k-os scores a double Gold at the UMAC Awards [PSA]
Toronto, ON – k-os was the big winner tonight at the 4th Annual Urban X-Posure – Canada’s Urban Music Awards. The classy Toronto rapper won for Best Hip-Hop/Rap Recording for his spiritually-infused single, “Heaven Only Knows” from his debut album, Exit. The song also took the Best Songwriting Award as the Urban Music Association of Canada (UMAC) honoured its achievers for past and present contributions to the industry.
Epic recording star Glenn Lewis won the Best R&B/Soul Recording Award for Don’t You Forget it, (he shared last year’s award with Baby Blue Soundcrew) while Winnipeg’s Remy Shand won the Galaxie Rising Star Award as Best New Artist, based on the strength of his Universal/Motown debut, The Way I Feel.
Last year’s big winner, Kardinal Offishall, won his second straight Best Music Video Award, (“Ol’ Time Killin'”, directed by Little X), and Blessed captured the Best Reggae Recording Award for his song, “Can’t Say No More”.
“Canadian urban music is now mainstream, enjoyed by fans around the world,” said UMAC vice-president, Jude Kelly, adding that 20,000 votes were cast in on-line voting in June. “All the winners and nominees this year are stars in their own right who have helped make our industry flush with success.”
Twenty-five awards were handed out at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in front of a packed house of fans, artists and entertainment celebrities. There were performances from Ghetto Concept, k-os, Londa Larmond, Patricia Shirley, Blessed, X-Quisite, Jackie Richardson and Sean Oliver.
Urban X-Posure will rebroadcast at 8 p.m. on Friday, August 9th on most Rogers community channels in Ontario, and at 2 p.m., Sunday, August 11 on Rogers’ Toronto network only.
International jazz giant Oscar Peterson received a Lifetime Achievement Award, while Maestro, Canada’s first rap superstar, and Ed Matwawana of the African Nova Scotian Music Association, received Special Achievement Awards for their longstanding contributions to the national urban music industry.
Other winners included Sean Oliver, “Can I Flow? (Jazz Remix)” , which won for Best Jazz Recording, The New Deal’s self-titled album was selected Best Electronic Recording and Nah-ee-lah, whose Free Dome won Best Spoken Word Recording.
Bhakti, by Tasa, was chosen as Best World Recording, while Dr. Jay, who hosts Toronto station Flow 93.5 FM’s weekly Soca Therapy show was chosen Best Radio Personality for the second time in four years. Hard-working DJ, Starting From Scratch, was named Best DJ while HipHopCanada.com was chosen Best Website.
Urban X-Posure was presented by UMAC in conjunction with the Toronto Blue Jays Caribana Night, EMI & Virgin Music Canada, Xerox: The Document Company,
GALAXIE – The Continuous Music Network, Bell Mobility, Rémy Red®, Steve’s Music, Eye Weekly, Meta Image Corp., BMG Canada, Canadian Music Week, Sony Music Canada, Warner Music Canada and Rogers Television. Funding was provided by FACTOR (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent on Record) and the SOCAN Foundation. Flow 93.5 FM was exclusive radio sponsor.
Other partners included BitePro, Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention, Black Sugar Entertainment, Colour Your World, Corby Distilleries, Crystal Springs – Danone, David Spencer, Fashion Fair, Fetenet.com, 4th Quarter Clothing, Irie Food Joint, Maxxium Canada, Nestle Food Services Canada, Penguin Books, Phem Phat, Raindoctor Canada, S.H. Krikorian & Co. Ltd., Toronto International Carnival, Word magazine, Yohance Productions, Your Time magazine and Women in Networking.
Promotional partners were Ambassador magazine, blackflixx.com, Dojo magazine, Elevation Enterprises, Eye magazine, Langfield Entertainment, Maddflavz.com, Up From the Roots, UrbanGoat.com, Urbnet.com, Word magazine, Your Time magazine and Zamatv.com.