Fast times at Nova Scotia Music Week

#NSMW award winners and 36 hours in Sydney

Obligatory causeway pic
Obligatory causeway pic

As Team Coast's official Cape Breton ambassador I stepped up to the plate to attend Nova Scotia Music Week— Music Nova Scotia's annual week of wonderment and sleep deprivation— this weekend in Sydney, my hometown. Mostly I felt the need to make an appearance to defend against any and all burns against Cape Bretoners, and make sure people knew where the cheap Chinese food and deep-fried pizza turnovers were. But bonus, the music was good too.

Dame Face got heated
Dame Face got heated

After an early Saturday morning haul from Halifax I tried to jam-pack as much as possible into my one-day NSMW experience, and still leave room for lounging at my parents' house. There was Dame Face, a feeling-provoking panel about women in the music biz (moderated by The Coast's own Tara "#dongcamp" Thorne) and killer sharwarma platters at The Lebanese Flower with said moderator and a Halifax contingent. Then I treated my ears to a quick dose of Quiet Parade at the hotel, reminisced my early 20s at the Capri while drinking gin and Tang and cheering on pals The Caravan and Dance Movie and watched Jennah Barry woo a small room of cross-legged-sitting folks at Governor's. It doesn't get much sweeter than her. 'Cause I'm a tool, my phone died at this point and so ended photo memories for the evening.

Dance Movie had the Capri twerking, for real
Dance Movie had the Capri twerking, for real

A late-night hunt for ponzos with Tara, Willie Stratton and In Flight Safety's John Mullane failed miserably (sorry guys, I finally got mine yesterday and it was EVERYTHING). Luckily things turned around though, I caught Heather Green on the late-night stage (and heard I was a fool for missing Sleepless Nights) and then wound up at a heritage home in north end Sydney where members of Gypsophilia had a causal jam that felt like it could have been a showcase of its own. A six dollar cab to my parents' house and it was officially a successful evening.

Awards brunch GOLD: Cyndi Cain, Tom Fun Orchestra, Black Moor and Trevor Murphy of CKDU's Halifax is Burning
Awards brunch GOLD: Cyndi Cain, Tom Fun Orchestra, Black Moor and Trevor Murphy of CKDU's Halifax is Burning

The righteous Cyndi Cain kicked off Sunday morning's packed awards brunch, dropping jaws with those pipes of hers and offering a better morning jolt than any cup of coffee could. Word around the Holiday Inn was that she also gave one of the best performances of the week on Friday night. The awards rolled out without many big surprises, but plenty of happy and deserved wins. Classified, Erin Costelo and Sonic Entertainment all took a pair of crystal trophies away from the meal, and Wendy MacIsaac won best acceptance speech of the morning pretty handily ("Mary Jane's in the drunk tank...").

I was lucky enough to be seated in a total winners' circle, praising bacon and composing theme music for when winners made their way to the stage alongside the crystal-winning Tom Fun Orchestra and Black Moor. Thanks for a fun breaky, guys and congrats!

Here's a full list of NSMW's Music & Industry brunch winners:

Alternative Recording of the Year, The Tom Fun Orchestra Earthworm Heart
Blues Recording of the Year, Thom Swift The Fortunate Few
Children's Recording of the Year, Little Miss Moffat Wild About Nature
Country/Bluegrass Recording of the Year, Ryan Cook Wrestling With Demons
DJ of the Year, Skratch Bastid
Digital Artist of the Year, Classified
Electronic Recording of the Year, Scientists of Sound Electric Scissors
Folk Recording of the Year, Dave Gunning No More Pennies and Old Man Luedecke, Tender Is the Night
Francophone Artist/Group Recording of the Year, Maxim Cormier Maxim Cormier
Hip Hop Recording of the Year, Classified Classified
Inspirational Recording of the Year, Elizabeth Deveau Everything's Changed
Jazz Recording of the Year, Swingology Taking a Chance
Loud Recording of the Year, Black Moor Lethal Waters
Musician of the Year, Erin Costelo
Pop Recording of the Year, Mo Kenney Mo Kenney
Rock Recording of the Year, Matt Mays Coyote
Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year, Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIsaac Seinn
Booking Agent of the Year, Jason MacIsaac (JJ Bookings)
Community Presenter of the Year, Lunenburg Folk Harbour Society
Company of the Year, Sonic Entertainment Group
Corporate Sponsor of the Year, Casino Nova Scotia
Educator of the Year, Erin Costelo and Keith Mullins (tie)
Event of the Year, Halifax Pop Explosion
Industry Professional of the Year, Josh White (Halifax Pop Explosion)
Manager of the Year, Sheri Jones (Jones & Co.)
Media Professional of the Year, Stephen Cooke (The Chronicle Herald)
Promoter of the Year, Mike Campbell (The Carleton Music Bar & Grill)
Producer of the Year, Daniel Ledwell
Production Company of the Year, GroundSound
Publicist of the Year, Matt Charlton (Pigeon Row)
Radio Program of the Year, Halifax Is Burning (CKDU 88.1 FM)
Radio Station of the Year, CBC Radio
Recording Studio of the Year, The Sonic Temple
Studio Engineer of the Year, Charles Austin (The Echo Chamber)
Technician of the Year, Stephen "Snickers" Smith
Venue of the Year, The Company House
Visual Artist of the Year, Mat Dunlap
Volunteer of the Year, Dana Beeler

And here's who took home the gold from the Gala Awards Show at the Big Fiddle.

New Artist Recording of the Year, Mo Kenney Mo Kenney
Music Video of the Year, Classified, Inner Ninja
Male Artist Recording of the Year, Matt Mays, Coyote
Female Artist Recording of the Year, Mo Kenney, Mo Kenney
SOCAN Songwriter of the Year, Classified, Inner Ninja (Written by Luke Boyd, Mike Boyd, David Myles, Mark Pellizzer)
Group Recording of the Year, The Stanfields, Death & Taxes
Recording of the Year, Matt Mays, Coyote
Music Nova Scotia Entertainer of the Year, The Stanfields

Congrats to all the winners, showcasers and other survivors of another Nova Scotia Music Week and remember everyone:

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