East Coast Music Awards

Posted at 9:25 am on January 30, 2018

Several artists with ties to Northeastern Nova Scotia have received nominations for the East Coast Music Awards. Port Cities is up for several awards, including Pop

Cassie and Maggie

Recording and Song of the Year for their Gordie Sampson-produced debut album. They are also nominated for the Fan’s Choice Entertainer Award. Cassie and Maggie have two nominations for Best Group Recording and Roots/Traditional Recording. Coig is also nominated for Best Roots/Traditional Recording for its record, “Rove” Mary Beth Carty is one of five nominees for Francophone Recording while Maxim Cormier is up for Indigenous Artist of the Year.

St. FX Music Instructor Paul Tynan and long-time collaborator Aaron Lington are nominated for Instrumental and Jazz Recording of the Year for “Bicoastal Collective:Chapter Five”. The Town Heroes are in the running for the Fans Choice Video of the Year for “Thought Police” and Heather Rankin is nominated for Video of the Year for “Titanically”.

The East Coast Music Awards will be held in Halifax in early May.

Posted at 8:49 am on February 15, 2017

A former Antigonish resident has received his first ECMA nomination on his first album. Donald MacLennan lived in Antigonish for many years, and has done work with many groups, such as Ben Caplan, the Modern Grass and Duane Andrews. The ECMA is for ‘Jazz Recording of the Year’ for his album, Belleville.

MacLennan labels his music to be many forms of jazz, including Gypsy Jazz, although his Celtic roots are evident on some tracks. MacLennan says he is proud to have released a solo album that has received positive reviews:


MacLennan says while he has no shows planned on the horizon in Antigonish, he looks forward to returning to the area to play a few shows. Meanwhile, he is excited to head to the ECMA awards show and hopefully come home with an award.

Posted at 11:44 am on February 7, 2017

The East Coast Music Awards announced the nominee’s for awards last week, with many locals picking up nominations. One musician is Pictou County’s Dave Gunning. He picked up three nods for the awards show, including Folk Recording of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year.

To date, Gunning has been nominated for 22 ECMA’s and has won 8. Gunning says that the weeks leading up to the ECMA’s is always a great time for a retrospective on ones career:


In total, the nominations include 113 people or acts from Nova Scotia, 44 from New Brunswick, 27 from Prince Edward Island and 27 from Newfoundland and Labrador. The 2017 East Coast Music Awards show will take place on April 27 in Saint John.

Posted at 8:51 am on February 1, 2017

Artists with connections to northeastern Nova Scotia have been nominated for East Coast Music Awards.
Dave Gunning and Heather Rankin are both in the running for Folk Recording of the year.  Gunning has also been nominated
for Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the year, while Rankin has been nominated for Fans’ Choice Video of the Year for “We Walk as One”.  Another group with local connections, the Stanfields, joins Gunning in the Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year.
The Town Heroes, is up for Group Recording of the Year and Video of the Year.
Donald MacLennan has been nominated for Jazz Recording of the Year for his album “Belleville” .  Unindentified Funk Object is in the hunt for R & B/Soul Recording of the Year for Space Funk Party.
Halifax based Rapper Classified leads all artists with nine nominations.
The East Coast Music Awards will be held in Saint John, New Brunswick in late April