by Carsten Knox
Gold Winner Joel Plaskett
Silver Winner Mike Ryan (The Town Heroes)
Bronze Winner Carmen Townsend
Ah, Joel. What would we do without you? Once again recognized as Best Songwriter in Halifax, the guy has won a Best of Music award in one category or another---often multiples---since 2002. That’s consistency for you. And the former Thrush Hermit hasn’t been resting on any of his many laurels. He’s become a sought-after producer, in the past year having ushered the first disc of Sarah Slean’s *Land & Sea* into existence, plus he released an Emergency rarities record. Most prominently, in the past couple of months he’s been recording a song a week and debuting them on CBC Radio 2. Joel Plaskett Emergency’s new album *Scrappy Happiness*, collecting these brand new songs, comes out March 27.
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