The 6th Annual Niagara Music Awards

By: Monica Sousa – The Brock Press

Sept.14.AL.NMAThe incredible local music community is something that does not go unnoticed in the Niagara Region. The 6th Annual Niagara Music Awards aims to recognize and celebrate the community’s many musical talents. On September 17, the 6th annual Niagara Music Awards will be taking place at the Seneca Queen Theatre on Queen Street in Niagara Falls. The show will include live performances and is expected to run for about three hours. It will recognize different Niagara artists in twenty-two categories. The lineup of nominees for the Niagara Music Awards are outstanding and showcase a variety of musical talents. There are also many artists and bands who are noteworthy for having multiple nominations. Here are a few highlights to help you decide who to vote for.

Paul Federici is up for multiple nominations.  He is nominated for Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, Original Song of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year. Federici is a solo acoustic artist with over 10 years of music and performing experience. His debut album, Relative Importance was released in January 2012. Fans of Damien Rice – an artist to which Federici’s musical style and genre can easily be compared – would definitely enjoy his work. His two most notable songs are “Sail On” and “Without You.”

Another artist that calls attention is Anthony Botting, whose music project is called, A Book for Wanderers. Anthony Botting is a Niagara based artist and has been writing and singing since the age of 13. The musical style of A Book for Wanderers effectively blends pounding, heavy beats with soft acoustic melodies. A Book For Wanderers is being nominated for Album of the Year and Original Song of the Year. I would strongly encourage you to give “Lost Dogs” and “Wanderer” a listen.

The winning Heavy Metal Band of the 2012 Niagara Music Awards, Civil Hades, are another musical talent that cannot be overlooked. They have been performing live in packed venues across the Niagara Region, have been recording original songs since 2010 and have since won many competitions. This year they are nominated again for Heavy Metal Band of the Year as well as Original Group of the Year. Songs to pay attention to are “Headache” and “Lead Me to Temptation.”

With beautiful and skillful vocals, it is no surprise that 18-year-old Katey Chrest is being nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year. Chrest is an original singer and songwriter from St. Catharines, who has also released excellent covers of well-known songs on her YouTube channel, such as “Skinny Love” by Bon Iver. Chrest is also being nominated for Songwriter of the Year. Two of her original songs worth giving a listen to are “Alive” and “Adore You”.

The Niagara Music Awards is the Niagara Region’s largest musical award show and features a red-carpet ceremony. Tickets for the event can be purchased on the Niagara Music Awards official web site. Spread the word and make sure to come out to listen to some great music and watch the winners receive their trophies.

The Niagara Music Awards will be held on September 17th, at 7:00 pm at the Seneca Theatre, Queen Street, Niagara Falls. Winners are selected through online voting, which can be done at niagaramusicawards.ca.

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