Music NWT will host its first music awards ceremony

Music NWT will hold its first awards gala in September with the aim of strengthening the music scene in the Northwest Territories.

The event, a formal gala with plated dinner and live music, will take place at the Explorer Hotel in Yellowknife on September 10 at 6 p.m. Ten rewards are offered.

Three musicians – their names have not yet been released – will become the first inductees into the NWT Music Hall of Fame.

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“We’ll have six featured artists and then we’ll have an open stage for an open jam,” said Trevor Sinclair, executive director of Music NWT.

“We want it to be filled with music. We will have a musician playing in the lobby and one in the reception room, then during dinner someone will play.

“It’s an opportunity for those not well connected to the music industry here to meet some amazing musicians and see quite a few different musicians perform.”

Sinclair argues that change within the northern music industry must begin with “recognition of one’s own talent”.

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“We’re the least funded music industry association in the country,” Sinclair told Cabin Radio, comparing Music NWT to Music Yukon, which receives $55,000 more than Music NWT each year.

“We hope the music awards will help raise the profile of music and our musicians,” he said.

“We want people to realize and recognize that yes indeed you can have a full-time career as a musician and there are ways to do it.

“We can only do this if we support our musicians and build the musical infrastructure that needs to be in place to do this.”

Tickets for the NWT Music Awards — priced at $145, though a discount is available for Music NWT members — can be purchased online or at this weekend’s Old Town Ramble and Ride, on stage. near Old Town Glassworks.

Nominations for the awards close at the end of July 31.

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