January 24, 2010 | Charlottetown, PE - Saturday night, in front a sold out house at the 9th Annual Music PEI Awards Gala, Catherine MacLellan walked away with four awards including top honours for Songwriter of the Year. Other multiple award winners for the evening included Entertainer of the Year Grass Mountain Hobos, Group of the Year Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold and New Artist of the Year Haunted Hearts.
The 9th Annual Music PEI Awards Gala kept the packed theatre on the edge of their seats from the moment the Grass Mountain Hobos kicked off the night with their own foot stompin’ brand of bluegrass, swing and honky tonk until the time the curtain fell on Island sweetheart Catherine MacLellan who had gathered a group of musical friends and fellow nominees to finish up the night. Other musical highlights of the evening included Chas Guay’s performance of New Bartender and Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold being joined on stage by Kinley Dowling (formerly of hey rosetta!) and Matthieu Hughes for a performance of Broken Hearted Beat.
A number of awards were handed out at events throughout the week during 2010 Music PEI Week, but regardless of where the award was handed out all nominees and winners were recognized from the stage by the evening’s hosts Fraser McCallum and Lennie MacPherson. In total 25 awards were handed out by Music PEI this year at an awards gala that featured 13 performances by nominated musicians.
And the winners are:
Songwriter of the Year: Catherine MacLellan - “Take a Break”
New Artist of the Year: Haunted Hearts
Male Vocalist of the Year: Chas Guay
Female Vocalist of the Year: Catherine MacLellan
Group of the Year: Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold
Album of the Year: Catherine MacLellan - Water in the Ground
Entertainer of the Year: Grass Mountain Hobos
Francophone Recording of the Year: Vishten - Vishten Live
Alternative Recording of the Year: Haunted Hearts - Thank You, Goodnight
Bluegrass/Country Recording of the Year: Grass Mountain Hobos - Zoot!
Folk Recording of the Year: Catherine MacLellan - Water in the Ground
Jazz Recording of the Year: Teresa Doyle - Late Night Parlour
Pop Recording of the Year: Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold - Broken Hearted Beat
Rock Recording of the Year: English Words (Smothered in Hugs) - Healing Power of Injury
Roots Traditional Recording of the Year: Scott MacAulay - Great Scott!
Urban Recording of the Year: The Dogs Will Hunt - Ship to China
Lifetime Achievement: Angele Arsenault
Industry Person of the Year: John Bulman
Educator of the Year: Todd MacLean
Event of the Year: Bootlegger’s Ball
Musician of the Year: Remi Arsenault
Studio of the Year: Big Grey Studio
Venue of the Year: Harmony House Theatres
Visual Artist of the Year: Ryan Hutchinson
Weekend Warrior of the Year: Vintage
Lynn Grishko Memorial Burary: Meaghan Blanchard
Multiple Award Winners
4 - Catherine MacLellan
2 - Haunted Hearts
2 - Tim Chaisson & Morning Fold
2 - Grass Mountain Hobos