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Music PEI Awards Nominees Announced

December 16, 2008 | During the week of January 14th to January 17th, Music PEI will host the 8th Annual 2009 Ocean 100/K-Rock 105.5 Music PEI Awards Show Gala. This year will mark the most impressive Music Week to date, with four days of workshops and showcases, culminating with the Awards Gala on January 17th at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. For information on all workshops and showcase events please visit www.musicpei.com.

Leading the pack of this year's nominees are Meaghan Blanchard, Nudie & The Turks, Grass Mountain Hobos and Vishten with five nominations each. Following closely with four nominations are Smothered in Hugs, Boxer the Horse and Kris Taylor while John Connolly, Colette Cheverie, Tanya Davis, Lazy Jacks, Kendra MacGillivray, and Syracuse Me picked up three nominations apiece. On-line voting polls will open on December 22nd 2008 and will close on January 9th 2009 at midnight. There are a total of 17 categories in which members of Music PEI can cast their vote and two categories open to the public ? Entertainer of the Year and Weekend Warrior- all voting will take place on-line at www.musicpei.com.

Returning this year to host the Ocean100/K-Rock 105.5 Music PEI Music Awards Gala is the one and only Kerri Wynne MacLeod, local musician and co-host of the Morning show on Ocean 100. This year the Awards Gala will emphasize musical performances by the nominees and very special guests. Tickets are available at the Confederation Centre Box Office for $20.00.

And the nominees are:

Album of the Year
Boxer the Horse- The Late Show
Meaghan Blanchard- Changing Things
John Connolly- Self-Titled
Grass Mountain Hobos- Self-Titled
Nudie & The Turks- Looking for a Good Time
Smothered in Hugs- The Healing Power of Injury
Kris Taylor- Better Left Said
Vishten- Live

Group of the Year
Battery Point
Boxer the Horse
Nudie & The Turks
Smothered in Hugs
Vishten

Male Vocalist
Eric Broadbent
John Connolly
Terry Hatty
John Oliver
Kris Taylor


Female Vocalist
Meaghan Blanchard
Colette Cheverie
Tanya Davis

New Artist
Meaghan Blanchard
Boxer the Horse
Colette Cheverie
Grass Mountain Hobos
Smothered in Hugs

Songwriter of the Year
Meaghan Blanchard- Mothers
Tanya Davis- Art
Mark Haines- Red Haired Girl
Kris Taylor- He Lasts
Matt Putnam- Dear Departed

Instrumental Recording
J.J. Chaisson- The Gift
Kendra MacGillivray- Love O' The Isles
Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt- Longshore Drift

Alternative Recording of the Year
John Connolly- Self-Titled
Pat Deighan & The Orb Weavers- In a Fever, In a Dream
Dead Airwaves- Living on the Internet
Smothered in Hugs- The Healing Power of Injury
Syracuse Me- Out with the Old, In with the Dudes

Bluegrass/Country Recording of the Year
Johnny Oliver-The Reason
Dan Currie & What Happened Tomorrow- Crown of Stars
Grass Mountain Hobos- Self-Titled

Folk Recording of the Year
Meaghan Blanchard- Changing Things
Pete Blanding- So Someone Will Remember
Tanya Davis- Gorgeous Morning
Nudie & The Turks- Looking for a Good Time

Pop Recording of the Year
Terry Hatty- Dream Dogs
New Royalty- Sleepover!
Kris Taylor- Better Left Said

Rock Recording of the Year
Battery Point- A Kick in the Blood
Boxer the Horse- The Late Show
Intoxicado- Wednesday's Child
Loud Machine- Leaving L.A.

Roots/Traditional Group Recording of the Year
Roy Johnstone & Steve Sharratt- Longshore Drift
Lazy Jacks- Watercolour Windows
Vishten- Live

Roots/Traditional Solo Recording of the Year
J.J. Chaisson- The Gift
Colette Cheverie- Hours Before Dawn
Glen MacEachern- Feeling the Rhythm
Kendra MacGillivray-Love O' The Isles
Brad Oliver- Salty Dog

Urban Recording of the Year
Eric Broadbent & Mike Amelia- Eric Broadbent & DJ Ghost
John Michael Kelly-Pickled and Preserved
Tyler Carmody- PEI Hip Hop Vol. 1

Venue of the Year
Harmony House Theatre
Fishbones Bar & Grill
Hunter's Ale House
The Guild
Baba's

Studio of the Year
Big Grey Sound Studios
Guernsey Cove Parlour Productions
Lukas Raine Recording

Entertainer of the Year
Tim Chaisson
Edge
Grass Mountain Hobos
Lazy Jacks
Paper Lions
Kendra MacGillivray
Nudie & The Turks
Syracuse Me
Two Hours Traffic
Vishten

Weekend Warrior
Tim Chaisson
Edge
Grass Mountain Hobos
Lazy Jacks
Paper Lions
Syracuse Me
Two Hours Traffic
Vishten


For more information please contact Devin Casario, Event Coordinator for the 2009 Music PEI Awards Show & Music Week at 894-6734 or dcasario@hotmail.com. Following is a list of all multiple nominees:

2009 Awards Show Nominees

Meaghan Blanchard- 5
Nudie & The Turks- 5
Vishten- 5
Grass Mountain Hobos- 5

Boxer the Horse- 4
Kris Taylor- 4
Smothered in Hugs- 4

John Connolly- 3
Colette Cheverie- 3
Tanya Davis- 3
Lazy Jacks- 3
Kendra MacGillivray- 3
Syracuse Me- 3

Battery Point- 2
Eric Broadbent- 2
Terry Hatty- 2
John Oliver- 2
Mark Haines- 2
J.J. Chaisson- 2
Roy Johnstone and Steve Sharratt- 2
Two Hours Traffic- 2
Paper Lions- 2
Edge- 2

Pat Deighan & The Orb Weavers- 1
Dead Airwaves- 1
Dan Currie & What Happened Tomorrow- 1
Pete Blanding- 1
New Royalty- 1
Intoxicado- 1
Loud Machine- 1
Glen MacEachern-1
Brad Oliver- 1
John Michael Kelly- 1
Tyler Carmody- 1