Press Release - May 13, 2016
New Gala Awards and Speaker Series Announced!!
Dallas Harms and Jim Skarratt to Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards!!
Gala Nominees, Festival & Speaker Series Schedules Announced!!
Gala Awards, Speaker Series and Festival Tickets
on Sale at 10AM, Saturday May 14th at
www.ticketfly.com and Picks and Sticks, 140 Locke St. S
HAMILTON, CANADA (May 13, 2016): September Seventh Entertainment Limited announced plans and nominees for the new Gala Awards (formerly The Industry Awards). The company also announced 2016 Lifetime Achievement Recipients as well as Speaker Series and Festival schedules. Tickets for the Gala Awards, Speaker Series and Festival go on sale Saturday May 14th at 10AM at www.ticketfly.com and Picks and Sticks.
The New Gala Awards take place at 4pm on Saturday May 28th at Bay City Music Hall and replace The Industry Awards. The Gala Awards feature dinner service, awards presentations in 42 categories and live performances. The Life of Brian benefit concert takes place following the Gala Awards at 8pm.
The HMA’s also introduce a new Speaker Series featuring In The Hot Seat with Larry LeBlanc and Graham Rockingham at 6pm on Friday May 27th at This Ain’t Hollywood. In The Hot Seat will feature interviews with 2016 HMA Lifetime Achievers. The Opening Reception will follow In The Hot Seat from 8-10pm. On Saturday May 28th, the Speaker Series introduces The Journalists: Your Most Important Fans Ever! featuring, Ben Rayner(Toronto Star) Graham Rockingham(The Hamilton Spectator), Lou Molinaro(CFMU), Ric Taylor(CFMU), Kerry Doole (FYI Music News, Words and Music, Exclaim), Kristin Archer(I Heart Hamilton, CFMU) and more. All Speaker Series events feature complimentary food service.
Hamilton Music Awards Producer, Jean-Paul Gauthier, stated, “The Gala Awards and Speaker Series events have been developed to make for a great weekend-long hang.” Gauthier added, “Fans and Hamilton’s music industry can look forward to an entire weekend of great music, great food and good times.”
Country songwriter, Dallas Harms, as well as concert promoter and venue operator, Jim Skarratt, will be receiving Lifetime Achievement Awards at the Hamilton Music Awards on Sunday May 29th. Harms wrote, the number one hit “Paper Rosie” recorded by Gene Watson and had over twenty top-forty hits. Harms has also been credited for helping Ronnie Hawkins come to Hamilton from Arkansas in 1958. Skarratt started his promoting career by bringing live entertainment to university campuses including the Downstairs John at McMaster University. Skarratt went on to establish Skarratt Promotions, a company that produced 200-300 concerts a year in venues such as Copps Coliseum and Massey Hall. Despite promoting concerts all over Canada, Skarratt always maintained a head office in Hamilton. Skarratt owns the Lazy Flamingo which has featured local live entertainment for over 25 years.
This year’s festival features over 40 performances by local acts in downtown Hamilton, May 27-28. The festival features performances by local acts such as NLX, The Vaudevillian, Hachey the MouthPEACE, Duane Rutter and more.
A new block of tickets has just been released for the Art Garfunkel concert at Theatre Aquarius on May 28th. The last four rows have been released and are priced at $99.50 each. There are only approximately 8 rows in total left for Garfunkel’s performance. Tickets are on sale at www.theatrequarus.org
Tickets for the Speaker Series, Gala Awards and Festival go on sale at 10AM on Saturday May 14th at www.ticketfly.com and Picks and Sticks at 140 Locke St. S. Nominees and Festival performers may pick up their complimentary Gala Awards, Music Awards and Speaker Series tickets at Picks and Sticks also beginning on Saturday morning. Complimentary tickets must be picked up by 7pm on Thursday May 25th.
The Hamilton Music Awards were established in 2004 to promote and recognize Hamilton’s vibrant music community. The Music Awards are broadcast nationally each year and have featured appearances by Monster Truck, Daniel Lanois, Arkells, The Reason, Ian Thomas, Lighthouse, Eugene Levy, Crowbar, Jackie Washington, Garth Hudson, Teenage Head, Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Whitehorse and many more. To date, over 650 awards have been given to local artists and industry. The festival takes place over two nights in venues throughout Hamilton’s downtown core.
For more information please contact:
September Seventh Entertainment Limited