2018 Sask Country Music Award Winners
SCMA Honours Its Finest at Gala Awards Show & Banquet
by Saskatchewan Country Music Association
May 1, 2018 in Industry News
Adapted from press release posted on www.scma.sk.ca.
It was an exceptional night for Tenille Arts at the 29th Annual Saskatchewan Country Music Awards held April 28 in Prince Albert SK. Arts received top honours in all her nominated categories: Songwriter of the Year (Tenille Arts, Adam Wheeler & Mark Narmore for “Rain Drops, Dirt Roads”), Album of The Year (Rebel Child), Video of the Year (Cold Feet, Patrick Tohill, Director) and Single of the Year (What He’s In To) in addition to being named the SCMA Female Artist of the Year.
Hosted by 2017 JUNO Award winner and platinum-selling country artist Jess Moskaluke, the televised awards show honours the finest talent in Saskatchewan country music, handing out 26 awards for artist and musician achievements as well as to industry leaders in recording and radio.
Male Artist of the Year went to Chris Henderson while Amy Nelson’s fans were loud and proud, naming her the Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year. Newcomer Justin LaBrash was awarded Emerging Artist of the Year, with Saskatoon’s Aces Wyld claiming Group of the Year.
Lisa Moen was presented the Country Music Person of the Year award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to the SCMA over the last year.
The Legends and Legacy award was presented to Prince Albert’s John Quinn, a true legend of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association.
Jess Moskaluke was presented the SCMA Lifetime Achievement award as testament to her rise to Canadian country music fame.
In addition to presenting awards, the association took a moment to pay a touching tribute to the late Mandy Ringdal, a member of the association who lost her battle with ovarian cancer in September. Amy Nelson and Tenille Arts, close friends of Ringdal’s, performed Mandy's song, “Find The Good,” following a moment of silence in her honour. The show closed with a hopeful tribute to the 16 players and coaches of the Humboldt Broncos who lost their lives in a tragic crash earlier this month, with Alex Runions performing Tom Cochrane’s "Big League" while joined by SCMA artists wearing hockey jerseys.
The Saskatchewan Country Music Association is a non-profit organization, dedicated to the promotion, development, and enhancement of all aspects of Saskatchewan country music at the local, national, and international level.
2018 SCMA Award Winners
Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year: Amy Nelson
Female Artist of the Year: Tenille Arts
Male Artist of the Year: Chris Henderson
Group of the Year: Aces Wyld
Songwriter of the Year: Tenille Arts, Adam Wheeler & Mark Narmore For “Rain Drops, Dirt Roads”
Album or EP of the Year: Tenille Arts, “Rebel Child”
Video of the Year: Tenille Arts, “Cold Feet”, Patrick Tohill, Director
Single of the Year: “What He’s Into”, Tenille Arts
Emerging Artist of the Year: Justin Labrash
Interactive Artist or Group of the Year: Codie Prevost
Roots Artist or Group of the Year: JJ Voss
Country Music Person of the Year: Lisa Moen
SCMA Award of Achievement: Jess Moskaluke
Legends & Legacy Award: John Quinn
Nightclub of the Year: Eldorado Country Rock Bar
SIGA $1500 Bursary: LJ Tyson
Youth $200 Bursary: Jordyn Pollard
Bass Player of the Year: Curt Chobot
Drummer of the Year: Jayson Brinkworth
Keyboard Player of the Year: Jordan Toppings
Fiddle Player of the Year: Kristan Couture
Guitar Player of the Year: Jordan Toppings
Specialty Instrument Player of the Year: Dave Bushko
Radio Station of the Year - Major Market: 92.9 The Bull, Saskatoon
Radio Station of the Year - Secondary Market: CJVR Melfort
On-Air Personality of the Year - Major Market: Cristy Beggs
On-Air Personality of the Year - Secondary Market: Matt Ryan
Music Director of the Year - Major Market: Cristy Beggs
Music Director of the Year - Secondary Market: Cal Gratton
Record Producer of the Year: Bart McKay
Recording Studio of the Year: Bart McKay Studios
TV or Radio Show of the Year: Timberline Music Show, Larry Krause & Lisa Risom