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NSMW

Monday, November 12, 2012

NSMW: ladies who brunch

And the winners are...

Posted By on Mon, Nov 12, 2012 at 12:00 AM

After dropping some 'bows to get to the coffee station we (myself and the Music Nova Scotia Award nominated media profesh Stephanie Johns, NBD) perched ourselves in the back of the Atlantic Room for the brunch portion of the awards. The morning kicked off with Willie Stratton ensuring the crowd rubbed the sleep out of their eyes by belting out a lively, guitar-string-breaking rendition of "Runaway" before MNS prez Brian Doherty got to giving out the goods. It rolled along smoothly with the Modern Grass grabbing their first two trophies (er, drinking glasses?), Jason Burns accepting two on behalf of Rich Aucoin and J-Bru giving a right-sweet acceptance speech.

Just when people started to get a little stir-crazy in swooped Erin Costelo with her massive voice to shut everyone the hell up, and get the room refocussed for the industry portiong of the awards. Stephanie restrained herself from throwing a drink in repeat-winner Stephen Cooke's face in defeat (jokes, we have major love for Stephen), Kimberly Sinclair and her SpinCount grabbed a pair of awards and Atlantic Airwaves' Glenn Meisner got a well-deserved standing O.

Though we made our way back to the big city, the winning continued into the evening's Gala Awards Show where the ever-boisterous, ever-bearded Ben Caplan, was crowned Entertainer of the Year.

We send congrats to all of 2012's winners (see the full list below) and thank Music Nova Scotia, and Liverpool, for another NSMW for the books. One request though. Could everyone learn this song for next year? Late night lobby singalong?

Presented at the NSLC Gala Awards Show:

New Artist Recording of the Year - Dylan Guthro, All That's True
Music Video of the Year - Rich Aucoin/Noah Pink, It
Male Artist Recording of the Year - David Myles, Into The Sun
Female Artist Recording of the Year - Christina Martin, Sleeping With A Stranger
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - Joel Plaskett, You're Mine
Group Recording of the Year - Wintersleep, Hello Hum
Recording of the Year - Wintersleep, Hello Hum
Music Nova Scotia Entertainer of the Year - Ben Caplan

Presented at the Music & Industry Awards Brunch:

Music:
Aboriginal Recording of the Year - Angelo Spinazzola, The First Nations Songwriting Sessions
Alternative Recording of the Year - Wintersleep, Hello Hum
Blues Recording of the Year - John Campbelljohn, Celtic Blues
Children's Recording of the Year - Keith Mullins/Thom Swift, The Wood Buffalo Youth Song Project
Classical Recording of the Year - The Barra MacNeils, The Barra MacNeils with Symphony Nova Scotia Live in Concert
Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year (TIE) - Dale Murray, Dream Mountain Dream AND The Modern Grass, High On The Mountain
DJ of the Year - A.A. Wallace
Digital Artist of the Year - Rich Aucoin
Electronic Recording of the Year - Rich Aucoin, We're All Dying To Live
Folk Recording of the Year - Rose Cousins, We Have Made A Spark
Francophone Recording of the Year - Donna & Andy, La Vie Pour Moi
Hip Hop Recording of the Year - J-Bru, 12 Years and Counting
Inspirational Recording of the Year - Andru Branch, Step Into The Light
Jazz Recording of the Year - Gypsophilia, Constellation
Loud Recording of the Year - Chaos Theory, Chaos Theory
Musician of the Year - Kev Corbett
Rock Recording of the Year - Carleton Stone, Carleton Stone
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year - The Modern Grass, High On The Mountain
Urban Recording of the Year - J-Bru, 12 Years and Counting

