Here's the Full List of 2023 East Coast Music Awards Winners

The East Pointers, Kellie Loder, Lisa LeBlanc, David Myles, Rich Aucoin, Jah'Mila and more took home the hardware in Halifax

BY Calum SlingerlandPublished May 8, 2023

The East Coast Music Awards (EMCA) celebrated its 35th annual edition last week, and all of the winners for 2023's celebration of Maritime artistry have been announced.

Taking place in Halifax, NS, last week, with the hardware handed out on May 4 and 7, the 2023 ECMAs saw Prince Edward Island group the East Pointers come away with three awards from five total nominations. The group's seven-song release House of Dreams, which arrived last September, earned them honours for Contemporary Roots Recording, Group Recording and Pop Recording of the Year.

New Brunswick singer-songwriters Kellie Loder and David Myles followed close behind with two awards each. The former was celebrated Songwriter of the Year and Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year honours, while the latter received Album of the Year and Solo Recording of the Year awards for 15th studio LP It's Only a Little Loneliness.

Singer-songwriter Zamani Folade was awarded African Canadian Artist of the Year, while reggae artist (and Exclaim! New Faves alum) Jah'Mila received Global Music Recording of the Year honours for her debut album Roots GirlLisa LeBlanc's Chiac Disco was awarded Francophone Recording of the Year, while Rich Aucoin's Synthetic Season 1 was plugged as Electronic Recording of the Year. The Trews captured Rock Recording of the Year with 2021's Wanderer, while Classified was named Artist Innovator of the Year.

The 2023 ECMAs also saw Natalie MacMaster receive the Directors' Special Achievement Award, while founding April Wine guitarist and singer-songwriter Myles Goodwyn was officially inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Find the complete list of 2023 East Coast Music Awards winners below. Next year, the 2024 ECMAs will be hosted in Charlottetown, PE.

East Coast Music Awards 2023 Winners:

African Canadian Artist of the Year

Maggie Andrew
Owen O'Sound Lee
Zamani Folade

Album of the Year

Andrew Waite, Andrew Waite (producer: Chris Kirby)
Classified, Retrospected (producer: Classified)
David Myles, It's Only a Little Loneliness (producers: David Myles, Joshua Van Tassel)
Fortunate Ones, That Was You and Me (producer: Joshua Van Tassel)
Jason Benoit, Time Traveller: Side A (producers: Jason Benoit, Clint Curtis)
Kristen Martell, Every Season (producers: Gabrielle Papillon, Dan Ledwell)

Fans' Choice Entertainer of the Year

David Myles
Jason Benoit
Kellie Loder
Lisa LeBlanc
Madison Violet
Neon Dreams
Rich Aucoin
Robert Thomas and the Sessionmen
The East Pointers

Fans' Choice Video of the Year

Andrew Waite
Braden Lam
Dave Sampson
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire
Moira & Claire
Neon Dreams
Nicole Ariana
Pineo & Loeb x Sparkee
The East Pointers

Directors' Special Achievement Award

Natalie MacMaster

Blues Recording of the Year

Allen Snow, The Quorum
Charlie A'Court & Witchitaw, When Country Gets the Blues
Mark Riley, PM Blue
Mike Trask, TV Dinner
Rev. Dave and the Sin Eaters, Beams of Love

Children's Entertainer of the Year

Bingly and the Rogues (with The Villains Theatre)
Heather Feather
Matt the Music Man

Choral Recording of the Year

Dr. Zoo Featuring South African Singers Choir, We May Win
Halifax Camerata Singers, The Last Evening
Luminos Ensemble, I Am an Island That Dreams
Men of the Deeps, Remember the Miner
Sirens, In Her Image

Classical Composer of the Year

Andrew Staniland
Derek Charke
Edward Enman
Natalie Williams Calhoun

Classical Recording of the Year

Andrew Staniland, Reddened by Hammer: Earthquakes & Islands Remixed
Atlantic String Machine, A Single Juniper Post
Duo Concertante, Ecology of Being
Jennifer King, O Mistress Moon (Canadian Edition)
SHHH!! Ensemble, Meanwhile

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year

Carleton Stone, Papercut
David Myles, It's Only a Little Loneliness
Madison Violet, eleven
Rawlins Cross, Sunrise
The East Pointers, House of Dreams

Country Recording of the Year

La Patente, L'Illusion d'la perfection
Mallory Johnson, Surprise Party
Pretty Archie, Pretty Archie
Rev. Dave and the Sin Eaters, Beams of Love
Willie Stratton, Drugstore Dreamin'

Dance Recording of the Year

Alex Byrne, "Nothing but a Liar"
Bishu, "WYGD"
Cloverdale & DJ Susan, "Talkin'"
Corey LeRue, "IDTYK"
Pineo & Loeb x Joel Freck, "Hope" (feat. Karl Wolf)

Electronic Recording of the Year

It Could Be Franky, "Edena"
Maura Whitman, Introspection
Mear, Soft Chains
Rich Aucoin, Synthetic Season 1
Sparkee, Snack Pack

