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Thursday, February 21, 2019

Rich Aucoin and Classified nominated for Prism Prize

Award for best Canadian music video comes with a 15K purse.

Posted By on Thu, Feb 21, 2019 at 11:00 AM

YOUTUBE/MEAGS FITZGERALD
  • YOUTUBE/MEAGS FITZGERALD

The seventh annual Prism Prize announced its finalists today, with two familiar names in the top 20: Rich Aucoin, for Meags Fitzgerald's cleverly animated clip for "The Middle," and Classified's "Powerless," an ode to MMIW shot in the Millbrook First Nation and directed by Andrew Hines.

The Prism Prize will be handed out in Toronto on May 13. In the meantime you can vote local for the audience award here (registration required), and check out the full list of nominees and local vids below.

Arkells, "People's Champ" (Director: Matt Barnes)
Bahamas, "No Depression" (Director: Ali J. Eisner)
Belle Game, "Low" (Director: Kevan Funk)
Blue Hawaii, "Do You Need Me" (Director: Kevan Funk)
Cadence Weapon, "High Rise" (Director: Lester Millado)
Chad VanGaalen, "Host Body" (Director: Chad VanGaalen)
Charlotte Cardin, "The Kids" (Director: Kristof Brandl)
Clairmont The Second, "Gheeze" (Director: Clairmont The Second)
Classified
, "Powerless" (Director: Andrew Hines)
Daniel Caesar ft. H.E.R., "Best Part, a Visual" (Directors: Keavan Yazdani & Sean Brown)
Deadmau5, "Monophobia" (Directors: Nick DenBoer & Kenny Hotz)
Drake, "Nice For What" (Director: Karena Evans)
Harrison ft. Ralph, "Your Girl" (Directors: Ft. Langley)
Jean-Michel Blais, "Dans ma main" (Directors: Mauriès Matos)
Jessie Reyez, "Body Count" (Director: Peter Huang)
Rich Aucoin, "The Middle" (Director: Meags Fitzgerald
Said The Whale, "UnAmerican" (Director: Johnny Jansen)
So Loki, "Athletes World" (Director: Lucas Hrubizna)
SonReal, "Have A Nice Day" (Director: Peter Huang)
The Weather Station, "Impossible" (Director: Colin Medley)
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Congrats, you East Coast Music Awards winners!

One wild week in Saint John

Posted By on Mon, May 1, 2017 at 3:35 PM

Lionsault, winner of best loud recording - VIA LIONSAULT.BANDCAMP.COM
  • Lionsault, winner of best loud recording
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April 26-30 Saint John, NB played host to the ECMA showcasers, award winners, award hopefuls, delegates, buyers, schmoozers, managers, techs, and everyone else who likes a massive dose of east coast music. The instagrams all looked extremely slick.

If you want to see the red carpet gala and awards show, click here and scroll to April 27. If you only want to watch a couple minutes of it, skip to 2hr29mins to see Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire deliver an AMAZING speech.

A complete list of 2017 East Coast Music Award winners:

Music Awards:

Album of the Year
Old Man Luedecke - Domestic Eccentric (Producer: Tim O’Brien)

Blues Recording of the Year
Beauwater - Lovers, Fools and Kings

Bucky Adams Memorial Award
Ced Marty & Dave

Classical Composition of the Year
Scott Macmillan - "Currents of Sable Island"

Classical Recording of the Year
Duo Concertante - J.S. Bach Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard

Country Recording of the Year
Tristan Horncastle - Turnin’ Up A Sundown

Dance Recording of the Year
PINEO & LOEB - Soul Shakin'

Electronic Recording of the Year
Rozalind MacPhail - From The River to the Ocean

Enregistrement francophone de l’année
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire - Touche-moi pas là!

Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year
Lennie Gallant

Fans’ Choice Video of the Year
Hillsburn - "Run Down" (Director: Mat Barkley, Badfunmedia)

Folk Recording of the Year
Lennie Gallant - Searching For Abegweit

Gospel Recording of the Year
Rootsdeepdown - Awoke & Raised

Group Recording of the Year
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire - Touche-moi pas là!

Indigenous Artist of the Year
War Horses

Jazz Recording of the Year
Joel Miller - Dream Cassette

Loud Recording of the Year
Lionsault - Are You Feeling Lucky?

