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MusicNL rocked Bonavista all week long with performances by some of the most popular musicians in the province — by Sunday night, it was time to hand out the awards.

“Thank you to the Town of Bonavista for letting us turn your town upside down and inside out,” said MusicNL board of directors chairman Sheldon Kirby at the awards gala in the Garrick Theatre.

The annual conference ventured outside the overpass this year, showcasing some of the most talented artists in Newfoundland and Labrador, while honouring some of the province’s legends.

Repartee were the big winners this night, taking home four awards, including pop/rock recording of the year, album of the year, group of the year and sharing the music video of the year award with Cabbages and Kings.

Meg Warren, lead singer of the group, said the event was an “incredible night” and thanked the Town of Bonavista, in addition to fellow nominees, producers, family and friends.

MusicNL also recognized the achievements of several staples of the Newfoundland and Labrador music scene.

The Unsung Hero award went to Louis MacDonald. Sandy Morris was given the Lifetime Achievement award.

Morris said his 50-plus years in music, “went by in a second,” but the happiest he’s ever been is when he was playing music in Newfoundland.

MusicNL also announced their songwriting award will now be known as the Ron Hynes SoCan Songwriter of the Year award, after the legendary musician Ron Hynes, who passed away last November.

Chris Kirby, who won the award this year, said he thanks Ron Hynes, “for inspiring us all.”

In addition to the awards, MusicNL week came to a close with several energetic performances from many of the nominees, including Long Distance Runners, Mick Davis and Repartee, who closed the show with their hit song, Dukes.

By the time it was all over, there was one more standing ovation in a week that had been filled with them.

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

2016 MusicNL award winners:

Country Recording of the Year – Peter Willie Youngtree

Pop/Rock Recording of the Year – Repartee

Urban/Electronic Artist of the Year – It could be Franky

Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year – Duane Andrews

Instrumental Recording of the Year – Ewan Dobson

Folk/Roots Recording of the Year – Rum Ragged

Denis Parker Industry Builder award – Eleanor Dawson

Music Video of the Year – Repartee and Cabbages and Kings

Group of the Year – Repartee

Male Artist of the Year – Duane Andrews

Ron Hynes SoCan Songwriter of the Year – Chris Kirby

Entertainer of the Year – Everglow

Female Artist of the Year – Rozalind MacPhail

Album of the Year – Repartee

Alternative Recording of the Year – Cabbages and Kings

Rising Star of the Year – Waterfront Fire

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sandy Morris

 

MusicNL rocked Bonavista all week long with performances by some of the most popular musicians in the province — by Sunday night, it was time to hand out the awards.

“Thank you to the Town of Bonavista for letting us turn your town upside down and inside out,” said MusicNL board of directors chairman Sheldon Kirby at the awards gala in the Garrick Theatre.

The annual conference ventured outside the overpass this year, showcasing some of the most talented artists in Newfoundland and Labrador, while honouring some of the province’s legends.

Repartee were the big winners this night, taking home four awards, including pop/rock recording of the year, album of the year, group of the year and sharing the music video of the year award with Cabbages and Kings.

Meg Warren, lead singer of the group, said the event was an “incredible night” and thanked the Town of Bonavista, in addition to fellow nominees, producers, family and friends.

MusicNL also recognized the achievements of several staples of the Newfoundland and Labrador music scene.

The Unsung Hero award went to Louis MacDonald. Sandy Morris was given the Lifetime Achievement award.

Morris said his 50-plus years in music, “went by in a second,” but the happiest he’s ever been is when he was playing music in Newfoundland.

MusicNL also announced their songwriting award will now be known as the Ron Hynes SoCan Songwriter of the Year award, after the legendary musician Ron Hynes, who passed away last November.

Chris Kirby, who won the award this year, said he thanks Ron Hynes, “for inspiring us all.”

In addition to the awards, MusicNL week came to a close with several energetic performances from many of the nominees, including Long Distance Runners, Mick Davis and Repartee, who closed the show with their hit song, Dukes.

By the time it was all over, there was one more standing ovation in a week that had been filled with them.

jonathan.parsons@thepacket.ca

Twitter: @jejparsons

2016 MusicNL award winners:

Country Recording of the Year – Peter Willie Youngtree

Pop/Rock Recording of the Year – Repartee

Urban/Electronic Artist of the Year – It could be Franky

Jazz/Blues Recording of the Year – Duane Andrews

Instrumental Recording of the Year – Ewan Dobson

Folk/Roots Recording of the Year – Rum Ragged

Denis Parker Industry Builder award – Eleanor Dawson

Music Video of the Year – Repartee and Cabbages and Kings

Group of the Year – Repartee

Male Artist of the Year – Duane Andrews

Ron Hynes SoCan Songwriter of the Year – Chris Kirby

Entertainer of the Year – Everglow

Female Artist of the Year – Rozalind MacPhail

Album of the Year – Repartee

Alternative Recording of the Year – Cabbages and Kings

Rising Star of the Year – Waterfront Fire

Lifetime Achievement Award – Sandy Morris

 

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