Halifax’s Jenn Grant snagged six East Coast Music Award nominations, the most of any Nova Scotian nominee this year.
The East Coast Music Association announced the nominees on Monday at the Halifax Central Library. There are 114 from mainland Nova Scotia and 16 from Cape Breton Island.
Singer-songwriter Grant’s six nominations are for her album Paradise in the following categories:
- Pop Recording of the Year
- Solo Recording of the Year
- Songwriter of the Year
- Song of the Year – “Galaxies”
- Album of the Year
- Fans’ Choice Video of the Year – “Galaxies” with director Adam Goldhammer
Grant is the second-most nominated artist in the region; P.E.I.’s Rose Cousin is leading with a total of eight. Other Nova Scotian artists with multiple nominations include Ria Mae and Joel Plaskett.
At the news conference, Nova Scotia based singer-songwriters and fellow ECMA nominees Makayla Lynn and Owen Meany’s Batting Stance showcased their talents.
Lynn is nominated for Country Recording of the Year with her album, On a Dare and a Prayer, and Owen Meany’s Batting Stance is nominated for Rising Star Recording of The Year.
This year is also the ECMA’s 30th anniversary. What once started as a one-day awards show in a bar has now grown to a multi-day celebration and music conference.
MLA Labi Kousoulis said that Nova Scotian musicians are “an integral part” of the province’s culture.
“They spread Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada throughout the world. Wherever you go, people know who our artists are and they listen to our music,” said Kousoulis.
ECMA executive director Andy McLean noted that Halifax loves music, saying that the awards will be “the best music show of the year.”
The 2018 ECMAs will take place in Halifax from May 2 to 6. The awards show will be hosted by actor and comedian Jonathan Torrens at the Scotiabank Centre on May 3. Nova Scotia’s Sloan, Joel Plaskett, Port Cities, The Barra MacNeils, Universal Soul, City Natives, Quake Matthews and Makayla Lynn are all set to perform.