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On January 27th, many of Prince Edward Island’s music community gathered at the Rodd Charlottetown Hotel to learn who would take home the 2019 Music PEI Awards at the Awards Party.

Vishtèn received three 2019 Music PEI AwardsHosted by Tara MacLean, the awards were presented by sponsors, funders, Music PEI Board members and special guests. The artist with the most trips to the podium was Vishtèn. They took home Francophone Artist, Group Recording and Roots Traditional Recording Awards. Double award winners included Dennis Ellsworth, Meaghan Blanchard and Rachel Beck. Jon Matthews won Producer of the Year and his studio, the Sound Mill, won Studio of the Year.

The following is a list of those who took home awards:

Achievement in Classical or Jazz Music Award—Atlantic String Machine

Credit Union Album of the Year—Meaghan Blanchard, The Great Escape

Country Recording of the Year—Lawrence Maxwell, Not Your Outlaw

Cover Band/Artist of the Year—Danny Drouin

Bandzoogle Digital Achievement of the Year—The East Pointers

Electronic Single Recording of the Year—Russell Louder, Showdown

HopYard Entertainer of the Year—The East Pointers

The Buzz Event of the Year—PEI Mutual Festival of Small Halls

Francophone Artist of the Year—Vishtèn

Group Recording of the Year—Vishtèn, Horizons

Live Music Programmer of the Year—Pat Deighan

ArsenaultBestCameronEllis Musician of the Year—Evan McCosham

Holland College/Lloyd Doyle New Artist of the Year—Rachel Beck, Rachel Beck

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. Pop Recording of the Year—Rachel Beck, Rachel Beck

Producer of the Year—Jon Matthews

Recording Studio of the Year—The Sound Mill Recording Studio

3rd Degree Training Rock/Loud Recording of the Year—Andrew Waite, Tremors

Roots Contemporary Recording of the Year—Meaghan Blanchard, The Great Escape

PEI Tea Co. Roots Traditional Recording of the Year—Vishtèn, Horizons

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year—Dennis Ellsworth, She’s Never Wrong

Solo Recording of the Year—Dylan Menzie, As the Clock Re-Winds

HGS Song of the Year—Dennis Ellsworth, She’s Never Wrong

Fly PEI Touring Artist of the Year—The East Pointers

Urban Recording of the Year—Vince The Messenger, Self Sabotage

SOCAN Venue of the Year—Trailside Music Café & Inn

Video of the Year—Kinley, Golden Days (Director Jenna MacMillan)

Visual Artist of the Year—Brendan Henry

A number of Awards are annually given out by the Music PEI Board of Directors. This year’s recipients are:

Community Contributor of the Year—Phase II

Educator of the Year—Christine Blanchard

Industry Person of the Year—Debbie Atkinson 

Live Music Production Professional OTY—Chris Knox

Lifetime Achievement—Paul Bernard

Rooted to the Island—Tracy Cantin

Volunteer of the Year—Mary Lee Little

Music PEI would like to extend its gratitude to the funders, sponsors and partners who helped to make Credit Union Music PEI Week 2019 a great success, and to congratulate the nominees and award winners.


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