Announcing The 2017 Music Nova Scotia Award Winners

Fifty Music Nova Scotia Awards in Forty-nine categories were handed out on Sunday, November 5 at the Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn Truro. 

Port Cities won five awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, Pop Recording of the Year, and Recording of the Year. Jules Bangsworth and Rose Cousins walked away with two awards each. Rose Cousins won Americana Recording of the Year and Solo Recording of the Year, and Jules Bangsworth won DJ of the Year and Electronic Artist of the Year. Quake Matthews also received two awards which, include SOCAN Songwriter of the Year and Hip Hop Recording of the Year for his project “The Search” with Kayo. On the industry side, Sonic Entertainment group won two awards, Company of the Year and Promoter of the Year. CKDU also received two industry awards for Radio Program of the Year and Radio Station of the Year.

Music: 

Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year: Port Cities

Solo Recording of the Year (presented by Cody Custom Guitars): Rose Cousins - "Natural Conclusion"

Group Recording of the Year (presented by Boston Pizza): Port Cities - “Port Cities”

Music Video of the Year (presented by Vintage Mouldings): Jessie Brown - "DEBT (We Ain't Got No Money)" Director: Gavin Maclean

New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by O'Healthy Market): Hello Delaware - "My Mistake"

Recording of the Year (presented by My Home Apparel): Port Cities - "Port Cities"

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN): Quake Matthews - "Confessions (featuring Neon Dreams)” (Songwriters: Matthew Arab, Gordie Sampson, J Wellington)

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year (presented by Grant Thornton): Maxim Cormier

African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year (presented by Town of Truro Diversity Advisory Committee): Reeny Smith

Alternative Recording of the Year (presented by Culinary Creations by Ellen): Walrus - "Family Hangover"

Americana Recording of the Year (presented by Masstown Market): Rose Cousins - "Natural Conclusion"

Blues Recording of the Year (presented by Belly Up BBQ & Grill): Caribou Run - "Something Organic Will Happen"

Children’s Artist of the Year (presented by CARSTAR Express): Keith Mullins

Classical Recording of the Year: Scott Macmillan - "Currents of Sable Island" and Symphony Nova Scotia - "Schubert"

Country Recording of the Year (presented by Best Western Glengarry Plus Hotel): Makayla Lynn - "On a Dare and a Prayer"

Digital Artist of the Year (presented by HAF Skate and Tattoo/ Jimolly's Bakery Cafe): Port Cities

DJ of the Year: Jules Bangsworth

Electronic Artist of the Year (presented by Ticketpro): Jules Bangsworth

Folk Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse): Bill & Joel Plaskett - "Solidarity"

Hip Hop Recording of the Year (presented by Cobequid Dance Academy): The Search (Quake Matthews & Kayo) - "Lost and Found”

Indigenous Artist of the Year (presented by Millbrook First Nation): City Natives

Inspirational Recording of the Year: Nova Scotia Mass Choir - "Immanuel"

Jazz Recording of the Year (presented by Sugar Moon Farm): The Blue Lane - "Blind EP"

Loud Recording of the Year (presented by Noyes Records): Oceanic - "Trappist"

Musician of the Year (presented by Sea Shell Design): Ron Hynes

Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Open Hearth Park): Port Cities - "Port Cities"

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by Aggregate Equipment): Like A Motorcycle - "High Hopes"

Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada): Cassie and Maggie - "The Willow Collection"

Industry:

Booking Agent of the Year (presented by CBDC NOBL): Jason MacIsaac

Community Presenter of the Year (presented by MacQuarries Pharmasave): The Pavilion

Company of the Year (presented by Burchell MacDougall LLP): Sonic Entertainment Group

Corporate Sponsor of the Year (presented by Hampton Inn & Suites): TD

Educator of the Year: Craig Mercer

Event of the Year (presented by Events Truro Colchester): Halifax Jazz Festival

Industry Professional of the Year (presented by Ticketpro)Mike Campbell

Live Technician of the Year: Trevor DeSouza

Manager of the Year: Melanie Stone

Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke

Producer of the Year: Erin Costelo

Production Company of the Year: groundSOUND

Promoter of the Year (presented by Truro Mall): Sonic Concerts

Publicist of the Year: Trevor Murphy

Radio Program of the Year: Halifax Is Burning (CKDU-FM)

Radio Station of the Year (presented by Theriault Financial): CKDU-FM

Recording Studio of the Year: Codapop Studios

Studio Engineer of the Year: Michael "Sheppy" Shepherd

Venue of the Year (presented by CMW)The Carleton Music Bar & Grill 

Visual Artist of the Year: Abracazebra Productions

Volunteer of the Year (presented by Local Love Truro): C.J. Hill


Music Nova Scotia’s board and staff wish to thank all of the individuals that helped make this event a success, including but not limited to performers, delegates, sponsors, committees, fans, family, and the entire Truro community. 

