Ottawa Folk Festival deemed a great success


Ottawa Folk Festival deemed a great success

Congrats to Galaxie Supernova Award winners Gordie Mackeeman and His Rhythm Boys!

Monday, September 10, 2012

From the opening note of the National Anthem by Arthur McGregor (of the festival’s founding sponsor the Ottawa Folklore Centre) to the closing tunes of Bon Iver, the line-up was universally praised as very inclusive and highly entertaining.

Another aspect of the ‘fest that was of great interest to music fans was the Galaxie Rising Star Program, which presents the Supernova Award for outstanding live performance. This award provides bursaries to rising Canadian music talent at festivals and events across Canada.

Chosen by a jury appointed by the Ottawa Folk Festival, eligible artists were expected to meet four criteria: 1) be part of the 2012 Ottawa Folk Festival line-up; 2) be Canadian; 3) have released at least one album and 4) have not previously won a Galaxie Rising Star Award. Jurors were required to watch performances by all eligible acts over the course of the festival and then met to deliberate and choose a winner. On the final night of the festival, Gordie Mackeeman and His Rhythm Boys were announced as the winner for their riveting performance and awarded a $1,500 bursary, as well as potential airplay on the Galaxie channels.

“The competition for this award included some amazing talent,” says Ottawa Musician and Folk Festival staffer Ana Miura. “Having seen Gordie Mackeeman and His Rhythm Boys at this year’s Ottawa Folk Festival, I would say the jury got it right.”


Media contact:

Ana Miura

(613) 247-1188 ext. 302