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ECMAs announce 10 honourary winners

By Joe Thomson Apr 11, 2023 | 3:02 PM

The East Coast Music Awards announced ten honourary award winners for next month’s event in Halifax.

Among the winners was Cape Breton fiddler Natalie MacMaster. She is being recognized for her 40-year career in the industry which has seen her earn a Grammy as well as the Order of Canada, the highest civilian honour for the country.

Natalie McMaster with her husband, Donnell Leahy. Source: Twitter @NatMacMaster

MacMaster has worked with artist such as Alison Krauss, Michael McDonald, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana. She is grateful to be recognized with the award and says that “Music, like love, is eternal.”

Three other Nova Scotians were among the honourees, including MacMaster’s fellow Caper Fred Lavery.

As co-owner and manager of Lakewind Sound Studios he has been named Nova Scotia’s producer of the year twice before and recorded dozens of albums for some of the Maritimes’ biggest acts.

Joe Bowden and Greg Clark also received awards for their contributions to the music community.

The ECMAs take place in Halifax from May 3rd-7th.


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