FREDERICTON, NB — The return of the East Coast Music Awards to celebrate Atlantic Canadian artists in person ended its festival and convention week in Fredericton with the second presentation of trophies over the weekend.
Following Thursday night’s awards show at the Aiken University Center, several artists returned to the stage at the Sunday Music & Industry Awards Brunch hosted by Stephen Antell at the Delta Fredericton Hotel. Multiple winners include Halifax band Hillsburn, singer and performer Zamani, Mi’kmaw fiddler and songwriter Morgan Toney, Ottawa-based Halifax duo Paragon Cause and Newfoundland and Labrador country singer-songwriter Mallory Johnson.
Halifax indie pop band Hillsburn proved its staying power Sunday with its third 2022 ECMA, adding pop recording of the year and group recording of the year to its two Thursday awards for album for its third full-length album Sleeping Away.
“This album was absolutely a pandemic album. We were in Vancouver recording it right when Covid hit, and we were basically isolated in an Airbnb,” Hillsburn’s Rosanna Burrill said while accepting the Group of the Year award on Thursday.
“We finished it over Skype, and it’s very strange, as many artists know, releasing an album when you can’t leave your house. So we all feel a little bit removed from putting this record out, and it means that we’ve put so much work into it than we’re usually recognized for.”
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At the brunch, Jamani won his second award for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for his single Selfish, his second African-Canadian Artist of the Year award, and a performance on Thursday’s show, which was broadcast and streamed live by Rogers. On YouTube.
“This is a really special honor, and I want to thank my friends, my family and my music colleagues for always supporting my music and attending my shows big and small,” Zamani said in a monologue of his support on Thursday. Parents, musician Delvina Barnard of Four The Moment and guitarist and educator Harvey Miller.
From Cape Breton, Wagmatcook fiddler and singer-songwriter Morgan Toney doubled her ECMA tally Thursday by picking up the Inspirational Recording of the Year award for her debut album First Flight, and was named Indigenous Artist of the Year on Thursday.
On Thursday’s telecast, Tony shared the stage with Craignish’s Ashley McIsaac to perform his updated arrangement of the traditional Mi’kmaw song Ko’Jua alongside a dazzling display of blazing flutes.
“After three years, Morgan Tony has finally done it,” Tony announced at Thursday’s ceremony, dedicating his first award to his mother Jackie in her fight against cancer at Inverness Hospital.
“It means a lot to me as a Mi’kmaw person to stand on this stage, we did it. I want to say a big thank you to (collaborator and producer) Keith Mullins who started this journey with me. When he first saw me three years ago, he had a vision, and I stayed with it, and now here we are.”
Multiple winners at the brunch included Paragon Cause, whose album Autopilot earned the duo the Electronic Recording and Rising Star of the Year awards.
At the Sunday brunch, performers include PEI hip-hop queen LXVNDR, Nova Scotia Blues Recording of the Year winners Campbell & Johnston and Charlottetown country traditionalist Scott McKay, who earned Country Recording of the Year for Stupid Cupid.
Other notable wins for Nova Scotians over the weekend included Truro guitarist Amy Brandon for Composer of the Year, Halifax soprano Maureen Batt and Graze for Classical Recording of the Year for Lighthouse, Dance Recording of the Year for Good Vibe Feeling, and Hants County family trio the Gilberts. ECMA’s Folk Recording of the Year for For Tell Me.
Nova Scotia-born jazz pianist Steve Amirault’s Montreal Jazz Trio release was named Jazz Recording of the Year, Halifax band Botfly earned Loud Recording of the Year for Lower Than Love, and Cape Breton pianist Adam Young’s collaborative genre-crossing project Yearbook earned the Yearbook. /year of traditional recording.
On Thursday, the first round of the East Coast Music Awards were presented at a ceremony at the Aiken University Center in Fredericton.
Notable ECMA industry award winners include Best of the Year for Halifax-based concert booking platform Side Door Access, Management of the Year honors for Sonic Entertainment Group and Studio of the Year for its Sonic Temple space, Producer of the Year for Neon Dreams and Breagh Isabel associate Corey Studio Engineer of the Year for LeRue and Thomas Stajcer at Dartmouth’s Fang Recordings.
