Awards season brings accolades for Edmonton artists

Awards season brings accolades for Edmonton artists

Singer-songwriter Emmet Michael received the $10,000 Edmonton Music Prize, presented this week by Alberta Music in collaboration with the Edmonton Arts Council.

"The diversity and representation in Edmonton music is absolutely amazing, and I am just honoured to be a part of that story today," he said as he accepted the award, along with runners-up D'orjay the Singing Shaman and Saint Idol, who each won $1,000.

The Edmonton Film Prize was presented at the same ceremony. Hands that Bind, directed by Kyle Armstrong, won the $10,000 prize from the Alberta Media Production Industries Association. Runners-up were Guy Lavallee's Family Ever After and Heather Hatch's Wochiigii Lo: End of the Peace.

A number of Edmonton-area artists did well at the Country Music Alberta Awards, with Hailey Benedict winning the Horizon Female Singer of the Year and Single of the Year awards, and The Prairie States winning Horizon Group or Duo of the Year as well as Album of the Year.

Photo: Emmet Michael accepts the Edmonton Music Prize on March 22. (AMPIA/YouTube)