2019 East Coast Music Award Winners

Posted: May 2, 2019

The annual gathering of the East Coast Music Association in underway in Charlottetown, PEI.  May 1 through the 5th will include a whole lot of handshakin' and music makin' - and oh yes... award takin'!  Indeed, amidst the showcase concerts, songwriters' circles and networking sessions - the artists and industry members pause to honour the best of the best - as was the case during the 2019 ECMA Awards Show held early this evening in the Confederation Ballroom at Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward.

The live national broadcast hosted by the one and only Jonathan Torrens included performances by Classified, Catherine MacLellan, Dave Gunning, Fortunate Ones, Hillsburn, Jimmy Rankin, Lennie Gallant, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Mallory Johnson, Rachel Beck, Reeny Smith, and Vishtèn.

Thirteen trophies were awarded with the balance to be handed out this Sunday, May 5 as part of the East Coast Music & Industry Awards celebration taking place in the Confederation Ballroom at Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward at 7:30pm. That evening will feature performances by Paper Lions, Rose Cousins, Old Man Luedecke, and Postdata.

We'll be sure to let you know who wins what following Sunday's ceremonies but in the meantime...

What follows are the the nominees in all categories with the **winners** - so far - being noted as such - CONGRATULATIONS TO EVERYONE!!! SABS


Album of the Year
**Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change (Producer: Luke Boyd)**
Dylan Menzie - As The Clock Rewinds (Producer: Adam Gallant)
Fortunate Ones - Hold Fast (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
Paper Lions - At Long Creek II (Producer: Colin Buchanan)
Postdata - Let's Be Wilderness (Producer: Tony Doogan)

Bucky Adams Memorial Award
Jody Upshaw
Keonté Beals
Owen Lee
**Reeny Smith**

Country Recording of the Year
Cameron Nickerson - Detours
Carolina East - Crossroads
**Mallory Johnson - Mallory Johnson**
Ryan Cook - Having a Great Time
Thomas Stajcer - Will I Learn To Love Again?

Francophone Recording of the Year
Chloé Breault - Love
Joannie Benoît - Feux de bengale
**Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Viens avec moi**
Raphaël Butler - Raphaël Butler
Simon Daniel - Nightcrawler

Folk Recording of the Year
Ben Caplan - Old Stock
**Gunning & Cormier - Two**
Heather Rankin - Imagine
Ian Sherwood - Bring The Light
The Ennis Sisters - Keeping Time
The Once - Time Enough

Group Recording of the Year
ChessClub - These Flowers Are For You
Fortunate Ones - Hold Fast
Hillsburn - The Wilder Beyond
**Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Viens avec moi**
Paper Lions - At Long Creek II
The Town Heroes - Everything (Will Be Fine When
We Get To Where We Think We're Going)
Vishtèn - Horizons

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Alan Syliboy and The Thundermakers
Brandon Arnold
**Jeremy Dutcher**
Old Self & Kam Speech

Pop Recording of the Year
Adyn Townes - After The Fall
Neon Dreams - Shape Of My Mind
**Paper Lions - At Long Creek II**
Rachel Beck - Rachel Beck
Simon Daniel - Nightcrawler

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
Brandon Arnold - A Leo's Dream
**Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change**
Kayo - Winter in St Lucia
Mitchell Bailey - Season One
Quake Matthews - Drinking Games

Rising Star Recording of the Year
FM Berlin - At Least You're Having Fun
Jenni & The Hummingbird - Your Masterpiece
**Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa**
LeRiche - X-Dreamers
Rachel Beck - Rachel Beck

Song of the Year
Ben Caplan - "Lullaby" (Producer: Graham Scott)
Gabrielle Papillon - "When The Heart Attacks" (Producers: Corey LeRue, Daniel Ledwell)
Postdata - "Black Cloud" (Producer: Tony Doogan)
Quake Matthews - "Confessions" feat. Neon Dreams (Producer: Street Runner)
**The East Pointers - "Two Weeks" (Producer: Gordie Sampson)**

Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year
**Barra MacNeils**
Ben Caplan
David Myles
Fortunate Ones
Heather Rankin
Lennie Gallant
Mo Kenney
Neon Dreams
Paper Lions
Port Cities
The East Pointers

Fans' Choice Video of the Year
Ben Caplan – "Minimum Intervals"
(Director: FPS – Filet Production Services, Catherine Brown)
BRDGS – "All My Friends" (Director: Loggo Lionel) (watch above)
Christina Martin – "Always Reminding" (Director: Ryan Thompson)
Classified – "Powerless" (Director: Andrew Hines)
Hillsburn – "Strange Clouds" (Director: Paul Aarntzen)
Jimmy Rankin – "Been Away" (Director: Jeth Weinrich)
KINLEY – "Golden Days" (Director: Jenna MacMillan)
LeRiche – "River Runs" (Director: Charlotte Rabate)
**Makayla Lynn – "Joyride" (Director: Scott Simpson)** watch above
Neon Dreams – "Shape Of My Mind" (Director: Zack Facts)


Still to be awarded... stay tuned!

