By: Tara Thompson
The East Coast Music Award nominees and initial showcasing artists were announced today at a press conference in St. John’s. Rich Aucoin topped the list with six nominations followed by Jimmy Rankin with five and Radio Radio & The Trews with four nominations each.
Just a few of the names you may recognize from previous posts here are RocketRocketShip (Rising Star Recording of the Year), Neon Dreams (Electronic Recording of the Year), and SoHo Ghetto (Pop Recording of the Year).
There are two fan voted awards which you can head to www.thetelegram.com to vote for up until March 16th.
Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year:
Ben Caplan and the Casual Smokers
The Town Heroes
Fans’ Choice Video of the Year
Don Brownrigg – “Sweet Dream Sleeper” (Director: Germain Collinge)
Jimmy Rankin – “Cool Car” (Director: Margaret Malandruccolo)
Paper Lions – “Philadelphia” (Directors: JP Poliquin and Nathan Bouey)
Radio Radio – “Ej Feel Zoo” (Director: Jonathan Bensimon)
Rich Aucoin – “Want to Believe” (Director: Jason Eisener)
Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind – “Morning Break” (Directors: Adam Penney and Justin Davis)
The Stanfields – “Hard Miles” (Director: Dillon Garland)
The Town Heroes – “Holdin’ Up Grants” (Director: Dillon Garland)
The Trews – “What’s Fair is Fair” (Director: Drew Lightfoot)
If you’re wondering how regions squared up against each other, Nova Scotia leads with 101 total nominations, followed by Newfoundland and Labrador will 35, New Brunswick with 31, Cap Breton with 24 and PEI with 13.
Jonny Harris will be hosting the awards gala on Thursday, April 9 at the Jack Byrne Arena in Torbay, NL. The gala is broadcast in HD by Eastlink nationwide on their TV anywhere platform Eastlink To Go and OnDemand at 8pm NL. Artists performing include Neon Dreams, Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Amelia Curran, Shanneyganock, Ennis, Catherine MacLellan and Coig.
Some of the initial showcasing artists include Another North, RocketRocketShip, In-Flight Safety, Mo Kenney, The Secrets, Fortunate Ones, Matthew Hornell, Paper Lions and many more.
Check out a full run down of all award nominees and the first round of showcasing artists here: http://www.ecma.com/news/rich-aucoin-jimmy-rankin-radio-radio-and-the-trews-lead-2015-east-coast-mus
The 2015 Eastlink East Coast Music Week runs from April 8th to the 12th in St. John’s, NL.
I’m Tara and I’m a graphic designer from Newfoundland. I am very fortunate to live in a city where there is a ton of amazing musicians. I’ve grown very fond of the local music scene in St. John’s and some of my favorite bands are ones I’ve met through going to local shows.