Pop Recording of the Year
Ria Mae - Ria Mae

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Erin Costelo - Down Below, the Status Quo

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
Classified - Greatful

Rising Star Recording of the Year
Like A Motorcycle - High Hopes

Rock Recording of the Year
The Motorleague - Holding Patterns

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - Auprès du poêle

Solo Recording of the Year
Ria Mae - Ria Mae

Song of the Year
Classified - "No Pressure" (Producer: Classified)

Songwriter of the Year
Ben Caplan

Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year
Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant - GOOD2GO

Industry Awards:

Company of the Year
SpinCount

Event of the Year
Celtic Colours International Festival

Graphic/Media Artist of the Year
Deep Hollow Print

Live Sound Engineer of the Year
Stephen “Snickers” Smith

Management/Manager of the Year
Jones & Company

Media Outlet of the Year
Halifax Is Burning

Media Person of the Year
Adria Young

Producer of the Year
Daniel Ledwell

Studio Engineer of the Year
Darren van Niekerk

Studio of the Year
The Sonic Temple

Venue of the Year
Plan b Lounge

Video of the Year
Classified - "Work Away" ft. David Myles (Director: Jason Levangie)

Honorary Awards:
Stompin’ Tom Awards
Merlin Waye (CB)
Jim Bradley (NB)
James Faraday (NS)
Jim Payne (NL)
Garnet Buell (PE)

Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award
Carole Chouinard

Musician's Achievement Award
Danny Bourgeois

Industry Builder Award
Accros de la chanson
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Halifax artists among the 2016 Juno nominees

Mo Kenney, Ria Mae and more up there with Drake and The Weeknd

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2016 at 2:10 PM

click image Mo Kenney just nabbed her first Juno nomination - VIA INSTAGRAM
  • Mo Kenney just nabbed her first Juno nomination
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First awarded in 1970, the Juno Awards are the Canadian Grammys, a marker of musical achievement based on sales, radio play and popularity in national and international markets. Usually, the Junos represent the best in Canadian music. And this year, more than in the last decade, some of the largest artists in the whole damn world (the Biebs, Drake and The Weeknd) have been Canadian artists, record-breaking and dominating the global charts. Yet it's been awhile since little old Halifax has equally produced so many talented, diverse and nationally recognized artists. But this year is our year! Announced this morning, our local nominees include:

Mo Kenney (In My Dreams), Adult Alternative Album of the Year 

Joel Plaskett (The Park Avenue Sobriety Test), Adult Alternative Album of the Year

Old Man Luedecke (Domestic Eccentric), Traditional Roots Recording of the Year

Ria Mae ("Clothes Off"), Single of the Year

Jerry Granelli Trio (What I Mean Now), Jazz Album of the Year

These Halifax artists are nominated alongside Drake ("Hotline Bling" for Single of the Year, plus Album of the Year, Artist of the Year and Rap Recording of the Year), The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, Metric (Group of the Year), Buffy Sainte-Marie, Dallas Green, and independent artists like Daniel Romano and SonReal (playing Halifax with Classified on March 18), and the controversial name-unchanged Viet Cong. Read the full list here.

Juno Week begins on March 28 in Calgary and the Juno Awards will air on April 3 on CTV with performances by The Weeknd, Aleissa Cara, Shawn Mendes and more. This year's inductee into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame is Burton Cummings, the lead singer of The Guess Who. Congratulations to all the nominees and huge congrats to our Halifax all-stars.



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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Ryan Hemsworth & Hey Rosetta! lead ECMA noms

The nominations for the 2016 ECMAs recognize the best in the Atlantic region

Posted By on Tue, Jan 26, 2016 at 1:03 PM

Nominees for the 2016 East Coast Music Awards - EAST COAST MUSIC ASSOCATION
  • Nominees for the 2016 East Coast Music Awards
  • East Coast Music Assocation


This morning in Sydney, Nova Scotia, the nominees for the 2016 East Coast Music Awards were announced to recognize the best in Atlantic music and the music industry this year: Newfoundland's Hey Rosetta! leads with seven nominations, while Halifax honey Jenn Grant received six, as songwriter Mo Kenney and world-star producer Ryan Hemsworth each received four. Taking place from April 8 to April 12 up there in Cape Breton, East Coast Music Week is going to be banging, with performances from top nominees and the awards gala hosted by Ashley MacIsaac and Heather Rankin. Fiddle-dee-dee! Some highlight noms below: 

