Music NB Nominees Announced, Special Award For Ken Tobias

A huge congrats to this year's crop of nominees for Music NB awards. The list was announced today at a press conference in Saint John, this year's host city. It's the 4th annual awards, and the first time it's being held outside Moncton. The awards ceremony will be held during a gala on Sunday, Oct. 20 at the Imperial Theatre, after several nights of conferences and showcases in the Port City for Music NB Week.

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For the first time, a new honorary award is being introduced. It's the Directors' Lifetime Achievement Award, to honour successful composers and musicians who have made significant contributions to their art and development of the industry. The first to be honoured is Saint John's own Ken Tobias, a hitmaker and songwriter, with over four decades in the music scene. He wrote The Bells' top ten Billboard hit Stay Awhile, and scored Canadian chart hits with his own I Just Want To Make Music, Give A Little Love and others. He's returned to Saint John to live and work in recent years, and has written with and mentored such local artists as Jessica Rhaye and Mike Biggar.

There are 24 awards in total, with such acts as Samantha Robichaud, Les Hay Babies, The Motorleague, Ross Neilsen and Andy Brown scoring multiple nominations. Here's the full list:

GENERAL CATEGORIES NOMINEES
Recording of the Year (anglophone): In Dreams (Sleepwalk); Danger Cat (The Danger Cat EP); The Motorleague (Acknowledge, Acknowledge); Ross Neilsen Band (Resurrection); Samantha Robichaud (In the Green Room)

Recording of the Year (francophone) : Danny Boudreau (Les p'tites heures du matin); Les Hay Babies (Le Folio EP); Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire (Hilaire à boire); John Boulay Blues Quartet (John Boulay Blues Quartet); Caroline Savoie (Laisse-moi rêver)

Group Recording of the Year (anglophone): The Motorleague (Acknowledge, Acknowledge); In Dreams (Sleepwalk); Danger Cat (The Danger Cat EP); Motherhood (Diamonds & Gold), Ross Neilsen Band (Resurrection)

Enregistrement de groupe de l'année (francophone): John Boulay Blues Quartet (John Boulay Blues Quartet); Les Hay Babies (Le Folio EP); Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire (Hilaire à boire)

Solo recording of the Year (anglophone): Ross Neilsen (The Shack Up Sessions); Shaun LeBlanc (Kaleidoscope); Andy Brown (Tinman); Marissa Rignanesi (This Side of the Snow); deathraysalad (FREE STUFF EP)

Enregistrement solo de l'année: Caroline Savoie (Laisse-moi rêver); Danny Boudreau (Les p'tites heures du matin); Laurie LeBlanc (Noir et blanc); Maxime McGraw (Maxime McGraw)

Enregistrement Instrumental Recording: deathraysalad (FREE STUFF EP); La Tour Baroque Duo (The Last Time I Came O'er the Moor); Ryan LeBlanc (Solitude)

Emerging Artists of the Year: John Jerome and the Congregation; Jimmy Lingley; Shaun LeBlanc; Stephen Lewis & the Big Band of One; Danger Cat

Découverte de l'année: John Boulay Blues Quartet; Les Hay Babies; Les jeunes d'asteure; Maxime McGraw

SOCAN Song of the Year (francophone): Danny Boudreau (La photo sur le mur); Laurie LeBlanc (Feu de rêve au Fond-de-la-Baie); Les Hay Babies (Obsédée); Maxime McGraw (Mon éternité)

SOCAN Song of the Year (anglophone): The Motorleague (North America); In Dreams (Sleepwalk); Andy Brown (Tinman); Redwood Fields (Accidentals); Shaun LeBlanc (Paradise)

GENRE SPECIFIC CATEGORIES NOMINEES
Enregistrement Blues Recording: Gary Sappier Blues Band (The Gary Sappier Blues Band); John Boulay Blues Quartet (John Boulay Blues Quartet); Paul Douglas (Goodbye American Dream); Ross Neilsen (The Shack Up Session)

Enregistrement Rock/Loud Recording: The Motorleague (Acknowledge, Acknowledge); Verse the Sun (And Moon); Ross Neilsen Band (Resurrection); John Jerome and the Congregation (Ask Not What I Can Do For You, But What We Can Do Together); Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire (Hilaire à boire)

Enregistrement Roots/Folk Recording: Samantha Robichaud (In the Green Room); Danny Boudreau (Les p'tites heures du matin); Les Hay Babies (Le Folio EP); Becka de Haan (Long Awaited, Unexpected); Jared Lutes (When We Grow Younger)

Enregistrement Pop Recording: Redwood Fields (Accidentals); Shaun LeBlanc (Kaleidoscope); Caroline Savoie (Laisse moi rêver); Maxime McGraw (Maxime McGraw); Andy Brown (Tinman)

Enregistrement Country Recording: Laurie LeBlanc (Influences); Marissa Rignanesi (This Side of the Snow); Whitewater (Many Roads)

Electronic or Urban Recording: In Dreams (Sleepwalk); My Lost Era (Phantôme - Lonely Ghost); Bones & FWLR (Cerveau de bois - Remix); The Cauldron Project (Fire Pit feat. Wartime); The Trick (You Find It In Others EP)

SPECIAL CATEGORIES NOMINEES
Collaborative Musician of the Year: Kendra Gale; Jamie Guitar; John Boulay; Kyle McDonald; Samantha Robichaud

Video/DVD of the Year: The Motorleague (North America); The Cauldron Project (People Splode); Paul Douglas (Goodbye American Dream); Lovestorm (Now I Know You); The Playdates (Ashes to Airwaves)

Music Business of the Year: InterAction School of Performing Arts; Malkin Music/Cyber PR; BRandom Talent

Music Industry Professional: Sarah Nesbitt, Lynn Daigle, Chuck Teed, Jeff Liberty, Marc Xavier LeBlanc

Educator of the Year: Chuck Teed; Katherine Moller; Samantha Robichaud; Karl Gans, Michel Cardin

Expat of the Year: David Myles; Lisa LeBlanc; Lina Boudreau

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