Sunday’s honorees include the Bucky Adams Memorial Award for Halifax hip-hop legend Tachichi (Tyrone Thompson) and international chart-topping duo Cutting Crew. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award, created by the late Dartmouth guitarists Kevin McMichael and Van McMichael. Eede.
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Nova Scotia’s entry in the annual Stompin’ Tom Awards was Cape Breton troubadour and Getting Dark Again composer Buddy MacDonald and veteran Halifax indie musician and Echo Chamber Studio founder Charles Austin.
During the East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference in Fredericton, Halifax Mayor Mike Savage was also on hand to hype the event’s return to Halifax in 2023 to celebrate its 35th anniversary.
Appearing on Thursday night’s broadcast, he noted Halifax’s rich music history, strong cultural community and its status as a welcoming city for immigrants and refugees, with a title that coincided with the festival activities taking place during ECMA week.
“I also want you to know, and this is a fact, that Halifax was chosen a few years ago as one of the top 20 cities to party before you die,” Savage said.
“I don’t want to wish anyone ill, but if you’re in Halifax, you might as well have a little fun.”
2022 East Coast Music Awards
African-Canadian Artist of the Year: Jamani
Album of the Year: HILLSBURN – Moving away
Blues Recording of the Year: Campbell & Johnston’s Black Market Band – Self-titled
Children’s entertainment of the year: Gordie (Crazylegs) McKeeman
Classical Composer of the Year: Amy Brandon
Classical Recording of the Year: Maureen Batt and Grays – Lighthouse
Contemporary roots recording of the year: Raven quote – Can’t hold the light
Country Recording of the Year: Scott McKay – Stupid Cupid
Dance Recording of the Year: PINEO AND LOEB – Feeling good vibes
Electronic Recording of the Year: Paragon Reason – Autopilot
Francophone Recording of the Year: Chloé Breault – Plage des morons
Folk Recording of the Year: Gilberts – Tell me
Global Recording of the Year: Poor size fish – drift
Group Recordings of the Year: HILLSBURN – Moving away
Indigenous Artist of the Year: Morgan Tony
Inspirational Recording of the Year: Morgan Tony – First Flight
Instrumental Recording of the Year: Andy Creegan – AndyWork IV
Jazz Recording of the Year: Steve Amirault – Montreal Jazz Trio
Loudest Recording of the Year: Botfly – Less Than Love
Pop Recording of the Year: HILLSBURN – Moving away
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: Zamani – Selfish
Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year: One8tea – Ventilation 2
Rising Star Recording of the Year: Paragon Reason – Autopilot
Rock Recording of the Year: Kelly McMichael – Waves
Original/Traditional Recording of the Year: Adam Young – Yearbook
Single Recording of the Year: Andrew Waite – Self-titled
Song of the Year: Breagh Isabelle – Girlfriend / Dylan Menzie – A Heart That Doesn’t Want Mine
Songwriter of the Year: Rube and Rake
Artist Innovator of the Year (in light of COVID-19): Mallory Johnson
Company of the Year: Side door access
Events of the year: Lake Levee
Industrial Innovator of the Year (in light of COVID-19): The ultimate online Nova Scotia kitchen party
Management/Manager of the Year: Sonic Entertainment Group
Media Outlet of the Year: First Alo Friday
Media Personality of the Year: Greg Smith
Producer of the Year: Corey Leroux
Studio Engineer of the Year: Thomas Stadtser
Studio of the Year: Sonic temple
Video Director of the Year: Cecil Johnson
Visual Artist of the Year: Mark Young
Fans’ Choice Award
Fan Favorite Entertainment of the Year: Justin Fancy
Fan Favorite Video of the Year: Mallory Johnson
Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction: 1755 – Le Monde et Bien Change
Director’s Special Credits: Patsy Gallant
Bucky Adams Memorial Award: Tacichi – Tyrone Thompson
Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award: The team is disbanding
Art Maker Award: Music by Le Grenier – Carol Doucet
Musician’s Achievement Award: Yvette Lorraine
Stompin’ Tom Awards
Buddy McDonald (CB)
Charles Austin (NS)
Scott Parsons (PEI)
Gordon Quinton (NL)
Jean Suret (NB)