Niagara Music Awards announces nominees

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By John Law, Niagara Falls Review

The nominations are in for the seventh annual Niagara Music Awards.

St. Catharines rockers Step Echo, alt-country group Phantom 309 of Niagara Falls, and St. Catharines hip hop/funk ensemble Theatre Crisp led the way with multiple nominations for the Sept. 30 show in Niagara Falls.

The nods were announced at Boston Pizza in Welland Tuesday night.

“It feels amazing and I am grateful,” says longtime Niagara Falls country singer Barby Collins, who collected three nominations including Songwriter of the Year.

“We had a lot of (entries),” says co-organizer Erin Visentin, who adds some categories were too good to limit to five nominees. New Group of the Year has eight nominees, while Original Song of the Year has 13.

“It’s a little more exciting,” she says. “We didn’t have a limit this year.”

Even so, categories for blues, jazz and country artist of the year didn’t receive enough submissions and were canceled.

The event has faced some criticism over charging artists a fee to enter. “Most of us don’t see the value in an awards show that asks to pay to be nominated for awards,” wrote Phil Taylor of local band Xprime on the Niagara Music Awards’ Facebook page Wednesday.

But Visentin says until sponsorships can cover the entire cost of the show, entry fees are necessary. She hopes to eliminate them by next year.

“I wanted to do it this year, but we just couldn’t,” she says. “We’re learning from this year and moving on to next year already.”

This year’s show will once again be on Queen Street in Niagara Falls, but moves from the Seneca Queen Theatre to Taps Brewhouse & Grill, where it will be outdoors.

Tickets are $15 advance, $20 at the door.

john.law@sunmedia.ca

WHAT: 7th Niagara Music Awards

WHEN: Sept. 30, 7 p.m.

WHERE: Taps Brewhouse & Grill, 4680 Queen St., Niagara Falls

TICKETS: www.niagaramusicawards.ca

Nominations for the 7th annual Niagara Music Awards:

Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year:
Cory Cruise
Jamie Derek Moore
The Rio Trio

Album of the Year:
Ivy Coast
Phantom 309
Step Echo
The Ages
The Anti-Q’s
Theatre Crisp

Electronic Music of the Year:
The Status Update
Todd Murphy
Engineer of the Year:
Ruben Arancibia
Straight South

Female Vocalist of the Year:
Barby Collins
Gail D
Genevieve-Renee Bisson
Jane Baker
Katey Gatta
Paige Kopp

Folk Artist of the Year:
Phillip Bosley
RK Walker and Amp

Hip Hop Artist of the Year:
The KaC Himself
Ill Table Manners

Instrumentalist of the Year:
Ashram Garage
Paul Layton
The Rio Trio
XLR8
Zu Virtu

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Cory Cruise
Andy C
James Underwood
Kyle Petch

Music Video of the Year:
Avenue Inn
Donny Yonder
Ivy Coast
Step Echo
Theatre Crisp

New Artist of the Year:
Carina Frammartino
Diana Williamson
Garret Bell
Jamie Derek Moore
Katey Gatta
Slooky

New Group of the Year:
Ardent
Ashram Garage
Avenue Inn
Ivy Coast
Phantom 309
Slightly Altered
The May Sides
The Rob Graham Band

Original Group of the Year:
Ashram Garage
Avenue Inn
New Franchise
Phantom 309
Step Echo
Stereo Sunrise
The Rio Trio
Theatre Crisp

Original Song of the Year:
Ardent
Avenue Inn
Barby Collins
Jane Baker
Katey Gatta
Linda Tamburri
MJ Laflair
Paige Kopp
Phillip Bosley
Step Echo
Straight South
The Ages
Theatre Crisp

Producer of the Year:
Ruben Arancibia
Phantom 309

Progressive Rock Band of the Year:
Avenue Inn
New Franchise

Rock Group of the Year:
Ardent
Blame the Neighbour
Border City Beatdowns
Cops of Commission
Phantom 309
Step Echo
Stereo Sunrise
The Ages

Songwriter of the Year:
Ashram Garage
Barby Collins
Cory Cruise
Diana Williamson
Garret Bell
Jane Baker
Katey Gatta
Kyle Petch
Paige Kopp
Phantom 309
Straight South
The Rob Graham Band

Best Bar Band to be determined by online vote

People’s Choice award to be determined by online vote

Not enough entries for the Blues, Country, Heavy Metal and Jazz categories.

Special Achievement Awards:

Dallas Green, Ron Sexsmith, Deadmau5

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