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Valley to be well represented at VIMA gala

Singer Sue Medley (above) will lead a Comox Valley contingent, including Judy and Bruce Wing, and Brodie Dawson to the Vancouver Island Music Awards presentation in Victoria. - Photo submitted
Singer Sue Medley (above) will lead a Comox Valley contingent, including Judy and Bruce Wing, and Brodie Dawson to the Vancouver Island Music Awards presentation in Victoria.
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The host, venue, and performers have been announced for the milestone 10th annual Vancouver Island Music Awards on March 22 in Victoria.

The gala will feature the presentation of 10 awards and live performances by 10 nominees, including Comox Valley performers Sue Medley and the Back Road Band, Mary Murphy, Brodie Dawson and Bruce and Judy Wing.

Others to perform live are Wil Millar (Irish Rovers), Sam Weber, Balkan Babes, Avia, Tom Lang, Andrea Smith and Dave Cormier.

Comox Valley nominees are:

Vocal Performance of the Year:

High Time – Sue Medley

Words – Brodie Dawson

Live Act of the Year

Brodie Dawson

World Music Song of the Year

The Road to Lisdoonvarna – Mary Murphy

Best Production of a Song

Found Her in a Phone Book – Jack Sigurdson. Producer: Zak Cohen, Woodshop Studios (Duncan)

High Time – Sue Medley. Producers: John Mang/Sue Medley, MangSong Studio (Comox)/Dove Creek Studios (Courtenay), Paul Keim, mix engineer

Roots Song of the Year

Johnny – The Cumberland Brothers

Miss Your Exit – Bruce and Judy Wing

Pop/Rock Song of the Year

High Time – Sue Medley

Johnny the Radio – Joey Clarkson

Lucky Lucky You – Bruce and Judy Wing.

The gala will be hosted by 15-year-old award-winning magician Jason Verners, in addition to other cameo co-hosts. The 10th annual VIMAs will be held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church in downtown Victoria.

There's general seating (arrive early if you can). All ages are welcome.

Those attending are encouraged to bring a can of food or donation for the Mustard Seed Food Bank, which will be on site.

Earlybird tickets are on sale. For tickets, call VIMA at 778-350-9725. For moor information, visit IslandMusicAwards.wordpress.com.

After the VIMAs were launched in Victoria on Feb. 16, 2002,  over the years the awards presentation has been held in Courtenay, Nanaimo, and Victoria.

The evenings have featured such presenters, hosts, and performers as The Irish Rovers, Neil Osborne of 54/40, Dan Hill, Terry David Mulligan, David Gogo, Angela Kelman of Farmer's Daughter, Vince Ditrich of Spirit of the West, Hayley Sales, Jets Overhead, Todd Butler, Armchair Cynics, Adonis Puentes, and Alex Cuba. The production went on hiatus between 2008 and 2010.

— Vancouver Island Music Award

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