The East Coast Music Awards gala gave out its first batch of awards last night in Torbay, N.L., and artists Kim Harris, Hey Rosetta! and In-Flight Safety brought home some hardware.
Halifax-based In-Flight Safety won album of the year for Conversationalist, while Corner Brook-born, Halifax-based Harris nabbed rising star recording of the year (after taking home three Music Nova Scotia Awards back in November). Cape Breton's the Town Heroes, also from N.S., took home three: group recording of the year, fans’ choice entertainer of the year and fans’ choice video of the year (they also took home Music Nova Scotia Awards last year: five of them). Another Cape Breton win: Carleton Stone was awarded solo recording of the year.
Newfoundland’s own Hey Rosetta! won song of the year for "Kintsukuroi," while fellow Newfoundlanders the Once won for folk recording of the year.
That’s not it for the week, though: more awards will be given out over the weekend, as this is the first year the ECMAs have hosted their gala on the Thursday night of East Coast Music Week instead of the usual Sunday evening affair. Stay up to date on all the winners here.
Harris was also going to perform an ode to her late mother last night, which we’d like to see, FYI internet.
To follow along with the East Coast Music Week festivities throughout the weekend, check out #CBCatECMW’s live blog.