Austin celebrates folk music award

Comox Valley singer-songwriter Helen Austin won at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in the Children's Album of the Year category.

THIS CANADIAN FOLK Music Award for Children's Album of the Year went to Helen Austin

Comox Valley singer-songwriter Helen Austin won at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in the Children’s Album of the Year category.

Austin received the honour during the weekend in Calgary for her acclaimed CD Always Be a Unicorn, which had earlier been nominated for a Juno Award.

Other nominees in the category were Jennifer Gasoi, Gary Rasberry, Madame Diva and the Funky Mamas.

Austin’s daughter Daisy Squires accompanied her to the awards ceremony and Austin was joined at one point by Comox Valley native Trent Freeman, now a Toronto-based musician.

“Am stunned and very grateful,” Austin wrote in a Facebook post after receiving the award. She jokingly apologized in a Facebook post for a “sketchy” acceptance speech.

With Squires and Austin’s son Charlie, the prolific songwriter threw a Cd release party Nov. 2 at the Comox Valley Farmers’ market for Colour It, a new children’s music album that they can colour themselves.

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