Aboriginal Artist of the Year
City Natives - Voltron
Kam Speech - EST1996
Pillorikput Inuit - Inuktitut Arias for All Seasons
Tristan Grant - TG-17

Album of the Year
Ben Caplan - Birds With Broken Wings (Producer: Josh “Socalled” Dolgin)
Fortunate Ones - The Bliss (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
Hey Rosetta! - Second Sight (Producer: Marcus Paquin)
Jenn Grant - Compostela (Producer: Daniel Ledwell)
Mo Kenney - In My Dreams (Producer: Joel Plaskett)

The Bucky Adams Memorial Award
(formerly African-Canadian Recording of the Year)
Ced Marty & Dave - To Our 3%
Chelsea Amber - Introducing Chelsea Amber
Marcell Symonds - Just A Closer Walk
Samm Splash - The Breakup EP

Dance Recording of the Year
Ben Rama - Intuition
FWLR - Killer Lady
Lonely Kid - For My Friends
Neon Dreams - The Last of Us
PINEO & LOEB - Soul Clap

Electronic Recording of the Year

Aqua Alta - Dreamsphere
ChessClub - ChessClub
Elephant Skeletons - Vol III
Ryan Hemsworth - Alone For the First Time
Scientists of Sound - Electric Is The Night

Folk Recording of the Year

Amelia Curran - They Promised You Mercy
Ben Caplan - Birds With Broken Wings
Jenn Grant - Compostela
Gabrielle Papillon - The Tempest of Old
Old Man Luedecke - Domestic Eccentric

Group Recording of the Year
Coyote - Proof of Life
Fortunate Ones - The Bliss
Gypsophilia - Night Swimming
Hey Rosetta! - Second Sight
Rain Over St. Ambrose - Still Waking Up

Loud Recording of the Year
Cabbages & Kings - Cabbages & Kings
Chaos Theory - We Are Disaster
Dumpster Mummy - TRENCHFOOT
Kilmore - City Lights
Shades of Sorrow - Ascension

Pop Recording of the Year

Alana Yorke - Dream Magic
Brianna Gosse - AERA
Christina Martin - It'll Be Alright
Coyote - Proof of Life
SORREY - Thick As Thieves

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

City Natives - Voltron
Fortunato - Unseen Armada
Ghettosocks - We're Going to Drink A Lot of Wine This Year, Boys. 2
Quake Matthews - Rap Music
Wordburglar - Rapplicable Skills

Rock Recording of the Year
Hey Rosetta! - Second Sight
Jerry Stamp - Rogue Doubt
Racoon Bandit - Close Your Eyes
Rain Over St. Ambrose - Still Waking Up
The Stanfields - Modem Operandi

Solo Recording of the Year

Amelia Curran - They Promised You Mercy
Gabrielle Papillon - The Tempest of Old
Jenn Grant - Compostela
Mo Kenney - In My Dreams
Ryan Hemsworth - Alone For the First Time

Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year

Amelia Curran
Christina Martin
Hey Rosetta!
In-Flight Safety
Jenn Grant
Joel Plaskett
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy
The Once
Ryan Hemsworth
Tim Chaisson

Fans' Choice Video of the Year
David Myles - "Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo" (Director: Murray Bain)
Everglow - "Feel Your Heart" (Director: Devin Sooley)
Hey Rosetta! - "Soft Offering (For The Oft Suffering)" (Director: Mark Bennett)
In-Flight Safety - "Animals" (Director: Drew Lightfoot)
Jenn Grant - "Bring Me A Rose" (Director: Jason Levangie)
Mo Kenney - "Telephones" (Director: Nathan Boey)
Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy - "The Chase" (Director: Keith Holding)
The Once - "We Are All Running" (Director: Bryan Dos Reis)
Raphaël Butler - "Harley 1970" (Directors: Patrick Gauvin & Mathieu Laprise)
Ria Mae - "Clothes Off" (Director: Jason Levangie)
Tomato/Tomato - "Toss It All Away" (Director: Jordan Mattie)


