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More than 10,000 Music Express readers have cast their on-line ballot for the Long & McQuade 2014 Music Express Awards with Rush and The Headstones leading the way with three awards each.
Rush, who claimed three ME awards in 2013, repeated again this year, winning Top Group, Top Live Performance (Arena) and Top Compilation Release for their Clockwork Angels-Live Rock record.
The Headstones made a triumphant return to the Canadian music scene in 2014, releasing Love + Fury record marking their first release in 11 years. Frontman Hugh Dillon, guitarist Trent Carr, bassist Tim White and drummer Dale Harrison were voted Top Record Release for “Love + Fury”, Top Single for `Long Way To Neverland’ and Top Comeback Of The Year.
Top Male Vocalist of The Year honors went to Neil Young who may not have released any new product but has been busy emptying his vaults of past great albums, re-released on CD and he did create a national stir when he embarked on a four-date acoustic tour to spotlight the plight of the Athabaska Chipewyan First Nation who are mounting a legal defence fund to combat moves by the Federal Government to expand mining in their territory and to fight plans to lay pipelines through their territory to direct oil to the B.C coast for export purposes.
A surprise Female Vocalist of The Year winner was Napanee’s Avril Lavigne who flew under the radar amidst all the Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and Kate Perry assorted controversies yet still scored with Music Express readers with her 2013 self-titled release which scored major airplay for `Here’s To Never Growing Up’ and duet with new husband, Nickleback’s Chad Kroeger on `Let Me Go’.
The final winner of this year’s awards is Montreal’s April Wine who won Top Live Act (Club) for their tireless national touring exploits.
All winners will receive Apex 515 microphone awards courtesy of Long & McQuade. Music Express thanks all who voted in our 2014 Awards program and invite you to participate again next year.