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Port Cities Clean Up At Nova Scotia Music Week 2017

Remember earlier this year when Jenn Grant was announced as a sure thing to take home an award from Music Nova Scotia? Nova Scotia Music Week has come and gone, and in its wake Jenn Grant is left with none of her seven nominations. Instead, Port Cities cleaned up in nearly ever category, beating out the competition for five out of six of their nominations. We’re surprised there hasn’t been a parade for them yet.

But they didn’t take home every title. Awards were, of course, handed out to several other well-deserving artists and industry professionals at this year’s Music Nova Scotia Awards.

For the record, we still love Jenn Grant. Even if she didn’t take home an award tonight, her album Paradise was an adventurous step forward, and her song ‘Galaxies’ holds a distinguished place of honour on our list of ‘Best Music of 2017 (So Far)’.

Here is a list of the award winners from the 2017 Music Nova Scotia Awards:

Delta Halifax & Delta Barrington Entertainer of the Year
Port Cities

Solo Recording of the Year 
Rose Cousins – “Natural Conclusion”

Group Recording of the Year
Port Cities – “Port Cities”

Music Video of the Year 
Jessie Brown – “DEBT (We Ain’t Got No Money)” (Director: Gavin Maclean)

New Artist Recording of the Year (presented by O’Healthy Market)
Hello Delaware – “My Mistake”

Recording of the Year (presented by My Home Apparel)
Port Cities – “Port Cities”

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year (presented by SOCAN)
Quake Matthews – “Confessions (feat. Neon Dreams)” (Songwriters: Matthew Arab, Gordie Sampson & J Wellington)

Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year 
Maxim Cormier

African Nova Scotian Artist of the Year (presented by the Town of Truro Diversity Advisory Committee)
Reeny Smith

Alternative Recording of the Year (presented by Culinary Creations)
Walrus – “Family Hangover”

Americana Recording of the Year
Rose Cousins – “Natural Conclusion”

Blues Recording of the Year (presented by Belly Up BBQ & Grill)
Caribou Run – “Something Organic Will Happen”

Children’s Artist of the Year
Keith Mullins

Classical Recording of the Year 
Symphony Nova Scotia – “Schubert”

Country Recording of the Year (presented by Best Western Glengarry Plus Hotel)
Makayla Lynn – “On a Dare and a Prayer”

Digital Artist of the Year
Port Cities

DJ of the Year 
Jules Bangsworth

Electronic Artist of the Year 
Jules Bangsworth

Folk Recording of the Year (presented by The Old Triangle Irish Alehouse)
Joel & Bill Plaskett – “Solidarity”

Hip Hop Recording of the Year 
The Search (Quake Matthews & Kayo) – “Lost and Found”

Indigenous Artist of the Year (presented by Millbrook First Nation)
City Natives

Inspirational Recording of the Year 
Nova Scotia Mass Choir – “Immanuel”

Jazz Recording of the Year 
The Blue Lane – “Blind EP”

Loud Recording of the Year (presented by Noyes Records)
Oceanic – “Trappist”

Musician of the Year
Ron Hynes

Pop Recording of the Year (presented by Open Hearth Park)
Port Cities – “Port Cities”

Rock Recording of the Year (presented by Aggregate Equipment)Like A Motorcycle – “High Hopes”

Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year (presented by Warner Music Canada)
Cassie and Maggie – “The Willow Collection”

The 2017 Music Nova Scotia Industry Awards nominees are: 

Booking Agent of the Year
Jason MacIssac

Community Presenter of the Year (Presented by MacQuarries Pharmasave)
The Pavilion

Company of the Year
Sonic Entertainment Group

Corporate Sponsor of the Year
TD Canada

Educator of the Year
Craig Mercer

Event of the Year 
Halifax Jazz Festival

Industry Professional of the Year 
Mike Campbell

Live Technician of the Year
Trevor DeSouza

Manager of the Year 
Melanie Stone

Media Professional of the Year
Stephen Cooke

Producer of the Year
Erin Costelo

Production Company of the Year

Promoter of the Year 
Sonic Concerts

Publicist of the Year
Trevor Murphy

Radio Program of the Year
Halifax Is Burning (CKDU-FM)

Radio Station of the Year (Presented by Theriault Financial)

Recording Studio of the Year
Codapop Studios

Studio Engineer of the Year
Michael “Sheppy” Shepherd

Venue of the Year 
The Carleton Music Bar & Grill

Visual Artist of the Year
Abracazebra Productions

Volunteer of the Year (presented by Local Love Truro)
C.J Hill