Media Outlet of the Year
CKDU 88.1FM
The Coast: Halifax's Weekly
Down East Country with George Canyon
East Coast Countdown
The Overcast: Newfoundland's Alternative Newspaper

Media Person of the Year
Adria Young (THAT'S ME!)
James Bennett
Paul-Émile Comeau
Ryan McNutt
Tom Bedell

Producer of the Year
Dale Murray
Jamie Foulds
Joel Plaskett
Mike "Sheppy" Shepherd
Scott Ferguson

Studio Engineer of the Year
Daniel Ledwell
Jamie Foulds
Jon Matthews
Mike "Sheppy" Shepherd
Scott Hammond

Venue of the Year

The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Glasgow Square Theatre
Harmony House Theatre
The Mack (Confederation Centre)
Plan b Lounge

Video of the Year
Christina Martin - "Take Me Back In A Dream" (Director: Jason Levangie)
David Myles - "Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo" (Director: Murray Bain)
Mo Kenney - "Telephones" (Director: Nathan Boey)
Ria Mae - "Clothes Off" (Director: Jason Levangie)
Ryan Hemsworth - "Snow In Newark" (Director: Martin C. Pariseau)


Check the full list at the ECMA site, and head up to the Cape in April (Capril?) 

The Coast, Halifax's Weekly would like to thank the East Coast Music Association for its first Media Outlet of the Year nomination in 23 years. This is our year, baby!


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Monday, November 2, 2015

Ashley MacIsaac and Heather Rankin will host the ECMAs

Cape Bretoners will host The 2016 East Coast Music Awards in Sydney

Posted By on Mon, Nov 2, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Fiddle dee dee / Hey hey, sweet darlin
  • Fiddle dee dee / Hey hey, sweet darlin

The East Coast Music Association just announced that two top Cape Bretoners — fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and singer/actress Heather Rankin — will be hosting the 2016 East Coast Music Awards in Sydney, Nova Scotia this coming April. ECMA Week takes place from April 13 to 17, and the televised awards gala will be held at Centre 200 (home of the Screaming Eagles) on April 16. MacIsaac and Rankin will present East Coast music's biggest annual awards alongside performances by nominees. The ECMAs were last held in Sydney in 2010.

According to the press release: “After almost 20 years, I’m excited and honoured to be returning as host of the ECMA Gala this year with fellow Cape Bretoner, Ashley MacIsaac. I’m looking forward to getting up to a little trouble with him,” says Rankin. “The ECMA has played a significant role in fostering East Coast musicians of all genres for almost three decades now, providing a platform for up and coming performers to showcase their talent while honouring those who have achieved success here and outside the region. The Rankin Family was no exception.”

If it was anything like last year's ECMA's in St. John's, Newfoundland, it will surely be a time. Tickets for the Gala (and ECMA week) can be purchased online. Early-birds are now on sale. 


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Thursday, October 1, 2015

Local ladies scoop Canadian Folk Music Award noms

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2015 at 4:49 PM

Contemporary Album of the Year nominee
  • Contemporary Album of the Year nominee

Four local ladies (and one local gent) have scored multiple 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award nominations. For the last ten years, the CFMAs have celebrated the best in Canadian folk. This year, the awards will be presented at a gala on November 8 in Edmonton, Alberta. Listed among the country's most recognized folk artists, The Coast would like to congratulate: 

Gabrielle Papillon (Halifax, NS) 
Contemporary Album of the Year, The Tempest of Old 

Jenn Grant (Lake Echo, NS) 
Contemporary Album of the Year, Compostela 
English Songwriter of the Year, Compostela 
Producer of the Year (Daniel Ledwell), Compostela

Wendy MacIsaac (Creignish, NS) 
Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year 

Natalie MacMaster (& Donnell Leahy) (Inverness)
Instrumental Group of the Year
Traditional Album of the Year, ONE 

It came as a big surprise to Papillon, who has been on tour since September 9 in Western Canada, the UK and Germany: "I was actually in transit, flying from Halifax to Victoria, BC on the day the announcement came out," says Papillon, "I was waiting for a connecting flight in Calgary and got tagged in a tweet from Stephen Cooke (The Chronicle Herald) congratulating me and Jenn, only the nominations hadn’t yet been announced and wouldn’t be announced for a couple hours! It was hilarious and awesome. I may have gone “Eee!” and clapped my hands like a silly-pants by myself in an airport full of strangers when I read the news. And then even more hilarious tweets followed as Stephen realized he’d jumped the gun on the announcements.” Nice one, Stephen. 

