Mon, Oct 21, 2013.
Music New Brunswick has named its champs for 2013, with two Moncton groups, The Motorleage and Les Hay Babies coming out on top. The awards gala was the capping event of the four-day conference, which featured showcase performances from bands around the province, held at various venues around Saint John. It was the first time in its four-year history the event was held outside Moncton.
Sunday night's gala was held at the Imperial Theatre, with performances by artists such as Jessica Rhaye, Danny Boudreau, and Samantha Robichaud. Les Hay Babies won Francophone Recording of the Year and Francophone Group Recording of the Year for their disc Le Folio, among their six awards. The Motorleague took the Anglophone equivalents of those two major prizes, as well as three others.
Also honoured was Saint John native Ken Tobias, who received the first-ever Director's Lifetime Achievement Award. Ms. Rhaye performed his hit Every Bit Of Love during the ceremonies.
Here is the complete list of winners for Music New Brunswick Awards:
Anglophone Recording: The Motorleague - Acknowledge, Acknowledge
Francophone Recording: Les Hay Babies - Le Folio EP
Anglophone Group Recording: The Motorleague - Acknowledge, Acknowledge
Francophone Group Recording: Les Hay Babies - Le Folio EP
Anglophone Solo Recording: Shaun LeBlanc - Kaleidoscope
Francophone Solo Recording: Caroline Savoie - Laisse-moi rêver
Instrumental Recording: Ryan LeBlanc - Solitude
Emerging Artist/Group: Shaun LeBlanc
Découverte de l'année: Les Hay Babies
SOCAN Song of the Year (Anglophone): The Motorleague - North America
Chanson SOCAN of the Year: Les Hay Babies - Obsédée
Blues Recording: Ross Neilsen - The Shack Up Session
Rock/Loud Recording: The Motorleague - Acknowledge, Acknowledge
Roots/Folk Recording: Les Hay Babies - Le Folio EP
Pop Recording: Caroline Savoie - Laisse-moi rêver
Country Recording: Laurie LeBlanc - Influences
Electronic or Urban Recording: In Dreams - Sleepwalk
Collaborative Musician of the Year: Samantha Robichaud
Video/DVD: The Motorleague - North America (Director: Josh Warburton)
Music Business of the Year: Lynn Daigle/Malkin Music/Cyper PR Army
Music Industry Professional of the Year: Lynn Daigle
Educator of the Year: Samantha Robichaud
Expat Artist of the Year: Lisa LeBlanc
Choix du public: Les Hay Babies
Fan's Choice: Kendra Gale
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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).