Music PEI continued to hand out awards as a part of May Run Music Festival on Thursday night in Charlottetown at The Guild and North Rustico at The Watermark Theatre. Award recipients were announced throughout the night at Art for Music presented by the PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls at The Guild which featured performances from an all female under 20 years old line-up that included Jenna Cyr, Emma Doucette, Angelina MacKinnon and Julia Dunn and Music Mosaic presented in collaboration with La Fédération Culturelle de l’ÎPÉ at the Watermark Theatre which featured performances by award nominees DOC, The Ross Family, Julien Kitson and special guest Yao.
“We are so excited to be able to finally do a show at the Watermark Theatre. It is such an incredible venue, the perfect home for the return of the Music Mosaic show.” says Music PEI Executive Director Rob Oakie. “The Guild is such a fantastic partner all year long and their support of local artists is unparalleled which is what makes them a perfect fit for Art for Music.”
Singer-songwriter Meaghan Blanchard, took home the hardware for Video of the Year, for her song “Crash” which was directed by Kyle Simpson from Lowell Productions. During Art for Music at The Guild it was announced that the Visual Artist of the Year award winner is Ryan Hutchinson, the newly created award for Digital Achievement went home with Upstreet Craft Brewing and Media Person of the Year is the host of CBC Mainstreet PEI Karen Mair. The Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year award recipient was announced at Music Mosaic presented by La Fédération Culturelle de l’ÎPÉ at Watermark Theatre with Vishten taking home the hardware.
Music PEI will be handing out 28 more awards to musicians and members of the music industry on PEI over the next few days. The Country Recording of the Year award will be announced at the Country Jubilee in Summerside at the Harbourfront Theatre on Friday night and the Classical/Jazz Recording of the Year award will be handed out at the Classical Show presented by PEI Symphony Orchestra at the Florence Simmons Hall on Saturday night. Twenty four awards will be handed out at the newly created Music PEI Awards Party on Sunday afternoon leaving two awards, Group Recording and Album of the Year to be presented at the grand finale to May Run Music Festival, the Closing Concert presented by Cavendish Beach Music Festival, this Sunday night at the Delta PEI Convention Centre.
A full schedule of events for May Run Music Festival can be found online at www.mayrunmusicfest.com. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.mayrunmusicfest.com or www.ticketpro.ca, by telephone at 1-866-908-9090 or in person at the May Run Music Festival box office which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the festival at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel.
Music PEI programs and activities are made possible through the ongoing support of the provincial departments of Economic Development and Tourism, Education, Advanced Learning and Culture and Innovation PEI as well as ACOA and FACTOR (Funded by the Government of Canada and the Public Broadcasters of Canada).