Festival (506) kicked off last night, opening with Music/Musique NB’s 2016 awards show, honouring New Brunswick’s music industry. With 25 awards being handed out, it was an eventful show.
Moncton-based rock group Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire walked away with four separate awards, while Miramichi’s own Lionsault was awarded both the Fans’ and Members’ Choice awards as well as nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year. Fiddle legend Matilda Murdoch was awarded MNB’s Director’s Lifetime Achievement award for her long and prolific career, yet another of the significant recognitions she’s received in the past few years for her contributions to New Brunswick music.
Other notable awards this year were Fredericton’s Kill Chicago with The Grey winning Album of the Year, Moncton’s Simon Daniel winning Emerging Artist of the Year, and Moncton’s Tyler Hache album Silent winning Solo Recording of the Year.
ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Kill Chicago, The Grey
CHANSON SOCAN DE L’ANNÉE – Danny Boudreau, “Le vieux matelot”
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Simon Daniel
ENREGISTREMENT DE L’ANNÉE – Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Touche-moi pas là
ENREGISTREMENT SOLO DE L’ANNÉE – Danny Boudreau, Danny Party
GROUP RECORDING OF THE YEAR – Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire, Touche-moi pas là
SOCAN SONG OF THE YEAR – The Motorleague, “All The Words”
SOLO RECORDING OF THE YEAR – Tyler Hache, Silent
COUNTRY ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Tyler Deveau
ELECTRONIC ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Elephant Skeletons
FOLK ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Andy Brown
HIP-HOP ARTIST OF THE YEAR – City Natives
LOUD ARTIST OF THE YEAR – ZAUM
ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR – Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
EDUCATOR OF THE YEAR – Krista Touesnard
EVENT/FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR – Accros De La Chanson
MUSIC BUSINESS OF THE YEAR – Dirt Road Records
MUSIC INDUSTRY PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR – Shelley Chase
MUSIC PRODUCER OF THE YEAR – Chris Colepaugh
VENUE OF THE YEAR – Plan B Lounge
VIDEO OF THE YEAR – Raphaël Butler, “Harley 1970”
DIRECTORS’ LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD – Matilda Murdoch
FANS’ CHOICE – Lionsault
CHOIX DU PUBLIC – Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
MEMBERS’ CHOICE – Lionsault
Festival (506) is ongoing in Miramichi until October 16th, featuring a broad array of live performances and music industry seminars. For more information on the festival’s full events, please visit musicnb.org.
Photo by L.P. Chiasson Photography