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MusicNL announces 2018 awards nominees

Rebecca Robbins, MusicNL program, marketing and communications director, and Don E. Coady announce the nominees for the 2018 MusicNL awards Friday at Fred’s Records in St. John’s. The awards ceremony will be held in Twillingate in October.
Rebecca Robbins, MusicNL program, marketing and communications director, and Don E. Coady announce the nominees for the 2018 MusicNL awards Friday at Fred’s Records in St. John’s. The awards ceremony will be held in Twillingate in October. - Rosie Mullaley

Association also reveals plans for forum to encourage more diversity for local events

The Swinging Belles, Mark Bragg and Fortunate Ones are each nominated in five categories for this year’s 2018 MusicNL awards.

The nominees were announced Friday during an event at Fred’s Records in downtown St. John’s.

In making the announcement, the association also made another significant announcement regarding an effort to advance diversity in the province’s music industry, as many believe women and indigenous people are under-represented at local events.

Other multiple award nominees include Ouroboros, The Ennis Sisters and LeRiche with four each, followed by Rum Ragged, Mallory Johnson, Property, Kellie Loder, Carolina East, Glen Collins and Paul Brace, each with three.

Johnson and Carolina East — both first-time solo nominees with highly acclaimed work this year — both got cheers from the crowd in the room when their names were announced in each category.

“This is so exciting,” Johnson said outside Fred’s after the event. “It’s been an awesome year.

“Just to be in the room with so many friends and people in the industry who I’ve loved and looked up to, and to be in the same categories with them ... It’s just a good day.”

Johnson, of Conception Bay South — who was nominated for a MusicNL award in 2005 with her family band the Cormiers — has been working hard in Nashville with some high-profile musicians. Her self-titled, six-song EP is produced by Sammy Keyshaw, a Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum country entertainer.

Carolina East has been on Cloud 9 since her debut self-titled album, featuring the single, “That’s Okay,” was released earlier this year and garnering plenty of attention.

“It’s amazing,” she said if her nominations. “All you want is to have your music appreciated and this is an honour.

“It’s been a crazy year and I’m excited to keep going. I’m releasing another album in September, so this is just the start.”

She said she owes a lot to Rob Wells in Toronto and Sobha, who helped co-write her EP.

“They really helped me find my voice and figure out who I needed to be as an artist,” she said.

“Once I figured that out, things just kept going. It’s been a fantastic year.”

MusicNL executive director Glenda Tulk said there were an unprecedented number of applications for industry awards, “which we hope marks a growth in the infrastructure of the music industry in this province,” she added.

The winners will be announced Sunday, Oct. 14, during MusicNL Week, which runs Oct. 10-14 in Twillingate.

MusicNL Week is the association’s annual conference and festival, a week-long series of educational sessions, showcase performances and networking events culminating in the annual awards show.

As part of its new export strategy, MusicNL will offer an export buyers program, which will give local artists an opportunity to connect with guest delegates from across Canada, the United States and the UK.

This announcement of nominated acts signals the beginning of MusicNL member voting, which will decide the winner in each respective category.

Paid members of MusicNL can log into their accounts at www.musicnl.ca to vote. For more general information about MusicNL membership, visit its website or contact info@musicnl.ca.

As part of MusicNL Week, in an effort to address the problem of unequal representation of women and racially diverse populations, MusicNL announced it is partnering with the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society to host a diversity forum for festival and music presenters. The forum will focus on advancing diverse acts during festivals and performances across the province.

“We are confident that all festivals and events can advance diversity by learning from each other and working together,” Tulk said.

She said the goal of the forum is to create discussion about how to encourage presenters to book more diverse populations with a highlight on women and indigenous artists.

Participants will engage in an effort to evaluate the inherent bias of presenters. A working group will be established to formulate goals that festival organizers and other presenters can strive toward to create more diverse and representative programming in the music industry throughout the province, Tulk added.

John Drover, president of the NL Folk Arts Society said, “Diversity on stage is important and we can undoubtedly do better.”

Groups expected to participate in the forum include the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, George Street Festival, Lawnya Vawnya, Iceberg Alley Performance Tent Concerts and St. Anthony’s Iceberg Festival.

Further details of the forum will be released in the coming months. Those interested in participating can contact MusicNL at 754-2574.

Earlier story:

The Swinging Belles, Mark Bragg and Fortunate Ones each garnered five nominations for this year’s 2018 MusicNL awards.

The nominees were announced today during an event at Fred’s Records in downtown St. John’s.

Other multiple award nominees include Ouroboros, The Ennis Sisters and LeRiche with four each, followed by Rum Ragged, Mallory Johnson, Property, Kellie Loder, Carolina East, Glen Collins and Paul Brace, each with three.

“The MusicNL Awards are an opportunity for the province’s finest artists and music industry professionals to be recognized for excellence in their craft,” MusicNL executive director Glenda Tulk said.

“We’ve had some world-class applicants again this year and we are pleased to honour them.”

Tulk said there were an unprecedented number of applications for industry awards, “which we hope marks a growth in the infrastructure of the music industry in this province.”

The winners will be announced Sunday, Oct. 14, during MusicNL Week, which runs Oct. 10-14 in Twillingate.

MusicNL Week is the association’s annual conference and festival, a week-long series of educational sessions, showcase performances and networking events culminating in the annual awards show.

As part of its new export strategy, MusicNL will offer an export buyers program, which will give local artists an opportunity to connect with guest delegates from across Canada, the United States and the UK.

This announcement of nominated acts signals the beginning of MusicNL member voting, which will decide the winner in each respective category.

