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Jeremy Dutcher, Fortunate Ones, Classified lead 2019 ECMA nominations

Holly Gordon

The 2019 East Coast Music Awards will take place in Charlottetown this year, and today we found out who will be up for the awards on May 2.

Classified, Jeremy Dutcher and Ben Caplan lead the nominations, with seven, five and six apiece, respectively. Fortunate Ones, Hillsburn, Paper Lions and Neon Dreams are all up for four awards each (read the full list below).

The ECMAs, a five-day festival and conference showcasing music from around the East Coast, will take place from May 1-5, with the awards night broadcast happening on Thursday, May 2. Actor and comedian Jonathan Torrens, who hosted the 2018 awards, will be back for hosting duties.

Album of the year

Classified, Tomorrow Could be the Day Things Change (producer: Luke Boyd, a.k.a. Classified)
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)

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

Bucky Adams Memorial Award

Jody Upshaw
Keonté Beals
Owen Lee
Reeny Smith

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

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?

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

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

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

Gaelic artist of the year

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald
Dara Smith-MacDonald & Adam Young
Kyle MacDonald

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

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

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

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.

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

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

Song of the year

Ben Caplan, “Lullaby” (producer: Graham Scott)
Gabrielle Papillon, “When The Heart Attacks” (producer: 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)

Songwriter of the year

Ben Caplan
Fortunate Ones
Gabrielle Papillon
Port Cities
The Town Heroes

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)
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)
Neon Dreams, “Shape of my Mind” (director: Zack Facts)

2019 industry awards

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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