The Edmonton Music Awards executive committee is pleased to announce that the 2017 Legacy Award will be presented to CKUA Radio Network, a cultural institution that has cultivated the music scene in Edmonton and across Alberta for 90 years.
Edmonton Music Awards executive member Steve Derpack says this is the right time to recognize CKUA: “As a concert promoter, and as a musician who grew up in this town, I really see the value and the impact this station has on the community.”
CKUA has a long and proud history of championing the early careers of emerging and undiscovered Albertan artists—from k.d. lang and Corb Lund to 100 Mile House and Reuben and the Dark.
Musicians outside the province also recognize CKUA as a unique phenomenon and appreciate its role in developing a vibrant music community.
“It’s pretty rare that you see such a supportive environment for artists who aren’t the mainstream,” says Matt Layzell of Vancouver-based roots rock band The Matinee. “You guys give us a voice, you give us an opportunity to build that audience and it legitimizes that there’s artistry out there that’s not just on commercial radio.”
Operating out of the Alberta Hotel on Jasper Avenue, in the heart of Edmonton’s downtown arts district, CKUA has earned a reputation as a key voice of arts and culture in Alberta. The station continues to evolve and adapt to new platforms and technology, thanks to the fierce loyalty of its fans and dedicated support of its donors.
“We’re thrilled to be honoured in this way, particularly as we celebrate two important milestones: our 20th anniversary as donor-supported radio, and our 90th birthday in November” says acting CEO Katrina Ingram. “Having recently launched the CKUA app, we’re now even better positioned to showcase the talent of Edmonton artists to a global audience.”