Industry:
Booking Agent of the Year (TIE) - Heather Gibson AND Jason MacIsaac
Community Presenter of the Year - Chester Playhouse
Company of the Year - SpinCount Music & Promotions
Corporate Sponsor of the Year - Casino Nova Scotia
Educator of the Year - Keith Mullins
Event of the Year - Halifax Pop Explosion
Industry Professional of the Year - Kimberly Sinclair
Manager of the Year - Jason Burns
Media Professional of the Year - Stephen Cooke, The Chronicle Herald
Promoter of the Year - Sonic Concerts
Production Company of the Year - Tour Tech East
Producer Of The Year - Daniel Ledwell
Publicist of the Year - Wendy Phillips
Radio Program of the Year - Atlantic Airwaves, CBC
Radio Station of the Year - CKDU 88.1FM
Recording Studio of the Year - Echo Chamber
Studio Engineer Of The Year - Charles Austin
Technician of the Year - Trevor DeSouza
Venue of the Year - The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Visual Artist of the Year - Mat Dunlap
Volunteer of the Year - Pam Samson

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Sunday, November 11, 2012

NSMW: S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y, NIGHT

Bunny yoga, beach strolls, Billie Dre, Quake, Soul Mange, A.A. Wallace, Old Blood, Billy Joel

Posted By on Sun, Nov 11, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Our zen bunny was black.
  • Our zen bunny was black.

After some post-Dixie Lee downtime/singalongs in cabin 23, Stephanie, Tara and I set out for a much-needed beach stroll during which we were greeted by the cutest black bunny (AKA Patches) doing some upward facing dog-style stretching. We took a little time to air ourselves out while enjoying the freaking amazing White Point vista and looking for sand dollars to pay for our dinner with. I've gotta say, damn Liverpool, I had no idea you looked so good. After feeling that cool ocean air all up in our faces we were ready to get back at 'er, just in time for HPX/Old Blood's Josh White to stop by for some bevvies and pop culture heart-to-hearts. Next, we (or, I) had a bacon break at Lane's , where our kind waiter Fred was super accommodating in the face of a cheese curds shortage. You cool, Fred.

Steph and I booked it to Alley 9 while Tara headed back to White Point to see Willie Stratton, who apparently killed it. Over at the alley we got a taste Clare rockers Les Sapins Verts, faced-off in a string of non-cosmic bowling (Steph kicked my ass) and saw Billie Dre & The Poor Boys shred. Bassist Corey Henderson played most of the set topless, in true rock star fashion, and Billie won "best hat" of the fest in my books. (Sorry Jay, your's was second.)

Corey Henderson avec shirt, William Dray avec hair
  • Corey Henderson avec shirt, William Dray avec hair

We managed to make it to the Best Western in time to see the always charming Jenn Grant belt out a few beauties and Quake Matthews plus special guest/powerhouse Laura Roy get the room fired up. Or, at least we thought we were fired up.

Jenn "The Voice" Grant
  • Jenn "The Voice" Grant

That is, until Jon Epworth and Soul Mange melted all of our faces off. That ballroom didn't know what hit it; there was a lot of the expression below happening. One more song and I'm almost sure people would have started shaking and speaking in tongues. For real, I'm still not over it.

Following that spectacle we picked up our jaws from the floor and shuttled our way back to White Point for one last beer and a little A.A. Wallace dance break. Then, after a failed attempt to start a Billy Joel singalong in the lobby, we checked out a wee bit of late night stage before gawking at Orion's belt and other accessories and calling it a night.

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

NSMW: Friday night lights

Cousins, cosmic bowling, Bel Biv Devoe, Dance Moves and Jennah Barry

Posted By on Sat, Nov 10, 2012 at 4:48 PM

We jam econo (chicken meal)
  • We jam econo (chicken meal)

Feeling sufficiently chagrined about missing the first day of Nova Scotia Music Week (a gal's gotta work), Allison and I set out for Liverpool with a great travel companion, the writer, journalist and smooth radio voice, Stephanie Domet. I refrained from singing Beyoncé's "Halo" at top volume in honour of Halo 4 being released, but I did not refrain from spilling snacks in Steph's car.

Tara Thorne's mad skills had us set up at White Point in the cutest cabin, and as is our custom there was a rousing sing-along to the wayback throwback videos on MuchMusic before arm-wrestling people for the next shuttle to the Liverpool Bowling Centre to see Cousins.

