Friday morning began with breakfast listening to speaker and worship musician Brian Doerksen leading in a time of worship. How do creative Christian artists, made in the image of a Creator, create a place of peace and offer something life-giving to those in the community?
Over lunch artists and attendees involved in radio listened to Geoff Moore as he spoke of his lengthy recording career. He spoke of the role he plays in assisting Compassion Canada. The 2011 Radio awards were presented over the lunch hour.
Friday night. The BIG night. The 33rd Annual Covenant awards and banquet. Artists, the media, and families gathered at 5 in yet another enormous church, Foothills Alliance Church for the festivities.
Artist performances interspersed the announcements of the various Covenant awards.
Some of the performing artists included:
- Junkyard Poets
- Jodi King
- The City Harmonic
- Jacob Moon
- John Bower
- Fresh IE
- Brian Doerksen
- Dan Bremnes
- Mike Janzen
I’ll only be listing a few of the award winners that would interest readers of Christian Rock Files.
|Song of the Year:||Let Me Rediscover You – downhere|
|Rock Song of the Year:||Crazy Love – Hawk Nelson|
|Rap / Hip Hop Album of the Year:||Live in Concert – Manafest|
|Rap / Hip Hop Song of the Year:||Avalanche – Manafest|
|Modern Rock / Alternative Album:||Lukewarm Love – Cities Under Fire|
|Modern Rock / Alternative Song:||Tonight – Sky Terminal|
|New Artist of the Year:||The City Harmonic|
|Lifetime Achievement Award:||Daniel Band|
Dan McCabe and Tony Rossi were both in attendance to accept the award.
It was an incredible night. A fabulous stage design, lighting and audio showed the performers at the best. During the Covenant awards a series of great emcees announced the awards. Emcees included, Arlen Salte, Connie Scott, Leroy Harder and many others.
This was a great week and I felt really blessed to be a part of our Canadian and Christian culture, but it’s great to be home and, hopefully, in bed before 3 AM.