George Canyon will host the Music Nova Scotia Gala Awards Show in his home of Pictou County during Nova Scotia Music Week, November 6-9, 2008 (Nova Scotia - Canada). Canyon became an overnight success (14 years in the making) when he took second place in the 2004 Nashville Star and was thrust upon the world stage. A wide range of talented Nova Scotia artists will perform on the show, including Dave Gunning, Meaghan Smith, David Myles, Gypsophilia, Old Man Luedecke, Jamie Sparks and Laura Peek and the Winning Hearts.
This year’s Gala Awards Show will be twice as big as last year’s, moving from a theatre-style show to a stadium show at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. More special guests will be announced in the weeks to come!
David Myles and Old Man Luedecke are up for five award nominations each. Both are nominated for Male Artist of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and the publicly voted Aliant Entertainer of the Year award. Myles’ sophomore effort On the Line and Luedecke’s Proof of Love are also both nominated for Album of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year.
The Tom Fun Orchestra has four chances for an award, three times for their debut album, “You Will Land With A Thud” in the Album of the Year, New Artist/Group Recording of the Year and Group of the Year categories. The nine-piece band is also nominated for Aliant Entertainer of the Year.
Wintersleep, Christina Martin, Chad Hatcher, Tomcat Combat and Jon McKiel are all nominated for three awards.
Wintersleep earned nods for Album of the Year and Group Recording of the Year for “Welcome to the Night Sky” and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year.
Christina Martin is nominated for her second album, “Two Hearts” in the Album of the Year and Pop/Rock Artist/Group Recording of the Year categories. She is also nominated for Female Artist Recording of the Year.
Chad Hatcher’s “Tunnels and Pathways” was given two award nominations in Pop/Rock Artist/Group Recording and Male Artist Recording of the Year. Hatcher earned a third nomination for his video “Do It All Again”.
Tomcat Combat’s “I’m Okay You’re Okay” is nominated in the New Artist/Group Recording, Loud Artist/Group Recording and Alternative Artist/Recording of the Year categories.
Jon McKiel’s “The Nature of Things” is nominated for New Artist/Group Recording, Male Artist Recording and Pop/Rock Artist/Group Recording of the Year.
Two nominations each were given to Dave Gunning, Rich Aucoin, Laura Peek, Ryan Cook, Jeanne (Doucet) Currie, Bette & Wallet, Ronald Bourgeois, Thom Swift, Daniel Ledwell, Don Brownrigg, Shelter With Thieves, The Ernst Family, Dave Carroll, SouthWind, Steven Bowers, The Contact and Shobha.
Rebekah Higgs, Teresa Ennis, Erin Costelo, Tanya Davis, Ruth Minnikin, Chrissy Crowley, Dwayne Cote, Troy MacGillivray, Nova Brilliante, Christopher Bowman & David Chafe, Mardeen, Jason Roach, Jamie Sparks, Andru Branch and Halfway Tree, The Superfantastics, The Sleepless Nights, Great Plains, DJ IV, Uncle Fester, Count Sockula Esq., Jo-Run, DJ T-Woo, Slowcoaster, Gypsophilia, Mic Boyd, The Chronicles, The Extremities, Ghettosocks, Blinxamillion, Diminished Fifth, Mary-Grace Koile, Life Support, Swingology, Tonic, Shan Arsenault, Myles Deck and the Fuzz, Jordi Comstock, Kev Corbett, Frank MacKay, Ken Ward, The Hupman Brothers, Ian Sherwood and Share are all nominated for one award a piece.
Voting begins today for the Aliant Entertainer of the Year
until October 24 for nominees Rich Aucoin, David Myles, Dave Gunning, Old Man Luedecke and The Tom Fun Orchestra. Voting for all other awards is now open for Music Nova Scotia members only. Democracy 250 (D250) is the voting process presenter this year and encourages all to exercise their right to vote!
The Music Nova Scotia Gala Awards Show will be held at the John Brother MacDonald Stadium in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at 8 p.m. The Music and Industry Awards Brunch will be held on Sunday, November 9, 2008 at the Museum of Industry in Stellarton, Nova Scotia at 11 a.m. All tickets are on sale through www.ticketpro.ca, via phone 1-888-311-9090 or in person at any Ticketpro outlet.