Video of the Year

For Immediate Release(Halifax, NS) Dave Carroll is thrilled to announce that he took home two 2009 Nova Scotia Music Awards yesterday. Carroll won:Digital Artist of the Year , andVideo of the Year (for his widely popular music video United Breaks Guitars).He was also nominated for: SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Male Artist of the Year (for his Perfect Blue recording). “I’m extremely grateful for my four nominations. United Breaks Guitars has certainly opened the doors to a brand new audience for myself, as a Musician and my songs, of which Music Nova Scotia has supported for years.Thanks goes out again to Producer Jamie Robinson and all the players who made Perfect Blue a record to be proud of.Equally thanks goes out to Lara Cassidy, Steve Richard, Chris Pauley and all the crew at Curve Productions in Halifax as well as Producer Scott Ferguson, who helped make United Breaks Guitars so successful.”Carroll accepted his Video of the Year Award by stating: “I should probably start off by thanking United Airlines… I took a stand and found a creative way to voice my rage – and a Canadian way, I’m told.”The 2009 Music Nova Scotia Gala Awards Show took place on Sunday November 8th at the Yarmouth Mariners Centre in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Dave Carroll performed at the Gala Awards show alongside the likes of Joel Plaskett, Classified, In Flight Safety, Tom Fun Orchestra and Charlie A’Court. Full list 2009 Nova Scotia Music Award winners: recognized for digital innovationMUSIC: Timmins artist behind United Breaks Guitars wins pair of Music Nova Scotia AwardsBy BRANDON WALKER THE DAILY PRESS Timmins native Dave Carroll was flying high after receiving two trophies at the Music Nova Scotia Awards on Sunday night.Carroll won Video of the Year for United Breaks Guitars, which has more than six million hits on YouTube, and received the inaugural Digital Artist of the Year honours."It's special when you're given an award based on an assessment by your peers," he said.Carroll attended the ceremony with his parents, which helped make it a special night.Digital Artist of the Year recognizes the impact an artist can have with help from the Internet."It's awarded to someone who used the World Wide Web and digital media to their advantage," Carroll said.He was also nominated for Best Songwriter and Male Artist of the Year."It has been such an exciting couple of months," Carroll said.He vowed to create three songs and videos about his experiences with United Airlines after the company broke his expensive Taylor guitar then provided unsatisfactory customer service.It happened last spring when Carroll was travelling with the band to Nebraska for a one-week tour.A woman sitting near Carroll in the plane watched as United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago threw his Taylor guitar, which had a $3,500 value before it became airborne.His bass player's guitar was also thrown, but Carroll soon discovered his instrument was severely damaged.It took nine months of fighting before United said the discussions wouldn't go any further.His humorous video detailing the experience, United Breaks Guitars, received more than a million hits on YouTube just days after it was posted in July.It has climbed to more than six million views and earned him Video of the Year. "If I was to ever win that award, this would be the year," Carroll said. "Uncharted territory" was how he described his experiences with using social networking web sites such as Twitter and Facebook to help promote his work. "I'm just the writer of the song, but if you search for United Breaks Guitars online you get around 20 million hits." United Song Two has also garnered a fair amount of attention, with it viewed more than half-a-million times.The third video hasn't hit the World Wide Web yet.Article ID# 2170627

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