MUSICNL ANNOUNCES 2017 AWARD NOMINEES

 

St. John’s:  Janet Cull, Ian Foster, Steve Maloney & The Once each nominated for five awards. Awards will be given out at the MusicNL Week 2017 Awards Show taking place Oct. 15, 2017 at the St. John’s Convention Centre.

 

MusicNL is pleased to announce the 2017 MusicNL Award nominees. With five nominations each, Janet Cull, Ian Foster, Steve Maloney and The Once lead the pack. Other multiple nominees include Gavin Simms, The Kubasonics, Town House and rising stars Earle & Coffin, Doug Dorward, Clare Follett and Rough Hands.

 

“The MusicNL Awards are an opportunity for the province’s finest artists and music industry professionals to be recognized for excellence in their craft” says Glenda Tulk, Executive Director of MusicNL. “Competition was fierce this year with over 250 award applications in 24 categories.”

 

2017 marks the 25th anniversary of MusicNL as the province’s music industry advocacy group. As part of its new export strategy, MusicNL will offer an export buyers program, which will give local artists an opportunity to connect with guest delegates from across Canada, the US and the UK.  MusicNL Week is the provincial music industry association’s annual conference and festival, which offers a week of educational sessions, showcase performances, and networking; culminating in the annual awards show. The event this year takes place at the new state-of-the-art St. John’s Convention Center, and is to be hosted by Alan Doyle. For more information or to get tickets, visit http://www.musicnlweek.ca

 

This announcement of nominees signals the beginning of the round of MusicNL member voting, which will decide the winner in each respective category. Paid members of MusicNL can log into their accounts at http://www.musicnl.ca to vote. For more general information about MusicNL membership, see our website or contact us at mailto:info@musicnl.ca.

 

The 2017 MusicNL Award nominees are as follows:

 

FACTOR Album of the Year

Chris LeDrew – Art of the Confessor

Earle & Coffin – Wood Wire Blood & Bone

Ian Foster – Sleeper Years

Janet Cull – Real Tough Love

Steve Maloney – The Memory Game

The Once – We Win Some We Lose

Alternative Artist of the Year

Category VI

Gavin Simms

Informants

Steve Maloney

Town House

Young Manics

Celtic/Traditional Artist of the Year

Colleen Power

Cordeen

Dave Penny

Doug Dorward

Matthew Byrne

Rum Ragged

Country Artist of the Year

Bev Allen

Steve Maloney

Victoria and The Lyricist

The Overcast Fan’s Choice Entertainer of the Year

Hip Waders

Ian Foster

Janet Cull

The Kubasonics

The Once

Waterfront Fire

Female Artist of the Year

Colleen Power

Janet Cull

Maria Cherwick

Melanie O’Brien

Rachel Cousins

Victoria Doyle

Folk/Roots Artist of the Year

Adam Baxter

Christian Howse

Ian Foster

The Kubasonics

The Once

Weight of the World

Graphic Artist of the Year

Aaron Bishop

Krista Power

Kyle McDavid

Tara Thompson

Group of the Year

Earle & Coffin

Informants

The Kubasonics

The Novaks

The Once

Town House

Industry Professional of the Year

Andrew Boyd

Bryan Power

Jason Whelan

Mary Beth Waldram

Michelle Robertson

Robert Buck

Instrumental Recording of the Year

Fretboard Journey

Rozalind MacPhail

Classic Hits Coast 101.1 FM Jazz/Blues Artist of the Year

Earle & Coffin

Hip Waders

DC Design House Male Artist of the Year

Gavin Simms

Ian Foster

Luke Tremblett

Matthew Byrne

Mick Davis

Steve Maloney

Media Person of the Year

Andrew Boyd

Greg Smith

Paul Brace

Music Educator of the Year

Adam Baxter

Kyle McDavid

Melanie O’Brien

The Nickel Music Video of the Year

Adam Baxter – “Poor Cold Hungry Happy” Dir: John Pike

Doug Dorward- “Morag and Binker’s” Dir: Phil Maloney

Ian Foster – “Feels Like It Wants to Rain” Dir: Ian Foster

It Could Be Franky – “Always” Dir: Matthew Thomson

Kellie Loder – “Boxes” Dir: Tom Cochrane

Land of The Lakes – “On These Days” Dir: Duncan De Young

Outstanding Company of the Year

Atlantic Disc and DVD

Kilbride Music

Lawnya Vawnya

Rock Eden

The Sound Solution

MOLSON/COORS Pop/Rock Artist of the Year

Clare Follett

Janet Cull

Mick Davis

Rough Hands

The Novaks

Land of the Lakes

Rap/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

Adam Jenkins

JYAY

Lee Fitz

Tony Delicious

Rising Star of the Year

Clare Follett

Doug Dorward

Melanie O’Brien

Rachel Cousins

Rough Hands

Town House

Side Musician of the Year

Darren “Boobie” Browne

Glen Collins

Jason Whelan

Ron Hynes SOCAN Songwriter of the Year

Clare Follett

Gavin Simms

Janet Cull

Rough Hands

Steve Maloney

The Once

Urban/Electronic Artist of the Year

Alex Byrne

Elling Lien

GAME BOY

Happy Beats

Volunteer of the Year

Andrew Boyd

Betty Fitzgerald

Don-E Coady

 

 

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