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Corb Lund at the Edmonton Music Awards

Corb Lund big winner at Edmonton Music Awards
WORDS TAKEN FROM ARTICLE BY AMANDA ASH, EDMONTON JOURNAL APRIL 28, 2013

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Corb Lund won three times at the Edmonton Music Awards at the Royal Alberta Museum on April 28, 2012.
Photograph by: Shaughn Butts , Edmonton Journal

Edmonton’s swirling musical pond is beginning to nurture some pretty big fish.

The third annual Edmonton Music Awards celebrated some of the city’s brightest talent Sunday night, while highlighting those making the largest splash in the local scene.

Country/roots veteran Corb Lund picked up three honours during the show, which didn’t come as a surprise to the sold-out crowd of nearly 400 musicians and fans. Lund’s latest release, Cabin Fever, debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Billboard top 200 and was up for a 2013 Juno Award earlier this month.

Lund, a previous Juno winner who is also a seven-time Roots Artist of the Year recipient at the Canadian Country Music Awards, earned EMAs for Male Artist Of The Year, Country Recording Of The Year and People’s Choice. Lund is also one of eight performers nominated for the inaugural Ambassador of the Arts Award that will be handed out Monday night at the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts.

“Thanks very much,” a grinning, nodding Lund said Sunday night, laughing nervously.

His growing list of accolades will make a fine profile-booster as he gears up for a North American tour, which will see him trucking across Canada and dipping down into the United States this summer, starting next week.

Sunday’s event was held at the Royal Alberta Museum Theatre and was hosted by singer/actor/television host Bridget Ryan. Most in the crowd exchanged their usual casual wear for suits, ties and bright, flowing dresses. All winners went home with an award fashioned out of a vintage, thrift-store vinyl record that bore the winner’s name on the label.

Lund, Sparrow and Mitchmatic all arrived at the party boasting six nominations each. Although there was no Adele-esque clean-sweep like the 2012 Grammys, the growing number of multiple winners may be an indication of some big blowouts in the not-so-distant future.

Between awards, audience members were entertained with performances by some of the nominees, including electro-rock band SIIINES, folk rockers Owls By Nature and the night’s big winner Corb Lund.

Overall, about 107 acts submitted to the EMAs, a healthy increase from last year’s 75 submissions. More than 60 videos alone were entered into the music video category. To enter, artists had to live within Edmonton and area, including St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Leduc, Stony Spruce Grove and Stony Plain. The eligibility period for the 2013 Edmonton Music Awards was between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec. 31, 2012.

Winners were determined by a panel of more than 40 judges consisting of local musicians and music critics.

Corb Lund’s 2013 Edmonton Music Awards:

Male Artist Of The Year: Corb Lund

Country Recording Of The Year: Corb Lund Cabin Fever

People’s Choice: Corb Lund

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