The 2014 Edmonton Music Prize Shortlist Announced
The short list has been determined for the second annual Edmonton Music Prize, a $10,000 cash prize created to recognize Edmonton-based musicians or musical collectives who 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. A large number of entries were received and the jury has narrowed the field down to a shortlist of ten artists/groups:
- Joe Nolan – Tornado
- Duplekita – The Sound of My Name
- Marco Claveria Project – Origins
- KazMega – G.R.L.L.I.O.S.
- SLATES – Taiga
- Jom Comyn – In The Dark on 99 (All the Time, All the Time)
- The Provincial Archive – It’s All a Shaken Wonder
- Sylvia Shadick-Taylor – Expressions
- The Don Berner Sextet – Love Letters to a Rat Free Capital
- Ann Vriend – In The Mean Time
“2014 has been a really strong year for releases in Edmonton,” said Chris Wynters, executive director of Alberta Music. “It was a difficult decision for the jury today, but I think they’ve put forward short-list of incredible musical works that truly represent the diversity and excellence of our community.”
"We are happy to partner with our friends at Alberta Music on the second annual Edmonton Music Prize," said Paul Moulton, executive director of the Edmonton Arts Council. "This award is a great opportunity to celebrate and promote Edmonton’s thriving music scene, and we can’t wait to see which of these deserving acts take the top three this year."
The three finalists will be announced on November 19, and the winner announced at an awards reception, hosted by MacEwan University's Music Program, Monday December 1 at MacEwan's City Centre Campus.
For further information
please contact :
Chris Wynters (780) 428-3372