HALIFAX: Some familiar names are among this year’s East Coast Music Award (ECMA) nominees.
Last week, the East Coast Music Award Association released the list of nominees for its 30th anniversary year. Winners will be announced at the 2018 ECMA festival and conference, which will be held in Halifax from May 2-6.
The category for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year features several local artists, including Còig, a Celtic quartet featuring Chrissy Crowley, Jason Roach, Rachel Davis, and Darren McMullen, for their most recent album, Rove. A nomination also went to guitar and fiddle duo Scott Macmillan and Colin Grant for GOOD2GO, as well as husband and wife duo Alexis MacIsaac and Callum MacKenzie for The Bay Street Sessions.
Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, a Halifax-based Celtic duo with family connections in Antigonish County, are also up for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year and Group Recording of the Year for their album, The Willow Collection.
Antigonish County singer, guitar player and accordion player, Mary Beth Carty, received a nod for Francophone Recording of the Year nod for Les biens-nommés.
Cheticamp guitarist and composer Maxim Cormier has been nominated for Indigenous Artist of the Year, and Makayla Lynn, a singer and songwriter with roots in L’Ardoise, is up for Country Recording of the Year for her album, On a Dare and a Prayer.
Port Cities, a folk-pop trio featuring StFX Jazz alumnus Breagh MacKinnon is up for three awards, including Pop Recording of the Year for their debut album Port Cities, Song of the Year for “Back to the Bottom” and Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year.
StFX Jazz Professor Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington received a nomination for Instrumental Recording of the Year and Jazz Recording of the Year for their album BiCoastal Collective: Chapter 5.
Mabou vocalist Heather Rankin picked up a nomination for Video of the Year for “Titanically” and The Town Heroes are up for Fans’ Choice Video of the Year for “Thought Police.”
The Celtic Colours International Festival, which celebrated 21 years in October, is up for an industry award for Event of the Year. Nominations for Company of the Year and Management/Manager of the year went to GroundSwell Music, a Halifax-based artist management and record label headed up by Ian MacKinnon of Port Hawkesbury.
A full listing of 2018 ECMA nominees can be found at: ecma.com.