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Music PEI Announces the 2017 Music PEI Award Nominees

January 17, 2017 | January 17, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Music PEI announces nominees for 16th annual Music PEI Awards

Music PEI, the music industry association for Prince Edward Island, is excited to announce the nominees for the 16th annual Music PEI Awards. The event annually celebrates the creativity, accomplishments, and dedication of our artists and music industry. Each year, Music PEI hands out up to 30 awards to deserving artists and industry professionals.

The nominees for the 2017 Music PEI Awards are as follows:

Album OTY
● Paper Lions - “Full Colour”
● Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - “Aupres du Poele”
● Dylan Menzie - “Adolescent Nature”
● Sorrey - “Thick as Thieves”
● KINLEY - “Letters Never Sent”

Country Recording OTY
● Ben Gallant - “Down The Road”
● Jessica Gallant - “Jessica Gallant”
● Old Stone Station - “Hostile, Heartbroken and Homesick”

Female Solo Recording OTY
● Jessica Gallant - “Jessica Gallant”
● KINLEY – “Letters Never Sent”
● Maxine MacLennan - “Pieces Of Me”

Group Recording OTY
● Andrew Waite & The Firm - “Burning Through The Night”
● Atlantic String Machine - “Lost Time”
● Paper Lions - “Full Colour”
● Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - “Aupres Du Poele”
● The Royal North - “Alibi EP”

New Artist OTY
● Atlantic String Machine
● Jessica Gallant
● KINLEY
● Nick Doneff
● The Royal North
● We The Rescued

Male Album OTY
● Element & Eric Broadbent - “Pogey Summer”
● Ben Gallant - “Down The Road”
● Dylan Menzie - “Adolescent Nature”
● Nick Doneff - “Nick Doneff”

Pop Recording OTY
● KINLEY - “Letters Never Sent”
● We The Rescued - “Living Proof”
● Dylan Menzie - “Adolescent Nature”
● Paper Lions - “Full Colour”

Rock/Urban Recording OTY
● The Royal North - “Alibi EP”
● FallBack - “In Time”
● Element & Eric Broadbent - “Pogey Summer”

Roots Recording OTY
● Maxine MacLennan - “Pieces of Me”
● Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - “Auprès du Poêle”
● Nick Doneff - “Nick Doneff”

Songwriter OTY
● Andrew Waite & The Firm - “Burning Through The Night”
● KINLEY - “Microphone”
● Dylan Menzie - “Kenya”
● Paper Lions - “My Number”
● Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - “The Town”
● Nick Doneff - “Easy”

Achievement in Classical or Jazz
● Atlantic String Machine
● PEI Symphony Orchestra
● Singing Strings Orchestra
● Island Jazz

Cover Band/Artist OTY
● Ben Gallant
● Nick Doneff
● David Woodside
● FallBack

Entertainer OTY
● Vishtèn
● The East Pointers
● Ten Strings And A Goat Skin
● Dylan Menzie
● Paper Lions

Event OTY
● Paper Lions Full Colour Release Show
● Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival
● Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series
● Cavendish Beach Music Festival
● Festival of Small Halls

Live Music Production Professional OTY
● Jon Matthews
● Chris Knox
● Philip MacLellan

Live Music Programmer OTY
● Christian Gallant
● Cynthia MacLeod
● Al Douglas
● Steve Dupuis
● Kathleen Flanagan & Danielle Rochon

Musician OTY
● Nick Doneff
● Evan McCosham
● David Woodside
● Dan Roswell

Producer OTY
● Lonely Kid
● Jon Matthews
● Scott White

Touring Artist OTY
● The East Pointers
● Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys
● Dylan Menzie
● Irish Mythen
● Vishtèn

Venue OTY
● Florence Simmons Performance Hall
● Cavendish Beach Music Festival Site
● PEI Brewing Company
● Fishbones
● The Albert & Crown Pub & Eatery

Video OTY
● Dylan Menzie - “Kenya”
● Lonely Kid & KINLEY- “Blackbird 2.0”
● Paper Lions - “Believer”
● Sorrey - “My Fault”
● Ten Strings And A Goat Skin - “Coal Not Dole”

Visual Artist OTY
● Pixbylorne- Lorne Miller
● Patricia Bourque
● Ashley Cameron
● Tiffany Mac Design

Studio OTY
● The Sound Mill
● Snackbar Productions
● The Hill Sound Studio

Digital Achievement OTY
● Dylan Menzie
● Paper Lions
● Sorrey

Community Contributor OTY
● Maxine MacLennan
● Dan Rowswell
● Garnet R. Buell
● FallBack


Volunteer OTY
● Edmond & Zita Gallant
● Jolena Wakelin
● Erin Docherty

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Leading the nominees this year are Dylan Menzie and Paper Lions with eight nominations each. Tied for second with 6 nominations each are international artists Ten Strings and a Goat Skin and newcomers Nick Doneff and KINLEY who both lead the way for new artists with their debut recordings. They are followed with 3 nominations each by The Royal North, Jessica Gallant, SORREY, Atlantic String Machine and Fallback. Voting for the awards will open Monday January 23rd. A full list of nominees will be posted on the Music PEI website, www.musicpei.com

“There is a lot of great music being celebrated here but I’m particularly encouraged to see the list of amazing new artists who are coming along” said Music PEI Executive Director Rob Oakie. “It bodes well for the future.”

