Nomination cutoff near

The producers of the Vancouver Island Music Awards remind Island musicians to submit music they've released in 2010 or 2011

The producers of the Vancouver Island Music Awards remind Island musicians to submit music they’ve released in 2010 or 2011, to be considered for nomination in the 2012 Vancouver Island Music Awards.

The awards will be presented April 21 in Victoria (venue and hosts to be announced in the new year). This will be the eighth installment of the event.

Musicians can find all details on what and how to submit at www.islandmusicawards.com. The nomination deadline is Dec. 31.

The 2011 gala event was held at the Sid Williams Theatre in Courtenay. Helen Austin of the Comox Valley was named the 2011 Artist of the Year, and The Irish Rovers were honoured with the Island Classic Award to recognize their 46-year (and counting) run in the music industry — the past 20 as Vancouver Island-based artists.

All other 2011 winners can be found on the website. Over the seven years of the event so far, such high-profile Canadians as Neil Osborne of 54/40, Dan Hill, Terry David Mulligan, David Gogo, Alex Cuba, Armchair Cynics, Vince Ditrich of Spirit of the West, Hayley Sales and Angela Kelman of Farmer’s Daughter (another comox Valley resident) have been involved in the VIMA festivities.

The VIMA website states, “The goal of the Vancouver Island Music Awards is to (1) Celebrate the Vancouver Island music scene, (2) Build awareness of this scene among the general public on the island and across Canada, (3) Provide a networking opportunity between artists and music industry representatives, (4) Acknowledge and reward excellence in the artistry and work ethic of Island artists, (5) Empower and encourage Island artists to pursue their musical dreams, (6) Set a positive and professional example for youth (and the young at heart!) who are pursuing a career in music.

— Vancouver Island Music Awards