Published Mar 09, 2011Marking its fifth year, the Reggae Music Achievement Awards will honour the top talent in Canadian reggae at Toronto's Jamaican Canadian Centre on June 4.
The awards cover 20 categories, from top performers both male and female to more specialized categories such as best show promoters and best dub poets.
Founder and host Delroy Sterling of CHRY radio has assembled a worthy cast of local and international talent for the awards ceremony, headed by Gramps Morgan of supergroup Morgan Heritage, Jamaican Canadian mainstay George Nooks and veteran dancehall artiste Trilla U. Further Canadians on the bill are Exco Levi (a winner at least year's awards), Jill Donaldson, Nicole Green, Jimmy Reid and Tony Anthony.
"The feedback to last year's award show was so positive, we had to give the fans an exceptional show in addition to the awards presentation" said Sterling in the event's press release.
Last year's big winner winners included Calgary's Souljah Fire for Best Reggae Band, Mandy Woods for Best Single and soulful reggae crooner Steele for Best Album. The awards also have an international component, with Morgan being recipient of last year's International Album of the Year.
Category nominees are to be announced on March 16, but there appears to be a voting page already set up at the awards website. Voting is open to the public.
Currently, the Reggae Music Achievement Awards is the only reggae awards ceremony in Canada. The long-running Canadian Reggae Music Awards have been inactive since 2009.