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Best Local Female Musician 

Jill Barber

Jill Barber would really like it if people stopped calling her a girl. Well, not quite. But as much as she is gracious for the best female award for the second year in a row, she would rather win an award for, say, Best Rocker in High Heels. “I’m kind of sick of the whole separating the boys from the girls in music,” the singer-songwriter says. “It seems to me kind of an outdated way of looking at it. I just want to be looked at as a musician and drop the female part.” Boy or girl, the Ontario-native had a spectacular year. She shot a video for “Oh Heart” off her amazing disc of the same name. She moved back to Toronto to focus her attention on furthering her career. She toured across Canada and appeared in dozens of publications, becoming somewhat of a critical darling. But then a funny thing happened. She missed Halifax. “Well, the important thing is I came back,” Barber says about the reasons she left. “Halifax has embraced me warmly and I’ve embraced it in return. It’s mutual love.”

Runners-up: Amelia Curran/Ruth Minnikin/Laura Peek (tie)


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