The MusicNL Awards celebrate local musicians who are members of MusicNL, alongside industry professionals of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The 2018 awards were given out last night at a gala event in Twillingate, and endcapped a week of varied workshops, showcases, and events.

Both Fortunate Ones and Mark Bragg walked away with their hands full, having won three awards each. It was Fortunate Ones who took home Album of the Year.

Rum Ragged and Rube & Rake doubled up with two apiece. Rum Ragged won Group of the Year.

“The MusicNL awards are a chance for the province’s finest artists and music industry professionals to be acknowledged for excellence in their artwork,” Glenda Tulk, Executive Director of MusicNL, said.

“MusicNL is extremely pleased with the quality of talent that was on display this week. We had an extraordinary number of votes per category and thank the membership for their participation in the voting process and all things MusicNL Week 2018 here in Twillingate.”

This Year’s Winners

Big Story Entertainment Alternative Artist of the Year:Mark Bragg

Split Rock Brewing Co. Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year:Rum Ragged

MacGillivray Insurance and Injury Law Country Artist of the Year: Carolina East

Electronic Artist of the Year: Game Boy

Event of the Year: 41st Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival

FACTOR Album of the YearFortunate Ones – “Hold Fast”

The Telegram and Central Voice Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year:The Swinging Belles   

The Anchor Inn Group of the Year:Rum Ragged    

The Bee’s Knees/Posie Row Female Artist of the Year: Sherry Ryan

Town of Twillingate Folk Roots Artist of the Year:Rube & Rake   

Living Planet Studio Graphic Artist of the Year:Aaron Bishop   

The Anchor Inn Group of the Year:Rum Ragged

Industry Professional of the Year: Tom Cochrane

Instrumental Artist/Group of the Year:Ouroboros

Classic Hits Coast 101.1 FM Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year: Earle and Coffin

DC Design House Male Artist of the Year:Mark Bragg

Media Person of the Year: Tom Cochrane

Long & McQuade Music Educator of the Year:Adam Baxter

The Nickel Music Video of the Year:Fortunate Ones – “Northern Star” dir. Jason Levangie

Outstanding Company of the Year:The Citadel House

Pop Artist of the Year:Fortunate Ones

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year:ChessClub

OZFM Rising Star of the Year:Rube & Rake

Molson/Coors Rock Artist of the Year:Mick Davis and Thin Love

Ron Hynes SOCAN Songwriter of the Year:Mark Bragg

Yamaha Canada Side Musician of the Year: Maria Cherwick

Venue Of the Year:The Ship

Volunteer of the Year:Arlene Churchill

Unsung Hero: Wallace Hammond

Denis Parker Industry Builder: Anita Best

Lifetime Achievement: Ralph O’Brien