The Fun Has Begun… 2012 ECMA Award Winners

Updated: April 14, 2012

The party continued in New Brunswick, as Day 4 of East Coast Music Week raged on from morning to night. (Many reported lines blurring between Friday and today – but I say those people are just 'getting their money's worth'). Saturday included everything from a live radio broadcast with breakout artists to an Industry brunch - to bunches and bunches of performances in venues all over Moncton.

Brent Staeben Harvest Jazz & BluesAnd today saw a healthy helping of awards doled out  too – among the Industry winners was the Fredericton, NB's Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival founder, Corner Brook, NB native Brent Staeben who took home the ECMA's Industry Builder Award.

Gordie Sampson wins Country Recording of the Year ECMA 2012And amidst those artists recognized, Cape Breton born Grammy winning singer songwriter Gordie Sampson scored the ECMA for Country Recording of the Year for his project “Almost Beautiful”. This win for Gordie means he'll be hitting the Cavendish Beach Music Festival stage this summer – awesome!

See below for the growing list of those who've won so far.

Gordie Sampson wins Country Recording of the Year ECMA 2012The remaining music awards will be presented at The Bell Aliant 2012 East Coast Music Awards Gala. Delivered by UPS, the Gala is being hosted by Roch Voisine and will take place at Casino New Brunswick’s Event Centre on Sunday, April 15th at 7:30 p.m.

Just a reminder The Trews will play a FREE outdoor concert at the Moncton City Market on Sunday (04/15/12) at 1pm. The Nova Scotia based group has won the 2012 ECMA for Rock Recording of the Year (see why in the video above)


ECMA Awards Presented on April 14, 2012

Event/Venue of the Year (presented by Sennheiser Canada)
Festival of Small Halls
Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee
*The Carleton Music Bar & Grill*

Graphic/Media Artist of the Year (presented by Music Newfoundland)
CHR!S SM!THCheryl Smith
Daniel Ledwell
Jocelyne Vautour
Mark Young
Scott Blackburn


Manager of the Year (presented by Music Managers Forum Canada)
*Forward Music Group*
Ian McKinnon/GroundSwell Music
Jason Burns
Jeff Liberty – JL Artists
Music for Good



Media Outlet/Contributor of the Year (presented by Music PEI)
Jimmy Inch host of East Coast Countdown101.5 The Hawk
Doug Gallant
*East Coast Countdown*

Karen Mair
Mark Roberts East Coast Music Show
The Buzz
Wendy Bergfeldt


Retail/Company of the Year

GroundSwell logo*GroundSwell Music *
Malkin Music / Cyber PR Army
Marcato Digital Solutions
Sound of Pop


Jazz Recording of the Year (presented by Candy Jar Music)
Gordie Sampson – Almost Beautiful*Gypsophilia – Constellation*
Jake Hanlon – Follow
Jeri Brown – Storytelling
Ocean Sounds Quartet – Live at the Ship's Company Theatre
Robin Jessome Quintet – For Whatever Reason


DVD of the Year (presented by Music Manufacturing Services)
Art Richard – Chanter, danser et s'amuzzzer (Director: Art Richard/Vincent Bordage)
George Belliveau – George Belliveau ''live'' au Rockin' Rodeo (Director: Botsford Productions)
*Scott Macmillan – Within Sight of Shore (Director: Ian Macmillan)*
Shelter with Thieves – Live at The Seahorse (Director: Terrance Hand)


Children’s Recording of the Year

The-Wood-Buffalo-Youth-Song-Project-CDArt Richard – Chanter, danser et s'amuzzzer avec Art Richard
Colleen Power with Crooked Stovepipe – For Little Ones
Dan Bursey – God is in My Corner

First Nations Songwriting Sessions with Angelo Spinazzola – First Nations Songwriting Sessions with Angelo Spinazzola

*Keith Mullins/Thom Swift Youth Song Project – Keith Mullins/Thom Swift Youth Song Project On The Back Porch – Tales Tall & True*


Country Recording of the Year

Gordie Sampson – Almost BeautifulGeorge Canyon – Better Be Home Soon
*Gordie Sampson – Almost Beautiful *
Jimmy Rankin – Forget About the World
Ryan Cook – Peaks & Valleys
Tara Oram – Revival


Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

CLASSIFIED Handshakes_and_middle_fingers*Classified*
Something Good
Three Sheet
Twin Peaks


Classical Recording of the Year

Duo Cantilena – The Green Bushes: Dances, Airs and Lullabies
La Tour Baroque Duo – Les caractères de la danse
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra – MUSIKFREUNDE – Friends of Music
Newman Sound Men's Choir – The Green and Salty Days
*Scott Macmillan – Within Sight of Shore*


Gospel Recording of the Year – Mike Biggar

Mike Biggar The SeasonEnregistrement de l’année – Gospel
Derrick Paul Miller – It Is Well…
Devin Cooke – Be Ready
Elizabeth Deveau – A Joyous Hallelujah
*Mike Biggar – The Season*
The Sky Family – Celtic Revival


Audio Professional of the Year (presented by The Musicians Swap Meet)
Chris Colepaugh
*Dale Murray*
Daniel Ledwell
Dave Skinner
Denmark Productions Recording Studio
Ferguson Music Productions
Jon Matthews
Nick Fowler


Volunteer of the Year
Pam and Alan Samson




Updated: April 13, 2012

Day 3 saw 3 more artists take home awards at the 2012 East Coast Music Week.

