Amelia Curran, Ennis score at MusicNL awards in Gander
The Once win fan-chosen entertainer of the year award
Singer-songwriter Amelia Curran and sisterly singers Ennis each took home three awards Sunday night at the annual Music NL awards, with recognition being shared through the night between established artists and rising stars.
The awards were presented at the Arts and Culture Centre in Gander.
Ennis won for album of the year, group of the year and Celtic-traditional group of the year.
Curran won female artist of the year for her album Spectators, songwriter of the year for her song Years and folk-roots artist of the year.
Singer-songwriter Chris Picco won male artist of the year for his album The Beach.
The folk trio The Once won the entertainer of the year award, a fan-based award in which votes were collected through CBC's regional website in Newfoundland and Labrador.
One of the new acts to win was St. John's band RocketRocketShip, which took pop-rock act of the year.
Drummer Jeremy Kelly said the win is just the start for the up-and-coming act.
"I think we're going to take this as an opportunity, to enjoy this for a minute," he said.
"But then it's just motivation to work even harder [and] come back next year, bigger and better."
One of the most emotional moments of the evening came with the presentation of the lifetime achievement award to music educator and conductor Maxine Stanley, a mainstay of choral music in the province who has worked for decades in Grand Falls-Windsor.
"I really am flabbergasted," said Stanley, reacting to the standing ovation she received. "I really don't know what to say, because music is my life."
Guitarist Craig Young won two awards, for side musician and country artist of the year.
"I'm a bit shocked, because I never think about winning trophies or winning awards," said Young.
"But it's such a great thing. It's an honour. It's a privilege to receive it, knowing that there are people out there who think that much of your music."
FACTOR Album of the Year: Ennis - The Fortunate Ones
BellAliant Fan's Choice Album of the Year: The Rolling Kings - Raise a Glass
Canadian AV Group of the Year: Ennis - The Fortunate Ones
Coast 101.1FM Female Artist of the Year: Amelia Curran - Spectators
Dc Design House Male Artist of the Year: Chris Picco - The Beach
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year: Amelia Curran - Years
CBC Entertainer of the Year: The Once
Statoil Rising Star New Artist or Group of the Year: Adam McGrath & The Tearjerkers - My Colour Red
Molson Coors Pop/Rock Artist or Group of the Year: RocketRocketShip - Your Best Kept Secret
Telegram Folk/Roots Artist or Group of the Year: Amelia Curran - Spectators
Alternative Artist or Group of the Year: Idlers - Idlers
Steele Communications Celtic/Traditional Artist or Group of the Year: Ennis Sisters - It's Christmas
Classical Artist or Group of the Year: Lady Cove Women's Choir - Heart's Delight
Country Artist or Group of the Year: Craig Young - Black Diamond Strings
Gospel Artist or Group of the Year: Dan Bursey - Priceless
Instrumental Artist or Group of the Year: Gordon Quinton - A Guitar's Story
Urban/Electronic Artist or Group of the Year: Blair Goudie - Death Beach Boat Club
Side Musician of the Year: Craig Young
Lifetime Achievement: Maxine Stanley
Industry Builder: Dean Stairs
On Saturday, MusicNL presented a number of industry awards. They include:
Volunteer of the year - Jud Haynes
Industry professional - Jud Haynes
Outstanding company of the year - Fred's Records
Media person of the year - Tom Power, CBC
Music educator of the year - Kathy Conway Ward
With files from Lindsay Bird