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Thursday, 07 April 2011 10:07

Locals take home hardware at SCMAs

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By John R. Statton — This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Glenna Switzer was named Country Music Person of the Year at the Saskatchewan Country Music Association (SCMA) awards in Swift Current April 3.

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“I’m so happy about the awards weekend,” said Switzer.

“The city of Swift current came out in droves to support the SCMA, and I am thrilled to be chosen for the SCMA Country Music Person of the Year.”

If there were an award for Party of the Year, it would have gone to Swift Current. The city was hopping from April 1-3 with great live performances and events. Hosted by One More Girl, who performed with Cord Lund and the Hurtin’ Albertans at the Southwest Stomp at the i-plex.

Codie Prevost made a clean sweep at the awards ceremony, nabbing six SCMAs.

“It’s great to see people coming out to support the association, and it’s just been overall a great weekend,” said Prevost.

“There’s always a little bit of nervousness, but it’s always such a great time. I just love getting out there, and getting a chance to perform at the awards show, it’s always such a rush.”

SCMA nominee Steve Gibson, originally from Newcastle, England, went home without a prize, but his live performances with be remembered for years to come.

“I love it, to be nominated for five awards was a shock for me, and just to be a part of this – especially being from another country – just to be accepted is cool,” said Gibson.

Catherine Lewans, of Shaunavon, took home Female Vocalist of the Year and played with Gibson during his showcase.

“It’s tons of fun playing with great musicians like these,” said Lewans.

“I feel it’s particularly special for me this year, because it’s so close to my home town of Shaunavon. It’s just so great to have this much exposure for Saskatchewan talent in this part of the province.”

SCMA nominee Samara Yung had a blast despite gong home empty handed. Her father Murray was name the new SCMA president during the awards show.

“The SCMAs in Swift Current have been absolutely amazing, so much fun, and so many people coming out,” she said.

“It’s really great to see the support from Swift Current and area, and it’s an honour to have everybody out and participating.”

Noreen Neu, arts consultant, touring and access for the Saskatchewan Arts Board, attended SCMAs and was overjoyed to be supporting such a prestigious event.

“The Saskatchewan Arts Board is very pleased to be a supporter of the Saskatchewan Country Music Association and this event,” said Neu.

“These associations do a tremendous job of supporting our talent, the growth of their careers, and adding to the quality of life for citizens of Saskatchewan.”

Listen to part one of Post's SCMA awards coverage

Listen to part two


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