Rich Aucoin won two honours at the 2021 East Coast Music Awards: Song of the Year for “Walls” (co-written with Joel Waddell and Kevin Maher), and Electronic Recording of the Year, for his album, United States. Other double-award winners were Classified, Les Hay Babies, Maxim Cormier, and Rose Cousins.

Catherine MacLellan earned the Songwriter of the Year Award, while other honours went to Neon Dreams for Album of the Year (for The Happiness of Tomorrow), and Beòlach for Fans’ Choice Entertainer of the Year. Rita MacNeil was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The first batch of winners were announced June 9, during the virtual 2021 East Coast Music Awards Show, and the rest on June 13, during a virtual Music & Industry Awards Show, hosted by Heather Rankin, and streamed via the ECMA’s Youtube channel.

In between, SOCAN participated in a panel, “Royalties & Rights Management Explained,” and presented a Songwriters’ Circle (featuring Rose Cousins, Jah’Mila, Kim Harris, Dave Sampson, Heather Rankin, Breagh Isabel, Owen O’Sound Lee, and Joel Plaskett), all online, as part of the 2021 East Coast Music Festival & Conference surrounding the awards.

For a complete list of ECMA 2020 winners, click here.