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Classified ties for lead in 2014 ECMA Awards nomination count with 6 [News]

Charlottetown, PE – The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) have announced the 2014 East Coast Music Award nominees. Classified, David Myles, and Paper Lions lead the pack with six nominations. Amelia Curran trails closely with five, followed by Dave Gunning and Mo Kenney with four nominations.

Classified has nominations in a variety of impressive categories including two for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Fan’s Choice Video of the Year (“Inner Ninja” directed by RT!), Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

In other hip-hop related categories, Ambition, Kayo, Quake Matthews and The Caravan all received a nod in the Rap/Hip-Hop category, while City Natives received a nomination for Aboriginal Recording of the Year. In the African-Canadian Recording of the Year category, three hip-hop acts received nominations including Jay Mayne, Certified and J-Bru. Along with Classified, the Fan’s Choice Video of the Year category has 11 other nominations including some additional hip-hop connections: The Caravan with “What Up Steve?” directed by Phil Harris and Gesar Mukpo, and Wordburglar’s “Croque Monsieur,” directed by Jason Levangie.

The 2014 East Coast Music Award nominees can be found after the jump link below. The list is alphabetical, except for the Rap and R&B categories which we’ve listed at the top.

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2014 ECMA Awards Nominations

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
– Ambition – Man Of The Year
– Classified – Classified
– Kayo – S.L.A.V.E
– Quake Matthews – Corrado
– The Caravan – The Caravan

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
– Chas Guay – Promises
– Cyndi Cain – Soul Food
– Dutch Robinson – FREEDOM
– Erin Costelo – We Can Get Over
– Josh Lake – Across 110th Street

Aboriginal Recording of the Year
– City Natives – 4 Kingz
– Kickin’ Krotch – Kickin’ Krotch
– TheBrokenReckords – TheBrokenReckords

African-Canadian Recording of the Year
– Certified – August 3rd
– Jay Mayne – F*kiT
– J-Bru – Stranger in my Hometown
– Stahmenah Vybz – Kissed By The Sun

Album of the Year
– Classified – Classified (Producer: Classified)
– David Myles – In the Nighttime (Producers: Aaron Davis & Classified)
– Old Man Luedecke – Tender is the Night (Producer: Tim O’Brien)
– Paper Lions – My Friends (Producers: Colin Buchanan & Howard Redekopp)
– Two Hours Traffic – Foolish Blood (Producer: Darryl Neudorf)

Blues Recording of the Year
– Dan Doiron – From Deep Inside
– Joe Murphy and the Water St. Blues Band – Testifyin’ – Fattening Frogs and Mistreating Dogs
– Kendra Gale – The Kendra Gale Band
– Ross Neilsen – Shack Up Sessions
– Thom Swift – The Fortunate Few

Children’s Recording of the Year
– Basinview Rocks – Music is Our Playground
– Dan Bursey – Priceless
– Little Miss Moffat – Wild About Nature
– The Little Ditties – The Little Ditties

Classical Composition of the Year
– Alasdair MacLean – “Silken Water: The Elizabeth Bishop Suite”
– Clark Winslow Ross – “Lamentations”
– Emily Doolittle – “A Short, Slow Life”
– Jerome Blais – “Rafales”
– John Plant – “Sandpiper”

Classical Recording of the Year
– Barbara Pritchard – Toccata
– Duo Concertante – Beethoven Complete Sonatas for Violin and Piano: Duo Concertante
– La Tour Baroque Duo – The Last Time I Came O’er the Moor
– Lady Cove Women’s Choir – Heart’s Delight
– Suzie LeBlanc – I Am in Need of Music

Country Recording of the Year
– George Canyon – Classics II
– Meaghan Blanchard – She’s Gonna Fly
– Ryan Cook – Wrestling with Demons
– Tonya Kennedy – He’s Everything You’re Not (LP)
– Whitney Rose – Whitney Rose

Electronic Recording of the Year
– Hermitofthewoods – Land of the Lotus Eaters
– In Dreams – Hologram
– Joshua Van Tassel – Dream Date
– PINEO – C’est La Vie!
– Scientists of Sound – ELECTRIC SCISSORS

