2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards Nominees & Performers Announced!

Press release provided  by Music Nova Scotia

2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards Nominees Announced: Kim Harris and Adam Baldwin

Receive Six Nominations, Blue Rodeo to Perform

Symphonic songstress Kim Harris and roots-rocker Adam Baldwin lead the pack at this year’s Music Nova Scotia Awards with six nominations each, followed by Carleton Stone and The Town Heroes who have five nods each. The awards will be handed out during the 2014 Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), held in Truro Colchester from November 6-9. 

Other artists receiving multiple nominations include Don Brownrigg, Jimmy Rankin and Kuato, who each have four.
Voting for the awards is open to members of Music Nova Scotia. Voting is now open and will close on Tuesday, September 23 at 5:00 PM.
The general public will have a chance to vote for the Music Nova Scotia Entertainer of the Year award. Online voting for this award will open in October. The Music Nova Scotia Awards will be handed out Sunday, November 9th at the Music and Industry Awards Brunch to be held at the Holiday Inn Truro.

This year marks a shift in programming at NSMW, as there will be no awards gala. In its place will be an arena show headlined by Canadian country-rock legends Blue Rodeo, with support from Adam Baldwin and Carleton Stone. The show will be held on Sunday, November 9 in Truro’s Rath Eastlink Community Centre.

Music Nova Scotia Executive Director Scott Long believes this change will be a significant improvement from past festivals.

“We’ve decided to move away from an awards gala this year in favour of a ‘Super Show’ with an internationally recognized act such as Blue Rodeo,” says Long. “We want to make this a more performance-centred event to create a wider appeal for festival goers. Blue Rodeo is a perfect fit for NSMW as our mandate is to showcase and celebrate the music and musicians of Nova Scotia. Band member Greg Keelor is a native Cape Bretoner who has achieved great success in the music industry. The show will be a great celebration to cap off what’s sure to be an amazing NSMW.”

The festival will feature 100 showcasing artists from throughout the province, playing in eight venues in Truro Colchester. Coinciding with the showcases will be the NSMW industry conference, which brings in music professionals from around the world to participate in panels, presentations and workshops that deal with a wide range of topics surrounding the current and future state of the industry.

For the full list of awards nominees, NSMW ticket information, full showcasing lineup, and other information, please visit www.nsmw.ca


NSMW 2014 showcasing artists include:

AA Wallace, Aaron C. Lewis, Adam Baldwin, Alan Jeffries, Alana Yorke, Alert the Medic, Alycia Putnam, Ambition, Anne Janelle, Archer Lee, Asia & NuGruv, Banded Stilts, Ben Caplan, Black Moor, Breagh MacKinnon, Cam Smith, Carleton Stone, Carmen Townsend, Cassie and Maggie, Celtic Rant, Chaos Theory, Charlie A'Court, Chelsea Amber, Chris Martin Trio, Christina Martin, Còig, Corey LeRue, Cyndi Cain, Dan Doiron, Dana Beeler, Dance Movie, Dave Sampson, DJ IV, Don Brownrigg, Dub Kartel, Dumpster Mummy, Dylan Guthro, Floodland, Full Moon Minglewood Rising, Gabrielle Papillon, Gianna Lauren, Glory Glory, Gypsophilia, Ian Janes, Ian Sherwood, In-Flight Safety, JD Clarke, Jessie Brown & The Black Divine, Joe Murphy and The Water St. Blues Band, Kayleigh O'Connor, Kevin Davison, Kim Harris, Kuato, Kyle Mischiek, Last Call Chernobyl, Like a Motorcycle, Magnolia, Makayla Lynn, Mardeen, Mary Beth de Scène, Matthew Hornell, Maxim Cormier, Mike Boyd, Molly Thomason, Morgan MacDonald, Nathalie Ladouceur, Neon Dreams, Orchid's Curse, Paper Beat Scissors, Papilio, Pretty Archie, Quake Matthews, Quiet Parade, R$ $mooth, Rachel Davis, Ragged Mane, Rain Over St. Ambrose, Reeny Smith, Ria Mae, Ronald Bourgeois, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, Samantha Power, Scientists of Sound, Soho Ghetto, The Brood, The Christine Campbell Band, The Fourth Well, The Hupman Brothers Band, The Mellotones, The Stanfields, The Town Heroes, The Worry Birds, Three Sheet, Walrus, and Witchitaw

The 2014 Music Nova Scotia Awards nominees are:

Entertainer of the Year

Carleton Stone
David Myles
Kim Harris
Mo Kenney
The Town Heroes
The Trews

Female Artist Recording of the Year (presented by Delta Hotels and Resorts)

Christina Martin - Remember Me
Cyndi Cain - Soul Food
Jenn Grant - Clairvoyant EP
Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
Kim Wempe - Coalition
Molly Thomason - Columbus Field

