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Guelph’s Tannis Slimmon wins contemporary singer of the year


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Congratulations to Tannis and everyone else at the ceremony last night!

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November 24, 2008

Tara Brautigam

The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Guelph’s Tannis Slimmon won contemporary singer of the year for “Lucky Blue†at the Canadian Folk Music Awards Sunday night.

But it was the late Oliver Schroer who stole the show.

Schroer, who rose from Toronto subway busker to nationally respected fiddler, won the solo instrumentalist of the year.

Schroer was the only musician to take multiple trophies, also winning an award for a category called pushing the boundaries.

His sister Martina was to accept his two awards, both of which were for his album “Hymns and Hers.â€

With his imposing six-foot-four frame and beatnik look, the Toronto-born Schroer stood out in the folk scene. But so did his music, which was a hybrid of Bach and toe-tapping dance.

“Varied,†was how the former philosophy student once described his career.

Toronto’s Luke Doucet and the White Falcon walked away with contemporary album of the year for their CD “Blood’s Too Rich.â€

Montreal blues artist Michael Jerome Browne was awarded solo artist of the year for “Double.â€

Corb Lund of Edmonton was named English songwriter of the year for his album “Horse Soldier! Horse Soldier!â€

In the traditional categories, Toronto-based Scottish folk singer Enoch Kent was singer of the year for “One More Round,†Montreal’s Genticorum won album of the year for “La Bibournoise†and renowned Quebecois musician Yves Lambert and his Bebert Orchestra won ensemble of the year for “Le Monde a Lambert.â€

The ceremony also ushered in the debut of the classic Canadian album award for seminal folk recordings over 25 years old. The inaugural winner, chosen by fans who voted online, went to the legendary Gordon Lightfoot for “Lightfoot!â€

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