Spot­light on Is­land artists

Per­form­ers earn nom­i­na­tions in sev­eral mu­sic, in­dus­try cat­e­gories for an­nual event to be held in Syd­ney, N.S., April 13-17

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - THE PROVINCE - BY DOUG GAL­LANT THE GUARDIAN dgal­lant@the­ Twit­ Guardian

Artists from Prince Ed­ward Is­land have re­ceived more than a dozen nom­i­na­tions for the 2016 East Coast Mu­sic Awards in Syd­ney.

Char­lot­te­town na­tive Jenn Grant fig­ures promi­nently in those nom­i­na­tions with six, se­cond only to New­found­land’s Hey Rosetta!, which earned seven.

And the lineup for Hey Rosetta!, it should be noted, in­cludes Char­lot­te­town’s Kin­ley Dowl­ing, who plays vi­olin, key­boards and per­cus­sion with the band.

Grant is nom­i­nated for al­bum of the year, folk record­ing of the year, solo record­ing of the year, song­writer of the year, en­ter­tainer of the year and video of the year.

Grant is not the only artist from P.E.I. with mul­ti­ple nom­i­na­tions.

Coy­ote has three nom­i­na­tions, while Tim Chais­son has two.

Coy­ote earned nom­i­na­tions for group record­ing of the year, pop record­ing of the year and ris­ing star. Chais­son was nom­i­nated for coun­try artist of the year and en­ter­tainer of the year. He was also nom­i­nated for roots/tra­di­tional group of the year as a mem­ber of The East Point­ers.

Sev­eral Is­land artists re­ceived sin­gle nom­i­na­tions.

Kel­ley Mooney was nom­i­nated for gospel record­ing of the year.

Ra­coon Ban­dit was nom­i­nated for rock record­ing of the year.

Vishten was nom­i­nated for roots/tra­di­tional group record­ing of the year.

There were also five P.E.I. nom­i­na­tions in the in­dus­try awards cat­e­gories.

The Cavendish Beach Mu­sic Fes­ti­val and the P.E.I. Mu­tual Fes­ti­val of Small Halls were nom­i­nated for event of the year.

Har­mony House Theatre and The Mack were nom­i­nated for venue of the year.

Jon Matthews was nom­i­nated for stu­dio en­gi­neer of the year. Daniel Led­well was also nom­i­nated in that cat­e­gory.

The East Coast Mu­sic Awards will take place in Syd­ney, April 13-17.

“We are thrilled to an­nounce this year’s East Coast Mu­sic Awards nom­i­nees, which once again demon­strates the in­cred­i­ble mu­si­cal tal­ent com­ing out of our re­gion right now,” says Andy McLean, ECMA ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “Adding to the ex­cite­ment is the first round of East Coast Mu­sic Week (ECMW) show­cas­ing acts, which fea­tures both up­com­ing and es­tab­lished mu­si­cians, as well as the di­verse styles and sounds that the East Coast is known for. “


Tues­day was a big day for Jenn Grant as the Char­lot­te­town na­tive picked up six ECMA nom­i­na­tions.

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