The Manitoba Country Music Association announces the 2017 MCMA Award Finalists

September 1 is the day that all Manitoba artists, musicians, industry members and fans wait for. Today is the day that the finalists are announced.

The Manitoba Country Music Association (MCMA) is pleased to announce the finalists for the third annual Manitoba Country Music Awards. And, this year, they have added a category. The MCMA is proud to announce that they have added All Star Band of the YEAR that includes four sub-categories:

Guitar
Bass
Drums
Specialty

On November 10, 2017, the Manitoba Country Music Awards, presented by the Manitoba Country Music Association and Dauphins Countryfest, will be held at The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre by Canad Inns in the heart of Downtown Winnipeg. This is an evening that brings the provinces largest country music community together. Several of Manitoba’s top country acts along with host Leanne Cater from QX 104 will entertain guests as the prestigious awards are handed out to the highest-voted artists.

2017 Manitoba Country Music Awards Final Nominees 

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Ashley Robertson
Desiree Dorion
Jade Turner
Kayla Luky
Kendra Kay
Kimberley Dawn
Leanne Pearson
Lindsay Rae
Renee Lamoureux

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR
David James
David Pestrak
Don Amero
Greg Arcade
Jason Kirkness
Quinton Blair
Ray Martin
Russell Lee
Ryan Keown

GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
Doc Walker
Ed Wayne & The North Border Band
Foster Martin Band
Four Mile Road
Keith and Renee
Past the Perimeter
Petric
Poets & Lies

NCI FM ABORIGINAL COUNTRY MUSIC AWARD
Ashley Robertson
Desiree Dorion
Don Amero
Frannie Klein
Jade Turner
Kimberley Dawn
Renee Lamoureux
William Prince

SONG OF THE YEAR (Songwriters)
Back to Dirt – Kayla Luky
Be Mine – Elsie Morden
Got the Girl – Chris Ising, Mark Dolin, Laurie ‘Fly’ Williams
Heart of the Heartland – Chris Thorsteinson, Dave Wasyliw, Gavin Sleightholm, Todd Clark
Honky Tonk Gone ­– Greg Arcade
Picture ­– Russell Lee
Small Town Sunday – Ray Martin, Diamond Doug Keith
Warrior – Renee Lamoureux
Whiskey Knows – Desiree Dorion, Chris Burke-Gaffney
Worth ­– Jade Turner, Murray Pulver

ROOTS ARTIST, DUO OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
Ashley Robertson
Desiree Dorion
Greg Arcade
Kayla Luky
Poets & Lies
Quinton Blair
Ray Martin
Ridley Bent
William Prince

EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
Aaron Prociuk
Elsie Morden
Emma Peterson
Greg Arcade
Jade Turner
Past the Perimeter
Rhianna Rae Saj
Russell Lee

ALL STAR BAND OF THE YEAR – GUITAR
Ariel Posen
Brennan Wall
Darren Savard
Jordan Day
Kris Ulrich
Murray Pulver
Sean Borton
Stephen Arundell
Tom Dutiaume

ALL STAR BAND OF THE YEAR – BASS
Evan Taplin
Jon Mushaluk
Karl Shewchuk
Meg Dolovich
Mucha Bee
Ray Grenier
Sam Little
Wes Wilson

ALL STAR BAND OF THE YEAR – DRUMS
Cody Iwasiuk
Jon Plett
Josh Ayers
Mark Kohan
Mike Hiebert
Paul Fontaine
Ryan Voth
Stephen Broadhurst

ALL STAR BAND OF THE YEAR – SPECIALTY (BANJO, FIDDLE, MANDOLIN, KEYS, STEEL)
Bill Western
Brenton Thorvaldson
Brian Leclair
Chris Nakonechny
Clint Dutiaume
Dan Russell
Logan Picton
Lyle Baldwin
Michael Audette

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Ashley Robertson – Back in Manitoba
David James – What if I Don’t
Elsie Morden – Be Mine
Jade Turner – Worth
Jason Kirkness – Whiskey Kiss
Kayla Luky – Back to Dirt
Past the Perimeter – Shotgun Beauty Queen
Renee Lamoureux – Warrior
Russell Lee ­– Picture

SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Chris Ising – Got the Girl
David James – What if I Don’t
Desiree Dorion – Whiskey Knows
Doc Walker – Heart of the Heartland
Jade Turner – Worth
Jason Kirkness – Whiskey Kiss
Kayla Luky – Back to Dirt
Kendra Kay – My Way
Petric – Play it Safe
Renee Lamoureux ­– Warrior
Russell Lee – Picture
Ryan Keown – Best Thing

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Chris Ising – Got the Girl
Desiree Dorion – Tough Street
Doc Walker – Weathervane
Elsie Morden – Elsie Morden
Jade Turner – North Country
Jason Kirkness – A Beautiful Disaster
Kayla Luky – Back to Dirt
Petric – It Girl Stripped Down
Ray Martin Band – Real Country

RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR
101.1 The Farm
730 CKDM
CFRY 920
CKLQ 880
Country 107.7 Steinbach
NCI FM
Now Country 104.7 FM
QX 104 FM

RADIO ON-AIR PERSONALITY OR TEAM OF THE YEAR
Al Gaines
Alex Devries
Brian Cook
Brody Jackson and Jess Hoy
Bruce Leperre
Karen Black
Kimberley Dawn and Steven Broadhurst
Leanne Cater
Leanne Doty
Paul Rabliauskas

FESTIVAL OR EVENT OF THE YEAR
Dauphin’s Countryfest
Country Music Benefit Concert for No Time for That
Rossburn DUKEefest
Stonewall Quarry Days
Steinbach Summer in the City
Red River Exhibition
Rattlesnake Country Music Festival
Niverville Olde Tyme Country Fair

VENUE OF THE YEAR
Club Regent Events Centre
Cowboys
Habs Bar
South Beach Casino
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre  by Canada Inns
The Park Theatre
The Royal George Hotel
Watson Art Centre (Dauphin)

FANS’ CHOICE
David Pestrak
Elsie Morden
Jade Turner
Kendra Kay
Petric
Renee Lamoureux
Russell Lee
Ryan Keown

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Hi all. I’m Nanci Dagg. I am from Winnipeg, Manitoba, and have lived my entire life here. There is nothing I like better than supporting local artists followed by supporting Canadian artists. Although I was a classic rock gal, my go to genre is country. Something about this music that just makes me feel great. I can be found at most country music concerts and shows (from someone’s house to really large venues) taking lots of pictures. Music and photography are two of my passions. Add to this mix, writing about artists, well let’s say, life doesn’t get better than this.

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