The 6th annual Kootenay Music Awards are excited to announce the new award categories for 2018. Please take a moment to review them as they have changed from past years. The categories are intended to be quite broad, however, if you do not see one that suits your music we suggest you apply anyway and we will try to be as accommodating as possible.

Songs and videos must be recorded or released after February 2017. Submissions close February 16 at midnight!


Best Roots Song

  • Songs that incorporate elements of various roots music styles, including Country, Folk, and Bluegrass. Open to any song with a twang.

Best Rock Song

  • Songs with a thick massive sound, power and speed, including Metal, Punk, and good ol’ Rock n’ Roll. Open to any songs with epic guitar solos and fast drum beats.

Best Electronic Song

  • Songs that only use electronic instruments and samples, including House, Techno, and Dub. Open to any song made on on your laptop with synthesizers and drum machines.

Best Blues Song

  • Songs that are rooted in African American musical traditions from the early 1900s, including Blues, Jazz, Funk, and Soul. Open to any song with call and response lyrics and a groovy bass line.

Best Reggae Song

  • Songs that are influenced by music from late 1960s Jamaica, including Ska and Rocksteady. Open to any song that uses offbeat rhythms and a percussive bass (but especially steel drums).

Best Pop Song

  • Songs with a memorable chorus, catchy hooks, and a simple melody, including Singer-Songwriter and Adult Contemporary. Open to any song that makes you want to sing along.

Best Cover Band

  • Open to any band that strictly plays covers. This category seems pretty self-explanatory, right?

Best Music Venue

  • Nominated by artists during the submission process as their favourite place to perform in the Kootenays.


Peoples’ Choice

Artist of the Year

  • Every act that is nominated for an award category is eligible to win Artist of the Year. To be voted on by the people (you!) between February 20 and March 6.

Best Music Video

  • Each video will be uploaded to our website and voted on by the people (you!) between February 20 and March 6.


Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Nominated by artists during the submission process for a member of the community who displays remarkable dedication to the music industry.