Aerialists (Canada) + Långbacka/Bådagård (Sweden)
- “I’ve Been Gone” by Amanda Rheaume (Canada) + Monique Clare (Australia)
- “Here With You” by Cécile Doo-Kingué (Canada) + Beckah Amani (Australia)
- “Hope & Fortune” by Irish Mythen (Canada) + Svavar Knútur (Iceland)
- “Sons & Daughters” by Jenn Grant (Canada) + Ash Bell and Sara Tindley (Australia)
- “I Remember by Leith Ross” (Canada) + Ida Wenøe (Denmark)
- “Ovddos / Hivumuuniq” by PIQSIQ (Canada) + VILDA (Finland)
- “Fall Awake” by The Once (Canada) + Jack Carty (Australia)
- “Bright New World” by The Small Glories (Canada) + Darling West (Norway)
All songs are released today and available on FMC website and through all streaming platforms. Folk Music Canada acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Government of Canada.
- Jägermeister and the Canadian Live Music Association ran a $100,000 relief fund lottery on June 2, for venues across Canada, where 100 winners will receive $1,000 each
- La Ville de Montréal octroie 500 000 $ pour la relance culturelle
- Les Cowboys Fringants, Marc Dupré et Charlotte Cardin en tête d’affiche des Grandes Fêtes TELUS
- David Myles has a live-streamed concert via YouTube on June 10 at 8:00 pm EST
- Virtual ECMA week offers the best in Atlantic Canadian music June 9 to 13
- The Halifax Jazz Festival has announced that its 2021 event will be virtual once more, from July 3 to Aug. 15
- Envolée classique: 400 voitures, un orchestre et une soirée décontractée
- The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival shares an infusion of local and international performances with virtual audiences
- Toronto Summer Music gives us hope for the summer
- Pandemic Portraits: Musicians dream and stream
- How the Royal Conservatory avoided a pandemic disaster
- Une deuxième saison pour L’Art à ta portée
- Together Again outdoor concert series is bringing live music back this summer
- Montreal will be bursting with events, festivals in cultural re-launch this summer
- Edmonton indoor music venues may not host live shows until the fall
- Winnipeg Folk Fest cancels August events due to COVID-19
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