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2021 Music PEI Award Nomination Announcement

December 18, 2020 | As devastating a year as 2020 has been on the music industry, there is still cause for celebration. Artists have continued to make beautiful music and Music PEI is proud to announce the nominees for the 2021 Music PEI Awards.

Catherine MacLellan leads the way with 8 nominations for her latest album ‘Coyote’. She received nominations in Credit Union Album of the Year, Album Art of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, Solo Recording of the Year, FACTOR Song of the Year, FilmPEI Video of the Year, and Contemporary Roots/Country Recording of the Year.

Rachel Beck is close behind with 7 nominations and has garnered nominations in some of the top categories including Credit Union Album of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, and Solo Recording of the Year. Dylan Menzie, KINLEY and Sarah Hangen are sitting with 6 nominations, while 5 nominations belong to Brielle Ansems and her album ‘This New Hurricane’.

Also being handed out during Credit Union Music PEI Week will be an additional 6 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, Rooted to the Island, Live Music Production Professional of the year, and Community Contributor of the Year.

Membership voting for the 5 genre awards will open Monday December 21st and will close January 5th 2021. The Entertainer of the Year is voted on by the public and will be announced December 21st. All other awards are determined by juries of industry professionals.

Following is a list of the categories and nominees. For additional information go to www.musicpei.com. Festivities will kick off March 3rd 2021 and run until the 7th culminating with the Awards Party and Festival Finale. The full schedule for the 2021 Credit Union Music PEI Week will be announced in the coming weeks. Join the festivities for PEI’s largest annual celebration of Island music.

Music PEI would like to thank our title sponsor, the Credit Unions, for their continued support. Music PEI also receives tremendous annual support from the Province of PEI, Innovation PEI, Skills PEI, ACOA and the City of Charlottetown.

Music PEI also would like to acknowledge the amazing ongoing financial support from FACTOR through the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.Their impact on Canada’s music industry is immeasurable.

Music PEI would like to extend its gratitude to all the funders, sponsors and partners who help to make Credit Union Music PEI Week 2021 possible and a huge congratulations to all these amazing nominees.



The 2021 Music PEI Award nominees are:

1 . PEI Symphony Achievement in Classical/Jazz Music
Sarah Hagen
Sirens
Winterjazz Quartet

2. Credit Union Album of the Year
Catherine MacLellan - Coyote
Dylan Menzie - Lost in Dreams
KINLEY - KINLEY
Rachel Beck - Stronger Than You Know
Sarah Hagen - Women of Note

3. Album Art of the Year
Brielle Ansems - This New Hurricane (Graphic Designer/Lead Artist: Sarah Eddie and Brielle Ansems)
Catherine MacLellan - Coyote (Graphic Designer/Lead Artist: Heather Miller and Jason Alward)
Dylan Menzie - Lost in Dreams (Graphic Designer/Lead Artist: Ashley Anne Clark and Cohen McDonald)
Lawrence Maxwell - Almost Natural (Graphic Designer/Lead Artist: Aidan Searle)
Sirens - Boundless (Graphic Designer/Lead Artist: Alana Reddin)

4. Digital Achievement of the Year
Brandon Howard Roy
Cory Gallant
Dylan Menzie
KINLEY
The East Pointers

5. Event of the Year
Feelin’ Mighty Proud - Confederation Centre of the Arts
Harvest Home Festival
Indian River Festival
The Island Drive-In Festival

6. Francophone Artist of the Year
Adrienne Gallant
Sirène et Matelot
Vishtèn

7. City of Charlottetown Group Recording of the Year
Adjust the Facts - Go Play Outside
Amanda Jackson Band - Ocean
Graves of the Abyss - Burial
Little Cities - Little Cities EP
Sirens - Boundless
Sky Family - Courageous

8. Instrumental Recording of the Year
Inn Echo - Inn Echo
Luka Hall - Category 1
Sarah Hagen - Women of Note
Wrong Planet Band - Wrong Planet Band

9. Livestream of the Year
Confederation Centre of the Arts - Kierrah Celeste
Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival
Royal North
Scott Parsons
Vishtèn

10. Holland College Musician of the Year
Eric Broadbent
Mark Haines
Roland Beaulieu

11. Maritime Electric Lloyd Doyle New Artist of the Year
Brandon Howard Roy - Little Reasons
Brielle Ansems - This New Hurricane
Logan Richard - Everyday
Sarah Hagen - Women of Note
Shane Pendergast - Place to the Name