Blues Recording of the Year
Dan Doiron - Livin' Centre Stage
Earle & Coffin - A Day In July
Elise Besler - Truth
Logan Richard - The Split 2.0
Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues - Myles Goodwyn And Friends Of The Blues

Classical Composition of the Year
Andrew Staniland - "Earthquakes and Islands"
Charke-Cormier Duo - "Ex Tempore"
Jeremy Dutcher - "Mehcinut"
Paul Halley - "God’s Grandeur"

Classical Recording of the Year
Charke-Cormier Duo - Ex Tempore
Duo Concertante - Perfect Light
Jennifer King - O Mistress Moon
New Brunswick Youth Orchestra - Sea to Sea
Paul Halley - In The Wide Awe And Wisdom - Choral Works by Paul Halley

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year
Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Jimmy Rankin – Moving East
Lennie Gallant – Time Travel
Museum Pieces – Plain Sight
Meaghan Blanchard – The Great Escape

Dance Recording of the Year
Balco - "Real You" (feat. Malia Rogers)
Dion Todd - "Rocketship State of Mind"
Lonely Kid & Dylan Menzie - "You Could Be My Queen"
PINEO & LOEB - "Bump In The Road"

Electronic Recording of the Year
Alex Byrne - Come Back
Denique - Shape 1
grej - Chasing the Path
Rozalind MacPhail - LOVE AND LET BE
Sparkee - Technically Impossible EP

Gaelic Artist of the Year
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Dara Smith-MacDonald & Adam Young
Kyle MacDonald

Inspirational Recording of the Year
Infinitely More - The Beauty Of The One
Matt Linton - Call His Name Jesus
Paul Brace - Liars & Actors
Rootsdeepdown - Live At Selah
We The Rescued - Heartstrings

Instrumental Recording of the Year
Beaton-Plasse - Beaton-Plasse
Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald - South Haven
Gillian Head - Tidal
Joyful Noise - Cocoloco
Richard Wood - Unbroken

Jazz Recording of the Year
Bill Elliott - Canadian Certified Guitar Player
Grahame Rhodes - Giant Steps
Ouroboros - Kitchuses
Tin Pan Darlings - Inside a Melody
Tom Easley - The Starting Point vs The Steep Decline

Loud Recording of the Year
Death Valley Driver - Wolf Crown
Hitman - The Offering: Side 1
Kilmore - Call of the Void
Orchid’s Curse - Graveyard of the Gulf
The Combine - Void and Vessel

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Amanda Jackson Band - Fire in the Blue
Cyndi Cain - Stand Up
Elijah Wohlmuth (Will) - 3am
Jody Upshaw - Straight Shooter
Reeny Smith - WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.


Rock Recording of the Year
FM Berlin - At Least You're Having Fun
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Viens avec moi
Postdata - Let's Be Wilderness
Tampa - Belated Love
The Stanfields - Limboland

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year
Barra MacNeils - On the Bright Side
Beaton-Plasse - Beaton-Plasse
Rosemary Lawton - Painted Glass
Rum Ragged - The Hard Times
Vishtèn - Horizons

Solo Recording of the Year
Ben Caplan - Old Stock
Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change
Gabrielle Papillon - Keep the Fire
Heather Rankin - Imagine
Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Songwriter of the Year
Ben Caplan
Fortunate Ones
Gabrielle Papillon
Port Cities
The Town Heroes




Company of the Year
Malkin Music Management
Sonic Concerts
Sound of Pop
The Syrup Factory

Event of the Year
Cavendish Beach Music Festival
Celtic Colours International Festival
Halifax Jazz Festival
Halifax Pop Explosion
Island Jazz

Graphic/Media Artist of the Year
Abracazebra Productions
Brendan Henry
James Bennett
Krista Power
Richard Lann

Live Sound Engineer of the Year
Devin Farrell
Stephen "Snickers" Smith
Wayne O’Connor
Zach Lacey

Management/Manager of the Year
Carol Doucet (Le Grenier Musique)
Jones & Co. Lynn Colepaugh (Malkin Music Management)
Nigel Jenkins (Laughing Heart Music)
Sonic Entertainment Group

Media Outlet of the Year
Canadian Beats
Halifax Is Burning
Tantramar Community Radio CFTA 107.9 FM
The Barbershop Sessions
The East

Media Person of the Year
Alex Cook
Bill Roach
Doug Gallant
Greg Smith
Richard Lann

Producer of the Year
Chris Kirby
Corey LeRue
Daniel Ledwell
Jon Matthews
Luke Boyd (aka Classified)

Studio Engineer of the Year
Dale Murray
Darren van Niekirk
Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd
Scott Ferguson
Scott Hammond

Studio of the Year
Codapop Studios
FMP Matrix
Halflife Records
New Scotland Yard
The Sound Mill

Venue of the Year
The Capital Complex
The Carleton
"The Mack" (at Confederation Centre of the Arts)
The Ship Pub Trailside Music Café & Inn

Video of the Year
ChessClub - "Amelia Earhart" (Director: Matt Power)
Christina Martin - "Always Reminding" (Director: Ryan Thompson)
Classified - "Powerless" (Director: Andrew Hines)
Hillsburn - "Strange Clouds" (Director: Paul Aarntzen)
KINLEY - "Golden Days" (Director: Jenna MacMillan)
Neon Dreams - "Shape Of My Mind" (Director: Zack Facts)


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