Nova Scotia’s Joel Plaskett is the big winner, once again, at this year’s East Coast Music Awards.
Plaskett, who had eight nominations heading into Sunday’s awards ceremony in Sydney, took home six awards for his triple-disc album “Three”
The wins include entertainer of the year, recording of the year and single of the
year for the song “Through and Through and Through.”
Plaskett told reporters at last night’s awards gala he’s humbled by the multiple wins.
“I’m in a community with so many of these fantastic musicians who are all my friends that I’m seeing nominated and stuff and I feel kind of sheepish,” he said.
“I also feel lucky to be acknowledged for the work and the time that I’ve put in, and I’ve been in this community a long time.”
While Plaskett came out on top last night, there were other multiple award winners, including Halifax’s In-Flight Safety.
The group landed alternative recording of the year early in the awards show for their album “We are an Empire, My Dear,” joking that Plaskett wasn’t nominated in that category – which gave them a fighting chance.
They also accepted the award for group recording of the year.
P.E.I.’s Catherine MacLellan nabbed two ECMA’s for female solo recording of the year and folk recording of the year.
She also thanked members of the tight-knit east coast music scene.
“All through the East Coast and Atlantic Canada there’s this kind of feeling,” she said. “We’re all friends and it’s a very small world, in any business it is but in the music scene it’s even smaller. We’re all doing shows together and playing on each other’s records.”
New Brunswick-based band The Motorleague also walked away with a couple of trophies.