ECMA Announces the 2017 East Coast Music Awards Nominees and Showcasing Artists!

ECMA Announces the 2017 East Coast Music Awards Nominees and Showcasing Artists!


Classified, Ria Mae, REPARTEE, Caroline Savoie, Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, and more lead 2017 East Coast Music Award nominations

 ...performers announced for East Coast Music Awards festival in Saint John, NB

The East Coast Music Association is thrilled to announce the 2017 East Coast Music Award nominees. Classified leads the pack with nine nominations, while Ria Mae follows with seven. REPARTEE earns five nominations, and Caroline Savoie, Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, The Motorleague, Ben Caplan, Erin Costelo, and Paper Lions each garner four. The 2017 East Coast Music Award nominees are as follows:
Blues Recording of the Year
Beauwater - Lovers, Fools and Kings
Blues Merchants - Davis Street
Earle & Coffin - Nick Earle & Joseph Coffin: Live at the Citadel House
Furlong & Smith - Blues You Can Use
The Honeyboys - The Honeyboys
Bucky Adams Memorial Award
2 Kings
Ced Marty & Dave
Jody Upshaw
Keonté Beals
Classical Composition of the Year

Amy Brandon - "Artificial Light"
Duane Andrews - "Gigues"
Ian Bent - "Old Moon"
Sean Kemp - "Lost Time"
Scott Macmillan - "Currents of Sable Island"
Classical Recording of the Year

Allison Angelo - Moon Loves Its Light
Atlantic String Machine - Lost Time
Duo Concertante - J.S. Bach Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard
Halifax Camerata Singers - A Time For All Things
Taktus - Glass Houses for Marimba

Country Recording of the Year

The Divorcees - From Labour to Refreshment
Jason Price - Grit, Guts and Country Pride
RyLee Madison - RyLee Madison Live in Nashville
Tj King - Feels Right
Tristan Horncastle - Turnin' Up A Sundown

Dance Recording of the Year
Alex Byrne - "New Life ft. TIM3BOMB"
Alex Byrne - "Turn Me Up"
FWLR - "Never Coming Home ft. KINLEY”
Lonely Kid - "For Your Happiness"
PINEO & LOEB - "Soul Shakin'"
Electronic Recording of the Year
Ben Rama - Initiate
Bustin' - Crystal Clouds EP
It Could Be Franky - Your Friends Don't Buy It At All
Paranerd - Writ EP
Rozalind MacPhail - From the River to the Ocean
Folk Recording of the Year

Dave Gunning - Lift
Heather Rankin - A Fine Line
Lennie Gallant - Searching for Abegweit
Quiet Parade - Quiet Parade
Thom Swift - The Legend of Roy Black
Francophone Recording of the Year
Caroline Savoie - Caroline Savoie
Cy - Deuxième nation
Kevin McIntyre - L'Axe du viseur
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Touche-moi pas là!
Simon Daniel - Jaune
Gospel Recording of the Year
The McGuires - Livin' For That Day
One8Tea - Reverence
Rootsdeepdown - Awoke & Raised
The Ryan Sisters - I Can Breathe
We The Rescued - Living Proof

Group Recording of the Year
Hillsburn - In The Battle Years
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Touche-moi pas là!
Paper Lions - Full Colour
The Town Heroes - Please, Everyone

Indigenous Artist of the Year

City Natives
Eskasoni Schools
Old Self & Kam Speech
War Horses (Tian Wigmore)
Wolf Castle (Tristan Grant)
Jazz Recording of the Year
Donald MacLennan - Belleville
Florian Hoefner - Luminosity
Joel Miller - Dream Cassette
Scott 'n the Rocks - Live at Stayner's Wharf
Zoe Leger - The Girl From Yesterday
Loud Recording of the Year
Abysseral Throne - Storming the Black Gate
Counter Clockwork - Counter Clockwork
Last Call Chernobyl - Last Call Chernobyl
Lionsault - Are You Feeling Lucky?
Orchid's Curse - Cynics & Liars

Pop Recording of the Year
Caroline Savoie - Caroline Savoie
Dylan Menzie - Adolescent Nature
Hello Delaware - My Mistake
Ria Mae - Ria Mae

