Announcing The 2018 Music Nova Scotia Award Winners

Forty-nine Music Nova Scotia Awards in forty-eight categories were handed out this evening, at the Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn in Truro.

Mo Kenney won two awards, including Solo Recording of the Year and Rock Recording of the year. David Myles and Maxim Cormier also walked away with two awards each. David Myles won Recording of the Year and Americana Recording of the Year, and Maxim Cormier won Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year and Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year.

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.


Flagship Construction Entertainer of the Year: Makayla Lynn

Solo Recording of the Year (presented by Murphy’s Fish & Chips): Mo Kenney - “The Details”

Group Recording of the Year (presented by Subway): Hillsburn - “The Wilder Beyond”

Music Video of the Year (presented by Vintage Mouldings): Jessie Brown - “Undertow” Director: Gavin MacLean

New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by O’Healthy Market): No, It’s fine - “No, It’s fine”

Recording of the Year (presented by Mirror Image Media): David Myles - “Real Love”

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN): Gabrielle Papillon - “When The Heart Attacks” (Songwriter: Gabrielle Papillon)

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year: Maxim Cormier

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

Alternative Recording of the Year: POSTDATA - “Let’s Be Wilderness”

Americana Bluegrass Recording of the Year: David Myles - “Real Love”

Blues Recording of the Year (presented by Belly Up BBQ & Grill): Dan Doiron - “Livin’ Centre Stage”

Children’s Artist of the Year (presented by McDonald’s): Razzmatazz for Kids

Classical Recording of the Year: Jeff Reilly - “To Dream of Silence”

Country Recording of the Year (presented by Best Western Glengarry Plus Hotel): Ryan Cook - “Having A Great Time”

Digital Artist of the Year: The Town Heroes

DJ of the Year: DJ IV

Electronic Artist of the Year (presented by Ticketpro): PINEO & LOEB

Folk Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle): Ben Caplan - “Old Stock”

Hip Hop Recording of the Year (presented by Cobequid Dance Academy): Quake Matthews - “Celebrate The Struggle”

Indigenous Artist of the Year (presented by Inglis Jewelers): Alan Syliboy and the Thundermakers

Jazz Recording of the Year: Jerry Granelli - “Dance Hall”

Loud Recording of the Year: Kilmore - “Call of the Void”

Musician of the Year (presented by Koltech Windows & Entrance Systems): Leith Fleming-Smith

Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Open Hearth Park): Christina Martin - “Impossible to Hold”

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by Aggregate Equipment): Mo Kenney - “The Details”

Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada): Maxim Cormier - “Maxim and Gervais Cormier: Cape Breton Guitar”


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

Community Presenter of the Year (presented by MacQuarries Pharmasave): Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society

Company of the Year (presented by Truro Mall): The Syrup Factory

Corporate Sponsor of the Year (presented by Hampton Inn & Suites): Casino Nova Scotia

Educator of the Year (presented by Dalhousie Agricultural College): Craig Mercer

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

Industry Professional of the Year (presented by The Tweed Suit - Traditional Barbering): Dana Beeler

Live Technician of the Year:  Trevor DeSouza

Manager of the Year: Melanie Stone

Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke

Producer of the Year: Daniel Ledwell

Production Company of the Year: groundSOUND

Promoter of the Year: Mike Campbell

Publicist of the Year: Trevor Murphy

Radio Program of the Year (presented by Culinary Creations by Ellen): East Coast Music Hour (CBC)

Radio Station of the Year (presented by Theriault Financial): CKDU-FM, 88.1 FM, CKDU

Recording Studio of the Year: New Scotland Yard

Studio Engineer of the Year: Thomas Stajcer

Venue of the Year (presented by Ticketpro): The Carleton

Visual Artist of the Year: kt Lamond

Volunteer of the Year (presented by Subway): Christine Latter-Stratton and Eirinn Fraser


Voting closes on October 26th at 5:00 PM (AST). Votes are limited to one vote per IP address, per day. If you are trying to vote from a household from which other people are voting, you may not be able to do so.


David Myles

Nattily dressed in a suit and tie, wearing his trademark specs, he looks like Buddy Holly transposed to an after-hours supper club. But Myles’s music conveys a populist appeal that leaves no one lacking. – No Depression

Rock ’n’ roll’s diverse, electrifying roots dig deep into David Myles’ tenth album, Real Love. You can hear them in the old-school Johnny Cash shuffle and lightning-in-a-bottle twang of “Night And Day.” They pull you by the hand and dance slowly to the swingy drums and ‘50s-era, Roy Orbison croon of “Easy.” With the rousing orchestral thrill of “Night After Night,” they sprawl out into simmering soul as Myles seethes at a lover who’s been running around with another. Over Real Love’s 13 tracks, written as razor-sharp as Myles’ signature suits, those roots grow into a spectacular family tree of American musical tradition—with all its blood, sweat, and tears—that’s as endlessly entertaining as it is riveting.


