January 22, 2012 | Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2012 concluded with fanfare Saturday night in Charlottetown with the Music PEI Awards Gala presented by Ocean 100 at the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Twelve awards were handed out with Catherine MacLellan taking home three of them for a total of five on the week. These awards included Album of the Year, Video of the Year, Female Solo Recording, S.A.C. Songwriter and Roots Contemporary Recording.
“This year was certainly our most ambitious Music Week with so many highlights,” says Music PEI Executive Director, Rob Oakie. “Each year I am continually impressed with the development and maturing of the Island music industry. Island artists continue to make their mark at home, across Canada, and around the world and are cause to make all of us proud.”
Folk-rockers Racoon Bandit won two awards on the night, Group Recording and Hunter’s Ale House Rock Recording, as did Ashley Condon, who picked up two prizes earlier in the week.
Island fiddler, teacher and luthier Kim Vincent was remembered with a Lifetime Achievement Award. Kim passed away in 2009 and was widely regarded as one of Canada's most talented traditional Irish musicians on fiddle, guitar and tin whistle.
Revered singer-songwriter Lennie Gallant was presented with the Rooted to the Island Award, given annually to a successful Island artist from PEI living elsewhere.
Other awards recipients at Saturday’s packed concert included Paper Lions for Entertainer of the Year, Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold for SpinCount Touring Artist of the Year, Al Tuck for Male Solo IndiaRecording, Kinley Dowling for Musician of the Year, and the Indian River Music Festival for Achievement in Classical music.
Complete 2012 Music PEI Award Winners
ACHIEVEMENT IN CLASSICAL MUSIC
Indian River Festival
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Catherine MacLellan (Producers: David Baxter & Catherine MacLellan)
COUNTRY RECORDING OF THE YEAR
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
EVENT OF THE YEAR
Festival of Small Halls
FEMALE SOLO RECORDING OF THE YEAR
GROUP RECORDING OF THE YEAR
LOUD RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Death Valley Driver
MALE SOLO RECORDING OF THE YEAR
MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR
NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
RECORDING STUDIO/TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR
Big Grey Sound Studio
HUNTER'S ALE HOUSE ROCK RECORDING OF THE YEAR
ROOTS CONTEMPORARY RECORDING OF THE YEAR
ROOTS TRADITIONAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin
SOCAN SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
SPINCOUNT TOURING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold
VENUE OF THE YEAR
Hunter's Ale House
VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Director: Milles Clarkes
VISUAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Lorne Miller (pixbylorne)
BELL ALIANT WEEKEND WARRIOR OF THE YEAR
INDUSTRY PERSON OF THE YEAR
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR
ROOTED TO THE ISLAND AWARD
LYNN GRISHKO BURSARY