Cory Cruise, Savour the Moment lead NMA nominations

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December 18, 2017

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Thorold singer/songwriter Cory Cruise and St. Catharines rockers Savour the Moment lead the way for the ninth annual Niagara Music Awards.Cruise, a three-time winner, is up for eight awards for the Sept. 27 event, to be held at the former Lundy’s Lane United Church in Niagara Falls. Among the nominations are Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Original Song of the Year.
Nominees in 23 categories were announced Tuesday night at Boston Pizza in Welland.

“I’m still in complete shock from hearing the announcements last night,” said Cruise when reached Wednesday morning. “Not only have my fans made me feel blessed, it’s the warmth of our great Niagara community which has allowed me to continuously grow as a musician.”

Cruise crowdfunded his latest album, 1221, raising more than $10,000 in one month. It’s up for Album of the Year.
Cruise, who won Adult Contemporary Artist and People’s Choice award at the NMAs in 2014, says he performed more than 90 shows this summer – a sign of a strong local scene.

“We really have something special here in Niagara, and having a platform like the NMAs to come together in  celebration and recognition is truly wonderful, and in my opinion, essential as well.”

Newcomers Savour the Moment are up for seven awards, including Rock Group and Best New Artist of the Year. Theatre Crisp, Original Group and Album of the Year winners in 2014, are back with five nominations, including Original Song and Engineer of the Year.
Other multiple nominees include The Maysides with five, The Jay Diem Band and Spitt with four, and Mel Monaco, Chloe Rabideau, The Maysides and The Bryan Sorensen Groove Trio with three each.
NMA co-organizer Todd Brown says this year’s show is getting a technical overhaul, with higher production values. It will adapt a ‘Dressed to the Nines’ theme to coincide with its ninth anniversary.
The past two events have been held at Taps Brewery in Niagara Falls. Brown says the switch to the former church – now called Battlefield Centre – will offer more space and “provide more of a gala awards show feel.”
Last year eliminated entry fees for the awards, resulting in many more submissions. This year streamlined the process, forcing artists to submit songs in each individual category instead of mass submitting them in several.
Even with the increase in entries, there will be no Blues, Jazz or Rising Star awards this year because of a lack of submissions. There were about 360 entries total this year, says Brown.
Scheduled to perform are CD Onofrio, Glass Apple Bonsai, Theatre Crisp, Cristian Lalama, Crutch, Angela Siracusa, Paige Kopp and The Bryan Sorenson Groove Trio.
This year’s eight judges are Rita Carrey, Ashlee Standish, Corey Motley, Rick Rose, Steve Stumble, Paul Morris, John Navarolli and Thomas Salter.
Red carpet is at 6:30 p.m., show is 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20.www.niagaramusicawards.ca

Nominees for the 9th annual Niagara Music Awards:

ADULT CONTEMPORARY ARTIST:
Bryan Sorensen Groove Trio
Cory Cruise
Jay Diem Band

COUNTRY ARTIST:
Cory Cruise
Deborah Frappier
Jay Diem Band

ENGINEER OF THE YEAR:
Chris Curry
Daniel Belasco
Jay Baty
Kyle Whittaker

FEMALE VOCALIST:
Chloe Rabideau
Spitt

MALE VOCALIST:
Chris Scott
Cory Cruise
Jay Diem Band
JOSH
Kevin Teng
Savour the Moment
Thunderclap!

ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC:
Glass Apple Bonzai
Kevin Teng
Ryan Smith
The Status Update
Todd Murphy
Unit 42

FOLK ARTIST:
Deborah Frappier
Ron Hurst

HIP HOP ARTIST:
AWOL
EZEC
JOSH
Kevin Teng
Theatre Crisp
Sese

INSTRUMENTAL:
Kevin Richard Hotte
Paul Layton

HEAVY METAL ARTIST:
Blindside Incentive
Dorian Gray

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR:
Chris Dipardo
Dean Malton
Kyle Whittaker
Rabby Teng

ORIGINAL GROUP:
Avenue Inn
Bryan Sorenson Groove Trio
Back in the Daze
Savour the Moment
Theatre Crisp

ORIGINAL SONG:
‘Jealous of Your Phone’ – Bryan Sorensen Groove Trio
‘Blossom’ – Chloe Rabideau
‘Where I Belong’ – Deborah Frappier
‘Always Be My Girl’ – Cory Cruise
‘Poison’ – Kevin Teng
‘You’re Mine’ – Mel Monaco
‘Country Soul’ – MJ Laflair
‘Closer’ – Savour the Moment
‘Devil Under Her Skin’ – Spencer Mackenzie
‘Growing Up’ – Theatre Crisp
‘Biological Waste’ – The Rob Graham Band
’Stagnant Stereo’ – The Rouge Collective

NEW GROUP:
Eklectik
The Maysides
To Much of Jon
Savour the Moment

PROGRESSIVE ROCK:
Avenue Inn
Blindside Incentive

NEW ARTIST:
Deborah Frappier
Jakob Bell
JOSH
Kevin Teng
Ron Hurst
Savour the Moment
Spitt
The Maysides

PUNK ARTIST:
Blindside Incentive
Lost Generation
The Maysides

ROCK GROUP:
Avenue Inn
Blindside Incentive
The Advancing Low Lives
The Maysides
The Rogue Collective
Savour the Moment
Vinyl Flux

MUSIC VIDEO:
‘Pray For the World’ – Kevin Teng
‘Words & Water’ – Limestone Chorus
’Single Again’ – Mel Monaco
‘Stagnant Stereo’ – The Rogue Collective
‘The Future is here’ – Thunderclap
‘Moving Along – Spurts

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:
Cory Cruise
Mel Monaco
Savour the Moment
Spencer Mackenzie
Spitt
Theatre Crisp
The Rob Graham Band
Thunderclap!

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
‘1221’ – Cory Cruise
‘#TCBW’ – Jae Ari
‘From the Heart’ – Josh Mills
‘Infected With the Blues’ – Spencer Mackenzie
‘Off the Floor’ – The Jay Diem Band
‘Loved and Lost’ – The Maysides

BEST BAR BAND:
Cory Cruise
Off the Record
Renegade
Rock of ‘80s
351 Cleveland
The Rogue Collective
Spencer Mackenzie & Band

PEOPLE’S CHOICE:
Cory Cruise
David Dablock Tyrell
Josh Coulter
Spitt
The Rob Graham Band

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