Paper Lions, Ashley Condon Lead Way In Music PEI Nominations

Congratulations to our next-door neighbours! The Music PEI award nominees have been announced, with the usual solid lineup of Island talent represented. Leading the pack is the rock band Paper Lions, with seven noms, including Album of the Year for My Friends, Entertainer of the Year, Group Recording, and more. Next up is folk perfomer Ashley Condon, who grabbed six nominations, including Album of the Year for The Great Compromise. She's followed closely by a couple of fellow songwriters, Dennis Ellsworth and Meaghan Blanchard, both with five nods.

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The 2014 Music PEI Week is being held the last week of January, with the Awards Gala itself on February 1 at the brand new PEI Convention Centre in the Delta Prince Edward Hotel. The host for this year's event is Island comedian and storyteller, Patrick Ledwell. It's the eleventh year for the awards.

Here's the full list of nominees:

Acheivement in Classical Music
Branden Kelley
Indian River Festival
Richard Covey
Singing Strings Orchestra
UPEI Wind Symphony

Album of the Year
Ashley Condon - This Great Compromise
Dennis Ellsworth - Hazy Sunshine
Meaghan Blanchard - She's Gonna Fly
Paper Lions - My Friends
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - Corbeau

Bell Aliant Weekend Warrior
Barry O'Brien
Plain Dirty Blues Band
Ryan Merry

Country Recording of the Year
Barry O'Brien - Barry O'Brien
Jolee Patkai - Going Home
Meaghan Blanchard - She's Gonna Fly
Neil Matthews - Back in my Country Days
Old Stone Station - Western Road

Entertainer of the Year
Ashley Condon
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Paper Lions
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin
Tim Chaisson

Event of the Year
Charlottetown Pop
Indian River Festival
The Close to the Ground Concert Series

Female Solo Recording of the Year
Ashley Condon - This Great Compromise
Drea Macdonald - In a Heartbeat
Fiona MacCorquodale - Grounded
Meaghan Blanchard - She's Gonna Fly
Teresa Doyle - Teresa Doyle

Group Recording of the Year
Colour Code - Houle EP
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - Pickin n Clickin
Paper Lions - My Friends
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - Corbeau
Two Hours Traffic - Foolish Blood

Male Solo Recording of the Year
Barry O'Brien - Barry O'Brien
Chas Guay - Promises
Dennis Ellsworth - Hazy Sunshine
Dylan Menzie - Heather Avenue
Jordan Cameron - Your History / Don't Worry

Media Person of the Year
Blair Arthur Dewar
Doug Gallant
Karen Mair
PixbyLorne
Todd MacLean

New Artist of the Year
Barry O'Brien - Barry O'Brien
Colour Code - Houle EP
Dylan Menzie - Heather Avenue
Old Stone Station - Western Road
Wildcat - Wildcat

Pop Recording of the Year
Colour Code - Houle EP
Drea Macdonald - In a Heartbeat
Paper Lions - My Friends
Two Hours Traffic - Foolish Blood

Producer of the Year
Colin Buchanan
Jon Mathews
Nathan Wiley

Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year
Amy & Rachel Beck - Amy & Rachel Beck
Ashley Condon - This Great Compromise
Chas Guay - Promises
Dennis Ellsworth - Hazy Sunshine
Teresa Doyle - Teresa Doyle

Roots Traditional Recording of the Year
Fiona MacCorquodale - Grounded
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys - Pickin n Clickin
Jolee Patkai - Going Home
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - Corbeau

Hunter's Ale House Rock Recording of the Year
Arrows In The Air - Diamond Horizons
Death Valley Driver - Graveyard Dead
Dylan Menzie - Heather Avenue
Jamie MacSwain - Temporary Moon
Wildcat - Wildcat

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year
Ashley Condon - "Betty's Song" - This Great Compromise
Dennis Ellsworth - "Coke Machine Glow" - Hazy Sunshine
Jordan Cameron - "Your History" - Your History / Don't Worry
Meaghan Blanchard - " She's Gonna Fly" - She's Gonna Fly
Paper Lions - "My Friend" - My Friends

Spincount Touring Artist of the Year
Dennis Ellsworth
Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys
Paper Lions
Tim Chaisson

Venue of the Year
Globe World Flavours
Harmony House Theatre
Hunter's Ale House
Indian River Festival
Trailside Cafe' & Inn

Video of the Year
Ashley Condon - "This Great Compromise" Directed by - Nils Ling
Jordan Cameron - "Your History/Don't Worry" Directed by Kyle Simpson
Meaghan Blanchard - "She's Gonna Fly" Directed by Kyle Simpson
Paper Lions - "Philadelpia" Directed by - Millefiore Clarkes
Tim Chaisson - "Bail You Out" Directed by - Kyle Simpson

Visual Artist of the Year
Moe Chandler
NHDT Photography
Phil MacIsaac
PixbyLorne

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