Dianne London Award Presented to Local Musician & Artist
Last week River Jam celebrated another successful event with close to a thousand people enjoying the annual summer celebration of music along the Saint John River. During the evening of music and in between sets of the 20 local bands, a special award was presented. Each year during River Jam, a special award is presented, in honour of Diane London, beloved diva of the Downtown Blues Band, whose final performance was at River Jam 2004, before l osing her battle to cancer. The award is presented to a local musician, artist, or arts-related woman with a creative spirit and talent, who gives of themselves to the community and who exemplifies the spirit and character of Diane.
The 2017 recipient for the Diane London award is Victoria Moon Joyce. A performer since the age of 15, Moon is also a gifted visual artist with works currently on exhibit at Gallery 78. A multifaceted teacher, singer/musician and dedicated volunteer, Moon has helped many people with vocal lessons and has recently launched a community choir experience, called “Just Gotta Sing “. During River Jam Moon led the crowd gathered in the Delta lobby to sing well known Canadian song: The Log Driver’s Waltz during a special Canada 150 celebration, part of River Jam this year. Moon is an unbelievable talent and a true inspiration to all and someone that would make Diane proud. Moon was chosen by a selection committee and a presentation of the award plaque and a $600 cash prize was made just before the Downtown Blues Band’s set during River Jam.
The award is permanently housed in the Green Room of the Fredericton Playhouse, which hosts entertainers during their performance breaks at the venue. Previous winners include Emma Chevarie last year, Judy Lavigne (2015) Jennifer Russell(2014), Sylbie Roy (2013) Helen Mòrag McKinnon (2012) Becka DeHaan (2011), Carolyn Holyoke (2010), Krista Touesnard (2009), Cathy Hutchinson (2008), Maureen Steeves (2007), Casey LeBlanc (2006) and Tania Breen (2005)