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Elise Besler - Lean In
Emily Stuart - Expression
Erin Costelo - Down Below, the Status Quo
Josh Lake - 40cm of Funk
Unidentified Funk Object - Space Funk Party

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

Cess - RISE
City Natives - Nomadic
Classified - Greatful
Phakt - Dropping Inwards
Quake Matthews & Kayo (The Search) - Lost & Found

Rising Star Recording of the Year
Devarrow - The Great Escape
Hillsburn - In The Battle Years
Like A Motorcycle - High Hopes
Shannon Quinn - If All The Young Ladies
Waterfront Fire - First Light

Rock Recording of the Year

Adam Baldwin - No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen-Eighty-Five)
Kestrels - Kestrels
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Touche-moi pas là!
Long Distance Runners - Elements
The Motorleague - Holding Patterns

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year

Còig - Carols
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys - Laugh, Dance & Sing
Rum Ragged - Rum Ragged
Shannon Quinn - If All The Young Ladies
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - Auprès du poêle

Solo Recording of the Year

Ben Caplan - Birds With Broken Wings
Classified - Greatful
Erin Costelo - Down Below, the Status Quo
Old Man Luedecke - Domestic Eccentric
Ria Mae - Ria Mae

Songwriter of the Year
Ben Caplan
Dave Gunning
Erin Costelo
John McLaggan (Tomato Tomato)
Paper Lions (John MacPhee, Rob MacPhee, Colin Buchanan, David Cyrus MacDonald)
Ria Mae
Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year

Andrea Beaton - With Betty and Dave
Christine Melanson - Constellations
Doug Dorward - Waves
Fretboard Journey - Fretboard Journey
Samantha Robichaud - Simplicity
Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant - GOOD2GO

Song of the Year
Classified - "No Pressure" (Producer: Classified)
Caroline Savoie - "Y'en aura" (Producer: Jay Newland)
David Myles - "It Don't Matter" (Producer: Classified)
REPARTEE - "Dukes" (Producer: REPARTEE, Young Wolf Hatchlings)
Ria Mae - "Ooh Love" (Producer: Classified)
Album of the Year
Classified - Greatful (Producer: Classified)
Erin Costelo - Down Below, the Status Quo (Producer: Erin Costelo)
Old Man Luedecke - Domestic Eccentric (Producer: Tim O'Brien)
REPARTEE - All Lit Up (Producers: Matt DeMatteo, Alexandre Bonenfant, Young Wolf Hatchlings, Howard Redekopp, and Adam King)
Willie Stratton - Della Rosa (Producer: Willie Stratton)
Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year

Adam Baldwin
Ben Caplan
Dave Gunning
Dylan Menzie
The East Pointers
Fortunate Ones
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Lennie Gallant
The Motorleague
Paper Lions
Ria Mae
The Stanfields
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin
Fans' Choice Video of the Year
Adam Baldwin - "Daylight" (Director: Scott Simpson)
Alana Yorke - "Anthem" (Director: Paul McCurdy)
Ben Caplan - "Birds With Broken Wings" (Director: John Rosborough)
Caroline Savoie - "Y'en aura" (Director: Dominique Laurence)
Classified - "Work Away ft. David Myles" (Director: Jason Levangie)
Heather Rankin - "We Walk As One" (Director: Scott Simpson)
Hillsburn - "Run Down" (Director: Mat Barkley, Badfunmedia)
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - "Fais faillite" (Director: Jean Vital Joliat)
Long Distance Runners - "You Gotta Remind Me" (Director: Jeremy Rice)
The Motorleague - "The Boards" (Directors: Don Levandier & The Motorleague)
Paper Lions - "Believer" (Director: Mike Enns)
Ria Mae - "Gold" (Director: Alon Isocianu)
Walrus - "Wearing It" (Director: Jeff Miller)
Company of the Year

The Citadel House
GroundSwell Music
Rocking Horse Road Productions
Sound of Pop
Event of the Year

Cavendish Beach Music Festival
Celtic Colours International Festival
Future Forest Music & Arts Festival
In The Dead of Winter
PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls
Graphic/Media Artist of the Year

Abracazebra Productions
Deep Hollow Print
mark young
Tara Thompson
Live Sound Engineer of the Year

