A Fan’s Recap of the 2013 East Coast Music Award Nominee Announcement

(photo: Pam and Alan Samson)

This year, East Coast Music Week takes place in Halifax from March 6-10, with the  East Coast Music Awards Gala on March 10th.   With some great new releases by Alan Doyle, Amelia Curran, Ben Caplan, Breagh MacKinnon, Charlie A’Court, Chris Kirby, Christina Martin, Dale Murray, Dana Beeler, The Dardanelles, Darren McMullen, Dave Gunning, Gloryhound, Grasssmarket, Great Big Sea, Heather Green, Jenn Grant, Joel Plaskett, Matt Mays, Mo Kenney, The Once, Rose Cousins, The Stanfields, Tim Chaisson, Wintersleep and many more this past year, I was eagerly anticipating the announcement of award nominees.

Well on January 15th the wait was over.  On that day, the 2013 East Coast Music Award nominee announcement was held at Casino Nova Scotia.  This announcement was well attended by musicians, sponsors, industry professionals, media and fans.

Being new to the music blogging scene, I was a little tentative and unsure whether (and how) to introduce myself to those established in the industry.   I soon discovered that I need not have worried.  Arriving early, I introduced myself, and was greeted warmly, by Rose Allen (Marketing and Communications Manager).  “This could not have started any better”, I thought to myself.  Then I introduced myself to the talented and award-winning Thom Swift, which lead to an engaging conversation about music, family and life in general.

Josh Hogan hard at work
(photo: Pam and Alan Samson)

I had a brief discussion with Josh Hogan (Red Tentacle) – a person I have grown very fond of over the past few months by following him on Twitter, and reading his insightful posts on the Red Tentacle (a music solutions company) website.

I also had the pleasure of speaking with Rob Steele (Newcap president & CEO), Mike Campbell (the Carleton) a couple of my favourite artists (members of The Stanfields, Dale Murray) and Ian MacKinnon (Groundswell Music).  Ian is a member of one of the most influential bands of my teenage years (Rawkins Cross).

There were others I would have liked to speak with, but alas, due to my nervousness, or lack of opportunity, I did not.  I’m looking at you Ben Caplan, Charlie A’Court, Christina Martin and Gloryhound.

The announcement featured great performances by 2013 East Coast Music Award nominees Ben Caplan, Christina Martin and (one of my 6 year old son’s favourite bands) Gloryhound.

Ben Caplan

Ben Caplan
(photo: Pam and Alan Samson)

Christina Martin

Christina Martin with Dale Murray
photo: Pam and Alan Samson

Gloryhound

Gloryhound
(photo: Pam and Alan Samson)

It was an extremely well executed conference with a very nice video featuring the nominees.  When the Folk Recording of the Year category was announced (Ben Caplan – In the Time of the Great Remembering;  Dave Gunning – No More Pennies;  David Myles – Into The Sun;  Gabrielle Papillon – Little Bug;  Rose Cousins – We Have Made A Spark) I remember thinking “Wow, that could be the album of the year category”.  

My two favourite albums this past year were Coyote (Matt Mays) and Hello Hum (Wintersleep), followed closely by We have Made A Spark (Rose Cousins), The Beautiful Wild (Jenn Grant), Death & Taxes (The Stanfields), Sleeping With A Stranger (Christina Martin) and The Other Side (Tim Chaisson).  I was happy to see these artists, as well as some of my other favourites, nominated for awards.

It was a banner year for East Coast artists.  I am glad I do not have to choose the winner of each category.

The song of the year category would be extremely difficult (even without Matt Mays, Jenn Grant, Joel Plaskett or Wintersleep to choose from).  Each of the five songs is deserving of this award:
– Dave Gunning’s “These Hands” has been added to the closing ceremonies at Stanfest, is a children’s book, and is an inspirational song that I expect will be sung at campfires and festivals for years to come.
– Ria Mae’s “Leaving Today” combines excellent lyrics and production.  Everytime it comes on my ipod, I sit up and take notice.  It is like “BAM”, here I am, listen to me.
– I don’t know much by Rich Aucoin, but “It” is a one of the best pop songs I have heard in a long time.
– Rose Cousins will be a superstar in the not to distant future.  Her song, “The Darkness”, is just beautiful.
– Tim Chaisson’s “Beat This Heart” has been one of my all-time favourite songs since I first heard it on CBC Radio 2 Drive last year.  I bought it as soon as I returned home.

