Okanagan Musician Runs for Canadian Artist of the Yr – Kelowna Capital Information
Vernon singer-songwriter Olivia Penalva is in the running for two of Canada’s top awards.
The local girl, who released her debut single at the age of 13, was nominated for the 2021 Western Canadian Music Awards in the Breakout Artist of the Year and Pop Artist of the Year categories.
The winners will be announced via livestream on BreakOut West’s Facebook tonight, October 15, starting at 4:00 p.m. Pacific Time. All winners of the 24 Artistic Award categories and six Industry Award categories will be announced, as will a special achievement by the double nominee in 2021, Slow Leaves.
A special pre-award show program will also be broadcast prior to the livestream on CBC Radio Ones Up To Speed and CBC Listen. Four prizes will be awarded during the broadcast, which will also include performances and artist interviews.
While Penalva has spent a lot of time in Nashville and Los Angeles, the pandemic has meant more time at home and online meetings, which she’s okay with.
“We have the best summers and even better winters,” said Penalva. “But what I love most is the quiet lifestyle I have out here. My music career is so fast paced that I know when I finish work I’ll come home to a beautiful, slow place where all my loved ones live. “
Penalva was also featured in SOCAN’s Words & Music Magazine and featured in Virgin Music’s #WomensHistoryMonth social media campaign.
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