For more information about the awards, you can check out the CMFA site.


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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Nova Scotia Music Week nominees announced

Get ready to rock and/or roll in Yarmouth for the annual regional music awards

Posted By on Tue, Sep 15, 2015 at 11:03 AM

Happy Birthday Rich Aucoin!
  • Happy Birthday Rich Aucoin!

The first round of nominees have been announced for Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week, taking place in Yarmouth this year from November 5 to November 8. YEAH DOGGY. The NSMW Super Show closes it out on the Sunday night at the Mariners Centre. This year's top nominees include In-Flight Safety with six nominations, Christina Martin and Jenn Grant with five each, Alana Yorke + Mo Kenney + Gabrielle Papillon + Gypsophilia each clock in at four and Rich Aucoin has been named for six awards, too! It's also his birthday today!

Voting for the awards is now open to Music Nova Scotia Members (if you want to squad up, click here) and more nominees will be unveiled soon. The full schedule for the weekend will be available on September 22. Tickets then pop off on September 25. More info here!

In the Industry Awards category, we'd like to congratulate The Coast's Arts Editor Stephanie Johns (on mat leave) on the Media Professional the Year nomination; she's the only woman on a list of six people in this category, which makes total sense to me. 

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A few of the awards and nominees for 2015 include: 

Web.Com Entertainer of the Year
- Ben Caplan
- Christina Martin 
- Gypsophilia
- Jenn Grant
- Joel Plaskett
- Rich Aucoin

Solo Recording of the Year
- "Dream Magic," Alana Yorke
- "It'll Be Alright," Christina Martin
- "The Tempest of Old," Gabrielle Papillon
- "Compostela," Jenn Grant
- "In My Dreams," Mo Kenney
- "Ephemeral," Rich Aucoin

Group Recording of the Year
- "Dreamsphere," Aqua Alta
- "Night Swimming," Gypsophilia
- "Hillsburn," Hillsburn
- "Conversationalist," In-Flight Safety
- "Silver Fang," Mardeen
- "Still Waking Up," Rain Over St. Ambrose

Music Video of the Year 
Presented by NSCC Burridge Campus
- "Santa Never Brings Me A Banjo" (Dir. Murray Bain), David Myles
- "Animals" (Dir. Drew Lightfoot), In-Flight Safety
- "Telephones" (Dir. Nathan Boey), Mo Kenney
-  "Clothes Off" (Dir. Jason Levangie), Ria Mae
- "Yelling in Sleep" (Dir. Joel Mackenzie), Rich Aucoin
- "Take on the World" (Dir. Dillon Garland), The Town Heroes

Alternative Recording of the Year
- "Dream Magic," Alana Yorke
- "Dreamsphere," Aqua Alta
- "Conversationalist," In-Flight Safety
- "Saturnalia Regalia!" Monomyth
- "Whine of the Mystic," Nap Eyes
- "Transition Roads," Ominar

African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year
- A'drian Scott
- Ced Marty & Dave
- Corey Writes
- Marcell Symonds
- RealEyez
- Reeny Smith

You can see the complete list of nominees right here. Mmm, fresh Yarmouth lobster. 


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Monday, November 10, 2014

Who won Nova Scotia Music Week

The Town Heroes, mainly

Posted By on Mon, Nov 10, 2014 at 8:48 AM

The Town Heroes looked like this but with five of the blue things - MAT DUNLAP
  • The Town Heroes looked like this but with five of the blue things
  • Mat Dunlap

Over brunch in Truro, Music Nova Scotia gave out 49 awards to conclude Nova Scotia Music Week. The Town Heroes took home five, Kim Harris made off with three, and GroundSwell Music and their affiliates got a whopping 11 awards. Here's the complete list of lucky ducks.

