Hamilton’s Arkells proved to be the Music Express Readers’ Top Choice claiming the most votes to win Top Canadian Group and Top Canadian album award for their `Rally Cry’ release in Music Expresss 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards.
All winners to receive Microphone Awards courtesy of Long & McQuade.
Top Male Vocalist award went to Michael Buble while Top Female Vocalist and Top Female Country Artist awards were claimed by Shania Twain who obviously benefited from last year’s major national tour.
Gord Bamford was able to rally his fans to win Top Country Male Vocalist while `Neon Smoke’ was voted Top Country album. Another double winner was Halifax rapper Classified (a/k/a Lucas Boyd) who was voted Top R&B/Rap artist and `Tomorrow Could Be The DayThings Change’’ was selected top Rap/R&B album.
Jack de Keyzer won both blues music awards, claiming Top Blues artist and is `Checkmate’. the release garnered top Blues album recognition.
Top New Group/Artist award was claimed by The Beaches while Barney Bentall won Comeback Of The Year plaudits.
All winners were selected via an online poll of their fans with 2,649 votes cast during the 10-day voting period.