Picture  taken & tweeted by Rose Cousins while she and Jenn Grant waited backstage for their performance on Q at the Capitol Theatre, Moncton, NB - April 13, 2012Indeed Friday the 13th was a very lucky day in Moncton, NB - from a sold out morning broadcast of  Q with Jian Ghomeshi at the Capitol Theatre through to the many showcases happening around the city ECMA 2012 Winner for World Recording of the Year Keith Mullins with his Mom & Wife following the presentation at the Delta Moncton April 13, 2012 photo taken & tweeted by Stephen Cooketonight - the celebration continues for the truly talented artists of Atlantic Canada.

See the updated award list below and we'll have more for you as the weekend progresses. SABS


Posted: April 12, 2012

And they're off!!! The fun has begun in Moncton, New Brunswick as artists, musicians, industry folk and fans alike gather to celebrate the very best in east coast music. In 10 different venues with 35 showcases - East Coast Music Week is well underway.

ECMA Moncton 2012  So many showcases, parties, and tunes to take in - the five days go by in a flash.

Just a reminder of The Trews will play a FREE outdoor concert at the Moncton City Market on Sunday (04/15/12) at 1pm. The Nova Scotia based group just picked up their first ECMA of the weekend for Rock Recording of the Year (see why in the video above)

Yes indeed, part of this annual event is doling out the hardware – and with so many awards to present they'll be announcing them over the course of the weekend – with the culmination and completion during Sunday's Gala. We'll do our very best to keep you posted as to who wins for what (see list below) as they are handed out.

As always – because it's an honour to be nominated - we will again list ALL the nominees with the winner's name highlighted in each category.

Cheers to the lot of ya! SABS


ECMA Awards Presented on April 13, 2012

African-Canadian Recording of the Year

Awakening Souls – God Is Love
*Ghettochild – In the Making*
Stahmenah – Rasta Love
Stahmenah – Stahmenah Rewind


World Recording of the Year  (presented by Legault Companies)

Chris Church – Across the Sea
*Keith Mullins – Localmotive Farm*
Mia Martina – Devotion
Stahmenah – Rasta Love


Loud Recording of the Year

Death Valley Driver – Choke The River
Dischord – Casualties of War
Get Bodied – Harbingers
Hero's Last Rite – Inevitable is the End
*Shelter with Thieves – Someday is Never Soon Enough*
Uigg – Of Moose and Men


ECMA Awards Presented on April 12, 2012

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by EMI)

THE TREWS - Hope & RuinAndrew Hunter & The Gatherers – Warhorses
Carmen Townsend – Waitin' and Seein'
Gloryhound – Electric Dusk
Jenn Grant – Honeymoon Punch
Mark Bragg – Your Kiss
The Long Distance Runners – The Long Distance Runners
*The Trews – Hope & Ruin*

The Folk Recording of the Year (presented by the Saint John Folk Music Awards 2012)

Catherine MacLellan - Silhouette*Catherine MacLellan – Silhouette*
Christina Martin – A House Concert
David Myles – Live At The Carleton
Ian Foster – The Evening Light
Jordan Cameron – My, What a Lovely Hate
Madison Violet – The Good in Goodbye


The Roots Traditional Solo Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada)

Angelo Spinazzola – Beautifully Imperfect
Irish Mythen – Open Here
Katherine Moller – Bright-Eyed and Bushy-Haired
*Kim Stockwood – Back to the Water*


The Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year (presented by Reads Book Store)

Bb Sisters – Versatility
Rawlins Cross - Heart, Head, Hands Before The Mast – Rolling down
Cassie and Maggie MacDonald – Fresh Heirs
Kenneth and Angus MacKenzie – Pìob is Fidheall
* Rawlins Cross – Heart Head Hands *
Ten Strings & A Goat Skin – Tri
The Navigators – Soldiers & Sailors


Pop Recording of the Year

Ria Mae - Under Your Skin Andrew James O'Brien – Songs for Searchers
Carleton Stone – Carleton Stone
Classified – Handshakes And Middle Fingers
Molly Thomason – Beauty Queen
Rebekah Higgs – Odd Fellowship
* Ria Mae – Under Your Skin *



For a complete list of all 2012 ECMA nominees click here

Tickets for remaining showcases are available at the door.  Showcase schedules can be found at or by downloading the 2012 East Coast Music Week app at

For more information on East Coast Music Week, visit:


  1. love you Stephanie....I'm a huge fan of east coast talent & was here for these presentations. Keep these updates coming! @charlotteannef on twitter!

    Comment by Charlotte Flewelling — April 13, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

  2. Thanks Charlotte! There are so many incredible artists to celebrate - have fun!!!

    Comment by sbeaumont — April 13, 2012 @ 11:04 pm

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