Alex Ford
Devin Farrell
Jon Matthews
Kory Bayer
Stephen "Snickers" Smith
Management/Manager of the Year

GroundSwell Music
Jones & Company
Kilbride Music
Nigel Jenkins
Sonic Entertainment Group
Media Outlet of the Year

The Barbershop Sessions
Canadian Beats
East of the Dial
Halifax is Burning
What's the Finish? Podcast
Media Person of the Year

Adria Young
Jean-Étienne Sheehy
Joee Adams
Producer of the Year

Daniel Ledwell
Jon Landry
Jon Matthews
Scott Ferguson
Studio Engineer of the Year

Darren van Niekerk
Erien Eady-Ward
Jon Matthews
Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd
Studio of the Year

Lakewind Sound Studio
New Scotland Yard Studio
Shell Lane Studio
The Sonic Temple
Studio FMP Matrix
Venue of the Year

The Citadel House
Garrick Theatre
The Marquee Ballroom
Plan b Lounge
The Seahorse Tavern
Video of the Year

Classified - "Work Away ft. David Myles" (Director: Jason Levangie)
Like A Motorcycle - "Nobody Knows" (Director: Dillon Garland)
The Motorleague - "The Boards" (Directors: Don Levandier & The Motorleague)
Ria Mae - "Gold" (Director: Alon Isocianu)
The Town Heroes - "Outer Space" (Director: Dillon Garland)
"Announcing the East Coast Music Awards nominations is always one of the most exciting things we get to do each year. This year's nominees feature legendary East Coast acts as well as some of our region's most exciting up-and-coming artists," says Andy McLean, ECMA Executive Director. "Plus, we've got so much more amazing news to share, including our festival showcasing lineup, the SOCAN Song House, and the list goes on. We're thrilled to be coming back to Saint John for the first time in 15 years. It's going to be an event to remember!"

ECMA Big Ticket
Matt Andersen
Ian Janes
RBC Breakout Stage
Atlantic String Machine
Earle & Coffin
Fuzz Fiction
Gary & Whit
Kyle MacDonald
Natalie Lynn
Owen Meany’s Batting Stance
The Royal North
Rum Ragged
War Horses
Rising Star Stage
Andrew Waite & The Firm
Christine Melanson
Décota McNamara
Kill Chicago
Lady Brett Ashley
Laurenn Marchand
Like A Motorcycle
Simon Daniel
Forward Music Group 10th Anniversary Showcase

Alan Jeffries
Olympic Symphonium
Bluebird North
Alana Yorke
Adyn Townes (Host)
Dave Sampson
Dylan Menzie
Jason Benoit
Jessica Rhaye (Host)
Kim Harris
Makayla Lynn
Mike McKenna Jr.
Simon Daniel

Songwriters’ Circle
Dave Gunning
Erin Costelo
Lennie Gallant (Host)
Quake Matthews
RyLee Madison
Thom Swift
Tristan Horncastle

Export Buyers Stage

Adam Baldwin
Caroline Savoie
City Natives
Dave Gunning
David Myles
Demi Louise (Australia)
Duane Andrews
Erin Costelo
Gold City Ashes
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Lennie Gallant
Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
Mark Lang (Australia)
The Motorleague
Paper Lions
Pretty Archie
Quake Matthews
Samantha Robichaud
The Town Heroes
Other performing artists include:
Abysseral Throne, Adam Washburn, Alex Byrne, Beauwater, Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald, Blues Merchants, Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, Cassie Josephine and Gabriel Minnikin, Cess, Coyote, The Divorcees, Dan Doiron, David in the Dark, Dennis Ellsworth, Devarrow, Donald MacLennan, Dub Kartel, Earthbound Trio, Elephant Skeletons, Emily Stuart, Ewan Dobson, Fortunato, Furlong & Smith, George Belliveau, Heather Rankin, Hello Delaware, The Honeyboys, Jason Price, Jay Mayne, Jessie Brown, Joel Miller, Keith Mullins, Kendra Gale Band, Kenny James, Kestrels, Kevin McIntyre, Kilmore, Last Call Chernobyl, Les Païens, Lonely Kid, The Matt Landry Band, The Mike Bochoff Band, Menoncle Jason, Mike Biggar, Old Self & Kam Speech, One8Tea, Orchid's Curse, Ouroboros, Peter Willie Youngtree, Phakt, PINEO & LOEB, Port Cities, Quiet Parade, Rain Over St. Ambrose, Rootsdeepdown, The Ryan Sisters, Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant, Shannon Quinn, The Stanfields, Stephen Lewis & the Big Band of Fun, Three Sheet, Tj King, Wolf Castle (Tristan Grant), Tyler Hache, Unidentified Funk Object, We The Rescued, Willie Stratton, and Zoe Leger.

