Doc Walker Dominates CCMAs

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Doc Walker continues to ride a wave of success with the announcement of five major nominations for this year's Canadian Country Music Awards. The Manitoba country rockers are nominated for Single of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Group of the Year, and a Fan's Choice Award.

The quintet will face some tough competition, going up against cross-genre superdiva Shania Twain, cowboy-hatted country star Terri Clark, indie favourites The Corb Lund Band and Edmonton hometown favourite Carolyn Dawn Johnson in various categories.

The band has seen a number of recent career victories, including a 2003 Juno nomination for Best Country Recording and five nominations at last year's CCMAs. Doc Walker was named Independent Group of the Year at the 2002 CCMAs.

Fellow Toban outfit, Foster Martin Band, is poised to follow in Doc Walker's footsteps, with a nomination of Independent Group of the Year. Tara Lyn Hart is up for Independent Female Artist of the Year.

Doc Walker's name pops up all over the industry section of the awards, as well. Doc Walker's manager, Ron Kitchener of RKG Entertainment has been nominated for Manager of the Year. Craig Medwyduk (of Winnipeg's Guppy Graphic Design) has received a nod for Album Graphics of the Year for Doc Walker's Everyone Aboard while the band's web master Sean Borton (who also plays in Foster Martin Band) takes a nomination for Website of the Year. Director Stephano Barberis has been nominated Video Director of the Year for his work "The Show is Free." Rounding out the Doc Walker-related nominations, Joel Feeney has been nominated for Record Producer of the Year for Everyone Aboard.

Also getting some industry attention is Bruce LePerre of Dauphin's CKDM, who takes home a nomination for On-Air Personality of the Year and Music Director of the Year(Secondary Market). CKDM is also nominated for Radio Station of the Year (Secondary Market) Julien Paquin and Todd Jordan of Paquin Entertainment have been nominated for Booking Agent of the Year. Dauphin's Countryfest has been nominated for Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year. Portage Avenue's A&B Sound has also been nominated for Record Store of the Year.

Doc Walker's Mark Branconnier (drums), Blake Manley (bass), and Murray Pulver (guitar) will be featured in the CCMAs All-Star Band during the gala event in Edmonton on September 13.

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