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The 2019 Kootenay Music Awards

The 7th annual Kootenay Music Awards returns in 2019 to deliver a dazzling celebration of: diversity, creativity, and community musicians. The Kootenay Co-op Radio is proud to be presenting the awards for the third consecutive year, and are the beneficiaries of any profits raised from this creative regional event. Expect live performances coming in from across the Koots, an exciting award ceremony, and some truly amazing prizes for our winners. This premier celebration of local music will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at Spirit Bar, and is this year’s must-attend event for music lovers.

This year the KMAs received over 100 submissions! Many thanks to each artist that submitted their music for this year's Kootenay Music Awards; your hard work and talents are greatly appreciated.

People's Choice Categories are:

Artist of the Year
Video of the Year

Voting will open from March 5th - March 17th
Head over to the Voting page to show some love for your favourite artists!

Performing Artists



Cam Penner doesn’t so much sing songs as summon them up like a medium calling up spirits. His gentle growl can become a Delta howl, as if he is the conduit, a mere medium articulating the blues of a whole continent, emanating from a bottomless well of shared everyman experience.

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Dawson Rutledge is what anyone who cares deeply about music would be attracted to. He’s a hip, award winning, sophisticated young songwriter, a unique vocalist, serious about his craft. At twenty, he’s already something of a vet, having crammed a full-blown apprenticeship into two heady years.

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Jonny & Diana

Certain to tug at your heart strings, and bring the thunder down. Jonny Bono and Diana Roze of "Sunny & The Dead", blend seamlessly, creating a dynamic so natural, that you have to see it to believe. The Duo breathes all genres, which inspire original songs of Love and Heartache.

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The Arcane Garden w/Marty Carter

An 'exotic electronic' musical duo from the Kootenays. The Arcane Garden is a marriage of fiery sensuality and airy logic. Their original songs dig deep into ambience, twist with roots of electronica, are seeded with middle eastern scatterings, and blossom with ethereal vocals by Michella Moss. Layers of juicy loops are planted by Will Chapman.

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Renee & Petunia

The Circus Acts Insomniacs are a dynamic performance troupe offering a visceral experience through ritualistic dance, awe-inspiring aerial acrobatics and powerful fire choreography. Renee & Petunia are sure to delight with an exhilarating dance performance and their soulful expression.

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dose. is a DJ duo comprised of partners Max Austin and Taylor Chancellor. Their live sets are sure to make your body move. Mixing solely by ear, using CDJs & USBs, they bring the tastiest techno and house beats to the dance floor.

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