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The East Coast Music Association is thrilled to announce the 2017 East Coast Music Award nominees. Classified leads the pack with nine nominations, while Ria Mae follows with seven. REPARTEE earns five nominations, and Caroline Savoie, Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, The Motorleague, Ben Caplan, Erin Costelo, and Paper Lions each garner four. The 2017 East Coast Music Award nominees are as follows:
Blues Recording of the Year
Beauwater - Lovers, Fools and Kings
Blues Merchants - Davis Street
Earle & Coffin - Nick Earle & Joseph Coffin: Live at the Citadel House
Furlong & Smith - Blues You Can Use
The Honeyboys - The Honeyboys
Bucky Adams Memorial Award
2 Kings
Ced Marty & Dave
Jody Upshaw
Keonté Beals
Classical Composition of the Year

Amy Brandon - "Artificial Light"
Duane Andrews - "Gigues"
Ian Bent - "Old Moon"
Sean Kemp - "Lost Time"
Scott Macmillan - "Currents of Sable Island"
Classical Recording of the Year

Allison Angelo - Moon Loves Its Light
Atlantic String Machine - Lost Time
Duo Concertante - J.S. Bach Six Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard
Halifax Camerata Singers - A Time For All Things
Taktus - Glass Houses for Marimba

Country Recording of the Year

The Divorcees - From Labour to Refreshment
Jason Price - Grit, Guts and Country Pride
RyLee Madison - RyLee Madison Live in Nashville
Tj King - Feels Right
Tristan Horncastle - Turnin' Up A Sundown

Dance Recording of the Year
Alex Byrne - "New Life ft. TIM3BOMB"
Alex Byrne - "Turn Me Up"
FWLR - "Never Coming Home ft. KINLEY”
Lonely Kid - "For Your Happiness"
PINEO & LOEB - "Soul Shakin'"
Electronic Recording of the Year
Ben Rama - Initiate
Bustin' - Crystal Clouds EP
It Could Be Franky - Your Friends Don't Buy It At All
Paranerd - Writ EP
Rozalind MacPhail - From the River to the Ocean
Folk Recording of the Year

Dave Gunning - Lift
Heather Rankin - A Fine Line
Lennie Gallant - Searching for Abegweit
Quiet Parade - Quiet Parade
Thom Swift - The Legend of Roy Black
Francophone Recording of the Year
Caroline Savoie - Caroline Savoie
Cy - Deuxième nation
Kevin McIntyre - L'Axe du viseur
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Touche-moi pas là!
Simon Daniel - Jaune
Gospel Recording of the Year
The McGuires - Livin' For That Day
One8Tea - Reverence
Rootsdeepdown - Awoke & Raised
The Ryan Sisters - I Can Breathe
We The Rescued - Living Proof

Group Recording of the Year
Hillsburn - In The Battle Years
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Touche-moi pas là!
Paper Lions - Full Colour
The Town Heroes - Please, Everyone

Indigenous Artist of the Year

City Natives
Eskasoni Schools
Old Self & Kam Speech
Tristan Grant
War Horses (Tian Wigmore)
Jazz Recording of the Year
Donald MacLennan - Belleville
Florian Hoefner - Luminosity
Joel Miller - Dream Cassette
Scott 'n the Rocks - Live at Stayner's Wharf
Zoe Leger - The Girl From Yesterday
Loud Recording of the Year
Abysseral Throne - Storming the Black Gate
Counter Clockwork - Counter Clockwork
Last Call Chernobyl - Last Call Chernobyl
Lionsault - Are You Feeling Lucky?
Orchid's Curse - Cynics & Liars

Pop Recording of the Year
Caroline Savoie - Caroline Savoie
Dylan Menzie - Adolescent Nature
Hello Delaware - My Mistake
Ria Mae - Ria Mae

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Elise Besler - Lean In
Emily Stuart - Expression
Erin Costelo - Down Below, the Status Quo
Josh Lake - 40cm of Funk
Unidentified Funk Object - Space Funk Party

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

Cess - RISE
City Natives - Nomadic
Classified - Greatful
Phakt - Dropping Inwards
Quake Matthews & Kayo (The Search) - Lost & Found

Rising Star Recording of the Year
Devarrow - The Great Escape
Hillsburn - In The Battle Years
Like A Motorcycle - High Hopes
Shannon Quinn - If All The Young Ladies
Waterfront Fire - First Light

Rock Recording of the Year

Adam Baldwin - No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen-Eighty-Five)
Kestrels - Kestrels
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - Touche-moi pas là!
Long Distance Runners - Elements
The Motorleague - Holding Patterns

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year

Còig - Carols
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys - Laugh, Dance & Sing
Rum Ragged - Rum Ragged
Shannon Quinn - If All The Young Ladies
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - Auprès du poêle

Solo Recording of the Year

Ben Caplan - Birds With Broken Wings
Classified - Greatful
Erin Costelo - Down Below, the Status Quo
Old Man Luedecke - Domestic Eccentric
Ria Mae - Ria Mae

