Awards - 1996
WINSTON 'SCOTTY' FITZGERALD AWARD
FOR CELTIC FIDDLING
Sandy MacIntyre, Toronto/Cape
A tireless player, teacher and good
will ambassador of Cape Breton. Sandy carries on the tradition of Winston
Fitzgerald and Buddy MacMaster by performing and teaching youngsters
the tunes and step-dances of Cape Breton. He was once a member of the famed
WILF CARTER WESTERN CANADIAN AWARD
Roy Forbes, Vancouver
For years of dedication and devotion
to the roots of country and blues. Roy has been writing songs and collecting
them as well, instilling in his listeners a truly Canadian blend of of
his Western heritage.
HARRY HIBBS AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE
Penny Lang, Montreal
Penny had a great career going for
her in New York and Montreal. She gave it all up to get her head together
and raise her son, Jason. She fought off addiction and depression and re-emerged
with her wit, talent and intellect intact delighting audiences through-out
NATIVE MUSICIAN AWARD
A Moose Cree who utilizes a great
blend of Native lore and contemporary stylings to highlight the plight
of his people with Rock, Country and Blues overtones.
MARIUS BARBEAU AWARD FOR FIELD RESEARCH
Father Germain Lemieux, Sudbury
Father Germain Lemieux has to be
recognized as one of the earliest collectors of folk songs in Northern
PORCUPINE BOOK AWARD
Father Lemieux was born in Gaspé,
Quebec in 1914. He became a Jesuit and received ordination in 1947. The
following year he was found in Sudbury collecting the lore of the Franco-Ontarians.
Lemieux wasn't only after music,
he also collected stories and folk tales. Obviously inspired by Maruis
Barbeau, the grandfather of modern day folklore collecting in Canada, and
founder of the Canadian Folk Music Society, Father Lemieux stumbled upon
a treasure trove of untapped folklore in the Sudbury area.
Folklore is what is handed down through
the generations, a roadmap through time that can be used to understand
the way we have evolved to this day. The modern usage of the 'folk' word
has rendered it into the four letter category; much maligned, it is still
the best way to conjure up tradition. The folklore that Father Lemieux
collected was mostly anonymous, brought over from France and adapted to
the Canadien experience. However there were also folksongs of Canadien
origin that survived from the days of Les Voyageurs and les boucherons
Voyageurs songs were used for paddling
in the large birch bark canoes. These canoes were large enough for up to
12 men and their cargo. Then needed the rhythm in which to ply the waters
Les boucherons lived the winters
away in the shanty camps, the spring saw the great river drives that took
so many lives away. Songs were made so that their stories would not be
forgotten, passed down through the generations.
Father Lemieux collected three such
songs which appeared in Edith Fowke's book Folklore of Canada.
Canot (My Canoe) was collected from Wilfred Clement of Timmins
in 1967 when he was 66.
Seated in my bark canoe,
Seated in the coolness of the day;
Yes, I brave all the rapids,
I do not fear the white foam.
I take my canoe and I launch it
Across the rapids, the white foam,
And then by great leaps it advances.
I am not afraid even of the ocean.
My canoe is made of fine bark
That they strip from the white birches.
The sides are made of root
And the paddles of white wood.
And when we reach the portage
I take my canoe on my back;
And there I turn it over on the
It is my home for the night.
I have traveled along the coasts,
Also the great St. Lawrence River.
I have known the Indian tribes
And their different languages.
A farmer loves his plough,
A hunter his dog and gun,
A musician loves his music.
As for me, my canoe is all my wealth.
Stompin' Tom Connors, Erin
ON for Stompin' Tom Before The Fame
Truly a moving book in his own words,
we go through the therapy with him and eventually discover the hard and
winding road of the Northern Bar Circuit, the early Toronto Country Music
Scene, and his determination to sing his songs the way he sees them.
OFF BEAT FOLK AWARD
Michel Faubert for Careme
et Mardis Gras
Mostly a traditional singer of Quebecois
folk songs, Faubert twists them, eeks out their intensity, and uses dark
images and meaningful arrangements to conquer spirit of the songs.
