and the winner is…

Last week at the Vancouver Island Music Awards I got live out a life long fantasy. But I’ll get to that in moment.

After being nominated in 5 categories I was really hoping to get one of the awards and the award that I most wanted to get was for songwriter. After all, that is what I do all day, every day.

The night of the awards came and after several outfit changes I was ready in my pretty skirt and big boots. I love my big boots. Not everybody does but I don’t care.

The evening had some wonderful performances, one of my favourite being from my friend Emily Spiller, who I fully expect to go on to do amazing things and forget who I am.

The award for Female Songwriter came up early-ish in the evening and I was absolutely delighted to receive it. I even gave a pretty coherent acceptance speech.

Emily, who was also nominated for 5 awards and fellow Courtenay dweller, was awarded Female Vocalist which she SO deserved!

So that was it. I was happy with my award, really enjoyed watching others receive theirs and had so much fun singing my song with my daughter on backing vocals and whistling.

An added bonus was getting to sing on Todd Butler’s Home song… a very moving song about making Vancouver Island home.

Then came the last award for Artist of the Year. There were 10 of us nominated for this so I just sat back expecting to clap for the winner. When they said my name I couldn’t believe it and this is where I got to fulfill my fantasy.

Whenever I watch awards shows I love it when the winner kisses their partner and then goes and thanks them in their speech. So when I heard my name I looked at my husband of 19 years, kissed him and then went up, received my award, mumbled some stuff that I can’t remember as I was in shock, and then thanked Trevor. What I said was true. I couldn’t do what I do without him.

I want to take this opportunity again to thank James Kasper and his team for making these awards happen and to all who ‘like’ me, follow me and listen to me. I am always grateful.

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6 comments

  1. Congratulations Helen!

    It’s always a pleasure to see hard work and perseverance pay off – not to mention loads of talent! You accepted the awards graciously and humbly, and to this Californian at least, your wonderful accent makes every word that comes out of your mouth ring with brilliance and sophistication.

    More than pretty much anyone else I know, you’ve truly *earned* the recognition you’ve received, and I’m routinely awed by your work ethic.

  2. Congratulations! You are my favourite artist, I adore all your songs, and really like that you seem like such a down to earth honest and decent person. I hope you go on to win many awards in the future and stay as humble and genuinely happy and appreciative through it all.

  3. Well it’s wonderful to have a beaming smile and be genuinely glad for someone else’s successes. That’s a great achievement, Helen. It was a really wonderful acceptance speech, and the performance of All The Letters the cherry on top. Daisy provided some chilling harmonies there!

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