The Warner Music sponsored award comes with a prize of $10,000 in promotion and advertising. The substantial reward includes website hosting, a showcase spot at Canadian Music Week in late February and a song released for radio and tracked by Warner.
“I felt like I won the price is right or something,” said an enthusiastic Macpherson, who shares the stage with vocalist/guitarist Renee Lamoureux. “We’re really excited about how this is hopefully going to work in conjunction with the new CD we’re releasing and the new songs we’re writing. It’s a big help for us.”
Canadian-Music.Com, which hosts the award, is designed for Canadian artists to present music and information about themselves so that audiences and consumers alike have access to an extensive online resource of Canadian music and the Canadian music industry. Artists can put their own profiles and mp3s on the site for free.
Macpherson and Lamoureaux - who released their acclaimed debut CD Novice in 2001 - won the award based on the strength of their brand new song “Better That Way,” which is one of two tracks featured in their profile on Canadian-Music.Com. Macpherson admitted they were surprised at the reaction to the song, taking it as “a good indication that the song must be fairly strong.” The duo went through five weeks of online competition, eventually coming out on top with a great song and over 700 votes, a triumphant result after the folk rock duo “hemmed and hawed” about entering the contest because they had felt that their demos weren’t polished enough to submit.
On their way to Boise, Idaho for a showcase at the National Association for Campus Activities West Regional Conference on November 15, Easily Amused isn’t resting after this latest success. With a new agent booking them onto college campuses across the U.S., Easily Amused has been so busy with traveling that they haven’t played their home town in six months. When they return from their latest voyage, they’ll continuing working on new songs and finding a producer for their next CD as well as planning a Winnipeg concert.