MNB Week 2012, concluded this evening with the annual MNB Awards on Sunday October 14. The awards were presented to musicians as well as music industry professionals who have distinguished themselves during the past year as part of a gala event at the Crowne Plaza in Moncton. Hosted by poet and musician Gabriel Robichaud, the awards were a great conclusion to a successful Music NB Week that took place from October 11-14.
MNB Executive Director, Jean Surette is pleased with the progress of the MNB Week since the resurgence of the event, three years ago, “We have noticed that there was an increase in the public attendance to the showcases likely due to an additional venue this year. The public came out every night and we are definitely happy with the turn out. Even the participation in the conferences and workshops has increased compared to 2011 and we were already proud of last year’s numbers. All in all, we are satisfied with this year’s MNB Week and this bodes well for 2013.”
Prizes were handed out in 28 categories awarding not only musicians, but also visual artists, educators, venues, festivals and professionals working in the NB music industry. The winners were selected by MNB members’ votes (50%), a jury vote (25%), and the general public (25%).
Recording of the Year (anglophone): The Divorcees – Four Chapters
Recording of the Year (francophone): Kevin McIntyre – Dragon Mécanique
Group Recording: The Divorcees – Four Chapters
Male Recording: Kevin McIntyre – Dragon Mécanique
Female Recording: Dominique Dupuis – Dominique Dupuis
Instrumental Recording: Dominique Dupuis – Dominique Dupuis
Emerging Artists: Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
SOCAN Song of the Year (francophone): Kevin McIntyre – “Cerveau de bois”
SOCAN Song of the Year (anglophone): The Divorcees – “The Crows”
Bell Aliant Fan Choice: Robin Anne Ettles
Choix du public Bell Aliant: Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire
GENRE SPECIFIC CATEGORIES
Blues Recording: The Terry Whalen Band – A Work in Progress
Spiritual Recording: Stephanie Mainville – Old Man Winter
Rock Recording: Sleepy Driver – In A Low Dark Light
Roots/Folk Recording: Brent Mason – Old New Borrowed Blue
Pop Recording: Monique Poirier – Parler de paradis
Classical Recording: SAINT JOHN STRING QUARTET – Saint John String Quartet & Jacques Dupries
Country Recording: The Divorcees – Four Chapters
Children’s Recording: Scotty and the Stars – Making Music
Electronic or Urban Recording: In Dreams – Crazy Enough (single)
Musician of the Year: Robin Anne Ettles
Classical Artist of the Year: Katherine Moller
Visual Artist: Jocelyne Vautour – Jocelyne Vautour Photography and Design
Venue/Festival: Plan b Bar & Lounge
Video/DVD: The Motorleague – “Let it Go”
Music Business: Malkin Music/Cyber PR
Music Industry Professional: Marc Chouinard
Educator of the Year: Brock Gallant
MNB Week and the MNB Awards were made possible with the support and collaboration of FACTOR and Heritage Canada, the province of NB, Musicaction, the City of Moncton, Molson Canadian, SOCAN Foundation, Espace Musique, CBC Radio, Capitol Theatre, Bell Aliant, Ticket Pro, Long & McQuade, Crowne Plaza, Cultural Human Resources Council, Broken Coast Media Group, Carol Doucet Communications, Plan B Bar & Lounge, Manchu Art et Design and the help of many volunteers.
About Music NB
Music/Musique NB (MNB) is a provincial music industry association that provides a support network for musicians, managers, and businesses that are involved in the creation of music within the province of New Brunswick. MNB is a non-profit bilingual association with ties on regional, provincial, and national levels with government agencies and departments who enable us to lobby, promote our industry, and our artists whenever possible. MNB’s primary responsibility is to represent the interests of its members and foster the New Brunswick music industry.
More details at www.musicnb.org.