Kootenay Music Award winners

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Artist of the Year ‘Naturalist’. Photo: Masa Suzuki.

It was a very enthusiastic crowd at the Spirit Bar on Saturday, March 23 for the 7th Annual Kootenay Music Awards. This is the third year that Kootenay Co-op Radio has hosted the event that champions and honours our incredibly talented musicians in this area. The evening started off by paying tribute to Paul Hinrichs for all of the work he has done to bring acts to the area both with his work at the Spirit Bar and Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival and his history as one of the founders of the Kootenay Music Awards.

This year the Kootenay Music Awards received over 172 submissions from all over the region. People’s choice voting, for Artist of the Year and Video of the Year, tallied 2500 votes!

A BIG congrats to our WINNERS:

  • Best Rock Song: Ropa Rsk – Astrojet – How Do You Break Up With a Friend?
  • Best Hip-Hop Artist: Mabus McLaren – You Don’t Know Me.
  • Best Rhythm and Blues Song: Holly Hyatt – River Flows.
  • Best Pop Song: Charlie Pears-Smith – Little Miss Dysfunctional.
  • Best Roots Song: Mr. Dr. Brotherman – Fancy Walkin.
  • Best Jam-Band/Artist: The Hilties - Delivered.
  • Best Electronic DJ: Mary Ann Marzinzik Spears.
  • Best Electronic Producer: FRASE – Need It Now Ft.Fawna.
  • Best Music Video: Post-Modern Connection –  Memories.
  • The 2019 Kootenay Music Awards Artist of the Year: Naturalist. 

Naturalist is a brother duo, Sam Moffat and Caleb Brown, from Fernie. This category win also lands them a performing slot at the 2019 Kaslo Jazz Etc. Festival! 

To ALL of the musicians who submitted their music, you are all WINNERS.

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