Nominee for 2013 Artist of the Year Shred Kelly

Nominee for 2013 Artist of the Year Shred Kelly

Voting open to select the Kootenay’s best artists

Voting is now open for the second annual Kootenay Music Awards.

Voting is now open for the second annual Kootenay Music Awards.

Five music industry judges sifted through hundreds of nominated songs to come up with this year’s shortlist. Now it’s up to the public to choose the winners.

KMA president Chad Hansen was thrilled to see the musical diversity in the Artist of the Year category.

“We’ve got an opera, two big folk-stomp bands, an electronic producer and a singer-songwriter going head-to-head,” he said. “It just goes to show the range of talent we have in the region. Whatever type of music you like, you can find somebody here doing it really well.”

Shortlisted artists come from all corners of the Kootenays. The Good Ol’ Goats from Cranbrook show up in the “Best Roots and Blues” and “Artist of the Year” categories, Golden’s WakCutt is on the list for “Best DJ” and the Slocan Valley’s Immune 2 Cobras is hoping for “Best New Artist” and “Best Punk/Rock/Metal.”

There’s a huge representation from Nelson artists. KHAOS, the opera written by Don Macdonald, is nominated in three categories. Tofu Stravinsky and James Lamb are both up for “Album of the Year” and Selkirk music student Dylan McPherson is going for “Best New Artist.”

To listen to tracks from all the contenders and place your vote go to and click “Nominate” on the page banner, then “Vote now.”

There’s a play button under each artist’s picture that you can click to listen to their music. When you’ve picked your favourite, register for an account and start voting.

The voting period closes on April 30 and the winners will be announced at an award show at Spiritbar in Nelson on May 10.


2013 Kootenay Music Awards nominees


Best ProducerYan ZombieVs. (Produced by Evade Beatz)Philth KidsRyan WellsScience of Defiance

Best DJCass RhapsodyBreakfluid=WakCuttSweet PickleRafferty Funksmith

Best New ArtistShyness of Strangers – “Hot Bodies”Moontricks – “Swamp Bubbles”Immune 2 Cobras – “Momma Drank”Dylan McPherson – “The Rope”Kindred Heart – “We Daughters”

Best Live ActKHAOSTofu StravinskyShred KellyClinton Swanson and friendsSavage Blade

Best Roots and BluesBroken Down Suitcase – “The Liar”Brian Rosen – “Wild Rivers”LINT – “Elevator Chase”The Good Ol’ Goats – “Not The Same”Hoodlums – “Moving out of Cell Range Baby?”

Best Country FolkJames Lamb – “River in Bed”Shred Kelly – “New Black”Motes & Oats – “Saskatchewan”Rhoniel  – “Make Believe”Laela Heidt – “Love Blind”

Best Rock Punk MetalThus Far – “Burning to the Ground”Savage Blade – “Wasteland”Immune 2 Cobras – “Momma Drank”Chinese 4 Travelers – “The Haunting”Willhorse – “Easy Girl”

Song of the YearJames Lamb – “River in Bend”The Good Ol’ Goats – “Kiss a Cactus:Shred Kelly – “The Bear”Rhoneil – “Make Believe”KHAOS – “Black Water”

Album of the YearTofu Stravinsky – BTTRMLKBroken Down Suitcase – Broken Down SuitcaseBrian Rosen – Choose Your ChoiceRhoneil – Make BelieveJames Lamb – Imagineering

Artist of the YearKHAOSShred KellyYan ZombieThe Good Ol’ GoatsRhoneil