The winners of the 2020 East Coast Music Awards were announced in July as part of a two-hour broadcast, hosted by Mary Walsh.
Paul Bernard was awarded one of the five honourary Stompin’ Tom Awards. Bernard was immediately taken with classical music from a young age. After some time at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, he became the first Canadian to graduate from London’s Royal College of Music. After moving back to PEI, Bernard opened a guitar academy and studio, which later became Paul’s Music Store. They had over 400 students a week, many of whom went on to graduate from UPEI’s Music Program. In 1988, Paul produced his first album, Paul Bernard Spanish Guitar, followed by Majorca in 1992.
The East Pointers took the ECMA awards for Songwriter of the Year and Contemporary Roots Recording of the Year for “Yours to Break.”
An ECMA Industry award for Producer of the Year went to Daniel Ledwell, originally from PEI.
For a list of all the ECMA winners for 2020 visit ecma.com.