Porcupine Awards - 1997


WINSTON 'SCOTTY' FITZGERALD AWARD FOR CELTIC FIDDLING:

Jerry Holland, Cape Breton

WILF CARTER WESTERN CANADIAN AWARD:

Tammy Fassaert, BC

HARRY HIBBS AWARD FOR PERSEVERANCE:

Mrs Phylis Cavalini Silver, Toronto/Nfld

NOEL DINN HERITAGE PRESERVATION AWARD:

Liette Remon, Gaspesie, Québec

MARIUS BARBEAU AWARD FOR FIELD RESEARCH:

Lynn Russwurm, Ontario

PORCUPINE BOOK AWARD

Chuck Angus & Brit Griffon, Cobalt, ON for We Lived A Life And Then Some: The Life, Death, and Life of a Mining Town, Between The Lines Pub., Toronto, ON - ISBN 1-896357-06-7

A great undertaking, the oral history of the Cobalt mining camp. It takes a good look at the folklore, the legends and characters who took part in this incredible history. A rich and creamy, working class story as told by the residents of this once famous mining town. The book includes artwork by Sally Lawrence and Rob Moir.

JACK HAYES AWARD FOR OLD TIME MUSIC:

The Leahy Family, Lakefield, ON

DAVID PARRY AWARD:

The Friends of Fiddlers’ Green, Ontario

DON MESSER CANADIAN FIDDLE AWARD:

Ivan Hicks, Sackville, NB

AL CROMWELL CANADIAN FOLK/BLUES:

Ken Hamm, Victoria, BC

FORIEGN PORCUPINE AWARD:

Linda Brietag, Minneapolis, MN

MAC BEATTIE AWARD FOR ONTARIO SONG:

Gail Gavan, Quyon, QC

MDME. LA BOLDUC AWARD FOR QUEBECOIS FOLKLORE:

Simon Riopel, Launadiere, Québec

FOLK MUSIC BUILDERS: ACOUSTIC WORKSHOP SONG OF THE YEAR:

McBeth Again by Jim Armour, Toronto

STAN ROGERS GOLDEN QUILL AWARD FOR SONGWRITING:

Bruce Cockburn, Toronto, ON for The Whole Night Sky

Bruce has many honours to his credit and doesn’t really need recognition here to validate his amazing career. However, how can we pass up this opportunity to honour a truly great Canadian singer/songwriter who has moved so many people, with his abilities to paint landscapes, bringing home the sense of responsibility we much each bare in the face of human activity. His relentless work on behalf of banning land mines, something he’s fought for some years, is finally proving fruitful. This is our humble way of honouring him. This song, in our humble opinion, ranks up there with some of his best work. It was recorded on his 1996 album The Charity of Night.

ROAD KILL AWARD:

Guy Lafleur, Québec for Lafleur!

JEAN CARIGNAN AWARD

Daniel Roy, Québec City, QC

PRODUCER:

Bill Garrett, Toronto ON

Bill Garrett, originally from Québec, was influenced by the sweet guitar sounds of American bluegrass and folk, and the reels of Québec. When he joined up with his musical partner Paul Mills, aka Curly Boy Stubbs, in the 1970s, he was enticed into working as a producer at the CBC. Since that time Garrett has put his name on classic Canadian albums, recorded to CBC standards, by the likes of the Schryer Triplets, Stan Rogers, Graham Townsend, Steel Rail and JP Cormier. His recent involvement with Borealis Records ensures that Bill Garrett will continue working on producing great Canadian folk oriented projects in the future.

CEC McECHERN AWARD:

Tony Quarrington, Toronto

LENNY BREAU AWARD:

David Woodhead, Toronto, ON

SPECIAL APPRECIATION AWARD

Michelle Rumball, Toronto/Timmins, ON

CLASSIC CANADIAN ALBUM:

Gordon Lightfoot's Don Quixote - 1973

ACOUSTIC WORKSHOP GUEST OF THE YEAR:
 

Jim McHarg, Toronto

GEM OF CANADA ALBUM:

En Spectacle, by La Bottine Souriante

Hall of Famers:

Memorial

Smiley Bates - country singer, Ontario
Andy Dejarlis - fiddler, Manitoba
Dan R. MacDonald - fiddler, Cape Breton
Marg Osburne - singer, New Brunswick
George Wade - band leader, Ontario

Member

Charles ‘Chuck’ Angus - author, singer/songwriter, Northern Ontario
Bruce Cockburn - singer songwriter, Ontario
Bill Langstroth - television producer, Nova Scotia/Ontario
Manny Pitson - television producer, Nova Scotia/Ontario
Buddy MacMaster - fiddler, Cape Breton

Group

Don Messer and His Islanders, PEI
George Wade and His Cornhuskers, Ontario
Grievous Angels, Ontario
La Bottine Souriante, Québec
Ottawa Valley Melodiers, Ontario
Tamarack, Ontario

GOLDEN PORCUPINE AWARD:

Bruce Cockburn, Toronto, ON

Ever since his early days in Ottawa with The Children and Three's A Crowd in the 1960s, Cockburn was destined to become what he has. His early influence of playing blues-style guitar has only been expanded upon but is essentially the same. He has shared his life with us, painted in portraits through his earliest works as a solo artists, all on the same record label, True North. He's been awarded with Junos, the Order of Canada, and many other awards. He's brought us consciousness of social concerns through his spirituality. He's embroiled us in issues such as what they call democracy in the face of what goes on in the world, sanctioned by our governments. He even accomplished what Farley Mowat could not: threatened the United States with a Rocket Launcher and still not banned from entering that land (Mowat did it with a whaling gun). More than twenty albums of original work, more memories than most of us can remember, he's still energetic, still composing, still youthful, looking at the world through the innocent eyes of a beholder. He refuses to preach: he just paints a scene and lets us wander into it. If he does nothing more, he has deserved the credit to which this award attests to. He has accomplished enough for at least one lifetime; hopefully he'll start working on another one.

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