As follows, is a list of all the nominees, including the number of awards they were nominated for in descending order, as well as the awards that each one is nominated for:

Paper Lions (8): Album OTY, Group Recording OTY, Pop Recording OTY, Songwriter OTY, Entertainer OTY, Event OTY, Video OTY, Digital Achievement OTY

Dylan Menzie (8): Album OTY, Male Album OTY, Pop Recording OTY, Songwriter OTY, Entertainer OTY, Video OTY, Digital Achievement OTY, Touring Artist OTY

Nick Doneff (6): Songwriter OTY, Cover Band/Artist OTY, New Artist OTY, Male Album OTY, Roots Recording OTY, Musician OTY

Ten Strings & A Goat Skin (6): Songwriter OTY, Entertainer OTY, Roots Recording OTY, Group Recording OTY, Album OTY, Video OTY

KINLEY (6): Songwriter OTY, Album OTY, Female Solo Recording OTY, New Artist OTY, Pop Recording OTY, Video OTY

Atlantic String Machine (3): Achievement In Classical or Jazz, New Artist OTY, Group Recording OTY,

Sorrey (3): Digital Achievement OTY, Video OTY, Album OTY

The Royal North (3): Rock/Urban Recording OTY, Group Recording OTY, New Artist OTY

Ben Gallant (3): Cover Band/Artist OTY, Male Album OTY, Country Recording OTY

Jessica Gallant (3):Country Recording OTY, Female Solo Recording OTY, New Artist OTY

FallBack (3): Cover Band/Artist OTY, Rock/Urban Recording OTY, Community Contributor OTY

Maxine MacLennan (3): Female Solo Recording OTY, Community Contributor OTY, Roots Recording OTY

Jon Matthews/The Sound Mill (3): Producer OTY, Studio OTY, Live Music Production Professional OTY

Andrew Waite & The Firm (2): Songwriter OTY, Group Recording OTY

We The Rescued (2): Pop Recording OTY, New Artist OTY

Element & Eric Broadbent (2): Rock/Urban Recording OTY, Male Album OTY

David Woodside (2): Musician OTY, Cover Band/Artist OTY

Vishten (2): Entertainer OTY, Touring Artist OTY

The East Pointers (2): Touring Artist OTY, Entertainer OTY

Lonely Kid (2): Producer OTY, Video OTY

Dan Roswell (2): Musician OTY, Community Contributor OTY

Cavendish Beach Music Festival (2): Event OTY, Venue OTY

Old Stone Station (1): Country Recording OTY

Irish Mythen (1): Touring Artist OTY

Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys (1): Touring Artist OTY

Evan McCosham (1): Musician OTY

Chris Knox (1): Live Music Production Professional OTY

Philip MacLellan (1): Live Music Production Professional OTY

Al Douglas (1): Live Music Programmer OTY

Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival (1): Event OTY

Island Jazz (1): Achievement in Classical or Jazz

Erin Docherty (1): Volunteer OTY

Garnet R. Buell (1): Community Contributor OTY

Snackbar Productions (1): Studio OTY

Ashley Cameron (1): Visual Artist OTY

Florence Simmons Performance Hall (1): Venue OTY

Patricia Bourque (1): Visual Artist OTY

Fishbones (1): Venue OTY

Steve Dupuis (1): Live Music Programmer OTY

Festival of Small Halls (1): Event OTY

Singing Strings Orchestra (1): Achievement in Classical or Jazz

Mont-Carmel Summer Concert Series (1): Event OTY

Kathleen Flanagan & Danielle Rochon (1): Live Music Programmer OTY

PEI Brewing Company (1): Venue OTY

Jolena Wakelin (1): Volunteer OTY

Pixbylorne - Lorne Miller (1): Visual Artist OTY

Cynthia MacLeod (1): Live Music Programmer OTY

The Albert & Crown Pub & Eatery (1): Venue OTY

Tiffany Mac Design (1): Visual Artist OTY

Scott White: Producer OTY

Christian Gallant (1): Live Music Programmer OTY

PEI Symphony Orchestra (1): Achievement in Classical or Jazz

Edmond & Zita Gallant (1): Volunteer OTY





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The Music PEI Awards will be handed out May 14th at the Awards Party on the final day of the 3rd annual May Run Music Festival. The festival will begin May 10th and close on the 14th. A full list concerts, showcases and festival details will be announced in February.

Coinciding with the Festival will be the return of the Bell Aliant Canadian Song Conference, which brings international music industry professionals to PEI to lead panels and workshops with a focus on the art and commerce of songs. Also back as part of the conference is the Canadian Songwriter Challenge, in which Island artists are paired with artists from across Canada to collaborate in order to create new original songs. More conference and festival details will be announced soon. Full details can be found at www.musicpei.com.

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Contact
Rob Oakie
roboakie@musicpei.com
902-894-6734