2013 CBMA Awards & Hall of Fame Induction
Calgary Blues Music Association (CBMA) is committed to fostering, preserving and furthering blues music and
musicians, as well as presenting some of the finest blues to be found anywhere on the planet.
On Wednesday, Feb. 20th, 2013, CBMA honoured local and regional artists who have
dedicated their careers to blues music during the 4th annual CBMA Blues Hall of Fame Awards ceremony.
Nominees in seven categories are determined by the CBMA Board of Directors.
Winners in each category were chosen by the public in an online vote at the Calgary Bluesfest website.
2013 CBMA Blues Award Winners
Bass Player of the Year
Guitar Player of the Year
Brother Ray Lemelin
Keyboard Player of the Year
Drummer of the Year
Horn Player of the Year
Harmonica Player of the Year
Singer of the Year
CBMA LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
For the past thirty years Peter North has been involved on the local regional roots music scene as journalist in print, radio and television and as a promoter of live music on a number of fronts.
As a print journalist North has been a columnist for 22 years with major dailies and for a decade he covered folk, blues, bluegrass, and country music for the Edmonton Journal. His pieces have also appeared in many national and regional magazines and he has written the liner notes for over three dozen albums including Herb Ellis & Duke Robillard's More Conversations in Swing Guitar, Prairie Oyster's Greatest Hits, and the recent Grammy nominated world/blues disc Slide To Freedom from Doug Cox and Salil Bhatt.
His work in television has been extensive and included a six-year run co-producing the weekly and nationally broadcast roots music show Country Beat on CBC.
His efforts have been recognized nationally: he was named Music Journalist of the Year in 1996 at the annual Canadian Music Industry Awards, and Media Person of the Year six years in a row, awarded by the Western Canadian Music Association.
After years of booking artists in concert and club venues around Edmonton he continues to stay active on that front. He annually organizes the acoustic blues series Front Porch Roots Revue. Most recently Peter and Holger Petersen were executive producers on an album project titled The Gift: A Tribute to Ian Tyson that, thanks to outstanding performances of Tyson material from the likes of Chris Hillman, Corb Lund, Jennifer Warnes and The McDades, received critical acclaim across the continent.
Peter has hosted the popular program Dead Ends & Detours for a number of years. To that CKUA broadcast work he contributes a series of discussions with those in the music world, a program called Points North.
2006 Media Person of the Year / Western Canadian Music Awards
2005 Radio, TV or Print Media Person of the Year / Western Canadian Music Awards
2004 Radio, TV or Print Media Person of the Year / Western Canadian Music Awards
2003 Media Person of the Year / Western Canadian Music Awards
2002 Radio, TV or Print Media Person of the Year / Prairie Music Awards
2001 Radio, TV or Print Media Person of the Year / Prairie Music Awards