Apr 16, 2012 00:00
The CBC reports on last night's East Coast Music Awards gala at Casino New Brunswick in Moncton, where Blou won the coveted Fan's Choice Entertainer of the Year prize, while David Myles won Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year for "Simple Pleasures," Matt Andersen won Blues Recording of the Year and Solo Recording of the Year for "Coal Mining Blues," and Hey Rosetta! won both Album of the Year and Group Recording of the Year for "Seeds."more >
Saint John's Catherine McKinnon received the Helen Creighton Award, a lifetime achievement honour. McKinnon paid tribute to Creighton in her acceptance speech, saying “I owe my career to Dr. Helen Creighton. If this woman hadn’t gone through the Maritimes in a rowboat with an old tape recorder, we wouldn’t have the wealth of material that we have, that I was lucky to find and very proud to sing.”
Edmundston, New Brunswick's Roch Voisine was presented with the ECMA’s Director’s Special Achievement Award. Over his 25 year career, Voisine has sold 11 million albums, a discography of 25 albums, and received 14 Felix, two Geminis, two Victoires de la Musique, two Junos, a Much Music Award, an NRJ Award, a Girl and a Diamond Award FM.
He has been appointed Chevalier de l'Ordre de la Pléiade (International Francophonie), Knight of the Orde of Arts and Letters and Officer of the Order of Canada. He was also spokesman for Unicef World, received his wax statue at the Grevin Museum in Paris, an Honorary Doctorate in Music at the University of Moncton and the Award for Leadership from the Government of Canada.