2018 East Coast Music Awards Rundown

The awards for the 2018 East Coast Music Awards were given out on two separate nights this year, the first was on May 3 which was music awards and then the second was on May 6 which consisting of the rest of the music awards as well as the industry awards and special awards. We were able to cover the majority of these nights for you! The ones without photos were either not there or during the time when we had to step out.

Thursday night, the following awards were given out:

Album of the Year:
Rose Cousins – Natural Conclusion (Producer: Joe Henry)

Bucky Adams Memorial Award:
Measha Brueggergosman

Directors’ Special Achievement Award:

Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year:
Matt Minglewood

Fans’ Choice Video of the Year:
KINLEY – “Microphone” (Director: Jenna MacMillan)

Francophone Recording of the Year:
Jacques Jacobus – Le retour de Jacobus

Group Recording of the Year:
Les Païens – Carte noire

Indigenous Artist of the Year:
City Natives

Pop Recording of the Year:
Jenn Grant – Paradise

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year:
Quake Matthews – Celebrate the Struggle

Rising Star Recording of the Year:
KINLEY – Letters Never Sent

Song of the Year:
Rose Cousins – “Grace” (Producer: Joe Henry)

Songwriter of the Year:
Joel Plaskett

Last night (May 6), the rest of the Music Awards were passed out, as well as the many Industry Awards, and special awards. The host, Stephen Antle did a great job, check out our coverage from the night.


Blues Recording of the Year:  
Tie! Mike Biggar – Go All In and Matt Minglewood – Fly Like Desperados

Country Recording of the Year:
Makayla Lynn – On A Dare and a Prayer

Dance Recording of the Year:
CRaymak – Play With Fire ft Neon Dreams

Electronic Recording of the Year:

Folk Recording of the Year:
Rose Cousins – Natural Conclusion

Gospel Recording of the Year:
Measha Brueggergosman – Songs of Freedom

Instrumental Recording of the Year:
Rosie MacKenzie – Atlantic

Jazz Recording of the Year:
Paul Tynan and Aaron Lington – Bicoastal Collective: Chapter 5

Loud Recording of the Year:
ZAUM – Eidolon

Rock Recording of the Year:
Jessie Brown – Keeping Appearances

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year:
Còig – Rove

Solo Recording of the Year:
Mo Kenney – The Details


Company of the Year:

Event of the Year:
Lunenburg Folk Harbour Festival

Graphic / Media Artist of the Year:
Jud Haynes

Live Sound Engineer of the Year:
Stephen “Snickers” Smith

Management / Manager of the Year:
Sonic Entertainment Group

Media Outlet of the Year:
Halifax Is Burning

Media Person of the Year:
Hillary Windsor

Producer of the Year:
Daniel Ledwell

Studio Engineer of the Year:
Jamie Foulds

Studio of the Year:
New Scotland Yard

Venue of the Year:
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill

Video of the Year:
Kevin Davison – “When Those Sirens Are Gone”

On top of all of these awards, there were also a number of Honorary Awards:

Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction:
Allister MacGillivray for “Song for the Mira”

Directors’ Special Achievement Award:
Kevin Macmichael

Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award:
Lynn Horne

Industry Builder Award:
Louis Thomas

Musicians’ Achievement Award:
Geoff Arsenault

Stompin’ Tom Awards:
James McQuaid (MCJ) and Richard Gray (Cool G) (NS)

Jon Rehder (PEI)
Liz Solo (NL)
Gordie Tufts (NB)
Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald (CB)

There were also some performances last night. Starting off the night was Ouroboros:

Next was PEI’s Lennie Gallant.

The final performance that we caught was the one and only, Heather Rankin.


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