And that is just one category.   If this was just a taste of what is to come March 6 – 10, I cannot wait.

Here is the list of Nominees

Aboriginal Recording of the Year / Enregistrement autochtone de l’année

City Natives – City Natives
Gary Sappier Band – Gary Sappier Blues Band
Lone Cloud – We Are Medicine People
Old Self – Who?
Speechless – Dangerous Methods

African-Canadian Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Musique afro-canadienne

Cam Smith – Ocean Blue
Jon Samuel – First Transmission
Stahmenah – Shades Of The Heart
Stack Loot Divide – Now It’s Time

Album of the Year / Album de l’année

Gypsophilia – Constellation (Producer: Howard Bilerman)
Jenn Grant – The Beautiful Wild (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
Matt Mays – Coyote (Producer: Matt Mays)
Radio Radio – Havre de Grâce (Producers: Radio Radio)
Wintersleep – Hello Hum (Producers: Tony Doogan & Dave Friedmann)

Blues Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Blues

Charlie A’Court – Triumph & Disaster
Chris Martin & The Trouble Shooters – A Whole ‘Nother Thang
LeeBoy – Better Man Blues
Shirley Jackson & Her Good Rockin’ Daddys – When The Money’s All Gone
Working Class – Restless

Children’s Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Jeunesse

Coach Patt – Coach Patt
Donna & Andy – La vie pour moi
Jamie Junger – Fishin’ For Pickles
Pistachio Mike – Where My G’s At?
Scotty and the Stars – Time to Get Up

Classical Composition of the Year / Composition classique de l’année

Derek Charke – Between the Shore and the Ships
Jérôme Blais – Mouvance
Robert Bauer – The Dykes of Acadie
Scott Macmillan – La Victoire
Steven Naylor – Aboiteau

Classical Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Classique

David Rogosin – Evocation
Edmund Dawe & Lynn Johnson, Duo Pianists – Dialogue
Helen Pridmore and Wesley Ferriera – Between the Shore and the Ships
Sageev Oore & Dani Oore – Radical Cycle
Saint John String Quartet – Saint John String Quartet & Jacques Dupriez

Country Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Country

Josh Macumber – Josh Macumber Was Here
RyLee Madison – Where Does The Time Go
The Heavy Horses – Murder Ballads & Other Love Songs
The Keats – Free At Last
Tonya Kennedy – He’s Everything You’re Not

Electronic Recording of the Year / Enregistrement électronique de l’année

English Words – Red Potion
In Dreams – Sleepwalk
Joshua Van Tassel – Joshua Van Tassel
Sp00nfed – Sweet Fades EP
Steven Naylor – Lieux imaginaires

Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year / Artiste de l’année – Choix du public

Dave Gunning
David Myles
George Canyon
Gypsophilia
Joel Plaskett Emergency
Rich Aucoin
The Once
The Stanfields
The Trews
Tim Chaisson
Wintersleep

Fan’s Choice Video of the Year / Vidéoclip de l’année – Choix du public

David Myles – “Long Dark Night” (Director: Hiep Vu)
George Canyon – “Saddle Up” (Director: Warren Sonoda)
Gloryhound – “Electric Dusk” (Director: Jack Brayer)
Matt Mays – “Take It On Faith” (Director: Michael Maxxis)
Radio Radio – “Gong Hotel” (Directors: BAZ and Gabriel Poirier-Galarneau)
Rich Aucoin – “It” (Director: Noah Pink)
The Divorcees – “The Crows” (Director: Scott Simpson)
The Once – “You’re My Best Friend” (Director: Adam Penney)
Tim Chaisson – “Beat This Heart” (Director: Ante Kovac)
Wintersleep – “In Came The Flood” (Director: Sean Wainsteim)

Folk Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Folk

Ben Caplan – In the Time of the Great Remembering
Dave Gunning – No More Pennies
David Myles – Into The Sun
Gabrielle Papillon – Little Bug
Rose Cousins – We Have Made A Spark

