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Local artists up for music awards

Posted on October 4, 2017 Richard MacKenzie [email protected]

Cassie (right) and Maggie (MacDonald) have four Canadian Folk Music Awards nominations and three for Music Nova Scotia Awards, including Entertainer of the Year. File

Cassie and Maggie (MacDonald), the musical sister act who are based in Halifax but have deep-rooted family connections to the Antigonish area, recently received multiple nominations for a couple of award ceremonies; including an impressive four for the 2017 Canadian Folk Music Awards (CFMA).

The four nominations has the sisters tied with Victoria B.C.’s Stephen Fearing for the most for this year’s national folk music awards.

The other nominations are for Music Nova Scotia (MNS) Awards and that includes in the prestigious category of Entertainer of the Year, where they’re up against veteran performers Jenn Grant and Rose Cousins, who lead the MNS awards nomination list with seven and six, respectively. 

The band Port Cities, which includes St. F.X. alumnus Breagh MacKinnon – along with Dylan Guthro and Carleton Stone, also has six nominations and is up for Entertainer of the Year.

Others acts in the running for Entertainer of the Year are Neon Dreams and Reeny Smith. 

It’s Cassie and Maggie’s album The Willow Collection, their third, which has garnered them the nominations.

For the CFMAs, it’s up for Traditional Album of the Year, Traditional Singer of the Year (Maggie), Vocal Group of the Year and Ensemble of the Year.

They’re competing against Cape Breton group Còig’s album Rove, in the Traditional Album of the Year category.

A couple of other Cape Breton duos; Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy with A Celtic Family Christmas, and Scott Macmillian and Colin Grant with Good2go, are facing-off in the Instrumental Group of the Year category.

Other Nova Scotian musical talent in the running for CFMAs include; Shreem, Mama’s Broke and Joel Plaskett.  

The awards will be presented in Ottawa Nov. 18 and 19


With MNS awards, which will be presented in Truro, Nov. 5, during MNS Week, The Willow Collection is competing in the Group Recording of the Year as well as Traditional/Roots Recording of the Year.

The latter category is filled with Eastern Nova Scotian/Cape Breton acts as Còig’s Rove, Macmillan’s and Grant’s Good2go, Inverness’ Kyle MacDonald with his self-titled album, and Antigonish’s Mary Beth Carty with Les Biens-Nommés, are all competing against The Willow Collection.

Carty is also in the Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year category while Antigonish based children’s entertainers group, The Little Ditties, are nominated in the Children’s Artist of the Year category.

Former Antigonish resident T. Thomason is up for Rock Recording of the Year, for Sweet Baby, while Cape Breton group Pretty Archie, who recently performed at the Eastern Nova Scotia Exhibition in Antigonish, are in the running in two categories; Music Video of the Year for We Don’t Live Forever, and Americana Recording of the Year for Sing Alongs and Love Songs.

Coco Love Alcorn, another former Antigonish resident, is nominated in the Folk Recording of the Year category for Wonderland.



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