Nova Scotia Classified rapper and Prince Edward Island pop-folk trio The East Pointers led the nominations for the 35th East Coast Music Awards, with six nominations each.
Classified’s Retrospected was nominated for album of the year, and both he and The East Pointers were nominated for artist of the year and video of the year.
Newfoundland and Labrador country singer-songwriter Jason Benoit’s five nominations include Album of the Year — for Time Traveler: Party A — entertainer of the year and Indigenous Artist of the Year.
Singer-songwriter David Myles, musical duo Madison Violet, songwriter Andrew Waite and singer-songwriter Lisa LeBlanc each have four nominations.
Musical artists from Nova Scotia — outside of Cape Breton — received the most nominations, with 86, followed by artists from Newfoundland and Labrador with 58, New Brunswick with 40, PEI with 29 and Cape Breton with 20.
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In addition to Benoit, the nominees for Indigenous Artist of the Year are Deantha Edmunds, Gearl, Morgan Toney and Silver Wolf Band.
Aquakultre, Jah’Mila, Maggie Andrews, Owen O’Sound Lee and Zamani Folade are nominated for African-Canadian artist of the year, while Caroline Savoie, Laurie LeBlanc, Les Hotesses d’Hilaire, Lisa LeBlanc, Plywood Joe and Plywood Joe. P’tit Belliveau will be competing for French record of the year.
Song of the Year nominees include Adam Baldwin for “Lighthouse in Little Lorraine,” Andrew Waite for “Ain’t Goin’ Out Like That,” and Braden Lam for “Silence feat. Wolf Castle.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 24, 2023.