Francophone Recording of the Year
– Caroline Savoie – Laisse-moi rêver
– Les Hay Babies – Le Folio EP
– Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire – Hilaire à boire
– Lina Boudreau – Si fragile univers
– Maxime McGraw – Maxime McGraw

Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year
– Charlie A’Court
– Dave Gunning
– Jimmy Rankin
– Lennie Gallant
– Mo Kenney
– Paper Lions
– Rose Cousins
– The Barra MacNeils
– The Stanfields
– The Tom Fun Orchestra
– The Trews
– Tim Chaisson

Fan’s Choice Video of the Year
– Amelia Curran – “Blackbird On Fire” (Director: Krista Davis)
– Classified – “Inner Ninja ft. David Myles” (Director: RT!)
– Dave Gunning – “These Hands” (Director: Scott Simpson)
– Gypsophilia – “Horska” (Directors: Jason Levangie & Sydney Smith)
– Jenn Grant – “The Fighter” (Director: Jason Levangie)
– Kim Wempe – “Never Promised You Nothing” (Director: Caley MacLennan)
– Paper Lions – “Philadelphia (Seaport Sessions)” (Director: Millefiore Clarkes)
– Rose Cousins – “For The Best” (Director: Rose Cousins)
– The Caravan – “What Up Steve?” (Directors: Phil Harris & Gesar Mukpo)
– The Motorleague – “North America” (Director: Josh Warburton)
– The Town Heroes – “New York City” (Director: Dillon Garland)
– Wordburglar – “Croque Monsieur” (Director: Jason Levangie)

Folk Recording of the Year
– Acres and Acres – Truth & Sky
– Amelia Curran – Spectators
– David Myles – In the Nighttime
– Old Man Luedecke – Tender is the Night
– Stephen Fearing – Between Hurricanes

Gospel Recording of the Year
– Becka deHaan – Long-awaited, Unexpected
– Dave Bartlett – Dave’s Theme – The Way We Are
– Elizabeth Deveau – Everything’s Changed
– Josh Lake – Across 110th Street

Group Recording of the Year
– Acres and Acres – Truth & Sky
– Les Hay Babies – Le Folio EP
– Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac – Seinn
– Paper Lions – My Friends
– The Trews – …thank you & I’m sorry

Jazz Recording of the Year
– Daniel Matto – Groovin’ with The DMQ
– Gypsophilia – Horska
– Jeri Brown – Echoes – Live at Catalina Jazz Club
– Paul Tynan – BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Three
– The Chronos Band – Boots the Cat

Loud Recording of the Year
– Billie Dre & The Poor Boys – Garlic Fingers
– Black Moor – Lethal Waters
– Death Valley Driver – Graveyard Dead
– Orchid’s Curse – Words
– Rapid Alloy – Hail Mary

Pop Recording of the Year
– Kim Wempe – Coalition
– Mo Kenney – Mo Kenney
– Paper Lions – My Friends
– The Heavy Blinkers – Health
– Two Hours Traffic – Foolish Blood

Producer of the Year
– Daniel Ledwell
– Erin Costelo
– Jamie Foulds
– Joel Plaskett
– Michael “Sheppy” Shepherd

Rising Star Recording of the Year
– E.B. Anderson & The Resolutes – Broken Down Horse
– Matthew Hornell – Have It All
– Rachel Davis – Turns
– The Town Heroes – Sunday Movies
– Whitney Rose – Whitney Rose

Rock Recording of the Year
– Rain Over St. Ambrose – Truth For News
– The Motorleague – Acknowledge, Acknowledge
– The Tom Fun Orchestra – Earthworm Heart
– The Town Heroes – Sunday Movies
– The Trews – …thank you & I’m sorry

Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year
– Ennis – The Fortunate Ones
– Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys – Pickin N Clickin
– Ten Strings And A Goat Skin – Corbeau
– The Barra MacNeils – The Celtic Colours Sessions
– The Rolling Kings – Raise a Glass

Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year
– Alan Jeffries – Coffee ’til Midnight
– Carolyn Holyoke – Collage
– Lorne Warr – Halfway up the Stairs
– Matthew Reid – Born to Fiddle
– Nicole LeBlanc – Entre deux portes

Solo Recording of the Year
– Amelia Curran – Spectators
– Dave Gunning – No More Pennies
– David Myles – In the Nighttime
– Mo Kenney – Mo Kenney
– Old Man Luedecke – Tender is the Night

Song of the Year
– Amelia Curran – “What Will You Be Building” (Producer: John Critchley)
– Classified – “Inner Ninja ft. David Myles” (Producer: Luke Boyd)
– Jenn Grant – “I’ve Got Your Fire” (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
– Paper Lions – “My Friend” (Producer: Howard Redekopp)
– Tim Chaisson – “The Healing” (Producer: Colin Linden)

Songwriter of the Year
– Amelia Curran – “Years” (Composer: Amelia Curran)
– Dave Gunning – “These Hands” (Composers: Dave Gunning / George Canyon)
– David Myles – “So Blind ft. Classified” (Composers: David Myles / Classified)
– Mo Kenney – “Sucker” (Composer: Mo Kenney)
– Tim Chaisson –“The Healing” (Composers: Tim Chaisson / Chris Kirby)

Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year
– Chrissy Crowley – Last Night’s Fun
– Duane Andrews and Craig Young – Charlie’s Boogie
– Maxim Cormier – Maxim Cormier
– Papilio – First Flight
– Rachel Davis – Turns

World Recording of the Year
– A-God – Both Sides Of The Coin
– Asif Illyas – “Synesthesia”
– Ryan LeBlanc – Solitude
– Stahmenah Vybz – Kissed By The Sun

2014 East Coast Music Industry Awards

Event of the Year
– Celtic Colours
– Halifax Jazz Festival
– Halifax Pop Explosion
– In the Dead of Winter
– Indian River Festival

Graphic/Media Artist of the Year
– Josh Lake
– Karen Gallant
– MANCHU-mark young design
– Phil MacIsaac
– Scott Blackburn

Live Sound Engineer of the Year
– Evan Cormier
– Georgia Richards
– Jeff Harlow
– Stephen “Snickers” Smith
– Steve Doherty

Management/Manager of the Year
– Bruce Morel
– Forward Music Group
– GroundSwell Music
– Sound of Pop
– Tony Kelly

Media Outlet of the Year
– CKDU 88.1FM
– Jeff’s Musical Car
– That East Coast Show
– The Coast 89.7 CKOA-FM
– The Morning News- Global Halifax

Media Person of the Year
– Doug Gallant
– Jeff Boudreau
– Scott Blackburn
– Tom Bedell
– Trevor Murphy

Music Merchant of the Year
– Back Alley Music
– Malkin Music
– Sound of Pop
– Spincount

Studio Engineer of the Year
– Erien Eady-Ward
– Jamie Foulds
– Jon Matthews
– Michael “Sheppy” Shepherd
– Scott Ferguson

Studio of the Year
– Denmark Productions
– Lakewind Sound Studios
– Soundpark Studios
– Studio FMP
– The Sound Mill

Venue of the Year
– Glasgow Square Theatre
– Harmony House Theatre
– St. Mary’s Church, Indian River
– The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
– The Company House

“Today’s nomination announcement demonstrates the incredible talent in this region,” says Heather Gibson, Chair of the ECMA Board. “We are proud to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our Atlantic Canadian musicians and industry, and look forward to recognizing them in April during Eastlink East Coast Music Week.”

PEI 2014 Fan’s Choice

As Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2014 approaches, music fans can get in on the excitement and vote for their favourite artists with The PEI 2014 Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year and The PEI 2014 Fan’s Choice Video of the Year awards.

These awards are the only East Coast Music Awards voted on by the public and fans can cast their vote online at beginning on Wednesday, February 19. One vote per IP address, per day, is allowed until voting closes on Thursday, March 27 at midnight (AST).

