Stettler’s local band Domino came away with two awards at the 2015 Association of Country Music in Alberta (ACMA) Dinner and Awards night on Sunday, Jan. 31 held at Westerner Park in Red Deer.
The band won 2015 Group of the Year and the Fan’s Choice awards.
“We are absolutely thrilled with winning these awards,” said lead vocalist Luanne Carl. “It’s such an honour to be included and to be recognized by your peers, so we are over the moon, happy.”
Domino’s album ‘Ghost’, released in June of 2015, is the album that was nominated for Album of the Year, and Song of the Year for One More Kiss, which they wrote with Drew Gregory.
“Winning a Fan’s Choice is a huge honour, as our fans are so important to us,” added Carl. “We know that our fans are the reason we are where we are, and we couldn’t do this without them.”
Carl said that Domino has had great responses on both their singles One More Kiss and Big Blue Sky from the album, ‘Ghost’.
“The performances that stand out for us in the past year for sure were the two CD release shows that we held in June,” said Carl. “This last album has been such a labour of love, and a lot of hard work went into it, it was great to be able to share that with our fans, here and in Calgary.”
According to Carl, their performance on both nights were “just awesome”.
“We were thrilled to have two shows to be able to share our album,” said Carl. “Another highlight for us was the Calgary Stampede Caravan Breakfasts, where we made such great friendships with the Caravan family, and are looking forward to going back again this year.”
Looking forward to 2016, having started it on such a high note, Carl said, “This will be a year of working even harder, and getting even more focused.”
“We are looking forward to great shows with other talented artists, and getting to more places across Canada to perform, and there are some exciting things in the works.”
Commending the Stettler community and the town, where they all hail from, Carl said, “Stettler has always been huge supporters of Domino and we feel great having the community support that we have been shown.”
“They come out to our shows, they purchase our music, and promote us whenever they can, so we are blessed to live in such a wonderful community, that truly has made us feel the love,” concluded Carl. “Our fundraisers held at West Stettler Park have all been such great successes and they wouldn’t have been without Stettler.”