Tenille Arts is Female Artist of the Year, Happy Nun named top venue at SCMA awards

The SCMA revealed its annual award winners during a virtual ceremony Saturday night, with Tenille Arts coming away as a major winner, including Female Artist of the Year.

In a post on its Facebook page Sunday morning, the Happy Nun thanked all of its friends and family for the continued support.

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The Happy Nun also applauded all the other venues out there that are working hard to do what they can to keep live music happening at this time.

Tenille Arts, J.J. Voss, and The Hunter Brothers – all of whom have played on multiple occasions in the Weyburn area – were among the big winners.

Arts was named Female Artist of the Year. She also won awards for Album or EP of the Year for Love, Heartbreak & Everything in Between, and Single of the Year for Somebody Like That, and she shared the Songwriter of the Year Award with Allison Veltz Cruz and Alex Kline for Everybody Knows Everybody.

Voss was named the Male Artist of the Year, an award won by Chris Henderson the previous three years. Henderson was among those who congratulated Voss on the award in a post on social media, saying the right nominee won for 2020.

Henderson said he doesn't know if there is any artist in Canada who "had laid it on the line for their art in 2020" the way Voss has, only to have COVID derail their plans.

Voss also helped put together the Chris Henderson and Friends online fundraiser for the Canadian Mental Health Association.

Voss also won for Roots Album or EP of the Year for Come Along with Me.

The Hunter Brothers won awards for Group of the Year, Interactive Artist or Group of the Year, Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year, and Video of the Year for Hard Dirt (along with director Sean Smith of Stingray Pictures).

The SCMA bursary was won by Carlyle's Morgan Robertson.