The Telegraph Journal is the official sponsor of the 2017 Fans’ Choice Awards Voting, which is now open here: The public can vote once a day until March 15, 2017 at 5PM AST.

The 2017 East Coast Music Awards Show, hosted by comedian James Mullinger, takes place on Thursday, April 27 at Harbour Station in Saint John, NB. The ECMA announced performers for the show including Classified & David Myles, Paper Lions, Reeny Smith, Ria Mae, Lisa LeBlanc, Jason Benoit, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Caroline Savoie, REPARTEE, Tomato/Tomato, Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys, Còig, The Motorleague, and Adam Baldwin.
This year, the East Coast Music Awards Show will be broadcast on Bell Aliant’s TV1 platform and to Bell Fibe TV subscribers, as well as streamed online, free of charge, at 
Tickets for the East Coast Music Awards Show are $40 plus fees and are available at the Harbour Station box office or online here:
Festival passes, wristbands, weekend warrior wristbands, VIP passes, and tickets for the 2017 ECMA Big Ticket with Matt Andersen are also now available by visiting, or in person at the 2017 ECMAs Store - open Thursdays and Fridays from 10am-2pm at Market Square (Home of the 2017 ECMAs) in Saint John. Prices are as follows:
Weekend Warrior Wristbands (2 days): $45 plus fees and HST
Wristbands (4 days): $65 plus fees and HST
Festival Passes: $99 plus fees and HST
VIP Passes: $350 plus fees and HST
The 2017 ECMA Big Ticket: $25 plus fees and HST

As part of the 2017 East Coast Music Awards in Saint John, NB, TD and the East Coast Music Association are once again proud to present the Music Moves Me program. New Brunswick high school students are encouraged to show their musical talent by recording a video of themselves performing an original or cover song, posting it on YouTube, and applying here:
Use the #TDMusic #ECMA2017 hashtags to promote your video!
The winner receives a cash prize for their school's music program, two tickets to the East Coast Music Awards Show (April 27, 2017), along with return travel to the Awards Show and overnight accommodations. The winner is also invited to perform their song during the 2017 ECMAs week (details TBA) and attend the Soundwaves Student Conference.
For program details and more information, visit:
If you have any questions contact Kate Elman-Wilcott at [email protected]
Media accreditation for the 2017 ECMAs is now open. Click here to apply:
Applications close on April 10, 2017. If you have any questions please contact Trevor Murphy at [email protected].
Volunteer applications are now open for the 2017 ECMAs. Click here to apply today:
This year the Awards Show will be available to people all over the world thanks to a partnership with Bell Aliant, the official broadcast partner of the 2017 ECMAs. The 2017 East Coast Music Awards Show will be broadcast on Bell Aliant’s TV1 platform and to Bell Fibe TV subscribers, as well as streamed online, free of charge, at In addition, select showcases will also be available to stream live on ECMA TV (also at throughout the festival.
Submissions are now open for the third SOCAN Song House at the 2017 East Coast Music Awards: Festival & Conference, scheduled for April 26 and 27, 2017 in Saint John, NB.
The 2015 and 2016 editions of the SOCAN Song House workshops were a resounding success. On the heels of these workshops, five of the participants are taking part in the inaugural ECMA Songwriters Tour in February 2017. The tour brings the songwriters to eight different soft-seater venues throughout the Atlantic region to showcase their own songs as well as those written and collaborated on during the SOCAN Song House.
The ECMA & SOCAN are once again excited to welcome Ralph Murphy (renowned songwriter, producer, and author of Murphy's Law of Songwriting) to lead the two-day interactive workshop. Twelve songwriter participants from Atlantic Canada will be selected to participate, gaining valuable insight into the craft of writing a hit song. This initiative aligns with SOCAN's new A&R strategy to help members improve their songwriting and reach new heights in their careers.
Songwriter participants must meet the following criteria:
- The workshop will be best-suited to songwriters in pop and country genres
- Must be SOCAN members and ECMA members in good standing based in Cape Breton, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, or Prince Edward Island.
- Must be attending the 2017 ECMAs and be available to participate Wednesday, April 26 and Thursday, April 27.
- Willing to take their writing craft to the next level
Submissions close on Monday, March 6, 2017 at 5:00PM AST. Apply here:

