East Coast Music Week will take part in St. John’s from April 8th to the 12th

The East Coast Music Awards released the shortlists for their 2015 awards this morning, and Newfoundland has a fine showing across all genres.

In fact we’re up for 35 awards! (20 Music, 4 Fans’ Choice, 11 Industry), which puts us in second place behind Nova Scotia, who have a whopping lead at 101 award nominations (one might sense a bias, or one might infer Nova Scotians are more on the ball for submitting). Haligonian dance-rocker Rich Aucoin leads the pack with 6 nominations.

Here are the music award categories in alphabetical order:
Blue = a Newfoundland connection

 Aboriginal Recording of the Year

Angelo Spinazzola  & The First Nations Songwriting Sessions – First Nations Songwriting Sessions with Angelo Spinazzola Volume 2
Black & Grey – Black & Grey EP
BlueJean River Band – Eastbound
City Natives – Red City
The Gary Sappier Blues Band – Who Ya Foolin

 Blues Recording of the Year

Charlie A’Court – Come On Over
The Hupman Brothers Band – Black River Blues
The Kendra Gale Band – Carousel

 Children’s Recording of the Year 

Angelo Spinazzola  & The First Nations Songwriting Sessions – First Nations Songwriting Sessions with Angelo Spinazzola Volume 2
Bruno Jacques Pelletier – Visualiser pour se realise
Down By the Docks – The Butterfly Bash and Other Treasures
Scotty and the Stars – Dancing Like a Dinosaur

 Classical Composition of the Year

Anthony Genge – “Third Duo”
Derek Charke – “Reel Variations”
John Plant – “Capriccio”
Rob Power – “Tunnel Mountain”
Steven Naylor – “Dream Kitchen”

 Classical Recording of the Year 

Mark Adam – Kitchen Party
Rob Power – Touch – Music for Percussion
Roger Lord – Chinese Piano Treasures
La Tour Baroque Duo – Music at the Time of Louisbourg
Trio Arkaède – Tour de France

 Country Recording of the Year

Jimmy Rankin – Back Road Paradise
Makayla Lynn – Daydream
Mike Biggar – Feels Like Now
The Secrets – Break Even
Trinity Bradshaw – Open Skies

 Electronic Recording of the Year

Joshua Van Tassel – Dance Music: Songs for Slow Motion
Neon Dreams & Dezza – Blinders (ft. Laura Roy)
Rozalind MacPhail – Head First
Snug – Time & Space
Vogue Dots – Toska

 Folk Recording of the Year

Catherine MacLellan – The Raven’s Sun
Cédric Vieno – Maquiller l’âne
Les Hay Babies – Mon Homesick Heart
Ian Sherwood – Everywhere to Go
The Once – Departures

 Francophone Recording of the Year

BLOU – 20 Temps
Cédric Vieno – Maquiller l’âne
Francelle Maria – La p’tite Acadienne
Les Hay Babies – Mon Homesick Heart
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire – Party de ruisseau

 Gospel Recording of the Year 

Brunswick Street Baptist Church – 200 Christmases
Chelsea Amber – Introducing Chelsea Amber
Dan Bursey – Sleep Not Til Morning
Infinitely More – How The Light Gets In
Joe Cook – The One We’ve Been Waiting For

Group Recording of the Year

The Once – Departures
Radio Radio – Ej Feel Zoo
Sherman Downey and The Ambiguous Case – The Sun In Your Eyes
The Town Heroes – Sunday Movies
The Trews – The Trews

Jazz Recording of the Year

Greg Amirault – East of the Sun
Kirk MacDonald – Symmetry
les Païens – Carte blanche
Paul Tynan/Aaron Lington – BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Four
Paul Tynan/Jake Hanlon Duo – Autumn Song

Loud Recording of the Year

The Combine – Witness
Dumpster Mummy – Life Compactor
Hero’s Last Rite – The Mirror’s Face
Monsterbator – The Libel Belt
Zaum – Oracles

Pop Recording of the Year

Jenn Grant – Clairvoyant
Meaghan Smith – Have A Heart
Mo Kenney – In My Dreams
Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral
SoHo Ghetto – Thou or I or Both

Producer of the Year

Chris Kirby
Corey LeRue
Dale Murray
Daniel Ledwell
Joel Plaskett

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

Baytown – Island
Chelsea Amber – Introducing Chelsea Amber
Kirsten Olivia – T.H.A.N. (The Here and Now)

