Classified Wins Big At ECMAs

Classified (pictured) and Jeremy Ducher celebrated multiple wins at the annual staged in Charlottetown, and Stan Rogers was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, as was the song "Peter's Dream" by Maritime superstar Lennie Gallant.

Classified Wins Big At ECMAs

By Ken Kelley

The 31st annual East Coast Music Awards wrapped up in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on Sunday, capping off a thrilling week for the region’s music industry. As has been customary with the East Coast Music Awards over the last several years, the presentation of the awards was divided up over two evenings, with 13  presented on Thursday and the balance handed out last night.

Heading into the awards, Halifax rapper Classified led with a total of seven nominations. The platinum-selling artist brought four of the trophies home, including Rap/Hip-Hop Recording, Solo Recording and Album of the Year for Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change. He also nabbed Video of the Year for his single “Powerless.”


2018 Polaris Music Prize winner and New Brunswick native Jeremy Dutcher earned a trio of award wins, including Contemporary Roots Recording and Rising Star Recording of the Year for his dynamic album Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa. Dutcher was also named Indigenous Artist of the Year.  

Halifax R&B powerhouse Reeny Smith went home with the Bucky Adams Memorial Award as well as the top prize for R&B/Soul Recording of the Year for WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.

New Brunswick’s Les Hotesses d’Hilaire, whose Thursday night performance during the first installment of the awards set the ‘net abuzz, saw their latest release, Viens Avec Moi, named Group Recording of the Year and French Recording of the Year.

Other notable award winners include April Wine leader Myles Goodwyn’s Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues winning Blues Recording of the Year; long-running Nova Scotia band The Barra MacNeils was named Fans Choice Entertainer of the Year; Postdata, the solo project from Wintersleep guitarist-vocalist Paul Murphy, saw his second release, Let’s Be Wilderness, win Rock Recording of the Year; and P.E.I.’s Vishtèn went home with Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year for Horizons.


On the industry side of things, Sheri Jones’ namesake Jones & Co., which represents some of the biggest names in East Coast talent, including Joel Plaskett, David Myles and Port Cities, among others, was named Management/Manager of the Year. The East was named Media Outlet of the Year while CBC Radio Host Bill Roach won the Media Person of the Year prize. Halifax venue The Carleton was dubbed Venue of the Year for the fourth time, while producer Daniel Ledwell (Jenn Grant, Fortunate Ones) won his fifth ECMA for Producer of the Year.

Here is the complete list of all 2019 East Coast Music Award winners:


Album of the Year:

Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change (Producer: Luke Boyd)

Blues Recording of the Year:

Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues Myles Goodwyn and Friends of the Blues

Bucky Adams Memorial Award:

Reeny Smith

Classical Composition of the Year:

Charke-Cormier Duo - "Ex Tempore"

Classical Recording of the Year:

Duo Concertante - Perfect Light

Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year:

Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Country Recording of the Year:

Mallory Johnson - Mallory Johnson

Dance Recording of the Year:

PINEO & LOEB - Bump In The Road


Electronic Recording of the Year:

Denique - Shape 1

Enregistrement francophone de l’année:

Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire - Viens avec moi

Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year:

The Barra MacNeils

Fans’ Choice Video of the Year:

Makayla Lynn - "Joyride" (Director: Scott Simpson)

Folk Recording of the Year:

Gunning & Cormier - Two

Gaelic Artist of the Year:

Kyle MacDonald

Group Recording of the Year:

Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire - Viens avec moi

Indigenous Artist of the Year:

Jeremy Dutcher

Inspirational Recording of the Year:

Paul Brace - Liars & Actors

Instrumental Recording of the Year:


Richard Wood - Unbroken

Jazz Recording of the Year:

Ouroboros - Kitchuses

Loud Recording of the Year:

Kilmore - Call Of The Void

Pop Recording of the Year:

Paper Lions - At Long Creek II

R&B/Soul Recording of the Year:

Reeny Smith - WWIII: Strength. Courage. Love.

Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year:

Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change

Rising Star Recording of the Year:

Jeremy Dutcher - Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa

Rock Recording of the Year:

Postdata - Let’s Be Wilderness

Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year:

Vishtèn - Horizons

Solo Recording of the Year:

Classified - Tomorrow Could Be The Day Things Change

Song of the Year:

The East Pointers - "Two Weeks" (Producer: Gordie Sampson)

Songwriter of the Year:

Ben Caplan


Company of the Year:

The Syrup Factory

Event of the Year:

Halifax Jazz Festival

Graphic/Media Artist of the Year:

Abracazebra Productions

Live Sound Engineer of the Year:

Stephen "Snickers" Smith

Management/Manager of the Year:

Jones & Co.

Media Outlet of the Year:

The East

Media Person of the Year:

Bill Roach

Producer of the Year:

Daniel Ledwell

Studio Engineer of the Year:

Scott Ferguson

Studio of the Year:

FMP Matrix: Studio FMP 

Venue of the Year:

The Carleton

Video of the Year:

Classified - "Powerless" (Director: Andrew Hines)


Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductions:

Stan Rogers

"Peter’s Dream" by Lennie Gallant

Directors’ Special Achievement Award:

Lennie Gallant

Dr. Helen Creighton Lifetime Achievement Award:

Hubert Francis

Musician’s Achievement Award:

Peter Chaisson

Industry Builder Award:

Yolande Bourgeois

Stompin’ Tom Awards:

Donnie Campbell (CB)

Jeff Liberty (NB)

Anita Best (NL)

Jerry Granelli (NS)

Rob Oakie (PE)

Mason Poole*


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