Local country stars shine brightest at SCMAs

Tyler Clarke
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Heralding another dream come true, Prince Albert country music star Donny Parenteau was greeted by a standing ovation on Saturday.

Prince Albert country music star Donny Parenteau at the Saskatchewan Country Music Awards in Prince Albert on Saturday.

Heralding another dream come true, Prince Albert country music star Donny Parenteau was greeted by a standing ovation on Saturday.

Parenteau was honoured with two Saskatchewan Country Music Awards during Saturday's ceremony in Prince Albert, including the prestigious Achievement Award.

"I can't begin to tell you how overwhelmed I am, accepting this. Every one of you in this room, from the up and comers that I've watched — I've watched their careers go," Parenteau said, beginning a long list of thanks.

The local legend was honoured not only for his work in country music — of which there was plenty worth mentioning — but his work with youth and the Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation.

"It comes down to my family. It comes down to the way my mom and dad raised me," Parenteau said.

As for his work with youth, Parenteau said that the underlying message young people should be receiving is that their dreams can come true.

"It does not matter what you want to do in this life — If you put your mind to it, if you put the effort into it and put that drive behind what you want to do, you can do any damned thing that you want to do in this world," he said.

"Every one of us deserves to be up here. Just keep doing what you do. Stay real to yourself. Stay real to the people in front of you."

Parenteau also received the All Star Band Fiddle award. Another notable award recipient of the evening was someone jokingly referred to as "the self-proclaimed mayor of White Fox" — Blake Emmons.

The television personality, musician, author and Saskatchewan Telemiracle founder received the prestigious Album of the Year for his album I Can Be, and this year's Legends and Legacy award.

"Oh, man," he said, looking at the award.

This album almost didn't get recorded, he told the audience, with his life having changed about five years ago when his wife died from cancer.

The world as he knew it brought to an end, two friends dragged him out of hiding.

"Blake, get your head out of your ass! Come back up here to Saskatchewan and be with the people you love!" he remembers being told by his friends.

It's back home in Saskatchewan where he's gotten together with his country music-loving friends, including his current "biggest heroes" — Jay Semko, Codie Prevost and Donny Parenteau.

"To accept (the award) with people like that, and to see the young people today when we were doing the songwriters' café — it was a very emotional thing to watch our history," he said.

"Live every day like it's your last, because sooner or later it would be." This was almost the case about a year ago, he told the audience — a time when there was uncertainty as to whether he'd survive.

"I think it's a divine act of providence, and I thank God that I'm here," he said. "For those of you that aren't religious and are atheists, I think it's a divine act of providence, and I thank God that I'm here."

"Whatever you think you can be, you can be, because what you think is what you see." Emmons can be heard on CJVR during his segment, "The White Fox Traffic Report" at 7:45 a.m. with Blake Emmons.

Prince Albert-area musician Larry Krause received four nominations, including roots artist of the year, single of the year, country music person of the year, and best back-up band of the year for his backing band Timberline.

Heralding another dream come true, Prince Albert country music star Donny Parenteau was greeted by a standing ovation on Saturday. Prince Albert country musician Donny Parenteau

Krause walked away with the roots artist of the year award.

"Aw shucks," he said, holding the award in his hands at centre stage. "I guess there's ... something for a couple of us dinosaurs that think the old music is worth keeping around."

The day's other big winner was Archerwill musician Codie Prevost, who received the fan's choice entertainer and the video of the year awards.

The video award – for Honkie Tonk Groupie — doesn't really have much of a message, he said, but was fun to film.

As for the fan's choice entertainer award, Prevost expressed a long list of thanks — most notably the fans of country music and his manager Alain Leblanc, who received the manager of the year award earlier in the evening.

The awards ceremony capped off a day's worth of events at the Prince Albert Exhibition Centre, which included performances and workshops by various country music beginners and stars from around the province.

The next big country music event will take place Sept. 9 in Saskatoon, during the 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards.

For more on this awards ceremony and the musical events that accompany it, visit www.ccma.org.

Winners – 2012

Fan's choice entertainer: Codie Prevost

Female vocalist of year: Samara Yung

Song of the year (composer): When Pink is Just a Color - Kal Hourd/Brent Baxton

Roots artist/group of year: Larry Krause

All-star band (bass): Dave Sinclair

All-star band (drums): Hal Schrenk

All-star band (specialty): Eliza Doyle

All-star band (keys): Glenna Switzer

All-star band (steel): Tim Romanson

All-star band (fiddle): Donny Parenteau

All-star band (guitar): Rich McFarlane

Country music person: Cal Gratton

TV or radio show of year: Canada coast to coast – CJVR

Music director of the year (major market): Ken Landers - CKBI 900 - Prince Albert

Music director of the year (secondary market): Cal Gratton - CJVR – Melfort

Aboriginal artist of the year: Conrad Bigknife

Group of the year: Wyatt

Male vocalist of year: Codie Prevost

Rising star award: Steve Gibson

Single of the year: Every Day Matters - Samara Yung

Roots album of the year: Force of Horses - Jay Semko

On air personality (major market): Cristy Beggs - 92.9 The Bull – Saskatoon

On air personality (secondary market): Cal Gratton - CJVR FM - Melfort

Back up band: Steve Gibson Band

Fans choice radio station (major market): Country 100 FM - Moose Jaw

Fans choice radio station (secondary market): CJVR FM - Melfort

Recording studio: Mosaic Music

Album of the year: I Can Be - Blake Emmons

Country gospel album: At the Crossroads - The Amundruds

Video of the year: Honkie Tonk Groupie - Codie Prevost

Manager: Alain Leblanc

Record producer: Bart McKay

SCMA achievement award: Donny Parenteau

Legends and legacy: Blake Emmons


Organizations: Prince Albert, Kinsmen Telemiracle Foundation, Roots

Geographic location: Saskatchewan Country, White Fox, Saskatoon Canada Moose Jaw

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