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

Cam Smith – Cannon
City Natives – Red City
Jay Mayne – F*kit
Radio Radio – Ej Feel Zoo
Thrillah Kane – Thrillville 2

Rising Star Recording of the Year

Kim Harris – Only the Mighty
Makayla Lynn – Daydream
RocketRocketShip – Shake It Off!
Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind – Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind
Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party – Deserter

Rock Recording of the Year 

Adam Baldwin – Adam Baldwin
In-Flight Safety – Conversationalist
The Meds – South America
Molly Thomason – Columbus Field
The Trews – The Trews

Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year

Cassie & Maggie MacDonald – Sterling Road
Coìg – Five
Duane Andrews and Craig Young – Charlie’s Boogie
The Modern Grass – City Ghosts
Tomato Tomato – So It Goes

Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year

Allie Bennett – Full Circle
Irish Mythen – Irish Mythen
James Hill – The Old Silo
Matthew Byrne – Hearts & Heroes

Solo Recording of the Year

Adam Baldwin – Adam Baldwin
Carleton Stone – Draws Blood
Ian Sherwood – Everywhere To Go
Jimmy Rankin – Back Road Paradise
Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral

Songwriter of the Year

Catherine MacLellan – “The Raven’s Sun” (Composers: Catherine MacLellan and Chris Gauthier)
Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi” ( Composers: Tim Baker and Adam Hogan)
Meaghan Smith – “Have A Heart” (Composers: Meaghan Smith, Ron Lopata, and Jason Mingo)
Molly Thomason – “Buttons” (Composer: Molly Thomason)
Ria Mae – “Clothes Off” (Composer: Ria Mae)

Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year

The East Pointers – The East Pointers
Gillian Boucher – Attuned
Maxim Cormier – Maxim Cormier: 2
Troy MacGillivray – Tune Poets
Wendy MacIsaac – Off The Floor

World Recording of the Year

The Count and The Cuban Cocktail – Influence
Earthbound Trio – Lettuce Turnip the Beet
Keith Mullins – Island Sol
Randal Arsenault and Dr. Zoo – Dr. Zoo’s Last Dance
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin – Corbeau

Song of the Year

Hey Rosetta! – “Kintsukuroi” (Producer: Marcus Paquin)
Jenn Grant – “Epic Sweep” (Producer: AquaAlta)
Jimmy Rankin – “Cool Car” (Producer: Bill Bell)
Mo Kenney – “Telephones” (Producer: Joel Plaskett)
Rich Aucoin – “Want to Believe” (Producer: Rich Aucoin)

Album of the Year

In-Flight Safety – Conversationalist (Producers: John Mullane and Glen Nicholson)
Jimmy Rankin – Back Road Paradise (Producer: Bill Bell)
The Olympic Symphonium – Chance to Fate (Producers: Joshua Van Tassel and The Olympic Symphonium)
Rich Aucoin – Ephemeral (Producers: Rich Aucoin and Joel Waddell)
SoHo Ghetto – Thou or I or Both (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)

Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year 

(Fans can vote here:

Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers
David Myles
Hey Rosetta!
Jenn Grant
Mo Kenney
The Once
Paper Lions
Ria Mae
Rich Aucoin
The Town Heroes
The Trews

Fans’ Choice Video of the Year

(Fans can vote here:

Don Brownrigg – “Sweet Dream Sleeper” (Director: Germain Collinge)
Jimmy Rankin – “Cool Car” (Director: Margaret Malandruccolo)
Paper Lions – “Philadelphia” (Directors: JP Poliquin and Nathan Bouey)
Radio Radio – “Ej Feel Zoo” (Director: Jonathan Bensimon)
Rich Aucoin – “Want to Believe” (Director: Jason Eisener)
Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind – “Morning Break” (Directors: Adam Penney and Justin Davis)
The Stanfields – “Hard Miles” (Director: Dillon Garland)
The Town Heroes – “Holdin’ Up Grants” (Director: Dillon Garland)
The Trews – “What’s Fair is Fair” (Director: Drew Lightfoot)

Industry Awards:

The following locals have been recognized by ECMA Industry Awards: DC Design House & Jud Haynes in the Graphic Design Category, Wallace Hammond in the Live Sound Engineer category, Kilbride Music in the Management category, Tom Power in the Media Person of the Year category, Fred’s Records in the Music Merchant category, Scott Hammond in the Studio Engineer category, The Blue Room for Studio of the Year, and The Ship Pub for Venue of the Year.