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Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Award Nominees Announced

Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music AwardsCanada's Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society will present the 29th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards this October 19th. This special event is a reserved seating program which will feature 18 bluegrass award presentations with a reception and picking party to follow.

The Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards were born in 1985 when a bluegrass magazine from Ontario decided this would be a great way to celebrate Bluegrass Music. At that time all the folks who voted were subscribers of the magazine. The Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society was contacted to arrange a show consisting of 10 of the Maritime’s top bands. The magazine looked after the awards and presentations.

Master Awards are given when winners in any category have won 5 times, they then become no longer eligible for that particular award. The Downeast Society presents a Fan of the Year award each year which is chosen by a committee appointed by the Society from submissions received from various Bluegrass Associations. The Society adopts at least one Lifetime Member each year, also chosen by a committee appointed by the Society for outstanding contribution to the Society, their home Association and Bluegrass in general.

And the 2013 Award Nominees are:

  • Banjo Player of the Year:
    • Ryan Dillman (Shadow River)
    • Justin Nauss (Eight Wheel Drive)
    • Darren Richard (Bluegrass Tradition)
  • Bass Player of the Year:
    • Karen Decoste (Bluegrass Tradition)
    • Brian Hazlett (Shadow River)
    • Chantal O’Neil (Joe Casey & Westwind)
  • Dobro Player of the Year:
    • George Grant
    • Dan Fraser
    • Doug Proctor
  • Fiddle Player of the Year:
    • Matt Hayes (Monroe)
    • Megan Isenor (Megan Isenor & Connections)
    • Lukas Munroe (Blue Tie Affair)
    • Bob Wynn (Truro Jam Band / Southbound)
  • Guitar Player of the Year:
    • Dave Doyle (Shadow River)
    • Jeff Nauss (Eight Wheel Drive)
    • Waylon Robicheau (New Ground)
  • Mandolin Player of the Year:
    • Doug Proctor (Shadow River)
    • David Saulnier (New Ground)
    • Dean Simm (A New Shade Of Blue)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year:
    • Trevor Boutilier (Bluegrass Tradition)
    • David Doyle (Shadow River)
    • Glen Williams (Eight Wheel Drive)
  • Female Vocalist of the Year:
    • Karen Decoste (Bluegrass Tradition)
    • Roxeen Roberts (Blue Tie Affair)
    • Christal Thibault (New Ground)
  • Individual Entertainer of the Year:
    • Brian Hazlett (Shadow River)
    • Darren Richard (Bluegrass Tradition)
    • Doug Proctor (Shadow River)
  • Vocal Group of the Year:
    • Bluegrass Tradition
    • New Ground
    • Shadow River
  • Gospel Performance of the Year:
    • Bluegrass Tradition
    • Close to Home
    • Shadow River
  • Most Promising Band of the Year:
    • Eight Wheel Drive
    • Next of Kin
    • Simply Blue
  • Band of the Year:
    • A New Shade Of Blue
    • Bluegrass Tradition
    • Shadow River
  • Recording of the Year:
    • A New Shade of Blue
    • Bluegrass Tradition
    • Shadow River
  • Composer of the Year:
    • Trevor Boutilier
    • Karen Decoste
    • Timmy Saulnier
  • Promoter of the Year:
    • Danisha Comeau
    • Wayne Dugas
    • Anne-Marie & Maurice Melanson
  • Emcee of the Year:
    • Wayne Dugas
    • Brian Hazlett
    • Bob Sharples
  • Radio / TV DJ of the Year:
    • Wayne Dugas – Vive la bluegrass (CIFA 104.1 FM Saulnierville)
    • Charlie Hansen – Bluegrass Island (CFCY 99.5 FM Charlottetown)
    • Wilson Moore – The Bluegrass Jam (CFTA 107.9 FM Amherst / CHMA 106.9 FM Sackville)

Categories receiving four nominations is a result of a tie within the top three placements. Congratulations to all nominees! Good luck, and see you on October 19th! Ticket Information: All tickets are reserved seating. Advance tickets are $12.00 and are on sale at all TicketPro outlets across the Maritimes, on line at www.ticketpro.ca or by calling 1-888-311-9090 to reserve by credit card.

Last year's award winners were also announced on Cybergrass. For ticketing and more information, visit www.DownEastGrass.com li

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