Two Islanders among best in Canadian folk music

Darlene Shea
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Seventeen of the best folk musicians, recordings and producers in the country have just received Canadian Folk Music Awards, and two of them are Islanders.


Catherine MacLellan

The 17 award recipients were selected from some 86 finalists, pared down from the original 451 submissions received this year.

Catherine MacLellan of Summerside and now working out of Burlington, Ont., received the English Songwriter of the Year award for “Silhouette.”

Rose Cousins, originally from P.E.I. and now based in Halifax, N.S., won the Contemporary Singer of the Year title for “We Have Made A Spark.”

The awards were established in 2005 “as a way of showcasing the diverse and changing character of a truly Canadian style of music that remains rooted in tradition and the telling of a community's story,” said the Awards’ founder, Grit Laskin.

Cousins has two shows coming up this week, Nov. 23 and 24, when she'll be appearing at the Mack in Charlottetown as part of the Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre series.

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  • Islander
    November 21, 2012 - 13:17

    Congratualtions, I disagree with Billy, but not in a bad way, an Islander is always an Islander, like a Newfoundlander & Cape Bretoner is - it's how we/they are labeled - I am an Islander, (live on P.E.I. - always have) but I am no more and Islander (in my mind) than one who had to leave for work but more so than one who was not born here - but with pride I welcome them too saying they are Islanders in a sense they are Again congratulations to Catherine & Rose you do us proud

  • Frandy
    November 21, 2012 - 13:02

    Great job Cat!

  • Billy
    November 21, 2012 - 10:53

    It Should read "originally from PEI". Two more people who had to leave PEI to find work. Congrats to them though.