Story by Tammy Tarantini
The annual Northern Country Music Association was held November 6-8, 2015 at the Quattro Hotel and Conference Centre. This year Don Brose and Al Mooney were inducted into the “Northern Ontario Country Music Hall of Fame”.
Eight musicians were inducted into the “Great Northern Opry”. The SOLD OUT crowd enjoyed the bands, Back in Tyme, Yvan Nadeau & the Bandidos & White Stallion. The gospel show on Sunday morning with Scott Infanti and special guests, Bill Webb and Mark Tarantini closed the weekend events. The next NOCMA awards weekend will be held on November 4 to 6, 2016.
A new award was handed out during the Northern Ontario Country Music Awards weekend. The sad passing of Mike Case inspired the bandmates of Mike’s “White Stallion” band, the NOCMA & Case’s Music to sponsor an annual award in his memory.
This award, given from musician to musician was presented during the NOCMA awards show to a student who is 14 or younger and must possess the following: Good character, desires to learn, one who practices between lessons, ambitious, shows continuous progress, enthusiastic & energetic.
Presented by White Stallion band members the first recipient of the Mike Case Memorial award is 9 year old musician Miguel Bedard. The award grants Miguel to a years’ worth of music lessons on behalf of White Stallion, NOCMA and Case’s Music. Miguel is presently learning the piano.