Tue, Jan 15, 2013.
New Brunswick had a lower-than-usual number of nominations for this year's East Coast Music Awards. The 2013 nominees were made public Tuesday in Halifax, as the city prepares to host the event on March 10th. In total, the province racked up 25 nods, which is down from the 30-plus secured in the past few years. And in the major prize categories, only one name came through, Fredericton-born David Myles. His three nominations leads the provincial total, but even those are debatable. Nova Scotia also claims the singer-songwriter as theirs, since he has lived in Halifax for several years. Officially in ECMA records he's listed as a Nova Scotia artist.
While categories such as Song of the Year and Rock Recording of the Year get much of the publicity around the event, and have no representation from this province, other categories are dominated by New Brunswickers. That includes four of the five nominees in Aboriginal Recording, four of five in Classical Recording, three of five in Francophone, and three of five in Gospel. First Nations performer Gary Sappier also scored well, in the running for both Aboriginal and R'n'B/Soul recording of the year.
Perhaps the biggest surprise was the lack of a multiple nomination for Moncton's alternative country act The Divorcees. They are previous ECMA winners in the country category, and recently took home four Music NB awards, but only scored a nomination in the Fan's Choice Video of the Year. Other notable N.B. names missing from the list include Fredericton's Sleepy Driver, and Saint John's Brent Mason.
Here's the complete list of New Brunswick artists nominated for 2013 ECMA's:
Aboriginal Recording of the Year: City Natives - City Natives, Gary Sappier Band - Gary Sappier Blues Band, Old Self - Who?, Speechless - Dangerous Methods
Children's Recording of the Year: Coach Patt - Coach Patt , Scotty and the Stars - Time to Get Up
Classical Recording of the Year: David Rogosin - Evocation, Edmund Dawe & Lynn Johnson, Duo Pianists - Dialogue, Helen Pridmore and Wesley Ferriera - Between the Shore and the Ships, Saint John String Quartet - Saint John String Quartet & Jacques Dupriez
Electronic Recording of the Year: In Dreams - Sleepwalk
Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year: David Myles
Fan's Choice Video of the Year: David Myles - "Long Dark Night" (Director: Hiep Vu), The Divorcees - "The Crows" (Director: Scott Simpson)
Folk Recording of the Year: David Myles - Into The Sun
Enregistrement francophone de l'année / Francophone Recording of the Year: Lisa LeBlanc - Lisa LeBlanc , Monique Poirier - Parler de paradis, Pascal Lejeune - Le bruit des machines
Gospel Recording of the Year: Eleanor McCain - Holiday , Kingswood University Chorale - You Are Holy , Stephanie Mainville - Old Man Winter
Jazz Recording of the Year: Joel Miller - Swim
R&B/Soul Recording of the Year: Gary Sappier Band - Gary Sappier Blues Band
Traditional Instrumental Recording of the YearL Dominique Dupuis - Dominique Dupuis
World Recording of the Year: Shaun Ferguson - Ascensions
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Bob Mersereau has been covering music, and the East Coast Music Scene since 1985 for CBC. He's a veteran scene-maker at the ECMA's, knows where the best shows and right parties are happening, and more importantly, has survived to tell the tales. His weekly East Coast music column is heard on Shift on Radio 1 in New Brunswick each Wednesday at 4'45. He's also the author of two national best-selling books, The Top 100 Canadian Albums (2007) and The Top 100 Canadian Singles (2010).