Blanchard wins ECMA

Doug Gallant
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Meaghan Blanchard wins ECMA country recording of the year for her album She's Gonna Fly

History repeated itself for Meaghan Blanchard Friday night.

When the ECMAs were last in Charlottetown in 2011 Blanchard took that year’s East Coast Music Award for country recording of the year for her second record, Chasin’ Lonely Again.

Just moments after completing her set on the Cavendish Beach Music Festival country/Americanada stage at The Factory Cookhouse and Dancehall Friday night Blanchard was called back to the stage to accept this year’s ECMA for country recording of the year for She’s Gonna Fly.

“Two ECMAs for country recording in my hometown, I just feel so blessed,” Blanchard said after her win. “To have people in the industry recognize my work and the work my whole team put into this project is so special.”
Blanchard thanked her record producer   John Keane, a highly regarded American producer who’s  worked with REM, The Indigo Girls and Widespread Panic for taking a chance on someone from Prince Edward Island after a chance meeting in Memphis two years ago.

She   thanked her manager Lloyd Doyle for always pushing her to step outside her comfort zone.

And she thanked her family, her friends, her fella and her fans.

“I’m going to put it up on my shelf and really appreciate it for what it is, a pat on the back from the industry. It took a lot of work. It means a lot to have that recognition. It’s a beautiful piece of pewter but it means so much more than that.”

And Blanchard was not the only P.E.I. act to come away with hardware Friday.

Hard chargers Death Valley Driver won their first ECMA for loud recording of the year for Graveyard Dead.

Graveyard Dead is the band’s second record.

Their 2011 debut release, Choke The River, was nominated for an ECMA and won the loud category at that year’s Music P.E.I. Awards.

Death Valley Driver also showcased on the loud stage last night.

Several other ECMAs were doled out last night at showcases around the city.

Acclaimed trumpet player Paul Tynan took the ECMA for jazz recording of the year for   BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Three.

The award for classical composition of the year went to Suzie LeBlanc for I Am in Need of Music.

Classical recording of the year honours went to Lamentations by Clark Winslow Ross.

Singer-songwriter Old man Luedecke picked by the ECMA for folk recording of the year for Tender is the Night.

Duane Andrews and Craig Young claimed the award for traditional instrumental recording of the year for Charlie's Boogie.

Asif Illyas walked away with the award for world recording of the year for Synesthesia.

Blanchard’s ECMA win Friday follows a double win at the Music P.E.I. Awards in February when she won for both country recording of the year and female solo recording of the year.

Today will be a very large day at ECMW with the presentation of    awards for children’s recording of the year, Francophone recording of the year, pop recording of the year, rock record of the year, R&B/ soul recording of the year, aboriginal recording of the year, electronic recording of the year and rap/hip-hop recording of the year.

Those awards will be presented throughout the day at showcases around the city.

But long before most of those awards are presented the East Coast Music Association will honour the industry professionals who work behind the scenes to build the industry and advance the careers of their artists.

That takes place at the annual industry awards brunch at the Delta Prince Edward.

Awards will be presented at the brunch for event of the year, graphic/media artist of the year, live sound engineer of the year, management/manager of the year, media outlet of the year, media person of the year, music merchant of the year, studio engineer of the year, studio of the year and venue of the year.

Several Island artists and music industry professionals are up for awards today.

Honourary awards will be presented to two Islanders today during the brunch.

Musician, educator and conductor Alan Dowling will be presented with a Stompin’ Tom Award.

Musician, artist manager, producer and record label manager Grady Poe will be honoured with the association’s industry award.

For fans of East Coast music the day will also be a busy one with showcases throughout the day.

For a full schedule of showcases go to the ECMA website at

You can also pick up a copy of the event guide downtown.

Organizations: The Factory Cookhouse

Geographic location: Charlottetown

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  • Clark Ross
    April 05, 2014 - 06:01

    Congrats to all ECMA nominees and winners! The winners of the two classical categories are reversed, FWIW… Suzie LeBlanc's wonderful album won for "Classical Composition of the Year," and I somehow won for "Classical Composition of the Year." The ECMA website has it backwards as well…

    • adam
      April 07, 2014 - 07:15

      Who won what?