Molly Thomason of Nova Scotia Wins She's The One at Ottawa Blues Festival
Ottawa, ON - July 9, 2012 - Nova Scotia's Molly Thomason came to Ottawa when she was selected to compete in the Ottawa Blues Festival "She's The One" Emerging Female Artist national competition. Now in its second year the competition has two categories for solo artist and female led bands. Molly won her category in the solo competition.
It kicks off her summer in a great way. She has just graduated from high school and now prepares to expand her career while she continues with her formal education in the fall. We spoke with Molly just before Saturdays’ competition was about to get underway.
Molly was one of three Nova Scotia women selected to compete. Cape Breton’s Breagh MacKinnon put on another strong performance in the solo competition. Her formal training in jazz really enhances her folk music performances. Breagh has had a spectacular summer. When she arrived in Ottawa, she had just finished performing at the Winnipeg Folk Festival and then on Sunday performed at the Cavendish Beach Music festival. She has a new album coming out soon.
Also selected for the national competition was Cape Breton’s Carmen Townsend. Carmen rocked the house with a tremendously tight performance from her band Shane O’Handley and drummer Jordan Oakie The band category was won by Ontario favourite, Miss Emily. There were three semi-finalists for each category selected in a cross Canada competition with hundreds of submissions. The solo category winner took home $2,000.00 and the band winners $5,000.00 in prize money.
Molly Thomason also won the 2011 Canadian Folk Music Award for Young Performer of the Year and received two nominations at the East Coast Music Awards in 2012.
CORRECTION: Miss Emily was the winner of the Band Category, not Cloe Charles, as previously reported.