Classified was the big winner, while Islanders including Lennie Gallant, Richard Wood, the late Peter Chaisson, Rob Oakie and Vishtèn earned trophies over the weekend during the East Coast Music Awards.
Blues recording of the year: Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues - Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues
Contemporary roots recording of the year: Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa
Dance recording of the year: Pineo and Loeb - Bump In The Road
Electronic recording of the year: Denique - Shape 1
Gaelic artist of the year: Kyle MacDonald
Inspirational recording of the year: Paul Brace - Liars & Actors
Instrumental recording of the year: Richard Wood - Unbroken
Jazz recording of the year: Ouroboros - Kitchuses
Loud recording of the year: Kilmore - Call Of The Void
R&B/soul recording of the year: Reeny Smith - WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.
Rock recording of the year: Postdata - Let’s Be Wilderness
Solo recording of the year: Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change
Songwriter of the year: Ben Caplan
Company of the year: The Syrup Factory
Event of the year: Halifax Jazz Festival
Graphic/media artist of the year: Abracazebra Productions
Live sound engineer of the year: Stephen "Snickers" Smith
Management/manager of the year: Jones & Co.
Media outlet of the year: The East
Media person of the year: Bill Roach
Producer of the year: Daniel Ledwell
Studio engineer of the year: Scott Ferguson
Studio of the year: FMP Matrix: Studio FMP
Venue of the year: The Carleton
Video of the year: Classified - "Powerless" (Director: Andrew Hines)
Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame inductions: Stan Rogers; "Peter’s Dream" by Lennie Gallant
Directors’ special achievement award: Lennie Gallant
Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award: Hubert Francis
Industry builder award: Yolande Bourgeois
Musician’s achievement award: Peter Chaisson
Stompin’ Tom Awards: Donnie Campbell (CB); Jeff Liberty (N.B.); Anita Best (N.L.); Jerry Granelli (N.S.); Rob Oakie (P.E.I.)
During the Classical showcase and the Trinity Sessions: Warner Roots showcase at Trinity United Church on Saturday, the following East Coast Music Awards were also handed out:
Classical composition of the year: Charke-Cormier Duo - "Ex Tempore"
Classical recording of the year: Duo Concertante - Perfect Light
Roots/traditional recording of the year: Vishtèn - Horizons
The 2020 East Coast Music Awards take place in St. John’s, N.L. from April 29-May 3 next year.