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35th Annual Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards Nominees Announced

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WinterlineThe Northern Bluegrass Committee produces the Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards. The nominations have been announced for the 35th Annual Central Canadian Bluegrass Awards which will take place Saturday, November 23rd at the Deerhurst Resort in Muskoka, Ontario. The awards are part of a bigger celebration. The three day event from November 22-24 includes a lot of activities besides the awards including jam sessions, vendors, daily performances from some outstanding bands. Workshops are also available for attendees.

Each year, the Northern Bluegrass Committee works on the awards and to tabulate the votes to render a list of some of the finest bluegrass acts in North America and certainly, Canada. The awards show is a highlight of the Central Canadian bluegrass artists and fans and is growing bigger each year. The nominees come from all over the region illustrating that bluegrass music is alive and well throughout Canada.

The nominees for the 35th Awards ceremonies include:

  • Bluegrass DJ
    • Dan Bieman (Harriston)
    • David Blakney (Windsor)
    • Dan Joseph & Linda Axman (Kitchener)
    • Steve Pritchard (Toronto)
  • Banjo Player
    • D'Arcy Campbell (Roadmasters)
    • Dan Campbell (Bluegrass Edition)
    • Luke Puckrin (Hard Ryde)
    • Stephan Van Holten (Rhyme N Reason)
  • Fiddle Player
    • Mitch Ducharme (Ducharme Family)
    • Shawn Kellet (Hard Ryde)
    • Randy Morrison (Flatt River)
    • Don Reed (Canucky Boys)
  • Bass Player 
    • Rich Koop (Hard Ryde)
    • Jared Lozon (Winterline)
    • Matt Naveau (Canucky Boys)
    • Sheldon Speedie (Traditionally Wound)
  • Guitar Player
    • Larry Carriere (Canucky Boys)
    • Doug Moerschfelder (Rhyme N Reason)
    • Steve Piticco (Pine Road)
    • Paul Roberto (Dusty Drifters)
  • Mandolin Player
    • Kevin Golka (Concession 23)
    • Gilles LeClerce (Dusty Drifters)
    • Will Meadows (Hard Ryde)
    • Norm Tellier (General Store)
  • Dobro Player
    • Barry Calthorpe (White Pine)
    • Ken Robichaud (Winterline)
    • Robert Tremblay (Grassland)
    • Al Widmeyer (Independent)
  • Female Vocalist
    • Joyce Gagnon (Winterline)
    • Marie Gustafson (Honeygrass)
    • Ginny McIlmoyle (Sweetgrass)
    • Jan Purcell (Pine Road)
  • Male Vocalist
    • Richard Dugal (Flat River)
    • Gabe Gagnon (Winterline)
    • Jim McNulty (Traditionally Wound)
    • Doug Moerschfelder (Rhyme N Reason)
  • Composer
    • Kaitlin Gerber (Rescue Junction)
    • John McDonald (Roadmasters)
    • Melissa Sherman (Hard Ryde/Independent)
    • Stephan Van Holten (Rhyme N Reason)
  • Promising Group 
    • Georgian Blue
    • Rescue Junction
    • Roadmasters
    • The Tebworth Brothers
  • Instrumental Group
    • Dusty Drifters
    • Rhyme N Reason
    • Traditionally Wound
    • Winterline
  • Recording
    • "A Part of Me" --  Carol Simpson/ Hard Ryde
    • "Dusty Drifters" --  Dusty Drifters
    • "Just What I Need" --  Rhyme N Reason
    • "On Any Road"  --  Rescue Junction
  • Vocal Group
    • Canucky Bluegrass Boys
    • Rhyme N Reason
    • Traditionally Wound
    • Winterline
  • Gospel Group
    • CDenny Band
    • Rescue Junction
    • Rhyme N Reason
    • Bill White & White Pine
  • Overall Group
    • Canucky Bluegrass Boys
    • Rhyme N Reason
    • Traditionally Wound
    • Winterline
  • Entertainer
    • Matt Naveau (Canucky Boys)
    • Ken Robichaud (Winterline)
    • The Tebworth Brothers
    • Bill White (White Pine)

Information courtesy: The Northern Bluegrass Committee./ul/li

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