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Local Country artist wins 2020 BCCMA Interactive Artist of the Year

Local wins music award

A local country musician has won the 2020 British Columbia Country Music Association's award for Interactive Artist of the Year.

Ben Klick got the news on Sunday night. The award is granted to the solo artist or group who participates in meaningful online interactions with their audience.

“I want to thank the BCCMA and the fans for voting me the 2020 Interactive Artist of the Year," said Klick in his acceptance speech. 

"2020 has been a challenging year for a lot of people, and it means a lot to know people are clinging to my music through these times as we move into a new ‘virtual’ normal,” 

Klick's 40-date Western Canadian Summer Tour was cancelled due to COVID-19, but he continued to perform online. His annual fundraiser, “Music Fest MS,” generated close to $35,000 for Multiple Sclerosis research in Canada. 

He broadcast a live 90-minute YouTube concert and released his brand-new single, Meet Me On The Dance Floor, this September and garnered over 30,000 streams in only the first few weeks.

“I’m still writing new music, recording, and practicing daily," he adds. 

"But I’ve been lucky enough to be brought on by Okanagan College on a part-time basis to help instruct the Audio Engineering & Music Production Diploma Course, help out Stingray’s New Country 100.7 on weekends, and am a full-time student taking an online music business diploma program through Metalworks Institute.” 

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