Stars shine at East Coast Music Awards

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Mo Kenney, Measha Brueggergosman, Rose Cousins, Kevin Davison, and Daniel Ledwell were among the winners at 2018 East Coast Music and Industry Awards celebration handed out Sunday.

The list of winners is as follows:


Blues Recording of the Year:
Tie! Mike Biggar – Go All In and Matt Minglewood – Fly Like Desperados

Country Recording of the Year:
Makayla Lynn – On A Dare and a Prayer

Dance Recording of the Year:
CRaymak – Play With Fire ft Neon Dreams

Electronic Recording of the Year:

Folk Recording of the Year:
Rose Cousins – Natural Conclusion

Gospel Recording of the Year:
Measha Brueggergosman – Songs of Freedom

Instrumental Recording of the Year:
Rosie MacKenzie – Atlantic

Jazz Recording of the Year:
Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington – Bicoastal Collective: Chapter 5

Loud Recording of the Year:
ZAUM – Eidolon

Rock Recording of the Year:
Jessie Brown – Keeping Appearances

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year:
Còig – Rove

Solo Recording of the Year:
Mo Kenney – The Details


Company of the Year:

Event of the Year:
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival

Graphic / Media Artist of the Year:
Jud Haynes

Live Sound Engineer of the Year:
Stephen “Snickers” Smith

Management / Manager of the Year:
Sonic Entertainment Group

Media Outlet of the Year:
Halifax Is Burning

Media Person of the Year:
Hillary Windsor

Producer of the Year:
Daniel Ledwell

Studio Engineer of the Year:
Jamie Foulds

Studio of the Year:
New Scotland Yard

Venue of the Year:
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill

Video of the Year:
Kevin Davison – “When Those Sirens Are Gone”

ECMA Aficionados:
Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts
Fred and Elizabeth Fountain
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
O’Regan’s Lexus
Stewart McKelvey
Rob Sobey


Directors’ Special Achievement Award:
Kevin Macmichael

Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award:
Lynn Horne

Industry Builder Award:
Louis Thomas

Musicians’ Achievement Award:
Geoff Arsenault

Stompin’ Tom Awards:
James McQuaid (MCJ) and Richard Gray (Cool G) (NS)
Jon Rehder (PEI)
Liz Solo (NL)
Gordie Tufts (NB)
Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald (CB)

During a showcase on the Classical Stage at the Halifax Central Library on Saturday, the following East Coast Music Awards were also handed out:

Classical Composition of the Year:
Andrew Staniland – “The River Within Us”

Classical Recording of the Year:
Duo Concertante – Incarnation

“It’s been amazing to celebrate our event in Halifax, the city where the ECMAs all began 30 years ago. Congratulations to all of this week’s winners and nominees, and thank you to all of the incredible artists who’ve performed throughout the week,” says Andy McLean, ECMA Executive Director.

“I also want to thank everyone who helped make this event a resounding success, including our staff, board, volunteers, local committee, delegates, sponsors, partners, venues, hotels and the community of Halifax who have been so welcoming and enthusiastic these past five days. We can’t wait to come back!”

The 2019 East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference takes place in Charlottetown, PE from May 1-5, 2019.