Hillsburn is a powerhouse. Their songs are timeless, their sound every bit as anthemic as Florence + The Machine’s, but with soaring three-part harmonies thrown in for good measure. After touring extensively in support of their award-winning debut in Canada and the US, the band released a follow-up, The Wilder Beyond, on February 2, 2018.


Makayla Lynn

Named “one to watch” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Makayla Lynn has already earned herself ECMA’s and Music Nova Scotia’s country album of the year before she was even old enough to drive. Hundreds of shows a year and millions of youtube video views has Makayla splitting her time between Nova Scotia and Nashville.


Mo Kenney

With her third album, The Details, Mo Kenney traces her own strange, devastating, and ultimately hopeful trip through the trials and tribulations of booze-fuelled breakdowns, clouds of depression, and disintegrating relationships. On each of its 14 tracks, she unflinchingly confronts her annihilation and eventual redemption, leaving nothing out. The concept album is her most personal and cohesive work to date—combining elements of bruising rock ’n’ roll, vivid psychedelia, and haunting, left-of-the-dial pop, Kenney navigates the darkest waters in her life with self-deprecation, genuine soul-baring, and typical black humour. It opens with a calm before the storm as the eerie sadness of “Cat’s Not a Cake”—about splitting a beloved pet in half as a relationship falls apart—provides a deceptively gentle beginning to a ride that swiftly steers into self-destruction.


Reeny Smith

Whether she is playing with a full band, as a trio with her backup singers or solo on the keys, Reeny delivers magic every time, lighting up the room. Her extraordinary vocals, confident stage presence, and energetic live show make for a truly unforgettable, entertaining experience.


T. Thomason

With over a decade of experience in the music industry at 23 years old, T. Thomason is a force to be reckoned with in the Canadian music scene.

Thomason has garnered multiple ECMA and Music Nova Scotia nominations, placements on Degrassi, songwriting awards and recognition as one of Canada’s Top 25 Under 25 by CBC Music. T. has shared the stage with The Trews, Joel Plaskett, Gord Downie, Collective Soul, Fefe Dobson, Dragonette, and Carly Rae Jepsen, to name a few. Most recently, Thomason has been named Casino Nova Scotia’s Artist in Residence for 2018.

Nova Scotia Music Week 2018 Conference Schedule Announced

The Nova Scotia Music Week 2018 conference theme, Building Stronger Music Communities, will focus on three globally trending topics: the monumental rise of urban music genres, music synchronization, and the night-time economy 

With 60+ visiting guests from around the world, delegates will have the opportunity to have discussions about the current state of the industry, influencing positive change, education, international export, career development, and nurturing strong music ecosystems.

Check Out the Complete NSMW Conference Schedule Now

Get to Know the NSMW 2018 Delegates 

Music synchronization is a constantly expanding and evolving segment of the music industry, that has the ability to provide a significant source of additional revenue to artists. Hear from some of the best and most active professionals in the field of sync, on challenges and opportunities, do’s & don’ts, and how to succeed in the highly competitive world of syncArtists will also have the opportunity to Pitch ‘n Sync directly to music supervisors, sync managers, and publishers attending NSMW, they’ll receive constructive feedback on the spot.

NSMW is inviting the management and staff of live music venues, festivals, and music hosting establishments to attend a FREE training session with emerging leader in nightlife safety Vancouver’s Good Night Out team. This session will cover the following topics: statistics about sexual misconduct, legal context of harassment and assault in Canada, identifying risks for perpetuation in your space, strategies for mitigation, policy and procedure, navigating disclosures/documentation and bystander intervention. RSVP is required and is now open. 

In 2017 hip-hop surpassed rock as the most popular genre in the US, for the first time ever. The NSMW urban conference track is designed to facilitate the growth of the urban music genres in Nova Scotia. The urban conference track will give Nova Scotia’s up and coming artists the chance to learn how to run a successful career, global trends, and network with festival buyers and industry professionals from around the world.

In addition to these 3 highly topical tracks, NSMW will be offering one-on-one meetings, 5 minute pitch sessions, and interactive social media workshops.  

Delegate Passes Available Now 


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