CMM Chatter Blog 2 – 2020 Artist Award Nominations and Recipients

Just before Covid-19 started to surface here in North America, many of us were on an emotional high, having showcased, attended, and schmoozed our way through the APAP NYC and FAI NOLA conferences. I am an ultra-extrovert. Attending conferences and discussing the artists I work with face-to-face with presenters is for me, the most enjoyable work I perform as an agent. It’s also an opportunity to re-ignite the passion I have for live music by attending as many showcases as possible at these conferences. And it is always an honor, and admittedly a moment of pride, when any of the artists I represent are showcasing. It is their art, their effort, their creativity, and their talent, that keeps me going–even in times like now when the booking world has halted while we await guidance on when we can safely gather again in numbers.

There are two artists I work with that have either recently been nominated or won significant acknowledgement for their music that I would like to highlight here. With the onslaught of conference follow-up, immediately truncated by the mass communications related to covid-19 cancellations, this is a later announcement than I would have liked to have posted, but the importance of these awards and the musicians’ contributions to the industry deserve to be touted many times over.

To that end, I would like to take a moment to congratulate Skye Consort & Emma Björling on taking home the prestigious Conseil québécois de la musique’s Opus Award for Album of the Year – World music and Traditional Québec music. It is indeed an incredible album and partnership between Skye Consort and Kongero’s Emma Björling. 

Mélisande [électrotrad] was recently nominated for two Independent Music Awards: best World Beat Album and World Music Producer (Gabriel Ethier) for their latest album, Les myriades. These incredible musicians continue to push creative boundaries in the traditional and global music scenes and their accolades are so well-deserved.

Congratulations to both Skye Consort & Emma Björling and Mélisande [électrotrad] on their 2020 nominations! We are grateful for your diverse contributions to the music community. It is a brilliant thing to see your work acknowledged in this way and we at Canis Major Music look forward to bringing your music to more audiences in the future. Well done, bien fait!