New artist Thomas Kjorven tinkled enough ivory to win himself three nominations at the BC Interior Music Awards.

BCIMA nominations just announced

Though he's just moved to Kelowna, Thomas Kjorven is already a local music scene standout.

  • Mar. 24, 2011 12:00 p.m.

While most musicians seeking to build a career need to hit the bigger markets—like Vancouver or Calgary—24-year-old Thomas Kjorven has done the opposite, choosing to make the move from the Coast to Kelowna.

And it doesn’t seem to have hurt him much.

“It’s been really great here,” said Kjorven, who is nominated for three BC Interior Music Awards.

Kjorven arrived in time to see BreakOut West and the Western Canadian Music Awards, but didn’t apply to participate until recently, hoping to make a debut in Whitehorse, Yukon having seen the scene as it played out on Kelowna’s streets.

He doesn’t find out about that opportunity for a while yet, but when the call came in late Tuesday evening to hustle down to the Kelowna Community Theatre the next day to find out about the BCIMA nominations, he was one of the first on hand to hear his name called as in the best new artist category.

“New artist is always the really exciting one,” said organizer Shelley Vida, noting there’s an extra nominee this year.

It is the only category to get four nominees, instead of three, simply because the judges couldn’t whittle the pack any further.

No matter what happens between him and those other three up-and-comers, though, Kjorven said the nomination will help him immensely.

“It’s great for a few things. One is just credibility. This is something that people see I’m here and I’m working,” he said.

While he couldn’t finish the sentence mid-press conference, organizers have consistently pointed to several spin-off benefits the artists who win will enjoy. Not only do they play for local crowds, but they are also going to be performing before several industry insiders with ties to festivals throughout the area including Festivals Kelowna, Funtastic, Driftwood, Merritt Mountain Fest and Dancin’ Barefoot.

That should mean more gigs, more exposure, and possibly a move up to the WCMAs, for those who are not already rolling in those circles.

And in the meantime, organizers for the BCIMA show are expecting it will likely sell out, particularly given the success of BreakOut West.

Performances will include Juno Award winner Greg Sczebel, Darby Mills (with a rock collaboration), Aiden Mayes and Ari Neufeld, Adham Shaik (with a First Nation’s Collaboration), Leah West, Kira Gosselin, Miss Quincy.

The other nominees for New Artist of the Year include Devon Coyote, Nixie and Kate Morgan.

Astral Media is supporting the People’s Choice category through an online category on their websites. The nominees include Dominique Fraissard, Jodi Pederson, Kira Gosselin, Leah West, Sasha Lewis, Trinity’s Tattoo.

The other nominees include:

Single of the Year Nominations

Andrew Allan – Loving You Tonight | Greg Sczebel – I’ve Got That Feelin’

Leah West – Spring

Album of the Year Nominations

Greg Sczebel | Wasabi Collective | Jodi Pederson

Engineer of the Year Nominations

Jude Davison | Jim LeGuilloux | Wassabi Collective

Producer of the Year Nominations

Greg & Jerry Sczebel | Wassabi Collective | Dominique Fraissard

CD/DVD Artwork Design of the Year Nominations

Jane Eamon | Wassabi Collective | Jude Davison

Music DVD/Video of the Year Nominations

Greg Sczebel | Jude Davison | Immaculate

Songwriter of the Year Nominations

Leah West | Greg Sczebel | Jane Eamon

GROUP of the Year Nominations

Greg Sczebel | Bucknife | Wassabi Collective

New Artist of the Year Nominations

Thomas Kjorven | Devon Coyote | Nixie | Kate Morgan

Aboriginal Recording of the Year Nominations

Dallas Arcand | Mathew Phoenix | Mike Gouchie

Blues Recording of the Year Nominations

Thomas Kjorven | Miss Quincy | Sabrina Weeks and Swing Cat Bounce

Concept/Collaboration Recording of the Year Nominations

Jude Davison | Chloe, Kyle and Company | John Lee Sanders

Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year Nominations

Cynthia Leigh-Ann | James Avery | Mike Gouchie

Folk/Traditional Recording of the Year Nominations

Miss Quincy | Jane Eamon | Dominique Fraissard

Gospel/Christian Recording of the Year Nominations

Greg Sczebel | Daniel Bremnes | Colors & Tone

Roots/World Recording of the Year Nominations

Adham Shaikh | Dominique Fraissard | Chloe, Kyle and Company

Instrumental Recording of the Year Nominations

Michael Musclow | Chris Madsen | Roslyn Frantz

Metal Recording of the Year Nominations

Inzombia | Zen Rising | Odinfist

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year Nominations

Greg Sczebel | Thomas Kjorven | Wassabi Collective

Rock Recording of the Year Nominations

Fields of Green | Bucknife | Trinity’s Tattoo

Pop/Contemporary Recording of the Year Nominations

Greg Sczebel | Leah West | Jodi Pederson

Urban/Dance Recording of the Year Nominations

Jimmy Current | Wassabi Collective | TassNata

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