Kings, Shelburne, Hants County artists among winners at 2014 East Coast Music Week

Staff ~ The Guardian
Published on April 7, 2014


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