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Leaf Music Celebrates 12 nominations for the 2024 East Coast Music Awards

Charlottetown, January 23, 2024 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Leaf Music is thrilled to announce that its releases received an impressive 12 nominations at the prestigious East Coast Music Awards (ECMA). The nominees were officially unveiled today in Charlottetown, setting the stage for an exciting celebration of East Coast music excellence.

Leaf Music, known for its dedication to promoting exceptional Canadian talent, is overjoyed to see its artists and their outstanding work recognized at the ECMA nominations announcement. The East Coast Music Awards, a highlight of the East Coast Music Week events, will take place in Charlottetown from May 1 to May 5, 2024.

The Leaf Music nominees are:

Choral Recording of the Year:

  • “L’appel” Choeur Louisbourg, directed by Monique Richard; composed by Jean-François Mallet
  • “In the Crystalline Vault of Heaven” by Luminos Ensemble, directed by Margot Rejskind and composed by Derek Charke

Classical Composition of the Year:

  • “Blackwood Sketches” by Andrew Staniland, recorded by Kate Read
  • “Folk Suite” by Jason Noble, recorded by Lara Deutsch and Adam Cicchillitti
  • “Etiquette,” by Monica Pearce, recorded by Essential Opera

Classical Recording of the Year:

  • “After” by Kate Read
  • “Ovation” by Tutta Musica and conducted by Tony Delgado
  • “I and Thou” by VC2 Cello Duo

Leaf Music is equally proud of the Leaf Music Distribution artists and releases that have garnered ECMA nominations.

African Canadian Artist of the Year:

  • Jah’Mila

Choral Recording of the Year:

  • “Winter Awakening” by Halifax Gay Men’s Chorus and directed by Bryan Crocker; composed by Robbie Smith, arranged by Erica Phare-Bergh
  • “Truly Home” by Polaris of Choirs for Change and directed by Ryan Henwood; composed by Robbie Smith, arranged by Frances Farrell
  • “Painter of Wintertime” by Nova Voce and co-directed by Bryan Crocker and Bill Perrot; composed by Robbie Smith, arranged by Frances Farrell

In addition to these nominations, Leaf Music would like to acknowledge the outstanding work of our former associate producer, Ben Barton Creelman, who contributed to many of these nominated releases. We congratulate him on his well-deserved nomination for Audio Engineer of the Year. Also, our digital marketing coordinator, Brad Reid, is also an ECMA-nominated fiddler.  Brad’s 2023 album, The Bridge, received a nomination in the Roots / Traditional Recording of the Year category.  Congratulations!

As the anticipation builds for the East Coast Music Awards in May, Leaf Music is grateful for the artists, composers, performers, and all those who have contributed to these exceptional recordings. These nominations are a testament to the passion and creativity that thrive within Atlantic Canada’s music community.

Stay tuned for updates, and join us in celebrating the remarkable talent showcased at the East Coast Music Awards. For more information about Leaf Music and our artists, visit

Media Contact:

Peggy Walt
Publicist, Leaf Music
(902) 476-1096 (cell)
(902) 422-5403 (office)

About Leaf Music:

Leaf Music is an independent recording label based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. It makes and distributes high-quality classical music recordings by artists and composers from across Canada.  

Our growing catalogue of solo, orchestral, and chamber music is distributed by Naxos of America to the world’s most important music retailers, download providers, and streaming services. We are also a leading provider of professional audio and video production, post-production services, and integrated music marketing and distribution in Canada.