Country rock outfit Doc Walker continues to dominate Canada’s country music world this year, landing nominations for an impressive five artistic and six industry awards at the 2010 Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA). Manitoba artists and industry have an unprecedented 20 chances to pick up hardware at the CCMAs this September.
A three-time winner already, Doc Walker will compete for its third consecutive Group of the Year title. The band is also up for the Fan’s Choice Award, Single of the Year, Songwriters of the Year, and Album of the Year. Three members of Doc Walker are also up for the All-Star Band Award, including guitarist Murray Pulver, bassist Brent Pearen, and drummer Steve Broadhurst. Doc Walker’s team picked up industry nods for Website of the Year, Album Design of the Year, and Video Director of the Year.
Singer/songwriter Ridley Bent is up for Roots Artist of the Year. His video for “Arlington” helped get Christopher Mills an industry nod for Video Director of the Year.
Manitoba-based multi-instrumentalist Grant Siemens, who plays in Corb Lund’s band, is up for the All-Star steel guitar spot.
Also getting some industry attention are Kelly Berehulka of Casinos of Winnipeg and Rob Waloschuk of Dauphin’s Countryfest for Talent Buyer of the Year, Dauphin’s Countryfest for Country Festival, Fair or Exhibition of the Year, Paquin Entertainment for Booking Agency of the Year, Hank FM’s Abbey White and CKDM’s Bruce Leperre for Music Director of the Year.
The nationally-televised awards show, one of Canada's annual entertainment highlights, is part of the Canadian Country Music Association's annual Country Music Week, taking place in Edmonton September 8-12, 2010. Broadcast on CBC and CMT, the awards gala will take over Edmonton’s Rexall Centre on the final evening of festivities, September 12.
2010 CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS - MANITOBA NOMINEES
FANS' CHOICE AWARD
SINGLE OF THE YEAR
Doc Walker – “If I Fall”
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Doc Walker – GO
SONGWRITER(S) OF THE YEAR
Doc Walker – “If I Fall” (written by Murray Pulver/Chris Thorsteinson/Dave Wasyliw; recorded by Doc Walker)
GROUP OR DUO OF THE YEAR
ROOTS ARTIST OR GROUP OF THE YEAR
ALL-STAR BAND DRUMS
Steve Broadhurst (Doc Walker)
ALL-STAR BAND BASS
Brent Pearen (Doc Walker)
ALL-STAR BAND GUITAR
Murray Pulver (Doc Walker)
ALL-STAR BAND STEEL GUITAR
Grant Siemens (Corb Lund)
BOOKING AGENCY OF THE YEAR
RON SAKAMOTO TALENT BUYER OR PROMOTER OF THE YEAR
Kelly Berehulka (Casinos of Winnipeg)
Rob Waloschuk (Dauphin's Countryfest)
ALBUM DESIGN OF THE YEAR
Garnet Armstrong/Chad Coombs/Dustin Rabin - GO (Doc Walker)
WEBSITE OF THE YEAR
docwalker.ca (Doc Walker) - Ashley Harms, Webmaster
VIDEO DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR
Stephano Barberis (Free Like Love - The Higgins; If I Fall - Doc Walker; I'm Gonna Make You Love Me - Doc Walker; Nobody Says No - Jessie Farrell)
Christopher Mills (Arizona Dust - Blue Rodeo; Arlington - Ridley Bent; Devil's Best Dress - Corb Lund; I've Got The Scars To Prove It - The Road Hammers)
COUNTRY FESTIVAL, FAIR, OR EXHIBITION OF THE YEAR
Dauphin's Countryfest -- Dauphin, MB
MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Major Market
Abbey White (CHNK-FM) - Winnipeg, MB
MUSIC DIRECTOR OF THE YEAR Secondary Market
Bruce Leperre (CKDM) -- Dauphin, MB