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Music PEI Announces Nominees

December 8, 2010 | For Immediate Release


Music PEI Announces Nominees for 2011 Music PEI Awards

(Charlottetown, PE) –Boxer the Horse, Meaghan Blanchard and Paper Lions all lead the pack of nominees for the 2011 Music PEI Awards with 5 nominations each. Artist and Industry award nominations were announced today in Charlottetown, PE at Hunter’s Ale House.

According to Music PEI Executive Director Rob Oakie, “This year’s crop of Music PEI Award nominees is a testament to a growing and vibrant music industry on Prince Edward Island. Perennial favourites Richard Wood, Meaghan Blanchard and Paper Lions are joined by newcomers Molly Rankin, Katie McGarry and Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys and exemplify the diversity and development of the Island’s music scene.”

A number of Island artists received multiple nominations this year including Boxer the Horse (5), Meaghan Blanchard (5), Paper Lions (5), Devin Casario and the Illusion (4), Haunted Hearts (4), John Connolly (4), Al Tuck (3), Chuck & Albert (3), Cynthia MacLeod (3), Glen Strickey (3), Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys (3), Molly Rankin (3) and Richard Wood (3).

A total of thirty-one (31) awards will be handed out during the 2011 Music PEI Week.

Oakie continued, “2010 has seen tremendous accomplishments and achievements for Island artists such as Two Hours Traffic touring Australia not once but twice, Paper Lions playing to packed houses in China and the Grass Mountain Hobos tour of England. Music Week allows PEI the opportunity to celebrate those accomplishments and excellence our very best!”

Now in its 10th year, PEI Music Week and Conference has grown to an event that brings together the music industry and the public for one jam-packed week of showcases, workshops, and the Gala Awards Show. This year, the festival and conference will be held in Charlottetown, PE from January 14 – 23, 2010.

Voting will take place online at www.musicpei.com from December 20, 2010 to January 7, 2011.

Below is a full list of awards nominations.

Album of the Year
Boxer the Horse – Would You Please
Haunted Hearts – Howdy
Meaghan Blanchard – Chasin’ Lonely Again
Paper Lions – Trophies
Richard Wood – A Change of Reasons

Entertainer of the Year
Chuck & Albert
Cynthia MacLeod
John Connolly
Meaghan Blanchard
Paper Lions

Female Vocalist of the Year
Chastity
Kate Bevan-Baker
Katie McGarry
Meaghan Blanchard
Molly Rankin

Group of the Year
Boxer the Horse
Chuck & Albert
Fiddlers' Sons
Haunted Hearts
Paper Lions

Male Vocalist of the Year
Al Tuck
Devin Casario
Eric Broadbent
John Connolly
Johnny Oliver

New Artist of the Year
Devin Casario and the Illusion
Glen Strickey
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys
Molly Rankin
North Lakes

Songwriter of the Year
Boxer the Horse – “Mary Meets the Pilot”
Devin Casario and the Illusion – “Wicked Light”
Haunted Hearts – “Sister Lovers Tonight”
John Connolly – “The Wind”
Meaghan Blanchard – “Chasin’ Lonely Again”

Video of the Year
Al Tuck – “Free Me”
Boxer the Horse – “Bad Apples”
Paper Lions – “Lost the War”
Racoon Bandit – “Hat”
Tim Chaisson and Morning Fold – “Broken Hearted Beat”
Two Hours Traffic – “Noisemaker”

Genre Categories:

Alternative Rock Recording of the Year

Devin Casario and the Illusion – Rooftops and Alleyways
North Lakes – Cobra
Waif and the Spade – Self-titled

Blues Recording of the Year
Plain Dirty Blues Band – Five Dollar Cover
Scott Parsons – Live at Mahogany Hall

Classical Recording of the Year
Frances Gray -Soundscapes of Spain
UPEI Wind Symphony – Cathedrals

Country/ Alternative Country Recording of the Year
Cashmere Disciples – In With the Old
Haunted Hearts – Howdy
Meaghan Blanchard – Chasin’ Lonely Again

Folk Recording of the Year
Al Tuck – Food for the Moon
Corey Doucette Band – Introducing Corey Doucette Band
Fiddlers' Sons – This is My Island
John Connolly – The Wind
Katie McGarry – My Side of Town

Instrumental Recording of the Year
Cynthia MacLeod – Riddle
Glen Strickey – Roots for Rudy
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys – Self-titled
Max Keenlyside – Keenly Stride
Richard Wood – A Change of Reasons

Jazz Recording of the Year
Glen Strickey – Roots for Rudy
Kate Bevan-Baker – Come Fly With Me
Max Keenlyside – Keenly Stride
Native Gumbo – Native Gumbo

Pop Recording of the Year
Chastity – Happy in this Oblivion
The Maybes – In Sand
Molly Rankin – She EP
Paper Lions – Trophies
Silver Wolf Band – Jam the Blues

Rock & Loud Recording of the Year
Arrows in the Air – Shadows on the Skyline
Boxer the Horse – Would You Please
Money in the Banana Stand – There’s Always

Roots Traditional Group Recording of the Year
Chuck & Albert – Energie
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys – Self-titled
The Ross Family – Prince Edward Island, I’m Coming Home

Roots Traditional Solo Recording of the Year
Billy MacInnis – The Fiddle Player from PEI
Cynthia MacLeod – Riddle
Fiona MacCorquodale – Eleven
Richard Wood – A Change of Reasons

Urban Recording of the Year
Eric Broadbent & DJ Ghost – Eric Broadbent and DJ Ghost #2
Practical Academics – Funktion Live!: The Album
Tyler Carmody – The World is an Eyeland

Educator of the Year
Faye Barrett
Dr. Frances Gray
Jacqueline Sorensen Young
John Clement
Dr. Karem Simon

Event of the Year
Festival of Small Halls
Funk the Dunk
Indian River Festival
Nigwek
Summerside Outdoor Concert Series

Musician of the Year
Billy MacInnis
Devin Hornby
Johnny Ross
Tian Wigmore
Todd MacLean

Recording Studio and Technician of the Year
Adam Gallant
Big Grey Sound Studios
Lukas Raine Recordings

Venue of the Year
The Dunk
The Guild
Harmony House
Hunter’s Ale House
Solid Rock Café

Visual Artist of the Year
Lorne Miller
Matt Dixon
Moe Chandler
Patrick Callbeck
Six Eyed Cat

Fan’s Choice - Weekend Warrior
Junkmale
MacBeth
Muddy Buddy

Multiple Nominee Break down
Boxer the Horse 5
Meaghan Blanchard 5
Paper Lions 5
Devin Casario and the Illusion 4
Haunted Hearts 4
John Connolly 4
Al Tuck 3
Chuck & Albert 3
Cynthia MacLeod 3
Glen Strickey 3
Gordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys 3
Molly Rankin 3
Richard Wood 3

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For media enquiries please contact:

Rob Oakie
Executive Director, Music PEI

music@musicpei.com/902.894.6734