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First Two Awards Handed Out

January 25, 2013 | Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2013 kicked off today with an opening reception and a sold-out new rock show.

Two awards were given out throughout the evening, including Visual Artist of the Year and Hunter’s Ale House Rock Recording of the Year.

At the Art for Music event and opening reception held at Back Alley Music, Lorne Miller – pixbylorne – won the award for Visual Artist of the Year. Miller’s work, along with the artwork from all nominees in this category (April Condon, Courtney Hogan, Maureen Chandler and Rachel Soucie Designs) will be on display at Back Alley Music in Charlottetown for the remainder of Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week.

The new signature event, Nudie’s House of Rock in partnership with CBC, was a huge success among its sold-out audience. During the event, the Hunter’s Ale House Rock Recording of the Year award was presented to North Lakes for their album “Grand Prix.”

Music PEI Executive Director Rob Oakie, says, “This has been a great kickoff to what is looking to be a fantastic week of celebrating our own music industry here on P.E.I. which continues to grow every year. Congratulations to Lorne Miller and the North Lakes for being our first winners.”

Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week will conclude Feb. 2 with the 12th Annual Music PEI Awards Gala, presented by Ticketpro.

The remaining performers for the Gala have been announced and include: Dennis Ellsworth, Eddy Quinn, English Words, Gordon Belsher, North Lakes, Nudie, Paper Lions and The Meds. They join Coyote, Ian Toms Trio, Tim Chaisson, Two Hours Traffic and special guest Jenn Grant.

Tickets for all events are now on sale. For full details, go to www.musicpei.com.