It’s a big weekend for East Coast Music, as the ECMAs get going in Moncton, bringing together the very best musical talent that the region has to offer. With a slew of east coast artists also on the receiving end of Juno nominations this year, it will be interesting to see who comes out on top at the ECMAs.
As with most awards shows, there a lot of categories. I would be an out-and-out liar if I said I had much of an opinion on the nominees for Children’s Recording of the Year (especially since Mamma Yamma featuring Joel Plaskett isn’t on the list), so I won’t bother you with my thoughts on every single category.
But for a lot of the big categories I’m prepared to throw out some predictions. In order to make these predictions I created some extremely complex algorithms based on album sales, location, age, total time performing, and facial symmetry. Or maybe I just went with my gut feeling.
This one is a bit of a tough call. There are a lot of serious contenders in the mix. However, based largely on the strength of their Juno performance, I’m going to go with Hey Rosetta!
Again, it’s not like we really have any weak links here. I can’t count out Catherine MacLellan or Hey Rosetta! but I’m going to bet on Jenn Grant for this one. Honeymoon Punch really is a wonderful album.
I hate for it to be one-sided, but I feel like there’s a good chance Hey Rosetta! might walk away with most of the awards for which they are nominated. Although there was definitely a period of time when “Hope & Ruin” was played on the radio every second song, so the Trews could take this one as well. I’m sticking with Hey Rosetta! though.
Ria Mae. Ria Mae. Ria Mae. (That was supposed to be read like a chant.) I do love some good pop music, and these are all good songs. You’ve gotta tip your hat to Carleton Stone who has been doing big things this year (like having his latest album produced by Hawksley Workman). Also, that is a rock-star name if ever I’ve heard one. But of these songs, I love Under Your Skin the most.
Classified is probably the top dog in this one, but Three Sheet has been working their butts of this year. Their sound is unique, and not one that we’ve heard much on the east coast. I think/hope their chances are good.
I’m unsure about the criteria that have to be met in order to be deemed a “rising star”. Given that there is no “breakout artist” or “best new artist” category at the ECMAs, I’m guessing that this is kind of like that award. Or maybe not. So as I’m not certain what this award is based on, it could be anyone’s game.
On the one hand I kind of love that Ryan Cook has a song called “Facebook Waltz” (in which he sports a teeny tiny rat tail), but I’m going to have to give this to Molly Thomason. She’s gotta be the youngest of this group, and the one that I think has really “burst” onto the scene this year. Although I do like Babette Hayward too… ugh… decisions are so hard! Ok. I made up my mind. I’m sticking with Molly on this one.
Song of the Year… for me it’s a toss-up between Simple Pleasures and Getcha Good. Someone should create a megamix of those two songs and release that. THAT would be the song of the year. But I flipped a coin for it, and it came up in favour of David Myles.
The actual awards will be doled out on Sunday evening, so check out the ECMA website for a live stream and/or CBC Radio Broadcast of the ceremony.
Good luck to all the nominees! See you next year in Halifax!