Winners will be announced on Sunday, April 6 at the Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Gala at the PEI Convention Centre. Tickets for the Awards Gala are $60 inclusive of all taxes and fees, and can be purchased at or by calling 1-888-311-9090.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with the East Coast Music Association for their Fan’s Choice Awards and encourage music lovers to vote for their favourite artist,” says Executive Director of PEI 2014, Penny Walsh McGuire. “As we continue with the year-long, province-wide PEI 2014 celebrations, we invite all music fans to join us in Prince Edward Island during East Coast Music Week 2014.”

Eastlink returns as Title Sponsor for 2014 Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Gala, announce gala host Seamus O’Regan

ECMA is happy to announce Eastlink as the title sponsor for the 2014 Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Gala.

“As a local East Coast company, we’re very honoured to return as the title sponsor for this year’s Eastlink East Coast Music Week,” says local Eastlink TV Producer Matthew Beardsley. “We’re looking forward to producing the Red Carpet Gala and providing national exposure for all the great, local talent that the East Coast has to offer. Music fans from coast to coast will be able to enjoy this year’s ECMW live, OnDemand, in brilliant high definition and on their screen of choice with our Eastlink To Go service.”

“ECMA is pleased to have Eastlink return as our Title Sponsor, and are excited to announce that Eastlink is producing the 2014 East Coast Music Awards Gala,” says Andria Wilson, ECMA Interim Executive Director. “Eastlink’s commitment to East Coast music is incredible, and we are thrilled to have them as a dedicated partner, showcasing our members on a national stage.”

The 2014 Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Gala will be hosted by Seamus O’Regan, the former co-host of CTV’s Canada AM. Multiple time host of both the JUNO Awards and the Giller Prize, O’Regan was born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador. He serves on the boards of the World Wildlife-Canada; The Rooms – which houses the Provincial Art Gallery, Museum, and Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador; and The Company Theatre group in Toronto. O’Regan is now a distinguished visiting innovator at Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone and the executive vice-president of communications at the Stronach Group.

“ECMA is thrilled to have Seamus O’Regan as the host of the Eastlink East Coast Music Awards Gala, broadcast nation wide on Eastlink TV,” says Wilson. “Seamus has been an avid supporter of East Coast music throughout his varied career, and we look forward to have him celebrate the best of Atlantic Canadian music with us on April 6.”

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Kayo performs at ECMA press conference | Photo: Jazlyn MacLeod

Additional ECMW 2014 Showcasing Performers

In addition to announcing the 2014 East Coast Music Award nominees today, ECMA has also unveiled a second list of showcasing artists slated to perform at Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2014. Those performers are as follows:

Ben Caplan, Broken Reckords, Cam Smith, Certified, Chas Guay, Christine Campbell, City Natives, Colin MacDonald of The Trews, Cyndi Cain, Don Brownrigg, Dutch Robinson, Dylan Guthro, Fortunate Ones, Gabrielle Papillon, Hermitofthewoods, Jay Mayne, JD Clarke, Jeri Brown, Jimmy Rankin, Josh Lake, Joshua Van Tassel, Kyle Mischieck, Kickin’ Krotch, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Lina Boudreau, Maxime McGraw, Molly Thomason, Olympic Symphonium, Paul Tynan, Quake Matthews, Ross Neilsen, Slowcoaster, Steven MacDougall, The Barra MacNeils, The Chronos Band, The Meds, The Motorleague, The North Lakes, Thom Swift, Whitney Rose, and Zac Crouse.

CBC at ECMW 2014

As a Founding Partner of Eastlink East Coast Music Week, the CBC will once again have a strong presence in the events this year.

CBC Radio will host Heroes, a special concert created for Atlantic Airwaves – CBC East Coast’s flagship music program- and for The Performance Hour in Newfoundland and Labrador. The concert will take place on Thursday, April 3 at 8pm in the PEI Convention Centre. Featuring Rose Cousins, David Myles, Amelia Curran and more, Heroes will feature the songs that inspired these fantastic Atlantic Canadian performers to find their own musical voices.

