Tuesday, March 3, 2009

News:: Yay For The 2009 ECMA(s)

We pride ourselves on exposing you fine folks to the music scene here in Halifax and the Maritimes in general, so I felt a little bad about our lack of coverage for this past weekend's East Coast Music Awards. The awards were held in the booming metropolis of Corner Brook Newfoundland, and I have no doubt that the event was a blast for everyone in attendance.

The awards were broadcast on CBC in the plumb, Sunday 10 ET timeslot, but in the highly-likely event that you didn't see the broadcast, I thought we'd run down some of the winners that we've covered here on the hill.

The big winners on the evening were Newfoundland's own Hey Rosetta!, who took home the Western Petroleum Group Recording of the Year, the FACTOR Recording of the Year, and the Newcap Radio Alternative Recording of the Year. I've been a big fan of Hey Rosetta! since being introduced to them through their re-worked EP a couple years ago, and I loved the new album, so I think the accolades are well-deserved.

Former Haligonian Jill Barber said a final goodbye to the East Coast (she's a Vancity resident these days) with two ECMA wins (Female Solo Recording of the Year and Jazz Recording of the Year) for her recent album, Chances. If you read the Ack's fawning review of Chances, then you wouldn't be surprised to hear we think she's a very deserving winner.

Hill-homie Joel Plaskett warmed up for his impending domination of next year's awards (due to his soon-to-be-released triple album Three) with an Entertainer Of The Year win. Nova Scotia's bizarro-world version of Hey Rosetta!, The Tom Fun Orchestra, won the Rising Star Recording of the Year. Juno winners Wintersleep took home the video of the year award for Weighty Ghost.

David Myles is not only one of my wife's favorite singer-songwriters, but he's also a very smart, very funny guy who has put out back-to-back excellent albums - so it's nice to see him get a nod for Folk Recording of the Year. Christina Martin's Two Hearts is an album that both the Ack and I enjoyed, and so it's nice to see her get rewarded with Pop Recording of the Year. Matt Mays & El Torpedo picked up Rock Recording of the Year, and I thought Terminal Romance was a really solid rock record, so it was a fine choice.

There's a lot a talent, just here in this hastily-written post alone, so I think it's safe to say that the East Coast music scene is in a rather healthy place right now. Congrats to all the winners and nominees from you friends here at the hill.

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