CNA alumni, faculty receive 15 ECMA nominations, one Juno

List includes nominees from three different programs

2/7/2023 10:29:47 AM

HALIFAX, NS – College of the North Atlantic (CNA) alumni and faculty have been given the nod as nominees for the upcoming East Coast Music Association (ECMA) and Juno awards events.

Fifteen of those nominations were garnered for CNA alumni of the Applied Music, Sound Recording & Production, and Graphic Design programs, as well as for an instructor in the Applied Music program.

“It’s incredibly exciting to see our students and faculty recognized, especially at this level,” said Davida Smith, Dean of Academics, Applied Arts and Tourism. “The ECMAs are a prestigious honour for creatives in Atlantic Canada and these nominations show just how much of an impact our graduates and instructors are having in the industry.”
Jacob Cherwick, drummer, was nominated for two ECMAs – two with The Kubasonics and one with CNA classmate Liam Ryan in their band, Swimming.

The list of alumni nominees from CNA’s Applied Music program includes:
  1. Jacob Cherwick (artist: The Kubasonics) for Global Recording of the Year and Roots/Traditional Recording of the Year;
  2. Liam Ryan & Jacob Cherwick (artist: Swimming) for Loud Recording of the Year;
  3. Mike Moyst (artist: Reggie Morales) for Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year;
  4. Dan George (artist: Nick Earle) for Rock Recording of the Year; and,
  5. Kellie Loder for Songwriter of the Year and Fan’s Choice.

Among the list of alumni nominees from CNA’s Sound Recording & Production program are:
  1. Albert Dalton for Rap/Hip-Hop Recording of the Year;
  2. Jordan Coaker (artist: Quote the Raven) for Songwriter of the Year; and,
  3. Peter Green for Live Sound Engineer of the Year.

From CNA’s Graphic Design program, alumni Jud Haynes and Krista Power were both nominated for Visual Artist of the Year. Since the ECMA announcement was made, Haynes was also nominated for a Juno Award in the category of Album Artwork of the Year for his work on Kubasongs by The Kubasonics.

Lauren Eddy is the Arts Technician at First Light, a company nominated for Venue of the Year. Eddy is responsible for live sound at the venue and is a graduate of both the Applied Music and Sound Recording & Production programs.  

Wade Pinhorn, an instructor of CNA’s Applied Music program, played keyboard on Rev. Dave and the Sin-Eaters’ recording Beams of Love. The album was nominated for both Blues Recording of the Year
and Country Recording of the Year.

“I know that both of these bands would still be working hard on music regardless of any industry recognition, but it's always good to know that the work is being appreciated,” said Jacob Cherwick, who was nominated for two awards with The Kubasonics and one with CNA classmate Liam Ryan in their band, Swimming.

“CNA certainly provided me with many of the tools I use on a daily basis in my career,” he said. “Swimming received a Loud Recording of the Year nomination for a record that we engineered entirely on our own, using the skills we picked up in our studies.”

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College of the North Atlantic