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UPDATE: MacLellan’s ‘If It's Alright With You’ paves the way for five 2018 Music P.E.I. Award nominations

Catherine MacLellan
Catherine MacLellan - Submitted

Over 30 awards will be presented to celebrate excellence in Island's music community.


By Jason Daley

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. - There is a theme of appreciation that emerges from “If It's Alright With You - The Songs of Gene MacLellan,” Catherine MacLellan’s album that is nominated for album of the year at the 2018 P.E.I. Music Awards.

MacLellan’s album is a tribute to her father, Gene MacLellan, one of Canada’s greatest songwriters ever. Gene MacLellan wrote numerous hits such as “Snowbird” and the world-renowned song, “Put Your Hand in the Hand.”

MacLellan, 37, felt the time was finally right to honour her father’s music in the form of an album. She did so by naming the compilation after her father’s 1977 album of the same title.

Released in June 2017, the 13-track album covers a wide range of his songs.

As she immersed herself in his musical material in the preparation and recording of the album, the Breadalbane, P.E.I., resident said she felt like it was a chance to get to know her father better.

“It challenged me in a lot of ways and also has brought me a little more clarity about my Dad and who he was as a person and as a songwriter. It was a really great experience and continues to be as I sing the songs.”

MacLellan had never played or sung several of the songs on the album before.

“As I was learning and getting into them, it was a surprise how much insight I got into who he was as a person. That was a really nice bonus of the project,” she said.

MacLellan remains appreciative of the support she has on P.E.I. as a musician.

“It just reminds me what a great, vibrant community we have. There’s so much happening. With the success people have had here the last few years, it’s really an exciting time to be a musician in P.E.I.”

Among her five nominations is one for touring artist of the year. MacLellan said she appreciates the opportunity to tour and introduce part of her father’s musical catalogue to a whole new audience.

“At the end of the day, getting to play for people night after near is really fun and gratifying,” she said.

The 17th annual Music P.E.I. Awards will be handed out during Credit Union Music P.E.I. Week, Jan. 25-28. MacLellan is excited about Music P.E.I week and the camaraderie it entails.

“I’m looking forward to the coziness of winter and sharing time and space with the music community and all the people who support music on P.E.I. We’re so lucky here.”

Catherine MacLellan, Liam Corcoran, Alicia Toner all had five nominations while The Amanda Jackson Band, Aaron Hastelow, Nick Doneff and Stabbing Joy each had three nominations.

Music P.E.I. executive director Rob Oakie said the awards allow for a wide range of artists to be recognized.

“It’s always great to see the more accomplished artists get recognition for their work, but it’s just as exciting to see new artists that have not been nominated (before) getting their first nomination,” said Oakie.

Member voting for about half of the awards will open Nov. 29 on the Music P.E.I. website. The other half will be decided by a jury and will be announced during Credit Union Music P.E.I. Week.

The East Pointers, Ashley Condon and the duo of Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling lead the way with six nominations each, including a nomination for each for album of the year.

The 17th annual Music P.E.I. Awards will be handed out during Credit Union Music P.E.I. Week Jan. 25-28.

See the full list of nominees below. 

Kinley Dowling. (Submitted photo)
Kinley Dowling. (Submitted photo)
Ashley Condon.
Ashley Condon.
P.E.I. singer-songwriter Dennis Ellsworth.

P.E.I. singer-songwriter Dennis Ellsworth.

The East Pointers, from left, Koady Chaisson, Tim Chaisson and Jake Charron

The East Pointers, from left, Koady Chaisson, Tim Chaisson and Jake Charron

 

Full list of nominees for the 2018 Music P.E.I. Awards:

Album of the Year
● Catherine MacLellan "If It's Alright With You - The Songs of Gene MacLellan"
● The East Pointers "What We Leave Behind"
● Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling "Everyone Needs to Chill Out"
● Liam Corcoran "Nevahland"
● Ashley Condon "Can You Hear Me"

Video: Catherine MacLellan's "If It's Alright With You" is nominated for the Music P.E.I. Album of the Year

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Country Recording of the Year
● Danny Drouin "It's Been A Long Week"
● Marcella Richard "Marcella Richard Sings Roy MacCaull"
● Small Town Jokurs "Our Little Piece of Heaven"

Female Solo Recording of the Year
● Alicia Toner "I Learned The Hard Way"
● Ashley Condon "Can You Hear Me"
● Catherine MacLellan "If It's Alright With You - The Songs of Gene MacLellan"
● Marcella Richard "Marcella Richard Sings Roy MacCaull"

Group Recording of the Year
● Amanda Jackson Band “Fire in the Blue”
● Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling “Everyone Needs to Chill Out”
● The East Pointers “What We Leave Behind”
● Stabbing Joy “Loved It More Than You Could Ever Know”
● Small Town Jokurs “Our Little Piece of Heaven”

New Artist of the Year
● Alicia Toner I Learned The Hard Way
● Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling Everyone Needs To Chill Out
● Amanda Jackson Band Fire In The Blue
● Aaron Hastelow Aaron Hastelow
● Stabbing Joy Loved It More Than You Could Ever Know

Male Solo Recording of the Year
● Liam Corcoran Nevahland
● Rick Sparkes Dirty, Little Love Songs
● Element & Broadbent Safe Spaces
● Danny Drouin It’s Been a Long Week
● Aaron Hastelow Aaron Hastelow

Pop Recording of the Year
● Aaron Hastelow "Aaron Hastelow"
● Liam Corcoran "Nevahland"
● Stabbing Joy "Loved It More Than You Could Ever Know "

Urban Recording of the Year
● Amanda Jackson Band "Fire in the Blue"
● Element & Broadbent "Safe Spaces"
● Norm Strangely "Owlephant"

Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year
● Catherine MacLellan If It's Alright With You - The Songs of Gene MacLellan
● The East Pointers What We Leave Behind
● Ashley Condon Can You Hear Me
● Alicia Toner I Learned The Hard Way
● Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling Everyone Needs To Chill Out

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year
● Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling “Panorama High”
● Nick Doneff “Old Dog”
● Ashley Condon “Oh MY Love”
● Alicia Toner “Back to Fine”
● Liam Corcoran “Tick Tock”

Song of the Year
• The East Pointers "Two Weeks"
• Nick Doneff "Old Dog"
• Ashley Condon "Oh My Love"
• Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling "Panorama High"
• Liam Corcoran "Tick Tock"
• Calm Baretta "Chilly Bones"

Video: Nick Doneff's "Old Dog" is nominated for Music P.E.I.'s Song of the Year and Video of the Year

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Entertainer of the Year (Publicly Voted Award hosted on the Bell Aliant Website)
● The East Pointers
● Dylan Menzie
● Ashley Condon
● Catherine MacLellan
● The Royal North

Event of the Year
● Cavendish Beach Music Festival
● Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series
● PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls

Producer of the Year
● Andrew A Melzer
● Jon Matthews
● Brent Chaisson

Touring Artist of the Year
● Catherine MacLellan
● Dylan Menzie
● The East Pointers

Video of the Year
● Alicia Toner "I Learned the Hard Way"
● Nick Doneff "Old Dog"
● Norm Strangely "Autismatic"
● Rick Sparkes "Western Wind"

Video: Norm Strangely's "Autismatic" is nominated for Music P.E.I.'s Video of the Year

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