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The Porcupine Award
"Most Memorable Performance of The Year"

TO BE CONSIDERED ONE HAS TO FALL WITHIN THE PHILOSOPHICAL CONTENT OF 'BACK TO THE SUGAR CAMP' RADIO PROGRAM HEARD WEEKLY ON UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO RADIO STATION CIUT-FM 89.5.

THE PORCUPINE AWARDS ARE AWARDED ANNUALLY TO THOSE ARTISTS WHO HAVE DEMONSTRATED THEIR DEDICATION TO PRESERVING AND ENHANCING THEIR HERITAGE, THUS ENRICHING THE CULTURE FROM WHENCE IT CAME.

IVAN HICKS AND MARITIME EXPRESS RECEIVED THE TIP OF THE HAT FOR THE "MOST MEMORABLE PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR 2000" AWARD CATEGORY. THIS AWARD IS GIVEN FOR THE MOST MEMORABLE LIVE PERFORMANCE ON BACK TO THE SUGAR CAMP OR ITS PREDECESSOR, THE GREAT NORTH WIND, RADIO PROGRAMS DURING THE PREVIOUS 12 MONTHS.

" It was just like the old time radio shows, live off the floor with a variety approach. Not only is Ivan Hicks a champion fiddler, he is a most gracious guest, always willing to give his all, infectious with desire to make listeners happy. The Maritime play bluegrass, country and ole time music. Del Wheaton (guitar and bass), Tom Johnson (guitar and bass) and Ivan's wife, Vivian Hicks(piano) have been playing together for years.

Included tonight was Garnet Johnson on the banjo; Janet Adams and Brenda Estabrooks(who are diamonds in the Rough) as featured vocalists and Francine Grenier of Montreal on second fiddle. It was an hour of absolute joy as we presented a good, oldfashioned hootenanny, live on air."

Steve Fruitman, Founder of the Porcupine Awards