Some of the first awards for Music PEI week were handed out over the weekend.

Educator of the Year went to Alan Dowling. Pat Deighan of Back Alley and the Trailside Café won Industry Person of the Year. She's Gonna Fly by Meaghan Blanchard was named Country Recording of the Year.

Events continue throughout the week, including an Island-wide Friday Night Live! at 13 different venues, and the gala concert and awards ceremony Saturday at the Convention Centre in Charlottetown.

Blanchard's record is also up for Album of the Year. She is competing against Ashley Condon, Dennis Ellsworth, Paper Lions and Ten Strings and a Goat Skin.

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