DAVID PARRY AWARD
Brian Taheny & Loretto Reid,
They came here from Sligo in 1988
and have since performed in Tip Splinter and more recently on their
own, their own fusion of Irish traditional music with the natural feelings
of their adopted land. Great players, original and traditional music.
DON MESSER CANADIAN FIDDLE AWARD
Pierre Schryer for New
Not since Graham Townsend have we
seen such a fiddler!
JACK HAYES AWARD FOR OLD TIME MUSIC
Family, Sault Ste. Marie, ON
They are about the biggest thing
to come out of The Soo since the Esposito Brothers. I can remember
a billboard along Highway 17: "Welcome to Sault Ste. Marie, home of
the Esposito Brothers - Tony & Phil."
However great the Espositos were,
the Schryers have dittoed their feats in the world of fiddle music. The
four brothers totally dominated the world of Canadian competitive fiddling
for the past 10 years.
Julien Schryer was born in
Blind River and married Juliette Audet of Noranda. They moved to
The Soo where they sired five sons and a daughter. Patrick, the
eldest, was a guitar picker; he was followed by Raymond who was
influenced by his uncle
Bud Schryer, a fiddler, and followed in
his footsteps. The triplets were born in 1968: Louis, Dan and Pierre.
They were only two when Raymond started playing and it must have rubbed
them the right way. They too began fiddling as soon as they were old enough
to hold a bow. Sister
Julie Lefebvre plays piano and still accompanies
The Schryers were all classically
trained violinists before switching to the more popular fiddle style so
closely associated with the Celtic strains that run through the Canadian
consciousness. They listened to Don Messer, Graham Townsend, Ward Allen,
Ned Landry and other great fiddlers; Jean Carignan of Montreal,
McGuire of Ireland and Yvon Cueuillier of Quebec; Jerry Holland
from Cape Breton and Americans Mark O'Connor, Johnny Gimble and
Where it got them has become almost
legendary. Since the Schryers hit the scene they have dominated Canadian
fiddling like no other family before them. After entering their first competitions
at the Bon Soo Winter Carnival there was no holding them back. In
1982 the triplets recorded their first album on the Boot Records label
when they were just 14.
At Shelbourne Louis won the Canadian
Open in 1986 and 1987, followed by Pierre in 1988 and 1989; Louis again
in 1990 and 1991; Raymond in 1992 and Louis again in 1995.
The Grand Masters in Nepean (near
Ottawa) is an invitational event; 5 competitors are chosen from each province
and invited to compete for the gold. Pierre won it all in 1990 and Louis
followed suite the next three years (after three wins, a champ has to retire).
But the toughest test, according
to Louis, was his win in 1995 at Pembroke. The Ottawa Valley is a spawning
ground for great fiddlers and this is the win that he cherishes most.
The Whiteley Brothers
of Toronto for Sixteen Shades of Blue
This album contains 16 songs of
original blues by brothers who’ve paid their dues at the feet of the masters.
The Whiteleys blend years of experience with the ability to think together
as only brothers can do.
MAC BEATTIE AWARD
Glen Reid of Burk's Falls,
ON for the CD
Glen has reached into his heart
and produced songs that incorporate the love of the land and its people.
He may credit others for his inspiration but when it comes right down to
it, Reid has defined for himself and others, what it means to be of this
land. This is his second Porcupine Award.
FOLK MUSIC BUILDERS
ACOUSTIC WORKSHOP SONG OF THE YEAR
Tim Harrison, Toronto - Founder
of Summerfolk and Northwinds folk festivals, and currently
the Artistic Director of the Eaglewood festival.
Sue Goldberg, Toronto - one of
the organizers of The Woods Camp and the weekly Song Circles.
Colm O'brien, Toronto - Host
of CKLNs 'The Long Note' Celtic radio program for the past
Ron Jones, Scarborough, ON -
supporter of many up and coming artists whose loyalty and optomism inspires
them to greater things.
Bernie Finkelstein, Toronto -
Founder of indie label True North in 1970, home to Bruce Cockburn,
Murray McLauchlan and many others.
