HALIFAX: Several Strait area musicians were among those honoured at the 2018 East Coast Music Association (ECMA) awards last weekend.

The 30th annual East Coast Music Awards Festival and Conference was held from May 2-6 in Halifax. It was a weekend of performances and awards celebrating the best of music from the Atlantic Provinces.

“It’s been amazing to celebrate our event in Halifax, the city where the ECMAs all began 30 years ago,” said Andy McLean, ECMA executive director. “Congratulations to all of this week’s winners and nominees, and thank you to all of the incredible artists who’ve performed throughout the week.”

Among the artists representing the Strait area this year was the Cape Breton Celtic group Còig featuring Chrissy Crowley, Jason Roach, Rachel Davis, and Darren McMullen. The group took home the award for Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year for their latest album Rove.

Makayla Lynn, a singer and songwriter with roots in L’Ardoise, won Country Recording of the Year for her album, On a Dare and a Prayer. Lynn became well-known in the world of country music at a young age, releasing her first album at the age of 12. She now has four albums to her credit, and in 2016, she represented Nova Scotia in the Canadian Country Music Association Spotlight contest

Paul Tynan received an award for Jazz Recording of the Year for his album, BiCoastal Collective: Chapter 5 with grammy winning saxophonist, Aaron Lington. Tynan is an associate professor at StFX where he teaches jazz trumpet, jazz history, and arranging.

The ECMA have recently partnered with the Canadian Songwriter Hall of Fame to recognize a song by an East Coast artist each year. This year, guitarist and folklorist Allister MacGillivray was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame for “Song for the Mira.”

Influential Cape Breton fiddler Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald was a posthumous recipient of the Stompin’ Tom Award. The award is given to honour those who have made a long-term contribution to the East Coast Music Industry and paved the way for other artists.

Next year’s ECMAs will take place in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. For a full list of this year’s award winners visit: ecma.com/news.