2022 Music PEI Award winners

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The 2022 Music PEI Award winners were handed out on March 6 in an online live-streamed presentation.

In the face of challenges presented by high COVID-19 case numbers in the province, and the subsequent cancellation of all live events that were to happen this past week, Music PEI was relieved to still be able to focus on the achievements of the PEI’s artists and industry professionals.

“Unfortunately COVID continues to impact our community and it was with great regret the Music PEI Board of Directors, faced with the challenges of COVID affecting our artists and staff, was forced to make the very disappointing decision to cancel the week-long concerts and celebrations of Music PEI Week” said Music PEI Executive Director Rob Oakie.  “Fortunately, the decision was made to pre-tape the awards presentations which will still allow us to celebrate the nominees and winners of the annual Music PEI Awards.”   

The virtual Awards Party was hosted by Julie Pellissier-Lush and Tanya Davis. Julie was named PEI’s Poet Laureate in 2018 and Tanya served as Halifax’s Poet Laureate from 2011-2013.

The Awards Party also featured some entertainment from Craig Fair and Ben Aitken who played some tunes as their duo, Dueling Pianos. Ben Aitken took home the Holland College Musician of the Year award, which honours the accomplishments of those who lend their talents as side musicians to other artists both in the studio and on stage.

Some award highlights were Nathan Wiley taking home both Buchanan Technologies Album of the Year and the SOCAN Songwriter of the Year awards; Sarah Hagen was also presented with two awards for The Buzz Album Art of the Year and the Hearts & Flowers Instrumental Recording of the Year. New on the scene this year is Noah Malcolm who also earned two awards, Digital Achievement of the Year and the Maritime Electric Lloyd Doyle New Artist of the Year award which recognizes an up-and-coming artist who has not previously been nominated for any Music PEI Awards – this award also comes with a prize of $1,000.

The following is the full list of 2022 Music PEI Award winners:

Buchanan Technologies Album of the Year
Nathan Wiley – Modern Magic

The Buzz Album Art of the Year
Sarah Hagen – JS Bach: Goldberg Variations (Graphic Designer: Ben Didier & Artwork: Sarah Hagen)

Digital Achievement of the Year
Noah Malcolm

City of Charlottetown Group Recording of the Year
Rick Sparkes + The Enablers – Pleasure in the Pathless Woods

Hearts and Flowers Instrumental Recording of the Year
Sarah Hagen – JS Bach: Goldberg Variations

Livestream of the Year
Indian River Festival

Holland College Musician of the Year
Ben Aitken

Maritime Electric Lloyd Doyle New Artist of the Year
Noah Malcolm – On Time

CYMBA Music Publishing Producer of the Year
Jon Matthews

Recording Studio of the Year
The Sound Mill

SOCAN Songwriter of the Year
Nathan Wiley

Upstreet Libra Solo Recording of the Year
Alicia Toner – Joan

Arsenault Best Cameron Ellis Song of the Year
Dylan Menzie – A Heart That Doesn’t Want Mine

FilmPEI Video of the Year
Dennis Ellsworth – Bound by Love (Directed by Aidan Searle)

Caledonia House Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year
Shane Pendergast – Second Wind

Olde Dublin Pub Traditional Roots Recording of the Year
Gordie MacKeeman – Folk for Little Folk Volume 1

Electronic Recording of the Year
KINLEY – Run with You [Lee Rosevere Remix]

Most Wanted Pawn Rock Recording of the Year
Arsenal Mills – Lovesick & Broke

Downtown Charlottetown Inc. R&B/Soul Recording of the Year
Logan Richard – Logan Richard (Self-Titled)

Academy of Swimming Excellence Rap Recording of the Year
Vince The Messenger – Trustfall

FACTOR Entertainer of the Year
Joce Reyome

Community Contributor of the Year
Kinley Dowling

Long & McQuade Educator of the Year
James MacHattie

Sarah Roach Lewis Industry Person of the Year
Darcy Campbell

Key Murray Law Lifetime Achievement Award
Reg Ballagh

Live Music Production Professional of the Year
Chris Knox

Cavendish Farms Rooted to the Island
Christina Bouey

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