12. Producer of the Year
Adam Gallant
Colin Buchanan
Daniel Drouin
Jon Matthews

13. Recording Studio of the Year
The Hill Sound Studio
The Sound Mill
Up West Production

14. SOCAN Songwriter of the Year
Catherine MacLellan
Dylan Menzie
KINLEY
Logan Richard
Rachel Beck

15. Solo Recording of the Year
Brielle Ansems - This New Hurricane
Catherine MacLellan - Coyote
KINLEY - KINLEY
Rachel Beck - Stronger Than You Know
Sarah Hagen - Women of Note


16. Music Publishers Canada Song of the Year
Brielle Ansems - More Than My Heart
Catherine MacLellan & Tara MacLean - This Storm
Cory Gallant - Easily Addicted
Nikkie Gallant - Free (I Remember)
Rachel Beck - Warrior



17. Venue of the Year
Celtic Performing Arts Centre
Copper Bottom Brewing
Mainstage Theatre - Confederation Centre of the Arts
Stompin’ Tom Centre

18. FilmPEI Video of the Year
Adjust the Facts - Human Virus (Directed by Day1 Media)
Catherine MacLellan & Tara MacLean - This Storm (Directed by Catherine MacLellan & Tara MacLean)
KINLEY - Run With You (Directed by Jenna MacMillan)
Lennie Gallant - Sequoia (Directed by Lennie Gallant and Evan Christensen)
Rachel Beck - Dancin’ (Directed by Millefiore Clarkes)
Sirens - In Her Image (Directed by Millefiore Clarkes)

19. Contemporary Roots/Country Recording of the Year
Amanda Jackson Band - Ocean
Catherine MacLellan - Coyote
Dylan Menzie - Lost in Dreams
Lawrence Maxwell - Almost Natural
Shane Pendergast - Place to the Name

20. Electronic Recording of the Year
Hailey MacIsaac - Down2U (feat. Mossboy)
Lee Rosevere - Promise
Phyzxx - 01.10 (feat. AKAninja)

21. Loud/Rock Recording of the Year
Graves of the Abyss - Burial
Kari-Lyn Blacquiere - Hit The Ground
Little Cities - Little Cities EP
Wrong Planet Band - Wrong Planet Band

22. Downtown Charlottetown Inc. Pop Recording of the Year
Brielle Ansems - This New Hurricane
KINLEY - Kinley
Rachel Beck - Stronger Than You Know

23. Rap/HipHop Recording of the Year
Adjust the Facts - Go Play Outside
Braeden Van Asperen - Voices
Eric Broadbent - Serendipitous Bastards
Slime da Garbage Mane - In da Crib Music
Spivey - Vibein
Vince the Messenger - Nowhere 2 Grow

24. Entertainer of the Year
Catherine MacLellan
Dylan Menzie
Rachel Beck
The East Pointers
Vishtèn


Multiple Nominations by Number

Catherine MacLellan (8)
Rachel Beck (7)
KINLEY (6)
Dylan Menzie (6)
Brielle Ansems (5)
Sirens(4)
Sarah Hagen (4)
Adjust the Facts (3)
Confederation Centre of the Arts (3)
Vishtèn (3)
Amanda Jackson Band (2)
Brandon Howard Roy (2)
Cory Gallant (2)
Daniel Drouin (2)
Eric Broadbent (2)
Graves of the Abyss (2)
Lawrence Maxwell (2)
Lennie Gallant (2)
Little Cities (2)
Logan Richard (2)
Shane Pendergast (2)
Tara MacLean (2)
The East Pointers (2)
Wrong Planet Band (2)
Adam Gallant (1)
Adrienne Gallant (1)
Braeden Van Asperen (1)
Celtic Performing Arts Centre (1)
Colin Buchanan (1)
Copper Bottom Brewing (1)
Hailey MacIsaac (1)
Harvest Home Festival (1)
Indian River Festival (1)
Inn Echo (1)
Jon Matthews (1)
Kari-Lyn Blacquiere (1)
Lee Rosevere (1)
Luka Hall (1)
Mark Haines (1)
Nikkie Gallant (1)
Phyzxx (1)
Roland Beaulieu (1)
Rollo Bay Fiddle Festival (1)
Royal North (1)
Scott Parsons (1)
Sirène et Matelot (1)
Sky Family (1)
Slime da Garbage Mane (1)
Spivey (1)
Stompin’ Tom Centre (1)
The Hill Sound Studio (1)
The Island Drive-In (1)
The Sound Mill (1)
Vince the Messenger (1)
Winterjazz Quartet (1)