Colum­nist dusts off crys­tal ball to make an­nual ECMA award pre­dic­tions

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Ihave never seen so many nom­i­na­tions as there are for this year’s East Coast Mu­sic Awards. Some of the mu­sic cat­e­gories have nine and 10 nom­i­nees, mak­ing things very dif­fi­cult to hand­i­cap. Even so, I’m go­ing to give it a go, so let’s get started.

Let’s be­gin with the in­dus­try awards.

While I would love to see Cape Bre­ton Christ­mas Dad­dies win for broad­cast of the year, I ex­pect this prize will go to ei­ther At­lantic Air­waves or East Coast Count­down, while the award for me­dia per­son should go to ei­ther Doug Gal­lant or Jim­mie Inch.

The Celtic Colours In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val should take event of the year al­though the Lunen­burg Folk Har­bour Fes­ti­val is also a con­tender. The Mem­ber­tou Trade & Con­ven­tion Cen­tre should take the venue award with the Fredericton Play­house be­ing its main com­pe­ti­tion.

Sonic En­ter­tain­ment Group will likely re­peat as in­de­pen­dent com­pany of the year but I wouldn’t rule out ei­ther of the Cape Bre­ton nom­i­nees, Mar­cato Dig­i­tal So­lu­tions or The Joseph Scott En­ter­tain­ment Agency. And the award for record com­pany/dis­trib­u­tor/in­de­pen­dent la­bel of theyear is likely be­tween Sonic Records and Warner Mu­sic Canada.

Our own Dar­ren Gal­lop may take the in­dus­try pro­fes­sional award but he’ll face stiff com­pe­ti­tion from vet­eran Bruce Morel, who is also likely to get man­ager of the year.

There are four Cape Bre­ton­ers in the run­ning for stu­dio en­gi­neer: Jamie Foulds, Jon Matthews, Mike (Sheppy) Shep­herd and Scott Fer­gu­son with ei­ther Jamie or Sheppy the likely win­ner. Mean­while, the bat­tle for stu­dio of the year should be be­tween Lakewind Sound Stu­dios, Sound­park Stu­dios and The Sonic Tem­ple.

Fi­nally, the award for vis­ual artist is likely be­tween Kelly Clark and Chr!s Sm!th but things could be split up enough to al­low ei­ther Jes­sica Rhaye De­sign or Port Hawkes­bury’s Ch­eryl Smith to sneak through for the win.

Looking at the mu­sic side of things, I think that ei­ther Kim Wempe or Cale­do­nia will take the ris­ing star award.

For­ever is the front-run­ner for abo­rig­i­nal record­ing of the year but I wouldn’t rule out Richard Poulette as both Cape Bre­ton acts are pre­vi­ous win­ners.

Mean­while, the fran­co­phone award should go to BLOU or Pas­cal Le­je­une; Easley Steven­son Arse­nault should take the award for blues record­ing, and the blue­grass award should go to ei­ther The Grass Moun­tain Ho­bos or The Spin­ney Broth­ers.

The gospel cat­e­gory has a lot of new faces this year but I be­lieve that El­iz­a­beth and Scott Rhyno or The As­cen­sions have the best shot.

Ge­orge Canyon is the ob­vi­ous main con­tender for the coun­try award but if the vot­ing is tight, I wouldn’t rule out The Di­vorcees or JD Clarke.

It should be ei­ther JP Cormier or Joey Kit­son for folk record­ing of the year while Gyp­sophilia should get the jazz award. Mean­while, Dar­ren McMullen or our own An­drea Beaton should take the in­stru­men­tal record­ing award in a cat­e­gory that has four New­found­land acts also nom­i­nated.

Things will be in­ter­est­ing in the roots/tra­di­tional cat­e­gories. Gil­lian Boucher is apt to take the solo award but it could just as eas­ily go to Len­nie Gal­lant or Sa­man­tha Ro­bichaud. In the group divi­sion Shan­neyganock would nor­mally be con­sid­ered the main choice but hav­ing three strong nom­i­nees from New­found­land will di­vide the vote and could leave it open for Dawn and Margie Beaton to pick up the win.

That’s it for now, but more in the weeks ahead.

*** Don’t for­get the Hugs for Haiti con­cert, tak­ing place at the Savoy this evening. Great lineup of tal­ent, a si­lent auc­tion, and lots of in­for­ma­tion, all for a very wor­thy cause.

Satur­day night Mike Hall and Hilda Chiasson-Cormier are play­ing for the dance at the Cedars Club in Syd­ney. RICH­MOND, Va. (AP) — “Mr. Las Ve­gas” Wayne New­ton is ask­ing leg­is­la­tors in his home state of Vir­ginia to grant state recog­ni­tion to his In­dian tribe.

The en­ter­tainer ap­pealed to the House Rules Com­mit­tee to of­fi­cially rec­og­nize the Pata­wom­eck, or Po­tomac, tribe, of which he is a mem­ber.

Com­mit­tee mem­bers voted unan­i­mously in favour of the recog­ni­tion, which has been given to eight Vir­ginia tribes.

The recog­ni­tion al­lows the group to be known as a tribe but does not grant sovereignty.

New­ton and Pata­wom­eck Chief Robert Green said it would val­i­date their iden­tity and help them pro­tect sa­cred burial grounds.

Out­side the meet­ing, women lined up to get au­to­graphs and kisses from New­ton, who be­gan per­form­ing as a child in Vir­ginia.

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