Cousins (my live photo looked like crap so this is a way better representation)
  • Cousins (my live photo looked like crap so this is a way better representation)

Can I just take a second to mention that it's very confusing when there is a venue that everyone refers to as "the bowling alley" and another venue everyone refers to as Lane's (Lane's Privateer Inn)? I mean really. Cousins ripped it up (duh), there was a new song that caused one woman to shout at the top of her lungs "THAT SONG IS REALLY HORNY." Truer words were never spoken. Cosmic bowling was "out of this world" (HAHAHA) then Halifax city councillor Waye Mason chauffeured us all to Lane's (I live in his district so he basically had to) in time for Jennah Barry, who suffered from some sound issues for a second but rose above and had the crowd stomping their feet so hard I thought the floor would cave in. Really that was a rabid audience. Barry could have (should have) played all night.

Jennah Barry
  • Jennah Barry

Corey Isenor made a few jokes at my expense and before we knew it, it was time for the late stage back at White Point. Dance Movie (featuring our own Tara Thorne) played a minimal set of two songs, and were referred to as "Dance Moves" a few times. Understandable, they have some pretty sweet moves. Bassist Trevor Murphy's moves were so astounding that he broke a bass string! Dear me.

Dance Movie
  • Dance Movie

I'd also like to take a minute to say how beautiful White Point, and Liverpool in general, is. The stars are bonkers. It's like someone vajazzled the entire night sky. And waking up and hearing the ocean is a cool experience. No bunny sightings yet, but I will keep you posted.

And you know what makes an excellent breakfast in Liverpool? Dixie Lee's econo chicken meal.

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Nominate or abominate for NSMW

Before the Monday, July 30 deadline

Posted By on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Yep, that's Liverpool. You about to go ham up in there.
  • Yep, that's Liverpool. You about to go ham up in there.

Your mantle is looking a little drab. Take the first necessary step to add a Music Nova Scotia award to that thing by nominating yourself for any and all applicable categories here for Nova Scotia Music Week. The artist and industry deadline closes Monday, July 30 for the NSMW bonanza in Liverpool from November 8-11. Activities may include: ping pong, drinking in the elevator, scowling in the sauna, placing a cold cloth on your forehead.

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Monday, November 7, 2011

Music Nova Scotia Award Winners

the only loser is your liver

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 12:51 PM

Ms. Townsend
  • Ms. Townsend

Well, that was fun. List of award winners below. Biggies include Carmen Townsend, who won four awards, Three Sheet and David Myles. Meanwhile, the "Best Sandwich," "Vodka vs. Ouzo," "No-Pants" and "Best Elevator Trauma" awards were given out during a secret ceremony on Saturday night at around 4am.

Music Awards

Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year - Three Sheet
Recording of the Year - Carmen Townsend — Waitin' and Seein'
New Artist Recording of the Year - Carmen Townsend — Waitin' and Seein'
Female Artist Recording of the Year - Carmen Townsend — Waitin’ and Seein’
Male Artist Recording of the Year - David Myles — Live at the Carleton
Group Recording of the Year - Slowcoaster — The Darkest Of Discos
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - Jimmy Rankin — Here in my Heart
Music Video of the Year - The Stanfields — Ship To Shore — Director: Aram Kouyoumdjian
Alternative Recording of the Year - Ryan MacGrath — Cooper Hatch Paris
Blues Recording of the Year - The Hupman Brothers Band — Loveseat Volume 1
Country and Bluegrass Recording of the Year - Ryan Cook — Peaks & Valleys
Digital Artist of the Year - Three Sheet
DJ of the Year - DJ IV
Electronic Recording of the Year - Ruth Minnikin and Her Bandwagon — Depend On This
Folk Recording of the Year - David Myles — Live at the Carleton
Francophone Recording of the Year - Luc Tardif - Et sans aucune raison apparente
Hip Hop Recording of the Year - Something Good — Business As Usual
Loud Recording of the Year - Stone Mary — Hellbound Gypsy Train
Musician of the Year - Kev Corbett
Rock Recording of the Year - Carmen Townsend — Waitin' and Seein'
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year - Dave Gunning — A Tribute to John Allan Cameron
Urban Recording of the Year - Dutch Robinson — Life

