Lennie Gallant, Rose Cousins, former Island resident Rik Barron, and Haywire receive honours at gala
© Guardian photo by Brian McInnis
P.E.I. singer/songwriter Lennie Gallant waves to the audience with his ECMA for Francophone recording of the year.
Four hundred artists.
Who can count how many shows.
And it all came to a glorious, entertainment-packed climax at the Confederation Centre of the Arts Sunday night as the East Coast Music Association presented the last eight of 28 music awards.
It was a particularly good night for P.E.I. with ECMAs going to Lennie Gallant, Rose Cousins, former P.E.I. resident Rik Barron, who still has special ties to P.E.I., and Haywire, who received the Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award.
Several artists who won ECMAs earlier in the week - 20 awards were presented through the week at showcases and partnered stages - received their second ECMA Awards Sunday night.
Rose Cousins, The Trews, Chris Colepaugh & The Crew and David Myles joined Matt Andersen, Dave Gunning and Chelsea Nisbett as multiple award winners.
The Trews took home the Bell Aliant Fan’s Choice Video of the Year award for Highway of Heroes.
The band was presented with the DVD of the Year award for The Trews Acoustic - Friends & Total Strangers on Saturday at the FACTOR Industry Brunch.
Chris Colepaugh & The Crew were awarded the Bell Aliant Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year award at the awards gala after receiving the Rock Recording of the Year award for Missed a Page on Saturday.
David Myles picked up the Vibe Creative Group Single of the Year for Need A Break at the awards gala after receiving the Folk Recording of the Year on Thursday.
Rose Cousins collected her second award, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, for I Were the Bird.
She was awarded female solo recording of the year for The Send Off on Friday.
“Holy crap bags,” a surprised Cousins said. “I didn’t expect this ... My whole body is vibrating ... It feels crazy.”
Cousins noted she’d written the former while spending time in one of the most beautiful places on earth, P.E.I.’s Cousins Shore.
Rik Barron received the ECMA for Children’s Recording of the Year for Over in the Meadow.