Rick Spires of Toronto for
STAN ROGERS GOLDEN
QUILL AWARD FOR SONGWRITING
Rick Fielding, Toronto
Rick has the uncanny ability to
transform places with his music, while painting the details with his lyrics.
Comfortable in almost any genre of North American folk, with his strong
playing and voice, he is able to create scenes that are accessable and
FORIEGN PORCUPINE AWARD
Stefan Hannigan, UK
Champion piper, Hannigan has been
popping up on all sorts of CDs by Canadian artists. Well known for his
musical abilities in the UK, he is starting to make his mark on North American
MDME. LA BOLDUC AWARD FOR QUEBECOIS
Les Charbonniers De L'Enfer,
Made up of some of the cream of
Joliette traditional singers, this group features Michel Faubert, Normand
Miron, Jean-Claude Mirandette, Andre Marchand and Michel Bordeleau.
Together their acappella arrangements frame each song in a spectacular
JEAN CARIGNAN AWARD
Gilles Losier, Montreal
A piano tuner who has toured the
world playing music with some of the greatest names in traditional French
music. Started performing at a young age, backed up Jean Carignan
and Philippe Bruneau on their albums, composed wonderful melodies
utilizing his wonderous mind. His music expands and contracts on chord
patterns in ways that keep a simple melody with rich textured phrasings.
THE LENNIE BREAU AWARD
JP Cormier, Cape Breton
"If it's got strings on it, he
can play it."
Thus spake Fieldingthustra.
JP is well known for his ability to crank out fiddle tunes, but he is also
an excellent singer/songwriter, guitarist, mandolinist and who knows what
NOEL DINN HERITAGE PRESERVATION AWARD
Brian Adam, Pembroke, ON
Long a city councillor in Pembroke,
his family hails from the hamlet of Chapeau, Quebec on Allumette Island.
Always hung around the traditional singers learning the songs of the Upper
Loy Gavin proclaimed him to be an exceptional traditional
singer, most capable of his handling of the famous Chapeau Boys.
John Switzer, Toronto for
Sheets To The Wind
Producer of many fine recordings,
John was recently rated the Number 1 producer in Toronto in a Now Magazine
poll. He began with the Jane Siberry band and has since dedicated
himself to the fine art of production - of allowing artists the benefit
of making the kinds of albums they always dreamed of making. This one was
is one of those exceptional recordings.
CANADIAN HISTORY AWARD
Jim Stewart, St. John, NB
for The Marco Polo Suite
Jim has single handedly brought
the plight of this famous vessel to the fore, where it belongs, up there
with the Bluenose as one of Canada’s finest ships ever built. This album
is dedicated to the resurrection of a replica of the original tall ship.
CLASSIC CANADIAN ALBUM
Ward Allen's Country Hoedown,
Vols 1 - 3 on Spartan Records
Three albums of tunes of one of
Canada’s most unique fiddlers. Recorded in the late 1950s, they are sadly
not available commercially any more.
ACOUSTIC WORKSHOP PERFORMER OF THE
Brandon Scott of Toronto
GEM OF CANADA ALBUM
Jean Paul Loyer for OJNAB:
When I was in Montreal I attended
a music session and over the course of the evening tunes from this album
were being played with so much gusto. When they performed at a house concert
in Toronto in the Fall of 1996 people went away humming the tunes. And
during the course of listening to this CD over the past 12 months, I too
have been convinced that this is an album that should be in every collection.
HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Wilf Carter, Tuscon AR - moves
over to the Memorial catagory
Edith Fowke, Toronto - moves
over to the Memorial catagory
Father Germain Lemieux, Sudbury
Colleen Peterson, Peterborough
André Alain, Quebec -
Eddie Duke, Kirkland Lake ON
- jazz musician
Wolf Hess, Sudbury ON - CBC announcer
responsible for recording hundreds of musicians in Northern Ontario.
Estelle Klein, Bloomfield ON
Bernie Finkelstein, Toronto ON
Estelle Klein, Toronto
Principal mover of the Mariposa
Folk Festivals from the mid-1960s till 1979. Founded the workshop ideal
that became standard fare af folk fests throughout North America. Still
dedicated to the ideals of folk and currently sits on the board of the
Edward County Arts Council.
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