Industry Awards

Booking Agent of the Year - Stephanie Purcell
Community Presenter of the Year — CKDU
Company of the Year - Diminished Fifth Records
Corporate Sponsor of the Year - Molson Canadian
Educator of the Year - Waye Mason
Event of the Year - Halifax Pop Explosion
Industry Professional of the Year - Jonny Stevens
Manager of the Year - Jason Burns
Media Professional of the Year - Stephen Cooke
Producer of the Year - Daniel Ledwell
Production Company of the Year - Tour Tech East
Promoter of the Year - Sonic Concerts
Publicist of the Year - Matt Charlton
Radio Program of the Year - Atlantic Airwaves (CBC)
Radio Station of the Year - CKDU 88.1FM (Halifax)
Recording Studio of the Year - The Sonic Temple
Studio Engineer of the Year - Charles Austin
Technician of the Year - Steve "Snickers" Smith
Venue of the Year - The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Visual Artist of the Year - Chr!s Sm!th
Volunteer of the Year - Debbie Rockola

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NSMW: Part 3

Call AOL make my email stop

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Big winnin' Carmen Townsend
  • Big winnin' Carmen Townsend

Our own Alison Lang was up for an award for Media Professional of the Year at the Music Nova Scotia Music and Industry Awards brunch, so we headed to the Grand Ballroom in our nice shirts. It was sponsored by Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey so there was a bottle on every table. It wasn't so bad in coffee. Even though we thought we were early, that was not the case so we sat at a table in the back. Hence, my itsy bitsy photo.

Ben Caplan performed a very robust sounding rendition of "Stranger" and we ate a plate of what would come up under the dictionary definition of "breakfast". Host and Music Nova Scotia president Brian Doherty possibly needed a higher point font, but was an undeniably charming host. That accent! Despite the fact that a lot of winners weren't there to accept their own awards, the show went well (full list of winners at the end of this post). Ruth Minnikin performed an ethereal song off her new concept album about family photos and stole hearts.

Ruth, from the back of the room
  • Ruth, from the back of the room

After the awards, Saunders, Lang and I were homeward bound. With a handful of quality CDs (Clueless soundtrack, Salt & Pepa, Destiny's Child) from the pawn shop.

Tara Thorne stayed on to make sure the evening Gala Awards show went smoothly (hosted by this week's cover lady extraordinaire Candy Palmater and Tony Quinn). Her prayers to the awards show gods were answered.

Thanks to Music Nova Scotia and Yarmouth for making a very nice time.

See you on the flip, YMZ
  • See you on the flip, YMZ

Here are the weekend winners. They all have big blue glass awards now, glowing hearts and the admiration of their peers.

Presented at the NSLC Gala Awards Show:

Bell Aliant Entertainer of the Year - Three Sheet
Recording of the Year - Carmen Townsend – Waitin' and Seein'
New Artist Recording of the Year - Carmen Townsend – Waitin' and Seein'
Female Artist Recording of the Year - Carmen Townsend – Waitin’ and Seein’
Male Artist Recording of the Year - David Myles – Live at the Carleton
Group Recording of the Year - Slowcoaster – The Darkest Of Discos
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year - Jimmy Rankin – Here in my Heart
Music Video of the Year - The Stanfields – Ship To Shore – Director: Aram Kouyoumdjian

Presented at the Music and Industry Awards Brunch:

Alternative Recording of the Year - Ryan MacGrath – Cooper Hatch Paris
Blues Recording of the Year - The Hupman Brothers Band – Loveseat Volume 1
Country and Bluegrass Recording of the Year - Ryan Cook – Peaks & Valleys
Digital Artist of the Year - Three Sheet
DJ of the Year - DJ IV
Electronic Recording of the Year - Ruth Minnikin and Her Bandwagon – Depend On This
Folk Recording of the Year - David Myles – Live at the Carleton
Francophone Recording of the Year - Luc Tardif - Et sans aucune raison apparente
Hip Hop Recording of the Year - Something Good – Business As Usual
Loud Recording of the Year - Stone Mary – Hellbound Gypsy Train
Musician of the Year - Kev Corbett
Rock Recording of the Year - Carmen Townsend – Waitin' and Seein'
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year - Dave Gunning – A Tribute to John Allan Cameron
Urban Recording of the Year - Dutch Robinson – Life

