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2020 Music PEI Award Nomination Announcement

December 6, 2019 | Irish Mythen leads the way with 7 nominations for her new album ‘Little Bones’. She received nominations in Album of the Year, Entertainer, Roots Contemporary/Country, Songwriter, Solo Recording, Song of the Year and Touring Artist of the Year.

Pop music is showing strong as Paper Lions and Sorrey are close behind with 6 nominations each. Both bands had albums out late this year and have garnered nominations in some of the top categories including Album of the Year, Group Recording of the Year, and Song of the Year. Atlantic String Machine and Cory Gallant are both sitting with 5 nominations, while 4 nominations belong to Andrew Waite, Dennis Ellsworth, Tara Maclean and Gordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys.

Also being handed out during Credit Union Music PEI Week will be an additional 8 Board Awards as selected by the Music PEI Board of Directors. Those awards include Educator of the Year, Industry Person of the Year, Lifetime Achievement, Volunteer of the Year, Rooted to the Island, Live Music Production Professional of the year, Community Contributor of the Year & Musician of the Year.

Membership voting for Album of the Year, Rock, Pop, Roots Contemporary/Country and Roots Traditional Recording of the Year will open December 6th and will close December 15th. All other awards are determined by juries of industry professionals.

Following is a list of the categories and nominees. For additional information, voting and ticket sales for Credit Union Music PEI Week go to www.musicpei.com. Festivities will kick off February 5th and run until the 9th with the awards party and closing concert. The full schedule for the 18th annual Credit Union Music PEI Week including performers will be announced the week of December 16th. Join the festivities for PEI’s largest annual celebration of Island music.

The 2020 Music PEI Award nominees are:

Achievement in Classical or Jazz Music Award

Atlantic String Machine

Dan Rowswell

Winterjazz Quartet



Credit Union Album of the Year

Atlantic String Machine - The Bayfield Sessions

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys - Dreamland

Irish Mythen - Little Bones

Paper Lions - Stay Together

Sorrey - In Full Bloom



Digital Achievement of the Year

Andrew Waite

Hailey MacIsaac

KINLEY

Paper Lions

Sorrey



Electronic Single Recording of the Year

Lee Rosevere - Lunar Descent

The Trip with DJ AllyCaT - Should Probably Do Something

Vince The Messenger - Photosynthesis



Entertainer of the Year

Andrew Waite

Atlantic String Machine

Cory Gallant

David Woodside

Dylan Menzie

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys

Inn Echo

Irish Mythen

Little Cities

Paper Lions

Rachel Beck

Richard Wood

Tara MacLean



Event of the Year

Atlantic Blue

Cloggeroo - the Island Folk Festival

Island Jazz

Rock the Boat Music Festival

Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival



Francophone Artist of the Year

Fayo

Sirène & Matelot

Vishtèn



Group Recording of the Year

Atlantic String Machine - The Bayfield Sessions

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys - Dreamland

Paper Lions - Stay Together

Sirène & Matelot - Sirène & Matelot

Sorrey - In Full Bloom



Live Music Programmer of the Year

Dan Rowswell

Darren Biggar

Grace Gormley



New Artist of the Year

Brad Milligan Band

Cory Gallant

David Woodside

Inn Echo

Maureen Trainor



Pop Recording of the Year

Hailey MacIsaac - In a Dark Room

Paper Lions - Stay Together

Sorrey - In Full Bloom



Producer of the Year

Colin Buchanan

Dennis Ellsworth

Jon Matthews



Rock Recording of the Year

Brad Milligan Band - Destination

David Woodside - The Long and The Short

Dennis Ellsworth - Common Senseless

Soul Filter - A Minor Conspiracy

Towerwood - Towerwood



Roots Contemporary/Country Recording of the Year

Cory Gallant - Welcome to My World

Greg Bungay - A Radical Departure

Irish Mythen - Little Bones

Maureen Trainor - Nothing But The Stars

Tara MacLean - Deeper



Roots Traditional Recording of the Year

Blair Gaudet - Storytime

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys - Dreamland

Inn Echo - Inn Echo



SOCAN Songwriter of the Year

Andrew Waite - "Cash It In"

Dennis Ellsworth - "Don't Worry About It"

Irish Mythen - "Little Bones"

Rick Sparkes + The Enablers - "Love for Rainy Days"

Tara MacLean - "Ghosting Me"



Solo Recording of the Year

Cory Gallant - Welcome to My World

Dennis Ellsworth - Common Senseless

Hailey MacIsaac - In a Dark Room

Irish Mythen - Little Bones

Tara MacLean - Deeper



Song of the Year

Cory Gallant - "Where You Come From"

Irish Mythen - "Little Bones"

KINLEY - "Lightworkers"

Paper Lions - "Rhythm & Gold"

Sorrey - "Talking To Them"



Touring Artist of the Year

Atlantic String Machine

Irish Mythen

Rachel Beck

Richard Wood

Vishtèn



Venue of the Year

Celtic Performing Arts Centre at The College of Piping

Copper Bottom Brewing

The Guild



Video of the Year

Alicia Toner - "Dangerous Home" (Directed by Jordan Mah)

Andrew Waite - "Faith" (Directed by Brendan Henry)

Little Cities - "Safety First" (Directed by Ryan McCarvill)

Sorrey - "Signs" (Directed by Ben Rayner)

Vishtèn - "Elle Tempête" (Directed by Millefiore Clarkes)



Visual Artist of the Year

Ashley Anne Clark

Brendan Henry

Karen Graves


Multiple Nominations by Number

Irish Mythen (7)

Paper Lions (6)

Sorrey (6)

Atlantic String Machine (5)

Cory Gallant (5)

Tara MacLean (4)

Gordie MacKeeman and His Rhythm Boys (4)

Dennis Ellsworth (4)

Andrew Waite (4)

Hailey MacIsaac (3)

David Woodside (3)

Vishtèn (3)

Inn Echo 3)

KINLEY (2)

Dan Rowswell (2)

Little Cities (2)

Rachel Beck (2)

Richard Wood (2)

Sirène & Matelot (2)

Brad Milligan Band (2)

Maureen Trainor (2)

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