Songwriter of the Year
Ben Caplan
Dave Gunning
Erin Costelo
John McLaggan (Tomato Tomato)
Paper Lions (John MacPhee, Rob MacPhee, Colin Buchanan, David Cyrus MacDonald)
Ria Mae
Traditional Instrumental Recording of the Year

Andrea Beaton - With Betty and Dave
Christine Melanson - Constellations
Doug Dorward - Waves
Fretboard Journey - Fretboard Journey
Samantha Robichaud - Simplicity
Scott Macmillan & Colin Grant - GOOD2GO

Song of the Year
Classified - "No Pressure" (Producer: Classified)
Caroline Savoie - "Y'en aura" (Producer: Jay Newland)
David Myles - "It Don't Matter" (Producer: Classified)
REPARTEE - "Dukes" (Producer: REPARTEE, Young Wolf Hatchlings)
Ria Mae - "Ooh Love" (Producer: Classified)
Album of the Year
Classified - Greatful (Producer: Classified)
Erin Costelo - Down Below, the Status Quo (Producer: Erin Costelo)
Old Man Luedecke - Domestic Eccentric (Producer: Tim O'Brien)
REPARTEE - All Lit Up (Producers: Matt DeMatteo, Alexandre Bonenfant, Young Wolf Hatchlings, Howard Redekopp, and Adam King)
Willie Stratton - Della Rosa (Producer: Willie Stratton)
Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year

Adam Baldwin
Ben Caplan
Dave Gunning
Dylan Menzie
The East Pointers
Fortunate Ones
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Lennie Gallant
The Motorleague
Paper Lions
Ria Mae
The Stanfields
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin
Fans' Choice Video of the Year
Adam Baldwin - "Daylight" (Director: Scott Simpson)
Alana Yorke - "Anthem" (Director: Paul McCurdy)
Ben Caplan - "Birds With Broken Wings" (Director: John Rosborough)
Caroline Savoie - "Y'en aura" (Director: Dominique Laurence)
Classified - "Work Away ft. David Myles" (Director: Jason Levangie)
Heather Rankin - "We Walk As One" (Director: Scott Simpson)
Hillsburn - "Run Down" (Director: Mat Barkley, Badfunmedia)
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire - "Fais faillite" (Director: Jean Vital Joliat)
Long Distance Runners - "You Gotta Remind Me" (Director: Jeremy Rice)
The Motorleague - "The Boards" (Directors: Don Levandier & The Motorleague)
Paper Lions - "Believer" (Director: Mike Enns)
Ria Mae - "Gold" (Director: Alon Isocianu)
Walrus - "Wearing It" (Director: Jeff Miller)
Company of the Year

The Citadel House
GroundSwell Music
Rocking Horse Road Productions
Sound of Pop
Event of the Year

Cavendish Beach Music Festival
Celtic Colours International Festival
Future Forest Music & Arts Festival
In The Dead of Winter
PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls
Graphic/Media Artist of the Year

Abracazebra Productions
Deep Hollow Print
mark young
Tara Thompson
Live Sound Engineer of the Year

Alex Ford
Devin Farrell
Jon Matthews
Kory Bayer
Stephen "Snickers" Smith
Management/Manager of the Year

GroundSwell Music
Jones & Company
Kilbride Music
Nigel Jenkins
Sonic Entertainment Group
Media Outlet of the Year

The Barbershop Sessions
Canadian Beats
East of the Dial
Halifax is Burning
What's the Finish? Podcast
Media Person of the Year

Adria Young
Jean-Étienne Sheehy
Joee Adams
Producer of the Year

Daniel Ledwell
Jon Landry
Jon Matthews
Scott Ferguson
Studio Engineer of the Year

Darren van Niekerk
Erien Eady-Ward
Jon Matthews
Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd
Studio of the Year

Lakewind Sound Studio
New Scotland Yard Studio
Shell Lane Studio
The Sonic Temple
Studio FMP Matrix
Venue of the Year

The Citadel House
Garrick Theatre
The Marquee Ballroom
Plan b Lounge
The Seahorse Tavern
Video of the Year

Classified - "Work Away ft. David Myles" (Director: Jason Levangie)
Like A Motorcycle - "Nobody Knows" (Director: Dillon Garland)
The Motorleague - "The Boards" (Directors: Don Levandier & The Motorleague)
Ria Mae - "Gold" (Director: Alon Isocianu)
The Town Heroes - "Outer Space" (Director: Dillon Garland)
"Announcing the East Coast Music Awards nominations is always one of the most exciting things we get to do each year. This year's nominees feature legendary East Coast acts as well as some of our region's most exciting up-and-coming artists," says Andy McLean, ECMA Executive Director. "Plus, we've got so much more amazing news to share, including our festival showcasing lineup, the SOCAN Song House, and the list goes on. We're thrilled to be coming back to Saint John for the first time in 15 years. It's going to be an event to remember!"