Industry Awards

Booking Agent of the Year - Stephanie Purcell
Community Presenter of the Year – CKDU
Company of the Year - Diminished Fifth Records
Corporate Sponsor of the Year - Molson Canadian
Educator of the Year - Waye Mason
Event of the Year - Halifax Pop Explosion
Industry Professional of the Year - Jonny Stevens
Manager of the Year - Jason Burns
Media Professional of the Year - Stephen Cooke
Producer of the Year - Daniel Ledwell
Production Company of the Year - Tour Tech East
Promoter of the Year - Sonic Concerts
Publicist of the Year - Matt Charlton
Radio Program of the Year - Atlantic Airwaves (CBC)
Radio Station of the Year - CKDU 88.1FM (Halifax)
Recording Studio of the Year - The Sonic Temple
Studio Engineer of the Year - Charles Austin
Technician of the Year - Steve "Snickers" Smith
Venue of the Year - The Carleton Music Bar & Grill
Visual Artist of the Year - Chr!s Sm!th
Volunteer of the Year - Debbie Rockola

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Saturday, November 5, 2011

Nova Scotia Music Week: Part 1

Posted By on Sat, Nov 5, 2011 at 2:58 PM

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Nova Scotia Music Week, we are at you!

After a three and a half hour drive through some undeniably pretty parts of Nova Scotia—and one stretch of what Tara Thorne was calling "a human centipede of traffic"—we arrived at the Rodd Grand Hotel feeling a little ill from reading on our phones while in the car (I had to look up the lyrics to "Mr. Vain") and eating some questionable candy I bought at a gas station. Can I resist surprise bags? Answer: No.

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Front Desk Shane checked us all in and we joked about the pointlessness of our credit cards ("That's been the story of my life this weekend: card declined" he quipped). We got our passes, an extra cot and some supplies of the NSLC variety. After making Waye Mason laugh with my horrible attitude problem, a few of us went to Th'Yarc to see Bike Rodeo and Bad Vibrations. It's my understanding that this show was somewhat last minute, which may have explained why it was under-attended. That was everyone else's loss, though, because both bands sounded SO GOOD. Bike Rodeo's harmonies killed and Bad Vibrations showed off their post-tour superpowers.
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Allison Saunders and I had planned on filming on location Rat Chat interviews that night, but we forgot the camera at the office and I found myself horribly unsuited to the task. I shot an amazing four minutes of footage with Bad Vibrations on my phone only to realize that I had the mic muffled the whole time.
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It was in the utility closet. Picture a hilarious video in your mind, please.

After this show we tried to see Rich Aucoin at Dooly's but we had missed quite a few songs (sadly) and the bar was at capacity (also sadly). I saw one song, though. He got the rainbow parachute out. You know people love that parachute.

So it was back to the bumpin' lobby of the Rodd Grand. There are a lot of hands to be shaken here. We had a little power-up girl chat and Hunx and his Punx time and then Alison Lang, Allison and Tara went back downstairs and I texted them from my bed in my jammies. I had done my nightly routine, ok? You can't go back from that.

Interesting things that happened in the night:
-Lang got lost and Google Maps failed her, but an early morning gym-goer escorted her back to the hotel. You cool, Yarmouth.
-Someone was "boogieing" upstairs all night and got a talking to from someone in the hall, which we all appreciated and giggled at.
-There was a near-constant heater on/heater off battle between Saunders and myself. I am in the heater off camp. Who's with me?

Other things about this place:

There are shuttles here driven by volunteers that just take you wherever you what to go—24 hours a day! There are people playing guitar in the hotel hallway almost all the time. Kris McCann tried to poach a pizza from the delivery person while they were bringing it up in the elevator. Be on your guard.

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