On Tuesday, October 6, nominees for the Toronto Independent Music Awards (TIMA) were announced, and SooToday was pleased to find Sault Ste. Marie represented on the 11th annual nomination list.
Frank Deresti and the Lake Effect joins fellow nominees Angela Saini, Even Champagne, Sarah Smith, and Brooklyn Doran in the Best Adult Contemporary category.
Deresti told us the award nod came as a surprise to he and his bandmates Jay Case, Josh Norling, Chris Johns, Jay Stiles and Sheldon Jaaskelainen, and that they're pleased to be recognized for work that the band is proud to deliver.
"Award nominations are nice not just for the recognition, but for the increased exposure they provide for us - putting us on a list that will likely be seen by a lot of people who have not yet heard us," he said. "It’s a big world out there, and we can’t reach everyone on our own so help like this is appreciated."
Winners in all 17 categories are chosen by a Grand Jury panel of industry professionals, including Alan Cross (music geek, broadcaster), Hill Kourkoutis (songwriter, producer, and performer), Andreas Kalogainnides (entertainment lawyer and member of the Toronto Music Industry Advisory Council), and Ari Kaplan (Paper Bag Records head of publishing and business development).
They will be announced during the 2015 TIMA Festival and Award Gala in Toronto at the Revival on Friday, October 23.
Gala performances include those from Dani Strong, Jutes, The Nursery, OSIYM, and the 2014 TIMA Grand Prize winner JoJo Worthington.
To date, Frank Deresti and the Lake Effect have two studio albums available, the latest being its self-titled 2014 Tidal Records release which earned the band a Northern Ontario Music and Film Award for Best Album By a Duo or Group earlier this year.
Deresti said the band will be busy over the winter months writing a new album and contributing to a number of other projects.
"It looks to be a very creative and productive winter for us on several fronts," he said. "Planning on hitting the road again with a bunch of new material in the spring / summer."
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To see Frank Deresti and Lake Effect on LOCAL2's Bare, click here.