Fri Feb 14, 2020

It’s that time of year again when the spotlight shines of the incredible talent of Canada’s East Coast. The East Coast Music Awards have announced the 2020 nominees with the winners to be announced in St John’s Newfoundland  between May 29t and  May 3rd, 2020.

Leading the nominee list for 2020  are Tim Baker and Wintersleep, who are both up for seven awards each and  the East Pointers, who are nominated for six awards.

Other East Coast artists up for multiple awards are Ria MaeNeon DreamsRich AucoinJenn Grant and Villages.

As well as  the artistic awards, there are  industry awards as well shining the light on management, media outlets and venues. This year, Shanneyganock will receive the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have had a profound and lasting effect on the Atlantic Canadian Music Industry.

The ECMAs will be handed out in St. John's from April 29 to May 3 and the list of  showcasing artists, conference details and performers for the 2020 East Coast Music Awards  will be announced the coming weeks.

And the nominees are:
Album of the Year
Neon Dreams - Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams (Producer: Corey Lerue),
Ria Mae - Stars (Producers: Truancy, Joel Stouffer, John Nathaniel, Kristoffer Eriksson, Adam King, Les Cooper, Ryan Kowarsky, Scott Effman)
Rich Aucoin - Release (Producers: Rich Aucoin, Joel Waddell)
Tim Baker - Forever Overhead (Producer: Marcus Paquin)
Wintersleep - In The Land Of (Producers: Tony Doogan, Wintersleep)

Blues Recording of the Year
Grasshopper - Southern Bones
Matchstick Mike - Dog Up The Road
Mike Biggar - Mike Biggar& Band Live at The BMO Theatre
Myles Goodwyn - Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2

Bucky Adams Memorial Award
Jody Upshaw
Jon Samuel
Rey D

Classical Recording of the Year
Atlantic String Machine - The Bayfield Sessions
Christine Carter and Duo Concertante - Invitation
Gillian Smith - Into the Stone
Marc Djokic - Solo Seven
Various - Songs of the Invisible Summer Stars

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year
Damhnait Doyle - Liquor Store Flowers
Erin Costelo - Sweet Marie
Madison Violet - Everything's Shifting
Steven Bowers - Elk Island Park
The East Pointers - Yours to Break

Country Recording of the Year
Ben Chase - All Over It
Cory Gallant - Welcome To My World
Dave Sampson - All Types of Ways
Jason Benoit - Revolution Pt. 1
Tomato/Tomato - Canary in a Coal Mine

Dance Recording of the Year
CRaymak - "I'd Do It Again" feat. Saint Yves
Famba - "Swear to God"
Karate Kactus - "SHY" feat. FAANGS
Sparkee - Discovery
Spoutnique - Solace

Electronic Recording of the Year
Dead Horse Beats - Inglaterra
It Could Be Franky - We All Know How This Will End
PINEO & LOEB - Elevation
Rich Aucoin - Release
RozalindMacPhail - Don't Let Me Fall Too Far

Folk Recording of the Year
Dave Gunning - Up Against the Sky
Jenn Grant - Love, Inevitable
Old Man Luedecke - Easy Money
Tim Baker - Forever Overhead
Villages - Villages

Francophone Recording of the Year
Cy - Acadian Dream
Jacobus - Caviar
Jacques Surette - Marche, marche, marche
Sirèneet Matelot - Sirène et Matelot
Spoutnique - Solace

Group Recording of the Year
Motherhood - Dear Bongo,
Neon Dreams - Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams
The East Pointers - Yours to Break
Villages - Villages
Wintersleep - In The Land Of

Indigenous Artist of the Year
Carolina East
City Natives
Deantha Edmunds
Eastern Owl

Inspirational Recording of the Year
Chris Stephens - When It Was Dark
Eastern Owl - Qama'si
Ian Foster and Nancy Hynes - A Week in December
One8Tea - Ventilation
Rey D - No Failing Faith

Instrumental Recording of the Year
Florian Hoefner - First Spring
Mark Djokic - Solo Seven
Natalie MacMaster - Sketches
Paul Tynan - Quartet
Sam Wilson - Groundless Apprehensions

Jazz Recording of the Year
Ethan Ardelli - The Island of Form
Florian Hoefner - First Spring
Heather Bambrick - Fine State
Paul Tynan - Quartet
Sam Wilson - Groundless Apprehensions

Loud Recording of the Year
Dischord - Corruption of Innocence
Dumpster Mummy - Dumpster Mummy 2
Hard Charger - Vol 4: Take The Guff And Suffer
Spirit of the Wildfire - Bittersweet Nothings
ZAUM - Divination

Pop Recording of the Year
Neon Dreams - Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams
Rachel Cousins - Rachel Cousins
Ria Mae - StarsThomason -
T. Thomason
Tara MacLean - Deeper

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Chris Kirby - What Goes Around
Jody Upshaw - Guilty One
Laura Roy - Forte
Selby Evans - Forever

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year
Aquasocks - HOLOS
City Natives - Reborn
Jacobus - Caviar
JYAY - Rambo
Tachichi - Top Ten

