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2015 Music PEI Award Nominees Announced!

February 25, 2015 | The jury results are in and Music PEI is thrilled to announce the nominees for the 2015 Music PEI Awards.

The 2015 Music PEI Award nominees are led by The Meds with six nominations, Catherine MacLellan and Coyote with five each and Katie McGarry with four. A full list of nominees can be found below.

The awards will be presented throughout the week during Credit Union May Run Music Festival taking place May 14 - 17, 2015.

“We’re all really encouraged by submissions we’ve received and, as usual, blown away by the talent they showcase,” comments Andrew King, the Editor of Canadian Musician magazine and current President of Music PEI’s board. “Needless to say, we’re also excited about the increased scale and scope of Music PEI week for this year and the opportunities it will bring to the Island’s music fans, industry members, and most importantly, our artists. We all have a lot to look forward to. In my mind, May can’t come soon enough.”

As part of an upcoming press conference, Music PEI will be announcing details about the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference and the Credit Union May Run Music Festival. Included among the announcements will be the festival headliners, schedules, tickets and more. Stay tuned for a date! Please visit musicpei.com for full details.

Major private sector sponsors for this inaugural event include PEI Credit Unions, Bell Aliant, Bell Media, Community One and The Delta Hotel.

Music PEI acknowledges year round financial support from the provincial departments of Tourism and Culture and Innovation and Advanced Learning, ACOA, FACTOR and the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage (Canada Music Fund) and Canada’s Private Radio Broadcasters.

Full List of the 2015 Music PEI Award Nominees

Achievement in Classical or Jazz
Sirens "Lost Voices"
PEI Symphony
Glen Strickey Quartet

Album of the Year
Catherine MacLellan "The Raven's Sun” (Producer: Chris Gauthier)
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys "Pickin' n Clickin” (Producer: Nathan Wiley)
Irish Mythen "Irish Mythen" (Producer: Liam Corcoran, Irish Mythen)
Katie McGarry "Waiting On" (Producer: Katie McGarry, Dan Currie, Jon Matthews)
The Meds "South America" (Producer: Colin MacDonald & The Meds)

Bell Aliant Weekend Warrior of the Year
David Woodside
Johnny Oliver
Peggy Clinton
Plain Dirty Blues Band
Ryan Merry

Country Recording of the Year
Brian J. Dunn "Death Do Us Part"
Johnny Oliver "Easy Come Easy Go"
Katie McGarry "Waiting On"
Peggy Clinton "Peggy Clinton"

Entertainer of the Year
Coyote
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Paper Lions
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin
The Meds

Event of the Year
PEI 2014 "The Celebration Zone"
PEI Symphony "Celebrate Canada"
TD PEI Jazz and Blues Festival
The PEI Festival of Small Halls
Watermark Theatre "Classic Music Reignited"

Female Solo Recording of the Year
Catherine MacLellan "The Raven's Sun"
Emma Doucette "Starling"
Irish Mythen "Irish Mythen"
Katie McGarry "Waiting On"
Peggy Clinton "Peggy Clinton"

Group Recording of the Year
Amy & Rachel Beck "Run"
Coyote "Proof of Life"
Death Valley Driver "Graveyard Dead"
The East Pointers "The East Pointers"
The Meds "South America"

Male Solo Recording of the Year
Al Tuck "Stranger at the Wake"
Brian J. Dunn "Death Do Us Part"
Dennis Ellsworth "Love Knows Love"
Gordon Belsher "Vagabond Minstrel"
Johnny Oliver "Easy Come Easy Go"

Media Person of the Year
Blair A. Dewar
Karen Mair
Maria McLean
PixbyLorne
Todd MacLean

Musician of the Year
Chris Gauthier
Dan Currie
Deryl Gallant
Nathan Condon

New Artist of the Year
Brian J. Dunn
Emma Doucette
Spencer Soloduka & The Tearaways
Teem
The East Pointers

Pop Recording of the Year
Amy & Rachel Beck "Run"
ARCHER "I'll Never Let Go"
Coyote "Proof of Life"
Teem "Teem"

Producer of the Year
Chris Gauthier
Colin Buchanan
Dan Currie
Jon Matthews
Tim Chaisson

Rock Recording of the Year
Banner Year "People Ruin Everything"
Corey Poirier "Evil Anthems"
Mindwaves "Horizons"
Plain Dirty Blues Band "Slow Burn"
The Meds "South America"

Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year
Al Tuck "Stranger at the Wake"
Catherine MacLellan "The Raven's Sun"
Dennis Ellsworth "Love Knows Love"
Irish Mythen "Irish Mythen"
The Roots Project "Family"

Roots Traditional Recording of the Year
Emma Doucette "Starling"
The East Pointers "The East Pointers"
The MacDonald Sisters "The Journey"
The Ross Family "Puppet Strings"

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year
Amy & Rachel Beck "Run" (Composer: Amy & Rachel Beck)
Catherine MacLellan "The Raven's Sun" (Composer: Catherine MacLellan)
Katie McGarry "Waiting On" (Composer: Katie McGarry)
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin "The Night They Moved The House" (Composer: Lennie Gallant & Rowen Gallant)
The Meds "South America" (Composer: Kyle Drake)

Touring Artist of the Year
Coyote
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
Paper Lions
Ten Strings and a Goat Skin
Tim Chaisson

Urban Recording of the Year
Cavy "The Country Roads"
High School Drama Teacher "オンラインデート "
HoodHaikus "High School Trappin' Vol. 2"
Spencer Soloduka & The Tearaways "Spencer Soloduka & The Tearaways"

Venue of the Year
Harmony House Theatre
PEI 2014 Celebration Zone
St. Mary's Church
The Albert & Crown Pub & Eatery
Watermark Theatre

Video of the Year
Catherine MacLellan "Tell Me Luella" (Director: Millefiore Clarkes)
Coyote "Proof of Life" (Director: Mikey Wasnidge & Millefiore Clarkes)
Dennis Ellsworth "Hazy Sunshine" (Director: Millefiore Clarkes)
Nudie "Stompin’Tom Connors.com" (Director: Joey Wheale)
The Meds "South America" (Director: Kyle Simpson)

Visual Artist of the Year
Darrell Theriault
Louise Vessey
Moe Chandler
PixbyLorne

Multiple Nominee Breakdown

The Meds (6)
Catherine MacLellan (5)
Coyote (5)
Katie McGarry (4)
Amy & Rachel Beck (3)
Brian J. Dunn (3)
Dennis Ellsworth (3)
Emma Doucette (3)
Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys (3)
Irish Mythen (3)
Johnny Oliver (3)
Peggy Clinton (3)
Ten Strings And A Goat Skin (3)
The East Pointers (3)
Al Tuck (2)
Chris Gauthier (2)
Dan Currie (2)
Paper Lions (2)
PixbyLorne (2)
Plain Dirty Blues Band (2)
Spencer Soloduka & The Tearaways
Teem (2)
PEI 2014 Celebration Zone (2)
PEI Symphony (2)
Watermark Theatre (2)
Tim Chaisson (2)