Entertainer of the Year: The Town Heroes
Female Artist Recording of the Year: Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
Group Recording of the Year: The Town Heroes - Sunday Movies
Male Artist Recording of the Year: Adam Baldwin - Adam Baldwin
Music Video of the Year: The Town Heroes - "Holdin’ Up Grants" (Director: Dillon Garland)
New Artist Recording of the Year: Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
Recording of the Year: Carleton Stone - Draws Blood
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year: Kim Harris - "The Weight Of It All"

Music:
Aboriginal Artist of the Year: Angelo Spinazzola and the First Nations Songwriting Sessions
Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year: Maxim Cormier
African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year: Cam Smith
Alternative Recording of the Year: Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party - Deserter
Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year: The Modern Grass - City Ghosts
Blues Recording of the Year: Chris Martin Trio - Young Blood
Country Recording of the Year: Jimmy Rankin - Back Road Paradise
Digital Artist of the Year: The Town Heroes
DJ of the Year: Jules Bangsworth
Electronic Recording of the Year: Joshua Van Tassel - Dance Music: Songs For Slow Motion
Folk Recording of the Year: The Stanfields - For King and Country
Hip Hop Recording of the Year: Ambition - Man of the Year
Inspirational Recording of the Year: Christina Martin - Remember Me
Jazz Recording of the Year: Gypsophilia - Horska
Loud Recording of the Year: Like A Motorcycle - #motorpool EP
Musician of the Year: Adam Baldwin
Pop Recording of the Year: Carleton Stone - Draws Blood
Rock Recording of the Year: The Town Heroes - Sunday Movies
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year: Còig - Five
Urban Recording of the Year: Cyndi Cain - Soul Food

Industry:
Booking Agent of the Year: Stephanie Purcell, LimeLight Group
Community Presenter of the Year: Deep Roots Music Cooperative
Company of the Year: SpinCount
Corporate Sponsor of the Year: Casino Nova Scotia
Educator of the Year: Erin Costelo
Event of the Year: Halifax Pop Explosion
Industry Professional of the Year: Ian McKinnon, GroundSwell
Live Technician of the Year: Georgia Richards
Manager of the Year: Ian McKinnon
Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald
Producer Of The Year: Joel Plaskett
Production Company of the Year: Tour Tech East
Promoter of the Year: Mike Campbell
Publicist of the Year: Matt Charlton, Pigeon Row
Radio Program of the Year: Halifax Is Burning, CKDU 88.1 FM
Radio Station of the Year: CKDU 88.1 FM
Recording Studio of the Year: The Sonic Temple
Studio Engineer Of The Year: Charles Austin
Venue of the Year: The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Visual Artist of the Year: Mat Dunlap
Volunteer of the Year: Heather Doran

Hold on to your butts, the 18th annual Nova Scotia Music Week will be held in Yarmouth, NS, November 5-8, 2015.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Creative Nova Scotia celebrates

Artists, art organizations and creative communities that party together, stay together

Posted By on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 11:31 AM

Thom Fitzgerald - SHAUN SIMPSON

The Brewery Market was a hive of artistic activity and abuzz with a high-energy atmosphere for the 2012 Creative Nova Scotia Awards. The annual celebration of artists, art organizations and creative communities took a detour from the traditional high-priced dinner and speeches format and instead put together one hell of a party.

Nine artistic installations beckoned behind elevated numbers where crowds gathered and waited to be ferried in to hidden corners in The Brewery labyrinth. Between eating, drinking and talking, I was only able to take in three installations, but I think I chose well.

The first was David Clark’s visual arts piece From The Back of My Hand To The Tip of My Tongue. I sat ensconced in a deep leather sofa and pondered the possible meanings of the enigmatic projections that passed over a sculpture that reminded me of a futuristic lunar city. Next was the charming Broken Johnny, a theatre piece involving a short film with a western theme and sound effects provided by Lohifi’s Chris Little and Theo Pitsiavas.

I was moved to tears by Two Planks and a Passion’s 937, the story of a Jewish family (Brilliantly and evocatively represented by actors animating garments) that comes close to successfully fleeing Nazi Germany.

The awards portion of the evening, directed by trapeze artist Vanessa Furlong, was exciting and moving, with the presenters speaking from podiums throughout the room and. Portia White winner Thom Fitzgerald drew thunderous applause as he designated the protege portion of the $25,000 prize to the Atlantic Fringe Festival.

Kudos to the evening’s artistic directors 2b Theatre Company. It was truly an evening to celebrate! A complete list of the evening’s winners can be found at http://creative.novascotia.ca/annual-awards

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    • Sun., May 19, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
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