This is the second year for the Edmonton Music Prize, to recognize Edmonton-based musicians or musical collectives that have released a recording in the past 18 months. The award is sponsored by the City of Edmonton through the Edmonton Arts Council, and administered by Alberta Music (the Alberta Music Industry Association). A 1st prize of $8000.00 will be awarded to the winner and two prizes of $1000.00 will be awarded to the runners-up.
The Prizes will be awarded in recognition of superior work and achievement in the realm of recorded music as assessed by a panel of experts assembled by Alberta Music. In addition to the primary assessment of superior musical work, priority will be given to nominees that have also made a unique contribution, or outstanding accomplishment in music within the last 18 months. The finalists are:
Joe Nolan – Tornado
Marco Claveria Project – Origins
The Provincial Archive – It’s All Shaken Wonder
“Deliberations took quite a long time this year as all of the recordings were so strong,” says Chris Wynters, executive director of Alberta Music, “but there was something about the stories behind the three finalists that really made them stand out.”
Joe Nolan has had quite a year, signing to Toronto’s Six Shooter Records and releasing Tornado, an impressive, Nashville-recorded album, featuring some great players like Colin Linden (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings) and John Whynot (Blue Rodeo, Lucinda Williams). The record has been receiving rave reviews everywhere. Chilean born, Marco Claveria’s Origins album is truly “…a whole new beginning” for this founding member of Bomba!, with a tour South America scheduled early in the new year and a Canadian tour to follow in the summer. The Provincial Archive is a band on a roll, having just completed a Canadian tour in support of It’s All Shaken Wonder (out on the Black Box label in Canada) opening for 2014 Juno winners The Strumbellas. They are presently on tour in Europe where the record has been released on Hamburg’s DevilDuck Records. Incidentally, they return home the day of the awards reception!
The winner and runners-up will be named and the prizes will be handed out at a reception at hosted by MacEwan University’s Music Program at Paul Byrne Hall - MacEwan University (located in the Robbins Health Learning Centre (109 St building), at the City Centre Campus) December 1st, 2014 from 4:30-6:00pm.
The Mallory Chipman Quartet as well as Nuela Charles, last year’s recipient of the Edmonton Music Prize, will perform at the celebration.
“Being the first recipient of the Edmonton Music Prize was a great reaffirmation of my decision to remain in Edmonton,” said Nuela. “This city is full of so many talented artists and has such a supportive arts community, that I believe my record “Aware” would not have been the same if I were anywhere else.”< Previous Post Next Post >