 

 

Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year Voting Now Open

Voting for the Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year is now open to the public. Voters can head to www.musicnovascotia.ca/entertaineroftheyear2017 to choose their favourite Nova Scotian act of the past year. The winner will be announced at Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), held in Truro from November 2-5. The online vote will close on Friday, October 27th at 5:00 PM.
 
This year's nominees are: Cassie and Maggie, Jenn Grant, Neon Dreams, Port Cities, Reeny Smith, and Rose Cousins.

Note: Voters may only vote once a day per IP address.
 
For a full list of the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Music Awards nominees, click here.

For a full list of the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards nominees click here.
 
The Music Nova Scotia Awards will be handed out during the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Award Celebration, which will take place on Sunday, November 5th at 7:00 PM in the Elm/Oak Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Truro.

For more information please visit www.nsmw.ca.

MUSIC NOVA SCOTIA FORMS PARTNERSHIP WITH URBAN MUSIC ADVISORY BOARD

NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight Conference
NSMW 2017 Hip-Hop Showcase 


As part of an ongoing effort to increase engagement and support for underrepresented music communities and genres, Music Nova Scotia has entered into an exciting new partnership with a collective of local urban genre artists and industry professionals. The Urban Music Advisory Board provides Music Nova Scotia with the necessary advice to better serve the urban music community. 


The Urban Music Advisory Board will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas, input and advice on the challenges and opportunities facing urban music artists and entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia via a designated seat on the Music Nova Scotia Board of Directors. 


Members of the collective include DJ IV, Kayla Borden, J-Bru and Shevy Price among others. J-Bru (Jason Bruce) has been appointed to the Music Nova Scotia board of directors to represent the collective.


According to J-Bru, "The Urban Music Advisory Board is crucial for the scene in Nova Scotia. As an urban artist, I've struggled to gain relevance in the music community in our province due to lack of resources and also lack of knowledge on my part. As a member of the Urban Music Advisory Board, I hope to use my almost 20 years of experience in the music scene to help out younger urban artists and give them a shot at some great opportunities that just were not there for me when I first started out."


Music Nova Scotia executive director Scott Long adds, “Music Nova Scotia has been increasing our efforts in advancing urban genres in Nova Scotia but requires partners directly in the community to assist us with this mandate. We recognize the need for more outreach and resources to improve the promotion and advancement of underrepresented music communities and genres and our partnership with the Urban Music Advisory Board is one of many new initiatives to come to improve on this front.”


NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight Conference

Urban music genres will be in the spotlight during the Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 conference. Nova Scotia Music Week 2017 will take place in Truro from November 2-5.


Urban music genres have been on the radars of millions of musicians and fans alike for decades, but despite the massive international commercial reach and success, artists, companies and entrepreneurs in the urban genres are often underrepresented when it comes to institutionalized music industry support and allocation of resources. The NSMW 2017 spotlight on urban genres is designed to better serve the urban music community and to facilitate the growth of urban music in Nova Scotia. It will give Nova Scotia’s up and coming urban artists the chance to learn about how to run a successful career, access funding, beat production, and network with festival buyers from Croatia, the Netherlands and the United States.


NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight Conference Programming and Guest Delegates
The NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight conference programming will give Nova Scotia’s up and coming urban artists the chance to network with and learn from some of the urban music industry’s key figures including: D.O. Gibson (Northstarr Entertainment), Henca Maduro (Epitome Entertainment/New Skool Rules), DJ Phat Phillie (Fresh Island Festival/Blackout Entertainment), Yusuf Muhammad (A3C Festival), Craig MacMillan (Move Right Music), and Joe Clark (The Feldman Agency).


The NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight program includes, one minute beat pitches to guest industry professionals, live beat production workshops along with panels on FACTOR funding, building a successful hip-hop team, urban music festivals, and a session with the newly formed Music Nova Scotia Urban Music Advisory Board. 


For the full NSMW 2017 Urban Music Spotlight conference schedule click HERE.


For the full list of guest delegates click HERE.


Hip-Hop Showcase
On Saturday, November 4th at 7:00 PM Music Nova Scotia presents the Hip-Hop Showcase at the Belly Up BBQ & Grill. Music Nova Scotia Award nominees Thrillah, MAJE, Shevy Price and City Natives will be joined by EPDMC, Mitchell Bailey and Jay Mayne, alongside the night’s hosts DJ IV and J-Bru. 


Other urban genre artists performing at NSMW 2017 include Ced Marty & Dave, Cyndi Cain, Jody Upshaw, Keonté Beals, Nicole Ariana, One8tea, Quake Matthews, Reeny Smith, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound, The Mellotones and the Working Class Band.


For the full NSMW 2017 festival schedule click HERE.

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