Folk Recording of the Year

Dylan Menzie, Modern Classic
Fortunate Ones, That Was You and Me
Julie Aubé, Contentement
Kristen Martell, Every Season
Madison Violet, eleven

Francophone Recording of the Year

Caroline Savoie, Bruits blancs
Laurie LeBlanc, Long Weekend
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Pas l'temps d'niaiser
Lisa LeBlanc, Chiac Disco
Plywood Joe, Et les mangeux de baloni
P'tit Belliveau, Un homme et son piano

Global Music Recording of the Year

Andru Branch & Halfway Tree, Weather the Storm
Jah'Mila, Roots Girl
Jing Xia, The Numinous Journey
Kubasonics, Kubasongs
Vineet Vyas, Satyam

Group Recording of the Year

Fortunate Ones, That Was You and Me
Moira & Claire, I'm not usually this forward but…
Pretty Archie, Pretty Archie
The East Pointers, House of Dreams
The Trews, Wanderer

Indigenous Artist of the Year

Deantha Edmunds
Jason Benoit
Morgan Toney
Silver Wolf Band

Inspirational/Gospel Recording of the Year

Dr. Zoo, 20
Elijah MacDougall, The Boy Who Would Be
Keith Mullins, Vets for Healings Song Camp 1
One8tea, Say Amen
Yvette Lorraine, Same Story

Instrumental Recording of the Year

Atlantic String Machine, A Single Juniper Post
Florian Hoefner, Desert Bloom
Quilting, Quilting 
Sarah Hagen, Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg Variations
Shannon Quinn & Tony Quinn, 20 Summers

Jazz Recording of the Year

Behrooz Mihankhah, Lydium
Big Space, In Relation To
Duane Andrews and the Hot Club of Conception Bay, Djangology
Florian Hoefner, Desert Bloom
Joyfultalk, Familiar Science

Loud Recording of the Year

Dali Van Gogh, New Blood, Old Wounds
Electric Spoonful, 2 Poor 4 a Two Four
Red Usurper, Abandon
Swimming, That's OK
Truce., Unentitled

Pop Recording of the Year

Caroline Savoie, Bruits blancs
Lisa LeBlanc, Chiac Disco
Maura Whitman, Introspection
The East Pointers, House of Dreams
Yvette Lorraine, Same Story

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year

Aquakultre, Don't Trip
Boy T, Ride Your Name
Dee Hernandez, Remember Those Days
JRDN, Red Eye
Nicole Ariana, Crybaby

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year

Albert Dalton, If I Can't Have It
City Natives, The People of the Dawn
Classified, Retrospected
Owen O'Sound Lee, 235
Reggie Morales, Regicide

Rising Star Recording of the Year

Daniel James McFadyen, "Hot Sun"
Dylan Menzie, "A Piece of Me"
Isabella Samson, "Love Takes You Home"
Marian, "Astral Plane"
Moira & Claire, "South Shore"

Rock Recording of the Year

Dali Van Gogh, New Blood, Old Wound
Julie & Dany, Julie & Dany 
Les Hôtesses d'Hilaire, Pas l'temps d'niaiser
Motherhood, Winded
Nick Earle, No More Hiding
The Trews, Wanderer

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year

Gina Burgess, ISNOW
Jing Xia, The Numinous Journey
Kubasonics, Kubasongs
Les Fireflies, Day by Day
Shane Pendergast, The House Before the Bridge

Solo Recording of the Year

Adam Baldwin, Concertos & Serenades
David Myles, It's Only a Little Loneliness
Jason Benoit, Time Traveller: Side A
Lisa LeBlanc, Chiac Disco
Owen O'Sound Lee, 235

Song of the Year

Adam Baldwin, "Lighthouse in Little Lorraine"
Braden Lam, "Silence" (feat. Wolf Castle)
Brandon Howard Roy, "Give Me Love"
Daniel James McFadyen, "Hot Sun"
Lisa LeBlanc, "Pourquoi faire aujourd'hui"

Songwriter of the Year

Andrew Waite
Kellie Loder
Madison Violet
Quote the Raven
The East Pointers

Artist Innovator of the Year

Carolina East
Dr. Zoo
Hillary Ladd
Jason Benoit

Live Sound Engineer of the Year

Evan Cormier
John Ellingbo
Kyle Gallagher
Michelle Lacour
Peter Green
Steve Everett

Producer of the Year

Chris Kirby
Clint Curtis
Corey LeRue
Mark Howard

Studio Engineer of the Year

Scott Ferguson
John D. S. Adams
Future Dad
Mike "Sheppy" Shepherd
Chris Iannetti
Thomas Stajcer

Video Director of the Year

Cecil Johnson
Jamie Miller
Jeff Miller
Matthew Ingraham

Visual Artist of the Year

Alex MacAskill, Midnight Oil Print & Design House
Ashley Anne Clark
Heidi-Lyn O'Connor
Jud Haynes
Krista Power

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