The 2014 Eastlink East Coast Music Awards gala was held Sunday night in Charlottetown.
The Prince Edward Island capital received hundreds of delegates as well as visitors from across Canada, the U.S. and beyond who attended the various music stages, dined in P.E.I. restaurants and stayed in P.E.I. accommodations during the festival/trade show.
In turn, the artists enjoyed Island hospitality.
“I think Charlottetown has done a really, really fantastic job of hosting the ECMAs. Everyone is so friendly here. I even had people come up and offer to pay my parking meter. After living in large cities it’s something I really appreciate,” says Cape Breton’s Mary Jane Lamond who, with Wendy MacIsaac, picked up group recording of the year award.
Singer-songwriter Dave Gunning agreed.
“I have many ECMA memories here. And Charlottetown is so well laid out, it’s easy to get around,” says the Nova Scotian, who was the recipient of songwriter of the year award for These Hands.
Besides enjoying the economic benefits the city enjoyed a concert of all concerts Sunday night.
For those who attended it was a night to remember.
It began with a parade of performers and ECMA sponsors, dressed in their finest walking the red carpet inside the Delta Prince Edward as a crowd cheered them on.
It continued inside the ballroom with dazzling performances by some of the region’s top musicians.
And by the time the 2014 Eastlink ECMA gala award show was over, 10 awards had been given out.
Album of the year: Tender is the Night by Old Man Luedecke
Group recording of the year: Seinn by Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac.
Solo recording of the year: No More Pennies by Dave Gunning.
Song of the year: I’ve Got Your Fire by Jenn Grant, produced by Daniel Ledwell.
Songwriter of the year: These Hands by Dave Gunning
P.E.I 2014 Fan’s Choice entertainer of the year: The Barra MacNeils
P.E.I. 2014 Fan’s Choice video of the year: New York City by The Town Heroes
Directors’ special achievement award: the late Rita MacNeil
Dr. Helen Creighton lifetime achievement award: Chaisson Trio
Musician’s achievement award – Jay Smith
Additional awards handed out during East Coast Music Week:
Aboriginal recording of the year - City Natives - 4 Kingz
African-Canadian recording of the year - J-Bru - Stranger in my Hometown
Blues recording of the year - Thom Swift - The Fortunate Few
Children’s recording of the year - The Little Ditties - The Little Ditties
Classical composition of the year - Clark Winslow Ross - "Lamentations"
Classical recording of the year - Suzie LeBlanc - I Am in Need of Music
Country recording of the year - Meaghan Blanchard - She's Gonna Fly
Electronic recording of the year - PINEO - C'est La Vie!
Francophone recording of the year - Les Hay Babies - Le Folio EP
Folk recording of the year - Old Man Luedecke - Tender is the Night
Gospel recording of the year · Becka deHaan - Long-awaited, Unexpected
Jazz recording of the year - Paul Tynan - BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Three
Loud recording of the year - Death Valley Driver - Graveyard Dead
Pop recording of the year - Mo Kenney - Mo Kenney
Producer of the year - Daniel Ledwell
R&B/soul recording of the year - Erin Costelo - We Can Get Over
Rap/Hip-Hop recording of the year - Classified - Classified
Rising star recording of the year - The Town Heroes - Sunday Movies
Rock recording of the year - The Trews - ...thank you & I'm sorry
Roots/traditional group recording of the year - Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - Pickin N Clickin
Roots/traditional solo recording of the year - Alan Jeffries - Coffee 'til Midnight
Traditional instrumental recording of the year - Duane Andrews and Craig Young - Charlie's Boogie
World recording of the year - Asif Illyas - "Synesthesia”
Event of the year - Halifax Pop Explosion
Graphic/media artist of the year - Phil MacIsaac
Live sound engineer of the year - Stephen "Snickers" Smith
Management/manager of the year - Forward Music Group
Media outlet of the year - Jeff's Musical Car
Media person of the year - Jeff Boudreau
Music merchant of the year - Back Alley Music
Studio engineer of the year - Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd
Studio of the year - Soundpark Studios
Venue of the year - Harmony House Theatre