Enregistrement francophone de l’année / Francophone Recording of the Year

Lisa LeBlanc – Lisa LeBlanc
Monique Poirier – Parler de paradis
Pascal Lejeune – Le bruit des machines
Radio Radio – Havre de Grâce
Vishtèn – Mōsaïk

Gospel Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Gospel

Eleanor McCain – Holiday
Kingswood University Chorale – You Are Holy
Life Support – Life Support Live
Matt Brouwer – Till The Sunrise
Stephanie Mainville – Old Man Winter

Group Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Groupe

Madison Violet – The Good in Goodbye
Paper Lions – At Long Creek
The Dardanelles – The Eastern Light
The Stanfields – Death & Taxes
Wintersleep – Hello Hum

Jazz Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Jazz

Ian Toms – Playbook
Jeff Torbert – Urban Poultry & Other Hopes
Joel Miller – Swim
Matt MacDougall – Familiar Faces
Will Fisher – Portage

Pop Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Pop

Christina Martin – Sleeping With A Stranger
Heather Green – Your Last War
Jenn Grant – The Beautiful Wild
Paper Lions – At Long Creek
Rich Aucoin – We’re All Dying To Live

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year / Enregistrement R&B/Soul de l’année

Charlie A’Court – Triumph & Disaster
Chris Kirby – Wonderizer
Eileen Joyce – Life is Too Short
Gary Sappier Band – Gary Sappier Blues Band
Working Class – Restless

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Rap / hip-hop

Cam Smith – Ocean Blue
Mischif – Supernova
Quake Matthews – The Book Of Matthew
Radio Radio – Havre de Grâce
Sampson – iLL-Mannered

Rising Star Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Étoiles de demain

Ben Caplan – In the Time of the Great Remembering
Breagh Mackinnon – Where The Days Went
Heather Green – Your Last War
Mo Kenney – Mo Kenney
Repartee – Repartee

Rock Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Rock

Joel Plaskett Emergency – Scrappy Happiness
Long Distance Runners – Tracks
Matt Mays – Coyote
The Stanfields – Death & Taxes
Wintersleep – Hello Hum

Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Folklore / traditionnel – Groupe

Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac – Seinn
The Barra MacNeils – The Barra MacNeils live with Symphony Nova Scotia
The Dardanelles – The Eastern Light
The Once – Row Upon Row of the People They Know
Vishtèn – Mōsaïk

Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Folklore / traditionnel – Artiste solo

Bruce Guthro – Celtic Crossing
Fleur Mainville – Once
Jim Dorie – Ghosts of Pictou County
Larry Foley – Free & Easy
Tim Chaisson – The Other Side

Solo Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Artiste solo

Chris Kirby – Wonderizer
Jenn Grant – The Beautiful Wild
Matt Mays – Coyote
Raylene Rankin – All The Diamonds
Rose Cousins – We Have Made A Spark

Song of the Year / Chanson de l’année

Dave Gunning – “These Hands”
Ria Mae – “Leaving Today”
Rich Aucoin – “It”
Rose Cousins – “The Darkness”
Tim Chaisson – “Beat This Heart”

Songwriter of the Year / Compositeur ou compositrice de l’année

Bruce Guthro – “Stan’s Tune” (Composer: Bruce Guthro)
Christina Martin – “Marina” (Composer: Christina Martin)
Matt Mays – “Take It On Faith” (Composer: Matt Mays)
Rose Cousins – “Go First” (Composer: Rose Cousins)
Wintersleep – “In Came The Flood” (Composer: Paul Murphy/ Tim D’eon/ Loel Campbell)

Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year / Enregistrement instrumental traditionnel de l’année

Darren McMullen – Shoes for Molly
Dominique Dupuis – Dominique Dupuis
Dwayne Côté and Duane Andrews – The Empress
Natalie MacMaster – Cape Breton Girl
Sprag Session – Sprag Session

World Recording of the Year / Enregistrement de l’année – Musiques du monde

Andru Branch – Step Into The Light
Gypsophilia – Constellation
Stahmenah – Shades Of The Heart
Shaun Ferguson – Ascensions
Stack Loot Divide – Now It’s Time

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