Paid members of MusicNL can log into their accounts at www.musicnl.ca to vote. For more general information about MusicNL membership, visit its website or contact info@musicnl.ca.

The association also made another significant announcement regarding an effort to advance diversity in the province’s music industry.

As part of MusicNL Week, in an effort to address the problem of unequal representation of women and racially diverse populations, MusicNL announced it is partnering with the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Arts Society to host a diversity forum for festival and music presenters. The forum will focus on advancing diverse acts during festivals and performances across the province.

“We are confident that all festivals and events can advance diversity by learning from each other and working together,” Tulk said.

She said the goal of the forum is to create discussion about how to encourage presenters to book more diverse populations with a highlight on women and indigenous artists.

A working group will be established to formulate goals that festival organizers and other presenters can strive toward to create more diverse and representative programming in the music industry throughout the province, Tulk added.

John Drover, president of the NL Folk Arts Society said, “Diversity on stage is important and we can undoubtedly do better.”

Groups expected to participate in the forum include the Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival, George Street Festival, Lawnya Vawnya, Iceberg Alley Performance Tent Concerts and St. Anthony’s Iceberg Festival.

Further details of the forum will be released in the coming months. Those interested in participating can contact MusicNL at 754-2574.

The full list of awards and nominees include:

Alternative Artist of the Year

Adam Baxter

Mark Bragg

Paul Brace

Property

The Combine

Weary

Celtic Traditional Artist of the Year

Brad Tuck

Jordan Harnum

Mike Sixonate

Rosemary Lawton

Rum Ragged

Country Artist of the Year

Carolina East

Mallory Johnson

Shanda Hopkins

Sherry Ryan

Spare Time

Electronic Artist of the Year

Alex Byrne

Game Boy

Event of the Year

41st Newfoundland and Labrador Folk Festival

Feile Seamus Creagh (Irish Newfoundland Traditional Music Foundation)

Labrador Creative Arts Festival

Lawnya Vawnya 8

Trails, Tales and Tunes

FACTOR Album of the Year

Fortunate Ones — Hold Fast

Mark Bragg — Winter

Mick Davis & Thin Love — Touch The Moon

Ouroboros — Kitchuses

The Ennis Sisters — Keeping Time

The Swinging Belles — Superstar Sibling Detective Agency

The Telegram/Central Voice Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year

Chessclub

LeRiche

Mark Bragg

Ouroboros

The Kubasonics

The Swinging Belles

The Anchor Inn Female Artist of the Year

Carolina East

Kellie Loder

Mallory Johnson

Rosemary Lawton

Rozalind MacPhail

Sherry Ryan

Folk/Roots Artist of the Year

Dave Whitty

LeRiche

Quote the Raven

Rube & Rake

Rum Ragged

The Ennis Sisters

Graphic Artist of the Year

Aaron Bishop

Kevin Tobin

Kyle McDavid

Group of the Year

Fortunate Ones

Ouroboros

Property

Rum Ragged

The Ennis Sisters

The Swinging Belles

Industry Professional of the Year

Dean Stairs

Mary Beth Waldram

Michelle Robertson

Robert Buck

Roger Lockyer

Tom Cochrane

Instrumental Artist/Group of the Year

Ouroboros

Rozalind MacPhail

Wade Tarling

Classic Hits Coast 101.1 FM Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year

Dave Mundy and the Best Kind

Earle and Coffin

Florian Hoefner

Glen Collins

The Swinging Belles

DC Design House Male Artist of the Year

Dave Whitty

Florian Hoefner

Glen Collins

Mark Bragg

Michael Hanrahan

Paul Brace

Media Person of the Year

Andrew Boyd

Dillon Collins

Greg Smith

Jason Richard Lacour (J-Lac)

Tom Cochrane

Wendy Rose

Long & McQuade Music Educator of the Year

Adam Baxter

Kyle McDavid

Melanie O’Brien

Rozalind MacPhail

Brett Vey

Wade Tarling

The Nickel Music Video of the Year

Fortunate Ones — Northern Star, director Jason Levangie

Ian Foster — New Rush For An Old Town, director Jerry Stamp

Land of the Lakes — Zamboni, director Danielle Hamel

LeRiche - Under Covers, director Charlotte Rabate

The Combine - Victory Road, director James Kean

Waterfront Fire - Head Full Of Fumes, ssdirector Andrew Boyd, Ben Thistle and JordanCoaker

Outstanding Company of the Year

Atlantic Disc & DVD

Bakeapple Productions

Canadian As

Kilbride Music

The Citadel House

The Newfoundland Herald

Pop Artist of the Year

Fairgale

Fortunate Ones

Kellie Loder

Olivia Jones

Streel

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

ChessClub

JYAY

Lee Fitz

Reggie Morales

Rising Star of the Year

Carolina East

LeRiche

Mallory Johnson

Property

Rube & Rake

Weary

Molson/Coors Rock Artist of the Year

Gene Phillips

Joel Thomas Hynes

Mick Davis and Thin Love

Newspaper Fashion Show

Silver Wolf Band

Waterfront Fire

Ron Hynes SOCAN Songwriter of the Year

Kellie Loder

Mark Bragg

The Ennis Sisters

Fortunate Ones

The Swinging Belles

Side Musician of the Year

Glen Collins

JYAY

Maria Cherwick

Paul Brace

Rozalind MacPhail

Wade Tarling

Venue of the Year

Garrick Theatre

Corner Brook Rotary Arts Centre

The Black Sheep

The Ship

Woody Point Heritage Theatre

Captain’s Pub

Volunteer of the Year

Arlene Churchill

Dee Dee Lannon

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