Rising Star Recording of the Year
Dave Sampson - All Types of Ways
Leanne Hoffman - What Remains
Motherhood - Dear Bongo,
Quote the Raven - Golden Hour
Villages - Villages

Rock Recording of the Year
Adam Baldwin - No Rest for the Wicked
Andrew Waite - Tremors
Jon Samuel - Dead Melodies
Motherhood - Dear Bongo,
Wintersleep - In The Land Of

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year
Anna Ludlow - Wherever You Go
Còig - Ashlar
JP Cormier - Once
Keith Mullins - Upward (Howlin' at the Moon)
Natalie MacMaster - Sketches
Shannon Quinn - Watchmaker

Solo Recording of the Year
Damhnait Doyle - Liquor Store Flowers
Jason Benoit - Revolution Pt. 1
Jenn Grant - Love, Inevitable
Natalie MacMaster - Sketches
Rich Aucoin - Release
Thomason - T. Thomason
Tim Baker - Forever Overhead

Song of the Year
Mo Kenney - "Ahead of Myself" (Producer: Mo Kenney)
Port Cities - "Montreal" (Producers: Dylan Guthro, Thomas Tawgs Salter)
The East Pointers - "Wintergreen" (Producer: Gordie Sampson)
Tim Baker - "Dance" (Producers: Marcus Paquin, Tim Baker)
Wintersleep - "Beneficiary" (Producers: Tony Doogan, Wintersleep)

Songwriter of the Year
Adyn Townes
Dave Sampson
Ria Mae
Rich Aucoin
The East Pointers

Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year
Dave Gunning
Jenn Grant
Jimmy Rankin
Lennie Gallant
Neon Dreams
Ria Mae
Rich Aucoin
The East Pointers
Tim Baker

Fans' Choice Video of the Year
Devarrow - "Crashed Cars" (Directors: Dom Fegan& Graham Ereaux)
Gabrielle Papillon - "Shout It Out" (Director: TerylBrouillette)
Jason Benoit - "Slow Hand" (Director: Tim Deegan)
Jenn Grant - "Keep A Light On" (Director: Samantha Scaffidi)
Madison Violet - "Tell Me" (Director: Jillian Martin)
Neon Dreams - "High School Dropout" (Directors: Frank Kadillac& Alex Gayoso)
Ria Mae - "Hold Me" feat. Frank Kadillac (Director: Kat Webber)
The East Pointers - "Wintergreen" (Director: Emma Watkins)
Tim Baker - "All Hands" (Director: Jordan Canning)
Wintersleep - "Forest Fire" (Director: Christopher Mills)

Company of the Year
Foleymore Entertainment
Krista Keough Creative Krista Keough Creative Communications
Parkindale Productions Inc.
Sound of Pop
The Citadel House
The Syrup Factory

Event of the Year
Celtic Colours International Festival
Halifax Jazz Festival
Makin' Waves presented by Sydney Credit Union
Shivering Songs Festival
Stan Rogers Folk Festival

Graphic/Media Artist of the Year
Aaron Bishop
Deep Hollow Print
James Bennett
Jud Haynes
Launch Media

Management/Manager of the Year
Forward Music Group
Jones & Co
Mary Beth Waldram
Roger Lockyer

Media Outlet of the Year
Canadian Beats
Parkindale Productions Podcast
The East
The East Coast Music Hour
Weekend Mornings with Bill Roach - CBC Radio 1

Media Person of the Year
Alex Cook
Bill Roach
Erin Bond
Greg Smith
Richard Lann

Producer of the Year
Chris Kirby
Daniel Ledwell
Jon Matthews
Mark Adam
Mike "Sheppy" Shepherd

Studio Engineer of the Year
Jamie Foulds
Jason Jenkyns
Jon Matthews
Scott Ferguson
Thomas Stajcer

Studio of the Year
Codapop Studios
Echo Lake
Soundpark Studios
The Sound Mill

Venue of the Year
Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping
Parkindale Productions: Parkindale Hall &Shepody House
The Capital Complex
The Carleton
The Ship Pub

Video of the Year
Don Brownrigg - "Room For Me" (Directors: Mel Stone & Don Brownrigg)
Ryan Cook - "Memory Foam" (Director: Stephen Cooper)
Tim Baker - "All Hands" (Director: Jordan Canning)
Villages - "Maggie of the Cove" (Director: Jeff Miller)
Vishtèn - "Elle Tempête" (Directors by: Millefiore Clarkes/One Thousand Flowers Production)

Cape Breton: 19
New Brunswick: 30
Newfoundland & Labrador: 38
Nova Scotia: 97
Prince Edward Island: 18

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We congratulate all the nominees and wish you all the best of luck.

Editor’s Note:  ECMA Mission Statement: "It is the ECMA's mission to develop, advance and celebrate East Coast Canadian music, its artists and its industry professionals throughout the region and around the world. We advocate for our members to ensure they can sustain music careers while based in Canada’s Atlantic region."