Group Recording of the Year

Alert The Medic - The Phantom Moves
Gloryhound - Loaded Gun
Gypsophilia - Horska
Kuato - The Great Upheaval
The Heavy Blinkers - Health
The Town Heroes - Sunday Movies

Male Artist Recording of the Year (presented by Delta Hotels and Resorts)

Adam Baldwin - Adam Baldwin
Asif Illyas - Synesthesia
Carleton Stone - Draws Blood
Don Brownrigg - It Takes All Kinds (to make this world, I find)
Jimmy Rankin - Back Road Paradise
Matthew Hornell - Have It All

Music Video of the Year

Cam Smith - “Turbo” (Director: Jon Eisner)
Don Brownrigg - “Sweet Dream Sleeper” (Director: Germain Collinge)
Gypsophilia - “Horska” (Directors: Sydney Smith, Jason Levangie)
Kuato - “Groundwork” (Director: Jeff Miller)
Monomyth - “Patsy” (Director: Seth Smith)
The Town Heroes - “Holdin' Up Grants” (Director: Dillon Garland)

New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Centre Truro)

Adam Baldwin - Adam Baldwin
Còig - Five
Dark for Dark - Warboats
Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
The Brood - All Debit No Credit
the WAYO - Wanderings EP

Recording of the Year (presented by Krista Keough Creative Communications)

Adam Baldwin - Adam Baldwin
Carleton Stone - Draws Blood
Jimmy Rankin - Back Road Paradise
Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
Kuato - The Great Upheaval
The Heavy Blinkers - Health

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN)

Adam Baldwin - “Love You With My Eyes Closed” (Songwriter: Adam Baldwin)
Carleton Stone - “When You Come Home” (Songwriters: Carleton Stone, Dylan Guthro)
Don Brownrigg - “Sweet Dream Sleeper” (Songwriter: Don Brownrigg)
Jenn Grant - “Epic Sweep” (Songwriters: Charles Austin, Jenn Grant, Graeme Campbell)
Jimmy Rankin - “Cool Car” (Songwriters: Jimmy Rankin, Patricia Conroy, Bob Moffatt, Clint Moffatt)
Kim Harris - “The Weight of It All” (Songwriter: Kim Harris)

Aboriginal Artist of the Year

Adrian Morris
Angelo Spinazzola
Black & Grey
City Natives
Mike Diabo

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year (presented by La Fédération culturelle acadienne de la Nouvelle-Écosse (FéCANE)

Boudreau / Vanier
Maxim Cormier
Ronald Bourgeois
Yvette d'Entremont

African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year

Cam Smith
Chelsea Amber
Jay Mayne
Reeny Smith
Samm Splash
Thrillah Kane

Alternative Recording of the Year

Belladonna - Belladonna
Kuato - The Great Upheaval
Like A Motorcycle - Stay Single
The Brood - All Debit No Credit
Willie Stratton & The Boarding Party - Deserter

Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year

Bend the River - So Long Joan Fontaine
Danielle Smith - Little Seeds
E.B. Anderson & The Resolutes - Broken Down Horse
Matthew Hornell - Have It All
The Modern Grass - City Ghosts

Blues Recording of the Year (presented by The Blues Own)

Chris Martin Trio - Young Blood
Joe Murphy and the Water St. Blues Band - Testifyin'
The Hupman Brothers Band - Black River Blues

Country Recording of the Year

Jimmy Rankin - Back Road Paradise
Kevin Davison - Encore
Makayla Lynn - Daydream
Samantha Power - How To Be Strong
TJ King - TJ King
Witchitaw - Tearin' It Up

Digital Artist of the Year

Cam Smith
Christina Martin
Neon Dreams
The Stanfields
The Town Heroes

DJ of the Year

Bit Funk
Jules Bangsworth

Electronic Recording of the Year

And All That Were Left Were Monsters - Words Are Useless
And All That Were Left Were Monsters - Volume One
Joshua Van Tassel - Dance Music: Songs for Slow Motion

Folk Recording of the Year

Banded Stilts - Little Village
Blou - 20 temps
Dark for Dark - Warboats
Kim Harris - Only The Mighty
Terry Kelly - Always There
The Stanfields - For King and Country

Hip Hop Recording of the Year

Alfie - New Fans
Ambition - Man of the Year
Aux Jennings - Get it or Cop a Raincheck
City Natives - 4 Kingz
Jay Mayne - F*KIT
Thrillah Kane - Thrillville 2

Inspirational Recording of the Year

Chelsea Amber - Introducing Chelsea Amber
Christina Martin - Remember Me
Josh Lake - Across 110th Street

Jazz Recording of the Year

Gypsophilia - Horska
Jack's Cats - Jack's Cats: Low Down Dirty Swing, Live
Karen Robinson - Karen Robinson With
Maxim Cormier - Maxim Cormier: 2
Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington - Bicoastal Collective: Chapter Four

Loud Recording of the Year

Dumpster Mummy - Life Compactor
Like A Motorcycle - #motorpool EP
Rockville Warriors - Rockville Warriors
The Bombing of Dresden - Scavenger's Daughter

