Announcing The 2016 Music Nova Scotia Award Winners

 (November 6, 2016, Truro, Nova Scotia) Forty-eight Music Nova Scotia Awards were handed out on Sunday, November 6 at the Music Nova Scotia Awards Celebration at the Holiday Inn and Conference Centre Truro.

Ria Mae won five awards, including Recording of the year, Music video of the Year, Digital Artist of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, and Pop Recording of the Year. Classified won three awards, including Producer of the Year, Hip Hop Recording of the Year, and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year. Ben Caplan also walked away with two awards, The Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year and Folk Recording of the Year. On the industry side Sonic Entertainment group won two awards, Company of the Year and Promoter of the Year.


Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year: Ben Caplan

Solo Recording of the Year (presented by Elegant Steps): Erin Costelo - “Down Below, The Status Quo”

Group Recording of the Year (presented by Frank & Gino's): The Town Heroes - “Please, Everyone”

Music Video of the Year (presented by Vintage Mouldings): Ria Mae - “Gold” - Director: Alon Isocianu

New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by O'Healthy Market): Shannon Quinn - “If All The Young Ladies”

Recording of the Year (presented by My Home Apparel): Ria Mae - “Ria Mae”

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN): Ria Mae - “Gold” - Ria Mae, Luke Boyd, John Fortis, Emre Ramazanoglu

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

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

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

Alternative Recording of the Year (presented by NovelTea Bookstore Cafe): Quiet Parade - “Quiet Parade”

Americana/Bluegrass Recording of the Year: Old Man Luedecke - “Domestic Eccentric”

Blues Recording of the Year (presented by BellyUp BBQ & Grill): Kim Dunn - “Inspiration”

Classical Recording of the Year: Halifax Camerata Singers - “A Time For All Things”

Country Recording of the Year (presented by Best Western Glengarry Plus Hotel): Tj King - “Feels Right”

Digital Artist of the Year (Presented by Hub Grub): Ria Mae

DJ of the Year (presented by Upham's CARSTAR): DJ IV

Electronic Artist of the Year (presented by Canadian Music Week): Neon Dreams

Folk Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse): Ben Caplan - “Birds With Broken Wings”

Hip Hop Recording of the Year (presented by Andy's Tires): Classified - “Greatful”

Inspirational Recording of the Year: Keonté Beals - “Keonté Beals”

Jazz Recording of the Year (presented by Sea Shell Design): Donald MacLennan - “Belleville”

Loud Recording of the Year (presented by Noyes Records): Black Moor - “Brave To The Grave”

Musician of the Year (presented by Patterson Law): Keith Mullins

Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Beck & Boosh Jewelry and Styles): Ria Mae - “Ria Mae”

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by Aggregate Equipment): Adam Baldwin - “No Telling When (Precisely Nineteen Eighty-Five)

Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada): Shannon Quinn - “If All The Young Ladies”


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: Sonic Entertainment Group

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

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

Event of the Year (presented by Langille & Colburne - More than Events): Halifax jazz Festival

Industry Professional of the Year (presented by Casey Concrete Ltd.): Stephanie Purcell

Live Technician of the Year: Stephen “Snickers” Smith

Manager of the Year (presented by Music Managers Forum): Melanie Stone

Media Professional of the Year: Stephen Cooke

Producer of the Year (presented by Truro Toyota): Classified (Luke Boyd)

Production Company of the Year: groundSOUND

Promoter of the Year (presented by SRF2 Truro Mall Inc.): Sonic Entertainment Group

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: The Sonic Temple

Studio Engineer of the Year (presented by NSCC Truro): Scott Ferguson

Venue of the Year (presented by Music Canada Live): The Carleton Music Bar & Grill

Visual Artist of the Year: Abracazebra Productions (Megan Green)

Volunteer of the Year (presented by Local Love Truro): Sarah Atkinson

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

(October 7, 2016 Halifax, NS) Voting for the Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year is now open to the public. Voters can head to to choose their favourite Nova Scotian act of the past year. The winner will be announced at Molson Canadian Nova Scotia Music Week (NSMW), held in Truro from November 3-6. The online vote will close on Thursday, October 27th at 5:00 PM.
This year's nominees include Adam Baldwin, Ben Caplan, Classified, David Myles, Erin Costelo, and Ria Mae.

Note: Voters may only vote once a day per IP address.
For a full list of the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Music Awards nominees, click here.

For a full list of the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards nominees click here.
The Music Nova Scotia Awards will be handed out during the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Award Celebration presented by Lenore Zann, which will take place on Sunday, November 6th at 7:00 PM in the Elm/Oak Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Truro.

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For more information contact:
Blaise Theriault
Events & Marketing Manager
Music Nova Scotia
902-423-6271 ext. 103


Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 Conference to Focus on Publishing and Rights Management

Keynotes by Stacie Huckeba, David Lowery, and Benji Rogers

The Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 conference will see some of the top music publishers and rights management professionals in Canada attend the event to provide a full day of business training for delegates. Nova Scotia Music Week 2016 takes place in Truro, November 3-6. 

According to Music Nova Scotia executive director Scott Long, “Music publishing can be complex and confusing. In fact, it is one of the least understood aspects of the music industry but one of the most important revenue streams. Given this, it is crucial that the Music Nova Scotia membership have a full understanding of the inner workings of music publishing and rights management.”

American indie star David Lowery from the group Cracker will be on hand to deliver a keynote address on artist rights in the digital age and his world famous lawsuit against Spotify. Along with Lowery, the conference will feature Nashville based music photographer and blogger Stacie Huckeba who will deliver a keynote on the issue of sexism in the music industry.

The conference will also offer export training sessions on Poland and Eastern Europe, business development training on financial management and taxes and will include the third edition of the Women in the Music Business Town Hall. 

NSMW 2016 festival headliners include Classified, Ria Mae, Joel Plaskett, Mo Kenney, Garrett Mason, Christine Campbell and Truro legends Horse. Over 100 musical acts will play in venues across Truro during the event.

For the full NSMW 2016 conference schedule visit

To purchase delegate passes and festival tickets visit

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For more information and media inquiries please contact
Blaise Theriault
Events and Marketing Manager
off: +1 902-423-6271 Ext. 103
direct: +1 902-423-4153
mob: +1 902-452-4331



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