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Calgary Is Getting Its Own Music Awards

March 11th, 2016

yycma_finalCalgary, AB is set to gets its own music awards starting in 2016. Recognizing the achievements of Calgary’s music community, the YYC Music Awards has announced its inaugural year in supporting and celebrating the wide range of musical talent based in the city. Honouring artists in 19 categories (list below), the YYC Music Awards is taking submissions until April 16th for this year’s first annual gala being held on Sept. 25th at a venue later to be announced.

The YYC Music Awards are founded by music industry veterans Darren Gilbert (producer, Off The T-Can Studio), Shannon Ambrose (The Portal Magazine), Larry Mayell (artist manager) and Leanne Harrison (SIN Agency) to celebrate the artists that embrace Calgary at home, entertaining and supporting its arts and culture.

“With 2016 proclaimed as Calgary’s Year of Music, we felt it perfect timing to announce the YYC Music Awards to take place this September. We think it’s deserving to shine the spotlight on Canada’s third largest city and its vibrant music scene,” comments Shannon Ambrose.

Submissions can be made at the following link until April 16th:

The YYC Music Awards categories:

Single of the Year

Group of the Year

Female Artist of the Year

Male Artist of the Year

Pop Recording of the Year

Rap/ Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

Country Recording of the Year

Roots/ Folk Recording of the Year

Rock Recording of the Year

Metal Recording of the Year

Blues Recording of the Year

Jazz Recording of the Year

R&B/ Soul Recording of the Year

DJ/ Electronic Recording of the Year

Alternative Recording of the Year

Singer/ Songwriter of the Year

Music Video of the Year

Zackariah and the Prophets Memorial Award

People’s Choice Award

In addition, the YYC Music Awards is accepting volunteer applications leading up to and for the gala along with membership for CARS (Calgary Association For Recording Selection) Committee, who are the voting members.

Volunteer Application:

Join CARS:

Sponsorship Inquiries:

For more information, go to

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