Reiss Zibin will travel to Massachusetts next month to the International Portuguese Music Awards.

Robson singer up for award

Local singer Reiss Zibin has been nominated for Best Pop Performance in the International Portuguese Music Awards.

Betsy Kline

Castlegar News

 

Local singer Reiss Zibin has been nominated for Best Pop Performance in the International Portuguese Music Awards for her song For the Rest of My Life, which she co-wrote with her producer, Martin Acousta.

Reiss’ dad, Andrew Zibin, submitted her song and after not hearing anything back, thought nothing was going to come from it. Then one day Reiss noticed the IPMA liked her Facebook music page. The next thing she knew, she was making plans to attend the award show, which will be held April 25 in New Bedford, Mass.

The IPMA recognizes outstanding achievement in the music industry by those of Portuguese ancestry. Nominees are judged by a panel of music industry experts. The awards will be televised worldwide via RTP International.

Zibin’s musical journey began when she was young.

“I always loved music growing up,” she explained. “It has always been a huge part of my life.”

She started voice lessons at six, began teaching herself guitar at 16, and has now expanded her repertoire to include piano, ukulele and a bit of drums.

Zibin has lived in Robson most of her life. About a year and a half ago she moved to Vancouver to pursue her music dreams. After finding a producer, she released her first EP album in November, titled Reality. It’s available on iTunes. Zibin is now back home working on songs for a future album.

Zibin credits her dad as the main inspiration and encouragement for her music. She also credits Yanive Feiner from Super Cat Studios for helping her develop as a musician. “He is a huge influence and helped me find a different way with my music. He helped me find my rock sound. He is amazing at what he does.”

Three other competitors will be vying for the best pop performance title along with Zibin: Lumanova from Denmark, New Nobility from Australia and fellow Canadian Diane Pancel.

The IPMA awards also have a People’s Choice Award that will be chosen through online voting. Voters are allowed to cast a ballot every day until April 8. You can vote for For the Rest of My Life at ipmaawards.com/vote.

 

Just Posted

Kootenay region posts 10-per-cent return rate on electoral reform ballots

As of Nov. 13, only 5.3 per cent of ballots had been returned province-wide

Castlegar Remembers

Hundreds gathered at Kinsmen Park on Sunday to mark the Centenary of the end of WW1

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Nine-vehicle pileup closes Highway 3 near Castlegar

Two separate incidents on slushy highway; reports of injuries

UPDATE: Police seek witnesses in Castlegar road rampage

Lake Country man faces 13 charges, including robbery, dangerous driving, flight from police, assault with a weapon, theft, and drug charges.

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Vancouver man must pay $22,000 after breaking strata rules

Peter Gordon took his fight over his rented condo to the civil resolution tribunal, but lost

B.C. cheese linked to 5 E. coli cases

People are asked to throw out or return ‘Qualicum Spice’ cheese

Canada Post no longer guarantees delivery times amid more rotating strikes

The Canadian Union of Postal Workers closed two major processing centres in Ontario and B.C.

B.C. city councillor resigns as AutismBC director amid SOGI controversy

AutismBC president Gary Robins says Laurie Guerra’s resignation is effective Nov. 12

McGill students vote overwhelmingly to change Redmen team nickname

Student union held a referendum after a campaign by Indigenous students

B.C. university pride group replaces white supremacy posters

Around 50 people walked through downtown Victoria to share posters of love

Most Read