HALIFAX — The curtain came down Sunday night on the 25th anniversary celebrations of the East Coast Music Awards but not before singer-songwriter Rose Cousins picked up her third ECMA of the week.
Cousins, who co-hosted the gala awards show at the Cunard Centre with fellow singer-songwriter David Myles, received the ECMA for solo recording of the year for We Have Made A Spark.
At the SOCAN Songwriters’ Circle Sunday afternoon, the P.E.I. native received the ECMA for songwriter of the year for Go First.
Earlier in the week, Cousins received the ECMA for folk album of the year for We Have Made A spark.
Only six actual music awards were handed out Sunday night.
The remainder were handed out through the week at showcase venues around the city.
But more than a dozen special awards were presented during the night as part of the ECMA’s 25th anniversary.
The big winner Sunday night was hard-rockin’ Halifax-based band The Stanfields, who garnered two awards on the show, which was broadcast nationally by Eastlink.
The Stanfields received the Chronicle Herald Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year award.
Their Death & Taxes CD took the ECMA for group recording of the year.
George Canyon’s Saddle Up earned the Chronicle Herald Fan’s Choice Video of the Year honours.
Album of the year honours went to Matt Mays for Coyote.
Singer-songwriter Dave Gunning received the ECMA for song of the year for These Hands.
Thirteen artists were presented with ECMA 25th Anniversary Awards.
Included in that number were three recipients from P.E.I. — solo artists Lennie Gallant and Teresa Doyle and Joey Kitson, as a member of Rawlins Cross. Kitson was not present.
Charlottetown will host East Coast Music Week next year.
The East Coast Music Association made the official announcement on Sunday.
East Coast Music Week 2014 will be observed April 2 to 6.