East Coast Music Week 2011 will be held in Charlottetown, PEI April 13-17. The Music Awards Gala will be held on Sunday, April 17 at the Homburg Theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. Award nominees were announced today and, as usual, Cape Breton artists and industry professionals are represented in a wide range of categories.
Halifax based singer-songwriter David Myles has earned a leading five nominations while seven artists were granted four nominations each: Christina Martin, Dave Gunning, Lennie Gallant, The Stanfields, The Trews, and Wintersleep and Sydney’s own Slowcoaster. Slowcoaster has been nominated in the categories of Alternative Recording of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, FACTOR Recording of the year for their 2010 release Darkest of Discos and Single of the Year for the song “War on War”.
Songwriter and sometimes Baddeck resident Carmel Mikol has been nominated for three awards: Pop Recording of the Year, Rising Star Recording and Female Solo Recording of the Year for her album In My Bones.
Fiddler Colin Grant has been nominated for two awards for his album Fun for the Whole Family: Roots / Traditional Solo Recording of the Year and Instrumental Recording of the Year. Dwayne Côté & Duane Andrews’ selft titled debut has been nominated for Instrumental Recording of the Year and Jazz Recording of the Year while fiddler Chrissy Crowley has also been nominated for Instrumental Recording of the Year for her album The Departure.
Sydney River natives John Campbelljohn and Glen Strickey each received one nomination. Guitarist Campelljohn’s album Good to Go has been nominated for Blues Recording of the Year while saxaphonist Strickey’s Roots for Rudy is up for Jazz Recording of the Year. Alt country duo Madison Violet’s No Fool for Trying is up for Folk Recording of the Year while Soul Seeker’s metal epic Practice What You Seek is nominated in the Loud Recording of the Year category.
The industry awards will be presented at the Industry Awards Brunch on Saturday, April 16th, at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel.
Local entrepreneur Darren Gallop is up for Manager of the Year while his companies Company House Records and Marcato Digital Solutions are nominated for Record Company of the Year and Independent Company of the Year respectively.
The Celtic Colours International Festival has been nominated in the Event of the Year category.
Fred Lavery has been nominated Producer of the Year while his studio Lakewind Sound has been nominated for studio of the year. Lakewind’s Mike Shepherd is up for Studio Engineer of the year as is Jamie Foulds, whose Soundpark Studios is also in the Studio of the Year category.
Local media professionals are also as represented as Port Hawkesbury’s 101.5 The Hawk and Glace Bay’s The Coast 89.7 have both been nominated in the Radio Station of the Year category and web designer Cheryl Smith is up for Visual Artist of the Year.
Voting by members for the music and industry awards begins on February 1 and closes March 9.
See the full list of nominees at ecma.com.