Hip Lauded For Amazing Year With Three ME Awards


By Keith Sharp

The Music Express fan base has spoken and The Tragically Hip, Meghan Patrick and Neon Dreams are big winners in the 2017 Music Express Awards (sponsored by Long & McQuade) which attracted a total of 24,672 votes.

With final results determined solely by fan votes, Kingston’s Tragically Hip capped off a memorable year by winning Top Canadian Group (56% of the total votes), Top Canadian Live Act (62%) and Top Canadian Album for `Man Machine Poem’ (41%). Plus the band’s gallant lead vocalist Gord Downie was voted Canada’s Top Male Vocalist (57%).

awardTwo other acts;  Halifax rappers Neon Dreams and Bowmanville Ontario’s Meghan Patrick (artists that aren’t even nominated for this year’s Juno Awards) also won three Long & McQuade microphone awards.

Even though they were up against R&B/Rap heavyweights, Drake and The Weeknd, Neon Dreams were able to mobilize enough fan support to win Top Canadian R&B/Rap group (44%), Top Emerging Canadian Artist/Group (44%) and Top Canadian R&B/Rap Album for ‘To You’ (48%).

Meghan Patrick dominated the female and Country Music categories winning Top Canadian Female Vocalist (38%), Top Canadian Country Artist (39%) and Top Canadian Country Album for ‘Grace And Grit’ (35%) while Brighton Ontario’s Cold Creek County followed up last year’s Emerging Artist award by winning the Top Canadian Country Group category (37%)

David Bowie won Top International Album for his `Blackstar’ record (39%), Shawn Mendes claimed Top Canadian Single honours for his “Treat You Better” release (29%) and Lee Aaron’s comeback `Fire And Gasoline’ album won her the Back In The Spotlight award with an impressive 60% vote tally

All winners will receive an impressive microphone award courtesy of Long & McQuade. Music Express would like to thank all 24,672 fans for participating in this year’s awards voting procedure and supporting your favourite performers.

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