Updated: Sep 28, 2019

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AMY HEF Photo credit J. Dirom Photography

Showcasing and honoring the incredible musical talent produced in the Calgary area for the last three years, the YYC MUSIC AWARDS presented by Music Centre Canada held their 4th annual gala on Sunday, September 22nd at The Palace Theatre. The awards event recognized artists in 21 categories and saw performances from Miesha & The SpanksNice HorseSheldon ZandboerPunch Drunk CabaretZaireInk & Afuhmbom Music, and the School of Rock Calgary South House Band.

That's a wrap! Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers, @palacetheatreyyc management and staff, our wonderful MC, @mattmastersburgener and last performers. To Calgary's music community, thank you for doing what you do. There's so much talent in our city. This event is for you. This event happens after a year's worth of work by a dedicated team of volunteers. We love our city and the wonderful music created within it. Thank you Calgary! Till next year. @lilola.lh

@tbuckleymusic shared on his Instagram:

What a night! Honored to win, shared Buckley on his Instagram.

As a born and raised Calgarian, this city has really become a great place to make music. There’s so much talent here, the community is so supportive, and it’s so nice to have the @yycmusicawards bring everyone together. Thanks so much!

The highlights of the night go-to both T.Buckley and Miesha & The Spanks for each winning three awards. T. Buckley was awarded Folk Recording of The Year, Male Artist of The Year plus Songwriter of The Year and Miesha & The Spanks was honored with Female Artist of The Year, Rock Recording of The Year and Single of The Year. All artists nominated were from Calgary along with its surrounding cities of Airdrie, Banff, Canmore, Cochrane, Strathmore plus other areas that are up to a maximum of 125 km radius from the City of Calgary. All nominations were for commercially released material between March 1st, 2018 and February 28th, 2019.

YYCMA Media Director Shannon Ambrose comments:

"Congratulations to all the 2019 YYC Music Awards winners and nominees! To our presenting sponsor, Music Centre Canada and all the sponsors who supported the 2019 YYCMA’s, THANK YOU! To the musicians and artists that submit their talents, the volunteers, the fans that come to support their favourite artists, the voting committee that take precious time to be a part of the process, our production manager, Darryl Bowers, The Palace Theatre staff and management, presenters and guests and all those that have assisted and cheered us on, you make the YYC Music Awards the event that it is. And to the managers, promoters, media, live music venues and representatives that keep the music in our city playing – Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts."

Spotify Playlist of Nominees here. Spotify Playlist of Nominees below.


Marcus Trummer Band - "Good Times"

Matt Blais - "Fool's Gold"

Poke the Bear - "Along The Way"

Shuffalo - "Heart Attack" - WINNER

Sin & Sonic - "Blood, Sex and Wine"


Congratulations gents and thank you for the kind words.

@shuffalo • • • • • • Wow. We are truly speechless. We are honored to be the recipients of the 2019 Calgary Music Award’s - “Alternative Recording of the Year”. We kept our acceptance speech short, but the list of people to thank is anything but that. Firstly, thank you to the @yycmusicawards for putting on such an important and enjoyable event. This type of thing couldn’t happen without their sponsors: @x929calgary @mccmusicstores @atbfinancial.

Secondly, we would like to thank the incredible team of people who helped make this all happen for us. From past members to producers, you all played a crucial part. @simonfran_@prairieslav @willmacofficial And to our current family over at Soaring Eagle, thank you for all the work you put in. @liamprost @mjolah @ryankelster @rosieposielemonsqueezy.

Thirdly, we would like to thank all of our friends, family, and fans of literally anyone who has streamed/shared our music or braved cold weather to come see us. We love you all and we look forward to the coming months @ameliepmusic @loveelouise. A huge congratulations to all of the winners and nominees.

CONTEMPORARY INSPIRATIONAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR Jason Hofer – “SCARS” JOELLE – “Merry Christmas Night” Northern Quarter – “Cold Dark Night” Tammy Dixon – “Tammy Dixon” Zaire Ink and Afuhmbom – “Manhood” - WINNER

@thebenchase • • • • • • 2019 Country Recording of the Year at the YYC Music Awards!!! Thank you so much @yycmusicawards and the City of Calgary. I'm blown away! Can't wait to play October 10th @knoxcalgary to Celebrate this one!

COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Calgary Stampede Ben Chase - "All Over It" - WINNER Brad Saunders - "Play It by Beer" David Bradford - "It's Okay" Drew Gregory - "Good Place to Start" Nice Horse - "Six String Outlaw - The Sundown Remix"

EDM RECORDING OF THE YEAR BUK - "B Nasty Beats" Kloves - "Parabel EP" Titus1 - "Only Love" Titus1 & Boostha - "Midnight City" - WINNER Troo Knot - "Novalia"

FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Deanne Matley Jennie Harluk Kate Stevens Lisette Xavier Miesha & The Spanks - WINNER

FOLK RECORDING OF THE YEAR Benjamin Longman - "The Garden of Song" Darren Crone - "Somewhere Down the Road" Grant Kennedy - "Amsterdam" S.K. Wellington - "Where the Earth Meets the Sea" T. Buckley - "Miles We Put Behind" - WINNER

Thank you for voting us your @yycmusicawards Group of the Year. An absolute honor to represent this city EVERY time we play. Thanks again to @pmgigs @oclstudios @fuzeyyc @calgaryfilm @cantravservices @mccrecording and every artist we get to produce, record or play live with. We love this profession and thank you for this recognition!

