The first slate of winners at the East Coast Music Awards saw Wintersleep and Tim Baker come out ahead, although all four Atlantic provinces were well represented.
Twenty-nine awards were announced as part of a pre-awards show which streamed online Friday afternoon, ahead of the main televised broadcast Saturday evening.
Longtime indie-rock favourite Wintersleep from Nova Scotia took home both group and rock recording titles of the year for their seventh album, In The Land Of.
They also won song of the year for the track Beneficiary.
“I think it’s always exciting, and like ECMA’s is a really special event for us,” said band member Paul Murphy on Saturday.
“It’s a great thing for the for the industry itself here, there’s so much love poured into it from all these people.”
After years of appearing on ECMA lists with the ensemble Hey Rosetta!, Newfoundland’s Tim Baker brought home two awards for his debut solo album.
Baker won folk recording of the year for Forever Overhead, and video of the year for the song All Hands.
Dave Sampson of Halifax nabbed two ECMAs, his first, including rising star recording and best country recording of the year for his album All Types of Ways.
Jazz pianist Florian Hoefner of Newfoundland also took home two awards for First Spring: instrumental and jazz recordings of the year.
From Prince Edward Island, the East Pointers won contemporary roots recording for their latest album Yours to Break, and Summerside-born Paul Bernard received a Stompin’ Tom award Saturday morning.
The Wonderful Grand Band from Newfoundland was also recognized for their contributions to Canada’s music scene with a Stompin’ Tom award as well.
April Wine’s Myles Goodwyn, born in New Brunswick and raised in Nova Scotia, took home blues recording of the year for Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2.
Also from New Brunswick, celebrated soprano Measha Brueggergosman won the Directors’ Special Achievement Award, while The East took home media outlet of the year.
Other genre awards included Rich Aucoin’s Release for electronic recording of the year, Neon Dreams taking pop recording with Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams, R&B/soul recording to Laura Roy for Forte, and Jacobus (Radio Radio’s Jacques Alphonse Doucet) going solo to win rap/hip-hop recording with Caviar.
In the industry awards, CBC’s Bill Roach of Weekend Mornings took home media person of the year, while Celtic Colours International Festival won event of the year and St. John’s Ship Pub won venue of the year.
The 2020 ECMAs will air Saturday at 9 p.m. /9:30 NT on CBC TV and CBC Gem.
The full list of winners can be found below:
- Blues Recording of the Year: Myles Goodwyn – Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues 2
- Classical Recording of the Year: Marc Djokic – Solo Seven
- Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year: The East Pointers – Yours to Break
- Country Recording of the Year: Dave Sampson – All Types of Ways
- Dance Recording of the Year: Famba – Swear to God
- Electronic Recording of the Year: Rich Aucoin – Release
- Folk Recording of the Year: Tim Baker – Forever Overhead
- Group Recording of the Year: Wintersleep – In The Land Of
- Inspirational Recording of the Year: Ian Foster and Nancy Hynes – A Week in December
- Instrumental Recording of the Year: Florian Hoefner – First Spring
- Jazz Recording of the Year: Florian Hoefner – First Spring
- Loud Recording of the Year: Spirit of the Wildfire – Bittersweet Nothings
- Pop Recording of the Year: Neon Dreams – Sweet Dreams Till Sunbeams
- Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year: Jacobus – Caviar
- R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: Laura Roy – Forte
- Rising Star Recording of the Year: Dave Sampson – All Types of Ways
- Rock Recording of the Year: Wintersleep – In The Land Of
- Song of the Year: Wintersleep – Beneficiary (Producers: Tony Doogan, Wintersleep)
- Company of the Year: The Syrup Factory
- Event of the Year: Celtic Colours International Festival
- Graphic/Media Artist of the Year: Deep Hollow Print
- 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 of the Year: Soundpark Studios
- Studio Engineer of the Year: Thomas Stajcer
- Venue of the Year: The Ship Pub
- Video of the Year: Tim Baker – All Hands (Director: Jordan Canning)
Three recipients of the ECMA’s 2020 Honorary Awards, announced earlier this week, were also celebrated during the digital pre-show:
Directors’ Special Achievement Award: Measha Brueggergosman
Industry Builder Award: Tony Murray
Musician’s Achievement Award: Kelly Russell
The Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented to Shanneyganock on Saturday’s televised broadcast.