The 2017 ECMAs Industry Conference is the premiere destination for all Atlantic Canadian artists and industry professionals. It is a place for artists and members to connect with international guest delegates and educators, offer mentorship and be mentored by peers and industry experts, and ultimately elevate their careers.
Elevating the conference means offering sessions that are current, engaging, and reflect what members have been asking for in the region. This year the conference will shine a spotlight on the ECMA Music in Motion: Film, Television & New Media program and will offer a series of engaging forums to help prepare industry professionals and companies with the insight to expand career and business opportunities in the world of film, television, advertising, and music supervision. Conference attendees will hear from peers and industry experts working in the field to bring new opportunities to East Coast artists and companies.
Celebrating its 16th edition, the international ‘business to business’ marketplace and Export Buyers Program will see over 75 music industry delegates from the United States, Canada, Australia, Belgium, France, and the United Kingdom (Scotland and England) join us for the 2017 ECMAs. These international and Canadian guests include booking agents, talent buyers, festival, event, and venue programmers, promoters, presenters, film and television music supervisors, digital experts, and media from the music industry around the world.
Once again, the ECMA is proud to present the East Coast Music Aficionado Program, an initiative that supports the music industry and musicians of Atlantic Canada. This program welcomes patrons of the arts community to contribute to the ECMA to ensure the association can continue to foster, develop and grow the music industry in Atlantic Canada. East Coast Music Aficionados will each donate $10,000 to this initiative.
If you are interested in becoming the next East Coast Music Aficionado, please contact Andree Gracie at [email protected]. For more details, visit:
All passes will be available for pickup between April 26-30, 2017 at the Welcome Centre at the Saint John Trade & Convention Centre, 1 Market Square, Saint John, NB.
Registration hours and Box Office hours are as follows:
Wednesday, April 26,: 12:00pm - 9:00pm
Thursday April 27 to Saturday April 29: 9:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday, April 30: 9:00am - 2:00pm
The ECMA is excited to announce the dates and locations for the 2018 and 2019 East Coast Music Awards: Festival and Conference. The 2018 ECMAs will mark the 30th Anniversary of the event, and will take place in Halifax, NS from May 2-6, 2018. The 2019 ECMAs will be held from May 1-5, 2019 in Charlottetown, PEI.

Music & Fans' Choice Awards 

Cape Breton: 9 
New Brunswick: 38
Newfoundland & Labrador: 21 
Nova Scotia: 68 
Prince Edward Island: 18 

Industry Awards 

Cape Breton: 5 
New Brunswick: 6 
Newfoundland & Labrador: 6 
Nova Scotia: 31 
Prince Edward Island: 9 

All Awards
Cape Breton: 14 
New Brunswick: 44 
Newfoundland & Labrador: 27 
Nova Scotia: 99
Prince Edward Island: 27
About ECMA
The East Coast Music Association (ECMA) is a regional collaboration of people in the music industry of Atlantic Canada that fosters, develops and celebrates East Coast music and its artists locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The ECMA annually produces the ECMAs, one of the top music industry events in Canada, which includes Awards, a Festival, an Industry Conference and the International Export Buyers Program. ECMA and its programs are generously funded by the Government of Canada through the International Business Development Agreement (represented by Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, and Industry Canada), the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund), the four provincial governments in Atlantic Canada, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, and MUSICACTION. ECMA recognizes the support of the province of New Brunswick, the City of Saint John, and Platinum Partners Newcap Radio, TD Bank Group, Bell Aliant, and The Telegraph Journal.
This project is funded in part by FACTOR, the Government of Canada and Canada’s private radio broadcasters.
This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada and the Roadmap for Canada's Official Languages 2013-2018.

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