Yellowknife performers nominated for national music awards

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Two Yellowknife acts have received nominations at the Canadian Folk Music Awards.

Quantum Tangle has two nominations, while Andrea Bettger received one as nominees for the 14th edition of the awards were recently announced.

The Juno Award winning Quantum Tangle – Greyson Gritt and Tiffany Ayalik – received nods in the Indigenous Songwriter of the Year and Pushing the Boundaries categories for their full-length debut album, Shelter As We Go …

photo courtesy of Andrea Bettger
Local musician Andrea Bettger has received a national music award nomination for her debut original music album.

Fiddle player and vocalist Bettger is nominated for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year for her her first album of all-original music, Snappy Day.

“It’s really exciting, I’m just thrilled about it,” Bettger told Yellowknifer Tuesday.

“Just knowing that other people are listening and people are appreciating it.”

In an interview in June, Bettger expressed concern about how she, as an independent artist with a day job and a young family, would be able to get her name out to a wider audience.

This award nomination will certainly help her with that goal, she said Tuesday.

The mission of the Canadian Folk Music Awards is to celebrate and promote Canadian folk music in all its forms, states its website.

“Until their creation in 2005, there existed no awards to celebrate the breadth and depth of folk music in Canada. Awards such as the Junos, East Coast Music Awards or the Western Canada Music Awards have a few categories that apply to folk and roots music but they offer only a restricted view of the genre,” the organizations states.

The judging process for the awards is similar to that of the two-stage elimination model used by the Junos via a randomly selected jury drawn from our community.

The Canadian Folk Music Awards take place Nov. 30 to Dec 1 in Calgary.

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