On Friday, April 4, the CBC will present a special live two-hour broadcast on Radio One from the Charlottetown Hotel that will air throughout the Atlantic Provinces. This broadcast will feature live performances and interviews that capture the flavour, the feel and the best of ECMW 2014.

To top it all off CBC’s recording truck and crew will be on site to record concerts from stages throughout East Coast Music Week for future broadcast on Atlantic Airwaves and The Performance Hour on CBC Radio One and Radio 2.

HOT 105.5 Programming

HOT 105.5, a Gold Partner of Eastlink East Coast Music Week will be celebrating in a special way. Running every Thursday until April 3, HOT 105.5 will present the HOT 105.5 Lounge, airing at 8pm. The HOT 105.5 Lounge will feature East Coast artists performing a cover song from the station’s playlist, an original song and an artist interview. The Hot 105.5 Lounge will also be filmed and posted on the station’s website and Facebook page. On Friday, April 4 from 5-7pm Newcap Charlottetown will host an invitation only reception at the PEI Brewing Company in celebration of ECMW, with a live broadcast from 6-7pm that will feature five different artists. Listeners will have a chance to win tickets to this exclusive event by tuning into the Hot 105.5 Lounge every Thursday until April 3.

Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2014 Industry Conference

Eastlink East Coast Music Week’s 2014 Industry Conference has much to offer every member of the music community. It brings together some of the industry’s best minds, who will lead four days of seminars, workshops, showcases, and business meetings.

Including a star studded line-up of national and international panelists and guest speakers, the 2014 Industry Conference will feature a diverse range of interactive professional development sessions and networking opportunities. This includes the newly launched Music in Motion program, industry round tables, and the keynote address presented by Paul Resnikoff, founder and publisher of Digital Music News, a premier industry source for news, information, and analysis.

In his interactive presentation, Resnikoff will take the audience through a case study of Beyoncé’s massively successful release strategy for her latest album BEYONCÈ.

The 13th edition of the Export Buyers Program will welcome over 50 music industry delegates from the United States, Canada, Australia and Europe. Delegates include booking agents, talent buyers, festivals, event and venue programmers, promoters, presenters, digital experts and media from the music industry around the world. The program includes the Canadian Music. East Coast Style. Export Buyers Showcases, the ‘Two for the Show’ Live Performance Pitch Sessions, as well as a wide variety of interactive export business development sessions and workshops, one-on-one business meetings, and a multitude of facilitated networking opportunities.

Schedule highlights also include the ‘Break Out’ Members Mentorship Program, the Music Managers Mentorship Program, The Succession Plan presented by CAPACOA, FACTOR One on One Business Meetings, live media coaching, and many more interactive sessions and networking events.

A complete list of ECMA 2014 Industry Conference events, including times, dates, and locations can be found at

Music in Motion

The East Coast Music Association is proud to present the launch of the Music in Motion program at Eastlink East Coast Music Week 2014. Music in Motion is designed to foster, develop, promote, and showcase East Coast music to a diverse network of industry experts from the film, television, and media industries from around the world.

The 2014 Music in Motion program features the Music Supervision Mentorship Program, the new ‘100% East Coast LIVE’ Video Program and an array of interactive business development sessions to connect with high quality music supervisors, publishers, film makers, and digital content and branding strategists.

About the East Coast Music Association

The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry of Atlantic Canada. It fosters, develops, and celebrates East Coast music and its artists locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. The ECMA annually produces one of the top music industry events in Canada, Eastlink East Coast Music Week, which includes awards, a festival, industry conference, and the International Export Buyers Program. ECMA and its programs are generously funded by the Government of Canada through the the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund), the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, MUSICACTION, FACTOR and Canada’s private radio broadcasters. For ECMW 2014, ECMA recognizes PEI 2014 and the City of Charlottetown, and the support of Founding Partner CBC, Title Sponsor Eastlink, Platinum Partner Delta Hotels and Resorts, Gold Partners Molson Canadian, NewCap Radio, and Chester + Company.

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