Rose Cousins, the Stanfields, Joel Plaskett, Matt Mays Triumph at East Coast Music Awards

Rose Cousins, the Stanfields, Joel Plaskett, Matt Mays Triumph at East Coast Music Awards
As is annual tradition, the East Coast Music Awards returned this weekend to recognize the finest music that Atlantic Canada has to offer. This event capped off this year's 25th anniversary East Coast Music Week in Halifax, NS.

During the Sunday night (March 10) awards gala at Halifax's Cunard Centre, Nova Scotia folksinger Rose Cousins came out on top with three awards: Solo Recording of the Year, Folk Recording of the Year (both for 2012's We Have Made a Spark) and Songwriter of the Year ("Go First").

Other notable winners included the Stanfields (Chronicle Herald Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year, Group Recording of the Year for Death & Taxes), Joel Plaskett Emergency (Rock Recording of the Year for Scrappy Happiness), Matt Mays (Album for the Year for Coyote), Jenn Grant (Pop Recording of the Year for The Beautiful Wild), Dave Gunning (Song of the Year for "These Hands"), Radio Radio (Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year for Havre de Grâce), and Ben Caplan (Rising Star Recording of the Year for In the Time of the Great Remembering).

The ceremony included performances from Jenn Grant, Jimmy Rankin, Paper Lions, and Repartee. In total, East Coast Music Week included over 350 musicians performing over five days.

Read the full list of winners over at the East Coast Music Awards website.