KHAOS Opera in Nelson at The Capitol Theatre.

Voting begins on Kootenay Music Awards

Five music industry judges have sifted through hundreds of nominated songs to come up with this year’s shortlist.

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.

Kootenay Music Awards (KMA) president Chad Hansen liked 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.”

Although there are no finalists from Rossland, 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, said Hansen. 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 kootenaymusicawards.com 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.

Go straight to the voting page at: http://tinyurl.com/votekma

2013 Kootenay Music Awards Nominees

Best Producer

Yan Zombie

Vs. (Produced by Evade Beatz)

Philth Kids

Ryan Wells

Science of Defiance

Best DJ

Cass Rhapsody

Breakfluid

WakCutt

Sweet Pickle

Rafferty Funksmith

Best New Artist

Shyness of Strangers – “Hot Bodies”

Moontricks – “Swamp Bubbles”

Immune 2 Cobras – “Momma Drank”

Dylan McPherson – “The Rope”

Kindred Heart – “We Daughters”

Best Live Act

KHAOS

Tofu Stravinsky

Shred Kelly

Clinton Swanson and friends

Savage Blade

Best Roots and Blues

Broken 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 Folk

James Lamb – “River in Bed”

Shred Kelly – “New Black”

Motes & Oats – “Saskatchewan”

Rhoniel – “Make Believe”

Laela Heidt – “Love Blind”

Best Rock Punk Metal

Thus Far – “Burning to the Ground”

Savage Blade – “Wasteland”

Immune 2 Cobras – “Momma Drank”

Chinese 4 Travelers – “The Haunting”

Willhorse – “Easy Girl”

Song of the Year

James Lamb – “River in Bend”

The Good Ol’ Goats – “Kiss a Cactus:

Shred Kelly – “The Bear”

Rhoneil – “Make Believe”

KHAOS – “Black Water”

Album of the Year

Tofu Stravinsky – BTTRMLK

Broken Down Suitcase – Broken Down Suitcase

Brian Rosen – Choose Your Choice

Rhoneil – Make Believe

James Lamb – Imagineering

Artist of the Year

KHAOS

Shred Kelly

Yan Zombie

The Good Ol’ Goats

Rhoneil

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