GROUP OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by The Rec Room GhostBoy - WINNER In/Vertigo Miesha & The Spanks Nice Horse The Path Less Traveled

INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR Cindy McLeod - WINNER Grant Howarth Mike Little Patrick McGannon Sarah Scott

JAZZ RECORDING OF THE YEAR Sheldon Zandboer - "Tipping Velvet" Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet - "Undertones" - WINNER Lorna MacLachlan - "Bicycle Riding in the Dark" Jim Brenan 11 - "50/50" Music with Mandy - "On the Sunny Side of the Street"

MALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR Al Muirhead's Canadian Quintet Brad Saunders Drew Gregory Matt Blais T. Buckley - WINNER

METAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR - Sponsored by Loud as Hell Metal Festival Every Hour Kills - "Fragile Machine" Hammerdrone - "An Ever Increasing Wave" - WINNER Hyperia - "Fish Creek Frenzy" Red Cain - "Wing of the Crow (feat. Kobra Paige)" SYRYN - "Paradise For Demise"

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR Grant Kennedy - "Amsterdam ", Directors - Natali Voorthuis and Niels Dekker MINDSEED - "Reflections", Director - Alex Labbe Nice Horse - "Jim, Jack, Johnnie, and Jose", Director - Barrett Klesko Punch Drunk Cabaret - "Don't Die Until You're Dead", Director - Ewen Clark, Ring Tail Films - WINNER Jake Vance - "White Lights", Director - Jake Vance

PEOPLE’S CHOICE Brendan Rothwell - "Keep on Keepin’ On" Craig Carswell - "Run" Drew Gregory - "Know Good" Kelsey Raine - "Hold On" Taken by Sanity - "Sleepwalker" - WINNER

My grandma used to say my hair made me look like a “miniature pony” So I felt right at home with my girls from @nicehorsemusic ❤️ Make sure you check them out! Oh yeah and I won “Best Pop Recording of the Year” @yycmusicawards .

POP RECORDING OF THE YEAR Amy Hef - "Somehow Someway" - WINNER Jake Vance - "White Lights" Jess Knights - "No Jazz" Kate Stevens - "Right Choice" Lisette Xavier - "Hot Mess"

R&B SOUL RECORDING OF THE YEAR Afuhmbom - "Jake's Story" Kate Stevens - "It's Real" - WINNER Miss Benzo - "Revenge" New Saint - "Rly Ain't" Pat Clifton - "Buried Alive"

RAP RECORDING OF THE YEAR A.Y.E. - "Don't Blow My High" Aypayne - "Fuego" Jay Ross VS Teekay - "Str8 6 Shoota" Jazzlib - "Behind Bars Too" - WINNER Kay L - "Before the Money"

ROCK RECORDING OF THE YEAR Crack the Lens - "The Armoury" Erwin Vesper - "Number One" Miesha & The Spanks - "Girls Girls Girls" - WINNER Saints & Sinners - "Tailgate" The Moröns - "We Throw You Under The Bus"

SINGLE OF THE YEAR Ben Chase - "All Over It" Drew Gregory - "Know Good" Hayden McHugh - "Take You " Miesha & The Spanks - "Summer Love" - WINNER T. Buckley - "Song Unbroken"

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR Ben Chase - "All Over It" Drew Gregory - "Know Good" GhostBoy - "Star" Kate Stevens - "It's Real" T. Buckley - "Song Unbroken" - WINNER

WORLD RECORDING OF THE YEAR MD Lyonga – “Love & Music” Montuno West – “Tocar Tambor” - WINNER Penny Sanborn Trio – “Mirror Suite” Scruffyfish – “Off the Hook” Virender & Manjit – “Lori Suna Phir Se”

Congratulations @marcustrummermusic 📸: @jddirom Repost @marcustrummermusic • • • • • • I don’t normally smile this much but I couldn’t help it... it was an honor to receive the @theprophetsofmusicZackariah & the Prophets Memorial Award at the 2019 @yycmusicawardsthis weekend. I am humbled, inspired, and most of all grateful for all the love and support everyone in Calgary’s music community has for each other. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

ZACKARIAH AND THE PROPHETS MEMORIAL AWARD - Sponsored by Prophets of Music Aimee-Jo Benoit Gratuitous Platypus Marcus Trummer - WINNER Sandra Sutter Taken By Sanity

Have you seen the great recap video, at the top of the article by @joshwrb and @paininc? If not, you need to check it out! HUGE THANKS to the 2 talented men who created it! Thank you so much Josh & Jeremy! @palacetheatreyyc @mccmusicstores


Photo credit J. Dirom Photography

Photo credit J. Dirom Photography

The YYC MUSIC AWARDS is also accepting volunteer applications leading up to, and for the Gala.

The YYC MUSIC AWARDS celebrates the artists that embrace Calgary as home; entertaining and supporting its arts and culture. The award event was founded by music industry professionals, with backgrounds in artist management, booking agents, media as well as recording studio production/engineering.

DIRECTORS | ORGANIZERS Leanne Harrison | Program Director Shannon Ambrose | Public Relations & Media Director Sarah Fiedler | Artist Liaison Erin Hall | Sponsorships & Fundraising Stephanie Hutchinson | Adjudication (CMSC) Director.

Photo credit J. Dirom Photography

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