Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2013 concluded Saturday night to a packed theatre for the 12th Annual Music PEI Awards Gala, presented by Ticketpro at the Homburg Theatre at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown.
Twelve awards were handed out during the evening of musical performances by this year’s nominees and winners representing some of the best music on the Island. Dennis Ellsworth picked up the award for Album of the Year for Dusk Dreams, making this his third of the week. Ellsworth leads the pack of award winners this year. His other awards include Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year and SOCAN Songwriter of the Year.
Catherine MacLellan picked up two awards at the gala – Entertainer of the Year and Touring Artist of the Year. MacLellan has been touring relentlessly across Canada, the US, Europe and the UK developing her career as one of Canada’s premier singer songwriters. English Words also picked up two awards this night for Video of the Year for “People I Love”, directed by Millefiore Clarkes, and for Pop Recording of the Year for Red Potion. Bad Habits, also with a total of two Music PEI awards this year, picked up their second award during the gala for New Artist of the Year. They also won the people’s choice Bell Aliant Weekend Warrior award earlier in the week.
Music teacher Jonathan MacInnis of Montague Intermediate School took home the Educator of the Year award. Mr. MacInnis has been a strong advocate for students in the geographical area of the Montague Family of Schools, searching for ways to support their need to become greater musicians.
Pop Rockers Paper Lions picked up their first award during the gala for Group Recording of the Year for their EP, At Long Creek. Paper Lions’ band member Colin Buchanan received the Sound Production of the Year award earlier in the week for his work producing North Lakes latest release Grand Prix as well as Paper Lions’ EP At Long Creek.
Entrepreneur and successful business owner Steven Barber was selected by the Music PEI Board of Directors for the Industry Person of the Year Award for all he does in support of Island musicians, booking them for shows at his three popular venues in Charlottetown – Hunter’s Ale House, The Factory and Globe World Flavours.
Charlie Hansen, who was a founder of the P.E.I. Music Awards Association (PEIMAA) received the Lifetime Achievement Award for a music career spanning over 50 years. Charlie has been a musician, songwriter, broadcaster, columnist, sound engineer, producer, studio owner and his work establishing the PEIMAA helped lead to what is now known as Music PEI.
Other awards recipients at Saturday’s packed concert included Aaron Crane for Musician of the Year, and Jenn Grant, who received the Rooted to the Island award which is given to artists with Island roots but are now pursuing their careers elsewhere. Previous winners have been Rose Cousins and Lennie Gallant.
Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week has grown to an Island-wide event that brings together artists, the music industry and the public for a jam-packed week of concerts, workshops, panels and the Gala Awards Show at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. The industry workshops brought music industry professionals to PEI from as far away as Los Angeles.
“Metro Credit Union Music PEI Week 2013 has been our most successful to date as a weeklong festival celebrating the best music made here on the Island and the people who make it” said Rob Oakie, Executive Director of Music PEI. “In a tradition that started 12 years ago, the event continues to grow along with the industry here. The conference workshops during Music PEI Interactive presented By Ticketpro and organised by Shannon Pratt, were by far the best we have had yet with great educational and networking opportunities”.
Complete List Of 2013 Music PEI Award Winners
Visual Artist of the Year – Lorne Miller – pixbylorne
Hunter’s Ale House Rock Recording of the Year – North Lakes for Grand Prix
Country Recording of the Year – Eddy Quinn for Rememory
Event of the Year – P.E.I. Festival of Small Halls
Jazz & Blues Recording of the Year – Max Keenlyside for Mostly Max
Roots Traditional Recording of the Year – Gordon Belsher for Passed Presence, Past & Present
Bell Aliant Weekend Warrior – Bad Habits
Achievement in Classical Music – P.E.I. Symphony Orchestra
Lynn Grishko Memorial Bursary – Hannah Rollwage
Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year – Dennis Ellsworth for Dusk Dreams
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year – Dennis Ellsworth for “Electric Stars”
Sound Production of the Year – Colin Buchanan
Male Solo Recording of the Year – Tim Chaisson for “The Other Side”
Venue of the Year – Trailside Cafe & Inn
Album of the Year – Dennis Ellsworth for Dusk Dreams
Entertainer of the Year – Catherine MacLellan
Group Recording of the Year – Paper Lions for At Long Creek
New Artist of the Year – Bad Habits
Musician of the Year – Aaron Crane
Pop Recording of the Year – English Words for Red Potion
Educator of the Year – Jonathan MacInnis
Touring Artist of the Year – Catherine MacLellan
Industry Person of the Year – Steve Barber
Lifetime Achievement – Charlie Hansen
Rooted to the Island – Jenn Grant
Video of the Year – English Words for “People I Love” directed by Millefiore Clarkes