Terra Wins Big During 2016 Hamilton Music Awards Weekend
May 30, 2016

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CCS Rights Management congratulates Terra Lightfoot on her extremely successful weekend at the Hamilton Music Awards. After this weekend's celebrations, she went home with Female Vocalist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year and Canadian Recording of the year. Congrats again, Terra!

The Hamilton Music Awards expanded into a three day event incorporating two Awards shows, a Speaker Series and a live music festival. It took place over the weekend (May 27-29), and it confirmed that the Hammer, as it's affectionately known, is now home to a vibrant and closely connected music community.
The two awards shows were the Gala Awards on Saturday afternoon and the 2016 Hamilton Music Awards, held last night at the Dofasco Centre for the Arts. Both events were hosted by Ian Thomas, a HMA Lifetime Achievement Award nominee, while such current Hamilton favourites as Monster Truck and Terra Lightfoot were multiple winners at both awards.

The Gala Awards included performances from the three Rising Star Search nominees, with Camille Inston taking first place. The big winners of the the afternoon were Monster Truck (five awards), radio station CFMU (four) and Lou Molinaro (two for him and two for his club, This Ain't Hollywood). Terra Lightfoot won the Female Vocalist and Canadian Recording of the Year awards, while Luke Doucet (Whitehorse) won as Guitarist of the Year.

Lightfoot and Doucet had good excuses for not picking up their awards, as they were playing that day at the CBC Music Festival in Toronto. That is proof that Hamilton artists are in real demand nationally and (in such cases as Monster Truck, fellow winners Junior Boys and Caribou) internationally.

Formerly known as The HMA industry awards, the Gala Awards were held at the Bay City Music Hall. Located on the waterfront, the attractive venue attracted a casually attired throng of nominees, fans and local music biz types.

That same venue hosted an evening benefit/tribute concert entitled Life of Brian. Dedicated to the memory of late guitar great Brian Griffith (a real local hero), it raised funds for a Brian Lee Griffith Guitar Bursary, and attracted a large crowd.

Those performing on last night's Hamilton Music Awards included Terra Lightfoot, Lori Yates, Dallas Harms, Jennifer Budd, the Hellbent Rockers, TV Freaks and The Vaudevillian.

The two 2016 HMA Lifetime Achievement Awards went to country singer/songwriter Dallas Harms (Music) and veteran concert promoter Jim Skarratt (Industry). On the Friday evening, both recipients took part in an In The Hot Seat Live interview, jointly conducted by Larry LeBlanc and Hamilton Spectator music scribe Graham Rockingham. Held in the legendary This Ain't Hollywood club (itself an HMA winner), it reportedly drew a large and attentive crowd.

This Ain't Hollywood also hosted a Saturday afternoon Speaker Series event. Entitled "The Journalists: Your Most Important Fans Ever!!," it featured a panel of six music journalists discussing their craft and the best ways of attracting their attention. Trekking in from Toronto were the Toronto Star's Ben Rayner and FYI's Kerry Doole, joining Hamilton notables Rockingham, Ric Taylor (The View), Lou Molinaro (CFMU), and bloggers Kristin Archer (I Heart Hamilton) and Biljana Njegovan (Cut From Steel). Spied in the audience were veteran publicists Richard Flohil and Ellen Davidson.

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