Musician of the Year

Adam Baldwin
Adrian Morris
Jamie Gatti
Keith Mullins
Kris Richards
Mark Bachynski

Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Elegant Steps)

Carleton Stone - Draws Blood
Dave Sampson - No Pressure No Diamonds
Don Brownrigg - It Takes All Kinds (to make this world, I find)
Jenn Grant - Clairvoyant EP
Kim Wempe - Coalition
The Heavy Blinkers - Health

Rock Recording of the Year

Adam Baldwin - Adam Baldwin
Alert The Medic - The Phantom Moves
Gloryhound - Loaded Gun
Molly Thomason - Columbus Field
The Town Heroes - Sunday Movies
The Trews - The Trews

Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse)

Allie Bennett - Full Circle
Boudreau / Vanier - Boudreau / Vanier
Còig - Five
Gillian Boucher - Attuned
Papilio - First Flight
Troy MacGillivray - Tune Poets

Urban Recording of the Year

Cyndi Cain - Soul Food
Nicole Ariana - 4 Seasons EP
Samm Splash - The Breakup EP
the WAYO - Wanderings EP

The 2014 Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards nominees are:

Booking Agent of the Year

Bethany Fulde (Berserker Lion)
Jason MacIsaac (JJ Bookings)
Stephanie Purcell (LimeLight)

Community Presenter of the Year

Deep Roots Music Cooperative
Harmony Bazaar
Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre
Parrsboro Band Association
Petite Riviere Volunteer Fire Department
St. Cecilia Concert Society

Company of the Year

Acadian Embassy
Burnt Tree Entertainment
Forward Music Group
GroundSwell Music
LimeLight Group

Corporate Sponsor of the Year (presented by Music Nova Scotia)

Acadia Broadcasting (CKBW and Hank FM)
Bell Aliant
Casino Nova Scotia
Impact Communications
Molson Coors Canada
Rogers Radio (92.9 JACK FM + News 95.7)

Educator of the Year (presented by Halifax Pop Explosion)

Allie Bennett
Craig Mercer
Erin Costelo
Keith Mullins
Krista Keough
Marko Simmonds

Event of the Year

Full Circle Festival
Halifax Jazz Festival
Halifax Pop Explosion
Harmony Bazaar
In The Dead of Winter Festival
New Glasgow Riverfront Jubilee

Industry Professional of the Year

Craig Mercer
Don Brownrigg
Ian McKinnon
Janesta Boudreau
Jason Burns
Trevor Murphy

Live Technician of the Year

Georgia Richards
Jeff Harlow
John Ellingbo
Jon Cornwall
Stephen "Snickers" Smith
Trevor Desouza

Manager of the Year

Heather Gibson
Ian McKinnon
Jason Burns
Josh Pothier
Kyle Cunjak
Mike Greatorex

Media Professional of the Year

Candy Palmater
Jen Ochej
Jill Chappell
Stephanie Johns
Stephen Cooke
Trevor Murphy

Producer of the Year

Dale Murray
Daniel Ledwell
Fred Lavery
Jason Mingo
Joel Plaskett
Scott Ferguson

Production Company of the Year

II Eleven
Christie Lites
Sound Source Pro Audio
Sound Systems Plus
Tour Tech East

Promoter of the Year

Bethany Fulde
Mike Campbell
Octopi Entertainment
Sonic Concerts
Tiffany Spencer
Troy Arseneault

Publicist of the Year

Grace Russell
Jen Ochej
Kimberly Sinclair (SpinCount)
Matt Charlton (Pigeon Row)
Wendy Phillips (Phillips Public Relations)

Radio Program of the Year

East Coast Countdown (Syndicated)
East Coast Rising (101.9 The Hawk (CIGO-FM))
Halifax is Burning (CKDU)
Route 104 (Q104)
That East Coast Show (CKBW)
The Blues Own (Syndicated)

Radio Station of the Year (Presented by Theriault Financial)

92.9 JACK FM
Big Dog 100.9
CBC Radio 1
Radio 96.5FM

Recording Studio of the Year

Echo Chamber
Echo Lake
Lakewind Studios
New Scotland Yard
The Old Confidence Lodge
The Sonic Temple

Studio Engineer of the Year

Charles Austin
Diego Medina
Erien Eady-Ward
Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd
Pat Martin
Scott Ferguson

Venue of the Year

Glasgow Square Theatre
The Bus Stop Theatre
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
The Company House
The Seahorse Tavern
Union Street Cafe

Visual Artist of the Year

Fish Bone Prints
Josh Lake
Justin MacPherson Wiles
Mat Dunlap
Scott Blackburn
Sydney Smith

Volunteer of the Year

Allyson Marsh
Heather Doran
Kelsey Butt
Lisa Hammet Vaughan
Martin Maunder
Tara MacDonald

NSMW Partners:

Title Partner: Molson Canadian

Host Community: Town of Truro


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