Submissions Open for the 2023 CFMA Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award

Michael Raine
June 1, 2022

The 2023 Canadian Folk Music Awards is currently accepting applications for the Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award. The application deadline for this category is Aug. 31, 2022  (note that this is later than the final submission deadline for the other awards, which is July 15, 2022). There is no fee to apply for this award.

The Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award is an annual award recognizing the exceptional contribution of an individual, group, or organization active in any aspect of the Canadian folk music scene (performance, promotion, presentation, etc). It is meant to recognize those not generally recognized as a high profile individual, group, or organization, but who work tirelessly behind the scenes for the love of the music and who have not been recognized for their contributions by national or international music entities. It includes volunteers in all their diversity who, year after year, lend support to folk clubs, festivals, house concerts, etc. Posthumous nominations for individuals are not accepted.

All submissions are adjudicated by members of the CFMA Board of Directors, who will select a recipient from the eligible submitted candidates. There is no fee for this nomination.

For complete details and to submit an application, please visit:

The Slaight Music Unsung Hero Award will be announced at the 18th edition of the Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMAs), which takes place the weekend of March 30 - April 2, 2023 in Vancouver, BC. The weekend’s focus events will take shape as two hosted Awards Weekend Concerts, which are open to the public. Check the CFMA website for details and upcoming ticketing information.

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Michael Raine

Michael Raine is the Editor-In-Chief at NWC, publisher of Canadian Musician, Professional Sound, Professional Lighting & Production, and Canadian Music Trade magazines. He is also a co-host of the popular Canadian Musician Podcast. Michael has extensively covered nearly all aspects of the Canadian music business, as well as the pro audio, musical products, and the lighting and production industries.