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Posted: December 9, 2011 10pm AT

Nominations announced for 2012 Music PEI Awards

Catherine MacLellan leads with 6 Nominations

(Charlottetown) - Accomplished singer-songwriter Catherine MacLellan leads the pack of nominees for the 2012 Music PEI Awards with six nominations. Artist and industry award nominations were announced Friday evening at a lively nominations party at The Guild. Racoon Bandit, The Express, and Dennis Ellsworth all had strong showings as well with 4 nominations each.

A number of Island artists received multiple nominations this year including Catherine MacLellan (6), Racoon Bandit (4), The Express (4), Dennis Ellsworth (4), Paper Lions (3), Al Tuck (3), Tim Chaisson (3), Ashley Condon (3), Sister Jack (3), Kelley Mooney (3), Death Valley Driver (3), Arrows in the Air (3) and The Wynnes (3). See below for a full list of awards and nominations.

In announcing the list of nominees, Music PEI President Jim Hornby said, "As we look forward to Music PEI Week next month, our nominees demonstrate the continued growth of the Island's music industry, as Island musicians continue to strive for, and reach, new levels of creativity and new markets. We are pleased to recognize a range of people who have achieved success in the past year."

A total of twenty-six awards will be handed out at events during Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2012, which runs January 13-21 and culminates with the 2012 Music PEI Awards Gala presented by Ocean 100 and K-Rock 105.5.

Music PEI is also excited to announce a new award in 2012, Touring Artist of the Year presented by SpinCount. This award recognizes achievement in regional, national and international touring by an Island artist or group.

Based in Nova Scotia, SpinCount is an ECMA award-winning music promotions company, providing publicity, radio tours, and radio tracking in order to raise artist’s profile, sales, and attendance at shows. The winner of the Touring Artist of the Year will receive a free, national radio campaign at a value of $2400 dollars.

SpinCount founder Kimberly Sinclair says "A working band is a touring band. A tour takes an enormous amount of dedication, hard work and money. This Music PEI award recognizes the challenges faced by touring bands and artists, and the contribution touring makes to Canadian culture by taking the music to the grass roots."

Now in its 11th year, Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week has grown to an Island-wide event that brings together artists, the music industry and the public for a jam-packed week of concerts, workshops and the Gala Awards Show at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Voting will take place online at www.musicpei.com from December 19 until January 6, 2012.

Music PEI programs and activities are made possible through the ongoing support of the provincial departments of Tourism and Culture and Innovation and Advanced Learning as well as ACOA, Canadian Heritage, the City of Charlottetown and FACTOR.

What follows is the complete list of nominees

Music PEI 2012 Nominations

Achievement in Classical Music of the Year

Frances McBurnie

Indian River Festival

Jane Naylor

PEI Symphony Orchestra

UPEI Wind Symphony

Album of the Year (producer in brackets)

Al Tuck - Under Your Shadow (Al Tuck & Joel Plaskett)

Catherine MacLellan – Silhouette (David Baxter & Catherine MacLellan)

Dennis Ellsworth - Strange Boat (Dennis Ellsworth & Adam Gallant)

Racoon Bandit - Into the Hills (Racoon Bandit)

The Express - The Express (Dale Murray)

Bell Aliant Weekend Warrior

Bad Habits

Chris Dalziel

Sunday Punch

Country Recording of the Year

Harold Noye - Dusty Roads

Johnny Oliver - She's Gonna Love Me

Kelley Mooney - Tomorrow

Entertainer of the Year

Arrows in the Air

Bad Habits

Paper Lions

Richard Wood

Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold

Event of the Year

Festival of Small Halls

Indian River Festival

Night Danger Showcase - Mike Carver

PEI Symphony Orchestra

TD PEI Jazz & Blues Festival "Doug Riley Artist" Concert

Female Solo Recording of the Year

Ashley Condon - Come in From the Cold

Brielle Ansems - Embers & Stars

Catherine MacLellan - Silhouette

Kelley Mooney - Tomorrow

Group Recording of the Year

Arrows in the Air - Shadows on the Skyline

Death Valley Driver - Choke the River

Racoon Bandit - Into the Hills

Sister Jack - Wrong Note Music

The Express - The Express

The Wynnes - The Wynnes

Loud Recording of the Year

Death Valley Driver - Choke the River

Get Bodied - Harbingers

Uigg - Of Moose and Men

Male Solo Recording of the Year

Al Tuck - Under Your Shadow

Dennis Ellsworth - Strange Boat

Johnny Oliver - She's Gonna Love Me

Jordan Cameron - My, What a Lovely Hate

Ted J Simmons - 61 Dorchester

Musician of the Year

Frances McBurnie

Jon Matthews

Kinley Dowling

Morgan Saulnier

Mark Geddes

New Artist of the Year

Ashley Condon - Come In From the Cold

Death Valley Driver - Choke the River

Kelley Mooney - Tomorrow

Sister Jack - Wrong Note Music

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin - Tri

The Wynnes - The Wynnes

Recording Studio/Technician of the Year

Bruce Alex White

Big Grey Sound Studio

Guernsey Cove Parlour Productions

Lukas Raine Recordings

Hunter’s Ale House Rock Recording of the Year

Jordan Cameron - My, What a Lovely Hate

Racoon Bandit - Into the Hills

Sister Jack - Wrong Note Music

Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year

Ashley Condon - Come In From the Cold

Catherine MacLellan - Silhouette

Dennis Ellsworth - Strange Boat

Ted J Simmons - 61 Dorchester

The Express - The Express

Roots Traditional Recording of the Year

Ten Strings and a Goat Skin - Tri

The Avonlea Show Band - Songs From the Shanty

The Wynnes - The Wynnes

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year

Catherine MacLellan - Eastern Girl

Dennis Ellsworth - Romance is Dead

Paper Lions - Stay Here For a While

Racoon Bandit - Catch/Release

The Express - Midnight Show

SpinCount Touring Artist of the Year

Al Tuck

Catherine MacLellan

Paper Lions

Richard Wood

Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold

Venue of the Year

Hunter's Ale House

St. Mary's Church

The Dunk

The Guild

Video of the Year (Director in brackets)

Arrows in the Air - Love and Morals (JP Poliquin)

Boxcar Dan and the Vagabond Strangers - The Way We Do 'Er (Jason Rogerson)

Catherine MacLellan - Stealin' (Milles Clarkes) (see above)

Christopher Rodgers - Silence, Bloodhound (Susan Rodgers)

Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold - Slippin' Away (JP Poliquin)

Visual Artist of the Year

Jason Condon & April Condon

Lorne Miller - pixbylorne

Mike Carver

Maureen Chandler

Mike MacDougall - sixeyedcatprintco

Multiple Nominations Breakdown

Catherine MacLellan - 6 nominations

Racoon Bandit, The Express, Dennis Ellsworth – 4 nominations

Al Tuck, Ashley Condon, Sister Jack, Kelley Mooney, Paper Lions, Tim Chaisson, The Wynnes, Arrows in the Air, Death Valley Driver - 3 nominations

Johnny Oliver, Jordan Cameron, Ted J Simmons – 2 Nominations

1 Comment »

  1. Not sure when your deadline was, but if it was after November 8, 2011, then it's astonishing - flabbergasting in fact - that Al Tuck has not also been nominated for best songwriter, given the fact of his new album, Under Your Shadow. IT includes at least six meritorious songs. I really don't get it. His song-writing is of the first rank and recognised as such by his peers across Canada.

    Comment by jonathan — December 12, 2011 @ 10:55 pm


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