Musique NB’s Place of the Year award results in a tie

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The Charlotte Street Arts Center won the Venue of the Year award from Music NB. (Submitted: Charlotte Street Arts Center)

At the New Brunswick Music Awards on November 22, the Place of the Year award was won by not one, but two Fredericton venues – Cape Town and the Charlotte Street Art Center.

Musique NB is a non-profit organization that supports and represents the music industry in New Brunswick. The organization has around 500 member artists and strives to guide local musicians through the inner workings of the music industry.

Since 2010, part of how Music NB has shown this support is through its annual Music NB Awards.

“We started it because we wanted a way to recognize what the artists and talented people are doing who already live and work in New Brunswick,” said Dawn Després-Smyth, Member Happiness Coordinator at Musique NB.

To participate in the event, artists and venues must complete a nomination form or be nominated by someone else. From there, a panel of jurors narrowed down the selection to eight nominees from each category. After that, there is a calculation that finalizes the top five and confirms the winner.

While most awards are calculated by an artist’s work, the Place of the Year award is different. Nominees are judged on the number of New Brunswick artists they host during the year, their impact on the community, how they assist emerging artists, and their overall support for the music industry.

This year, the prize calculations ended in a tie, resulting in a split victory for Cape Town and the Charlotte Street Art Center.

“It’s very unusual. It doesn’t really happen often, ”Després-Smyth said. “All the venues in this category this year did a pretty amazing job last year trying to help musicians. It was quite difficult, but these two came out on top.

Eva George, Director of the Charlotte Street Art Center Outreach Program, was surprised and happy to learn of the centre’s victory. (Submitted: Music NB)

Eva George, Charlotte Street Art Center Outreach Program Director and Music NB Board Chair, hosted the event when she learned the art center had won.

“I was surprised and happy. It was really nice to be able to be in the room, ”said George.

George was one of the people who helped fill out the application form that the art center submitted to Musique NB. She said she hoped to give the art center some of the recognition it deserves.

“I think what we’ve been really bad at in the past as an organization is bragging about. So when I submitted the nomination, I really wanted to highlight all the things that we offer to our community, not only in the music scene, but also in the visual arts and theater, ”she said. .

Although Cape Town and the Charlotte Street Art Center requested the price separately, George said the two sites have formed a partnership during the COVID-19 lockdown to maximize support for artists during the pandemic.

“We are very grateful to share the award with Cape Town,” said George. “We are really grateful that we can have another great site in the city, but also very happy that our sites were able to overcome COVID. ”

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