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.


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"


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.