Fernie’s Shred Kelly came home with the award for Song of the Year and Best Live Act at the Kootenay Music Awards, held in Nelson Friday night.
Kootenay Music Award nominees were shortlisted by a panel of five music industry pros, then the public had a chance to vote daily online for their favourites. The awards went to the artists who collected the most votes.
Cranbrook youth band The Good Ol’ Goats were the biggest winners.
The six-piece bluegrass band, whose members range in age from 16- to 17-years old, was named Artist of The Year, as well as Best Roots and Blues artist. Too young to legally enter Spiritbar in Nelson, where the awards were handed out Friday night, one of the band members’ dad accepted the trophies on their behalf.
More young talent was highlighted in the Best New Artist category, with 18-year-old Selkirk College music student Dylann Heidi taking the title.
The Kootenay Music Awards is an annual event, now in its second year. Proceeds from the event support a foundation that gives scholarships to musicians.
The Kootenay Music Awards are presented by Nelson Brewing Company and Black Press.
Platinum sponsors include Kootenay Co-op Radio, Vantage Point, Nelson and District Credit Union, AM Ford, Selkirk College.
Other sponsors are Wapiti Music Festival, Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Bee Kissed Body Piercing, Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, Chatterson Drive, Our Glass, Ric’s Lounge and Grill, Tribute Boardshop and Whitewater Ski Resort.
See the full list of winners and photo gallery from the event here.